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Creative Connections

An online learning series for
the arts and creative sector

Learn. Adapt. Respond.

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Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.

As a direct response to the current challenges faced by the arts sector, we acknowledge the isolation felt by artists and practitioners at this time, and the impact that temporary closure of many arts organisations is having on our collective wellbeing.

The series is focused around the theme of adaptation, and sessions will explore digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Sessions will be facilitated by experts in specific topic areas, with over thirty sessions available.

Creative Connections will be delivered live via our online platform and recordings will be published after each session.

Browse the full program and register for any or all of the sessions that respond to your needs and interests.

Once you have registered for a session, you will receive an email with the login details.

Creative Connections will be delivered on zoom, via heysummit. Please check your internet connection before starting the session, and note that recordings will be available after each session if you are not available at the scheduled time.

Sessions will run for 45 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions at the end. You will be invited to submit questions during the session.

Facilitators may provide resources or readings to support each session, and these will be sent to your email.

Each session will include an Auslan interpreter and published recordings will be captioned. Please contact us if you have specific access requirements.

Diversity in Leadership

This information session was held in September 2019 for arts and cultural practitioners with disability to find out more about the Australia Council Leadership Program.

In this session, we hear from Future Leaders Alumni, Dan Graham, in conversation with Director of Capacity Building at Australia Council, Kevin du Preez. Dan talks about his experience of the Future Leaders Program, including what a residential looks like, how he approached the application process and where he did his secondment.

This session was developed in partnership with Accessible Arts, NSW peak arts and disability organisation.


What does leadership look like in 2020?

We are delighted to announce the next cohort of leaders to take part in our 2020 leadership programs. These individuals will transform their knowledge, skills and capabilities. 2020 also marks the first year of the Custodianship Program adding to our commitment to our First Nations people(s) as our cultural Elders and leaders.

Grounded in respect, generosity and listening, the programs tackle the big issues and opportunities faced by arts workers. Participants explore new ways of thinking and enact the potential of creativity for change.

The Australia Council Leadership Programs are dedicated to transforming our sector’s knowledge, skills and capabilities by supporting emerging and established leaders.


Arts and Culture Governance Report

The Australia Council is pleased to partner with the Institute of Community Directors (ICDA) and Our Community to publish the Arts and Culture Governance Spotlight Report. The report highlights the unique nature of our sector but also provides an effective comparison and benchmark with other not-for-profit companies and organisations. The research validates our understanding of the current state of governance in the arts and highlights new insights about governance practices that we should respond to. The report reinforces that what we face in the arts is felt across the not-for-profit sector.

Ensuring the sustainability of arts organisations is vital to a creatively connected nation. Our cultural and creative sectors are facing significant forces of change and evolution. It is no longer possible to rely on traditional business models, modes of operation or engagement.