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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Desert Pea Media Creative Mentoring Program


Welcome to Desert Pea Media’s ‘DPM FUTURES’ – a Creative Mentoring Program for up to 5 emerging Indigenous creatives (NSW-based).


Successful applicants will work alongside the DPM Team, and our network of industry professionals over a 6-month period (from October 2024).

The program draws on 22 years of DPM’s skills and experience – supporting participants to identify/set goals, learn new skills, meet new people, and further your creative, personal and professional practice.

Focused on three key areas:

  • Creative and Professional Development

  • Personal Development – Wellbeing and Purpose

  • Desert Pea Media Community Project Process


  • Must Identify as Indigenous 
  • Preference to those that have participated in NSW-based DPM Projects between 2002-2024.

  • Must be 18+

  • Must be actively engaged in your chosen craft/artform and have evidence of your work.

  • Must have access to support/resources ie. laptop/phone etc, or support services in your community.



  • DPM FUTURES is a creative, personal and professional development mentoring program, custom-designed for each successful applicant (paid/flexible/online).

  • The program will also include a 3-day intensive, invite-only ‘Camp’ on Bundjalung Country (Northern NSW) in November 2024.

  • Both before and after the ‘Camp’, there will be regular online sessions and weekly paid hours to achieve creative outcomes and career/creative/personal goals.

  • Selected participants will receive also employment placement on DPM Community Projects in NSW (2024/25)



There are 3 stages to the application process

1. Expression of Interest:

2. Invited Applications:

  • >> We will select a short-list of applicants to go through to the next round.

  • >> Applicants will be required to ‘pitch’ themselves, their creative practice, their support networks etc via video (phone is fine).

3. Final Interviews:

  • >> Final applicants will be interviewed via an online meeting.  Just like Australian Idol lol (nah gammon). More info will go out to selected participants.