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 programme will enable 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 connect and collaborate with international colleagues.
2018 Australian applicants must be based in New South Wales or Victoria.
Australian and UK based arts professionals from the creative sector** 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 each individual’s vision.
The cohort will travel between the UK and Australia to share experiences and best practice with their peers, this may include shadowing 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.
The cohort will also have the opportunity to be part of the British Council's international cultural leadership alumni network.
The UK and Australia are both multi-ethnic societies with an under-representation of artists 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. 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.
** For the first year of the programme the creative sector will include performing arts, visual arts, literature and screen.