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The Regional Arts Network, made up of the 15 Regional Arts Development Organisations across NSW is embarking on a new State wide project for regional youth called Horizons: Creative Industries Career Launchpad.

Horizons is a creative industry mentoring and career development program for NSW regional youth. The project will run over 18 months and will support a total of 75 young people from across NSW toshowcase their talents, gain experience, build valuable industry networks and kick start their creative career.

Participants will be paired with an experienced mentor from their chosen field who is based in regional NSW. Each mentoring relationship will address the needs and interests of each individual and enable participants to connect into a network of peers to build strong state-wide networks early in their careers.

The results of this extended mentoring program will be shared through a creative industry showcase developed and led by the project participants. The showcase will highlight each mentoring project and the range of creative practice and industries represented and will enable the conversation on the opportunities open to regional young people, in this dynamic and evolving industry, to continue beyond the project.  Horizons will therefore have longer term influence on an extended cohort of young people by creating access opportunities and pathways for creative industry careers and employment in the arts sector.

Horizons offers you:

Personal Growth - Horizons is not just a project; it's a platform for your personal growth and development. Through engaging workshops, mentorship opportunities, and hands-on experiences, you will acquire valuable skills, boost your self-confidence, and uncover your unique strengths.

Community Impact - We believe in the power of young people to create meaningful change. Participating in Horizons you'll have the chance to work on a collective showcase that addresses pressing issues for regional young people. Your ideas and contributions will play a crucial role in shaping a better future for all.

Networking and Friendship - Connect with like-minded peers who share your passion for making a difference. You'll forge lasting friendships, expand your networks, and build a support system that will benefit you long after the project ends.

Mentorship - Gain insights and guidance from experienced mentors who are eager to help you succeed. Their expertise and encouragement will be invaluable as you navigate your personal and professional journey.

Fun and Creativity - Horizons is not all work and no play! We believe in fostering a fun and creative environment where you can explore your talents, express your ideas, and enjoy every moment of your participation.

No Cost – Horizons will not cost you a cent, in fact we will pay you a stipend of $750 for your involvement and effort.  Approved travel expenses and associated material costs will also be covered.

If you are between the ages of 16 -27, enthusiastic about learning, and eager to contribute to your community, we would love to have you on board! Whether you have prior experience in the creative industries or are just starting your journey, your dedication and passion are what matter most.

How do I get involved?
To express your interest in joining Horizons please complete the application form and return it to Arts Mid North Coast at

Applications close 10 November 2023.

If you have any questions or need more information, don't hesitate to reach out to us at

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