Tantrum Youth Arts selected to create employment pathways for artists with disability

Tantrum Youth Arts selected to create employment pathways for artists with disability

Newcastle-based professional arts organisation, Tantrum Youth Arts is creating vital employment pathways for artists with disability, selected as a 2024 host organisation for Create NSW’s Createability Internship program.

This is the first time a Createability internship has been offered in the Hunter, with Tantrum  included in the program alongside organisations like Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall and the ABC.

Tantrum is offering a paid internship in producing for an artist or arts worker with disability or who is d/Deaf, specifically in supporting the development and presentation of a unique live event with Tantrum’s Accelerate Ensemble – a performance training ground for artists with disability.

Over the past seven years, Tantrum has supported over 60 early-career artists and arts workers to launch their creative careers through training, mentorships, internships and residencies.

Participation in the Createability program aligns with one of Tantrum’s core purposes – to  provide a vital pathway for early-career artists and arts workers in the region to build  professional arts careers.

Creative Director of Tantrum Youth Arts, Penelope Kentish said they feel honoured to be chosen for this program and to kickstart the careers of people living with disability.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for Tantrum. I feel so pleased that an arts organisation in the Hunter has been selected,” Penelope said.

“There are limited opportunities in the area for people wanting to kickstart professional careers in arts management or producing, and even fewer  opportunities for people who live with disability.

“At Tantrum we’re looking forward to extending our work with early career artists in this way. We currently support early career artists with disability in performance training, and with the Createability internship we will be able to support someone in the producing space as well.”

Applications can be made through Create NSW and close at 5:00 pm on 11 March 2024.

IMAGE | Accelerate Ensemble – Photo Credit: Civic Theatre.

Tantrum Youth Artists

Tantrum is the leading youth arts company in the Hunter region (NSW, Australia) and a not-for-profit co-operative. Utilising performance, storytelling and so much more, we offer meaningful creative workshops, projects and opportunities for young people aged 5 to 30 that build confidence, connections and compassion.

We believe artistic expression is a powerful tool for young people to make sense of themselves, their community and the world around them, leading to change.

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