International
engagement

Tina Havelock Stevens, Ghost Class (video still) 2015, HD Video with sound, 10 minutes 59 second. Camera: Oscar Sanabria. Courtesy the artist.

The Australia Council remains actively committed to supporting Australian artists and organisations to stay connected internationally and respond to ongoing challenges to cross-border collaboration.

Our current advice is to consider digital and remote options for international engagement at least until 31 December 2021. Read more

Our work aims to strengthen the Australian arts and cultural sector’s international engagement, reputation, vital relationships and collaborations; and expand international opportunities for Australian artists through initiatives that support connection and engagement without physical mobility.

  • To support a diverse and inclusive global art making practice that actively prioritises First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD), disability, ageing and young people-focused practices.
  • To build capacity and increase growth for Australian arts in established markets, while responding to emerging trends, inter-regional relationships and new markets.
  • To build the capacity of the Australian arts sector to engage and participate internationally.
  • To showcase Australian art and artists internationally and here in Australia to international taste makers.
  • To provide opportunities for cultural exchange, skills and creative development within a global context.

The Council’s International Arts Strategy (2015-2020) has been a valuable roadmap in directing and informing our investment. Climate change and environmental responsibility, and a post-pandemic environment, require significant reconsideration of international engagement. The opportunity exists to leverage the Australian art sector’s success and strong networks to innovate in partnership with our international peers.

As such, we are evaluating and refreshing our International Arts Strategy in 2021. It will be replaced with a new strategy incorporating international engagement, mobility and exchange. We see this process as a prime opportunity to build on the Australian sector’s pre-COVID success to innovate international engagement, mobility and exchange for the future.

The International Arts Strategy (2015-2020) evaluation survey is now closed. The Council’s International Arts Strategy (2021-25) will be released in the second half of 2021.

Throughout 2021, a targeted program of connection without physical mobility will be implemented to support artists and organisations to stay connected, ensuring the continuation of vital relationships, collaborations and influence with peers, that in turn lead to future opportunities for Australian artists.

Our priorities include:

  • global First Nations exchanges
  • hyper-local arts with global connections
  • mobility of ideas over physical mobility and touring
  • digital and live hybrid engagement
  • centring equity and diversity in representation of Australian arts internationally
  • amplifying Australia’s creative and cultural engagement with the Asia Pacific and its diaspora communities
  • continuing to advocate for the value of arts and culture to international tourism.

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Closing soon

re(situate) Biennale Delegates Program

Closing Date:

Tue September 21, 2021 3:00 pm (AEST)

The Australia Council Biennale Delegates Program is a professional development opportunity for individuals based in Australia. The 2022 theme is re(situate), an offer to refocus and reposition as we step into this next era in international engagement within the visual arts.

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Open

International Curators Program: Asia Pacific Triennial x TarraWarra Biennial

Closing Date:

Tue October 12, 2021 3:00 pm (AEDT)

Curators, creative and cultural producers who identify as First Nations and/or of the Asia Pacific diaspora based in Australia are invited to apply for funding support to participate in a series of online and in-person exchanges.

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Open

Australian Pavilion Invigilation Program – Venice Biennale 2022

Closing Date:

Tue October 19, 2021 12:00 am (AEDT)

For the Venice Biennale 2022, the Australia Council is inviting applications for invigilators of the exhibition in the Australian Pavilion. Marco Fusinato is the artist commissioned for Australia’s national representation at the Venice Biennale 2022. The exhibition is curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor.

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Open

Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) Residency

Closing Date:

Tue October 26, 2021 3:00 pm (AEDT)

Founded in 1998, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) is the largest international residency centre in the Nordic and Baltic region. Every year up to 90 arts professionals from around the world are offered a working period of one to three months. The studios are located on Suomenlinna Island, a World Heritage site, and in the Cable Factory cultural complex in central Helsinki.

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Closed

Transmitter: Darwin x Delhi

Transmitter is an international digital lab conducted by Serendipity Arts Foundation (India) and Darwin Festival (Australia), supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. The provocation is to interrogate the relationship between technology and the body and how this relationship might become a creative catalyst for performance in both virtual and physical spaces. Our engagement with the arts has shifted radically in the last year and opened up opportunities beyond the physical space of art-making, to use technology to interpret one’s practice and examine how we adapt ourselves in this hybrid space. We’re interested in investigating how artistic process and spatial relationships are informed by technology.

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Closed

TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting In Yokohama

TPAM is one of the most established and influential performing arts platforms in Asia; a space where people from various places in the world who are professionally involved in performing arts get together for exchange through diverse performance and meeting programs that take place under the TPAM umbrella.

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Closed

Curatorial Associates Program – Sydney X Ho Chi Minh City

The Australia Council’s Curatorial Associates Program gives Australian curators a unique opportunity to build Asia consciousness and capability, foster relationships with international artists and develop an understanding of alternative curatorial contexts.

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Closed

China Professional Placements: The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids)

The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids) is China’s leading theatre for children. The A.S.K presents international productions and commissioned works in Shanghai and Beijing, and maintains a robust touring program throughout China.

View opportunity

Closing soon

re(situate) Biennale Delegates Program

The Australia Council Biennale Delegates Program is a professional development opportunity for individuals based in Australia. The 2022 theme is re(situate), an offer to refocus and reposition as we step into this next era in international engagement within the visual arts.
Open

International Curators Program: Asia Pacific Triennial x TarraWarra Biennial

Curators, creative and cultural producers who identify as First Nations and/or of the Asia Pacific diaspora based in Australia are invited to apply for funding support to participate in a series of online and in-person exchanges.
Open

Australian Pavilion Invigilation Program – Venice Biennale 2022

For the Venice Biennale 2022, the Australia Council is inviting applications for invigilators of the exhibition in the Australian Pavilion. Marco Fusinato is the artist commissioned for Australia’s national representation at the Venice Biennale 2022. The exhibition is curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor.
Open

Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) Residency

Founded in 1998, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) is the largest international residency centre in the Nordic and Baltic region. Every year up to 90 arts professionals from around the world are offered a working period of one to three months. The studios are located on Suomenlinna Island, a World Heritage site, and in the Cable Factory cultural complex in central Helsinki.
Closed

Transmitter: Darwin x Delhi

Transmitter is an international digital lab conducted by Serendipity Arts Foundation (India) and Darwin Festival (Australia), supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. The provocation is to interrogate the relationship between technology and the body and how this relationship might become a creative catalyst for performance in both virtual and physical spaces. Our engagement with the arts has shifted radically in the last year and opened up opportunities beyond the physical space of art-making, to use technology to interpret one’s practice and examine how we adapt ourselves in this hybrid space. We’re interested in investigating how artistic process and spatial relationships are informed by technology.
Closed

TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting In Yokohama

TPAM is one of the most established and influential performing arts platforms in Asia; a space where people from various places in the world who are professionally involved in performing arts get together for exchange through diverse performance and meeting programs that take place under the TPAM umbrella.
Closed

Curatorial Associates Program – Sydney X Ho Chi Minh City

The Australia Council’s Curatorial Associates Program gives Australian curators a unique opportunity to build Asia consciousness and capability, foster relationships with international artists and develop an understanding of alternative curatorial contexts.
Closed

China Professional Placements: The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids)

The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids) is China’s leading theatre for children. The A.S.K presents international productions and commissioned works in Shanghai and Beijing, and maintains a robust touring program throughout China.

Digital Diasporas participants

The Australia Council for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts are pleased to congratulate the three recipients of Digital Diasporas, a new online research residency delivered in partnership with China Residencies: Amy Lam (Canada), Casey Tang (USA) and Tian Zhang (Australia).

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