20 June 2011

Accelerate: Australian Indigenous Creative Leadership Programme

Applications are now open for ACCELERATE, a unique professional development initiative designed to boost and further the careers of Indigenous Australians working in the arts.

ACCELERATE provides an intensive, fully funded programme for four successful candidates that includes tailored leadership development, mentoring and industry placements in Australia and the UK.

Developed in response to the lack of representation of Indigenous Australians in positions of influence within the creative sector, ACCELERATE recognises future cultural leaders and equips them with the profile, skills and networks to drive their own careers, both internationally and at home.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of individual participants, with two parts taking place in Australia and the UK. Eight shortlisted applicants will participate in a cultural leadership workshop in Australia, with four subsequently selected to travel to the UK for a formal professional visit within Britain's world-renowned creative sector.

We're now seeking expressions of interest from Indigenous creative leaders across Australia. Applicants should have 5 - 10 years experience in their creative field and be poised to take the next steps in their careers.

Organisers will be working closely with participants to create a programme that suits their area of expertise and professional aspirations. Applicants are invited to self-nominate, or can be nominated by community peers and industry leaders.

Application forms, selection criteria and further background is available at http://www.accelerate.org.au/ or email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.au

Expressions of interest are now being accepted and will close on Friday 22 July 2011.

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