WHO WE ARE

Since 2005, CuriousWorks has been shaping Australia’s cultural future by empowering the next generation of arts and cultural leaders to create an innovative, accessible arts and media scene.

We are a vibrant ensemble of next gen artists, storytellers, media makers and mentors from Western Sydney, working with our own communities and across Australia.

We run year-round creative programs with, for and by young people from diverse communities. Through deep, long-term engagement and inclusive art-making, CuriousWorks produces powerful, cultural artworks that engage at the grassroots.

Working at the intersection of storytelling, technology and DIY innovation, CuriousWorks sits squarely in the multi-arts, media landscape, continually evolving with the tools, platforms and technologies available. These digital and human forms of storytelling open the door to a world of new possibilities and innovative ways to create and share stories with community, both locally and globally.

CuriousWorks shapes Australia’s cultural future by unleashing the next generation of community arts and cultural leaders to create an innovative, accessible arts and media scene for all Australians.

OUR VALUES

  • Create OPPORTUNITY for young people, diverse and new Australian artists.
  • Celebrate IMAGINATION as a catalyst for innovation, change and renewal.
  • Work with RESPECT to listen, learn, collaborate and challenge our practice in community.
  • Build a foundation of TRUST, INTEGRITY AND HONESTY with our community over the long-term.
  • Inspire an accessible, caring and INCLUSIVE culture that extends a warm WELCOME to all.

OUR HISTORY

CuriousWorks has been at the forefront of diverse storytelling, creative engagement and arts access in Australia since 2005.

In 2005, CuriousWorks was a bold and ambitious start-up committed to telling diverse community stories, led by a young CaLD artist from Western Sydney, our founding director, S. Shakthidharan.  Over the last decade we have matured into a respected cultural organisation which has developed emerging artistic leaders from diverse backgrounds, each with ambitious and achievable visions to tell their own stories, in their own ways, and for the benefit of their own communities.

We are an artist-led, nimble and responsive community organisation which provides cultural leadership in our sector. We have made work in collaboration with a multitude of organisations, neighbourhoods, artists and community participants, working together at every stage in the creative journey to grow our reputation for telling new Australian stories that spark cultural change.

CuriousWorks’ unique model of community arts and cultural development has been tried and tested over fourteen years, the hallmarks of which are long term grassroots programs, intensive capacity building, genuine economic and employment outcomes, artistic excellence and fostering local cultural and artistic leadership. Its three interlinking pillars are the foundational blocks of our vision, strategic goals and our program. 

OUR MODEL

CuriousWorks’ unique model of community arts and cultural development has been tried and tested over fourteen years, the hallmarks of which are long term grassroots programs, intensive capacity building, genuine economic and employment outcomes, artistic excellence and fostering local cultural and artistic leadership. Its three interlinking pillars are the foundational blocks of our vision, strategic goals and our program.

WHAT WE DO

  • Engage, inspire and empower young people through accessible, grassroots workshops using
    community-centred practice that enables participants to be creative, connected, seen and valued.
  • Build the skills, experience, networks and leadership capacity of an ensemble of emerging artists
    (Curious Creators) through multi-arts training, mentorship and artwork creation in collaboration with
    communities of Western Sydney.
  • Producing powerful cultural artworks that engage at the grassroots, foster social connection and
    support strong and culturally vibrant communities.
  • Run a social enterprise focused on digital production and broadcasting, that provides training
    and paid work experience for emerging artists and creators.

OUR ANNUAL REPORTS

To learn more about how our work is making a change every year, read our annual reports:

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

You can read our Strategic Plan here:
Strategic Plan 2020 – 2024

You can read more about how our work directly impacts our artists here:
Mapping Emerging Artist Pathways & Impact

SUPPORT

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CONTACT

contact@curiousworks.com.au

02 9602 9568

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Level 3, 1 Powerhouse Rd Casula NSW

PO Box 112 Liverpool NSW 1871 Australia

ABN 49 717 992 269