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Opportunity for Young Artists of the South West

06 Oct 2020

Expressions of Interest are now CLOSED.

We are looking for young people between the ages of 15 – 19 who are considering a career or practice in the arts and are able to participate in a 12-month program to develop their arts experience and skills. 

This empowering program will take up to 12 young artists from across our region and guide them through a program involving mentoring, industry expertise and support to develop your art and projects in their chosen field. All artforms apply.

The program encourages people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, people living with disability, LGBTI+, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) to apply.





The program seeks creative young people aged 15 - 19 based in South West Victoria, including residents of Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Glenelg and Southern Grampians Shires.

Key dates

Expressions of Interest close 5pm, Monday 9 November, 2020.

Creative Leaders Project is for the period November 2020 – November 2021.

Further Information

Visit the Creative Leaders Program FAQs below

Contact Brianna Kavanagh on 0460 813 912 or [email protected] if you require assistance.

Please note: Brianna works Tuesdays, and half days Wednesday & Friday.

The Creative Leaders project is funded through the VicHealth Everyday Creativity Program and supported by partners in the South West Creative Industries Strategy.


What is the time commitment for being involved in this program?

This program is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to be involved.  We will meet as a group 4-6 times per year and you will have allocated time with mentor that will be designed around you and your artistic needs.

Note: If you are completing your VCE we will work with you to ensure access to the program is in consideration of your time and capacity.

Who can apply? 

All young people interested in the arts aged 15-19 in South West Victoria. 

What if I am turning 15 or 20 during the program?

To be eligible for the Creative Leaders Program you must be 15 or older by 9 November 2020 and 19 or under by 9 November 2021.

Is the program free to participate?

Yes, the program is free for all participants. It is funded through the VicHealth Everyday Creativity Program and supported by partners to the South West Creative Industries Strategy.

What counts as art? 

If you’re interested in dance, game design, music, film, painting, sculpture, theatre, animation, writing, fashion or any skill that allows you to show your creativity and imagination, then this program is for you.  All art forms apply.

What if I'm not experienced in my art?

We are not looking for the most experienced artists, we are looking for young people with a passion in the arts, no matter what experience level. This program suits people wanting to know more about how to have a career in the arts and/or build up their skills in the arts. 

Do I already need to have a project idea?

No. We will work with you through the year to help you come up with your own project that is simple and achievable in the given time. Projects will be designed around your time, interests and skills.  

What if I live just outside the designated council areas? 

Unfortunately, this program is limited to those residing in the five local government areas included (see above). However, we recommend getting in touch with us as there are other ways we may be able assist your ideas.  

What is a mentor? 

A mentor is a person who can give you guidance, support and feedback to help you thrive and achieve your goals.  The mentors in this program will be chosen by you with support and guidance from our team.  

When will I find out if I am selected?

The application process won’t take very long. We aim to have the first meet up before the end of the year. Depending on government restrictions, this first meet up could be via zoom.

How will it work?

We will have participants from across the region and we’ll ensure that everyone can access the program. We will work with you individually to make sure that this program can work for you.

This program is in response to feedback given by young people in the process of developing the South West Creative Industries Strategy. It aims to assist young artists in the region to develop pathways for an exciting life-long career or practice in the arts.

Image: From the Silver Ball Film Festival, 2014. Pic by Jo Grant.