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Young Artist Development Salons

Young Artist Development Salons

Thursday nights just got a whole lot better.

Are you a Gold Coast creative under 30 years old? Want to grow your creative career in 2017?

This salon series is designed specifically for young people who want to carve out a career in the arts, cultural or creative industries. If you’re a young and emerging artist or cultural worker who wants to push your creative practice, build industry know-how and connect with collaborators and peers, this is for you.

You might be an emerging actor, designer, dancer, visual artist, film maker, curator, comic book illustrator, writer, producer, photographer, production manager, lighting designer, sound artist, musician or something else.

Each month, we’ll gather to connect and learn from creative industries professionals and each other and grow the network of young artists on the Gold Coast.

We’ll keep updating this page with details of guest speakers and other exciting opportunities connected with the salons as they are confirmed.

You can also RSVP and get updates about the events via our Facebook events.

What to bring: yourself, a friend or collaborator. Everyone is welcome.
Cost: Free
Access needs: Contact us using the details below.

Upcoming events

Thursday 5 October 2017 – Making my work with new collaborators – Cross cultural practice

Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall.


  • Libby Harwood (Founder - Creative Inclusive)
  • Jane Jennison (Creative Arts and Culture Coordinator - Inala Wangarra)
  • Teila Watson (Indigenous Singer, Poet and Lyricist)

This Salon would focus on the ways in which we work with people.

Everyone has different cultural, social, economic circumstances and general life circumstances. As a result, when we work with teams or groups of people our differences can cause tension and conflict or we can find new ways of challenging ourselves and re-arrange the way we work.

We can centre people’s differences and consider what everyone in the group needs to fully participate, work, or engage and allow this to improve working circumstances for everyone. We also understand that cross cultural practice is deeply engrained in some peoples work and for others they are just exploring these ideas, this session will accommodate both areas of practice.

Thursday 2 November 2017 – Making new things work – work in live arts & emerging practices

Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall.


  • Shakthi Sivanathan (Curious Works) Kate McDonald (The Inaugural Dance Affair)
  • House Conspiracy

Artists are working across a range of exciting, live, social and contemporary practices. This Salon will explore the emerging trends in practice and open up some ideas about working in this space locally and nationally.

Thursday 7 December 2017 – Making connections and plans for the future – meet-up/workshop

Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall.

This session will be a workshop rather than a panel or forum, hosted by Lenine Bourke and Katie Edmiston, our Navigate co-facilitators.

We will be exploring where and how to take your own career to the next level. This will be part interactive, part socialising and meeting people. We will also invite along local leaders to host group break away sessions.

Past events

Thursday 7 September 2017 - Making art for public spaces versus galleries and theatre spaces

This Salon explored the opportunities and pitfalls of making work for the public spaces versus those works for galleries, theatres and private spaces. Many artists move between these locations with ease and others find their work best suited to specific spaces.


  • Judy Watson (Indigenous Public)
  • Jeremy Goldstein (International Artist and Producer)
  • Paul Osuch (Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer - Anywhere Theatre Festival)
  • Grace Dewar (Co-Founder and Coordinator - First Coat).

Thursday 3 August 2017 - Making decisions about your career as an artist

This Salon explored what happens when you decide to take your practice seriously and want to explore the arts as a career.

The pathway to developing a career within the creative industries can be varied and rarely in a clear line. How and when should you consider university, volunteering, traineeships, mentoring or just producing your own work? Artists at every step of their journey need to understand how they make the right decisions – and when to seek advice.

We were joined in conversation by various support and training organisations and artists who shared with us their experience and knowledge in the many steps to take when navigating a career in the arts.


  • Megan Williams (Auspicious Arts)
  • Emma Di Muzio (Arts Ready)
  • "Ling Jay" (Alinta McGrady)
  • David Stewart.

Friday 7 July – Making leadership accessible for all young artists

This Salon explored the ways in which young people step up into leadership roles within the arts and cultural sector. The panel explored the diverse and divergent pathways, processes and projects that young artists can engage with as participants or to develop their own practice and careers. The audience joined in discussing practical tips and ideas as we heard from a number of young artists and youth arts workers about their own experiences and backgrounds within the arts. We discussed why it is important for young people have a creative voice, what they can bring to the sector and how to engage.

  • Sara Strachan (Arts Front Under 30s)
  • Claire Christian (Independent writer and theatre maker)
  • Alethea Beetson (Digi Youth Arts)
  • LaVonne Bobongie (Independent visual artist).

Friday 17 February 2017 – How do you do what you?

This was an evening spent with artists talking about their practice and asking established artists about their artistic process, how they go about getting their work published, exhibited or performed and how they get commissioned, contracted or even paid to make their art. We invited a group of artists to share their processes in making new works, how and with who they collaborate and where their inspiration comes from. This forum delved deep into the way artists talk about their work and the process each of them take from the ideas stage right through to the finished art work.


  • Libby Harward (Visual Artist and Community Cultural Development Worker, Creative Inclusive)
  • Rosie Dennis (Artistic Director, Urban Theatre Projects)
  • Alex McCallum (Writer and PhD Candidate).

Friday 3 March 2017 – Who is your audience and how to get your work out there?

Artists are often very focused on the creation of work and the creative process. But it is equally important to consider the ways that your work will be seen by an audience, read by readers, watched by media lovers and participated in by community. This salon focused on the ways in which we can have our work encountered by the public and grow our audience base. From social media tips to market development planning, there are many unique and creative ways to consider how to share our work with the world.


  • Collette Brennan (CEO, Abbotsford Convent)
  • Dave Sleswick (Director, Motherboard Productions)
  • Elliott Bledsoe (Director, Agentry & Co-Founder, This Must Be The Place).

Friday 7 April 2017 – Festival Conversations

Bleach* Festival is the signature, annual, multi-arts festival of the Gold Coast. In this salon we opened up a conversation about festivals under the roof of the spectacular Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent. We explored how festivals are curated or programmed, why people work in festivals and how to get your work in a festival. Emerging, local and capital city festivals all play a different part in an artist’s life as a major moment of public presentation. Likewise they all have their own signature programming style.


  • Louise Bezzina (Artistic Director, Bleach* Festival)
  • Georgie Meagher (Director/CEO, Next Wave Festival)
  • Kath Quigley (Artistic Director/CEO, Backbone Youth Arts).

Friday 5 May 2017 – Earn a living in the Arts

Earning a living from your creative practice is a massive task and requires a range of networks, skills, good work and knowledge. This salon went into exploring topics such as managing your money, how to pitch, how to set fees, managing schedules and commitments, sponsorship, philanthropy and box office. So many aspects go into making an artist’s wage.


  • Fiona Maxwell (CEO, Brisbane Powerhouse)
  • Amie Batalibasi (Film maker and Founder/Director, Colour Box Studio)
  • Angie Dunbavan (Tour Producer, arTour).

Friday 2 June 2017 – Ideas and actions for sustaining an artistic practice

This salon hosted a panel of significant practitioners who have all managed interesting, complex and diverse careers. We invited them to share their ideas and actions for sustaining an artistic practice.


  • Sandi Woo (Creative Producer / Choreographer / Dance Teacher)
  • Thom Browning (Multidisciplinary Artist and Producer / Artistic Director, Imaginary Theatre)
  • Karen Batten (Artist and Designer)
  • Delvene Cookatoo-Collins (Artist / Arts Worker / Youth Performing Arts Worker).

The City's Young Artist Development Salons are proudly supported by The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

All enquiries:

Cecile Knight
Arts and Culture
Economic Development and Major Projects
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
Phone: 07 5581 7170

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