INTERSECT cohort with the creative community of Cardiff at Fio Theatre

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

Peer Mentoring

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. 

Participants will create individual objectives and an action plan for the nine-month period. The focus of the peer mentoring will be on further developing and facilitating each of the participant’s individual vision.

Knowledge Exchange

The cohort will travel between the UK and Australia to share experiences, their working context and best practice with their peers. This could include shadowing work, meeting with artists and institutions, seeing work and/or participating in workshops.

The knowledge exchange includes two days together on a joint programme of activities, and “hosted” days by a local member of the cohort. On “host” days the participant will share their practice and context with the cohort, and to help create an itinerary for the day that will support the development of the visitor’s vision.

The British Council and Diversity Arts Australia will also use their networks to facilitate contacts throughout the visit.


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.

Who can apply

In the first year of the programme, the creative sector included performing arts, visual arts, literature, music and screen.

 In 2018 the program was open to candidates in Victoria and NSW. Please check the website closer to the application date for geographical eligibility in 2019.