British Council opens INTERSECT applications

INTERSECT is a British Council and Diversity Arts Australia led knowledge exchange. The programme aims to strengthen international connections between those who are changing whose work is seen, what is seen, how it is seen and who sees it.

The UK and Australia are both multi-ethnic societies with an under-representation of artists and creative practitioners from culturally diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

The programme aims to:

  • increase access and opportunities to artists, producers and arts decision makers from diverse backgrounds* through creative exchanges;
  • provide resources and opportunities for artists, policy makers and creative leaders; and
  • supports British artists from minority ethnic backgrounds touring their work in Australia.

Applications for INTERSECT are now open and will close at 11:59pm Sunday, 26 May 2019.


INTERSECT includes three key components:

  1. Knowledge exchange and peer mentoring for UK or Australian based curators, programmers, producers, publishers or artistic directors who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or being from a culturally and linguistically diverse or minority ethnic background* to travel between the UK and Australia to share experiences and best practice with their peers.
  2. A digital online resource for arts practitioners and organisations with research and case studies made publicly available. This platform will share knowledge and leading practice. Partner research organisations include the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, Western Sydney University and Diversity Arts Australia.
  3. A touring platform that supports British artists from minority ethnic backgrounds touring their work in Australia.

Peer mentoring and knowledge exchange

INTERSECT enables UK and Australian-based curators, programmers, producers, publishers or artistic directors to connect and collaborate with international colleagues. The cohort will have the opportunity to join the British Council’s international cultural leadership alumni network.

Peer Mentoring

Australian and UK based arts professionals from the creative sector will form a cohort who will support each other through ongoing peer mentorship over the course of nine months.

Participants will create individual objectives and an action plan for the nine-month period. The focus of the peer mentoring will be on further developing and facilitating each of the participant’s individual vision.

Knowledge Exchange

The cohort will travel between the UK and Australia to share experiences, their working context and best practice with their peers. This could include shadowing work, meeting with artists and institutions, seeing work and/or participating in workshops.

The knowledge exchange includes two days together on a joint programme of activities, and “hosted” days by a local member of the cohort. On “host” days the participant will share their practice and context with the cohort, and to help create an itinerary for the day that will support the development of the visitor’s vision.

The British Council and Diversity Arts Australia will also use their networks to facilitate contacts throughout the visit.

How to apply

Application information will be available for the 2019 intake in late March 2019. All applications must be submitted by Sunday 26 May 2019 23.59 (UK Greenwich Mean Time).

Apply here:

About the application process

Included in the online application is a series of simple general personal information questions, so we can confirm you meet the criteria and so that we will be able to contact you. There are six main questions that will require you to think about your vision for change. We recommend that you work on your responses to these questions offline before making your application.

It will take you approximately one hour to complete your online application. You cannot save your application and come back to it at a later date, the whole application must be done at once.

Applications to the INTERSECT programme are reviewed by an Advisory Panel made up of external members of the arts and cultural sector and representatives of the project partners.

For the purposes of this programme we will use the terminology Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and minority ethnic. We understand and acknowledge that many people choose to self-identify differently.

Published: 29 April 2019