Australian Talented Youth Project

Stellar Stars

Australian Talented Youth project January Intensive


28th January – 2nd February 2019         Canberra

-          relating to a star or stars
-          featuring or having the quality of a star performer or performers

Stellar brings together a range of young people from across Australia with a passion for dance, music and science. Drawing inspiration from observations of the skies and the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing we will share stories, movement, text and music. The stars hold stories and cultural relevance for every culture and we will have a particular focus on indigenous dreamtime stories.

ATY 2019 Mentors

  • Eric Avery (indigenous music and dance) – Yuin, Ngiyampaa and Gumbangirri man
  • Liz Lea – contemporary and classical Indian dance / Director
  • Dr Alex Hunter – focus on contemporary music, specifically string instruments, computer gernerised music and connections with science
  • Michael Sollis – focus on sharing music and stories from his company the Griffyn Ensemble and their work ‘One sky, many stories’
  • Dr Brad Tucker – focus on arts and science communication

We will work in shared spaces during the week and close with a sharing at Mount Stromlo Observatory on Saturday 2nd February. The professional artists will perform alongside the mentees giving mentees the opportunity to develop their experience, confidence and understanding of professional practice. Stellar will be presented in partnership with Gorman Arts Centre, Mount Stromlo Observatory and Sidestage Production Services.


What is the Australian Talented Youth Project?

The Australian Talented Youth Project (ATY Project) is an artistic mentoring program for young Australians.


  • To enrich the culture of Australia through the mentorship of young emerging artists, particularly those from regional and remote areas.
  • To advocate for the Arts in modern day Australia.


  • To develop artistic capacity and cultural leadership skills of young artists.
  • To encourage collaboration across all art forms – music, dance, visual arts, creative writing, film production, and drama.
  • To develop and expand artistic networks.
  • To support artistic endeavours and celebrate effort and achievement.


  • Excellence – fulfillment of artistic potential
  • Diversity – of art forms, artists, ideas, cultures and places
  • Connectedness – artistic identity within diverse communities
  • Celebration – bringing the creativity and achievement of young emerging artists together into the Nation’s Capital.


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"It was the best week of my life! I learnt so much …We have all been staying in close contact…

Thank you so very much for the excellent opportunity and the amazing experience. I will never forget it…”.

Natalie Price, writer/journalist

Mentoring and inspiring young emerging artists

Major Partners and Sponsors

  • Australian National University
  • The Street Theatre
  • Molonglo Group
  • Mundango Charitable Trust
  • Canberra Grammar School
  • Coordinate Agency