LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Participants in the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Leadership Program, including Byron Bay’s Anthony Walker, at the National Gallery.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Participants in the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Leadership Program, including Byron Bay’s Anthony Walker, at the National Gallery. Contributed

Leadership program reignites passion for arts industry

A BYRON BAY artist has rediscovered his passion for the visual arts industry after graduating from a prestigious leadership program at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

Anthony Walker participated in the fourth Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Leadership Program.

He is now looking forward to sharing his new knowledge with his colleagues at Arts Northern Rivers, where he works as an indigenous arts development officer, and with the wider Byron Bay community.

"Coming to the National Gallery of Australia has reaffirmed my belief that there are many roles within major institutions where our cultural knowledge and sensitivity is integral," he said.

Mr Walker is also keen to see a regional gallery in Byron Bay one day.

"Byron Bay is a mecca for the arts and yet we don't have one," he said.

"It would be a community-building activity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people."

Each year 10 candidates are selected for the Arts Indigenous Leadership Program.

During the program at the National Gallery, Mr Walker and other participants learnt about copyright law, arts marketing, conservation and exhibition design.

Other highlights of the 10-day program included tours of the Pacific, Asian, International, Australian, Portrait and Photography galleries.

Career mapping sessions were held with Franchesca Cubillo, the National Gallery's senior advisor on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

"Each year I am impressed by the calibre of participants and the way in which they engage in the diverse facets of the visual arts industry," Ms Cubillo said.


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