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Professional Attachment Program opportunities

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About this opportunity

Are you a Gold Coast based creative or technician working in the performing arts? Are you looking to expand your experience in understanding how to create and deliver projects for an arts and culture festival of significant scale, and to learn from world class mentors? Do you have a genuine desire to establish new relationships with presenters, artists and peers, while accelerating your career opportunities?  

To support the development of arts and culture creatives and production technicians on the Gold Coast, the City of Gold Coast is offering highly motivated individuals a range of professional paid attachments.

In these professional attachments you will be placed in a creative or technical associate role working with a team that is developing a pool of projects for delivery during Festival 2018.

This pool contains projects that are a mix of performing arts, public art, site specific works and community engagement projects.

Placements could include such diverse opportunities as attachments to:

  • Directors
  • Designers (set, costume, sound, lighting)
  • Curators
  • Choreographers
  • Lighting and/or sound technicians
  • Stage managers
  • Production managers

Who should apply

This opportunity is for emerging to mid-career arts and culture creatives and production technicians who have some experience working in a professional performing arts capacity on the Gold Coast.

You might have experience working on your own professional, or semi-professional, arts and culture projects, or experience working in a range of creative or technical roles for arts and culture organisations and be looking to extend your skills through accelerated sector development opportunities.

Applications are welcome from recent graduates (or current students) of courses in arts, creative industries, event or project management, design, tourism or other industries, with the applicable experience levels.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

What to expect

The successful applicants will be supported and mentored by senior creatives and production technicians while assisting with the creative and/or production elements of a project.

While a number of placements will be prescriptive based on the project opportunities available, some bespoke placements may be created for certain candidates depending on their specific skill set and interest areas.

The duration of each professional attachment will be negotiated with each successful applicant, depending on the needs of the project, the availability of the mentors, and the nature of the creative or technical assignment. Placements may include short-range assignments (less than 7 days total) through to longer placements requiring a part-time work commitment over a number of weeks/months. Days of work may be flexible depending on the needs of the project you are working on.

You will work in a changing environment where some work will be office based (Bundall) and some will be on site. You will need to provide your own laptop and have access to reliable transport.

It is important to note that the attachments will occur in 2017 or 2018 during the pre-production event planning and delivery stages for Festival 2018. The Festival 2018 program will be delivered from 4 to 15 April 2018, and if you continue through to this time, you will be subject to a strict confidentiality agreement as part of this Attachment.

Download the guidelines for further information about what to expect on a daily basis.

Support provided

  • A grant will be paid to each successful applicant to support their participation in the Professional Attachment Program. The amount of each grant will be calculated using industry standard hourly/daily rates, and will depend on the nature of the assignment, the experience of the applicant, and the duration of the attachment.
  • Each applicant is responsible for securing their own personal insurance for the duration of their attachment.
  • The successful applicants will be seconded to and mentored by senior creatives and/or production technicians to gain practical industry experience to propel their career as an emerging or mid-career arts and culture practitioner on the Gold Coast.
  • Kick-off, mid-way and debrief meetings with the successful applicants, mentors and a City of Gold Coast representative will provide a structured overlay for additional reflection, feedback and mentorship to ensure the professional development opportunity is maximised.

To apply

Submit the following documents online:

  • completed application form
  • CV (4 page maximum)

Applications must be received online by 11.59pm on Sunday 3 September 2017.

About Festival 2018

Festival 2018 will be a bold, aspirational 12-day program that galvanises a city, inspires audiences, and celebrates the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It will feature extraordinary and memorable artistic events that celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth, reflect Queensland’s lifestyle, culture and creativity and capture the authentic spirit of the Gold Coast and its communities.

The program will feature a wide range of creative activities and events, generating a festive atmosphere during Games time throughout the Gold Coast and in our three event cities - Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.

Spilling out from the stadiums, people will encounter arts and cultural events that capture the energy of the Games, showcase local artistic talent, and reflect diverse abilities, perspectives and cultures.

From major public art commissions to collaborations with performers and artists from across the Commonwealth, from live events to hands-on arts activities, Festival 2018 will have something for everyone.

Check out the Festival 2018 website.

Key dates

Please note that these dates may be subject to change.

  • Applications close: Sunday 3 September 2017 (11.59pm AEST)
  • Notification of interviews: by Thursday 7 September 2017
  • Interviews conducted: between 11 and 15 September 2017
  • Notifications of outcomes to interviewed applicants: by Friday 22 September 2017
  • Indicative attachment dates: late September 2017 to April 2018


Eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrate a significant connection to the Gold Coast (i.e. resident here, resident close by and consistently work here)
  • Be a permanent resident or Australian citizen
  • Be over 18 years of age by the application due date.
  • You are ineligible to apply for this program if:

  • you were successful in securing funds through the Producer Professional Development Program previously (you are not excluded if you applied previously, but were not successful)
  • you have not acquitted funding through another funding program operated through the City of Gold Coast's Arts and Culture Unit (i.e. RADF)
  • you are an employee or employee-like contractor to City of Gold Coast, a Council entity, a strategic partner organisation currently funded through the GC2018 Accelerated Cultural Development Action Plan, an ACCELERATE organisation, or an employee of GOLDOC, Circa and Jack Morton Worldwide and Bleached Arts.
  • Selection criteria

    • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing professional work in a creative or production capacity in the performing arts.
    • Experience, knowledge or demonstrated interest in arts and culture.
    • Relevance of opportunity to career development and ambition of applicant.
    • Readiness for this professional development opportunity.
    • Potential to contribute to ongoing arts and culture sector development on the Gold Coast.
    • Ability to dedicate the required amount of time to the opportunity including good availability during placement dates.

    Selection process

    • Written applications will be assessed by representatives from the City of Gold Coast, Circa, Jack Morton Worldwide and Bleached Arts.
    • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview with the City of Gold Coast, Circa, Jack Morton Worldwide and Bleached Arts.
    • Participants will be selected based on their application and interview.

    Please note: Additional attachment opportunities may be available in the near future. To have your application automatically considered for future attachments offered through this program, you can opt in when applying. You will be contacted directly by the City of Gold Coast with further information if additional opportunities become available.

    All enquiries

    Vanessa Thompson
    Arts and Culture
    Economic Development
    City of Gold Coast
    PO Box 5042 Gold Coast MC QLD 9726
    Phone: 07 5581 7140

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