The New Year is fast approaching and that means it’s the perfect time for new opportunities. One such chance is for Geelong’s arts community, which welcomes a new era for Geelong with a fresh platform for youth arts.
Platform Youth Arts will champion a new generation of thinkers, makers, risk-takers and agitators with a brand-new program of events, exhibitions, performances, mentorships, residencies and workshops.
Formerly Courthouse Youth Arts, the name change and new program solidifies their position as one of Geelong’s most dynamic arts organisations – and the platform for youth arts and emerging and experimental arts practitioners in Geelong.
From 2020, three program streams – LAB, EMERGE and IGNITE will foster a creative and inclusive community of artists creating new works at the heart of Geelong’s cultural precinct.
LAB will encourage young people to experiment and learn from leading arts professionals and connect with a community of young people through a series of workshops, classes, holiday programs and research initiatives.
EMERGE will give time, space and support for artists to explore ideas and develop their creative practice – with Platform Youth Arts to offer studio spaces and leadership programs for emerging artists. The organisation will also provide funded creative development opportunities to support performance makers to create and present new work. Expressions of interest are now open.
The IGNITE program will see Platform Youth Arts present an exciting array of performances, exhibitions and festivals – including performances from Platform’s soon-to-be-announced 2020 Companies in Residence, an evolving program of visual arts exhibitions to be housed in the Platform Gallery and more…
“Platform is the perfect name for our dynamic, multi-artform organisation and a great indicator for the plans we have for the future,” says Alison Harvey, chair of Platform Youth Arts board. “In 2020, we’ll be hosting workshops, residencies, mentorships, performances, festivals and other funded opportunities – and will be the platform for young people in Geelong to creatively express and explore their artistic talents.”
For further information, visit www.platformarts.org.au