Good Governance for the Arts: Register now for Canberra Workshop

The Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), an Our Community enterprise, will present a Canberra workshop on 1 June for leaders of arts organisations. This program is a part of Council’s GovernanceProgram which is designed to enhance capability across the sector.

Tailored specifically for the arts sector, the Australia Council Arts Governance Program aims to enhance governance skills which are critical to effective leadership and sustainability. The program is tailored for those in leadership roles within small to medium organisations including the CEO, artistic director and board members.

Lissa Twomey, Australia Council MPA and National Engagement Executive Director, encourages executives of small to medium organisations to take advantage of this uniqueArts Governance Program to gain a deeper understanding of the unique risks to arts organisations.

“The Australia Council identified a lack of nationwide arts-specific upskilling and, as a result, developed the Arts Governance Program. Strong governance can ensure the right environment for an organisation to thrive and create great art,” Ms Twomey said.

Arts boards need strong structures and processes in place and the Arts GovernanceProgram provides effective tools to discuss how the creation of art aligns with the vision and the mission of the organisation.”

Registrations are now open for the full-day workshop in Canberra on the 1 June 2017 for small to medium organisations and up to three people per organisation can attend on the same registration. All participants receive a two-year membership to the Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Our Community enterprise, which provides a suite of online resources and active discussion forum.

The program structure covers topics such as: board composition, succession planning and diversity; the board’s role in artistic governance; optimising risk for an arts organisation; and board effectiveness. The program aims to provide participants with greater confidence in managing board performance and a greater understanding of contemporary goodgovernance practices in the arts sector.

Free webinars coordinated and hosted by ICDA, in association with the Australia Council are also available. The Council has included these webinars within the program to ensure all organisations have access to this type of information irrespective of location or budget. The webinars will occur throughout the year, creating an archived resource of governancetools. Previous topics covered were Arts Governance Refresher and Meeting Processes, with new webinars to be added.

Pilot workshop participant Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace said that the program challenged some basic assumptions and offered exemplary insights into how organisations can think more strategically, laterally, and responsively.

“The Arts Governance Program provides a unique opportunity for executive staff and board directors to think about leading collaboratively and ways to develop new strategies for supporting organisational sustainability and ambition,” Ms Glass-Kantor said.

Please check the Arts Governance Program for further dates to be announced. Additional workshops may also be scheduled based on demand. For more information or to register for a webinar or workshop please visit ICDA or contact