About Propel

Propel Youth Arts WA is the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia dedicated to creating access and opportunities for young people to engage in the Arts.

Our story

Established in 2003, Propel is a membership-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of programs and services across all art forms. From contemporary dance to photography, music to design, theatre to visual art – creative activity in all shapes and sizes is celebrated here.

Our work is focused on arts advocacy, skills development and access to opportunities, for those already engaged in the arts and those who would like to be.

Propel is a member-based organisation that services young creative people aged between 12 and 26 across Western Australia. 

Click here to find out more about becoming a Propel member.

The KickstART Festival for Youth Week WA | Image by Naomi Craig

The KickstART Festival for Youth Week WA | Image by Naomi Craig

Our vision

To transform Western Australia into a place where young people are able to reach their creative potential.


Our purpose

To propel youth arts and culture through connecting, supporting and promoting young artists, arts workers and organisations in Western Australia.


Our values

Creativity in all forms including art as process, experience and in everyday life

Integrity valuing respect, trust and honesty

Inclusiveness of a diverse range of young people and opportunities

Sustainability ensuring stability with future growth and support

Innovation ensuring that Propel’s programs remain fresh and dynamic for young people


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"I was continually blown away by the professionalism and dedication of the staff and their massive work load. Arts Camp, the Home Is Where the Heart Is exhibition, Youth Week and the online activities of Propel are a testament to the dedication and energy of the team at Propel."



“I think Propel is a wonderful organisation for supporting Youth Arts and Culture - an integral part to Perth’s cultural fabric!”



“Propel is doing a great job at creating a welcoming and accessible organisation that fosters the idea that working in the arts doesn’t have to be so unachievable.”



“I am frequently so glad that Propel exists! Thank you for the exciting projects and workshops you make happen!”


Our programs

Youth Week WA KickstART Festival

The KickstART Festival is the flagship event for Youth Week WA.  It aims to showcase the skills of young people, and empowers them to make a positive contribution to their community, through arts markets, workshops, forums and activities.


Drug Aware YCulture Metro

A project funding and skills development initiative providing arts grants of up to $3,000 for people aged between 12 and 26. These grants are for early career artists who would like to plan and coordinate their own projects or initiatives across any artistic medium. 



A unique community based photography project, Mosaic offers everybody in WA the chance to take a photo on an allocated day and send it back to have it shown in a professionally produced mass exhibition.


The Sketchbook Project

Each year, Propel sends out sketchbooks to participants across Western Australia, ready to be cut, painted and inked, filled with designs, stories, drawings from young people across our vast State. All sketchbooks are displayed at the State Library of WA before embarking on a tour of regional and suburban libraries, sharing young people's stories.


The Hive

The Hive is a new program created to provide a platform for young and emerging multi-disciplinary artists to come together, make work, develop skills and collaborate in a supported environment.



Amplifier is a free arts business guide and networking program designed to sharpen the arts business skills of emerging Perth metro artists and arts workers aged 18-30 years.