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Activate: Professional Development Program

Arts Access Victoria is offering 15 fully-subsidised places in Activate, a new five-week intensive professional development program for artists and producers with disability who live in Victoria.

Led by acclaimed artist and director Caroline Bowditch and AAV’s own Pathways manager Fiona Cook, this professional development program will cover essential themes in contemporary arts and disability practice, including:

  • Building your profile as an artist or producer – and how your diversity is your greatest asset
  • Project planning 101 – the essentials of getting any creative project up and running
  • Aesthetic access – how to build access and inclusion into your artistic vision
  • Understanding principles of inclusive practice – how to embed a culture of inclusion in your artistic projects
  • Unlocking power and privilege in disability arts collaborations
  • Building support for your creative projects and aspirations
  • All those questions about funding – how to source it and manage it

The professional development program will run over five weeks in March 2017. The structure of the program includes both group and one on one sessions.

Workshop dates 

  • Thursday 2 March, 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 9 March, 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 16 March, 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 23 March, 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 30 March, 10am-4pm

Participants will also have the opportunity to co-design elements of the program to suit their particular needs and interests.


This program is specifically for people with disability who are residents in Victoria. You must be available to attend all the sessions.

How to apply

Please submit your Expression of Interest using the Expression of Interest form (download link at the bottom of this page) to [email protected] by Monday 30 January 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications in alternative formats, such as Auslan or video, are welcome.

The Arts Access Victoria team will be reviewing applications in the first week of February and advising applicants shortly thereafter.


If you have questions about applying, or simply want more information about Activate, please contact Arts Access Victoria.

About Caroline Bowditch

Australian-born and Glasgow-based performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. Currently, Caroline is working on her new work, Falling in love with Frida, which explores the life, loves and legacy of Frida Kahlo. She has choreographed and performed work as girl jonah with Fiona Wright and is a founding member of Weave Movement Theatre (Melbourne) and The FATHoM Project (Newcastle). In 2007 she received a Wellcome Trust Arts Award to create Proband, which used her genetic mutation as the basis for the choreography and music. From April 2008 to March 2012 Caroline held the role as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change. In December 2010 she received an Unlimited Commission to create her most ambitious work to date, Leaving Limbo Landing, as part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympics. She was also awarded Creative Scotland’s Arts and Business Award for Nurturing Talent in October 2011. She is currently Associate Artist at Dance4 (Nottingham) and Artist in Association with Paragon Music (Glasgow) where earlier this year she choreographed Torque. In April 2014 she was appointed as Visiting Professor at Coventry University.

About Fiona Cook

Fiona has worked in arts management and community development in the arts, community and disability sectors. She has been involved in the establishment of companies such as Cecil St Studio, Rawcus Theatre Company, Weave Movement Theatre, The Delta Project, One Voice Theatre and has worked with numerous individual artists supporting them in their professional development and career pathways. Fiona has worked as a producer, choreographer, performer, gallery manager, curator, teacher, mentor, administrator and consultant in the arts. Since joining Arts Access Victoria in 2007 she has initiated some outstanding programs, and devised the highly successful professional development, mentoring and employment Program, Pathways Program.