Bespoke Tailoring

Cultural Development Consulting’s founder, Alasdair Foster, is a talented and engaging public speaker. With over four decades of experience in presenting ideas and images he can tailor his talks to suit a wide range of audiences from academic specialists and professional practitioners to general public and community groups.


Recent presentations internationally include:

  • ‘Trends in Electronic Publication’, Pingyao International Photography Festival 2012
  • ‘Seven Things Every Photographer Should Know’, Head On Photo Festival 2012
  • Lecture to MFA program, Parsons the New School, New York City 2011
  • Speaker, Academic Program, KIAF (Korea International Art Fair), Seoul 2011
  • Speaker, Academic Symposium, Pingyao International Photography Festival 2011
  • Plenary Speaker, ‘Futuro Presente: La Imagen En El Siglo XXI’ conference, Mexico City 2011
  • Convenor, ‘Magic Spaces’ round table, Today Art Museum, Beijing 2011
  • Symposium speaker, ‘The Conceptual Boundaries of Contemporary Photography’, Pingyao 2010

“Alasdair Foster’s erudition and depth of accomplishment in curatorship and cultural strategy have contributed unique insights into the nature of art and the way it is presented. His is a most memorable and invigorating voice; with expertise and a discerning appreciation of the photographic and contemporary arts he incites compelling ideas and well-informed debate.”

Maurice Ortega, Director, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2012)

“During the 2011 Korea International Art Fair, Alasdair was an official speaker invited by the Australian Commercial Galleries Association. He provided expert and comprehensive coverage of his chosen subject (multi-media technology and the contemporary art scene), delivered in an approachable manner with assurance and good humour. Alasdair’s lecture and his particularly relevant choice of visual material highlighted his years of experience and obvious knowledge of the subject matter. An informative and entertaining lecture!”

Randi Linnegar, National President of the ACGA and Director, King Street Gallery, Sydney (2011)



Prêt à Porter

Alasdair Foster has developed a series of ‘off-the-peg’ lectures suitable for a number of types of audience including artists, producers, students, academics and community groups.


Current Prêt à Porter lectures include:


“With Alasdair Foster’s professional guidance I have been able to fast track my career as an artist and educator on the international art scene.”

Professor Peter Fitzpatrick, Chair of Photography, Columbia College, Chicago (2012)

“Alasdair Foster is an engaging public speaker. His refreshing, innovative and articulate approach makes him a highly effective communicator of challenging ideas.”

Bob Hewitt, Founder and Festival Director, FotoFreo, Perth (2012)



  • The majority of the texts on this site are by Alasdair Foster and represent his opinions. However, in order to facilitate a useful diversity of views, some texts have been invited from artists and colleagues around the world, while others appear as independent comments. These opinions and comments are not necessarily those of Alasdair Foster or Cultural Development Consulting (CDC). All data and information on this site is provided on an as-is basis. While every effort is made to be as thorough as possible, neither Alasdair Foster nor CDC make representations as to accuracy, completeness, currency, suitability or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.