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An investigation into the intersection of art x new technologies.


FutureNOW is Sunshine Coast Council’s investigation into the intersection of art x new technologies. It looks at how it drives creative sector development and informs (or transforms) the audience experience.  


FutureNOW LAB is the critical first step in the shaping of FutureNOW, bringing together experienced creative technologists and contemporary artists in a co-design setting to consider the opportunities, ethics, and future of art x new technologies.

Out of this process will emerge a cohesive understanding of the mindsets, capabilities and skills needed to meet the program’s goals. The recommendations and findings will shape FutureNOW and the impact it will have on the arts and creative sector on the Sunshine Coast.

Get involved

Applications for FutureNOW LAB are closed March 12 and successful artists will be announced in April 2024 alongside further opportunities to get involved in this evolving sector development project.

FutureNOW LAB was open to Sunshine Coast-based individual artists, or collectives, with an established contemporary arts practice with a curiosity for playing with emergent technologies and was calling for proposals to explore what that future looks like.  

Being a part of FutureNOW LAB includes: 

  • A $4,000 artists stipend. 
  • Three months of co-working facilities at 2ND Space. 
  • In person and online engagements; workshops, dialogues (etc). 
  • Networking with participants of the FutureNOW LAB. 
  • Supported access to relevant emergent technologies. 
  • Mentorship from the FutureNOW Brain Trust of of Brian KeayesAndrew MaccollSophie Delaney and Jessie Hughes
  • An industry event presenting findings and creative outcomes of the project.

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