Professional Placement Program

Professional Placement Program Hosts

Are you committed to strengthening our local arts and culture sector? We are looking for local arts and culture hosts to mentor developing artists and creative workers.

You can be a host through our paid Professional Placement Program. Placements last for up to 30 days and they’re a great way for your business to gain a fresh perspective from emerging and mid-career creatives.

What is the Professional Placement Program?

It's a City of Gold Coast Arts and Culture Unit development initiative. We designed the program to help emerging to mid-career arts workers gain paid experience in a professional arts and cultural setting, supported by a mentor.

Calling out for hosts for our 2024 Program

We're looking for hosts from all artforms and professional backgrounds. Hosts play a key role in both the short- and long-term development of the local arts and culture sector. The program provides hosts with a modest stipend to support your engagement.

Who can apply to be a host?

Artists, arts and cultural workers, local arts and culture sector businesses, organisations or associations who have specific artform knowledge or demonstrated experience in an arts and culture context. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hosts, disability and culturally and linguistically diverse focused hosts.

Host responsibilities

  • Provide mentorship within a workplace environment.
  • Help your placement develop relevant skills and networks to boost their career


Hosts must:

  • have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be based on the Gold Coast or up to 100kms from the City’s office in Bundall
  • have strong professional connections and networks
  • have no overdue City funding acquittals with the Arts and Culture Unit.

Mentors within a host must:

  • Be a professional within the arts and culture sector with a minimum of 5 years accumulated experience:
    • in their area of expertise and / or
    • within an organisation in the cultural or creative sector, and / or
    • managing their own company.
  • Have already participated in other mentoring programs and / or mentored and / or provided training for at least one individual or project in the cultural, creative or other sector within the past 5 years.

Key dates

  • Host applications close: Monday 16 October 2023 at midnight
  • Shortlisted applicants notified: Wednesday 1 November 2023
  • Callout for placement participants:  February 2024
  • Final hosts confirmed: March 2024
  • Placement duration: Up to 30 days
  • Earliest Placement start date: March 2024
  • Latest Placement finish date: May 2025 

How to apply

Becoming a host is a great opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of our local arts and culture sector.

  1. Read through the guidelines.
  2. Check your eligibility.
  3. Submit an online application form.

Download the Professional Placement Program 2024 guidelines(PDF, 384KB)(PDF, 384KB)

Submit application

Contact us

Senior Arts & Culture Project Officer
Tel: 07 5581 7170