Future Leaders Program FAQs
The Future Leaders Program is a professional development opportunity, which brings together a mixed cohort of national and international participants to take part in a 12-month program from May 2022-May 2023.
The Future Leaders Program is for emerging artists and arts workers from across the cultural and creative industries working within an organisation, independently or within community. We recommend that people who apply for the Future Leaders Program are in the first ten years of their career. The program is for people working across a range of art forms, including community engaged practice, dance, digital arts, film and radio, literature, music, multi arts, theatre and visual arts. If you’re still not sure which program is best suited to you, we encourage you to reach out by email or phone.
A residential is a five-day intensive experience that may take place in-person, online or hybrid, depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the residential. The program is designed and led by our core facilitators and responds to the needs of the group. The residentials are not a professional development conference, rather they provide time and space for the group to connect, collaborate, listen, and hear from key guest speakers. We encourage you to use the residentials as an opportunity to re-focus, invest in your development, feel nourished and plan for the future.
The Future Leaders have three residentials:
- Residential 1: 19-23 May 2022
- Residential 2: 17-21 November 2022
- Residential 3: 25-29 May 2023
The residentials are compulsory so please make sure you can attend all three residentials before you apply.
Travel restrictions permitting, our residentials will take place in regional Australia. We choose regional locations primarily to spend time learning in Country with Custodians, to slow down, rest and rejuvenate and to allow for new perspectives and knowledge-sharing in a non-urban environment.
You will be notified of the first residential location shortly after you have been accepted into the program, and the second and third locations will be announced at the end of the first residential.
In 2022-23 we are planning for our leadership program residentials to take place in-person in regional Australia, however depending on travel and border restrictions, we may need to adapt the residential to an online or hybrid gathering instead.
We will provide at least four weeks’ notice ahead of the residential if this occurs. It is highly unlikely that we will postpone any of the residential dates due to COVID-19 and are confident in our ability to produce high quality, connected residentials in hybrid ways.
That is completely understandable! If you have access requirements, travel concerns or another reason that means your preference is to join the residentials in a hybrid or digital way, we encourage you to reference this in your application so that we can work with you to develop alternative models of participation.
The Australia Council and other partners support participants to undertake the Leadership Program – an investment of approximately $3,000 per participant for each residential.
The fee that we ask you to cover is $300 +GST. This accounts for a small portion of the above investment and helps to ensure the viability of the program into the future. Fee subsidies are available for any participant that requires financial support.
We’ll look after everything else for you, including On Country learning, facilitation and guest speakers, your accommodation, ground transport, program resources and all meals for the duration of the residential.
International participants are supported by Australia Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and are not required to pay the fee. Border restrictions permitting, travel to residentials will be supported for all International participants.
Participants are required to pay their own travel expenses or seek support from their organisation (if applicable). Financial assistance is available for Australian participants who require it for access reasons, if you are an independent practitioner or if you are travelling from a remote area, including Western Australia. Travel expenses should not be a barrier to any participant interested in applying and we encourage you to contact us to discuss your travel requirements.
Border restrictions permitting, travel for international participants is supported by the Australia Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
No, Australia Council will cover these costs for all participants. We will accommodate you in your own private room with a bathroom for the length of the residential and will cover the cost of your breakfast, lunch and dinner during this time. Additional extras (such as espresso coffee and mini-bar items) are at your own expense. Per diems are not included.
Should travel not be possible, the Australia Council will cover costs to support your successful participation in the program, including tech requirements, accommodation in your own city (COVID-19 restrictions permitting) and daily meal expenses.
The Future Leaders have two virtual online sessions:
- 18 August 2022
- 10 February 2023
These dates may change but we will notify participants in advance if so. The virtual sessions online are two hours in duration and will be conducted using Zoom or Gather Town. Please contact us if you have any access requirements relating to connecting virtually.
Future Leaders lead facilitator: Dr Ananth Gopal, Polykala
Ananth holds a PhD in Human Geography specialising in socio-ecological adaptation. He has taught at the Universities of Wollongong and Melbourne and is an active researcher. Ananth has worked as an actor in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for the last 15 years and is an associate artist at Melbourne Playback Theatre Company. Ananth was trained by Marty Linksy and Ron Heifetz at Harvard Kennedy School in the Adaptive Leadership approach. He holds a Cert IV in adult education (TAE), BA (Hons) and a Diploma in Spanish language.
Future Leaders lead facilitator: Tom Henderson, Polykala
Tom has a background in journalism and politics. He has trained at the Harvard Kennedy School with Marty Linksy and Ron Heifetz and holds an Advanced Diploma of Facilitation from the Groupwork Institute. His work with Polykala has included supporting the renegotiation of the Regional Forestry Agreements; delivering adaptive leadership training to LGAs in Victoria and the Northern Territory and a range of Universities and NFPs. He holds at Cert IV in adult education (TAE), a BA (Uni Melb) and is pursuing graduate study in Psychology.