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6 August 2019


Getting more women with disability into leadership positions in the arts and cultural sectors is the aim of a new professional development program called Front & Centre.

Produced by Accessible Arts – NSW’s leading arts and disability organisation – Front & Centre is designed to help women with disability move into roles such as artistic directors, board members and senior positions in programming and management.

Funded by the NSW Government through the Women NSW 2019 Investing In Women Grant Program, the initiative involves an accelerated 14-week program of 1-to-1 specialised leadership coaching, peer support and introductions to senior decision-makers and influencers in the arts, creative and cultural sectors.

Front & Centre participants will have access to six 50-minute coaching sessions (in person and online), a range of professional networking opportunities (in person and online) and a range of professional development tools. The coaching and networking will be conducted by Judith Bowtell of Albany Lane Consulting, a highly experienced career and leadership coach who specialises in supporting people in the arts, creative and community sectors.

Up to 10 places are available in the program which will take place from September 2019 to March 2020. Front & Centre is open to any women currently active in the arts, creative and cultural sectors, living in NSW or the ACT and who identify as being Deaf or as a person with disability. First Nations women, women from culturally linguistic backgrounds, older women, women in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply.

Accessible Arts CEO Kerry Comerford: “Front & Centre seeks to overcome the severe under-representation of women with disability in leadership roles in creative industries by fast tracking the development of the strategic networks that are essential to creating careers and leaders.

“Change comes from the top and helping more women with disability to become arts leaders will also help accelerate efforts to make arts, culture and events more accessible for artists, arts workers and audiences with disability.”

“We’re excited that Judith Bowtell is able to lead this important program. Judith has over 25 years of experience in arts strategy and policy, in funding and cultural agencies, and leading arts companies as CEO, chair and board member. She’s been coaching executives and emerging leaders since 2012 and will bring a holistic, sensitive and dynamic approach to guiding and nurturing program participants.”

Women who are interested in participating in the Front & Centre program are invited to complete a brief online application. The deadline for applications is: Friday 13 September 2019.

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