China Professional Placements 2018

Image credit: Windmill Theatre Co's Beep. Photo by Shane Reid.
Image credit: Windmill Theatre Co's Beep. Photo by Shane Reid.

China Professional Placements

Australia Council’s placements in China give Australian arts professionals a unique opportunity to build international expertise, foster industry relationships and develop an understanding of the Chinese arts market.

We work in partnership with select Chinese arts organisations to support a range of experiences. Since 2016 the Shanghai International Dance Center, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, and Splitworks music industry organisation have hosted Australian placements. 

In 2018 we are offering one placement at the A.S.K (Art Space for Kids), China’s leading theatre for children. The A.S.K presents international productions and commissioned works in Shanghai and Beijing, and maintains a robust touring program throughout China.

The A.S.K also incorporates the Academy of Creativity, which offers education programs, workshops and summer camps for children.   

The opportunity

Over 12 weeks, you will be immersed in the daily operations of the A.S.K. This placement coincides with the presentation of works by The Last Great Hunt and Windmill Theatre from Australia as well as two productions, one by Thalias Kompagnons and one by HELIOS Theater, from Germany. You will have the opportunity to accompany and assist Windmill Theatre on a one-week tour to Kunshan.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for arts managers, tour managers and producers to apply for a 2018 professional placement at The A.S.K.

Location: Shanghai, China

Role: Arts Management, Production, Touring, Education, Marketing and Communications 

Length of placement: 12 weeks

Dates: 3 September – 25 November 2018

Grant amount: $12,000

Expressions of Interest have now closed

Notification: Week of 28 May 2018


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website. NB: Chinese language skills are not essential.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by a panel of representatives from the Australia Council and the A.S.K, referring to the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria

You should address the following in your expression of interest.

Desirable experience and skills

  • Arts administration experience, particularly in producing and touring 
  • Experience of and an interest in delivery of education programs
  • An understanding of marketing and communications for the performing arts
  • Interest in theatre for children

Impact on career

  • How the proposed activity strengthens your professional practice
  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • How the proposed activity enables you to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand
  • How the proposed activity grows your capacity as an arts professional

Suitability for opportunity

  • Your ability to work effectively across a range of contexts and cultures
  • Your approach to challenges and working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

Supporting material

  • Additional material can be submitted to help support your expression of interest, including a CV and letters of support.
  • You are not required to submit a budget with your Expression of Interest. 

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Note, this is an expression of interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program. 


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Sabina Finnern, Project Officer on 02 9215 9046 or

Submit an EOI 

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