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About this opportunity

In 2018, the City of Gold Coast Arts and Culture Unit piloted a new online platform for Gold Coast artists to showcase their work – LENSGC. The 2018 project engaged four, two-person writer + photographer teams of ‘narrative makers’, working collaboratively to develop discourse and strong digital creative content within a Gold Coast context.

In 2019, we are seeking expressions of interest from teams or individual practitioners (to be allocated into teams) who practice in one of the following specialty areas to work with a Team Leader and Cultural Influencer on LENSGC 2019 – writers/poets, digital content creators, photographers, film makers/videographers, sound artists.

LENSGC 2019 will select six new teams who will be supported to present Gold Coast arts and cultural activity via a new lens, framing our distinctly Gold Coast artists and art forms through a fresh approach, strengthening the visibility of local artistic voices and representing the Gold Coasts unique cultural identity.

Digital storytelling and ‘narrative making’ has a broad application across many disciplines, challenging creative and critical thinking, investigation, reflection, writing, visual and aural imagery and ultimately presentation. Digital storytelling can enhance the expression of local stories, ideas and experiences in creative and engaging ways, across a diverse range of arts and cultural contexts.

Each of the six teams will collaborate to create 12 digital expressions over a two week period to be posted on social media over the course of the project.

Applicants are encouraged to visit lensgoldcoast to see what the 2018 participants created.

2019 Themes

LENSGC has been expanded in 2019 to include two themes. Each theme has a Team Leader and a Cultural Influencer who will oversee and promote the teams’ collaboratively produced digital content throughout the duration of LENSGC. You need to nominate which theme you would like to be considered for when you express interest. Please note that each theme has a different timeline.


Team Leader: Christine Sharp + Cultural Influencer: to be announced soon.

Food is culture. What happens when we leave the table and explore the ways in which we as individuals and communities use food to express identity, values, status, power, artistry and creativity?


Team Leader: Danni Zuvella + Cultural Influencer: to be announced soon.

Sound waves are sonic, and also tactile. Sound wave spreads through an area, touching eardrums, joining listeners in a temporary community. Like seasons, sound comes and goes and we are subject to its effects. How, on the Gold Coast, are we all connected by sound - heard but also felt by bodies living seasonal lives experienced through the air, through landforms and through the water?

Who should apply

This program is available to teams or individual practitioners (to be allocated into teams) who practice in one of the following specialty areas – writers/poets, digital content creators, photographers, film makers/videographers, sound artists.

Culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Support provided

  • Stipend: A total fee of $2500 for the duration of the project will be offered to each team member. It is expected that each team will contribute a minimum of 12 social media posts over the course of the project. Each team will be active on a casual basis during the project delivery dates relevant to their theme. (Note: It is the responsibility of the successful applicant to manage their own taxation and superannuation affairs).
  • Travel costs: A one-off fee of $150 to offset travel costs for the purpose of getting to and from locations across the coast for the duration of the project.
  • Each team will be mentored and guided by a Team Leader to curate your team’s plan of action. This will take place during the Project Induction Session.
  • A project induction and debrief session with the successful applicants, Team Leader and City of Gold Coast representative will provide a structured overlay for additional reflection, feedback and guidance to ensure the project experience is maximised.

What to expect

Over the duration of the project, it is expected that each team will spend their time collaboratively on the research, planning and implementation of subject matter for the creation of digital content. Teams will work with their relevant Team Leader and Cultural Influencer to distribute the content created through social media platforms, including the LENSGC account. Teams can expect to spend time travelling to various locations around the Gold Coast to create content.

Key dates

  • Expressions of Interest open: 6 May 2019
  • Expressions of Interest close: 20 May 2019 (11:59pm AEST)
  • Notification of interviews: 23 May 2019
  • Interviews conducted: 30 May 2019
  • Notifications of outcomes: 4 June 2019

Key dates theme 1: FOOD CULTURE

  • Project delivery dates: 4 – 26 July 2019
  • Project induction session: Thursday 4 July 2019
  • Mid-way check in: Friday 12 July 2019
  • Project debrief session: Friday 26 July 2019

Key dates theme 2: SOUND WAVES: DARKTIDE

  • Project delivery dates: 1 – 23 August 2019
  • Project induction session: Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Mid-way check-in: Friday 9 August 2019
  • Project debrief session: Friday 23 August 2019

There is some flexibility within in the project delivery dates (including the mid-way check in) which can be negotiated with the successful participant/s based on project requirements and the participant’s individual situation.

To apply

Expressions of interest for this program have now closed.


Applicants must:

  • be a resident of the Gold Coast
  • be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • be over 18 years of age by the application due date
  • evidence a creative practice.

Selection criteria

This opportunity encourages the development of discourse and strong digital content around arts and culture broadly, and visual arts, theatre and performance in particular within the local Gold Coast context, while underscoring the value of quality digital content in this scope.

Applicants to LENSGC will require a sound knowledge of contemporary arts and culture to be eligible to apply.

The selection criteria have been developed based on the impact the City hopes to have on its communities and the program objectives. Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • demonstrated high quality approach to art form, with focus on strong digital content in relation to social media platforms and relevance to arts and culture on the Gold Coast
  • in alignment with your arts practice – demonstrated originality of voice/approach and written content, quality image, sound and video creation and capacity to reach relevant audiences within the relevant scope.
  • ability to develop digital content that will resonate with the community and align with arts and culture on the Gold Coast.

Selection process

  • Applications will be assessed by a selection panel comprised of the Team Leaders and a representative from City of Gold Coast’s Arts and Culture Unit.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the selection panel.
  • Six teams of two will be selected based on their EOI and interview.

After applicants have been notified of the outcome of their EOI, successful applicants will meet with the relevant Team Leader to discuss project schedules, activities and outcomes moving forward.

All enquiries

Sam Creyton
Program Lead – Sector Development

Arts and Culture | Lifestyle and Community
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
Phone: 07 5582 9220

Partner links

Christine Sharp:
Danni Zuvella:

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