Museum Leadership Program

The Museum Leadership Program will be held from 21-26 October 2018 in Sydney. See below for how to register your interest.

Sir Nicholas Serota © Olivia Hemingway


We are thrilled to announce that Sir Nicholas Serota CH, former Director Tate, has accepted to be a key faculty member for the 2018 Museum Leadership Program.

Nicholas Serota is a dominant global figure among art museums. In Neil MacGregor’s words he is ‘quite simply the world star of modern museum life’.

His busy schedule has necessitated a change of date for MLP 2018:

New Dates MLP 2018
21 October 2018 – 26 October 2018

About MLP

Presented in association with the Gordon Darling Foundation, the Museum Leadership Program is an intensive, residential program for high-level museum and gallery professionals. An outstanding international faculty provides participants with the multiple tools now required in leadership roles. The program runs every three years in Sydney.


"Across a week of intense thinking, learning and immersion, the Museum Leadership Program provided a multitude of insights large and small. I dug the well and definitely struck water and, as hoped, reignited the passion for museums as the place to be."

Alumni reflect on their MLP experiences

Who Should Apply

The Museum Leadership Program targets high-level museum and gallery professionals. You are ambitious, have led teams or smaller organizations, and are ready to step up.  As class activities are frequently based on applying new tools and techniques to personal experience, you should have several years of challenging work experience in museums or galleries and be in a position to influence change.

Places on the Museum Leadership Program are limited and selection is competitive.

Some state-based bursaries will be offered.  Contact your state branch for information.

Expressions of Interest

To register your interest please email

You will be advised when formal applications are required.

Gordon Darling Foundation

MLP is made possible by the generous and ongoing partnership with the Gordon Darling Foundation. The Foundation's charter is to support the visual arts and to promote, through Public Institutions, access to and enjoyment of all areas of the visual arts.

Supporters and Partners

Some state-based bursaries will be available from Arts Tasmania, Creative Victoria, Arts SA and Create NSW.  Other bursary support is being sourced.   Successful Western Australian participants may consider applying to Culture and Arts WA for assistance. Successful Queensland participants may consider applying to Arts Queensland funding programs.

Contact Museums Galleries Australia for more information.