Applications for INTERSECT have now closed and will open again in 2019. 


The programme, INTERSECT, enables influential curators, producers, programmers, publishers and artistic directors to connect and collaborate with international colleagues.

Three Australian based and three UK based arts professionals will form a cohort who will support each other through ongoing peer mentorship over the course of nine months from July 2018 to March 2019. The focus will be on further developing and facilitating the vision expressed in each individual’s EOI application. 

The cohort will meet every other month via digital or telecommunications. They will also gather for one week in the UK and one week in Australia. These visits will include two days together on a joint programme of activities, and three days “hosted” by a local member of the cohort. When a cohort member is acting as host to an international visitor, they will be expected to share their local practice and context with the visitor, and to help create an itinerary for those three days that will support the development of the visitor’s vision. This is likely to be a combination of shadowing your work, meeting with artists and institutions, seeing art work and / or participating in workshops. The British Council and Diversity Arts Australia will also use their networks to facilitate contacts throughout the visit. 

After the introductory meeting in July, participants will be asked to create individual objectives and an action plan for the nine month period. They will work on this plan in collaboration with one of more other cohort members. The plan will include an agreed peer mentoring process with one or more members of the cohort.   

Following the February Australia exchange the cohort will participate in evaluation of their experience.  

The cohort also will have the opportunity to join the British Council's international cultural leadership alumni network. 

Where and when?

Australian based participants will travel to the United Kingdom departing Australia Saturday 8 September and arriving in London Sunday 9 September. The programme will take place from Monday to Friday. You will depart on Saturday 15 September arriving in Australia Monday 17 September.  

UK based participants will travel to Australia in February 2019. Dates will be confirmed before September 2018. 

You must be able to travel to the UK, arriving on the 9 September 2018 and departing on the 15 September 2018 with a valid passport. If you believe there is any reason you may be denied a visa you may want to consider whether to submit an application, as the British Council is unable to facilitate or guarantee that you will receive a visa. 

Check if you need a visa for the UK. 

Check if you need a visa for Australia.  

What does the programme cover?

Return economy flights to London from your closest airport, accommodation for 6 nights, in country transport costs and per diem. 

Return economy flights to Australia from your closest airport, accommodation for 6 nights, in country transport costs and per diem.

Who is eligible to apply?

The opportunity is open to influential professionals in the creative sector* who are based in Australia or the UK who have:

  • At least five years’ experience in the creative sector as a producer, publisher, curator, programmer or artistic director

  • Identify as being from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse or minority ethnic background*

  • 2018 Australian applicants must be based in New South Wales or Victoria

  • You must be available to travel to London for the specified dates and also be available to participate in the Australian leg of the program in February 2019. Dates will be confirmed in September, but it will involve a commitment of nine to ten days including travel

  • You must be willing and available to participate in regular digital / phone meetings with the cohort to take place every other month from July 2018 to March 2019

Previous British Council programme participants are eligible to apply. 

Our policy is that we will support 3 people from each country. 

What are your criteria for selecting participants?

We will be looking for applications that demonstrate that, at this particular moment, peer to peer mentorship and networks cross country will: 

(a) further the career of the recipient 

(b) facilitate sharing of knowledge and best practice between the UK and AU and

(c) lead to increased opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse or minority ethnic artists and arts professionals. 

This may be part of an ongoing international strategy, or, equally, might represent a first and important foray into establishing international networks to support your vision.

Applications to the INTERSECT programme are reviewed by an Advisory Panel made up of external members of the arts and cultural sector and representatives of the project partners.

Submissions close: 2 July 2018 (23.59 UK Greenwich Mean Time GMT)

Please note: to register your interest you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the British Council website. 

Contact Us

Anna Hay, Arts & Programme Manager via phone (02) 9326 2022 and email:

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