WHO WE ARE
CuriousWorks is a unique community arts and media organisation that shapes Australia’s cultural future by nurturing new voices, strengthening cultural leadership and telling powerful stories that embrace the cultural vitality in communities, in everyday life.
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, to build grassroots innovation, foster social connection, and create inspiring arts experiences that connect us, hold up our truths and resonate with global significance and reach.
Creative engagement, skills development, art-making and mentorship continue to be our core business. We recognise the importance of identity, connection to culture, and the intrinsic value of arts and culture to community health and wellbeing and it is through our work that we aim to open eyes and ears to our shared future, through story.
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.
- 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.
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.