The Australia Council for the Arts is offering presenters and programmers an opportunity to join a delegation to the 2017 YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival.

The delegation will spend the final four nights of the festival immersing themselves in First Nations arts and culture. Delegates will have the opportunity to see and discuss work with colleagues, network and develop curatorial capacity in First Nations arts.

Location: Melbourne
Dates: 10–14 May 2017
Expressions of interest close: 14 March 2017
Notification: 28 March 2017

Australia Council are looking for presenters and programmers who are seeking authentic experiences for their audiences and might not otherwise have the opportunity to see a diverse range of First Nations work.

Image from Yirramboi’s ‘Black Critics’ program

This opportunity is designed for presenters and programmers who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see a diverse range of Indigenous work. It seeks to respond to a gap between audience interest and presentations of Indigenous work highlighted in Australia Council research Showcasing Creativity and Building Audiences.

Delegates will participate in a schedule of activities comprising of selected performances and group activities, along with other events as indicated by the Australia Council.

The Australia council will arrange and cover return flights, provide four nights accommodation in a central location and supply tickets to nominated events. Any additional costs will be borne by the participant.

Participants are encouraged to extend their stay to take in more of the festival and add value to their travel with meetings and events outside of scheduled activities.


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 or organisation according to the following selection criteria:

  1. How the opportunity delivers on your audience development goals
  2. How the opportunity will strengthen your capacity as an arts professional and/or organisation to deliver your audience development goals
  3. The relevance and timeliness of the proposed opportunity in delivering your audience development goals
  4. The ability of you and/ or your organisation to effectively implement change.

Supporting material

No supporting material is required. You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest.

Selection process

The delegation will be formed against a framework considering the overall mix of participants necessary to reflect a diverse range of art forms, regions and experience.

Applications from regional and remote areas are strongly encouraged.

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

Click here to submit an Expression of Interest

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, Australia Council for the Arts on 02 9215 9036.


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