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

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.



Closes midnight 21 February 2024. Become a Mentor for this exciting Regional NSW Youth Project. We’re looking for practicing artists based in regional NSW who have a passion for supporting the next generation of creatives.

Participants will be connected with an experienced mentor from their chosen field who is based in regional NSW. Each mentoring relationship will address the needs and interests of each individual and enable participants to connect into a network of peers to build strong state-wide networks early in their careers.

There are plans to share the experiences of the participants and mentors at the culmination of the project, highlighting the range of creative practice and industries represented.  Our aim is to draw attention to the opportunities open to regional young people in the dynamic and evolving creative industries.  The form of this ‘showcase’ will be developed in partnership with the participants.


Applications for participants have now closed.

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.



The Regional Arts Network (RAN) consists of 15 Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADO’s) supporting and advocating for arts development and engagement across Regional NSW.

You can find out more about the network HERE

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.