Emerging Refugee Artist Program

A personal mentorship program for artists with refugee backgrounds.
Now accepting rolling applications!
More information below.

WOW Kids Reporters Program

A media training program for kids aged 8-12.
Now taking applications for 2022 Way Out West Festival for Children! More information below. 

You have the idea, you have the drive; what do you do next?

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED. Learn more about the program & apply next year!

Testing Ground is an experimental creative development and personal mentorship program for emerging artists trying to make new things.

The A- Z of the creative process is often weird and wonderful, but also opaque and confusing; it’s difficult to make new things on your own. Testing Ground is an opportunity to have the time, space and sounding board of other creatives to wade through the muck of creative process together.

Develop your projects to their next steps through personal mentorship, group building and discussion and professional development sessions. This program designed for emerging artists with strong project ideas that need direction and nurturing to get off the ground.

Timeframe: April – November 2022

About CuriousWorks
CuriousWorks is a community arts and media organisation that works with young people and emerging artists and is based in the Casula Powerhouse Arts Organisation. Previous projects we’ve supported include short films like Prone to the Drone (2019), theatre works like Let Me Know When You Get Home (2021), and Las Rosas (2017), which was written by 7 CuriousWorks writers. We’ve also worked with installations, 360 film, zine making and more.

About Miranda Aguilar
Miranda Aguilar is a writer and creative producer with CuriousWorks. They’ve been running variations on writer support groups through CuriousWorks for several years, and have supported the creation of works like Prone to the Drone (2019) and Tip of My Tongue (2017). You can learn more about their independent writing work on their website at

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 2021-2022.

The program consists of:

  • 4 x one-on-one mentoring sessions specifically tailored to your needs/chosen project
  • 6 x creative workshops working in collaboration with other artists in the cohort to develop a new work as part of Beyond Refuge
  • 3 x professional development classes by arts industry professionals
  • Public showcases presented with CuriousWorks
  • A peer-to-peer support group
  • Potential for further paid work with our Social Enterprise arm

Who is an emerging artist?
In the context of this program, an emerging artist is…

  1. In their first 3 years of creative practice
  2. New to producing, developing or delivering a creative project
  3. New to navigating the arts sector in Australia

Timeframe: December 2021 – July 2022
Now taking rolling applications!

CuriousWorks will contact you to further discuss your work and share further details to determine if you are suitable for the program.

Apply using the form below or linked here.

If you need assistance filling in this form please contact