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2013, A great year indeed!


GREAT Britain Arts 13 has produced an extraordinary year of arts activity for the British Council, here in Australia.

Officially launched by the Hon. William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in January, the programme of 13 large-scale cultural events crossed all major art forms, and most major arts institutions, in Sydney and Melbourne. It was complemented by a range of special networking functions, artist talks, promotions and events – promoting the UK as a world-class destination for business, investment and tourism. Work from UK organisations such as the National Theatre, the Hofesh Shechter Company, artists such as Asif Khan, Tacita Dean, Anish Kapoor, Francis Bacon and partnerships with institutions such as Edinburgh International Book Festival has connected with Australian audiences at an unprecedented level. In fact, GREAT Britain Arts 13 directly introduced some 14,363,602 Australians to the work of UK creatives through attendance at GREAT Britain Arts 13 events, with a further 89,543,541 campaign impressions via media and promotional channels. Of course, a feat such as this requires an incredible level of commitment. We are indebted to the energy and commitment of our Australian Programme Partners, whose organisations helped deliver this work to audiences. Their unwavering enthusiasm enabled the programme to reach new heights. One of the ambitions with GREAT Britain Arts 13 was also to create a sustainable legacy for projects such as Accelerate, GREAT British Film, our UK regional literary focus with Melbourne Writers Festival and our contemporary performance arts collaboration between Fierce and Next Wave. GREAT Britain Arts 13 was never envisaged as one-way traffic from the UK – and we’re delighted by the artistic collaborations that have, and will continue to play out, in the UK. I must thank our UK Partners the British High Commission, UK Trade & Investment and VisitBritain and our Founding Partners, the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, British Airways, BBC and BT – without whose support, we could never have generated such an extensive programme. Finally, I have to acknowledge the dedication and skills of our small team here in Australia. Thanks to their considerable efforts, a programme that was something of a pipedream in early 2012, fully materialised in 2013, creating an indelible impression on audiences in Sydney and Melbourne. Now the stage is set for 2014! NICK MARCHAND Country Director


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Francis Bacon: Five Decades gave

Australian audiences a rare chance to engage with the painter’s work and life with this major retrospective exhibition, curated by Tony Bond for the Art Gallery of NSW. VIP guests of the British Council were treated to a private viewing and insightful tour, given by the show’s curators. The exhibition was seen by more than 106,194 people, while its media reach and catalogue sales exceeded 10 million. Image: Francis Bacon, Self Portrait, 1973, oil on canvas, 35.5 x 30.5cm Private collection Courtesy Richard Nagy Ltd, London. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. DACS/Licensed by Viscopy photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

Anish Kapoor at Sydney’s Museum of

Contemporary Art featured a number of iconic works by the British-Indian sculptor, including his famous Sky Mirror (2006), which was installed in the gallery’s forecourt. The exhibition attracted 92,438 visitors, while Sky Mirror was seen by countless hundreds of thousands during the exhibition’s three-month run. Image: Anish Kapoor, My Red Homeland (2003), installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2003, wax and oil-based paint, steel arm, motor, Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Nic Tenwiggenhorn.

13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art project #27, attracted droves (more than 29,071 people over the course of a weekend!) to Sydney’s Pier 2/3, wherein 13 historically important performance art works were restaged.

13 Rooms featured the work of British artists including Simon Fujiwara and Damien Hirst and was curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co-Director of the Serpentine Gallery) and Klaus Biesenbach (Director of MoMA PS1, New York). British Council guests enjoyed a private viewing of the show and a casual address by John Kaldor. Image: Santiago Sierra, Veterans of the Wars of AfghanistanTimor-Leste, Iraq and Vietnam Facing the Corner, 2013, Performed for 13 Rooms, Sydney,


One Man, Two Guvnors brought Britain’s

National Theatre to Sydney and Melbourne with its riotously funny ’50s take on The Servant of Two Masters. With successful runs at both the Sydney Theatre Company and Arts Centre Melbourne, One Man... exposed more than 60,000 Australians to top-quality UK theatre, while giving the British Council a great opportunity to work together with the Australian British Chamber of Commerce. Together the British Council and the Chamber host a special VIP event in each city, comprising a cocktail party, performance of the show and, in Sydney, a special meet-and-greet with the cast.

The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference (EWWC) partnered, this

year, with the British Council and the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) to bring the Conference to Australia, along with five Scottish writers. The result was a day of inspiring panel discussions, under the EWWC banner, and a night of rousing readings and whisky, featuring John Burnside, Janice Galloway and Doug Johnstone. The EWWC/MWF collaboration was enthusiastically supported on social media, with Twitter ablaze for the duration of the Festival.

Sun is the latest work from the UK’s Hofesh Shechter Company, global leaders in contemporary dance.

The piece was commissioned by the Melbourne Festival, following 2010’s smash-hit run of Shechter’s Political Mother, which introduced Australian audiences to the company’s electric mix of folk dance and heavy metal. The British Council and the Australian British Chamber of Commerce jointly hosted a reception for 100 guests, who were addressed by Hofesh Shechter Company Executive Director Helen Shute, before taking in a performance of Sun. Image: Hofesh Shechter Company, Sun, 2013. Photo: Jake Walters.


Tacita Dean, OBE, recently accompanied her major work, FILM (2013), to Melbourne, where it was installed at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).

The work, a silent film paying tribute to the history and materiality of the soon-to-be-defunct medium was originally commissioned for the Unilever Series at TATE Modern’s Turbine Hall, but was seen here in a more intimate setting at ACCA. Our guests enjoyed an advance private viewing of FILM with a special address from Tacita Dean herself. Image: Tacita Dean, FILM (2013), installation view.

The Selector is a long-running radio

programme, produced by the British Council in the UK and hosted by DJ Goldierocks (pictured). For GREAT Britain Arts 13, British Council Australia formed a new partnership with Sydney radio station FBi, who have syndicated the show and now play it weekly with a local host. Over the past year, The Selector on FBi has introduced new UK music to an Australian listenership of 13 million, and has been the launch pad for promotions, including the GREAT Britian Arts 13 / FBi Bestival competition.

Sydney Indesign shone the spotlight on

UK design, with a multifaceted partnership between boutique publishing house Indesign Group (DQ, Indesign, Habitus) and the British Council. In addition to exclusive magazine interviews with UK designers, published in Indesign magazine, the partnership took in events at Sydney Indesign, including the Australian visit of award-winning architect and designer Asif Khan and the GREAT Britain Design Trail, in which products designed in the UK were signposted at all participating studios on the Sydney Indesign tour. Image: Asif Khan, Coca-Cola Beatbox Pavilion, London, 2012.


GREAT British Film at ACMI was a three-month mini-festival of UK-made films,

staged at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Putting together the programme, ACMI curators drew on the British Council’s UK Film Department, the British Film Institute, and GREAT Britain Arts 13 founding partners BBC Worldwide. What resulted was a comprehensive collection of new films (Ill Manors and Julien Temple’s London, the Modern Babylon), remastered classics (Hitchcock’s The Ring and A Matter of Life and Death), kids’ films (the Roald Dahl collection) and documentaries (McCullin). The season also took in some special events: Great British Fashion on Film, which coincided with Melbourne Fashion Week, showcased British fashion, from Vivienne Westwood to Paul Smith; while UK musical outfit Breton travelled to Australia to perform live their original music and film work, Surrounded, as part of Melbourne Music Week. And for our VIP guests, the British Council hosted a special screening of the Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine, which has been lovingly restored with each frame hand-painted. Contributing to the success of GREAT British Film was the ‘rounded-out’ quality of the programming. The something-for-everyone model ensured that British screen culture was celebrated in its entirety and was given a historical and cultural context.


More than 750 emerging creatives

threw their hat in the ring for this year’s Realise Your Dream (RYD) awards, proving that – even in its eleventh year – the programme continues to be one of Australia’s most desirable opportunities for young artists. Accounting for its popularity is the unique nature of the prize. Unlike other awards of its kind, RYD offers bespoke professional development experiences that are flexible and relevant to each individual winner.

This year five overall winners received a return flight to the UK, courtesy of long-time RYD partners Virgin Atlantic Airways, $750 in cash, and a tailored programme, devised in collaboration with the British Council and UK-based arts consultant Nicola Turner.

The decision, this year, to bring Nicola in to help shape the winners’ programmes came from the British Council’s hope to maximise their UK experience and to ensure that each of them had access to a wide range of artists and arts organisations.

Also new this year, was the RYD / Time Out People’s Choice Award. Over the past

decade, RYD has built up a community of supporters, past winners, finalists and potential applicants, many of whom congregate on the RYD Facebook fan page. In order to involve them – and members of the greater creative community – in the RYD process, we came up with the idea of a peer-voting platform, hosted on Facebook. With a strict rule of ‘one vote per person’, members of the public were invited to nominate which one of the 14 RYD finalists they wanted to see included in the winning five. Working with media partners Time Out to promote the People’s Choice award, and relying on each of the 14 finalists to promote themselves among their own networks, the People’s Choice word spread far and wide, prompting 2472 people to vote. Relying on the viral nature of social media, the People’s Choice Award not only sought to garner interest in voting for a winner, it also brought new followers to the RYD page, many of whom are situated squarely within the British Council’s target audience for the arts. And – in an unexpected turn – some celebrity fans of RYD helped spread the love, notably musician Goyte, who called on his 407,693 Twitter followers to vote! By popular demand, the winners of the RYD / Time Out People’s Choice Award were Melbourne-based all-female theatre collective, The Honeytrap.

As always, the Realise Your Dream awards night celebration was full of inspiration,

fun and anticipation. Presided over by wickedly funny host Gretel Killeen (who also voiced our


RYD promotional movie this year!), awards night this year saw all 14 finalists take the stage to present their work. This new element in the awards night not only gave the finalists the chance to pitch their practice to an audience of creative leaders, but it also gave members of the audience – including our RYD partners – a chance to become more familiar with each contenders’ work.

This year’s winners come from all around Australia, from Western Australia, South

Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. We are very proud to welcome into the RYD alumni – Aimee Smith, a dancer and choreographer from Perth, Tristan Meecham, a performance artist from Melbourne, Lara Torr, an audio description artist from Adelaide, &company’s Anna Lise De Lorenzo, a designer and design advocate from Sydney, and The Honeytrap, winners of the RYD / TIme Out People’s Choice award. Over the coming months, we will be working with this year’s winners to plan their UK programmes. Look out for updates on their itineraries at www.realiseyourdream.org.au.

2013’s Realise Your Dream winners [l-r]: Nick Marchand (British Council), Aimee Smith, lara Torr, Anna Lise De Lorenzo, Joanne Redfearn (The Honeytrap), Melissa Madden (BBC Worldwide), Luke Fisher (Virgin Atlantic Airways), Tristan Meecham. Photo: Blue Murder Studios.


With four years and an alumni of over 20 of this country’s finest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts practitioners under its belt, the British Council’s ACCELERATE programme continues to attract a high calibre of diverse applicants.

The programme, which was devised in collaboration with the Australia Council For the Arts in order to fill a perceived need within the sector, offers a uniquely tailored professional development trip to the UK, coupled with intensive leadership training and peer mentoring. In 2013, ACCELERATE’s partners included the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, Arts Queensland, Arts Victoria, the Department of Culture and the Arts WA, Virgin Atlantic Airways and BT Australasia. This year, we wanted to concentrate on spreading the word in a targeted way, while still canvassing as widely as possible, and so (with the help of our State Government partners) staged information sessions for prospective applicants in Broome, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. A robust social media campaign further promoted the call-to-entry, with likeminded organisations reposting our messages to an estimated 500,000+ people. This year, five recipients were formally announced at a celebratory event, held at Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art, at which members of The Black Arm Band Company performed, NITV’s Natalie Ahmat hosted and academic and Indigenous health advocate Professor Kerry Arabena gave a rousing key note speech. The five – Andrea James, Solomon Booth, Michael Cook, Ron Bradfield Jnr and Kimberley Moulton – represent a range of art forms, from museum curation, to visual art, storytelling and theatre. Hailing from all around Australia (from Perth to Melbourne, Sydney to Mua Island in the Torres Strait), this year’s recipients also represent a myriad of Australian States and Aboriginal nations. The format of 2013’s ACCELERATE programme echoed that of previous years, with the recipients and alumni participating in a weekend-long residential programme of leadership training with UK specialists Mark Wright and Ruth Cook, of People Create. Both Mark and Ruth have been involved with the ACCELERATE programme since its inception, forming strong relationships with members of the alumni and, conversely, learning first-hand about the Australian Indigenous art sector and the concerns of those working within it.


2013’s ACCELERATE recipients [l-r]: Ron Bradfield Jnr, Kimberley Moulton, Solomon Booth, Michael Cook, Andrea James. Photo: Casamento Photography.

In November, the 2013 recipients of ACCELERATE travelled to the UK,

where they spent three weeks, each undertaking their personal programmes of meetings, visits and events. Before breaking off on their own journeys, the five were welcomed to the UK at an exclusive reception, hosted by the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, the Hon. Mike Rann, at ACCELERATE partner BT’s Tower building in central London. The event was attended by a number of high-profile figures in the UK arts community, including Nigel Hurst, CEO of Saatchi Gallery, Kate Goodwin, Curator at the Royal Academy of the Arts and James Murphy, Managing Director of Southbank Sinfonia. The event attracted significant media attention, being reported on SBS / NITV news and in the Australian Times. The 2013 itineraries are as diverse as ever, with confirmed meetings with people ranging from spoken-word artist Hollie McNish, Ethnologist and Museum Consultant Len Pole, and Curator of Photography of the TATE, Dr Simon Baker. This year, the group also travelled together for a private tour of some of the Indigenous artefacts held at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford – an experience which has proven both moving and motivating for previous recipients. To read more about ACCELERATE, visit www.acelerate.org.au.


GREAT Britain Arts 13 gave us the opportunity to meet and mingle with our

supporters, corporate partners, artistic peers and public. Putting a personal face to our interactions – and getting to know each other a little better in the process – is a positive step towards long-term and meaningful engagements... all the things that we as the British Council believe to be important. So, if you attended one of our events, thanks, it was great to see you! And if you didn’t, we hope to catch up with you in the future!


The British Council Edinburgh Showcase runs biennially alongside the annual Edinburgh Festival in August, which itself consists of a great number of individual festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.

From more than 180 submissions, the British Council curated the Edinburgh Showcase 2013, a programme of work from across the UK including devised, visual and physical theatre; new writing; live art and installation; interactive and immersive theatre; and the largest number of dance pieces we have programmed to date. Edinburgh Showcase 2013 presented these companies to an international delegation of programmers, showing the strength of UK performance to a new audience. British Council Australia hosted an impressive array of delegates, from key organisations such as Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Theatre Works (Melbourne), Performance Space and Sydney Opera House. Following the Showcase, up to six productions will now have presentations in Australia, supported by the British Council in 2014 (see 2014), including the mega-circus Bianco, by Wales company NoFit State Circus and the innovative You Once Said Yes by Look Left Look Right, a two hour individual adventure where the lone audience member is guided by different characters throughout the city (both travelling to Perth International Arts Festival). Image: Bianco, NoFit State Circus, Wales, 2013.


This year, the University of the Arts

London engaged the British Council to deliver a series of recruitment visits and public workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, which were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Two UAL representatives including Senior International Academic Cath Johnson, visited seven senior independent schools between both cities, with a focus on those delivering the International Baccalaureate, to share information about UK study opportunities with students studying Visual Arts, Design, Fashion and Textiles. Over 80 students – both school and tertiary level – also attended the public art workshops in each city, to explore different design methods and sample UAL course content.

British Council Services for International Marketing (SIEM) is a global

programme which provides a comprehensive and tailored set of solutions to support UK Education institutions in their international work such as student recruitment, market intelligence, and enabling the development of working relationships with institutions in countries. 2013 has heralded a year of unprecedented demand for these services in Australia, having built strong relationships with institutions such as Manchester Business School, University of the Arts London and Nottingham Trent University. As a result, we will be significantly increasing our activity in this area from 2014 onwards, including working closely with schools to deliver large-scale Careers Events attended by numerous UK institutions.

Global Education Dialogues bring

together key policy-makers and influencers sector so that they can reflect on and debate the challenges and opportunities facing international higher education. The 2013/14 Asia Series is an opportunity for governments, universities and leading thinkers to explore the shifting international higher education landscape specifically across the East Asia region. In 2014, Australia will deliver the Indonesia Global Education Dialogue, considering the opportunities for Indonesia, the UK and Australia to work together.


The sheer scale

of GREAT Britain Arts 13 gave us the impetus to work closely, and creatively, with our partners. In fact, the very success of the festival relied on our partners using their own networks of employees, members and newsletter subscribers to spread the word. The GREAT programme was regularly promoted by the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and by UK Trade & Investment. Working with our partners in a strategic way, using each partner’s strength and expertise to complement the programme they support mutually benefits both parties. Allowing partners to have a presence and involvement in our programme means that individuals are more engaged (as when representatives of BBC Worldwide sit on the RYD judging panel) and that a whole new market becomes familiar with our partners’ business. Working with partners in this way requires creativity, the best examples always being when a product is well-matched to a project, such as when William Grant & Sons this year provided 100 Monkey Shoulder cocktails to guests at our Melbourne Writers Festival Scottish Storytelling evening, and when BT Australasia volunteered the use of their high-tech teleconferencing facility for our ACCELERATE interviews.

Many of our partners helped us organise competitions and ticket giveaways during

2013. Indeed, the GREAT Britain Arts 13 launched with ‘win a UK cultural experience’ offer, featuring return flights from British Airways, accommodation courtesy Radisson Blu Edwardian, London, a London Pass and tickets to a West End show. The second UK trip we gave away this year, fell in line with new partner FBi radio’s subscription drive and was promoted heavily by the station as a special offer for new supporters. Being that FBi’s demographic comprises music-savvy 18-26, the competition featured return flights to the UK from British Airways, and two tickets to Bestival, one of Britain’s biggest music festivals. Entries exceeded 5,000, garnering much support for FBi and valuable exposure for the British Council and GREAT Britain Arts 13.

Several new media partnerships were formed this year, ensuring that our

programme and events received maximum exposure. Time Out Sydney and Melbourne provided editorial support, both in print and online, and SBS’ Indigenous channel NITV provided online support and on-air coverage of the ACCELERATE programme. ArtsHub generously added value to our online campaign for GREAT, too, while long-standing RYD partners, BBC Worldwide and triple j promoted the award’s call-to-entry.


Thank you to all our 2013 partners GREAT BRITAIN ARTS 13

PRESENTING PARTNERS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Arts Centre Melbourne Art Gallery of NSW Arts NSW Arts Victoria Australia Council for the Arts Australian British Chamber of Commerce Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) BBC Worldwide Channels Boccalatte British Airways British High Commission, Canberra BT Australasia Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference FBi Radio Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia • Indesign Group

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Kaldor Public Art Projects Melbourne Festival Melbourne Theatre Company Melbourne Writers Festival Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Next Wave Festival NITV Radisson Blu Edwardian, London Show Group Sydney Theatre Company Time Out triple j Queensland Government UK Trade & Investment Virgin Atlantic Airways VisitBritain William Grant & Sons


Audience and reach numbers in 2013 were at an all-time high in 2013, thanks to GREAT Britain Arts 13. You’ll see by the following statistics that the programme allowed us to connect with a great diversity of people, in a great number of ways...

Audience Impressions 100,000,000 90,000,000 80,000,000 70,000,000 60,000,000 50,000,000 40,000,000 30,000,000 20,000,000 10,000,000 -

Direct Impressions 14,000,000

12,000,000

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8,000,000

6,000,000

4,000,000

2,000,000

Event Audience

VIP Events

Print Materials

TV

Radio

Other Marketing


Online Impressions

E-News

Social Media

Web

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500,000

1,000,000

1,500,000

2,000,000

2,500,000

3,000,000

3,500,000

4,000,000

4,500,000

5,000,000

Audience Breakdown Event Audience

VIP Events

Print Materials

TV

Radio

Web

Media

Social Media

E-News

Other Marketing


Coming up in 2014...

We launch some new large-scale projects, branch into the areas of science and creative entrepreneurship, bring to Australia the best in new performing arts from the UK and expand our involvement in higher education. Here are a few highlights...

FameLab British Council Australia is

proud to announce the Australian pilot of FameLab – a national competition in which natural scientists, mathematicians and engineers pitch their research projects in front of a live audience... in everyday language! Contestants can sing, dance, juggle, draw – anything at all, so long as they entertain while keeping it scientifically sound. The only rule – no PowerPoint allowed! The winning contestant of FameLab Australia will be flown to the annual Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK, where they will compete for Australia in the International leg of FameLab and also attend the many events surrounding the festival.

Elevate is an international innovation

programme which focuses on the power of creativity to affect significant social change. In 2014, Elevate will select 20 cultural innovators from across Australia, East Asia and the UK, and immerse them in two short-term collaborative residencies over the course of six months; the first in Bandung, Indonesia, followed by Tokyo, Japan. The sessions will involve cross-cultural idea exchange and challenge-solving, business mentoring and digital content delivery by highly reputable UK entrepreneurship training providers, finally culminating in the opportunity to apply for social investment for collaborative projects.


British Film Once again, we are working to

bring Australian audiences a programme of films, which will paint a comprehensive picture of UK screen culture – its past, present and future. As ever, the film programme will be complemented by a series of special events – and hopefully attended by some special guests! And this time, we plan to expand our reach to present the programme in other major cities around the country. Stay tuned to see what makes the cut in 2014’s programme.

The Selector Due to the success of 2013’s pilot season on FBi Radio, UK music show, The Selector, has been signed on for another year!

Tune in to FBi (94.5FM) on your radio, or stream the show at http://fbiradio.com/program/ the-selector/ to catch all the latest tunes from the UK, exclusive band interviews with DJ Goldierocks and local commentary from FBi’s host of The Selector, Ed Kirkwood. And don’t forget to watch out for special Selector prizes throughout 2014.

Edinburgh Showcase shows

As a result of the 2013 Edinburgh Showcase, the British Council is proud to support a number of exceptional productions in 2014, including the large-scale spectacular, Bianco, from NoFit State Circus, which will be feature at the Perth International Arts Festival along with Look Left Look Right’s new show, You Once Said Yes. There will be more surprises from the Edinburgh Showcase popping up later in the year, including Snuff Box Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd’s Bitch Boxer at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and live art performer Bryony Kimmings [pictured] at Melbourne’s new Festival of Live Art.


REMIX is a summit for culture, technology and

entrepreneurship that explores the future of culture and creative cities and connects the technology sector with the wider creative industries. The British Council shares this global partnership with Bloomberg, Google and The Guardian. London REMIX is scheduled for December at Google HQ, MoMa in New York in January and at Carriageworks in Sydney on 25th and 26th March 2014. The threeday event features panel discussions with international leaders and master classes exploring key industry issues. The British Council will assist in the curation of this content, including a specific focus on entrepreneurial engagement with East Asia. The full programme will be released in January 2014.

Next Wave / Fierce Festival

Two years ago, the British Council brought together two young festivals with similar methodologies. Melbourne’s Next Wave and Birmingham’s (UK) Fierce festival both focus on new and experimental practice, with an emphasis on live art. The collaboration between the two has seen each festival’s directors travel, with artists from their respective countries, to the other’s events. In 2014, we see the culmination of what has been an inspiring mutual learning experience.

ACCELERATE 2014 marks the fifth year of

the ACCELERATE programme, in which outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in the creative industries are nominated to undertake a professional development trip to the UK. Next year sees an expanded ACCELERATE, with greater alumni involvement, leadership training and opportunities in the UK. Please visit our website at britishcouncil.org.au for latest news on applications opening in 2014.


About us

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Our 7,000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. In Australia, the British Council works actively within the arts, science, society and higher education sectors. With large-scale projects, such as Realise Your Dream and ACCELERATE, we further the careers of Australian practitioners, while promoting mutality and collaboration between Australia and the UK. A quarter of our funding comes from a UK government grant and we earn the remainder from services which customers pay for, education and development contracts we bid for, and from partnerships. For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org..au You can also keep in touch with the British Council through twitter.com/auBritish.


British council 2013, a great year indeed