Gold Coast Arts Leadership Exchange

Expression of Interest for the Exchange has now closed.

The one day Arts Leadership Exchange offers an interactive learning experience to inspire and enhance arts leadership. The program has been tailored to suit leaders from a range of career levels and will respond to local challenges and opportunities. We recognise that everyone has something to contribute and the facilitation will be centred around peer and collaborative learning.

The Exchange is hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts and City of Gold Coast in partnership with participants of the Arts Leaders Program that is taking place on the Gold Coast in March 2017. The Australia Council has a long history in building the resilience and sustainability of the arts sector through strengthening its leaders.

Who is the program for

The Exchange is designed for arts leaders in various stages in their careers based in the Gold Coast region. The program will cater for emerging, mid-career and established leaders for both independents and leaders within organisations.

Exchange details

Date:  Wednesday 8 March 2017

Time:  10am – 5pm

Venue:  Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, 1 Garrick St (cnr of Garrick St and Powell Cr), Coolangatta

Cost:  Free – participation by successful application, places limited.

Program Outline



10.00 - 10.15

Please arrive at 10am for a 10.15am start

Coffee and tea on arrival

10.15 - 10.45

Welcome to Country

Introductions and welcome

10.45 - 11.15

Guest speaker: Lee-Ann Buckskin

11.15 - 12.45

Session 1: Why the arts matter?

A facilitated discussion exploring this critical question through various lenses. This session will encourage participants to share ideas for how arts and cultural leaders can advocate for the importance of what we do.

12.45 - 1.30


1.30 - 3.00

Session 2: Regional Leadership - A case study

This session will provide participants with a practical learning experience to uncover solutions and responses to a range of challenges and opportunities faced by leaders in regional Australia. 

3.00 - 3.15

Afternoon tea

3.15 - 4.45

Session 3: Your impact manifesto 

A series of exercises designed to get to the guts of what it means to engage in your leadership path. Whether artist, manager, producer or curator we need to know what is really driving us. Within a fun and generous environment, you will hone your personal mission statement and state your intent. 

4.45 - 5.00

Wrap-up and conclusion

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Contact us

For more information please contact the Capacity Building team on 02 9215 9114 or

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