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Arts Leadership Program

Instigated by Richard Ryan AO and brought to you by Adelaide Festival Centre, Flinders University and the Leaders Institute of South Australia.

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The Arts Leadership Program is a fully funded, four-day intensive, with tailored leadership guidance and curated workshops from expert leaders.

Developed in conjunction with Flinders University and the Leaders Institute of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival Centre's Arts Leadership Program instigated by Richard Ryan AO is designed to support arts industry workers across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, who see themselves as future leaders, gain the tools to take their career to the leadership level.

Participants receive:

  • Personalised leadership tools
  • Key successful arts knowledge
  • Peer support
  • Mentoring
  • A microcredential from Flinders University


  • Role of arts and culture in society and the importance of arts leadership 
  • Future leadership cut through: highlighting the intrinsic value of the arts, in a world where economies are a measure for the arts  
  • Cost, opportunity, and models for cultural infrastructure, engaging communities and symbols of a cities civic pride in its own culture and interest in others. 
  • Tour & networking opportunity 
  • Kegan and Lacey Immunity to Change exercise: exploring progress blockers  
  • One-on-one time to create a personalised leadership development plan with timing and actions 
  • Group mindfulness exercise 
  • Peer coaching and networking 
  • Reflective personal leadership activity  
  • Influencing and responding to government legislation  
  • Communicating with simplicity across an organisation and beyond 
  • Finding meaning in complex systems and bringing everyone on the journey 
  • Navigating relationships with creative people 
  • Planning and choosing creative opportunities including complementary elements 
  • Art & Technology: If good ideas can come from anywhere, when will we start listening to artificial intelligence?  
  • Marketing the arts: audiences and where to find them, targeted messaging, and appropriate channels to match your audience 
  • Funding in the arts: self-sustaining, government, partnerships, and donors 
  • Group problem solving of complex real-life challenges in the arts  


  • Demonstrated experience in the Arts
  • Written application components

How to apply

  • Curriculum vitae
  • 400-word application (selection criteria)
  • Brief recommendation (letter of support from a third party, e.g. manager)

Key dates

  • Applications open: 27 July 2023
  • Full program available: 14 August 2023
  • Applications close: 9 September 2023
  • Notification of outcome: 20 September 2023
  • Program dates: 23 October to 26 October 2023

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Applications for the 2023 intake have now closed

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