Creative Development Program

Creative Development Program

It’s no secret that we love artists. And our Creative Development Program is one of the ways we put our money where our mouth is.

In 2020, we’re again offering funding, support and resources to help local artists develop their ideas.

What’s it all about?

This program provides platforms for creative development, presentation and collaboration. We want artists, connected to our region, to take risks, experiment and create great art.

In 2019,  we flung the doors open for artists to experiment with various ideas.

In 2020, we now have three focus areas: HOTA Program, Collaborations at Carriageworks and Open proposals and over $200,000 in cash and in-kind resources is on offer.

Interested? We’d love to hear from you.

Apply between Mon 20 Jan – Thu 27 Feb 2020.

Are you eligible?

You’re eligible for this opportunity if you can demonstrate a significant connection to the Gold Coast as an:

  • Individual artist; or
  • Arts company.

Collaborations between artists and organisations are strongly encouraged (including with national/international artists and organisations).

Project Leads must identify with the Gold Coast Region as either:

  • Currently working or residing here; or
  • Developing a body of work here.

Applicants who successfully applied in 2019 are ineligible to apply in 2020 but can be included as collaborators on another artist’s project.

Only Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia are eligible to apply for this Program.

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for artists who want to push boundaries and bring bold, new, contemporary work and ideas to the table. This opportunity is artist-led and development focused. We’re looking for projects that bring together high calibre artists and ideas to create great artistic outcomes that deeply consider their potential audiences. We’d also like the successful artists to contribute to our growing ecosystem of artists and community by having a public engagement element to their project.

In 2020, we have three distinct areas of focus. You should nominate one or more focus areas when applying:

  • HOTA Program
  • Collaborations at Carriageworks
  • Open Proposals

Download the full Expression of Interest and FAQs below for further information.

Selection Timeline

Stage 1
Mon 20 Jan – HOTA calls for applications
Thu 27 Feb, 5pm – Submissions close
Wed 25 Mar – Shortlisted Artists notified
Mon 30-Tue 31 Mar – Shortlisted Artist Interviews

Stage 2
By Fri 3 Apr – Artists invited to development stage
Apr-May – Planning Stage

Stage 3
Jun-Nov – Development Period

Note: HOTA operates on AEST (not Daylight Savings Time). Not all shortlisted artists will be invited to attend an interview. Only one date for interviews may be offered.

2020 Applicant Information

Download the full Expression of Interest document and FAQs for further information, then apply via this submission link:

Expression of Interest


Information about this program and the application form can be made available in different formats or languages if required. Please email us on to request alternate formats.


If your enquiry is not answered by our FAQs, you can email us at

Please do not contact Carriageworks about this opportunity or your submission may be deemed non-conforming.

Past Participants

In 2019, the first year of the program, we received more than 254 applications covering art forms such as theatre, dance, music, performing arts, public art and film. We were looking for projects that were collaborative, cross-arts, multi-platform and works that shifted or expanded an artist’s current practice. 52 artists were shortlisted with 12 chosen to receive support.

Read more about the successful artists and their projects here:

Image 1 – Project: Laniakea. Pictured: Yu Jung Chen. Photo: Leximagery. Image 2 – Project: Re: Membering. Pictured: Umwelt Creative. Photo: Tangible Media. Image 3 – Project: Saltwater City. Pictured: Riannon McLean. Photo: Pearly Black. Image 4 – Project: Selfless Driving Car by Michael Candy. Photo: Tangible Media. Image 5 – Project: Siblingo. Pictured: Maitreyah and Kayah Guenther. Photo: Jorge Serra. Image 6 – Project: Space Invaders. Pictured: Agents of Confusion. Photo: Tangible Media.  Image 7 – Project: Stories in the Key of GC. Pictured: Fletcher Babb and Tim Baker. Photo: Leximagery. Image 8 – Project: Veople. Pictured: Veople alongside artwork by Jason Haggerty. Photo: Tangible Media.