Online creative opportunities for young people

Unleash your inner artist, discover new local music, and practise creative self care while you stay home.

We nurture Melbourne’s vibrant creative spirit through a wide range of artistic programs year-round.

While our facilities like ArtPlay and Signal are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, we’re offering more artistic opportunities online.

Here are some ways for young people to get creative without leaving home.

  1. Practise creative self care with Signal

Explore creative journaling in online video sessions with artists Freya Alexander and Tegan Iversen, who’ll share how to enrich your isolation journal with poetry, collage and drawing during May.

You can also follow @signalarts on Instagram for regular posts about #CreativeSelfCare, featuring everything from movement meditation to creative mindfulness.

Signal activities are designed for young people aged 13 to 25.

  1. Get home-schooling hacks from ArtPlay

Subscribe to the ArtPlay newsletter to receive oodles of activities and ideas to keep children – from babies to 12 year-olds – and families entertained at home.

From puppet-making sessions with Craft Victoria to art classes offered by London’s Tate Modern, ArtPlay has the inside word on all the most fun and creative opportunities for kids from around the world.

  1. Listen to Lockdown Getdown

Discover new favourite local artists while live gigs are on hold through weekly playlists brought to you by Melbourne Music Week on Spotify.

Start your journey with The Lockdown Getdown, featuring Haiku Hands and Sampa The Great. Then bliss out with Sonic Meditations, a beat-free playlist featuring organic sounds to fill you with positive vibes.

To discover more local music, you can also check out the City of Melbourne’s Looking Out Looking In. Spotify series. Curated by local experts, the playlists traverse hip hop, beats and bass, funk, metal and much more.

  1. Apply for a screen or sound commission

Are you an emerging screen or sound artist aged 16 to 25? We’re seeking to commission new works for presentation online through Signal. Successful applicants will receive $1000.

Over 12 weeks, the chosen artists will receive technical and creative support and mentoring through weekly online development workshops with artists and industry professionals.

Applications for the Screen and Sound Commissions are open now and close at 5pm on 15 May.

Want more creative opportunities?

Melbourne’s amazing arts organisations are offering online experiences like never before, many of which are free.

You can take a online ballet class with the Australia Ballet, join a virtual dance party presented by Mr McClelland’s Finishing School, or access a whole range of artsy online learning through ACCA Education.

This is just a small sample of what’s on offer from the comfort of your own home. Find something that inspires you over at What’s On Melbourne.