Communicating the arts

Australia Council Delegation

Applications are now closed.

Applications open: 23 September 2019

Applications close: 22 October 2019 (11.59PM AEDT)

Accepted applicants notified: 30 October 2019

Event dates: 12-14 November 2019

The Australia Council Marketing Summit and the Leadership Program respond to the evolving arts ecology. Through these initiatives we recognise the need to support our sector’s emerging and established leaders with the skills and capabilities to lead through change. This year, to complement these ongoing activities, we are supporting 13 delegates to attend the 24th Communicating the Arts conference in Sydney.

Communicating the Arts is a three-day conference, taking place from 12-14 November in Sydney, which will explore Cultural Leadership with over 250 delegates from the visual arts, museums and performing arts around Australia. 

The Australia Council is proud to be a Conference Partner for the 2019 Communicating the Arts conference.

2019 Delegates:

  • Lior Albeck-Ripka
  • Alice Cottrell
  • Toni Wills
  • Cat Jones
  • Julian Woods
  • Alison Hayles
  • Bianca Winataputri
  • Julia Mendel
  • Priya Vunaki-Singh
  • Michelle Brown
  • Cynthia Crespo
  • Patricia 'Rita' Pryce
  • Olivia Power
  • Julia McNamara

Communicating the Arts

The act of leading in the cultural sector comes from all levels – artists, curators, senior managers, directors, small and large, the subsidised and independent sectors. It involves both exceptional management of cultural organisations and curating experiences and work which shows different ways of thinking, feeling and experiencing the world. 

Over three days, explore best practices and hear from a range of international and national arts colleagues - sharing ideas of how they engage with community, tell new stories and grapple with the big issues of the day, to more practical tips on ethical decision making and collaborating in cross cultural teams.  

Communicating the Arts will explore cultural leadership along four key axes: Being Bold, Risk Taking, Connecting and Reinventing.

Please refer to the Communicating the Arts website for full program details and guest speakers.

This opportunity is a provided partnership with Communicating the Arts.

The Australia Council will cover the registration fee for the three-day event. We will provide three nights of accommodation in Sydney (11-14 November or 12-15 November 2019).

Travel support is not provided but if this limits your participation please contact us to discuss.

Any additional costs, including meals, transport and entertainment outside the program will be at the applicant’s expense. 


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website. Applicants must be available to attend the conference in Sydney from 12-14 November 2019.

There are 13 scholarships available which have been assigned to the following communities:

  • 3 x positions for applicants working in marketing and communications
  • 3 x positions for applicants living with a disability

If these positions are not filled, they will be passed onto the next best candidates.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

  • the impact of the opportunity in developing your leadership, such as leadership goals or career trajectory
  • how the topics relate to your current challenges, artistic practice or organisation strategy.

Supporting material

Please upload your CV/Resume as support material for your application.

How to apply

To apply log in here to our Application Management System (AMS) if you have an account. You can create an account if you do not already have one.

  1. Select 'Apply for a Grant' from the left panel menu.
  2. Then under 'Communicating the Arts 2019' click on the button 'Apply to attend the Communicating the Arts conference'
  3. Complete the fields
  4. Upload any necessary support material
  5. Select Save once complete
  6. If you are not ready to submit your nomination you can return to it through 'Your draft applications' in the left panel menu at a later date
  7. Otherwise select ‘Submit’


For enquiries about this opportunity, please contact the Capacity Building team at the Australia Council for the Arts on 02 9215 9058 or

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