Carclew Futures 2019 Group on excursion to Port Adelaide

Carclew Futures

In 2019, Carclew assembled a team of 10 young arts-munchers, aged 12-15, for the ground breaking child-directed arts funding project, Carclew Futures.

The project resulted in two recipients being selected to receive a share of $10,000 funding...

Port Lincoln's 14-year-old Charlee Watt, received $5,000 to create a large portable backdrop for live youth events and indigenous gatherings. Read more here.

Also receiving $5,000 in funding was Elizabeth Vale visual artist, Chad Spencer, who will produce a hayshed mural along the Mt Compass to Goolwa Road - the first of an ‘I-spy-with-my-little-eye' art-trail across a series of haysheds. Read more here.

Read the full media release here.

You can listen to a radio interview with Charlee on ABC Eyre Pennisula here (ffwd to the 44:30 mark)

2020 will see another child-directed project delivered. For updates please sign up to our enewsletter or follow Carclew on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.



During this school term, a team of 12-15 year olds have been critically thinking about the responsibility of distributing $10,000 of arts funding and they have designed a framework and process to make this happen.

Team members bring artistically varied passions, socially diverse considerations, and come from areas far and wide. Carclew has been working alongside them to investigate how art is made; how creative ideas are formed; the process of turning a concept into an outcome; how much ‘art’ costs to make and what it takes to get funding.

The Carclew Futures project is a partnership between Carclew Funding Programs and the Commissioner for Children & Young People. The children who make up the Carclew Futures team have been led by Peer Facilitator, Audrey Mason-Hyde, and Lead Facilitator, Paul Mayers.

Special thanks to Futures friends and supporters: Vivian Cooper/ ACE Open (Plenty exhibition); Susannah Sweeney/Dream Big Festival; Nancy Downes/FELTspace: (I think with my body); Nick O’Connor/Northern Sound System & Heaps Good Friends ;Lilla Berry/Of Desert & Sea; Alexis West/Collaborator, Playwright, Film Maker, Poet, Performer; Becci Love/MOD. gallery (Waging Peace exhibition); Michelle Ryan & Roz Hervey/Restless Dance (Zizanie); Jason Sweeney/Sound Artist, Screen Artist, Stage Composer, Film Composer, Musician; Claire Glenn/ SAYarts (Goddess on a Highway) and Georgie Brookman/State Theatre SA (Animal Farm);  Vans the Omega/Contemporary (street) artist and curator; Emma Webb/Vitalstatistix (We All Know What’s Happening).   

On behalf of Carclew and the Commissioner for Children and Young People, we invite you to view the launch of Carclew Futures: child-directed arts funding  through Carclew’s Facebook profile.


If you have questions, please contact Tess Syme, Coordinator, Arts Programs,

Hero Image - from L-R (back) Seb, Bodhi, Valentina, Tilly, Hannah, Lola, Jess, Paul [mentor] (front) Polly, Audrey [mentor] Cleo |  Image credit - Daniel Marks Photography




Contact Details

Tess Syme
Coordinator, Arts Programs
08 8230 1106