Venice Biennale Professional Arts Mentor Expressions of Interest (EOI) Guidelines

The Australian Pavilion in Venice. Photo by John Gollings.

The Australian Pavilion in Venice. Photo by John Gollings.

This is an exciting opportunity for two experienced NSW arts leaders working across the visual arts to act as mentors on the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Arts Professionals Program at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Closing dates and timeframe

  • Applications close: 7 January 2019
  • Announcement of the successful applicant: 30 January 2019

Program dates: 4 – 14 May 2019 or 26 September – 5 October 2019.

The successful applicants will be required to work with the Australia Council for the Arts (Australia Council) to develop the mentor role tailored to their skills, knowledge and experience.

Overview

In partnership with the Australia Council, Create NSW is offering two opportunities for experienced NSW arts leaders working across the visual arts the opportunity to provide leadership and support as mentors on the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale Emerging Arts Professionals Program in 2019.

The mentor roles are being offered alongside the Emerging Arts Professionals Program administered by the Australia Council. The mentors will travel to Venice and support up to 8 participants from across Australia to engage with a tailored professional development program coinciding with Venice Biennale’s Vernissage events from 4 – 14 May 2019 or events program in September/October 2019.

Create NSW is committed to the professional development of artists at all stages of their arts careers and to the growth and diversity of arts leadership in the NSW arts and cultural sector. Create NSW encourages Expressions of Interest from the Create NSW Arts and Cultural Development Program Priority Areas and previous participants of the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale Professional Development Program.

Objectives

The purpose of the mentor role is to support the skills and capacity building of the Emerging Arts Professionals Program participants while at the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s leading visual arts events. The mentors will take on a facilitation role, assisting the Program participants to leverage international networking and other opportunities and providing advice and support to enable greater participation in the Venice Biennale 2019.

The successful recipients will demonstrate they have established international networks, program delivery experience and high-level skills in leadership, mentoring and cultural competency.

Main tasks/responsibilities

  • Work with the Australia Council to ensure the mentor role is tailored to your skills and areas of expertise and appropriately supports the needs of participants on the Emerging Arts Professionals Program.
  • Work with the Australia Council to program activities and networking opportunities in Venice for the participants of the Emerging Arts Professionals Program.
  • Provide leadership and support to the Emerging Arts Professionals Program participants in Venice, 4 – 14 May 2019 or 26 September – 5 October 2019. This could include:
    • Facilitating networking opportunities
    • Establishing and hosting meetings with international delegations in Venice
    • Considering and facilitating key introductions for the Emerging Arts Professionals Program participants
    • Providing career advice and mentor support
  • Research and familiarise yourself with Angelica Mesiti, the artist representing Australia at the Venice Biennale, and her project for the Australian Pavilion.
  • Maintain regular communication with Create NSW and provide an acquittal report upon completion.

Who can apply

Create NSW encourages EOIs from previous participants of the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale Professional Development Program. We also welcome EOIs from partnerships of two people.

Applicants must consider themselves an experienced arts leader in the visual arts and cultural sector working in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Curation
  • Cultural programming
  • Arts journalism
  • Arts marketing, events and communications
  • Arts education
  • Arts philanthropy
  • Arts management
  • Gallery/museum administration


The mentor positions will be prioritised for applicants from one or more of the following Create NSW Priority Areas:

  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • people living and/or working in regional NSW
  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney

If you are proposing a partnership application for the mentor role, one person in the partnership must come from the above Create NSW Priority Areas.

To be eligible, applicants (both if a partnership) must also be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • a NSW resident. This is defined as being resident for at least 12 months prior to making an application. Evidence of address must be provided
  • available to travel to Venice from 4 – 14 May 2019 or 26 September – 5 October 2019 and attend associated meetings with Create NSW and Australia Council.

What you can apply for

You can apply for up to $7,500 to support the travel, per diems, accommodation, insurance and any additional costs associated with the program.

Support material

  • Biography and current CV (for both applicants if a partnership).
  • Support letters from employers or relevant referees detailing why you are a suitable candidate (or candidates if a partnership).
  • Support material – examples of recent exhibitions, projects, writing/critical reviews (as relevant to your area/s of expertise).

Assessment criteria

Your EOI should demonstrate:

  • Artistic & Cultural Merit (Quality):
      • clear artistic and/or cultural vision or your contribution to artform, cultural diversity, location or cultural practice
      • excellent knowledge of the international contemporary visual arts sector
      • well-articulated benefit of the international professional development opportunity to your career

 

  • Engagement and Participation (Reach):
    • understanding of international engagement strategies in the arts and cultural sector
    • demonstrated networks in the arts and an openness to information sharing and collaboration
    • demonstrated experience in mentoring, managing people, leading others, or developing volunteers
    • demonstrated cultural competency working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal people.

 

  • Viability and Budget (Health):
    • sound planning
    • appropriate use of requested public funds.

Apply now

To express your interest you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Create NSW contact

We encourage you to discuss your application prior to making a submission.

Please contact: Sam Wild | Senior Manager, Arts Investment and Development
Ph: (02) 8289 6425 Email: sam.wild@create.nsw.gov.au

Australia Council Emerging Arts Professional Program (EAPP)

More information on the requirements for the Australia Council EAPP and position description is here: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/international/EMERGING-ARTS-PROFESSIONALS-PROGRAM-VENICE-BIENNALE-2019/

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