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NOW CLOSED. Closes 28 February 2022. The National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous Arts Leadership Program, supported by Wesfarmers Arts is a professional development opportunity, which brings together a mixed cohort of national First Nations arts workers who are ready to reflect on their skills, capabilities and what leadership means to them individually.

The Program supports First Nations arts workers to deepen their understanding of the creative sector and build their network of support. This unique opportunity aims to nurture individuals as their careers progress.

The Program is run by the National Gallery and is supported by Wesfarmers Arts as part of their commitment to First Nations leadership in the arts.

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2022 Applications
Applications for the National Gallery of Australia’s 2022 Indigenous Arts Leadership Program are now open. If you are a First Nations person who is passionate about learning and developing a meaningful and fulfilling career in the arts, we encourage you to apply for the Program.

Applications close Monday 28 February 2022 at 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Key dates of the 2022 Indigenous Arts Leadership Program
Applications Close: Monday 28 February 2022 at 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Residential One: in Wiradjuri Country at Wagga Wagga (NSW) Thursday 31 March – Wednesday 6 April 2022.
Residential Two: in Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country at Canberra (ACT) Thursday 26 May – Thursday 2 June 2022.
Graduation: Evening of Thursday 2 June 2022.

Who is the Indigenous Arts Leadership Program for?
First Nations arts workers who are at various stages of their careers. The Program attracts learners who are open to new ideas, able to learn in a group situation and willing to share knowledge and insights with others, and participants who understand their leadership responsibilities and want to learn more about themselves and their communities.

What is a Residential?
A Residential is a six- to seven-day intensive experience that may take place in-person, online or hybrid, depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the Residential. The Program is designed and led by the Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program Coordinator and guided by the Elder-in-Residence, responding to the needs of the cohort. Each Residential provides a time and space for the group to connect, collaborate, listen, and hear from Elders, community, key guest speakers, Alumni and National Gallery staff.

How much does the Indigenous Arts Leadership Program cost?
Wesfarmers Arts and the National Gallery of Australia support participants to undertake the Program. All costs are covered by the Program, except the cost of getting you to and from your home to airport.
We’ll look after everything else for you, including On Country learning, facilitation and guest speakers, your accommodation, ground transport, program resources and all meals for the duration of the Residentials.

Do I have to pay for accommodation or food at the Residentials?
The Program will cover these costs for all participants. We will accommodate you for the length of the Residential and will cover the cost of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner during this time. Additional extras (such as espresso coffee and mini-bar items) are at your own expense.

Any Question Contact
Ian RT Colless, Dharabuladh (Therabluat) clan of the Gundungurra people
Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Coordinator
National Gallery of Australia
M: 0447 811 081