Arts Governance Program

The Australia Council Arts Governance Program is a national opportunity for arts 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.

Program Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding of arts governance by boards and senior leadership in organisations of all sizes.
  • Strengthened understanding between senior leadership, including artistic leadership, and board members.
  • Greater confidence in managing board and organisational performance.
  • Greater confidence in guiding the artistic health of an organisation.

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Program Components

The Arts Governance Program consists of a number of discrete but inter-related components delivered in venues across the country, as well as online, during 2017 and 2018.

The first two components of the program, launched in April 2017, comprise 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-medium arts organisations.

The workshops cost $350 per organisation for a maximum of three people.  This includes for each registrant a two-year membership to the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), an Our Community enterprise, a specialist not-for-profit governance membership body. It also includes access to a private arts governance online forum. The webinars are free.

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Workshop Series

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Webinar Series 

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About the Program



"I found that the program challenged some basic assumptions and offered exemplary insights into how organisations can think more strategically, laterally, and responsively." 

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director Artspace

"I was particularly glad to find that the workshop focused on the importance of the organisation’s artistic vision and the board’s role in its stewardship. I recommend board members and CEOs from small to medium arts organisations take up this opportunity to refresh their governance knowledge."

Sally Farr, CEO/GM Western Edge, Youth Arts

"As an experienced director, the Arts Governance program gave me an excellent opportunity to discuss governance issues with like-minded directors and to refresh my knowledge."

Vicki Coltman, Deputy Chair, Art Gallery of Ballarat



Next Workshops

Upcoming Workshops
Upcoming Webinars
29 May, Sydney CBD - FULLY BOOKED
30 May, Parramatta
1 June, Canberra - FULLY BOOKED
20 June, Brisbane - FULLY BOOKED
22 June, Cairns - FULLY BOOKED
18 July, Adelaide - FULLY BOOKED
20 July, Hobart - FULLY BOOKED
15 August, Melbourne - FULLY BOOKED
16 August, Melbourne - FULLY BOOKED
12 October, Perth - FULLY BOOKED

14 November, Darwin
16 November, Alice Springs

23 August, Board Review
12 September, Arts Governance Refresher
21 November, The Role of an Arts Chair


Plus more to be announced.

Further dates to be announced. Additional workshops may also be scheduled where demand warrants.

Contact Details

For more information please contact us at leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au or 02 9215 9115.


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The Arts Governance Program is presented nationally in partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Our Community enterprise.

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