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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
Career launchpad for 16 to 27 year olds

If you are ready to embark on an inspiring journey of personal growth and learning we are thrilled to invite you to participate in this dynamic and transformative youth project.

Horizons is a creative industry mentoring and career development program for NSW regional youth. The project will run over 18 months and will support a total of 75 young people from across NSW.

Horizons is a state-wide regional project that provides direct intensive support to young people wanting to pursue a career in the creative industries. Our aim is to provide participants with new pathways to explore work and study opportunities in the creative industries.

Participants will:

  • Be paired with a mentor who is a practicing artist or creative industries person working in Regional NSW
  • Work with their mentor to co-design their program according to their needs and goals throughout 2024
  • Receive a stipend of $750 just for participating in this project. Approved travel expenses and associated material costs will also be covered.
  • Work on a collective showcase that addresses pressing issues for regional young people through collaborating with the 75 other participants.

The results of this extended mentoring program will be shared through a creative industry showcase developed and led by the project participants.  The showcase will highlight each mentoring project and the range of creative practice and industries represented and will enable the conversation on the opportunities open to regional young people, in this dynamic and evolving industry, to continue beyond the project.  Horizons will therefore have longer term influence on an extended cohort of young people by creating access opportunities and pathways for creative industry careers and employment in the arts sector.

It’s a project of the Regional Arts Network, made up of the 15 Regional Arts organisations across NSW,  funded by the Office of Regional Youth through the Regional Youth Incentive Program.

Applications close: at 5pm on Friday 10 November 2023

If you are between the ages of 16 -27, enthusiastic about learning, and eager to contribute to your community, we would love to have you on board! Whether you have prior experience in the creative industries or are just starting your journey, your dedication and passion are what matter most.

In the  the Arts OutWest service area* (if you are in another part of regional NSW use this RADO finder to locate your regional arts development organisation and apply through them).

Read the criteria for full details: EOI Participants

No Cost – Horizons will not cost you a cent, in fact we will pay you a small stipend for your involvement and effort. Approved travel expenses and associated material costs will also be covered.

  1. Read the guidelines.
  2. Complete and email in an application by the due date:

Phone: (Monday-Friday) 02 6338 4657


If we are not at the phone when you call please leave a message with your name and contact details.

What are the Creative Industries?

The creative industries refer to a broad and diverse sector of the economy that encompasses various activities and businesses primarily focused on the creation, production, and distribution of creative and cultural goods and services. These industries are characterised by their reliance on intellectual property, artistic expression, and innovation. While there isn’t a universally accepted list of sectors included in the creative industries, they typically encompass the following:

Visual Arts – This includes activities such as painting, sculpture, photography, and graphic design.

Performing Arts -This involves live performances such as theatre, dance, music, and opera.

Film and Television – This sector covers the production, distribution, and exhibition of films, television shows, and documentaries.

Publishing – This includes the production of books, magazines, newspapers, and digital publications.

Advertising and Marketing – This sector focuses on creating and promoting products and services through various media channels, including digital advertising, branding, and public relations.

Design – Encompassing a wide range of fields like fashion design, interior design, industrial design, and architectural design.

Music and Sound Recording – Covering the creation and distribution of music, including songwriting, recording, music production, sound engineering, radio broadcasting, podcasting and livestreaming.

Video Games and Interactive Media – This includes the development of video games, virtual reality experiences, and interactive digital content.

Crafts and Artisanal Production – Involving the creation of handmade and artisanal products, such as ceramics, textiles, and jewellery.

Cultural Heritage – Focusing on the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, including museums, galleries, libraries, and cultural events.

Software and Creative Technology – Covering software development for creative purposes, animation, special effects, theatre production (sound and lighting), projection and digital art tools.

Architecture and Urban Planning – Encompassing architectural design, urban planning, and landscape architecture.

The creative industries are known for their economic and cultural significance. They contribute to economic growth, employment, and innovation while shaping and reflecting the culture of societies. This sector thrives on talent, creativity, and intellectual property, making it a critical driver of the knowledge-based economy in many countries. Additionally, the creative industries often intersect with technology and innovation, leading to new forms of artistic expression and business models.

Creative industry mentoring and career development program for NSW regional youth aged 16 to 27.

Location: State-wide. Participants selected from each regional arts development organisation area.

Funded by: The NSW Office of Regional Youth through the Regional Youth Incentive Program.

Applications close: at 5pm Friday 10 November 2023.
For activities happening in 2024.