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Meet the 2023 CEW Hansen Leaders Program for the Arts Scholars: a group as vibrant and varied as the Australian arts

Meet the 2023 CEW Hansen Leaders Program for the Arts Scholars: a group as vibrant and varied as the Australian arts

Theatre directors, music producers and brand builders, curators and a philanthropic fundraiser are among the recipients of the 2023 Hansen CEW Leaders Program for the Arts Scholarship.

Made possible thanks to the generosity of Jane Hansen AO, these scholarships help women leaders looking to take on executive leadership roles within the Arts by supporting them to take part in the CEW Leaders Program.

The 2023 recipients are:

  • Petra Kalive, Freelance Theatre Director
  • Emily Copeland, Director, Audience Innovation & Music Partnerships, ARN
  • Zulya Kamalova, Director, The Boite Vic
  • Katie Henebery, Executive Director, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Kelly McDonald, Assistant Gallery Director/ Senior Curator, Mosman Art Gallery
  • Fabienne Cooke, Head of Philanthropy, Brisbane Festival

Petra has extensive experience as a director, writer and dramaturg and is excited about getting the opportunity to reflect on her own leadership style and how it relates to the current cultural moment.

“We are living through a time of cultural evolution and I want to be a leader empowering previously structurally disempowered people to achieve success in their work,” she says.

“I recognise to lead in this space and effectively manage diverse perspectives, I need to continue to develop my own inclusive leadership skills.”

Emily is currently responsible for uncovering opportunities for audience and brand growth at ARN and can’t wait to meet her Leaders Program peers.

“There are many remarkable female leaders in the Australian Arts industry, and I feel privileged to have been offered a place,” she says.

“It will provide me with an extraordinary opportunity to enhance my leadership abilities, and engage with a community of female leaders from diverse industries.”

Zulya is an ARIA award winning artist, producer and communicator. She says this scholarship is an affirmation of her passion and commitment to the arts.

“I feel both excited and humbled to be recognised among a group of talented and dedicated women leaders,” she says.

“I feel excitement and responsibility, knowing that I have the backing and support of a community that values and recognises the importance of diversity in the arts.”

Katie is a passionate arts professional and leads a small, dedicated team at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

“The program provides the perfect opportunity to interrogate my personal leadership style, grow confidence and bring valuable learnings back to my organisation,” she says.

“I am excited to be a part of the CEW Connect community and learn more about how I can contribute more to addressing the challenges of women working in the arts, and support the careers of my colleagues.”

Kelly, who has almost two decades experience in art galleries, views the Leaders Program as an opportunity to develop her leadership skills so she can continue to guide and support her colleagues.

“I am overwhelmed at the generosity of Jane Hansen AO and the Hansen Little Foundation,” she says.

“I am keen to develop a network of peers so that we can share skills and support one another through our leadership roles across a variety of industries.”

Fabienne draws on more than 25 years’ experience as she guides strategic investment at Brisbane Festival. She says the Leaders Program provides a rare chance for women leaders to think, plan, strategise, learn and dream.

“My ambition is to meaningfully contribute to the nexus between culture and sport as we approach Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”  

Find out more about our Scholarships program here


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