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Navigate: Young Artist Development Program 2017

Navigate: Young Artist Development Program

About this opportunity

Are you aged between 18 and 30 and live on the Gold Coast? Do you want to develop yourself as an artist, creative or cultural worker? Do you want a career in the arts? Or in Creative Industries, design, film, media or cultural development? Do you know the next step in your career?

The Gold Coast arts and cultural sector is growing and evolving at a rapid pace. We want to support the next wave of young and emerging artists and cultural leaders who will contribute to the ongoing development of our vibrant sector. We want to make sure our young creatives are supported to continue to be key drivers in growing new ideas, art forms and practices across our city and beyond.

To support this, the City is offering up to 10 young and emerging Gold Coast creatives the opportunity to undertake the Navigate: Young Artist Development Program – a nine month program of support that includes group professional development activities and a grant of up to $8000 towards an individual professional development activity, tailored to meet your specific careers needs.

Who should apply?

This program is available to individual artists or cultural workers aged 18-30 years. You must also be in the first five years of your arts or creative practice and live on the Gold Coast. You can practice in any art form or multiple art forms.

Depending on the cohort of applicants, we will consider applications from 13-17 year olds if they have parental/guardian consent to participate. If you are unsure about this please phone City of Gold Coast on the number below to talk it through.

What to expect

We anticipate up to 10 successful applicants will undertake this program over nine months. The successful applicants will participate in both group and individual professional development activities. Activities undertaken as a group will include active participation in three weekend intensives as well as monthly salons that cover business and artistic development topics and connect participants to leading local and national arts practitioners and industry experts.

Each successful applicant will also create an individual program of activity that will accelerate their desired career trajectory. This could include a mentor they have always wanted to work with, a company they would like to undertake an internship with, a project they want to realise, or seeing other work relevant to their development. Or some other particular experience which would support their career development. Up to $8000 per applicant is available to support this activity and that will be applied for once successfully engaged in the program in the first weekend intensive. This individually designed activity will be planned by the applicant in consultation with the Navigate Program Coordinator and City of Gold Coast staff.

The participants will also have a private online space to share learnings, ideas, new considerations, challenges and problems. Together the group will network to share their development journeys over the time. The networking in this group and with other prominent and emerging artists and cultural workers from the Gold Coast and beyond will be an important element to the program.

Key dates

  • Applications close: Wednesday 23 August 2017
  • Notification of interviews: Wednesday 30 August 2017
  • Interviews: Week commencing Monday 4 September 2017– various dates and times
  • Notifications of outcome to all interviewed applicants: Monday 11 September 2017
  • Induction weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017

To apply

  1. Download and read the guidelines for this opportunity.
  2. Apply online at

Applications must be submitted to the SmartyGrants portal by midnight Tuesday 8 August 2017.


Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • Be 18-30 years of age, or if you are between 13 and 17 years, you must have a parent / legal guardian’s consent to participate.
  • Be in the first five years of your creative practice.
  • Be a resident of the Gold Coast.
  • Be a permanent resident or Australian citizen.

Artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to having a career in the arts, cultural or creative sectors (including a vision for that career)
  • Demonstration of a clear idea of next step required in career development.
  • Applicant’s ability, or potential, to achieve high standards in their artistic or cultural practice
  • Relevance of current stage of career and proposed activity to this program
  • Capacity for applicant to enhance sector development and raise the profile of young people on the Gold Coast (including leadership potential of applicant)
  • Ability to commit to fully participating in the program, including active participation in the monthly salons and three weekend intensives.

Selection process

  • We anticipate being able to offer up to 10 successful applicants entry into the program.
  • Written applications will be assessed by a panel, including representatives from City of Gold Coast and industry peers.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview.
  • At the interview, applicants can expect to discuss their written application in further detail, including what their individual activity of development might cost.
  • Participants will be selected based on their application and interview.
  • After applicants have been notified of the final outcome of their applications, successful applicants will have a teleconference with the staff from the City of Gold Coast to discuss next steps. This includes contracting, payments and confirming their individual program activity. We will also work with successful applicants to identify insurance considerations based on individual program activities.

Support provided

  • A nine month program of development, support and networking, as well as over-arching mentorship and guidance from Navigate Program Coordinator, Lenine Bourke.
  • A grant of up to $8000 to each applicant to cover the costs of their agreed individual professional development activity.
  • Access to monthly salons exploring topics such as business development, networking, pitching and marketing considerations, presented by local and national industry experts.
  • Three weekend intensives:
    • An orientation weekend
    • An intensive development weekend (mid-way through the program)
    • A final debriefing and next steps at the end of the program

About the Navigate Program Coordinator

Lenine Bourke is an award winning professional community engaged arts practitioner and creative producer who works across a diverse range of arts and cultural forms. She has worked across visual and performing arts, including producing and curating large-scale events, festivals, community arts programs, exhibitions, live arts and research and policy development. She has been the Executive Director of Young People and the Arts Australia and Artistic Director of Contact Inc. and most recently finished her time as Director of Community Partnerships at the Australia Council for the Arts.

All enquiries

Cecile Knight
Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer
Economic Development
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042 Gold Coast MC QLD 9729
Phone: 07 5581 7170

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