Tell me more about the International Leadership Program
Applications open: 4 September 2019
Applications close: 28 October 2019 (11:59PM AEST)
In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the International Leadership Program invites applicants from nine eligible Indo-Pacific countries to apply for the Arts Leaders or Future Leaders programs.
The International Leadership Program is for arts professionals from eligible Indo-Pacific countries to join two leadership programs in Australia.
Apply for a fully-funded scholarship in one of our groundbreaking programs to transform your leadership and create impact for your organisation, practice or community.
Join colleagues from across our region to explore arts leadership through a different lens and learn through a range of varying experiences during your visits to Australia.
We will be hosting two international online information sessions for leaders to learn more about the programs. The online sessions will be on 18 September 2019 and 9 October 2019 via Zoom.
People can register for these information sessions via the following links:
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Please read the Arts Leaders or Future Leaders program pages for further information, including key dates and requirements. Please see our International FAQ’s for further information.
The Future Leaders Program is for emerging practitioners, and the Arts Leaders Program is for mid-career to established practitioners. Both programs are open to arts leaders working within an organisation, independently or in community.
The International Leadership program invites applicants from nine eligible countries in the Indo-Pacific region. For more details about your eligibility, please see our International FAQ section.
If you are unsure about what program is most suitable for you, please refer to our program overview or send us an email for clarification, email@example.com
How to submit an application
You can submit your application via our online application system. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.
Your application should include a short introductory video, four questions responding to the selection criteria as well as your CV/LinkedIn profile as support material.
- Introduce yourself and tell us why you do what you do? (3-minute video - required).
- Why this program and why now?
- How have you explored and developed your leadership so far?
- How do you engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others?
- How do you see your role as an advocate for the arts?
Applications will be reviewed internally and alongside industry advisors. Your application will be based on merit, response the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applicants may be invited for an interview.
- Timeliness and relevance of the program to the applicant’s development.
- An active and reflective approach to leadership development.
- Ability to engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others.
- Commitment to advocacy and improving the sustainability and wellbeing of the arts sector.
For more details about the application and selection process, please see our FAQ section.
Diversity and access: Leadership program
The Australia Council encourages applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas.
We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss further. Learn more about diversity in leadership.
For questions about the program, including costs, travel and visa requirements, eligibility and our international program, please see our International FAQ section.
If you can’t find an answer, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on +61 2 9215 9058, +61 2 9215 9036, +61 2 9215 9024, or send us a WhatsApp message at +61 4540 180 547.
Arts Leaders Program facilitator: Professor Judith McLean, QUT
Professor Judith McLean is currently Chair Arts Education (QUT/QPAC) and Scholar-in-Residence (QPAC). She has extensive Board experience and is currently a company Director at Queensland Tourism and Events. In this role, Judith chairs the events business which focuses on sport, lifestyle, arts and cultural policy and practice (2009-). She was also on the board of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2009-2013); Chair, Southern Cross Soloists (2009-2015); Inaugural Chair of Major Brisbane Festivals Pty Ltd (2003-2007) and Chair & Board Member of Queensland Theatre Company (1995-2004).
Judith works in the performing arts, events and education areas as an educator, director, executive coach and company director. Over the past 13 years she has led management and executive leadership programs in corporate settings, including the health, defence, financial, media and public sectors.
Future Leaders Program facilitator: Annie Talvé, Project Sisu
Annie is a creative and strategic thinker who has worked on large, complex projects such as mergers and acquisitions, and multi-million dollar infrastructure and service delivery projects. She is a skilled and versatile communicator, group facilitator, project manager, researcher and writer. Working at senior levels in the private and public sectors, Annie has facilitated the people and culture building aspects of public private partnerships (PPPs) and commercial alliances, and business/community arts projects for a diverse range of clients. Annie specialises in cultural research, leadership development and design.
Annie has degrees in philosophy, education (University of Sydney); a masters in organisational change and design (Western Sydney University); and a Graduate Diploma in Convergent Media from Western Sydney University, where she designed a research program focusing on the innovative uses of social media and crowd sourcing by the National Library of Australia’s Trove search engine.
Our leadership programs
Communicating the Arts 2019
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 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.
Diversity in Leadership
This information session was held in September 2019 for arts and cultural practitioners with disability to find out more about the Australia Council Leadership Program.
In this session, we hear from Future Leaders Alumni, Dan Graham, in conversation with Director of Capacity Building at Australia Council, Kevin du Preez. Dan talks about his experience of the Future Leaders Program, including what a residential looks like, how he approached the application process and where he did his secondment.
This session was developed in partnership with Accessible Arts, NSW peak arts and disability organisation.
Future Leaders program
The Future Leaders Program is designed to transform our sectors knowledge by developing skills and capabilities of our emerging practitioners. The program brings together a group of diverse leaders to engage with current and relevant themes affecting the future of the arts. Together, you will work through common challenges and opportunities faced within the sector today.
The Future Leaders Program is for emerging leaders within their first ten years’ experience in the sector. The program is open to arts leaders working independently, within organisations or the broader community. We welcome applications from practitioners from a range of art forms, from across Australia and selected countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
Arts Leaders program
The Arts Leaders Program is designed to transform our sector’s knowledge by developing skills and capabilities of our established practitioners. The program brings together leaders from Australia and eligible Indo Pacific countries across artforms and career levels, to inspire and enhance arts leadership. The Arts Leaders Program is a personal and professional development opportunity – it will enhance your skills and capabilities, develop your networks and provide a platform for growth.
The program is designed for mid-career and
established leaders with over ten years’ experience in the sector.
Arts Governance program
The Arts Governance Program is a national opportunity for 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.
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 to medium arts organisations.