2019 National Youth Arts Summit

National Youth Arts Summit | 12 - 13 September 2019 


Carclew invites young artists, arts workers and creatives from all parts of Australia to get ready and MAKE SPACE for critical conversations and exchange at the next National Youth Arts Summit, 12 & 13 September 2019.

Since our last convergence (Adelaide 2017), Australia and indeed the world has witnessed significant events and social movements demanding radical action for change. Creative responses, often led by young people, call for governments and institutions to take action on climate change, violence against women and children, the humane treatment of asylum seekers, recognition of our First Australians and the right to live in a safe and secure world despite cultural background, values or beliefs. This is the backdrop for our two day-event.

This year’s NYAS will see young people running the event from start to finish.

Carclew’s Creative Consultants – talented young creatives, supported by Carclew as they establish their career in SA – will lead a series of activities during day one with young delegates from across Australia. Outcomes from this day will be woven into day two throughout the overall program.

On day two, speakers will be tasked to reflect on day one outcomes and how new ideas can be adapted into practice, leadership, advocacy, innovation and sector structure. Delegates will be challenged to consider how a future thinking sector truly enables young people’s agency, ambition and determination.

Also on day two, get ready to be inspired by two leading young artists - Manal Younus, ActNow Theatre associate artist and Australian based freelance storyteller who explores issues around female empowerment, culture, displacement, racism and interculturalism, and Jesse Budel a composer, performer, sound artist, curator and arts entrepreneur based in South Australia.

This year’s summit will be practical, analytical and above all creative, making use of the skills and experiences of all who attend. Summit facilitator, Paul Mayers, said “My job is to put a structure in place so young people can take the reins of this Summit and make it their own. We will know I’m doing my job well if I’m hardly seen or heard from! Expect it to be inspiring, meaningful, practical, useful and perhaps proactive and certainly expect to see young people front and centre throughout.”

National Youth Arts Summit 2019 | MAKE SPACE
WHEN: 12 - 13 September
Thursday 12 September: 30 years and under only
Friday 12 September: all ages
WHERE: CARCLEW, 11 Jeffcott St, Kaurna Country, North Adelaide, SA, 5006


Thursday 12 September – 30 years and under only

Following the success of ArtsFront U30, Carclew invites 50 young artists and arts workers from diverse arts and cultural backgrounds and regions to converge, consider and conceive a re-imagined future for the national arts and culture sector. Co-designed with Carclew’s Creative Consultants, Day 1 of the Summit will MAKE SPACE for creative provocations and interrogations to re-imagine a future for the youth arts sector.

Friday 13 September – open to all

Building on critical conversations from the 2017 Summit, Day 2 will MAKE SPACE for candid exchanges exploring developments in work for, and by, children and young people..

From our survey, national conversations and consultations, five core themes have emerged:

  • THE BIG WHY - Why do artists make work, what lies behind their creative motivations, and should there be compromises to fit funding, partnerships, or festival programs?

  • DIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA - Does Australian arts and culture truly reflect the diversity of our population or do the arts still lie within the domain of white privilege?

  • FEEDING THE SOUL - Making space to develop art, exploring new creative skills, developing new connections, inspire or be inspired

  • VALUE and IDENTITY – Exploring the identity of the creative sector through research and evaluation to determine the value of an artist’s work and its great social and political effect.

  • THE GREEN QUESTION – How do we reduce our carbon footprint and act responsibly as a sector with the limited resources available?

Part forum, part workshop, part presentation, we are deliberately crafting a space for all types of participation, experience and need. Join us and MAKE SPACE to explore ideas, customs and behaviours and to create a vibrant and resilient sector into the future.

Registration pricing

2 day registration (young people under 30 ONLY) 
EarlyBird (purchase before 12 July 2019)
Independent practitioners / individuals from orgs with turnover <$750K $50 
Individuals from orgs with turnover >$750K $100
Regular (from 12 July 2019)
Independent practitioners / individuals from orgs with turnover <$750K $80
Individuals from orgs with turnover >$750K $125

1 day Friday registration (all ages)
EarlyBird (purchase before 12 July 2019)
Independent practitioners / individuals from orgs with turnover <$750K $100 
Individuals from orgs with turnover >$750K $210
Regular (from 12 July 2019)
Independent practitioners / individuals from orgs with turnover <$750K $125
Individuals from orgs with turnover >$750K $250


Any questions please contact Georgie Davill gdavill@carclew.org.au or Lilla Berry lberry@carclew.org.au or on (08) 8267 5111

Read the media release here

Travel subsidies

Carclew is committed to making sure that all voices are represented, not just those with the funds. Dollars a barrier? We got you. We need to MAKE SPACE and want ALL voices at National Youth Art Summit. Travel and accomodation subsidies (upon application) are available. Let us know what support you need to be here. Talk to us so we can make it happen. Use the online form to apply for for travel subsidies or contact Georgie.

Access at Carclew

Access: Wheelchair access, Disability toilets, multi-level reception desk with deafness friendly handset, assistance animals welcome, quiet areas can be provided.

Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Artists:
When contacting Carclew, TTY users should phone 133 677 then ask for (08) 8267 5111.
Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users should phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (08) 8267 5111.

Friends of Carclew, Access2Arts work across all art forms to increase access and support the professional development of artists with disability in South Australia, and may be able to assist further.   Phone 08 8463 1689  Email info@access2arts.org.au

 Haven't covered what you need? Contact Georgie.

Contact Details

Georgie Davill
Senior Manager, Arts Programs
08 8230 1112

Key Dates

  • Sep 12
    Sep 13
    MAKE SPACE - National Youth Arts Summit


    Carclew, 11 Jeffcott St, Kaurna Country, North Adelaide


    The biennial two-day Summit will attract young artists, arts workers and creatives from around the country. Generating a national melting pot of established and aspiring arts professionals, the Summit willdevelop connections, dissect key issues facing the