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Producer Professional Development opportunity 2018

Producer Professional Development opportunity 2018

Bleach* Festival™ - Craig Walsh

The Gold Coast is home to a burgeoning creative community of increasing ambition. We are always keeping a lookout for the next wave of creative producers and arts and cultural operators.

Creative producers are needed to work in collaboration with local artists and organisations to help shape and deliver imaginative projects that will continue to accelerate the cultural development of our city.

Keep an eye on the City's website and our Arts and Culture Facebook page for any future opportunities.

In 2018, to support the development of our city's emerging arts and cultural workers, we offered an opportunity for three aspiring creative producers to increase their professional skills, experience and networks by undertaking a paid placement with one of three local arts festivals in 2018 Bleach* Festival™, Gold Coast Film Festival and Somerset Celebration of Literature.

About Bleach* Festival™

Bleach* Festival™ is the largest arts and cultural festival on the Gold Coast. Bleach* Festival™ specialises in site specific artistic events that respond to the natural environment as well as providing maximum participation for the community. The festival program is a feast of contemporary live music, pop up art installations and exhibitions, outdoor film programs, street parties, theatre and ideas.

Visit the Bleach* Festival™ website for more information.

About Somerset Celebration of Literature

The Somerset Celebration of Literature is a significant cultural event that reaches beyond Somerset College to include the whole community. This inspiring three day festival is held on the Gold Coast each year, with ticket sales exceeding 20,000. Over 30 acclaimed authors from around Australia hold interactive sessions and workshops for both children and adults. It’s a great opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, have books signed and enjoy a festival dedicated to reading and writing.

Visit the Somerset Celebration of Literature website for more information. 

About Gold Coast Film Festival

Established in 2002, The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) celebrates and promotes all aspects of film and filmmaking from one of Australia’s pre-eminent filmmaking locations and holiday destinations – the Gold Coast. The 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival attracted a record 14,148 attendees across ten days of film screenings and events, increasing attendance by 12 per cent on the previous year.

From internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, locally made indie gems and family features, the GCFF offers a culturally diverse, interactive and engaging program of film, events and special guests. The Gold Coast Film Festival is the city’s flagship film event and enhances the reputation of the city as one of Australia’s major film making hubs.

Visit the Gold Coast Film Festival website for more information. 

Who was this opportunity for?

This opportunity is for emerging arts and cultural workers looking to expand their professional experience in creative producing and project management of events of scale in a contemporary arts and cultural context.

Applicants might be recent graduates (or current students) of courses in arts, creative industries, events, design, tourism or other industries. You might have worked on amateur theatre productions and be looking to professionalise your experience or be an arts-passionate corporate functions coordinator seeking a different sector to work in. Perhaps you are a part-time band manager, frustrated creative agency client manager, or a self-producing artist looking to expand your career options. This opportunity is for you.

Support provided

Typically, an honorarium of up to $7,750 is paid to the successful applicants in instalments to support the applicant to undertake a 40 day placement.

The successful participants are seconded to and mentored by the Director to gain practical industry experience to propel their career as an emerging creative producer to the next level.

Kick-off, mid-way and debrief sessions with the participant, Director and City of Gold Coast representative provide a structured overlay for additional reflection, feedback and mentorship to ensure the professional development opportunity is maximised.

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