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18 June 2018

Six British and Australian arts professionals from culturally diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds will be selected to travel to each other’s countries as part of the innovative mutual exchange program INTERSECT, set up by the British Council and Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS).

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Six British and Australian arts professionals from culturally diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds will be selected to travel to each other’s countries as part of the innovative mutual exchange program INTERSECT, set up by the British Council and Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS).

INTERSECT enables influential curators, producers, programmers, publishers and artistic directors to connect, peer mentor and collaborate with international colleagues. In the first year of the program, the focus will be on people from the performing arts, visual arts, literature and screen sectors.

Program participants will develop valuable international networks that they can draw upon during their careers, including access to the British Council’s extensive global alumni network.

The most recent Census data showed that Australia is increasingly diverse with almost half the population first or second-generation migrants, however the arts sector does not reflect this. According to the Australia Council for the Arts' 2017 Making Art Work report, artists from a non-English speaking background account for only 10% of the arts workforce compared to 18% within the general workforce.

INTERSECT was developed through stakeholder consultation facilitated by DARTS and Footscray Community Arts Centre. The program’s Advisory Group includes leading Australian and British arts practitioners of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and minority ethnic backgrounds.

By connecting British and Australian arts leaders and decision-makers, INTERSECT seeks to support platforms for art that reflect, resonate with and enrich society.

Expressions of interest for the INTERSECT program are now open.

Key dates:

  • Applications close 02 July 2018 23.59 UK Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
  • 10 - 15 September 2018 (UK visit)
  • Early 2019 (Australia visit)

Creative Victoria is supporting INTERSECT through our Diversity and Inclusion Program.

For INTERSECT eligibility criteria visit the British Council website

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