$50 for 50 Years Landing

Help Carclew continue to transform young lives for the next 50 years

Over the past 50 years, Carclew has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and young people in South Australia.

Carclew has kickstarted careers and entertained audiences, showcasing South Australia’s emerging creative artists.

As a not-for-profit organisation, your donation means the world to Carclew so we can continue to support children and young people, who directly benefit from your generosity.

Your support will ensure the creative aspirations of many future generations will be nurtured through our programs and help create a more sustainable and financially supported cultural sector.

Every dollar donated will help provide free access to the arts for children and young people and employment for emerging artists.

Without investment in the artists of today there is no arts industry tomorrow.

Important to Carclew is the development of a robust local creative industry, supporting young people with professional development opportunities.  

Chief Executive, Tricia Walton highlights:  

Many people working in the arts and creative industries across Australia today, have received encouragement, professional mentoring and financial support from Carclew for their first steps towards a professional career. Carclew has invested over $5m through project grants, fellowships and scholarships in the critical early years of young artists’ careers. Approximately 100 early career artists have been employed as arts administration trainees undertaking qualifications to kick-start their careers.”

Ms Walton explains that Carclew’s creative programs and activities have always responded to the needs and interests of children and young people across South Australia. “Our programs and artforms have adjusted as young voices across the decades have expressed different interests.. For the past 5 decades, Carclew has offered programs in photography, theatre making and production, music performance and recording, dance, radio, filmmaking, writing and publishing, visual arts, and digital and cross art form collaboration. As a not-for-profit organisation, Carclew relies on the generosity of their donors to enable Carclew to boost creative practices for future generations in South Australia.”

Carclew requests YOUR support to enable Carclew to boost creative practices for future generations in South Australia 

All donations are tax deductible and can be made below.


Carclew’s history

Carclew Youth Performing Arts Centre was opened in 1982 by Minister of Arts, Murray Hill, as Australia’s major centre for youth arts.

In May 1988 the State Government created a Review Committee to assess the role of the Youth Performing Arts Council. This Committee strongly identified the need for a single body to develop and coordinate youth arts policy and programs for children and young people aged up to 25 years and recommended the setting up of a new body. The South Australian Youth Arts Board (SAYAB) was formed in November 1988 as the governing body of Carclew.

Subsequently, the Board revised its programs to support children and young people 26 years and under.

Since 1982, Carclew’s activities have expanded to cover a broad spectrum of youth arts, engaging thousands of children and young people across South Australia though a unique model encompassing funding, advocacy and strategic initiatives.

In March 1991 the name officially changed from Carclew Youth Performing Arts Centre Inc. to Carclew Youth Arts Centre Inc. to reflect the broader nature of youth arts practices. In 2009 the organisation changed its name to Carclew Youth Arts and in 2013 to simply Carclew.