Creative opportunities

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Lake Macquarie is bursting at the seams with artists and creatives always eager for new opportunities to expand and develop their creative practice.

A list of current opportunities can be found below. Join our Creative Lake Mac newsletter to be the first to hear about new opportunities.

Expression of Interest - First Class 23 Youth Artisan Market

We are inviting creatives aged 12-24 years to be part of a Youth Artisan Market at the opening celebrations for MAC yapang exhibition First Class 23, to showcase locally hand-crafted goods that are original and creative. This may include jewellery, textiles and textile accessories, ceramics, mosaics, novelty items or other hand-made gifts and products.

Each stall holder will be provided with a space within the MAC yapang marquee that includes a 1.8m trestle table. All sites are unpowered. There is no charge to apply or exhibit, but there are only limited spaces available.

All stallholders must complete the EOI form by 5pm Sunday 31 December.

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Expressions of interest - Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima workshops and residencies

MAP mima is a place of experimentation, skill building and creation. Each year it offers workshops and residencies for all artists.

MAP mima acts as a cultural activator, creating opportunities to present immersive digital art experiences, stage alternative theatre programs, music performances, workshops and screenings. As an agile and flexible venue in a high-use location, MAP mima provides a significant platform to present contemporary multi-arts productions to new audiences.

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yapang Arts Placements - Museum of Art and Culture, yapang

The yapang Arts Placement is a pathway for First Nations creatives into the arts.

Lake Macquarie City Council offers support for curatorial projects, public programs, arts education, digital arts, documentation, design and marketing. Your placement can focus on an area of interest or enable you to explore various aspects of arts.

Applications are currently open on a rolling basis.

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Expressions of interest - Museum of Art and Culture, yapang

We welcome expressions of interest from artists, curators and groups who would like to develop an exhibition, for the Museum of Art and Culture, yapang.

The Museum aims to provide a high quality and balanced program. The Museum of Art and Culture, yapang is committed to supporting First Nations and Hunter-based artists and fosters insightful contemporary art.

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Launchpad @ Lake Mac Libraries

Launchpad is an engaging exhibition program for local creatives to showcase their works to the community. 

The exhibition is held across five Lake Mac Libraries branches - Belmont, Toronto, Charlestown, Wangi and Swansea, providing a space for students, emerging artists and community art groups to present their works for public viewing.

Applications will be considered by Launchpad@Lake Mac Libraries that best reflect the objectives of the program.

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Expression of interest - Tuition spaces at Lake Mac facilities

Lake Macquarie City Council is conducting a trial (24 months) to open spaces within its cultural facilities for hire to facilitate creative and academic industry development.

Council is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from tutors for the opportunity to hire spaces at discounted community rates. Activities include:

  • One on one or small group music tuition classes
  • One-on-one or small group visual or performing arts tuition or classes
  • Sound recording activities
  • Community radio broadcasting
  • Academic-based tuition.

For further details about the opportunity, possible tuition activities and venue specifications download the expression of interest(PDF, 235KB).

If you have any questions about the EOI process or application form, contact Arts, Culture and Tourism administration or Jacqui Hemsley, Manager Arts Culture and Tourism +61 2 4921 0411

EOI opens: 16 October 2023
EOI closes: 30 November 2023
Confirmation of hirers: December 2023

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