Investing in Australia’s strong arts leadership: present and future

    10 December 2018

    The Australia Council has announced the next cohort of participants in its flagship Arts Leaders and Future Leaders programs.

    The 20 participants of the Arts Leaders program will embark on a 12 month journey of leadership activities aimed at further embedding strong leadership across the artforms.

    This collaborative program will take these mid-career, established artists and arts workers to regional locations across Australia and to Indonesia for intensive residentials. The leaders will take part in workshops and virtual meetings, delving into the critical issues impacting the arts globally.

    A further 20 participants will take part in the Future Leaders program, which caters to high potential emerging arts leaders. This six month program includes residentials, workshops, peer-to-peer engagement and the chance to participate in a secondment program.

    Australia Council Director Capacity Building Kevin du Preez said it was crucial to invest in strong arts leaders and to ready them for the future.

     “At the heart of the program design is an understanding that our sector is already rich in knowledge and capability, and that artists and arts leaders learn and evolve through sharing stories and experiences,” he said.

    “Over the years Australia Council programs such as these have substantially benefited the sector and the career of individual leaders. The programs continue to contribute to the future of the sector as whole, whilst providing pivotal professional development for the successful participants.”

    The 40 Australian leaders will be joined in 2019 by 10 international arts leaders, as part of the Australia Council’s International Leadership Program, offered in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The international participants will be announced at a later date.

    Arts Leaders - 2019

    Alexandra Adsett (QLD) Alex Adsett Publishing Services

    Michael Barlow (WA) Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

    Este Darin-Cooper (NSW) Creative Partnerships Australia

    Kathryn Gray  (NSW) Independent

    Anne-Marie Heath (NSW) The Arts House Wyong

    Philip Heuzenroeder (VIC) Wild At Heart

    Edwina Johnson (NSW) Byron Writers Festival

    Jennifer Kerr (VIC) Melbourne International Jazz Festival

    Peter Knight (VIC) Australian Art Orchestra

    James Lockyer (VIC) Arts Centre Melbourne

    Anne Loxley (NSW) c3West/MCA

    Fiona Maxwell (QLD) Brisbane Powerhouse

    Kylie McRae (VIC) Chamber Made

    Lachlan Philpott (NSW) Playwriting Australia

    Nicholas Pickard (NSW) APRA AMCOS

    Sally Richardson (WA) Steamworks

    Eira Swaine (SA) Australian Dance Theatre

    Karen Therese (NSW) PYT Fairfield

    Colette Vella (NSW) Musica Viva Australia

    Annette Vieusseux (VIC) Lucy Guerin Inc

    Future Leaders - 2019

    Tahlia Azaria  (VIC) Circus Oz

    Annie Bourke (VIC) Malthouse Theatre

    Caine Chennatt (WA) UWA Cultural Precinct

    Amber Cronin  (SA) Independent

    Meredith Dellar (NT) Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

    Bethany Falzon (NSW) Northern Beaches Council

    Ciaran Frame (NSW) Independent

    Nuala Furtado (NSW) PACT

    Hannah Grace (NT) Desart

    Penelope Grist (ACT) National Portrait Gallery

    Grace Herbert (TAS) Independent

    Joshua Lowe (TAS) DRILL/ Yellow Wheel

    Jay Emmanuel (WA) St George’s Dance and Theatre

    John Quertermous (NSW) Opera Australia

    Daniel Santangeli  (VIC) Midsumma Festival

    Patrice Sharkey (VIC) West Space

    Autumn Skuthorpe  (QLD) Crossroad Arts

    Christina Taylor (VIC) Independent

    Justin Wolfers (NSW) The Lifted Brow / Allen & Unwin

    Tamara Zimet (NSW) Sydney Writers’ Festival

    Media contact:

    Brianna Roberts, Media Manager

    Australia Council for the Arts

    Mobile: 0498 123 541 / Phone: (02) 9215 9030 


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