National Youth Arts Summit

Big issues, brain-stretching ideas, intimate conversations, practical actions.

Friday 6 October 2017

Carclew is pleased to present an ongoing opportunity for national conversation and connection by hosting the 2017 National Youth Arts Summit.

Over the last two years, Australia Council for the Arts held national youth arts gatherings to support our sector as we responded to the changing funding environment and shared our concerns for the future of the only national networking and advocacy body, Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA).

Located in and around the iconic Carclew House and immediately following the Australian Theatre Forum, the 2017 National Youth Arts Summit will bring together artists, arts workers and young creatives who are engaged in art making with, and for, children and young people, in all art forms, across the country.

The day-long program will be broken into three sections:
Provocations (short keynotes around core themes)
Breakout Workshops (your chance to reflect and share)
And after lunch, Where now? And how? where the ever fabulous Kate Gould will lead us out of the workshop haze and into strategic thinking about how we move forward as a national sector.


The Voice Of The Child
Helen Connolly – South Australian Commissioner for Children & Young People
Working in government, corporate and community sectors, Helen Connolly will share with us what she has heard by placing the voice of the child at the centre of her processes and how she gauges the wellbeing of young people as the indicator of the health and wellbeing of the whole community.

Future Proofing
Fraser Corfield – Artistic Director, Australian Theatre for Young People
What does future proofing mean? How can we articulate the holistic importance of our work? Fraser will share the data he has been gathering that directly examines the social health and educational benefits for children and young people of youth arts engagement.

Sara Strachan – Working Group Leader, Arts Front Under 30s National Summit 2018
Leigh Boswell – General Manager, The Young Company
There are lots of dynamic young adults who are shifting the goalposts on ‘youth arts delivery’. What is happening in the nexus between social enterprise & arts practice? Sara and Leigh will provide us with a spotlight on what the trailblazers are doing.

Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin – Deputy Chair, Australia Council Board
Nooshin Laghai-Asiata – independent community arts worker
Collaborations are everywhere! They are becoming vital to ongoing sustainability. Lee-Ann and Nooshin worked in deep collaboration with community members across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands and Maralinga Tjarutja Lands through both the West Coast Mentoring & Leadership Program as well as the Tjitji Tjuta Inmaku Pakantjaku Project at Carclew. These projects required collaboration with community systems, government systems, education systems, and cultural institutions. They will unpack ‘what makes a successful collaboration successful?’

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander processes & perspectives
Alethea Beetson – Artisitc Director, Digi Youth Arts
What are the new directions, understandings, and language emerging in the first peoples’ space? Alethea will share her motivation, processes and outcomes of unsettle; a long term multi-arts project that questioned the colonial legacy of museums.

The epic day will close with sunset drinks on the beautiful Carclew grounds. Delegates can continue networking and making national connections whilst enjoying the astounding skills of Electric Fields. Fresh from WOMAD, hear the unique voice of Zaachariaha Fielding and the spine-tingling electronica of producer Michael Ross in a seamless merging of pop, electronic and soul. Singing in Pitjantjatjara and English, Electric Fields bridge cultures and identities!

At the 2016 Hawkesbury River youth arts gathering there was a vital conversation regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander processes & perspectives. We will continue the opportunity for discussion and thought and there will be a space provided for first nations peoples to meet.

Please join the national discussion as we work towards future proofing youth arts practice in Australia.

But wait there's more......

Saturday 7 October, 10am-2pm

MASTERCLASS: The artistry of the youth arts facilitator
A rare and exciting professional development opportunity for artists working within the youth arts arena. The workshop will be co-led by four youth arts facilitators, each representing a different arts practice, will give you intensive insight into and practical experience of their creative methods and madness.

  • Eliza Lovell – has an astounding background in community & cultural development and child-led arts practice. She is currently a lead facilitator in Creative Body Based Learning, a collaborative project between University of SA, Department of Education & Development, Carclew, and the University of Texas. 
  • Nick O’Connor – is a youth and music focussed community worker who leads projects for at The Northern Sound System, a phenomenal music facility in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Nick is also a co-writer and bassist of Adelaide’s indie-pop act, Heaps Good Friends.
  • Ruby Chew – is a visual artist who has extensive experience in facilitating workshops with specific creative objectives to a diverse range of demographics. She has taught in South Australia, interstate and overseas, including a recent studio residency position at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
  • Edwin Kemp Attrill – is the founding Artistic Director of ActNow Theatre, an award winning theatre company, whose work implicitly focuses on interactive performance and participatory storytelling and uses themes of social justice as central to the narrative.

This is your opportunity to indulge in some on-the-floor professional development.

Refreshments included.


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Friday, 6 October                                          Earlybird**    Regular

Individuals from orgs with turnover >$750K       $200              $240 

Individuals from orgs with turnover <$750K       $90                $110 

Saturday, 7 October 

Masterclass                                                          $80               $100 

*per person, plus GST & Eventbrite booking fee. 
** on or before AUGUST 25. 

Travel subsidies

Applications for travel subsidies have now closed. We encourage you to approach your local / state authorities to pursue travel subsidies to assist with your travel costs.

Other things to do in Adelaide

October will be springtime in Adelaide (sooo beautiful!) and apart from our youth arts knees-up, there will be lots of other arty things and cultural stuff to surround yourself with. Be sure to check out: 

Sept/ Oct Oz Asia Festival

1 Oct Moon Lantern Festival

3-5 Oct Australian Theatre Forum 

6 Oct NationalYouth Arts Summit

7 Oct Masterclass: the artistry of the youth arts facilitator

5-15 Oct Adelaide Film Festival

11-15 Oct Adelaide Fashion Festival

13 Oct Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art


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Contact Details

Hannah Allert
08 8267 5111

Key Dates

  • Oct 06
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