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Advance Your Career: Creative Leadership Program 2024-25

As part of our Advance Your Career series, we are partnering with Creative Australia to present the Creative Leadership Program 2024-25.

Are you making a change with your art practice in your collective or organisation? Do you want to develop your skills, knowledge and capacity to practice leadership in the arts and culture sector?

Learn more about Creative Australia’s new Creative Leadership Program. This is a national opportunity for artists and creative workers from across career stages and art forms to come together to share perspectives, spark ideas and create new networks. We will be joined by previous program participants, Dan Graham and Sigrid McDonald, who will talk about the diverse ways they practice leadership and what they got out of the program. Join us to find out more about what the program includes, the support available and how you can apply.

This is a free event presented by Accessible Arts with support from Create NSW.

Where & When

Tuesday 12 March
2pm – 3pm (online)

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This online session will be facilitated via Zoom. Upon registration, you will be emailed a link to access this workshop online.


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These event will be Auslan interpreted and captioned upon request. If you have access requirements, please advise during the registration process. We may need 72 hours’ notice to accommodate your requirements. Please take this into account when registering.

For more information or to discuss any access requirements you may have, please email or call (02) 9251 6499.

About the Speakers

Sigrid Macdonald
Northern Rivers-based creative, arts worker and cultural cultivator Sigrid Macdonald works at the intersection between Deaf community and culture and the creative arts sector. Sigrid’s current practise focuses on exploration of culture and identity of the unique Northern Rivers Deaf community, and cultivation of relationships and collaborations between artists and arts workers and Deaf people, both as practising artists and as audiences.

Her approach is informed by her own lived experience of Deafness, involvement in a regional Deaf community with a significant but largely undocumented cultural history, as well as her own desire for creative pursuits and connection. These influences along with holding roles in the community sector since 2006, have pushed Sigrid to play with processes which build bridges between cultural and social realms. Sigrid’s pursuit of relationships between the political, cultural and public spheres is a practise often termed as cultural mediation. Sigrid often collaborates with other Deaf/disabled creatives, social and community organisations, government bodies, regional galleries, festivals, artists and arts/cultural institutions to explore and realise opportunities for meaningful, tangible Deaf/disabled audience engagement. 

Dan Graham
Dan is a theatre director and disability advocate with a particular interest in access support for neuro-diverse performing artists. Dan has engaged with companies across Australia such as Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Sydney Festival, Sydney Fringe, Melbourne Theatre Company, Antipode Theatre Company, and Opera Australia. He’s had collaborations in the US include the Atlantic Theatre Company and Pasadena Playhouse and in the UK the Globe Theatre.

Recently Dan was Awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate Access & Opportunities for Professionals in The Preforming Arts At present he’s writing a book based on Interviews with Australian Professionals in The Performing Arts Who Are Neuro – Diverse. This Project supported by Creative Australia. He has been a fellow for ISPA as well as for of the Creative Australia’s Future Leaders Program, and received both an Ian Potter Foundation Scholarship and a Create NSW fellowship recipient. Dan is on a number of boards championing for accessible and inclusive arts across the sector.  

Creative Australia

Creative Australia have developed a range of resources to help you learn more about the program. You can visit the Creative Australia website to:

  • book in for a 1-on-1 chat with Adelaide or Emerald from the Leadership Programs team,
  • read the Easy English guide,
  • view the Auslan video flyer
  • take a look at an illustrated guide to the program or,
  • request support with applying in alternative formats such as video, audio or by interview.

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