Over 50 national and international arts leaders and future leaders will participate in the Australian Council program


The Australia Council has announced the 54 participants in its leadership programs which invest in emerging, mid-career and established creative practitioners in Australia and the Indo-Pacific.

The Arts Leaders, Future Leaders and International Leadership programs aim to connect participants to explore new ways of thinking and develop skills and abilities in the creative and cultural industries.

The programs will each take place over 12 months and will involve three interconnected in-person, hybrid and/or digital residencies, with online learning moments in between. The program model will remain responsive to the COVID-19 situation.

The international component of the program is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which works closely with the Australian Council to advance cultural and creative leadership in the region and foster ongoing collaboration and exchange.

Adam McGowan, Director of Industry Initiatives for the Australian Council, said:

“In partnership with DFAT, we are delighted to once again welcome participants from seven countries across the Indo-Pacific to join the program, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New -Guinea, Malaysia, Vietnam and for the first time Samoa.

We are also excited to expand the International Leadership Program to 14 participants from across the region, four more than in previous years, to connect and imagine new models of leadership, environmental sustainability and our creative recovery. Building sector capacity is key to ensuring a thriving and sustainable sector as we look to the future.

The 54 participants in the leadership program reflect considerable experience, talent and diversity. We look forward to the conversations that will emerge as we address sustainability, ethical leadership and advocacy across our region.”

2022 Arts Leaders Program

Adam Wheeler, Tasdance/Assembly 197

Amy Curl, Sydney Bethany Ashley-Ward Improvised Music Association, Carclew

Brett Adlington, Museums and Galleries of NSW Christine Scoggin, WA Chamber of Arts and Culture Danielle Kellie, Circa

Dunja Rmandic, Art Gallery of Western Australia Evelyn Corr, Overland Literary Journal

Grace Vanilau, CACD practitioner and cultural producer Jessica White, University of SA and freelance writer Jose Da Silva, UNSW Galleries

Leanne de Souza, Nightlife Music Mark Smith, MusicNT

Natalie Rose, Shopfront Arts Co-op

Nina Bonacci, ILBIJERRI Theater Company

Riona Tindal, Independent Deaf Creative Arts Advocate

Ruth McMillan, Tangentyere Artists and Town Camp Designs Sim Luttin, Art et al. and Arts Project Australia

Yolande Norris, ArtsACT Zohar Spatz, La Boite Theater

International artistic leaders

Ace Le, Lân Tinh Foundation, VIETNAM

Cathy Lasam, independent artist educator, PHILIPPINES

Eunike Nugroho, Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists (IDSBA), INDONESIA Levina Wirawan, Independent Art Director and Producer, INDONESIA Rashmi Dhanwani, The Art X Company, INDIA

Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, Our Voice Comedy for Change, INDONESIA Tenma, The Casteless Collective, Madras Medai, INDIA

Future Leaders Program 2022

AJ Lamarque, actor and independent producer

Andi Snelling, freelance performer, writer and director Andrew Clark, Big hART

Celia Coulthard, Adelaide Festival Center David Ralph, Outer Urban Projects

Donna Woods, First Nations Media Australia and independent singer-songwriter Eugenie Lee, interdisciplinary artist

Fiona Dorrell, NT Writers’ Center

Harley Mann, Na Djinang Circus and Circa Contemporary Circus Ian Sinclair, antidisciplinary artist and playwright

Joe Alexander, Music in Exile

Katina Olsen, freelance choreographer Kuichiang Kuiy, freelance producer Leah McIntosh, Liminal

Lewis Major, Lewis Major Projects

Mariam Arcilla, 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art Nadya Sinyutina, The National Gallery of Victoria Ripley Kavara, independent artist and producer

Sarah Asumadu, Freelance Writer and Community Engagement Officer Vishnu Arunasalam, Agal Dance Company

Future international leaders

Adriana Nordin Manan, freelance writer, playwright, translator and researcher, MALAYSIA

Andrew Kuliniasi, Knack Theater and Studio Productions, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Nguyen Vu Xuan Ha, Chaosdowntown Cháo and A Sông, VIETNAM

Mac Andre Arboleda, Artists Network for Digital Rights, PHILIPPINES

Olisana Mariner, Studio Onelook, SAMOA

Titas Dutta, Birati Samuho Performers Collective, INDIA Varsha Yeshwant Kumar, The One All Trust, INDIA

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