An image of two people looking at sheets of projected gradients, with text that reads The Cultural Leadership Exchange Initiative Hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London UK and NIDA, Australia. Logos of British Council, UK/AU Season, Australian Government Crest, NIDA and Godlsmiths are at the bottom of the image. Copyright texxt reads Image: collaborative projects between NIDA and NAISA students. 2021

The Cultural Leadership Exchange Initiative

Date 26.04.2022 - 26.04.2022
Time 9:00am (GMT), 6:00pm (AEST)
Location Online. Register interest in attending Webinar by emailing
Date: 26.04.2022 Time: 9:00am (GMT)
Date: 26.04.2022 Time: 6:00pm (AEST)


The Cultural Leadership Exchange Initiative reflects the shared aspirations of Goldsmiths and NIDA to build a longer-term partnership between our two institutions to share thinking and work together to support the development of visionary, dynamic and entrepreneurial creative leaders of the future.

The initiative will evidence a framework for international collaborations between academic institutions at the forefront of empowering cultural and enterprising leadership for the future.

The exchange will focus on:

  • Entrepreneurship within the development of creative practices and creative approaches to the development of new businesses and the infrastructure that supports them;
  • Innovation and the development of business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to commercialise creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge; and
  • Building and supporting alumni networks and enterprise activities for the future.

The development, implementation and evaluation of the framework will be a fundamental within the partnership between Goldsmiths and NIDA.

There will be four events – 24 January, 21 February, 21 March and 26 April 2022

Webinar #4 – Entrepreneurialism and the Creative Industries – what next?

Tuesday 26th April 9-10.30am (UK) 6-7.30pm (AEST)
Innovative and sustainable approaches to business, financial models, leadership and management in the creative economy are essential as we transition through a fundamentally changing ecology.  How will creative training institutions develop the entrepreneurial skills and competencies of cultural leaders and entrepreneurs to successfully instigate, manage and collaborate on creative projects and businesses in their own practice now and for the future?

The Webinar takes place on Zoom on Tuesday 26th April 9-10.30am (UK) 6-7.30pm (AEST). There will be presentations, followed by a speaker discussion and a Q&A.

Please register your interest in the Webinar #4 by emailing Nicola Turner  We will send you a Zoom link to access the Webinar.

Chair: Gavin Robins, Head of Movement, Senior Lecturer, National Institute of Dramatic Art

Speakers: Jessica Bowles BA, Principal Lecturer, Course Leader MA/MFA Creative Producing, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Webinar #3 – Entrepreneurialism and Cross-Sector Modelling 

Monday 21st March 8-9.30am (UK) 7-8.30pm (AEST) (90 minutes) on Zoom

The experience of pandemic has shown in sharp detail the need and the challenge to think differently, to imagine, innovate and make change together, across sectors. How can the cultural and creative industries develop cross-sector models, frameworks, and principles and collaborate /work with each other? What are the alternate approaches and how can we share, learn, act and impact together? How might that be led?

There will be presentations, followed by a speaker discussion and a Q&A.

Please email to register and be sent the Zoom link.


Webinar 2: Resilience and Environmental Practice

Monday 21st February 2022, 8-9.30am (UK) and 7-8.30pm (AEST) (90 minutes).

Resilience is the ability of a system to absorb disturbances and keep functioning.  But systems – environmental, social and cultural – can only endure so much before they break down. How are we ensuring that arts and cultural entrepreneurial practices are focused on mitigating the impact of climate change and working towards an urgent transformation to more environmentally sustainable practices?

There will be presentations, followed by a speaker discussion and a Q&A.

Please register for the Webinar by emailing and the link to the Zoom will be sent to you.

Webinar Chair: Dr. Jilda Andrews, a Yuwaalaraay woman, cultural practitioner and researcher based in Canberra.

Webinar Speakers:
Dr. Julie Freeman, PhD from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London, awarded for a thesis titled Defining Data as an Art Material, TED senior Fellow and Nesta Arts Fellow. David Finnigan, a writer and theatre-maker from Ngunnawal country in Australia. He works with research scientists to produce theatre about climate and global change.


Webinar 1: Entrepreneurialism and Diversity

24th January 2022,  8-9.30am (UK) and 7-8.30pm (Australia)

Constant innovation and the evolution of new expressions and new ways of doing things have been deeply integral to arts and cultural practices from time immemorial.  When we consider ‘entrepreneurial practices’, what do we mean by this, and how are the knowledges and perspectives of First Nations, culturally diverse and intersectionality diverse arts and cultural makers radically re-shaping notions of ‘entrepreneurialism’?

Register interest in attending Webinar 1 by emailing

The Webinar (via Zoom) will be chaired by Dr. Pauline Muir, PhD, SFHEA, FRSA, Lecturer in Arts Management, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Speakers are: Deborah Williams,  Executive Director at Creative Diversity Network and Jaynaya Winmar, Founder & Managing Director, Essential Services Australia.

The Webinar takes place on Zoom on Monday 24 January 2022, 8-9.30am UK and Australia 7-8.30pm (90 minutes). There will be presentations, followed by a speaker discussion and the Q&A.

Please register your interest in the Webinar #1 by emailing Nicola Turner  We will send you a Zoom link to access the Webinar.


About the Organisations

Goldsmiths, University of London: Goldsmith’s Institute of Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship delivers entrepreneurship, cultural management and policy education to the creative and cultural sectors, and supports research into new approaches to business, financial models and management in the creative economy.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art: NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) is a platform for inspiring innovative leadership in the arts and cultural sector – an academic course that builds on the connections and synergies across disciplines, and develops leadership values around inclusivity, collaboration, shared knowledges, and entrepreneurial and aspirational thinking.


  • Chair: Dr Jorella Andrews

    A trained fine artist, Jorella’s theoretical work focusses on philosophical inquiry, the image-world, and art practice.

    Jorella is Reader in Visual Cultures and Director of Research, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Currently, she teaches two thematically inter-related undergraduate modules on the topics of ‘Ornamentation’ and ‘Materiality’ in which questions of aesthetics and the socio-politics of style are at issue.


    The PhD dissertations supervised  cover a range of topics but are united in having a common orientation towards phenomenological and aesthetic themes or might have a focus on processes of making. She is currently supervising a project called Sharing Bodies: Mirror neurons, synaesthesia and physical empathy in the sculpture studio and one called Against the Order of Things: Unruly Visions of Art and Knowledge in the Work of Jean-François Lyotard and Sylvia Wynter.


    Having trained as a fine artist, worked in video production, and then re-trained as an art theorist, Dr Andrews is interested in the relations between philosophical inquiry, the image-world, and art practice, with a particular emphasis on phenomenology and the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Her most recent publication on this topic is The Question of Painting: Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty, Bloomsbury, 2018. She is researching a third book, How to Turn Around Trouble: Aesthetic Strategies for Deep Change (working title), which combines theoretical writing with findings from a number of collaborative projects and test cases that she is currently working on. One of these takes place in a school in Brixton, London and the other in a Green Open Space in south east London where she volunteers as a Friend and will soon take on the role of Trustee.

    More generally, she is curious about twentieth-century and contemporary visual culture in all of its diversity and the editor of the Visual Cultures as… series published by Sternberg Press, the first three titles of which were released in 2013 and a fourth in 2016. Two new titles are forthcoming: Visual Cultures as World Forming (Adnan Madani and Jean-Paul Martinon) and Visual Cultures as Time Travel (Henriette Gunkel and Ayesha Hameed). Jorella has also written two books working collaboratively with illustrators aimed at non-academic audiences: This is Cézanne (2015) with Patrick Vale and This is Rembrandt (2016) with Nick Higgins, both part of Laurence King Publishing’s This is… series.

    She has a longstanding interest in seventeenth-century Dutch art and in debates and queries of a theological nature.

    Finally, she advocates for art and art history in various contexts – professionally as a new Trustee of the Association for Art History and also at grassroots levels through long-term involvement in community-based arts activities in the area of south-east London where she lives.


  • Vic McEwan

    Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of the Cad Factory, an artist led organisation creating an international program of new, immersive and experimental work guided by authentic exchange, ethical principles, people and place.


    Vic’s contemporary art practice works with sound, video, photography, installation and performance, with a particular interest in site-specific work that creates new dynamics by working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities and places. Vic aims to use his work to contribute to and enrich broader conversations about the active role that the arts sector can play in reimagining a better world.

    In 2015, Vic was the recipient of the inaugural Create NSW Regional Fellowship that allowed him to work with The National Museum of Australia as well as undertaking a three-year process working in the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, UK, a project which won the 2018 Council for the Humanities Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australian Prize for Distinctive work.

    Vic has completed a Master of Arts Practice (High Distinction) and a First Class Honours (Fine Art) for which he received the University Medal. In 2019-2022, Vic is enrolled in an Arts Practice led PhD at the University of Sydney, being the first contemporary artist to be accepted into the Faculty of Medicine and Health to undertake creative practice led research working with the Sydney Facial Nerve Clinic.

    Vic is a board member of MusicNSW and is a committee member of the Arts and Health Network NSW/ACT.

  • Professor Vybarr Cregan-Reid

    Vybarr Cregan-Reid is an author, academic, speaker and broadcaster who has written widely on the subjects of literature, health, nature and the environment. He has published several books, and as well as numerous appearances on radio throughout the world, he has also made series with the BBC, appeared on the BBC TV, ITV and Sky, and his work has been translated into over a dozen languages. He teaches at the University of Kent in the School of English and at their Medical School.


    Vybarr Cregan-Reid is Professor of English and Environmental Humanities. His most recent book is Primate Change: How the World We Made is Remaking Us about how the way we live now is changing our bodies. He is currently making a series for the BBC World Service in Singapore, Boston and Nairobi called Changing World, Changing Bodies (based on the book).


    His previous book, Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human (Ebury 2016) reviewers called ‘impassioned and energetic’, and ‘a blazing achievement’ – both are available as audiobooks. He has written widely on the subjects of literature, health, nature and the environment for the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, the Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Countryfile, the Mail, The Washington Post and numerous others. He has appeared on BBC Radios 3 and 4 a number of times, as well as on Sky News.


    Vybarr’s research interests include literature, the environment, evolution, the Victorians (in particular the writings of Hardy and Dickens) and Babylonian literature, as well as biomechanics, sports science and bodies.