Arts Leaders Program

Program Overview

The Arts Leaders Program brings together leaders from across the country, artforms and career levels to inspire and enhance arts leadership in Australia. The Arts Leaders Program will enhance your capacity as a leader, develop networks and provide the platform for you to be the best leader you can be.

Participants will engage with some of the most dynamic and influential leaders in Australia, exploring the issues and challenges that face the arts today. The Program will explore new ways of working including: how organisations are run; how we create partnerships; engage with audiences, communities and stakeholders. Participants will commit to a 15 month-long journey of leadership activities including three intensive residentials, virtual meetings and a leadership project, which stretch them intellectually and personally.

The aim of the program is to build the capabilities of strong leaders to deliver a resilient, sustainable and vibrant arts sector. 

Who is the Program for?

The program is designed for arts leaders in various stages in their careers. The program will cater for emerging, mid-career and established leaders. This mixed cohort approach will maximise the learning experience through peer learning and custom components suited to various levels of experience.

Program Structure

The next intake for the Arts Leaders Program will be in late 2017 and will open for submissions in July 2017.

The Arts Leaders Program includes:

  • Three intensive residentials.
  • Invitations to ‘deep-dive’ workshops throughout the program including topics such Governance and Strategy.
  • Access to the Australia Council Leadership Mentoring program when it suits you.
  • Access to ongoing opportunities through our Leadership Alumni program.

Program Outcomes

Participants in the program will have:

  • Enhanced skills, capabilities and knowledge to survive, adapt and thrive.
  • Richer insight into what makes a great leader.
  • Stronger capability to lead an evolving arts sector.
  • Strong networks and relationships across the sector and across the country.

Program Dates

The Expression of Interests for current program is now closed. The 2017 intake will open submissions in July 2017 and close on midnight on 15 September 2017. The residential dates and locations for the 2017 intake will be announced in June 2017 prior to the closing date. Each residential will run over 3-4 days and generally be over weekends.

Program Fees

Program fee: $900+GST ($300 x 3) includes accommodation, catering and program resources at three residentials.

Scholarships and fee discounts: No applicant is discouraged from applying due to their financial situation. Applicants are able to apply to be considered for a fee discount. Selected scholarships may also be available. Please contact us for more information.

Travel: Participants are expected to pay their travel expenses, if required. Travel assistance is available for individuals from remote areas and from Western Australia travelling to the east coast. Please contact us for more information.

Selection Criteria

Leaders will be assessed proportionately to their experience level. Leaders will be selected using the following criteria:

  1. Readiness – The individual can demonstrate how the program will benefit their leadership development and dedicate the necessary time to fully participate in the program.
  2. Collaborative learner – Ability to learn in a group and collectively work on solving problems; the individual will have demonstrated willingness to share their own resources and skills with the group.
  3. Level of commitment and engagement – The individual demonstrates a passion and commitment to the cultural sector; demonstrates an openness to new ideas and an approachable style.
  4. Leadership ability and potential – The individual displays behaviours which indicate they have potential to grow in their leadership, whether they are emerging, mid-career or established. These behaviours may include strategic thinking skills; leadership promise; commitment to personal development; self-mastery and integrity.

Expression of Interest

Entry to the program is competitive. For each intake, a balanced mix of backgrounds, artforms, occupations, experience and gender will be selected by the panel. Applications will be assessed by the selection panel and short listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application once the selection process has been completed.

Support Material

You must submit either a short CV (1-2 pages) or your LinkedIn profile. You will be required to submit a URL for either of these. Your resume should be uploaded online and an URL provided as support material. To find out how to get your CV online click here.

Selection Process

Industry advisors will rate Expressions of Interest according to the selection criteria above and give advice and feedback to Australia Council staff. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview prior to the Australia Council selecting the final group.

FAQs for the Australia Council Leadership Program can be accessed here.

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