The Australian Talented Youth Project (ATY Project) provides a multi-arts mentoring program for young, emerging artists aged 16-25 years, especially those from remote and rural areas not readily able to access high level tutorship.

This unique Project developed the first national, residential mentoring program which brought together all major creative and performing arts – music, dance, visual art, creative writing, film production, and drama. The main purpose of the Project is to assist development of young artists’ talent and skills within a collaborative, multidisciplinary model facilitating cross-cultural exchange of ideas, development of community leadership skills and building young people’s supportive networks.

In addition to an intensive 7-day residential mentoring program in Canberra, the Project assists young artists with online mentorship sessions before and after their gathering in the National Capital.

The participants are selected by relevant organisations on the basis of their outstanding artistic potential, skill level, geographical isolation, and their potential leadership skills.They are matched with leading experts in their field of interest, and in the course of the program exchange and integrate their creative ideas within and across different areas. Each program culminates with a multi-arts, integrated stage production driven and co-directed by the young artists.

The latest mentoring program took place at the Australian National University, Canberra, from 5-12 February 2016.

The 2016 stage production was held at Parliament House in the opening week of the Parliamentary Sitting.


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Australian Talented Youth Project

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