Cultural Development Consulting
Cultural Development Consulting (CDC) combines creativity, expertise and research to provide a range of future-focused professional services that promote greater cultural dialogue through the visual arts.
Founded on the firm belief that art is the territory of the many and not the province of the few, CDC works to extend visual ‘conversations’ locally, nationally and internationally. This is achieved through three interlinked areas:
- CDC originates bespoke photomedia exhibitions for museums, art galleries and festivals worldwide
- CDC’s founder, Alasdair Foster, curates international photography festivals as guest artistic director
- CDC provides expert advice on the concept and design of contemporary visual art spaces
- CDC offers consulting services to government departments, cities, companies and not-for-profit organisations developing a visual arts building or precinct
- CDC can help you understand and successfully present photomedia in virtual space
- CDC aids professional peer-groups to establish and maintain an effective and energised online network
- CDC undertakes policy reviews and report preparation for government departments and agencies, arts organisations and community groups
- CDC’s founder, Alasdair Foster, delivers engaging and thought-provoking lectures for academic, industry or general audiences
With an emphasis on broad involvement in shaping the visual culture of tomorrow, CDC’s founder Alasdair Foster writes extensively on photography and arts issues, and delivers presentations in professional development for students, communities, artists and exhibition organisers.
Alasdair Foster has 20 years’ experience heading national arts institutions in Europe and Australia and over 35 years of working in the public cultural sector. He specialises in international cultural projects and theoretical research in the field of arts policy formation.
Alasdair Foster was the founding director of Fotofeis, the award-winning international biennale of photo-based art in Scotland (1991–1997) and, more recently, director of the Australian Centre for Photography (1998–2011). He began his career in the documentary film industry before establishing a successful photographic business (1980-1990). He has worked as an artist, curator, writer, editor, researcher, policy advisor and commercial photographer. more…
“Alasdair Foster is an exemplary curatorial talent in Australasia who has his finger on the pulse of the best new art.”
Graham Howe, Founder and CEO, Curatorial Assistance, USA (2012)
“Alasdair Foster is one of the most influential and interesting figures in Australian art today.”
Art Market Report, magazine (2003)