Young directors: Opening Shot

ABC TV Documentaries and Screen Australia’s fourth series of Opening Shot is back again for 2015 and looking for potential stories.

This half hour prime time slot gives documentary filmmakers under 35 years of age the opportunity to get involved in national discourse, presenting Australian stories from Australian perspectives.

What would you say about Australia today?

Some past Opening Shot films include Gaycrashers, which follows gay comedians Joel Creasey and Rhys Nicholson as they return to a rural Victorian town a few years after the town was involved in a homophobic scandal; Defendant 5, the personal story of a filmmaker’s shocking journey fighting for what she believes in; and, The Agony of Ecstasy, a 28-year-old’s investigation of how her former drug-use is affecting her mental health.

Read the ABC2 Brief for a broad understanding of what they are after in this first round.

For eligibility, guidelines, and application forms visit Screen Australia.

All the best!

The Children’s Monologue Project

Digi Youth Arts, in partnership with Backbone’s 2high Festival, are seeking actors in Brisbane to volunteer their time for The Children’s Monologues Project. On 11 January 2015, these actors will be performing the stories of Cape York indigenous children at the same time as the children are sharing them in their hometown.

Money raised at the event will go towards providing an arts project for the Cape York children involved.

Fill out an Expression of Interest form here.

Mural for Pre-School

Bilambil Community Pre-School in New South Wales is looking for a volunteer artist to create a mural and signs for their school grounds.

This is a Centrelink approved volunteer position. Required days and times are flexible.

Email: and quote job number 677

Pictured: mural by Ryan Henry Ward

Sing For Spring!

Sing For Spring is a community singing initiative which raises funds for the With One Voice choir program run by charity, Creativity Australia.

Creativity Australia was founded by soprano Tania de Jong AM in 2008. With the aim of diminishing differences and empowering communities to unite through song, the charity began forming With One Voice choirs that encourage diverse individuals to gather for some singing. To date, there are 15 choirs across three states in Australia, 4 new choirs in Holland, and a pilot program in Arizona. With One Voice choirs are socially inclusive and support individuals in need. The Sing For Spring project allows the charity to reach out to the broader community, get lots of people involved, and raise much needed funds to continue the choirs.

Groups of two or more are invited to get creative and submit a video of themselves singing a song. The aim is to then share your video with whomever you can to gain votes and donations. The best videos, chosen according to the categories below, will be screened at two upcoming concerts: the Big Community Sing at Federation Square, 2pm Sat 4 October, and the With One BIG Voice Concert at Melbourne Town Hall, 3pm Sun 12 October (tickets needed).

– Biggest Sing
– Most Votes
– Most Donations Raised
– Most Creative Sing
– Best Blokes’ Sing
– Best Kids’ Sing
– Best Workplace Sing
– Best Non-English Language Sing
– Best Karaoke Sing

So far, Sing For Spring has raised over $12,970 with the With One Voice Ashburton choir topping the fundraising board at $2,204

Get singing and donating, because entries and voting closes 30 September, 5pm Australian EST. Check the entry guidelines here first.

Art Site project

Arts at Work is calling for expressions of interest from contemporary artists to create a series of sculptural elements for the external landscape of three separate kindergartens. The project sites are at Dodges Ferry, Fairview, and Howrah Kindergartens.

The artworks need to be interactive, fun, and engaging for this age group. Submissions will be considered by all three project selection groups.

For more information on site details, budget, and submission requirements visit arts@work

Arts at Work is the industry development arm of Arts Tasmania and its function is to boost the arts sector and the viability of a career in the arts.

Heywire Competition

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation gives voice to young Australians living in regional areas through the Heywire Competition.

Each year, youth aged 16-22 years (including those who turn 16 by 31 Jan the following year) who do not live in a major city are invited to share stories about themselves and/or their community. This year, the competition closes 16 September.

Winners will have their story featured on the ABC, receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra next February, and have the opportunity to take part in the development of ideas for improving life in regional Australian communities.

The ideas that emerge from the Heywire Summit then have the opportunity to become real projects, thanks to grants from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. Community organisations are invited to adopt and implement the ideas with the help of these grants. A total of $100 000 is available to kickstart these projects all around Australia. (Grants for 2015 are open).

Visit the Heywire competition website to read about some fantastic initiatives that grew from previous Heywire Summits.

The competition has also been a springboard for the individuals who win, opening up doors to employment and to making a difference in the communities of Australia.

Volunteers with Digital Media skills

Arts Project Australia, based in Northcote, Victoria are looking for volunteers with skills in Digital Media, including Digital Animation, Photoshop, and Digital Photography.

The group provide artists with intellectual disabilities with support and access to a professional studio as well as gallery representation. They host regular exhibitions and also display at various external exhibitions and events.

Arts Project Australia is looking for volunteers who could maintain a commitment of at least three hours per week for an extended period. If you’re interested, you can email the Studio Manager, James McDonald at (include ‘Volunteering in the Studio’ in subject line).

Forum: Engaging today’s Volunteers

Understanding and Engaging the 21st Century Volunteer is a free forum that will be held at the Boroondara Council Offices on Wednesday 3 September. Leading the talk will be UK volunteering expert, Rob Jackson. The session will look at key ways our society is evolving and how this affects the world of volunteering, as well as discussing what leaders can do to update practices and make the most of changes.

Rob Jackson has worked in volunteering for almost 20 years. His expertise covers volunteer programmes in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels.

The forum is free to attend but bookings must be made to the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre on 9278 4550 or at

Understanding and Engaging the 21st Century Volunteer: agency forum
3 September from 9am-12.30pm
Parkview room, Boroondara Council offices, 340 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell