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Over the past nine years, the British Council Realise Your Dream programme has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s leading creative industry prizes.

Renowned for recognising Australia’s most promising emerging talent, Realise Your Dream nurtures Australian creatives through targeted career development in the UK creative industries. By tapping into a wide network of the UK’s finest practitioners, the British Council helps open doors to the experiences winners most need to develop professionally and creatively while making lasting UK connections that will inform their work for years to come.

So far, 40 awardees have travelled to the UK with Realise Your Dream, many of whom attribute their continued successes in the creative industries to the learning and connections made whilst in the UK.

The Prize

There are five Realise Your Dream awards up for grabs in 2011. Winners will receive:

  • $8000 cash as a NAB Cash Passport to assist with expenses in the UK
  • A return Virgin Atlantic economy flight to London
  • A tailored professional development programme, devised in consultation with the British Council

Who can enter?

Realise Your Dream is open to citizens and permanent residents of Australia in their emerging years of professional creative practice. This means that you should be working within the first 10 years of your career – or since you finished your undergraduate degree or equivalent experience.

They’re looking for applicants who show innovation and leadership in their field, can demonstrate their creative potential, and have a clear vision for their practice and for how it will benefit from a professional development trip to the UK.

Applicants must be holders of, or eligible for, a passport and any necessary visas for the UK.

Any place. Any thing. Any age.

The British Council believes that dreams can be as unique and diverse as our applicants are. Realise Your Dream doesn’t try to put creativity in boxes or limit its definition. They’re open to applications from emerging practitioners working or studying across the spectrum of creative fields including visual arts, design, architecture, music, digital media and performing arts. Applicants are encouraged from all corners of Australia and people of any age can apply.

Applications close 6pm Monday 4 July 2011.  For more information, please see