INTERSECT is a British Council and Diversity Arts Australia led knowledge exchange initiative that aims to support greater cultural diversity and inclusion in the arts.
The British Council and Diversity Arts Australia are working with Creative Victoria, the University of Western Sydney and the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London on a program that aims to reduce exclusion and provide greater resources and opportunities for artists and creative leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds.
INTERSECT includes three key components:
Knowledge exchange and peer mentoring for six curators, programmers, producers, publishers or artistic directors who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or being from a culturally and linguistically diverse or minority ethnic background* to travel between the UK and Australia to share experiences and best practice with their peers.
A digital online resource for arts practitioners and organisations with research and case studies made publicly available. This platform will share knowledge and leading practice. Partner research organisations include the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, Western Sydney University and Diversity Arts Australia.
A touring platform that supports British artists from minority ethnic backgrounds touring their work in Australia.
The UK and Australia are both multi-ethnic societies with an under-representation of artists and creative practitioners from First Nations and culturally diverse backgrounds.
INTERSECT seeks to contribute to social cohesion by supporting multiple ways of seeing the world through the arts. It hopes to increase access and opportunities to artists from diverse backgrounds through creative exchanges, an online platform and touring culturally diverse work. It will strengthen international collaboration between those who decide whose work is seen, what is seen, how it is seen and who sees it.
* For the purposes of this programme we will use the terminology Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and minority ethnic. We understand and acknowledge that many people choose to self-identify differently.