It’s not very often that young people get access to a huge organisation, let alone the chance to curate a whole year’s worth of events, but that’s just what being on the Arts Advisory Panel at Courthouse ARTS is all about. This will be the program’s third year, which has produced such events as the New Year’s Revolution [now NYR], the New Wilderness, various arts workshops, the Geelong Fringe Festival and more. As an organisation, Courthouse ARTS is there to nurture and educate emerging artists whilst creating a place for young people’s voices to be heard.
There’s a new player in the Geelong arts scene and after such a short time they’re already making a name for themselves. Elise Carver is the mastermind behind artistic blog Salt Veins, which recently unleashed its first exhibition to the public. Salt Veins first came about when Elise realised her talented artistic friends just weren’t getting the credit they deserved. “I had no intention of world domination, but I wanted to help the people I knew who were good at what they did and loved it but never got any recognition,” Elise said. “Giving credit where it’s due and opening a space up for the little guys is what Salt Veins is all about.”
There’s a misconception out there that those in the arts world are hard to contact; whilst constantly creating, discovering the world and undertaking every experience they can, responding to an email falls down on their list of things to do. But for Courtney Ward, while her passion for life is running high, she still has time to type a friendly response – albeit it while she was trekking the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.