Through INTERSECT, we identify exceptional individuals from Australia and the UK who could play a significant role in enhancing diversity and inclusion through their role in the arts in the years ahead. If you have a vision for change then this could be the opportunity for you. We are looking for individuals with the ideas, energy and commitment to work collaboratively with all members of the cohort.

More about the types of people we are looking for:

  • You will need to be based in Australia or the United Kingdom.  
  • 2019 Australian applicants must be based in New South Wales or Victoria*. 
  • At least five years’ experience in the performing arts, visual arts, literature or screen sector as a producer, publisher, curator, programmer or artistic director.
  • Identify as being from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse background in Australia or a minority ethnic background in the UK**
  • You must be available to travel to the UK and Australia for the specified dates. 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 willing and available to participate in regular virtual meetings with the cohort to take place every other month from July 2019 to March 2020. 
  • You should be able to explain how you want to make change in your country and how this links to your vision.
  • We are looking for people who are committed to supporting the development of diversity and inclusion their country, and so encourage those to apply who have good knowledge and strong networks in the country they are based in.
  • Previous British Council and Diversity Arts Australia programme participants are eligible to apply (this does not include previous participants of the Intersect programme). 
  • Our policy is that we will support 4 people from each country. 
  • You cannot be currently employed by, or an immediate family member of the British Council, or Diversity Arts Australia.

You must be able to travel to the UK, arriving on the 30 August 2019 and departing on the 7 September 2019 and to Australia, arriving on the 17 January 2020 and departing on the 25 January 2020 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.  

* For the second year of the programme we have received funding from Create NSW and Creative Victoria to support participants from these states. We hope to expand in future years. 
** 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.