The Australia Council is offering up to
10 arts leaders with disability the opportunity to join the Sync Leadership
Program, providing a focus on the interplay between leadership and disability.
Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the Sync Leadership Program,
now in its second year, provided the opportunity to challenge existing thinking
in this area, and would build on the Council’s commitment to supporting the
arts and disability sector.
“The Australia Council has a number of arts
leadership programs and we felt it was important to provide one that is
specifically aimed at artists and arts workers with disability with a view to
enhancing access to leadership roles across the sector.”
program will be held from 12 to 16 October, providing training through a
five-day residency in Adelaide, followed by individual coaching sessions
delivered by the two program creators and presenters.
Council is inviting expressions of interest from cultural leaders and
influencers with disability to apply for the intensive leadership program. It will again be presented by Jo Verrent, who
created the Sync Leadership Program with Sarah Pickhall, and this year Sarah
will join Jo in Adelaide for the event.
is a UK-based artist, producer and consultant with disability who specialises
in diversity and access, and she is a Senior Producer with the Unlimited
Festival in the United Kingdom. Sarah is
a consultant, coach, community producer and diversity engineer also based in
Missingham, a deaf artist from Queensland, participated in the Sync Leadership Program
has worked with Vulcana Women’s Circus in various roles since 2011, including as
a Board member, a trainee arts worker, participating in aerial classes and
representing deaf women in circus arts.
has been invited to join the Vulcana Women’s Circus Mentoring Program and she
has been developing the foundation of the Deaf Arts Network for SEQ, formerly
Deaf Arts Queensland, in partnership with Access Arts Queensland. The network aims to cultivate innovative
artists and make a tangible difference to the lives of deaf people as well as
provide creative integration of Australian Sign Language into arts and culture.
studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Drama, at the Queensland University
of Technology, Racheal aims to be a performer, director and producer. She said the Sync Leadership Program provided
her with the essential tools to help her reach her goals.
Sync Leadership Program is radically different to other leadership programs
that I have participated in as it was more about exploring and discussing the
individual strengths and weaknesses,” Ms Missingham said.
tools include identifying personality and leadership styles, which has helped
shape my thinking when collaborating with other leaders in the arts industry.
those tools I would have been stuck in a rut on my leadership journey.
you will have the opportunity to learn from other’s experience.”
Sync Leadership Program is delivered by the Australia Council in partnership
with Arts Access Australia.
for the Sync Leadership Program close on 2 June 2015.
apply, go to: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/strategies-and-frameworks/sync-leadership-program/
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