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Creative Leadership Program

A new professional development program supporting  35  artists and  creative  workers to create transformative change.

Are you making change through your arts practice, collective, organisation or community? Do you want to collaborate with others to develop skills, knowledge and capacity to practice leadership?

The Creative Leadership Program is a new 18 month professional development program supporting artists and creative workers with at least five years experience from any career stage. This program brings diverse forms of arts and cultural leadership together to create transformative change in our complex world.

Across the program, you will engage in-person and online in mentoring, training, workshops, peer-to-peer coaching and conversations. You will spend time on Country learning from First Nations Elders, connect with artists, be guided by experienced facilitators and hear from speakers working across and beyond arts and cultural work.

The program includes:

  • $7,000 grant for self-directed professional development
  • 2 in-person multi-day workshops in a regional location
  • 12 online peer-to-peer coaching sessions
  • 3 online keynote conversations
  • optional attendance at a networking event in your region.

You must be available for all in-person and online program activities to be eligible to apply. Find out more under Dates below.

You will focus your exploration of leadership practices through one of three leadership themes:

  • Inspiring climate action
  • Transforming how we work
  • Creating shared value

Find out more under Leadership Themes below.

With a diverse group of participants from across different art forms and career stages you will be part of a program that prioritises wellbeing, access and cultural safety in creative environments. Together you will exchange expertise, explore new perspectives, spark ideas and create lasting networks.

Creative Australia is committed to increasing the diversity of leadership in our sector and will prioritise applications from First Nations people and people who are d/Deaf or disabled in the 2024–25 program.

We will provide customised access and inclusion support. Find out more under Access and Inclusion below.

There is no program fee and there is a range of support available. Find out more under Costs and Financial Support below.

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This opportunity is only open to:

  • individuals
  • Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents
  • practising artists or creative workers with a minimum of 5 years experience in the arts and cultural sector
  • applicants primarily working in First Nations Arts and Culture, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Multi-Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts and Literature and the intersections of these artforms.

You cannot apply if:

  • you received a grant from Creative Australia in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to Creative Australia
  • you are a group or an organisation
  • you work primarily in film, fashion, graphic design, screen, gaming or architecture sectors
  • you are under 18
  • you participated in the Future Leaders or Arts Leaders programs that took place in or after 2019.

You can only submit one application.

Creative Australia is committed to increasing the diversity of leadership in our sector.

There are 35 places available in the 2024-25 program. At least 6 places are identified for First Nations artists and creative workers in the program, and at least 6 places are identified for d/Deaf and disabled artists and creative workers. This priority builds on the strong representation of culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+ and regional and remote based participants in our previous Leadership programs.

There are lots of different ways of talking about identity, and many different words that people used to describe their identity. If you would like to discuss whether you would be considered for one of the identified places, please contact us.

We also continue to strongly encourage applications from younger people, older people, as well as people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ+, and people based in regional and remote Australia. We also acknowledge that identity is intersectional and encourage people at intersections of these identities to apply.

You can read more about how we assess applications under Assessment below.

We will work closely with you to understand your access needs and create an access plan for the program if required. This can include things like:

  • Auslan interpretation
  • captioning
  • having a support person and/or carer attend the program with you, and
  • travel and accommodation support for you and/or your support person or carer.

We can also provide support for childcare, cultural practices, internet access, financial and/or learning access needs.

If you are a parent or carer, we can discuss support to enable you to attend the program such as attending in-person events with your family or making arrangements for childcare.

We take a person-centred approach that strives to achieve an accessible, inclusive, culturally safe and trauma-informed environment for everyone.  

Please contact us if you would like to discuss the support available. Email Adelaide and Emerald from the Leadership Programs team via leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au or you can find a time to chat via our online booking portal.

If you need help to speak or listen use the National Relay Service.

 

$7,000 grant: to support your professional development and exploration of your chosen leadership theme. See Leadership Themes and “How can I use the $7000 grant” in our FAQs for more information.  

Online program induction: runs for 3 hours, online, with screen breaks. Meet your fellow program participants and the Program Facilitator. Learn more about how to prepare for the program, what to expect and how to get the most from this opportunity.  

In person workshops  
  • Leadership and Wellbeing Workshop: runs for 3 days, in-person in a regional location. Connect with your fellow participants, the facilitator and special guests. Spend time connecting to Country, share meals, learn about diverse leadership practices and creating shared wellbeing. Start to set your goals for the program.  
  • Future Focused Workshop: runs for 4 days, in person in a regional location. Ahead of this workshop you will re-connect online with fellow participants to explore your chosen leadership theme. Then, meet in-person in three groups aligned with your leadership themes to develop shared solutions and approaches. Take your learnings back into your practice, professional context and networks. Reflect on your leadership journey. 

Online keynote conversations: 3 events, each 3 hours, online with frequent breaks. Learn from engaging and provocative speakers about key issues in leadership practice. Share your reflections and perspectives with your fellow participants.  

Online peer-to-peer coaching: 12 sessions, each 1.5 hours, across 2 blocks. Connect in small groups of 5 to 6, using the Creating Out Loud framework. Share and discuss personal and professional opportunities and challenges in leadership. Sessions will be facilitated by alumni of Creative Australia’s Leadership Programs.  

In-person leadership networking event: an optional in-person event held in a host city in your broad geographic region. A chance to broaden your networks with Leadership Program Alumni and hear from guest speakers.  

Online program induction 1–3pm AEST, Wednesday 17 July 2024 online
Leadership and Wellbeing Workshop Wednesday 28–Saturday 31 August 2024  in-person
Keynote conversation #1 1–4pm AEST, Wednesday 18 September 2024 online
Weekly peer-to-peer coaching sessions (block 1) Monday 23 September–Monday 28 October 2024 (six sessions, 1.5 hours each) online
Keynote conversation #2 1–4pm AEDT: Wednesday 26 February 2025 online
(optional) Leadership Networking event February and March 2025, dates to be advised in-person
Weekly peer-to-peer coaching sessions (block 2) Monday 3 March–Monday 8 April 2025 (six sessions, 1.5 hours each) online
Keynote conversation #3 1–4pm AEST, Wednesday 9 July 2025 online
Fortnightly Future Focused Workshop preparation sessions Monday 14 July–Monday 8 September 2025 online
Future Focused Workshop: In-person Tuesday 16 September–Saturday 20 September 2025 in-person

Please note that the exact times and dates for the weekly peer-to-peer coaching sessions and the Future Focused Workshop preparation sessions will be agreed between you and the other participants in your small group.

In this program we want to explore leadership as a practice dedicated to creating positive change.

We understand that leadership can be practiced in many different ways and can mean different things to different people. We are open to diverse ideas about what leadership is. We are particularly interested in leadership that can be collective, collaborative, facilitative and that distributes power.

When you practice leadership, you behave in line with your values. You draw on your resources, experience, knowledge and skills to act ethically and create change. Sometimes you do this on your own and sometimes with others. It might happen in different parts of your arts practice, with organisations you work in or with, or audiences and communities you are connected to. Your leadership practice might be quiet, not always visible from the outside, or you might be very vocal and public in your advocacy.

You may find the word ‘leadership’ challenging or uncomfortable. We acknowledge that for some people, this word has negative associations with control and feels lonely. We will explore this in the program and make space for other ways to describe and enact leadership practices.

The program will include opportunities for you to explore a broad range of issues and questions about leadership practices, as well as your specific areas of interest. We will also invite you to extend and focus your leadership practice by choosing and exploring one of three leadership themes.  

The three leadership themes to choose from are: 

  • Inspiring climate action 

Explore and critique the systems creating the climate crisis. Engage with climate justice and strategies for sustainability. Collaborate to create actions that respond to the complexity of the climate crisis for the arts and culture sector.   

  • Transforming how we work 

Imagine new ways of working together in arts and culture. Consider collective and distributed leadership as models of systems change. Explore business model innovation and how we are responding to digital transformation and disruption.  

  • Creating shared value 

Investigate powerful ways to advocate for the value of arts and culture. Craft compelling pitches for the role arts and culture plays in sustainable economies and healthy equitable communities.

We will ask you to spend some of your $7,000 grant on learning connected to your chosen leadership theme. We can assist you with suggestions on training, conferences and mentoring opportunities connected with your chosen leadership theme.

In the 2 months before the Future Focused Workshop you will attend fortnightly, online exchange sessions with your peers and guest speakers on your chosen leadership theme. At the Future Focused Workshop (in September 2025) you will explore your chosen leadership theme with a smaller group of your peers (10-12 people) and develop ways to influence and co-create frameworks for action.

You should have a strong interest in and commitment to exploring the leadership theme you choose. You do not have to have experience creating or working on projects in this area. Select a leadership theme that you feel inspired by, where you want to influence change and future directions.

The leadership themes are broad and can include a very diverse range of ideas, challenges and opportunities for making change. In your application you will have an opportunity to tell us what aspect of the leadership theme is interesting to you.

Your choice of leadership theme will not affect how competitive your application is. However, we will aim to ensure that there are equal groups for each theme (approx. 10-12 people each).

Information Sessions and videos

Program introduction 

A webinar about the program and how you can apply is available here and below. The webinar is Auslan interpreted and has closed captions.

Image description: a black and white photo of Kath’s face and shoulders. She is looking into the camera, with a slight smile on her face. She has curly hair and is wearing a jacket that she holds closed with her hand.

“I spend my working life helping change makers in the creative industries get to the heart of their vision, craft the strategy to support it and connect them with the resources to make it happen.

I work deeply with those who have been historically excluded to reframe the margins of what is possible, personally, professionally and systemically. Innovators, rebels and new thinkers, but also those excluded from dominant cultural spaces due to gender, race or indigeneity.”
– Kath Melbourne

Based on the island of Tasmania/lutruwita, Kath Melbourne works across Australia and internationally as a mentor, facilitator and strategist; enabling companies, sectors and individuals to better achieve their goals, communicate ideas, reach audiences, embed imagination and resilience, generate income and transform their thinking at all levels.

Her professional life before consulting has seen her in leadership roles in government and executive roles in the private creative sector, festivals, performing arts companies and NFPs. She has also led national grant programs and strategies for large scale, impactful organisations such as the Australia Council for the Arts (now Creative Australia).

With a deep and personal understanding of change and resilience – what it is and is not, why it may be important or necessary – Kath often works with people and organisations at a crossroads of profound growth or crisis (sometimes simultaneously).


There is no program fee.

We will ask you to arrange and pay for your own travel to and from the in-person workshops. This cost will vary depending on where you are travelling from. See Financial Support to find out about the support available for travel.

All other program expenses will be covered by Creative Australia. This includes accommodation, food, ground-transport to and from in-person workshop locations.

We can offer support payments to assist artists and creative workers who are un-waged or under employed. This payment is designed to enable more equitable participation for those without a regular, reliable income including independent artists and creative workers.

The payment is $2,000 ex GST and will be paid in two equal instalments at the start of the program (June 2024) and in the middle of the program (March 2025). If you need this payment in different instalments so it does not affect other payments or benefits you receive, we can discuss this with you. 

We ask you to request this support payment in your application. Requesting this support payment will not affect how competitive your application is.

If you face barriers to covering the full cost associated with travel to attend the in-person program activities we can provide support. This can include if you are un-waged, under employed or low income.

We will ask you to tell us if you think you will need support for travel costs in your application. Requesting support for travel costs will not affect how competitive your application is.

If you are accepted into the program, we will work with you to determine the support you need.

Applications will be reviewed by Creative Australia staff and industry advisors. The assessment will include review by First Nations and d/Deaf or disabled industry advisors. Your application will be assessed based on how well it addresses the selection criteria below, and in line with Creative Australia’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The selection criteria are:

  1. Timeliness and relevance of the program to the applicant’s leadership development.
  2. Motivated and respectful approach to personal and collaborative learning.
  3. Commitment to creating positive change in the Australian arts and culture sector.

In the application form we ask you some questions to help you respond to these criteria. You should also make sure what you write in your application responds to these criteria.

At least 6 places are identified for First Nations artists and creative workers in the program, and at least 6 places are identified for d/Deaf and disabled artists and creative workers. We will also prioritise applications from individuals who have not yet participated in a Creative Australia (or Australia Council) leadership program.

We also continue to strongly encourage applications from younger people, older people, as well as people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse people, LGBTQIA+, and people based in regional and remote Australia. We also acknowledge that identity is intersectional and encourage people at intersections of these identifies to apply. 

In our selection process we will also ensure that there is equitable representation of: 

  • people based in metro, regional and remote areas 
  • people at different career stages 
  • people working in different artforms. 

The total intake for the 2024-25 program will be 35 individuals. 

The main way you can apply for the program is by completing an application form in Fluxx, our application management system. Please contact Adelaide and Emerald from the Leadership Program team via leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au if you need support to submit an application in another format.

Applying through our Application Management System

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of this page to go to Fluxx, our system for managing applications.

You will need an account to use Fluxx. It can take up to two business days for a new account to be approved. If you have an account already you can log in.

Select ‘Apply for a Grant’ from the left panel menu. From the list of opportunities select ‘Creative Leadership Program’.

The application form will require you to fill in some of your details, select from some options, respond to questions and submit support material.

You will need to respond to the following questions:

  1. Introduce yourself and tell us how you practice leadership
  2. Why do you want to participate in this program and why now?
  3. Tell us about a time you worked together with others to create change
  4. What leadership theme have you chosen?
  5. Tell us what interests you about this leadership theme and how it relates to your leadership practice.

We encourage you to submit a video to answer Question 1. You may submit a link to a video of up to four minutes. You can submit a video in Auslan. Please upload your video under the support material section of the application form.

In the application form you can request a support payment and tell us if you think you will need support with travel costs.

Support material

  • A CV (up to two pages) illustrating your creative and/or professional experience
  • A link (URL) to a video (up to four minutes) to answer Question 1 (optional).

Yes. All applicants based in Australia must have an active Australian Business Number (ABN). The name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account we pay the grant into. There are no exceptions to this rule.  

If you cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant, you will need to nominate an administrator for your grant. You can read more about what this involves on Creative Australia’s Administered Grants page.

Please contact Adelaide and Emerald from the Leadership Program team via leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au if:  

  • you would like these guidelines in another format
  • you want to submit your application in a different format including video, audio, Auslan or other form. You can also read more about accessible application formats on our Accessibility
  • you want to submit your application in a language other than English. You can also read more on our Languages Other Than English.

We will not assess the quality of your chosen format, just what you tell us.

We are available to assist you in understanding the program, application requirements and submitting your application. We do not review application drafts.

Adelaide and Emerald from the Leadership Program team can assist over email leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au or you can find a time to chat via our online booking portal. 

If you need help to speak or listen, please use the National Relay Service.

Additional support with your application can be discussed where needed. Where the additional support required is beyond the scope of what our staff can provide, we may recommend speaking to an appropriate organisation for further assistance.

Frequently asked questions

This program is for artists and creative workers practicing leadership who:

  • are open to diverse approaches to leadership
  • are ready to explore key opportunities and challenges facing the arts and cultural sector
  • are able to commit to self-directed and collaborative learning, reflection and problem solving with a diverse group of peers
  • can actively take shared responsibility to co-create an environment of anti-racism, inclusion and cultural safety
    aspire to develop their skills, knowledge and capability to make change.

You might be ready for this program if you meet the eligibility criteria and:

  • you are in the early stages of your leadership practices – you don’t need to be an expert, we’re interested in your strengths, aspirations and commitment
  • you have lots of leadership experience but are looking to extend your practice, address complex challenges and cultivate new networks
  • you are living and working across Australia in regional or remote locations – we value the expertise and experiences of artists and creative workers living outside metropolitan areas.
  • you are working at the intersection of eligible art forms (see the section ‘Eligibility’), and academia, gaming, fashion or graphic design. You cannot be working primarily in these industries.

A group of 35 artists and creative workers from a variety of locations, artforms, career stages and lived experiences. It will include independent artists and creative workers, people working in organisations and people engaged in community and cultural practices.

We support practising artists or creative workers. While you may not regularly earn income from your practice, you must be identified and recognised by your peers as someone who makes or practises art or contributes as a creative worker. This may include cultural practitioners, editors, producers, curators, lighting and sound designers, and arts managers.

Participants must have a minimum of five years of experience in the arts and cultural sector. This can include working in both paid or unpaid roles, independently, with your community or within organisations.

If you have the minimum five years of experience, the program is for participants at all career stages. This includes participants who might describe themselves as early career, mid-career or established.

Please contact us if you are not sure if you have the required minimum experience.

We welcome applications from artists and creative workers working in commercial parts of the sector including but not limited to music, musicals, publishing, commercial visual arts and commercial dance.

We expect that you:

  • attend all the program activities or let us know if you’re prevented from attending due to urgent or unexpected matters
  • commit yourself to exploring and developing your leadership practices
  • demonstrate respect and reciprocity with everyone involved in the program
  • are open to new ideas, perspectives or opinions that are different from your own
  • share your learning, reflections and plans for change with your organisations, collectives, communities and collaborators
  • tell us if you need support or guidance
  • provide constructive feedback and reflections on your experience to help us create the best possible program
  • complete a short formal acquittal report at the conclusion of the program.

The program will run for 18 months from July 2024–December 2025. You must be available for all compulsory program dates. See Dates above for more information.

Yes. You must be available for all program activities across the 18-months to be eligible to apply.

The peer-to-peer coaching sessions will happen in small groups across the date periods noted above. These groups will be curated by Creative Australia. The exact day and time of the peer-to-peer learning sessions will be set to suit each group’s availability.

The Leadership Networking event is optional and you do not need to be available for this to be eligible.

The program will be delivered both in-person and online. The two in-person workshops will take place in the same regional location. The online activities will take place on web conferencing platforms like Zoom.

We will work closely with you to support your access to physical and digital spaces we use during the program. Find out more in Costs and Financial Support 

The in-person workshops will be an opportunity for all participants to meet for learning, peer exchange, and conversation. The workshops will be guided by our Program Facilitator, specialist workshop facilitators, First Nations Elders, community leaders and guest speakers.

There will be two in-person workshops in the program:

  • Wellbeing and Leadership Workshop (28-31 August 2024)
  • Future Focused Workshop (16-20 September 2025)

The keynote conversations will include online presentations and opportunities for conversation with guest speakers on contemporary leadership from within the arts and cultural sector and beyond. These conversations will be curated and hosted by the Program Facilitator.

Peer-to-peer coaching creates a space where everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner. You learn from each other’s experience, perspectives and ideas. In peer-to-peer coaching there is mutual respect, collaboration and creativity.

The model of peer-to-peer coaching we will be using is Creating Out Loud (COL). The model was developed by researchers at The University of Queensland in collaboration with arts organisations and national peak bodies. COL is designed specifically for the arts and culture sector. COL supports participants to expand their networks, rethink important issues and practices, and support one another through knowledge-sharing and goal-setting.

In this program you will meet with a group of 5 to 6 participants for 2 blocks of 6 weekly sessions (12 sessions total). We will allocate groups based on participants capacity to support each other to discuss professional challenges and opportunities openly and productively. Each peer-to-peer coaching session has a discussion guide. Each group will be facilitated by someone from our Leadership Program Alumni who has received training in facilitation of peer-to-peer coaching.

The program supports you to:

  • better understand how to practice leadership
  • experience new leadership styles and approaches
  • improve the skills you need to practice leadership like: communication, negotiation and critical thinking skills
  • forge new and long-lasting industry connections
  • explore what ethical change in the arts and culture sector looks like
  • share your learning and reflections with peers, colleagues, collaborators and communities.

We will ask you to spend your grant on engaging a mentor, and on personalised training and development to help you reach your goals. This can include training, attending conferences and skills development.

You can also use some of the grant to cover costs of attending the activities such as travel and accommodation.

You cannot spend your grant on general research, developing new or existing artworks or international travel.

We do not need a plan for how you will spend your grant in your application. We will provide you with further detailed guidance on how to spend and acquit your grant once you are accepted into the program.

We encourage you to choose your own mentor or coach. It might be a senior leader or Elder in your community, an artist or cultural leader who inspires you, or someone outside the arts and cultural industries. We can provide you with advice and support to find a mentor. You will be responsible for paying your mentor or coach from your $7,000 grant.

Once you submit your application, we will send you an email acknowledging that we have received your application. 

You will be notified about the outcome of your application by email in early June 2024. If you are selected we will contact you to discuss your access and support needs. 

Additional information

The Program Facilitator will collaborate with Creative Australia to design and deliver the program. We will be announcing the facilitator in mid-March 2024.

Our Program Facilitator will support you and your fellow participants to creatively reflect on, develop and explore leadership practices. They will have strong experience creating inclusive, accessible, culturally safe environments for learning and development.

You will hear from and learn with a range of speakers, guests and workshop leaders from diverse lived experiences, backgrounds, art forms and career stages. We will respectfully connect with First Nations Elders on Country and exchange ideas with people from inside and outside the arts and cultural sector.

In past programs we have worked with respected arts and cultural leaders and expert facilitators including Wesley Enoch (Quandamooka), Veronica Pardo, Angharad Wynne-Jones, Polykala (Tom Henderson and Ananth Gopal) and Judith McLean.

Other guests who have been part of our programs include: Aunty Loretta Parsley (Yuin Walbunja), Uncle James Ingram (Wiradjuri), Kamarra Bell-Wykes (Jagera/Butchulla), Jade Kennedy (Yuin), Lucas Ilhein and Laura Fisher, Dr Gene Moyle, Chris Cheers and many more.

‘Though I had contemplated it earlier, the program experience affirmed that strong leadership fosters collaboration, not competition. It offers growth opportunities collectively and communally, rather than individually.’


‘Another unexpected outcome is how reaffirming the program has been to my artistic practice. In a sector where imposter syndrome is large and so are egos, this program really grounded me and allowed me to reflect on my practice and realise that I actually may be pretty good at what I do!’


‘To have come together with this exceptional group of humans, has restored some faith in the future of the arts sector in Australia. There was not one person I didn’t eat with, talk to or connect with – every person was an incredible leader in their respective fields and were kind, considerate and big thinkers. I loved meeting all of them… It was a very special experience and group of people. Finally, this program made me believe in myself as an arts leader in my own right.’


‘Having worked in relative isolation from the rest of Australia’s arts sector for most of my career, it was extremely valuable to spend significant time with my peers and learn more about their own practices. The experience has left me feeling connected to my networks like never before.’


‘My participation… transformed my life. It taught me how to lead with empathy, how to back myself and my visions, how to be adaptive, how to communicate with strength, how to recognise emerging leaders, how to ensure power is shared and distributed. Being able to mobilise through conversations, actions and sharing knowledges.’


APIEF Fundraising Residential 2023

Five-day training event designed for early-to-mid career arts fundraisers.

About the opportunity

We have partnered with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to offer five places at their upcoming major residential training event, the Asia Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising (APIEF).

This five-day event will be held at Novotel 10/14 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong VIC on the 23rd–27th of October 2023.

Run by experts in educational and arts fundraising, APIEF is an in-depth training event offering interactive sessions covering a diverse range of topics including annual and regular giving, major gifts, bequests and legacies, campaigns, stewardship, ethics, effective prospect tracking, making the case for support and more.

This opportunity is for early-to-mid career arts fundraisers representing an arts organisation with an emerging and/or established fundraising program.

This opportunity includes:

  • A pass to the four-day training program
  • Four nights of accommodation at Novotel 10/14 Eastern Beach Rd (check in Monday 23
    October, check out Friday 27 October)
  • Institute materials and meals as indicated in the event schedule.

Any additional transport and accommodation costs will be the responsibility of the participant. Each place at the event is valued at A$4,860.

We encourage you to visit the APIEF website for the full program and information on presenters, sessions and opportunities.

Applicants must be employed in a role that includes fundraising or development.

Applicant organisations must:

  • Be based in Australia and carrying out most of their arts activity or practice within
    Australia
  • Be a legally constituted entity (with an ABN)
  • Be registered as a not-for-profit organisation, as defined by the Australian Taxation
    Office (ATO)*, and;
  • Be operating with the primary purpose of providing arts and cultural opportunities for
    Australian artists and audiences

*Definitions of not-for-profit entities may be found on the ATO and ASIC websites.

All expressions of interest (EOI) must outline:

  • Your organisation’s primary purpose
  • How the opportunity will benefit you
  • How the opportunity will benefit your organisation, and;
  • Your history of fundraising training

Programs team
T: 03 9616 0321
E: cpa.programs@creative.gov.au

Creative Climate Leadership Program

A transformative 5-day climate leadership program for artists and arts professionals, delivered in-person at Bundanon, NSW.

Julie’s Bicycle’s Creative Climate Leadership Benelux 2023 programme, photo by Moa Karlberg

Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) empowers artists and cultural professionals to take action on the climate and ecological crisis with impact, creativity, and resilience. It was designed to mobilise and connect a creative climate movement.

CCL offers:

  • An inspiring 5 day program of learning and peer-to-peer exchange for 24 talented and motivated participants living and working in Australia.
  • A powerful opportunity to collaborate and develop creative ideas in a serene environment.
  • A space to develop and/or scale up cultural leadership on climate action and justice.
  • A supportive network of national and international CCL alumni.

Participants will:

  1. Deepen their understanding of the climate and ecological crises as an intersectional issue.
  2. Understand and develop the role of culture and creativity in responding to these challenges.
  3. Emerge with a toolbox of approaches and practical solutions for transformative action, including:
    • approaches to action and collaboration that are equitable and inclusive
    • methods for designing solutions to complex problems
    • strategies for rethinking and reorienting the cultural ecosystem towards a thriving future that prioritises the well-being of people and nature
  4. Develop insights into climate ‘leadership’ at individual and collective levels, bottom up and top down
  5. Emerge ready to translate their learning into a CCL Action project

The Australia Council is committed to increasing the diversity of leaders in our industry and encourages applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas.

We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required.

Find out more information about this program in a one-hour Zoom information session with Mikala Tai and Adam McGowan from the Australia Council; Farah Ahmed and Chiara Badiali (Music Lead) from Julie’s Bicycle, and Australian Facilitator Ruth Langford. Watch the recording here.


This program delivery is supported by the British Council.

Ruth has a diverse background in cultural arts, environmental, social justice, youth work and Indigenous Medicines Therapy and divides her time on projects that reflect her passion for uniting ancient traditions and contemporary innovations for optimistic action and healing for all.

As a Songwoman and Storyteller, Ruth draws upon the cultural knowledge of her Yorta Yorta lineage and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community where she was born and continues to live.

Combining over twenty years traveling the world sitting with Indigenous Elders, Senior Knowledge Keepers and World Wisdom Teachers with conscious research, Ruth Langford’s vision is to connect people to the ancient wisdom of Indigenous teachings in a contemporary and relevant context through the expression of cultural arts, ceremony and ritual.

Establishing Nayri Niara Centre for the Arts of Healing and Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival, Ruth has gained a reputation as an expert facilitator and coordinator of effective capacity building programs, which have as their guiding principles Connection to Country, Culture, the Self and the Sacred.

Alison established Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit company helping the music industry reduce its environmental impacts and develop new thinking in tune with global environmental challenges. JB has since extended its remit to the full performing and visual arts communities, heritage and wider creative and cultural policy communities. JB is acknowledged as a leading organisation bridging sustainability with the arts and culture.

Originally trained as a cellist, Alison worked with seminal jazz improviser and teacher John Stevens. She worked for many years at Community Music and at Creative and Cultural Skills where she established the National Skills Academy. She has been on many advisory and awarding bodies including Observer Ethical Awards, RCA Sustainable Design Awards, D&AD White Pencil Awards. She has been on the boards of the Music Business Forum, Live Music and Sound Connections, and is on the board of Energy Revolution.

Farah Ahmed (she/they) is the Climate Justice Lead at Julie’s Bicycle. She supports the delivery of events and the Creative Climate Justice programme, developing resources, training and advocacy, connecting environmental, racial and social justice, and creative activism. Their interests lie in how art can centre stories and solutions from the frontlines of climate impacts, and how we can imagine and enact decolonial and anti-capitalist ways of being.

Farah is also co-founder and facilitator of Diaspora Futures, a reflective space for people of colour to centre collective care in the face of the climate crisis. She was on the sounding board for Arvae, a site-specific experiment in collaborative work between artists, scientists and regional environmental experts in Arosa, Switzerland, and was on the oversight board for Art For The People, a citizen’s assembly on arts and culture in Coventry. She is an alumni of the peer-led accelerator programme Huddlecraft and is also an Arts Emergency mentor, supporting young people into careers in the arts.

Thiago Jesus is a creative producer and researcher that joined JB in 2022 to work on the Creative and Climate Leadership programme. For over ten years, he has managed wide-ranging international creative projects and interdisciplinary research at People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) in collaboration with artists, academics, activists, and local communities in ten countries.

Since 2014, as the head of PPP’s Indigenous Exchange and Climate Action projects, Thiago has been working closely with Indigenous peoples from the Xingu Territory—in the Brazilian Amazon’s ‘arc of deforestation’—leading an exchange programme for the preservation of indigenous cultural practices as a key factor in safeguarding these communities from the climate crisis.

Thiago is doing doctoral research at Queen Mary University of London, funded by the AHRC (LAHP Collaborative Doctoral Awards). The study, ‘The Art of Creating Climates’, investigates how third-sector organisations with arts and environment at the heart of their programmes approach climate change and respond to environmental issues in distinct North and South contexts, in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Inhotim Institute in Brazil.

Thiago holds a MA in Visual Culture (University of Westminster) and a BA in Media and Communications (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Aimee Smith is an award-winning choreographer and climate change professional working for 20 years at the intersection of these two fields.

As a choreographer Aimee has created over 15 professional productions including Borderline, Wintering, Accidental Monsters of Meaning and The Futures Project, and has an extensive community arts and cultural exchange practice. She is inspired by the capacity of art and creative experiences to hold spaces for dialogue about the issues of our time, and to imagine the kind of future(s) we want to create.

With a Masters in Sustainability and Climate Policy, Aimee has also worked as a climate change professional across government, business and academia. She has supported arts companies and festivals to develop and implement sustainability strategies and climate action plans, and co-founded Arts and Cultural Workers for Climate Action (ACWCA) to mobilise WA artists & cultural workers for the global student climate strikes.

Anna Weekes is a parent, activist & artist with a CACD practice, working both in Australia and internationally on arts projects for social and environmental justice. Anna has previously worked in Cambodia with an arts organisation, and remote Vanuatu with a women’s group.

Anna has spent the last 14 years working in the Northern Territory. Anna is one of the Creative Producers and Executive Officers at Darwin Community Arts, is a recipient of the Kirk Robson CACD Award, Future Leaders, and Australian Progress fellowship alumni.

Antonia is an arts leader living and working on Gadigal land. She has a rich knowledge of the performing arts sector and the national touring landscape, and is passionate about the transformative impact of arts experiences as well as working collaboratively to lead on change. In her current role as Executive Director of Arts on Tour, she has led on, and is deeply committed to, supporting the transition to environmentally sustainable touring, launching in 2022 the award-winning Green Touring Toolkit. In 2024 Arts on Tour will launch a carbon neutral touring service.

Antonia has held senior management roles in marketing, producing and development at companies large and small, including Urban Theatre Projects, the Australian Theatre Forum, Performing Lines, the Lyric Hammersmith in London and Sydney Dance Company. An alumna of Adaptive Leadership Australia, past Board roles include Co-Chair of PYT Fairfield and Chair of De Quincey Co.

Ari Fuller is Facilities Management Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Queensland. With 20 years of invaluable experience at QAGOMA, Ari has emerged as a driving force for museum sustainability practices. Leading the sustainability portfolio since 2015, Ari has implemented comprehensive initiatives that have positioned QAGOMA at the leading edge of Australian museum sustainability.

Drawing on a strong background in museum operations and armed with dual arts degrees, Ari brings a unique blend of artistic sensibility, operational expertise and personal influence to his role. His commitment to institutional carbon reduction strategies has earned him recognition in and beyond the art gallery community. With a vision of carbon neutrality, Ari continues to shape the future of museum operations, leaving an indelible mark on QAGOMA’s sustainability practices and contributing to the preservation of art and culture for generations to come.

Astrid Edwards is a teacher, interviewer and critic. Her PhD at the University of Melbourne investigates potential and perceived barriers to publishing and selling climate fiction in Australia. She hosts The Garret, a podcast exploring the Australian writing and publishing industry, and teaches in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University. She is the former Chair of Melbourne Writers Festival and former Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria.

Beatrice is a Facilitator, Creative Producer and Climate Impact Manager. For the best part of the last decade, Bea has worked with festivals, events, arts organisations and touring musicians to reduce emissions and take action on climate.

Bea has worked with Green Music Australia, the Off-Grid Living Festival, Slingsby Theatre Company, the Adelaide Festival, Tim Minchin and Lime Cordial.

Last year Bea co-produced Climate Crisis and the Arts, a free one-day event as part of the Adelaide Festival. Bea also co-curated and produced Australia’s first Culture and Environment Roundtable, a collaboration with Julie’s Bicycle, British Arts Council and Australian Council for the Arts.

In November 2022, Bea launched Creative Climate Action, an environmental action course to build frameworks and set goals for sustainability in the live music and arts sector.

Bea is currently working with FEAT.Live, spearheading a new climate action strategy designed to reduce the emissions of live entertainment by unlocking sustainability funding through ticket sales.

In between projects, Bea leads multi-day hiking trips and outdoor adventures around Australia.

Bryony Anderson has been a maker, designer and creative director of participatory artworks for 26 years, creating high calibre works with salvaged materials for puppetry, performance and exhibition. Her work has toured nationally and internationally with many of Australia’s leading performing arts companies. Currently heading Terrapin’s workshop team in Hobart, Tasmania, she has led the company’s move towards carbon neutrality. She has held over 120 workshops in rural, desert, and urban communities and is currently training emerging makers in sustainable practice.

Bryony and her family spent 15 years living in an off-grid shed in the forests of NSW, where they experienced first-hand the upheavals of extreme climate events. Her work is dedicated to raising awareness of the preciousness of resources and ecosystems, coupled with the potential of imagination to motivate and illuminate.

Catherine Polcz is a curator and creative producer working across museums and media specialising in climate and the natural world. Drawing on her background as a botanist and ecologist, she has conceived and produced content for science festivals, events and panel discussions and has exhibited her own work at artist centres in Canada, US and Australia. Since 2018, she has been science producer at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory. She is the curator of 100 Climate Conversations, the new Powerhouse climate solutions exhibition, program and podcast featuring 100 weekly conversations with Australian climate leaders.

Charlie Mgee is a songwriter, ukulele-player, permaculturist and founder of the world-renowned ecological funk/swing band, Formidable Vegetable. Growing up in a tin shed with a veggie garden, rainwater tank and one 100W solar panel for power in the south-west of Western Australia, Charlie lived the low-impact lifestyle from a young age, using a dunny that didn’t flush and hanging out with his chickens for entertainment, which made him realise early on that you don’t need a lot in life to be happy.

Later on, Charlie went off to study permaculture and soon after, formed Formidable Vegetable – a band based entirely around principles of regenerative living and being good to the planet, with the hope of inspiring people everywhere to grow better gardens/lives/communities and generally make the world a nicer & more ecologically just place.

His music has been acclaimed by the United Nations and the band has performed not once, not twice, but thrice at Glastonbury Festival alongside such acts as Ed Sheeran, Dolly Parton and The Rolling Stones, inspiring the creation of many a backyard, frontyard and community garden, among other things.

Eliki Reade is an Interdependent Producer and artist of kailoma-Fijian (Fijian/European) heritage. Eliki is intrigued by many forms of storytelling and the ways it is creatively embodied, engaging with work that centres the practice, creating critical connection. Centring relationships in the work that they do and not tied to form, their producing practice covers various forms across performing and visual arts including live music, parties, poetry and spoken word performance, workshops, exhibitions, experimental and digital art. Put simply, ‘they like making cool stuff with their mates’.

They wear multiple creative hats including Program & Events Coordinator at MPavilion, co-instigator with Lana Nguyen for A Climate For Arts commissioned by Diasporas, Co-Creative Producer for Listening Across Faultlines, Pacific Drift—Crenulations & Oceanic Refractions with AM Kanngieser and Mere Nailatikau supported by Australia Council’s International Engagement Fund and VACS, Cultural Advisor for Museums Victoria’s Culture Makers Program, and Co-Chair with Lana Nguyen at SEVENTH Gallery, among many other personally fun and exciting projects and loves.

Eliki is a recipient of the Creative Victoria’s Unlocking Capacity grant (2022-24) and is currently developing a working methodology and manifesto, applying iTaukei / Indigenous Fijian knowledge in intercultural collaboration.

Fiona Lee (b. 1981 Vancouver) is a visual artist and the government relations advisor for Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action (BSCA). A graduate of Newcastle Art School and the University of Newcastle (with class one honours in sculpture), Fiona’s journey merges her art practice with her dedication to climate activism.

The line between protest, installation and campaigning is blurred, with a constant focus on challenging the social license of fossil fuels by highlighting the personal costs of climate change. Her involvement in grassroots social justice and climate organisations across the country spans two decades, including her recent coordination of the Gas Free Hunter Alliance.

A pivotal moment in her campaigning work was her participation in Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action’s landmark court win in 2021. The NSW Land and Environment Court ruled that the NSW Environment Protection Authority take significant action on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. This groundbreaking decision marked the first time an Australian court had directed a government agency to address climate change, setting a precedent for targeted climate policies across Australian states.

Following the devastating loss of her home in the 2019-20 bushfire crisis, Fiona embarked on a 12-month Bushfire Affected Artist residency at The Creator Incubator in Newcastle. From the remnants of her scorched home, Fiona crafted unapologetic and political artworks that addressed her personal loss and the impact of climate change on us all. Her resulting solo exhibition, Carbon Tax, toured Maitland and Manning Regional Art Galleries, CLIMARTE Gallery Melbourne, was featured on ABC Artworks TV and in The Art of Protest at Newcastle Art Gallery.

In 2024 her public artwork High Tide, a collaboration with architectural designer Aaron Crowe, is set to be installed at Yapang Sculpture Park within the Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie.

Grace is a scientist and stage manager with a unique blend of expertise. Currently pursuing her PhD in social-ecological systems, Grace held a previous career as a stage manager, touring nationally and internationally. Driven by her love for both theatre and the environment, Grace has undertaken a mission to promote sustainability within Australia’s theatre industry. With a strong background in research and science communication, Grace founded Griffin Theatre Company’s Green Griffin program and Bump Out Sydney. Her current project is the creation of The Theatre Green Book Australia.

Grace firmly believes that sustainability should be accessible to all and that everyone can contribute to positive change. Her research centres on cultivating and strengthening stakeholder networks across Australia to advance sustainability in the creative and cultural sectors. By understanding the intricacies of the professional theatre industry, and the science behind climate change and sustainability, Grace combines her dual passions to help arts organisations create and maintain greener theatrical practices.

Guy Ritani (Ia/they/them) is a proud Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kahungunu & Macnamara takatāpui Māori artist, activist, designer and teacher currently living on Kombumerri Country. Co-founder of PermaQueer, Pacific Climate Warrior & community organiser, Guy’s work is within the growing edge of our systemic ecological relationships to Whenua/Country, building food systems, economic support systems and housing that aligns to our planetary limits. Guy is the President of regional arts council Tamborine Mountain Arts Collective and is passionate about social systems and climate justice. Their practice it within storytelling and uses the whatever medium is available and most appropriate to tell stories needing to be told.

Dr Jen Rae is an award-winning artist-researcher of Canadian Scottish-Métis (Indigenous) descent based in unceded Djaara Country/Castlemaine, Victoria. Jen’s practice-led expertise is situated at the intersections of art, speculative futures and climate emergency disaster adaptation + resilience – predominantly articulated through transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and multi-platform projects, community alliances and public pedagogies. She is a Co-founder and Creative Research Lead of the Centre for Reworlding.

A Bundjalung-Kannakan woman (she/her) and emerging artist, Juundaal lives on Wodi Wodi land of the Dharawal nation and returned to visual arts study at the University of Wollongong in 2018. Her work functions within the discomfort of decolonisation frameworks to actively negotiate tensions, investigate strength in vulnerability and contribute to empowering the non-Indigenous and Indigenous relationship in addressing climate crisis. Healing, cultural connection and learning inextricably fuel and co-exist within her work within an intersectional environmental and Aboriginal cultural revitalisation context. As an emerging artist with a disability, her mentors and space for diverse expression in the arts, are also integral to her creative practice.

Dr Kate Scardifield is an artist and researcher living and working on Gadigal Land. Her practice is cross-disciplinary, collaborative, and focused on charting materials and material systems through states of transformation. Her works span large-scale installations, adaptable textiles, sculpture, and video. Her current projects are investigating algae-based biopolymers, designing with biomaterials for carbon capture and storage, and working with textiles as instruments for navigation, transmission and communication.

She is co-founder and Co-Director of the Material Ecologies Design Lab at the University of Technology Sydney. MEDL is a creative practice and interdisciplinary research lab committed to transforming waste and transitioning material systems for a post-petrochemical world. She is a member of the Algal Biosystems and Biotechnology group in the UTS Climate Change Cluster, working closely with marine scientists and biotechnologists on the design and development of algae-based materials for fashion, textiles and architecture.

Keg de Souza is an artist of Goan ancestry who lives and works on unceded Gadigal land in Sydney. Architecturally trained, she creates social and spatial environments, making reference to her lived experiences of squatting and organising with projects that use and food politics, temporary architecture, publishing and radical pedagogy. Keg draws from personal experiences of colonialism – from her own ancestral lands being colonised to living as a settler on other peoples unceded lands – to inform her layered projects that centre marginalised voices and lesser-known stories for learning about Place.

kelli is an artist and co-founder of boorloo based experimental art group, pvi collective. their work is renowned for being socially engaged and participatory, seeking to empower audiences to step out of their comfort zones.

kelli is a passionate advocate for experimental practice and it’s continued growth in australia. kelli is an AusCo peer, a member of #feminist educators against sexism, a climate champion for better futures australia and a trouble-maker at heart – good trouble, that is 🙂

Na’im lives and works on stolen Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Country. They’re a settler non-binary disabled queer neurodiverse radical composer, ecologist & sound artist. Their practice, identity & values are indivisible. Their work explores environmental and social justice, & personal experience using traditional notation, sonifying data, live-composing with objects, video scoring, field-recordings, hand-drawn graphic scores, & collaboration across artforms.

Na’im has been commissioned & had works performed in Australia, Aotearoa, UK, US, Hong Kong & China. They’ve had residencies at Tilde New Music Fest (Naarm, Aus) & Lijiang Studio (Yunnan, China). In 2022 they created the soundtrack to Zoë, A Good Catch Circus’s response to the climate crises.

Art is for everyone and it’s integral to growing change. Na’im wants to empower access to ecological & marginal knowledges, radical futures imagining, and weird enriching art experiences.

Noemie Huttner-Koros is a performance-maker, writer, dramaturg and community organiser based between Whajuk Noongar country and Wurundjeri country. Their practice is driven by a deep belief in the cultural and civic role of art and in engaging with sites and histories where queer culture, composting and ecological crisis occur. Shows include: Mother of Compost (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival), The Lion Never Sleeps (Australian Book Review’s Arts Highlights of 2019) & Democracy Repair Services (The Blue Room Theatre 2023).

Noemie has a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Performance Making (WAAPA) and a Master of Theatre, Dramaturgy from Victorian College of the Arts. They have worked with companies including: Mammalian Diving Reflex, Australian Theatre for Young People, DADAA, Propel Youth Arts WA and is currently the Graduate Dramaturg at Red Stitch Actors Theatre. They were the winner of the 2020 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize & 2021 WA Young Environmentalist of the Year.

Pippa Bailey is an independent producer/director/consultant based on Wangal Land in Sydney. She is committed connecting artistic practice to plans for fairer future where Climate Justice leads.

Pippa started her career as an actor and reporter/producer with SBSTV. She held leading roles in the UK including The Museum Of on London’s South Bank, oh!art at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, The World Famous – company of pyrotechnicians and Total Theatre Awards at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Since 2013 Pippa has worked as Senior Producer with Performing Lines, Sydney Festival and in the First Nations team at Carriageworks. As Director/Producer for ChangeFest 2019-21, she worked in collaboration with Elders and communities to create events that imagine systems change and rehearse fairer futures.

Pippa co-convenes the Cultural Gardeners – Australian Cultural Alliance for Climate Action, is a coordinator with Culture Declares Emergency UK, member of Collaborative Futures and a board Director of IETM: International network for contemporary performing arts.
ve Futures and a board Director of IETM – International Network for the Performing Arts.

Sēini ‘SistaNative’ Taumoepeau (she/her) is a Regenerative Orator & Songwoman, Faivā practitioner (performance of space). A voice of modern Australia, Sēini is an inter-disciplinary artist, storyteller and founder of OceaniaX, Pacific Wave and LELEI Wellness.

Commissions include: Sydney Opera House, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Museum of Contemporary Art. Sēini is a veteran of the arts, media, culture, educational and personal development sectors with an intersectional Oceanic-Pacific lens and First Nations focus.

She carries medicine in her presence, hands and voice, commanding an aesthetic in harmony and rhythm, working with the invisible and intangible.

Connecting with global communities, Sēini is known as: SistaNative, Napangardi & Cantora, with origins from Kingdom of Tonga. An Australian veteran with a career spanning more than 30+ years as a performance artist, presenter/broadcaster and creative industries professional.

Dr Tanja Beer is an ecological designer and community artist who is passionate about co-creating social gathering spaces that accentuate the interconnectedness of the more-than-human world. Originally trained as a performance designer and theatre maker, Tanja’s work increasingly crosses many disciplines, often collaborating with landscape architects and urban ecologists to inspire communication and action on environmental issues.

Her most celebrated project is The Living Stage: a global initiative that combines spatial design, permaculture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable, biodiverse and edible event spaces. Tanja’s extensive career as a designer, educator and researcher builds on more than 20 years of practice. Her pioneering concept of Ecoscenography has been featured in numerous programs, exhibitions, articles and platforms around the world. Tanja is Co-director of the new Performance + Ecology Research Lab (P+ERL) and Senior Lecturer in Design at Griffith University (Brisbane). She is the author of Ecoscenography: An introduction to Ecological Design for Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

Vika Mana is a Torres Strait Islander and Tongan storyteller that takes many forms. They are from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes of Mer Island and the village of Fahefa in Tonga. They perform poetry, write criticism and breathe life into worlds whilst doing their best to protect this one. Vika excels in a variety of storytelling mediums, all of which centre sovereignty and justice.

This opportunity is open to:  

  • Practising artists and creative/cultural/arts professionals. 
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents. 
  • Individuals who are available to travel to Bundanon NSW to attend the program in full and in person from 11 – 16 September 2023. 

You can’t apply if: 

  • You have an overdue grant report. 
  • You owe money to the Australia Council. 
  • You are applying as a group or organisation. 

You can submit your application via our online application system 

If you have access requirements, please let us know how we can support you. Please see FAQs below for information on submitting a video application. 

Selection criteria:  

  • Nuanced understanding and reflection on what creative climate leadership means. 
  • Engagement with and awareness of climate change, environmental and/or social justice themes, issues and connections in your work to date. 
  • Ability and capacity to take action and lead change. 
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work collaboratively and contribute to a group. 

Applications will be reviewed by staff and industry advisors. Your application will be based on quality, response to the selection criteria above, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Please note:   

To apply you must be registered in our application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.  

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately four weeks after the closing date.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Applicants may choose to supply up to 3 links or attachments to support your application (optional).  

Examples include: 

  • online links to documentation (blogs, news articles, other multimedia content) 
  • past projects and reports 
  • links to video files should be between one to ten minutes in .mp3, .mp4, .mov or .wmv formats 

The CCL Australia programme includes: 

A five-day residential course for arts and cultural professionals who want to take a lead on climate change. Participants will arrive on Monday and leave the following Saturday, with full days of workshops, discussions and talks in between. 

The training sessions will: 

• Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges. 

• Share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector. 

• Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas. 

• Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home. 

• Support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network. 

Themes will include: 

• Approaches to organisational change. 

• Engaging people with new narratives and shifting values through art and design. 

• Encouraging behaviour change through communications and advocacy. 

•  Collaborative ways of working to maximise impact in civic society and policy making. 

A full programme will be released to participants in advance of the course. 

After the course, participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications. 

CCL Australia is open to practising artists and creative/cultural/arts professionals based in and/or working in Australia. We encourage creatives and leaders that want to challenge the status quo and conventional ways of thinking. 

Previous applicants and/or alumni from Australia Council leadership programs are eligible to apply.

The CCL Australia will take place between 11 – 16 September 2023, at Bundanon NSW, therefore you need to ensure you are available to participate fully, in person, for the full duration. 

​Dates: 

Monday 11 September 2023 – Participants arrive at Bundanon 

Monday 11 to Saturday 16 September 2023 – Training course 

Saturday 16 September 2023 – Participants depart Bundanon. 

The new Bridge and Art Museum are wheelchair accessible. There are designated accessible parking spaces available outside the Bridge and Art Museum. Guide dogs and assistance animals are allowed on Bundanon properties. 

Arthur Boyd’s Studio and the ground floor of the Homestead are wheelchair accessible. There is a staircase inside the Homestead and uneven ground in the visitor carpark and throughout the site. 

We are committed to ensure to remove all possible barriers to participation. If you have any access requirements please let us know in advance so we can make the necessary adjustments. Please contact HOPadmin@creative.gov.au

Participants do not need to do any work prior to attending the course. However, an important part of this CCL is active participation. All participants will be given space to share their skills, knowledge or experience with the other participants. All participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications. 

Yes, CCL Australia will be held in person at Bundanon, NSW. Applicants must be able to travel and participate in person for the full duration of the course. 

Yes, if you would prefer to submit a video application instead of a written application, please record a video of max 5 minutes addressing the questions in the application form. For further information on how to submit a video application, or if you would like to discuss submitting an application in another format, please email HOPadmin@australicouncil.gov.au.

The Australia Council will cover the costs of accommodation and all meals at Bundanon, NSW during the course. 

Bus travel between Sydney and Bundanon will be provided by the Australia Council. Successful applicants can make their own preferred travel arrangements to Bundanon from other locations at their own cost.

There is an optional question for those seeking to apply for a stipend to support costs. Australia Council will pay a stipend to successful applicants who are self-employed and/or freelancers, and need support to cover costs such as interstate travel, course participation and other expenses. We suggest applicants include a breakdown of the costs you anticipate needing to cover when answering this question.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and the appropriate protocols will be put in place. We will remain in close communication with all successful applicants to chart the best course of action. 

We ask all participants to take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours before the programme starts and recommend wearing wear masks when travelling to the event on public transport. Masks and RAT tests will be made available on-site. 

Spaces will be ventilated with regular opening of windows where possible (please bring layers in case of cooler temperatures), and some sessions will be held outside weather permitting. 

All participants who, prior to the event, have symptoms of a respiratory infection, have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to carry out normal activities will be asked to stay at home. Any participants and facilitators who present symptoms during the programme will be asked to self-isolate until they have had a negative RAT test and will be asked to wear masks and maintain a distance to other participants if re-joining the group. 

Creative Climate Leadership Program Information Session

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Digital Skills Program – Workshop

A workshop designed for practitioners seeking technical support, wanting to brainstorm lingering ideas or looking to explore new possibilities.

Image credit: Rémi Chauvin

About the workshop

The Australia Council is pleased to announce the Digital Skills Program Digital Arts Workshop on Tuesday 23 May. 

The Digital Skills Program is a series of workshops, seminars and intensives that focus on using digital and emerging technologies to develop creative practice. 

As part of this program we’re offering 25-30 artists and digital practitioners the opportunity to engage with digital producers and technologists. This intimate workshop will allow for a focused discussion on specific challenges and projects amongst peers.  

This workshop is designed for practitioners who may be seeking technical support, wanting to brainstorm lingering ideas, or looking to explore new possibilities. It is designed to energise, inspire and encourage a digital mindset in artists and organisations. 

We invite you to submit your questions and digital dilemmas for the panel to brainstorm with you.  

Susie Anderson’s professional career spans 10 years and arts organisations in both Melbourne, Sydney and London and includes Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Etsy Australia and RMIT University. She is based in Naarm and currently works within the Museums & Collections department of The University of Melbourne, creating digital experiences and strategy for Buxton Contemporary, Science Gallery Melbourne, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and Grainger Museum.

Akil Ahamat is a Sri Lankan Malay artist, filmmaker and arts worker currently based on Ngunnawal & Ngambri land. Akil’s work across video, sound, performance and installation considers the physical and social isolation of online experience and its effects in configuring contemporary subjectivity. Among their research influences, they draw especially on the use of ASMR in online spaces as a self-administered therapeutic tool, translating its restorative effects into intimate audio experiences.

Akil has most recently exhibited physically at Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, Monash University Museum of Art, Institute of Modern Art and Artspace and produced online works for 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Parramatta Artist’s Studios and Sydney Review of Books.

Cara Stewart is a Creative Producer with over a decade of experience in digital storytelling, large-scale installations, and performance at leading cultural organisations such as MoMA PS1, Performa, Red Bull Music Academy, Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum, Sydney Biennale and the Powerhouse Museum. 

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Perth leadership exchange.

Governance Conversations webinar series

Learn more about contemporary issues in arts governance at our free monthly webinar series, Governance Conversations, programmed in collaboration with Diversity Arts Australia. The series will explore practical aspects of governing arts and creative industries organisations, innovative approaches, and share best practice models for ensuring diversity and cultural safety.

Register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of past webinars at the link below.

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About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course. 

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors, and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) and Board Members from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers, Board Members or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

If you are an individual not currently on a board you may be eligible for the Governance Training for Individuals opportunity.

See the FAQS below to understand any applicable costs to your organisation.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

We are supporting a number of fully subsidised (free) places in this course for small-to-medium organisations with less than $2M annual turnover.

Multi-year Investment organisations who are successful will be required to contribute 50% of the course cost ($1174.50). Multi-year Investment organisations have the option to apply for second, 50% subsidised place within the one application.

NPAPF organisations will receive one fully subsidised place and will be required to cover the full cost of an additional participant ($2349).

Alternatively, organisations seeking to secure a place with arts and creative industries peers can cover the cost. For more information about paid places, please email leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au.

Organisations can nominate 1 person to attend the course.

Multi-year Investment organisations can request an additional second place in the course. A second place is subject to applicable costs and availability. See above under “How much does it cost” for more.

NPAPF organisations must nominate 1 executive staff member and 1 board member to attend the training, and will be required to cover the full cost of the second place in the course. See above under “How much does it cost” for more.

Please also note the information about the staff and board members who are eligible to attend the course under “Eligibility”.

We are working with the AICD’s Board Advance team to offer this course specifically for creative industries professionals.

Online. The Course will be delivered online utilising Zoom video conferencing technology and appropriate technology capabilities are required.

A link to access each Online facilitation session will be made available to Participants in the MyLearning “My Courses” page.

This course is digitally accessible. Please get in touch if you have any specific access requirements.

Applicants must be available for an induction session on the first day of the course period as well as three days of the online teaching and have capacity to undertake the pre-reading and preparation in the two months leading up to the course date. 

Pre-reading of course notes is required to support your full participation in the course. The reading is extensive and requires 20-30 hours to complete.  

During the three days of the online teaching the hours will be 11am – 6:30pm AEDT. 

The course will be delivered by expert facilitators from the AICD faculty with directorship experience in a similar sector or industry.

The learning approach takes the form of a series of facilitated discussions and interactive case studies that consolidate understanding.

For any questions or further information please email leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au or call +61 2 9215 9058.

Governance Training Courses

A range of funded governance courses with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Perth leadership exchange.

Governance Conversations webinar series

Learn more about contemporary issues in arts governance at our free monthly webinar series Governance Conversations, programmed in collaboration with Diversity Arts Australia. The series will explore practical aspects of governing arts and creative industries organisations, innovative approaches, and share best practice models for ensuring diversity and cultural safety.

Register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of past webinars at the link below.

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About the opportunities

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

The courses on offer will provide participants with training in the areas of governance, risk, strategy and finance.

Learn more, and apply, via the links below:

  • Governance Training for Individuals: Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (online delivery)
    Applications open: Monday 14 August
    Applications close: Tuesday 19 September 2023, 3pm AEST
  • Governance Training for Organisations (1.5-day course): Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (online delivery)
    Applications open: Monday 14 August
    Applications close: Tuesday 19 September 2023, 3pm AEST
  • Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course): Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
    Applications open: Monday 14 August
    Applications close: Tuesday 19 September 2023, 3pm AEST

Governance Training for Organisations (1.5-day course)

Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (online delivery)

Perth leadership exchange.

Governance Conversations webinar series

Learn more about contemporary issues in arts governance at our free monthly webinar series, Governance Conversations, programmed in collaboration with Diversity Arts Australia. The series will explore practical aspects of governing arts and creative industries organisations, innovative approaches, and share best practice models for ensuring diversity and cultural safety.

Register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of past webinars at the link below.

Register and watch now

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Course.

This 1.5-day course, to be delivered online, will provide participants with an understanding of fundamental compliance and performance related roles and responsibilities of not-for-profit directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, strategy and financial performance.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors, Artistic Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the board secretariat) from small-to-medium arts organisations. It is aimed at those with no formal board governance training in the first few years of their board role.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.

  • Examine the duties and responsibilities of directors in not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.
  • Outline the role of the regulatory authorities in the NFP sector.
  • Compare the role of directors in NFP organisations with the role of directors in the commercial sector.
  • Explain the role of the board in developing strategy.
  • Establish the link between strategy and risk management, risk culture and effective leadership.
  • Explain the major elements of the financial statements and the linkages between the financial statements.
  • Identify a director’s duties with regard to an organisation’s financial statements and financial reports.
  • Discuss the board’s role in improving financial performance.

The program consists of three half-day courses:

  • Duties and Responsibilities of the Not-for-Profit Director
  • Strategy and Risk for the Not-for-Profit Director
  • Finance for the Not-for-Profit Director

This program has a length of 1.5 days with further time allocated for completing the pre-coursework (approximately one day in duration). To support the learning within this program, participants who enrol in the program also receive a recording of The Role of the Not-for-Profit Director webinar and access to the Interpreting Financial Statements eLearning course.

Access to the pre-coursework will be available three weeks prior to the course date. Participants are required to complete this in preparation before attending the online classroom sessions.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors, Artistic Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well a staff acting as the Board secretariat) from small-to-medium arts organisations
  • Organisations who do not receive Multi-year Investment from Australia Council
  • CEOs, Executive Directors, Artistic Directors and General Managers or those in the first 5 years of their tenure with no formal governance training.

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based arts organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you receive Multi-year Investment via Four Year Funding, Visual Arts and Craft Strategy or National Performing Arts Partnership Framework
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

If you are an individual not currently on a board you may be eligible for the Governance Training for Individuals opportunity.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

We are supporting a number of fully subsidised (free) places in this course.

Alternatively, organisations seeking to secure a place with arts and creative industries peers can cover the cost. For more information about paid places, please email leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au.

Organisations can nominate 1 person to attend the course.

Multi-year Investment organisations can request an additional second place in the course. A second place is subject to applicable costs and availability. See above under “How much does it cost” for more.

NPAPF organisations must nominate 1 executive staff member and 1 board member to attend the training, and will be required to cover the full cost of the second place in the course. See above under “How much does it cost” for more.

Please also note the information about the staff and board members who are eligible to attend the course under “Eligibility”.

We are working with the AICD’s Board Advance team to offer this course specifically for creative industries professionals.

Online. The Course will be delivered online utilising Zoom video conferencing technology and appropriate technology capabilities are required.

A link to access each online facilitation session will be made available to participants in the MyLearning “My Courses” page.

This course is digitally accessible. Please get in touch if you have any specific access requirements.

Applicants must be available for the two days of the course and have capacity to undertake a full day of pre-reading and preparation in the three weeks leading up to the course date.

During the two days of the online teaching the hours will be:

  • Day 1: 11am-6:30pm (AEDT)
  • Day 2: 11am-2:30pm (AEDT)

The course will be delivered by expert facilitators from the AICD faculty with directorship experience in a similar sector or industry.

The learning approach takes the form of a series of facilitated discussions and interactive case studies that consolidate understanding.

For any questions or further information please email leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au or call +61 2 9215 9058.

Governance Training for Individuals

Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (online delivery)

Perth leadership exchange.

Governance Conversations webinar series

Learn more about contemporary issues in arts governance at our free monthly webinar series, Governance Conversations, programmed in collaboration with Diversity Arts Australia. The series will explore practical aspects of governing arts and creative industries organisations, innovative approaches, and share best practice models for ensuring diversity and cultural safety.

Register for upcoming webinars and watch recordings of past webinars at the link below.

Register and watch now

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for individuals via the Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Course.

This 1.5-day course, to be delivered online, will provide participants with an understanding of fundamental compliance and performance related roles and the responsibilities of not-for-profit (NFP) directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, strategy and financial performance.

The opportunity is open to individuals in the arts and creative industries who are working outside of organisations. It is for individuals with no prior board director experience who are seeking to build capacity and capability in this area with the ambition to accept a directorship role on an arts / creative industries board.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.

  • Examine the duties and responsibilities of directors in NFP organisations.
  • Outline the role of the regulatory authorities in the NFP sector.
  • Compare the role of directors in NFP organisations with the role of directors in the commercial sector.
  • Explain the role of the board in developing strategy.
  • Establish the link between strategy and risk management, risk culture and effective leadership.
  • Explain the major elements of the financial statements and the linkages between the financial statements.
  • Identify a director’s duties regarding an organisation’s financial statements and financial reports.
  • Discuss the board’s role in improving financial performance.

The program consists of three half-day courses:

  • Duties and Responsibilities of the Not-for-Profit Director
  • Strategy and Risk for the Not-for-Profit Director
  • Finance for the Not-for-Profit Director

This program has a length of 1.5 days with further time allocated for completing the pre-coursework (approximately one day in duration). To support the learning within this program, participants who enrol in the program also receive a recording of The Role of the Not-for-Profit Director webinar and access to the Interpreting Financial Statements eLearning course.

Access to the pre-coursework will be available three weeks prior to the course date. Participants are required to complete this in preparation before attending the online classroom sessions.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • Culturally and Linguistically diverse people
  • People in regional/remote areas
  • People with Disability
  • Younger People (25 and under).

Only individuals may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, and a practicing artist or arts worker.

You can’t apply if:

  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to us
  • you are applying as a group or organisation

If you are working in an organisation you may be eligible for the Governance Training for Organisations (1.5 day) or Governance Training for Organisations (3 day) opportunities.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your professional development.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your career.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

We are supporting a number of fully subsidised (free) places in this course.

Alternatively, individuals seeking to secure a place with arts and creative industries peers can cover the cost. For more information about paid places, please email leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au.

We are working with the AICD’s Board Advance team to offer this course specifically for creative industries professionals.

Online. The Course will be delivered online utilising Zoom video conferencing technology and appropriate technology capabilities are required.

A link to access each Online facilitation session will be made available to Participants in the MyLearning “My Courses” page.

This course is digitally accessible. Please get in touch if you have any specific access requirements.

Applicants must be available for the two days of the course and have capacity to undertake a full day of pre-reading and preparation in the three weeks leading up to the course date.

During the two days of the online teaching the hours will be:

  • Day 1: 11am-6:30pm (AEDT)
  • Day 2: 11am-2:30pm (AEDT)

The course will be delivered by expert facilitators from the AICD faculty with directorship experience in a similar sector or industry.

The learning approach takes the form of a series of facilitated discussions and interactive case studies that consolidate understanding.

For any questions or further information please email leadershipprogram@creative.gov.au or call +61 2 9215 9058.

Sync Australia Online Leadership Program

About


Sync Leadership Australia Online Program is a new intensive modular online leadership and coaching program exploring leadership for people with disability and/or who are D/deaf.

The Sync Leadership program was founded over 10 years ago by Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent – two leaders with disability in the UK – to develop Deaf and disabled leadership in arts, culture, heritage and media. Sync has been successfully rolled out globally, including in Australia in 2014, 2015 and 2021 via an online format.

Access Arts is delighted to bring the Sync Leadership program back to Australia in 2022.

Taking part in Sync will help you develop new awareness and skills and refresh your confidence to progress your professional arts career.

 “Sync is not about the job you have; it is about your leadership potential and how to harness it.” Sarah Pickthall, Co-Founder, Sync Leadership.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • a practicing artist, arts worker or producer who identifies as experiencing disability and/or who is D/deaf
  • an artist or arts manager in the arts, culture or media for at least two years
  • an Australian resident
  • available for all program sessions
  • has access to suitable WiFi connection
  • willing to identify publicly as person with disability if they are the winner.

Applications must include:

  • a 100-word biography
  • a high-resolution photograph (portrait orientation)
  • answers to all application questions (in writing or on video)
  • a professional letter of recommendation.

You are welcome to submit your application in a format that is accessible to you, such as audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic or handwritten.

Click here to download the Sync Australia guidelines

Click here to download the Sync Australia application form 

The following selection criteria will be used to assess your application:

  • readiness for the Sync program – being at the right point in your professional career
  • leadership skills and flair that Sync can help you develop
  • your development in the arts and culture: short term and long-term goals
  • personal and professional experience of barriers and how these have been managed or overcome
  • commitment to the six workshops and three one-on-one coaching sessions
  • confirmed availability on all session dates and times.

For your application to be eligible, you must submit your current resume and examples of work.

Current biography (required)

  • 100 words maximum
  • Please outline your artistic background, experience and achievements

Examples of work (required)

You may select any or a combination of the following:

  • online links to documentation (blogs, news articles, other multimedia content)
  • past project proposals and reports
  • links to video files should be between one to ten minutes in .mp3, .mp4, .mov or .wmv formats

Letter of support

  • From an individual or organisation who knows your work and recommends it

Please note that where possible we prefer to receive website links, PDF or Word documents as supporting material. The maximum file size for sending an email to Access Arts is 15MB. If your application exceeds 15MB your application will not be eligible.

  1. Complete your application online at ly/SYNCLeadershipAU-2023 and upload your supporting material OR
  2. Email your completed application form and support material to syncaustralia@cpl.org.au. Please use “SYNC Leadership Australia 2022” in the subject heading.

We encourage you to apply in advance of the closing date to avoid delays caused by unforeseeable technical difficulties.

If you have any questions about eligibility or application, please contact Access Arts on 07 3505 0311 or 0403 070 661 or email syncaustralia@cpl.org.au.

Successful participants will be contacted by phone and email on Friday 28 October 2022.

You will be asked to provide information about your access requirements, so we can make arrangements for you. You will also be provided with a program timetable.

Sync Leadership Australia Online Program is presented by Sync Leadership (UK) and Access Arts, supported by Australia Council for the Arts.

Sync Leadership Australia Online Program is presented by Sync Leadership (UK) and Access Arts, supported by Australia Council for the Arts.

Digital Skills Program

A series of workshops, seminars and intensives that focus on using digital and emerging technologies to develop creative practice.

About the program

We are partnering with leading educational institutions, creative technologists and industry professionals to bring you a series of learning opportunities designed to develop your skills and to adapt and thrive in an increasingly digital world. The program aims to enable creative practitioners to develop relevant digital skills and strategies to explore new creative work and build sustainable careers.

The Digital Skills panels bring together leading artists, researchers, producers and curators in the field to talk about how they’re making, programming and working with new technologies and the digital space.

Previous panels

Workshops are ideation-based sessions with industry professionals and creative technologists designed to stimulate a digital mindset in artists and organisations. Participants are encouraged to bring problems, questions and projects to the session to have them worked through. Part tech support, part brain-storming, these sessions aim to energise and inspire participants.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming workshops.

Intensives take small groups of digital artists and practitioners to key industry events in the wider creative sector. These short intensives are designed for artists to cross pollinate with the wider digital creative industries and gain exposure to new technologies outside the art sector.

Previous intensives

Digital Skills Program × Melbourne International Games Week

Future of Arts, Culture & Technology Symposium

Riverina Arts Leadership Program

For regional arts leaders

The Australia Council facilitated a 3-month leadership program for artists and arts workers from across the Riverina between March and June 2021 in Wagga. The program is designed for both emerging and established leaders working in the arts and creative industries.The program connected with our national cohort visiting Wagga Wagga for their leadership residentials.

Participants were guided through four sessions to explore their leadership, new ways of thinking and enacting the potential of creativity for change. Activities included workshops, discussions, guest speakers and reflective practices to learn more about creative leadership.


Diversity and access: leadership program

The Australia Council encourages applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas.

We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss further. Learn more about diversity in leadership.


 

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International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) Australia Fellowship Program

Welcome to the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) Australia Fellowship Program

Australia council scholarship

The Australia Council are partnering with the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) to support four emerging and mid-career leaders from the performing arts sector to participate in a three-year fellowship program, including attendance at New York congresses in 2020, 2021 and 2022, and Taipei congress in mid-2020.

The overall aim of the Fellowship Program is to increase Australian arts leaders’ ability to sustainably and confidently operate in international markets.

ISPA’s Fellowship Program provides emerging and mid-career performing arts professionals with the opportunity to expand their international networks through membership and attendance at ISPA Congresses. The program targets leaders from specific regions and facilitates their participation in ISPA over an extended period of time.

As part of the program, fellows will attend a one-day pre-congress orientation with other members of the Fellowship Program. Fellows are encouraged to use the opportunity to build and nurture relationships, exchange ideas and to commission and present new works.

The next ISPA Congress will be held in New York in January 2020. Further information about the Fellowship Program is available on ISPA’s website.

An Australia Council Scholarship of US$24,800 per person over three years will support four high-performing, mid-career Australian performing arts leaders to participate in ISPA’s Fellowship Program. The all-inclusive scholarship covers membership, registration, travel, accommodation, per diems and program expenses.

  •  ISPA Congress New York 2020: 13-16 January
  •  ISPA Congress Taipei 2020: Dates TBA (May/June 2020)
  •  ISPA Congress New York 2021: 11-14 January
  •  ISPA Congress New York 2022: Dates TBA (January 2022)

Applicants must:

  • be permanent residents or citizens of Australia
  • be currently employed/working in the performing arts
  • have a minimum of five years professional experience in the arts
  • have not received an ISPA Fellowship in the past
  • have the ability to attend and fully participate in ISPA for the next three years.

For more information and to apply visit the ISPA website.

In partnership with:

International Leadership program (Indo-Pacific)

In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the International Leadership Program invites applicants from nine eligible Indo-Pacific countries to apply for the Arts Leaders or Future Leaders programs in Australia.

Apply for a fully funded scholarship in one of our groundbreaking programs to transform your leadership and create impact for your organisation, practice or community.

Join colleagues from across our region to explore arts leadership through a different lens and learn through a range of experiences during your visits to Australia.

Applications for the 2019 round are now closed.

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Arts Leaders program

The Arts Leaders Program is designed to transform our sector’s knowledge by developing skills and capabilities of our established practitioners. The program brings together leaders from Australia and eligible Indo Pacific countries across artforms and career levels, to inspire and enhance arts leadership. The Arts Leaders Program is a personal and professional development opportunity – it will enhance your skills and capabilities, develop your networks and provide a platform for growth.

Applications are now closed.

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Future Leaders program

The Future Leaders Program is designed to transform our sectors knowledge by developing skills and capabilities of our emerging practitioners. The program brings together a group of diverse leaders to engage with current and relevant themes affecting the future of the arts. Together, you will work through common challenges and opportunities faced within the sector today. 

The Future Leaders Program is for emerging leaders within their first ten years’ experience in the sector. The program is open to arts leaders working independently, within organisations or the broader community. 

Applications for the 2019 round are now closed.

Future Leaders Program

Arts Governance program

The Arts Governance Program is a national opportunity for organisations to enhance their governance practices through a program tailored specifically to the arts. The program aims to enhance governance skills, supporting leaders to prosper and arts organisations to thrive.

The program is comprised of two components, an arts governance workshop series and webinar series, both of which are aimed at the leaders (including board members/chairs, as well as senior management and artistic staff) of small to medium arts organisations.

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