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Amount: Each participant will be provided with $6,000 to cover costs such as interstate travel and accommodation

Expressions of interest close: 14 March 2017

28 March 2017

Activity dates: 1 April – 30 June 2017

About the opportunity

Expressions of Interest are now open for Cross-Pollination, an audience development initiative.

This program offers peer to peer learning for staff involved in audience development across different art forms and regions.  Each participant will be paired with a contrasting organisation and complete a two week exchange to discover how each works with audiences in situ. Group workshops before and after the exchanges will allow participants to develop plans and share experiences.

The intention is for future leaders in arts organisations to understand how audiences interact with different art forms and organisations, and the various strategies employed to attract, retain and/ or deepen engagement with audiences. The exchange will help participants identify good practice, encourage a rethink of current operations and generate new ideas that can be shared and applied to their own organisations.

The program will suit emerging to mid-career arts administrators involved in programming, curating, marketing, education or community engagement, working in presenting and producing organisations of all sizes. We are looking for curious and collaborative people.

Participants will be matched by Australian Council staff, with reciprocal exchanges to take place between April and June 2017 at a suitable time negotiated by each organisation. Workshop dates will be advised following the selection.

The Australia Council will provide each participant with $6,000 to cover interstate travel, accommodation and living away from home allowance for two weeks. Travel related to workshop participation will be arranged directly by the Australia Council.


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Note this is an expression of interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

Selection Criteria

Australia Council staff and industry advisers will assess the impact of the opportunity for the individual, group, organisation, and/or work represented. They may consider one or more of the following:

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their preferred areas of learning or exchange in the ‘About your project’ section of the EOI.

Supporting material

You must confirm your organisation has the resources and capacity to host an extra staff member for two weeks between April and June 2017 before applying and supply written approval from your General Manager (or equivalent) as support material.

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest.

Selection process

Expressions of interest are assessed against a framework considering the overall mix of participants necessary to reflect a diverse range of art forms and type of organisation.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest by 28 March 2017.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact James Cox, Audience Development Officer, 02 9215 9036