Level Up youth arts program


The Level Up youth arts program supports and nurtures the development of young emerging visual artists in the early stages of their career through a range of programs and professional development opportunities to grow and support a sustainable arts practice and create industry connections.

Key program initiatives:

  • Level Up Studio Spaces
  • Level Up Residency
  • Level Up Gallery
  • Public programs, events, and workshops

Image: Sophia Franks, former Level Up Residency artist.

Level Up residency program

Applications for the next residency will open mid-2024.

Youth arts incubator for makers, doers and dreamers

Are you a young artist living on the Gold Coast?

Ready to take your art to the next level?

Level Up Residency is a 3-month incubator for young visual artists aged 18 to 25 transitioning from school, work or tertiary studies with a passion to kickstart their career in the Arts.

The residency provides young artists a co-working studio space, monthly stipend (artist fee), access to professional development workshops and industry experience that will support creative pursuits and sustainable arts practice. The residency is open to local creatives between the ages of 18 to 25, with a maximum of five artists per intake.

This is a unique opportunity for emerging young artists to take their arts practice to the next level and be a part of the city's vibrant cultural landscape.

Level Up studio residency at Mint Art House

Seeking early career Gold Coast visual artists aged 18 to 30 years in need of studio space to grow!

Level Up has a studio residency opportunity for two early career artists at Mint Art House, Burleigh Heads.

Studio placements will take place from 1 May to 30 September 2024, providing artists with studio space to develop new work and connect with the creative community of artists that make up Mint Art House together with connections to the Level Up Arts and Culture team.

Please note: early career artist, as defined by the National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA), is beyond a hobby artist, is an arts graduate or similar, and is actively committed to their professional arts practice.


To be eligible, you need to be:

  • Early career visual artists aged 18 to 25 years old
  • A Gold Coast resident
  • Australian Citizen or Permanent resident
  • Available to commit to a 5 month studio placement (see dates below)
  • Available to attend scheduled catch up meetings

*Previous recipients of the Mint Art House Residency are not eligible to apply.

Key dates

Date Activity
Midnight, Wednesday 3 April 2024 Applications close
Wednesday 10 April 2024 Interviews
Friday 19 April 2024 Confirmation
Wednesday 1 May 2024 Studio placement commencement
Monday 30 September 2024 End of studio placement

Applications are now open. You can apply via the City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants portal.

Download Level Up studio residency guidelines(PDF, 354KB)

Apply Here

Contact us

For more information contact the Level Up Coordinator on 07 5581 6691 or levelup@goldcoast.qld.gov.au