You haven’t heard from us for a while… and things may seem a little quieter than usual on the surface, but we’re steadily working away on our programs like Testing Grounds, Refugee Artist Development Program, Funpark and Curiously West Film Club. We’re also continuing to work with clients and collaborators through our Social Enterprise initiative, and we’re navigating gently through a time of change.

In March we welcomed Kiri Zakinthinos on board, who joins the team as CEO after Vanessa Hyde’s departure after 10+ inspiring and aspirational years in the role.

Read on for more info and be sure to connect with us on socials to stay in the loop!

Press Release

Image – Fatemah Ibrahim’s work at Urban Stories 2022.

Are you interested in Storytelling, Filmmaking and/or Photography? Do you want a career in the Arts?

If you are from a refugee background, CuriousWorks invites you to apply for our Emerging Refugee Artist Development Program 2023

The Refugee Artist Development Program supports newly arrived creatives from refugee backgrounds to navigate the creative industries in NSW. It focuses on the development of new work, mentorship, employment and/or educationThe program consists of:6-8 x one-on-one mentoring sessions specifically tailored to your needs/chosen project
A public showcase of your chosen project presented with CuriousWorks
A peer-to-peer support group
Potential for further paid work with our Social Enterprise arm or an artist fee upon discussion

Application Form

2023 Mentors (left to right): Jules Orcullo, Laurrie Brannigan-Onato and Elias Nohra.

Testing Grounds is a creative development and personal mentorship program for emerging artists interested in the creation and development of new work over an 8 – 9 month period. The program was piloted in 2022 and is now supported by Screen NSW for 2023.

Over the next few months, mentees will be developing their works with their industry mentors and each other. Their works in progress will eventually be showcased at Urban Stories 2023. Check out the link below and our social media to get to know the 2023 Mentors for Testing Grounds. Applications have closed, but make sure to keep tabs as we will be announcing this year’s participant mentees very soon.

Program Information

Curiously West Film Club is a joint venture between Western Sydney University and CuriousWorks and is being supported by PYT Fairfield. The club was previously run by one individual for three years and 2023 is the beginning of this collaboration. The club is now being headed by Diego from CuriousWorks and Addy from Western Sydney University. They hope to create a safe and encouraging space for Western Sydney-based Filmmakers/Artists to congregate and collaborate! Time and Place: Fortnightly, Thursday Nights 6pm @ PYT Fairfield. Next meeting is April 13.

For enquiries contact

Our Social Enterprise program pairs experienced community artists and filmmakers with young, talented, aspiring trainee artists (our Curious Creators) to deliver a range of professional community workshops, digital expertise and video production and broadcasting services to our clients. Our hands-on approach explores social and cultural issues and needs, directing the outcomes of engagement towards creating quality outcomes and strengthening participant skills and confidence to share their stories during and beyond the workshops we deliver. The photo above is from Bring It On Festival 2022, partnering with Fairfield City Council and Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre. The Social Enterprise Program has allowed our artists to develop videography workshops with kids from the community in preparation for the festival day as they will be filming and producing content for Bring It On Festival. The 2023 videography workshops are underway and have incorporated digital storytelling! CuriousWorks have worked with councils, schools, community organisations and corporations across the country for over 10 years, delivering digital storytelling and filmmaking workshops that cater to all levels of talent, experience and background.

If our Social Enterprise Program interests you, check out the link below to get in touch and work with us!
Social Enterprise

FUNPARK has opened up their Youth Leadership Committee applications for 2023!

Applications for FUNPARK’s Youth Leadership Committee are still open! The Youth Leadership Committee is a group of young people from the greater Mount Druitt area who are passionate about their community and want to unpack social issues through creative action, workshops, paid opportunities and more.

Participants must be between the ages of 16 – 25 and live in the suburbs of 2770. The YLC program is completely FREE and we strongly encourage people of all backgrounds and diversities to join. You can apply now via the link provided but get your applications in fast as we will no longer accept applicants after April 6th. We look forward to hearing from you! If you are interested or know someone that fits the role, click the button below!
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