International Development Opportunities

Due to current restrictions on international travel, the following international opportunities will not be available:

  • International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund 
  • International Residencies Program 
  • Support to attend international markets and platforms

Artists and organisations seeking funding for international engagement are encouraged to apply to the Grants Program through the project categories closing Tuesday 1 September 2020 and subsequent rounds in 2021. 

Further information and dates for strategic international funding opportunities will be announced in late 2020 alongside a new suite of Sector Recovery initiatives. 

We acknowledge that forward planning is essential and difficult under current circumstances. All guidelines and criteria for the above opportunities are currently being reviewed to take into account the widespread impact of COVID-19. 

Please note:

If you are an Australian artist overseas in receipt of Australia Council funding, please get in contact with us if you need to discuss your situation. If you haven’t already done so, we advise registering with Smart Traveller and referring to this site to see the latest updates on border restrictions and travel advice. 

If you are an Australian artist or arts worker overseas and require assistance, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for a list of Australian embassies, high commissions and consulates and their contact details.

INTEL: Podcast series

The Australia Council’s INTEL: PODCAST SERIES is a peer-to-peer market intelligence resource designed to inform and upskill the arts sector on ‘live’, best practice, and innovative approaches to international engagement. The series spotlights guests who are actively forging pathways for the internationalisation of Australian work, and who continue to work within a cross-cultural and cross-border capacity.

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Postponed opportunities

Meet the 2020 Visiting International Publishers 
The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the fourteen international publishers, editors, agents, and scouts participating in the 22nd year of the Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program. The program will run alongside Sydney Writers’ Festival from 27 April – 1 May 2020.
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Visiting International Curators Program 2020 

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the international curators participating in the Visiting International Curators Program 2020.  The Australia Council’s Visiting International Curators Program showcases art and artists here in Australia to international tastemakers. 

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Closed opportunities

Curatorial Associates Program - Sydney X Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Australia Council’s Curatorial Associates Program gives Australian curators a unique opportunity to build Asia consciousness and capability, foster relationships with international artists and develop an understanding of alternative curatorial contexts.

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China Professional Placements: MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific X OCAT Shanghai 
Shanghai, China

The OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) museum group, established with OCAT Shenzhen in 2005, is a growing network of independent, non-profit contemporary art museums across China. OCAT’s programs focus on in-depth surveys, research, publication, and presentation of both individual artists and thematic group exhibitions. 

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China Professional Placements: The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids) 
Shanghai, China

The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids) is 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.

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IETM Spring Plenary Meeting, Tromsø 2020 
Tromsø, Norway 

The Australia Council has worked in partnership with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts Network (IETM) since 2009 to develop long term collaborations and co-productions between Australian and European artists. This project has now evolved into a broader engagement with European networks and partners.

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Visiting International Publishers (27 April-1 May 2020)

This program supports a delegation of international publishers, scouts and literary agents to travel to Australia to participate in an intensive week-long schedule of business meetings, networking events, industry forums, bookstore visits, writers’ festival events, and panel discussions with Australian publishers and agents. It provides them with the opportunity to immerse themselves in Australia’s unique literary culture, share insights into global publishing trends, and expand opportunities for Australian authors overseas.

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India Literature Exploratory (20-27 January 2020) 
Delhi & Jaipur 

The Australia Council will lead a gathering of four Australian literature and publishing sector professionals; including publishers, commissioning editors, literary magazine editors, curators of writers’ centres and literature festivals, programmers of words and ideas programs and for the first time writers on a week long research, engagement and networking program in India. 

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TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (9-12 February 2020)

TPAM is one of the most established and influential performing arts platforms in Asia; a space where people from various places in the world who are professionally involved in performing arts get together for exchange through diverse performance and meeting programs. 

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Dhaka Art Summit (7-15 February 2020)

Now in its fifth edition, the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is a hub for art and architecture in South Asia, held at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

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International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase (21-25 January 2020)
The Australia Council’s International Development Manager – North America will work with a delegation of Australians in Philadelphia to build connections with international performing arts professionals, organisations and artists working in children’s theatre/youth arts, and support their capacity to develop partnerships in North America. 

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Past Residencies


  • Jan Dibbets (b.1941) Horizon - Sea I, II, and III, 1971.  2, 3, and 2 channel video projections, colour, no sound, unsynchronised. Featuring in LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art, OCAT Shanghai, 2014. Curated by Kim Machan. Credit: MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific 
  • CeritaAnak (Child’s Story) by Polyglot Theatre at The Art Space for Kids. Credit: The Art Space for Kids 
  • ©NORDTING / The Northern Assembly marching the streets of Tromsø as part of its election campaign for the Norwegian Parliament, 2017. Photo by Martin Eilertsen
  • Visiting International Publishers. Photo: Australia Council
  • Jaipur Literature Festival. Photo: Australia Council
  • Sue Healey, On View: Japan (Kenta Kojiri, Saori Hala, Naoko Shirakawa, Ema Yuasa). Photo: Pippa Samaya
  • Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Idols, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibited as part of the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, Shilpakala Cultural Academy, Bangladesh. Photo: Courtesy of the Samdani Art Foundation
  • Sensorium Theatre, Whoosh!. Photo: Christophe Canato

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Our team

Director, International Development: Amrit Gill 

Manager, International Development Operations: Thea Baumann

North America

International Development Consultant: Norman Armour 

International Market Adviser: Karen Le Roy

North Asia

International Market Adviser: Joanna Bayndrian

South & South East Asia

International Development Consultant: Grey Yeoh 

International Market Adviser: Nithya Nagarajan


International Development Consultant: Katrina Schwarz 

International Market Adviser: Ellen Dwyer

Biennale Arte

Senior Exhibition and Project Officer: Tara Kita 

Project Manager: Tahmina Maskinyar-Scolt 

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