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Professional Attachment 2020 - Public Art

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About this opportunity

The Public Art Plan 2021 establishes the Council's vision for public art across the Gold Coast. The plan provides a framework for public art commissioning and capacity building. Support for the development of local artists  is a key priority under this plan. This includes professional development opportunities such as mentoring.

To meet this need the City is looking for Gold Coast based aspiring, emerging or mid-career public art practitioners. Examples include visual artists, curators or public art project managers. Practitioners must be looking to expand their experience and learn from senior mentors. Individuals must have:

Available placements exist within a mix of public art related activities including (but not limited to):

Host organisations

For specific attachment roles and host organisations download and view Professional Attachment Program 2020 - Round 3 

Who should apply

This opportunity is for emerging to mid-career public arts personnel who have some experience working in a professional creative arts capacity. You might have experience working on your own professional, or semi-professional arts and culture projects. You may have experience working in a range of creative or production roles for arts and culture organisations. You will be looking to extend your skills through accelerated sector development opportunities.

Applications are welcome from those already working within the arts and culture industry or current/recent graduates of courses in visual arts, art history, creative industries, event or project management, design, tourism or other industries that hold applicable experience levels. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

Support provided

A grant will be paid to each successful applicant to support their participation in the Program. The amount of the grant will be calculated using industry standard hourly/daily rates, and will depend on the nature of the assignment, the experience of the applicant, and the duration of the attachment.

What to expect

The successful applicant will be supported and mentored by senior creative/production personnel while assisting with the creative and/or production elements of a project.

The duration of the professional attachment will be negotiated with the successful applicant, depending on the needs of the project, the availability of the mentor, and the nature of the assignment. The attachment may include short-range assignments through to longer placements (up to a total of 40 days) requiring a part-time work commitment over a number of weeks/months. Days of work may be flexible depending on the needs of the project you are working on.

On a daily basis, you could expect to:

  • liaise with your mentor, as well other members of the project team to support the planning and delivery of various creative and/or production aspects of your assigned project
  • shadow your mentor and other members of the project team at meetings and site visits
  • liaise with key stakeholders about your assigned projects (i.e. artists, venues, and other staff)
  • represent the City of Gold Coast to the highest professional standard
  • perform any other duties as required by a busy hands-on arts and production organisation.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Friday 27 March 2020
  • Applications close: Sunday 19 April 2020 (midnight AEST)
  • Notification of interviews: Week commencing 27 April 2020
  • Interviews conducted: Week commencing 4 May 2020
  • Notification of outcomes: Week commencing 11 May 2020

How to apply

Professional Attachment Program is a two-stage selection process. Applicants are first required to submit an application via Smarty Grants. Shortlisted applicants will then attend an interview as part of the final selection process.

Apply online via City of Gold Coast SmartyGrants

Applications close AEST midnight Sunday 19 April 2020.


To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • an emerging or mid-career arts and culture industry personnel with some experience working in a professional capacity
  • over 18 years of age by the application due date
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • a resident of the Gold Coast.


You are ineligible to apply for this program if you:

  • have been successful in securing funds through the Professional Attachment Program previously. You are not excluded if you applied previously but were not successful.
  • have not acquitted funding through another funding program operated through the City of Gold Coast’s Arts and Culture Unit (i.e. RADF)
  • are an employee or employee-like contractor to the City of Gold Coast, a City of Gold Coast entity, a strategic partner or a host organisation participating in the program
  • are a member and/or employee of an organisation currently funded through the Arts Organisations Triennial Funding Program.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • demonstrated commitment to pursuing professional work in a creative , curatorial or project management capacity within the field of public art project delivery
  • experience, knowledge or demonstrated interest in the arts and culture industry
  • relevance of opportunity to career development and ambition of applicant
  • readiness for this professional development opportunity
  • potential to contribute to ongoing arts and culture sector development on the Gold Coast
  • ability to dedicate the required amount of time to the opportunity including good availability during the attachment dates.

Selection process

  • Written applications will be assessed by a panel, including representatives from the City of Gold Coast and the host organisation. Additional industry experts may be asked to assess applications if required.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview.
  • Participants will be selected based on their application and interview.

All enquiries

Senior Arts and Culture Project Officer
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
Phone: 07 5581 7071

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