About the opportunity

The First Nations Market Readiness Workshop is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers attending APAM for the first time.

The aim of the workshop is to prepare participants to navigate the international marketplace, to engage with presenters and producers, and leverage network opportunities. Ten places are available.

The program will commence with a full day workshop on 18 February 2018, followed by attendance at APAM from 19 – 23 February 2018. Please note attendance at the full program is mandatory.

The First Nations Market Readiness Workshop will cover the following areas:

  • An introduction to APAM 2018, including strategies for maximising active participation at the market

  • An introduction to market development planning processes that enable First Nations artists and arts workers to develop strategies and tactics to deliver their national and international development aspirations

  • Planning for national and international engagements that are culturally safe, viable and achievable

  • Establishing networks and building profile at national and international marketplaces

  • Selected interactions and activities with the participants of the First Nations Exchange program

The program will be led by First Nations staff from the Australia Council’s Capacity Building team, who will provide support for participants throughout the market. 



The Australia Council will provide a full registration to APAM and catering during the workshop.

Participants are expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation for the duration of the event. The Australia Council is working in collaboration with state and territory arts agencies to provide a degree of support, however this is unconfirmed and funding is not guaranteed.

Please contact the Australia Council for more information (details below).


This opportunity is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers.

You may apply to participate in either the First Nations Exchange or Readiness Workshop, not both. Please note that the Readiness Workshop is only open to first time APAM attendees.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Selection Criteria

You are required to respond to the following selection criteria:


  • How the opportunity will strengthen your capacity to deliver your individual or organisation’s business goals in a market context
  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed opportunity in delivering your career goals.


  • How being at this event will consolidate and increase your target contacts and partnerships
  • How you expect to engage with colleagues and international participants


  • Whether you have work in existence or in development that has the potential to tour nationally or internationally
  • Whether you have the capacity to follow up on opportunities

Supporting material

A sample of your work as an artist, or that you have worked on as a producer, presenter or other arts professional.

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider Expressions of Interest (EOI) according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.

You will be informed of the outcome of your Expression of Interest in the week commencing 11 December 2017.

Australia Council closed the expression of interest at midnight, Friday 17 November 2017.


Expressions of Interest close Midnight, Friday 17 November 2017 AEDT
Notification Week commencing 11 December 2017
Full day working at Brisbane Powerhouse Sunday, 18 February 2018
Attend APAM Monday, 19 February 2018 – Friday, 23 February 2018


To discuss your Expression of Interest for the First Nations Readiness Workshop, please contact Shannon Williams, Project Officer Capacity Building First Nations at The Australia Council on +61 02 9215 9058 or