Besen Family Artist Program

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The Besen Family Artist Program is a comprehensive year-long artist development program supporting the next generation of emerging creatives through project placements, leadership training, mentorship and a structured relationship with a major theatre company.

Since 2005, the Besen Family Artist Program has addressed gaps in educational pathways for young and emerging artists by providing tangible workplace opportunities.

Having committed to their craft, the Besen Family Artist Program offers artists practical on-the-job opportunities combined with the chance to observe Australia's best artists' individual work methods in a professional context.

Besen Family Artist Program Placements are selected from a call-out for Expressions of Interest. Each bursary amounts to the equivalent of four weeks full-time employment with senior artist mentors assigned based on the applicant's interest area, and we now design the placement to work across multiple projects.

From 2020, the program now includes a Leadership Workshop series, designed to complement the practice-based activities undertaken by the placements. The workshops focus on enhancing leadership skills and capabilities, tackling common challenges and opportunities faced within the sector, developing networks and providing a platform for growth.

The Besen Family Artist Program has cultivated a new generation of ambitious theatre-makers, with over 150 artists provided this transformational opportunity to learn and work alongside an experienced creative professional within a major performing arts company.

The Besen Family Artist Program is the product of inspiring support from The Besen Family Foundation and Debbie Dadon AM.


Applications for this program are currently closed.
We expect the next round to open in 2021.
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