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We’re incredibly excited to offer a paid internship in 2019 to a local artist with a proven track record as an independent practitioner and maker in the Hunter region. The successful candidate will be passionate about gaining experience in community arts and cultural development (CACD), as a means of broadening their own creative practice. Specifically, the intern artist will be mentored in the role of Creative Producer (somewhere between a lead artist and a producer/event planner) in the context of a live arts event that places the local community at its centre. They will work closely with Tantrum’s Artistic Director/CEO Chris Dunstan and Branch Nebula’s Co-Artistic Directors Mirabelle Wouters & Lee Wilson on The Shake Up to gain insight into the process of conceptualising and implementing a creative framework that playfully invites different members of the community to respond and interact.

Beyond The Shake Up, the intern artist will complete a weeklong secondment with Branch Nebula on a leg of its Queensland tour of Snake Sessions, with the costs of travel and accommodation covered and an allowance provided. This will be a unique opportunity to gain an intimate understanding of Lee & Mirabelle’s community-based practice by taking on a meaningful role during the week.

Finally, though not a guarantee, there is the potential for the Creative Producer intern to become a lead artist on Tantrum’s BIG project in 2020, collaborating with Chris while continuing to be mentored by Branch Nebula. Leading on from The Shake Up, the prospective 2020 project will be an opportunity for Tantrum to independently produce a dynamic creative event that empowers young people, emerging artists and industry professionals to engage with a broad public around an issue or theme of local relevance.

How to Apply

For specific information about this role including Selection Crieria, please see the Position Description.

Applicants are asked to send a cover letter (1-2 pages) to Chris at, outlining how this opportunity will benefit their professional practice as a regional artist (i.e., based in Newcastle or the greater Hunter region). Please also include a current CV.

Applications are due by 5pm, Friday 15 March. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Friday 22 March at the Tantrum Office, 101 City Road, Merewether (entry via Allworth Street).

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