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Arts Governance Program

The Australia Council Arts Governance Program is a national opportunity for arts organisations to enhance their governance practices through a program tailored specifically to the arts. The program aims to enhance governance skills, supporting leaders to prosper and arts organisations to thrive.

"I found that the program challenged some basic assumptions and offered exemplary insights into how organisations can think more strategically, laterally, and responsively." 

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director Artspace

"I was particularly glad to find that the workshop focused on the importance of the organisation’s artistic vision and the board’s role in its stewardship. I recommend board members and CEOs from small to medium arts organisations take up this opportunity to refresh their governance knowledge."

Sally Farr, CEO/GM Western Edge, Youth Arts

"As an experienced director, the Arts Governance program gave me an excellent opportunity to discuss governance issues with like-minded directors and to refresh my knowledge."

Vicki Coltman, Deputy Chair, Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Program Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding of arts governance by boards and senior leadership in organisations of all sizes.
  • Strengthened understanding between senior leadership, including artistic leadership, and board members.
  • Greater confidence in managing board and organisational performance.
  • Greater confidence in guiding the artistic health of an organisation.

Program Components:

The Arts Governance Program consists of a number of discrete but inter-related components delivered in venues across the country, as well as online, during 2018.

The program is comprised of two components, an arts governance workshop series and webinar series, both of which are aimed at the leaders (including board members/chairs, as well as senior management and artistic staff) of small-medium arts organisations.

The workshops cost $350 per organisation for a maximum of three people.  This includes for each registrant a two-year membership to the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), an Our Community enterprise, a specialist not-for-profit governance membership body. The webinars are free.

Upcoming Workshops: 

  • 20 November 2019 Perth
  • 30 January 2020 Melbourne
  • 12 February 2020 Brisbane
  • 26 February 2020 port Augusta
  • 16 March 2020 Bendigo
  • 2 April 2020 Launceston

Upcoming Webinars: 

  • Arts Governance Refresher, 5 February


For more information please contact us at or 02 9215 9036.

The Arts Governance Program is presented nationally in partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Our Community enterprise.

partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia

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