Professional Arts development
  • Last updated:
  • 08 May 2022

Council's Creative Arts team deliver a diverse program of professional development opportunities for artists. These are designed to develop artistic practice, improve industry skills & sustainability and provide networking opportunities.

Current Opportunity

Be part of this artistic development:

Unwritten Models

Unwritten Models is a mentorship program facilitated by Liz Burcham. It will be delivered over 6 months. The program supports the development of arts organisations on the Sunshine Coast. 

Emerging arts organisations can operate within any artform. They can be product or service focused, or a combination of both. Examples of such organisations include:

  • ARIs (artist run initiatives)
  • shared arts facilities
  • performance makers

Unwritten Models  is designed to operate alongside the participating arts organisation to support its directors develop a sustainable business and operational model.

Program runs from October 2021 to April 2022. Participants will be required to:


Participants will be required to:

  • attend monthly one on one mentoring sessions with Liz Burcham
  • attend monthly group collaboration sessions with other program participants. Up to two of these sessions will be all-day and include site visits requiring up to three hours of travel at the participants own cost; other meetings will take place on the Sunshine Coast
  • make up to three presentations about their arts organisation to potential stakeholders of the organisation

Applications close midday Wednesday 8 September. Apply now

Past opportunities

See what has been offered previously - these may be offered again in the future.

Curator Professional Development Program

This program will introduce participants to the fundamentals of curating, including different exhibition types/spaces, curating for a local context; and practical information about funding, transport, documentation, installation, promotion and public programming. Participants will utilise the learnings of the program and work collaboratively to conceptualise, develop and present an exhibition at the conclusion of the program.


Based on the studio practice of Sunshine Coast artist, Alison Mooney, DISrupt was a short course for artists of any discipline comfortable with the uncomfortable, so to speak. Featuring guest presenters, collaborations, destructions, concept development and an inhouse project by course end, ‘disrupt’ is an opportunity for artists to amplify the essence of why they make. Moving through 4 Sunshine Coast contemporary arts’ venues participants gain real time experience of these spaces for consideration in their projects.

The Path

The Path facilitated by Kellie O'Dempsey, both a workshop and mentorship that guided artists through the development and production of a series or body of work of their design. Including group workshops, individual consultations and framework application. Processes and frameworks were established and discuss practice, how and why it is made, the works meaning and its historical and contemporary relevance. This facilitated process assisted artists to prepare, strategise and design a professional path towards future projects and proposal delivery for exhibition or presentation of their work for the arts industry.

Professional Development day for public art artists

In partnership with Urban Art Projects (UAP), a full day program for artists to meet industry professionals working in a variety of aspects of Public Art development, including artists, designers, fabricators and curators in a unique professional development opportunity. The day consisted of a studio tour at UAP in Brisbane and discussion with industry professionals. The group traveled to QAG followed by an afternoon session with a unique opportunity to meet Robert Andrew, Lindy Lee and Backlash Creative for a presentation and Q&A and finishing off with gallery tour.

Artists were selected through a curatorial process to ensure the highest learning opportunity is provided for individuals and the group.

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