Find below all the Terms and Conditions for INTERSECT.

Anyone applying for INTERSECT should be aware of the following:

INTERSECT is a British Council and Diversity Arts Australia led knowledge exchange. The programme aims to strengthen international connections between those who decide whose work is seen, what is seen, how it is seen and who sees it.

The Programme is run by the British Council, PO Box 88 Edgecliff NSW Australia.

1. The Programme

INTERSECT is a knowledge exchange programme that enables influential curators, producers, programmers, publishers and artistic directors to connect and collaborate with international colleagues. Four Australian based and four UK based arts professionals (the “Participant(s)”) will form a cohort who will support each other through ongoing peer mentorship over the course of nine months from July 2019 to March 2020 (the “Programme”). The focus will be on further developing and facilitating the vision expressed in each individual’s application.

2. Territory and eligibility

The Programme is open to individuals who meet the criteria below:

Be based in Australia (New South Wales or Victoria) or the United Kingdom. In this case, being ‘based in’ means that you currently live in this country at the time of applying and you have a long term commitment to that country.  Your vision for change needs to be relevant to the country you are applying from. 

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

Applicants must be those who identify as being from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse background in Australia or from a minority ethnic background in the UK*

You must be willing and available to participate in regular virtual meetings with the cohort to take place every other month from July 2019 to March 2020. (15 July 2019, 16 Sept 2019, 15 Nov 2019 and 16 March 2020). While every effort is made to adhere to these dates, there may be adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances. Any changes will be communicated to participants once finalised.

You must be available to travel to London arriving on the 30 August 2019 and departing London on the 7 September 2019 and also be available to participate in the Australian leg of the programme arriving on 17 January 2020 and departing on 25 January 2020. While every effort is made to adhere to these dates, there may be adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances. Any changes will be communicated to participants once finalised.

You must be able to travel to the UK or Australia 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

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You must not be currently employed by the British Council, or be an immediate family member of a British Council or Diversity Arts Australia employee. (In this case immediate family member is defined as one’s spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren are also counted as immediate family members.

Alumni of previous British Council and Diversity Arts Australia programmes are eligible to apply.

British Council recognises that childcare needs can be a barrier to participating in the Programme. We are able to make a contribution toward childcare costs that are above the Participants usual expenditure which will be discussed and negotiated on a case by case basis where specific criteria are met.

Participants will not receive a fee to participate in the INTERSECT programme. Each participant will receive approximately AUD$10,000 value in kind from the British Council and INTERSECT partners, in the form of travel and accommodation expenses, meals and programmed activities.

* For the purposes of this programme we will use the terms Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and minority ethnic. We understand and acknowledge that many people choose to self-identify differently.

3. Programme application dates

Expressions of Interest will be open 10.00 on 29 April 2019 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). The closing date for applications will be 23:59pm on 26 May 2019 UK Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The British Council reserves the right to extend the closing date. Any entry received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be included in the selection process. The British Council accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise that may result in any entry being lost, delayed or not properly registered.

Where possible shortlisted candidates will be notified by week of 10 June 2019.  This notification will be made to the email address provided by the Participant when applying for the Programme in accordance with section 4 of this document.  In this notification, the British Council will inform each candidate about the outcome of their application the next steps of the selection process that they should follow. Decisions of the assessment panel are final. No correspondence will be entered into.

4. How to apply

The Programme will be promoted through the British Council Australia website and the Websites and Social Media of the British Council offices overseas. To apply, Participants must access the application through the application link on the British Council website and then follow these steps:

  • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions 
  • Answer the contact and eligibility questions
  • Provide personal data
  • Answer the professional background questions
  • Answer the Application Questions
  • Answer Equality and Diversity questions (this is not compulsory)
  • Submit the application form

Video/Audio Applications

Video and/or audio submissions are to be maximum length of 15 minutes and must answer the applications questions 3-8. Responses to each individual question should be 1-2 minutes maximum. Please also include links to your website or recent work. Video applications are to be supplied via a link to a private YouTube or Vimeo page. Audio submissions should be emailed with a link to a Dropbox or We Transfer audio file. 

Participants are responsible for ensuring they complete the form fully and correctly. Once submitted, there is no option to change or edit the entry.

5. Selection Process

The applications will be reviewed by an Advisory Panel made up of external members of the arts and cultural sector and representatives of the project partners. Selection will be made based on the programme selection criteria provided by the British Council in Australia and Diversity Arts Australia.. The Advisory Panel will provide a shortlist of candidates per country to the British Council in Australia for final selection. 

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 and minority ethnic artists and arts professionals. 

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

The successful applicants will be asked, as a part of their long term development, to stay connected to the INTERSECT alumni network and to the British Council.

6. Application and process

Anyone applying for INTERSECT should be aware of the following:

Application: your application should be accurate, not omit any facts that are relevant and not be misleading. If we find that there are significant errors or omissions in the information you have supplied to us in the course of your application you will not be offered a place in the programme, or we will terminate your application.

Eligibility criteria: to be eligible to take part, you must meet all criteria listed in section 2.

Selection: the selection process will be fair. No applicant will have, or should seek or accept, any unfair advantage.  No member of the British Council or its partners involved in the process will unfairly promote or disadvantage the interests of any applicant. If we find that you have secured an unfair advantage in the selection process we reserve the right not to offer you a place, or withdraw or terminate your application.

UK visa and entry clearance: your UK visa application will be processed through the website who have the discretion to decide whether to approve or reject your UK visa application. The British Council will provide you with the necessary supporting documents but cannot guarantee the outcome of your visa application.  

Australian visa and entry clearance: your Australian visa application will be processed through the website who have the discretion to decide whether to approve or reject your Australian visa application. The British Council cannot guarantee the outcome of your visa application.  

Changes of circumstances: if your circumstances change by an event or events that are genuinely beyond your control, or in ways that are generally unexpected, or you change your mind after you are selected, you should contact us immediately. 

7. How we use your personal information

If you apply to participate in the INTERSECT Programme, we will need to collect and process your personal data in order to process your application. We will need to collect certain categories of personal data from you in order to process your application, including:

  • Name and email address
  • Professional background
  • Country of residence

Those who are shortlisted or selected to take part in the programme will need to provide other personal information to aid travel booking, and taking part in the programme.

We also ask you to provide equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) information, which may include sensitive personal data/special categories of personal data such as

  • Gender
  • Information about any disability
  • Ethnic background

Submission of equality and diversity information is entirely voluntary. If applicants submit equality and diversity information, it will be collected on a form and separated as soon as possible to preserve anonymity. Equality and diversity information will be used for monitoring of equality of opportunity and the production of depersonalised statistics but will not be used for any other purpose and will not be used as part of the shortlisting and selection process.

Your personal data may also be shared with INTERSECT partner organisations, for example Diversity Arts Australia. 

British Council will use the information that you are providing in connection with processing your registration. The legal basis for processing your information is agreement with our terms and conditions of registration (contract).

Data Protection

British Council complies with data protection law in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold on you, and the right to ask us to correct any inaccuracies in that information. If you have concerns about how we have used your personal information, you also have the right to complain to a privacy regulator.

For detailed information, please refer to the privacy section of our website, or contact your local British Council office. We will regularly review the information we hold and delete information we no longer need.

8. Publicity and rights

The British Council may publish the names, photographs and information about the successful Participants on the British Council’s websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and in other promotional and marketing material. In addition, in collaboration with the relevant Participant, the British Council in Australia may write and publish articles, edit Participant biographies for consistency and publically write about the successful Participants’ and the impact of the Programme on their professional life.  By entering the Programme, each Participant agrees to the use of their name and image and agrees to co-operate with any such publicity or marketing of the Programme.

All rights in the British Council’s name and logo, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and other promotional and marketing material and all course and examination content and materials (together the “Council’s Materials”) shall remain the exclusive property of the British Council (or its licensors). By participating in the Programme, Participants agree that they will not use, broadcast, publish, export, exploit, reproduce nor copy part or all of any non-publicly available British Council Materials without permission.

9. Programme and events

The British Council will use its reasonable endeavors to follow the Programme as advertised. However, the British Council reserves the right to change the Programme at short notice (including the guest speakers and the times of their presentations). In the unlikely event that the British Council needs to change the location of the Programme to a different area of the UK or Australia, it will give the Participant as much notice as possible. In the event that any such changes are made, the British Council will not be liable to refund any costs incurred by the Participants.

Entry to the Programme is free of charge. The British Council in Australia shall arrange and pay for the travel of Participants to the Programme in the UK and Australia. During the duration of the Programme Participants will be provided with the following: 

  • Return economy flights to London from your closest airport and accommodation for 8 nights 
  • Return economy flights to Sydney or Melbourne from your closest airport and accommodation for 8 nights
  • A per diem will be provided during the exchange dates to cover meals not covered by the British Council (excluding time spent on plane)
  • Participants who are self-employed and not on a company salary will be provided with a contribution of AUD$700 during the UK and/or Australian exchange period as applicable.

Participants are responsible for any excess baggage to/from the UK/Australia.

You must complete the required reading material provided as part of the program prior to the commencement of the UK programme. While every effort is made to adhere to these dates, there may be adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances. Any changes will be communicated to participants once finalised.

Particpants will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the terms of the Programme and their travel

Particpants may be required to take part in a public discussion about their participation in the Programme through the Programme partners. 

The views expressed by external speakers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of the British Council. The British Council does not extend or express any warranties or representations as to the quality and/or accuracy of the content of presentations given, or information supplied, by the external speakers.

The British Council will use its reasonable endeavors to ensure that the Programme proceeds as advertised, but it reserves the right to cancel at any time. In the unlikely event that the Programme is cancelled by the British Council, the British Council accepts no responsibility for travel, additional accommodation outside of the Programme dates or other costs which may have been incurred by the Participants.

10. Visas/Invitation letters and travel insurance

The British Council will provide letters of invitation for Participants’ UK and Australian visa applications.  If the Participants require a visa they should allow sufficient time for the application process. The British Council cannot guarantee that Participants will be given a visa.

11. Liability

The British Council does not exclude or limit in any way its liability to the Participant for any death or personal injury caused by the British Council’s negligence, any fraudulent misrepresentation by the British Council, or any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

(b) Subject to paragraph (a), no liability is accepted by the British Council for:

loss of or damage to property belonging to the Participant or anyone travelling with the Participant (for example, watches, jewellery, cameras or clothing); or

losses or additional expenses incurred by the Participant due to delays or changes in travel services, sickness, weather, strikes, riots, war, quarantine or any other cause beyond the British Council’s reasonable control; or

any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses.

Subject to paragraphs (a) and (b), the British Council’s total liability to the Participant in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty) misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise arising under or in connection with these Programme rules, or the Participant’s participation in the Programme, shall be limited to £300 for that Participant.

12. General

The British Council may disqualify or refuse to accept the application of any Participant which does not meet the eligibility criteria in section 2 or does not otherwise comply with these Programme terms and conditions.

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes or claims (including, without limitation, non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Programme.

By participating in this Programme, Participants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

13. Complaints

If any Participant wishes to make a complaint, they can do so by email, letter or telephone, however Participants are encouraged to submit complaints in writing wherever possible. All complaints should be made within 90 days of the date that the event occurred, or the date that the issue came to a Participant’s attention. Participants should refer to the British Council’s Customers Services website for further information and contact details.

14. Enquiries

Participants may direct their general enquiries to the programme dedicated email address Enquiries will be replied within 5 working days.