Empowering women who lead in the arts: CEW announces two new scholarships for arts community

Chief Executive Women (CEW) is calling on women who lead in the arts community to apply for two new CEW scholarships designed to support more women to fast track their leadership roles in the sector.

The Hansen Executive Leader CEW Scholarship and the Hansen CEW Leaders Program for the Arts Scholarships have been created by Jane Hansen AO, Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and CEW member, who has a long history of business leadership and supporting Australian cultural institutions. Applications are open from Monday 8 August.

Ms Hansen said the scholarships provide a fantastic opportunity to support the leadership ambitions of talented women making an impact in the Australian arts community, while supporting the industry as it rebounds from the pandemic.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for women working across Australia in the Arts to further develop their managerial, financial, and strategic skills. Strong and effective leadership in the sector is so vital to its viability and sustainability – it is our culture and its voice at stake.”

CEW Scholarships Committee Chair Deidre Willmott welcomes the new scholarships and the opportunity for women leading in the arts community.

“CEW is extremely grateful for Jane Hansen’s generosity in establishing these scholarships which will be dedicated to growing women’s leadership in the arts in Australia.”

Two scholarships will be available to women leaders in the arts each year:

  • The Hansen Executive Leader CEW Scholarship will provide one recipient the opportunity to study a leadership course of their choice anywhere in the world.  Applications close on 5 September.
  • The Hansen CEW Leaders Program for the Arts Scholarships will be awarded to five recipients to participate in the highly regarded CEW Leaders Program, an inspiring and empowering pathway that enables women to become unique and distinct leaders of the future. Applications close on 22 September.

These scholarships will be open to women with at least three to five years’ experience in senior managerial roles across the arts, including theatre direction, set design, curator, photographer, exhibition coordinator or stage manager.

Each year one recipient will be awarded the Executive Leaders scholarship with the winner to complete a course of study of their own choosing anywhere in the world. The Hansen CEW Leaders Program for the Arts will be awarded to five recipients to participate in the highly regarded CEW Leaders Program.

Applications open from Monday 8 August

Interested applicants can find out more and assess their eligibility at Hansen Executive Leader CEW Scholarship or Hansen CEW Leaders Program for the Arts Scholarships.