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Young artists: get a mentor and have your work exhibited at KickstARTISTS!

Are you a young artist aged between 16 and 26? Would you like to gain contacts, training, and experience in creating and installing your work in a professional space, as part of a curated exhibition? Register your interest in participating in KickstARTISTS in 2017!


KickstARTISTS is an exhibition opportunity for young WA-based artists to exhibit and sell their works commission-free. This year, KickstARTISTS is expanding to include an artist mentorship program, with the exhibition curated by early career artist Olivia Tartaglia and emerging artist Aisyah Cooper. 

The 2017 KickstARTISTS Exhibition is entitled Symbiosis and will spotlight 8 pairs of artists, each consisting of an early-career artist mentor and an emerging artist mentee, who together will create a work addressing the 2017 KickstART Festival theme of eco-futures. 

Propel will take no commission on any works sold during the exhibition, as prospective bidders will be encouraged to deal directly with the artists, so this is a chance for young learn through practice how to sustain your art career.


KickstARTISTS: Symbiosis will open at the new City Art Space in the Northbridge Piazza at 5.00pm on Monday 17 April, and the exhibition will run until Sunday 23 April 2017. Like all KickstART Festival events, entry is free.

There will be no commission taken on works sold. All proceeds from sales will be given back to mentees and mentors.


The KickstART Festival – presented by Propel Youth Arts WA and the Department of Local Government and Communities in celebration of National Youth Week WA – is a free annual program of workshops, forums, exhibitions, performances, and special events for young creative people in Western Australia. In 2017, the KickstART Festival will be held from 31 March until 23 April.


The program is an opportunity for a young artist to work alongside a more established mentor, in the creation of an artwork for public display. Mentees will be assisted in devising, producing and promoting a small body of work for the exhibition. Leading up to the exhibition, Mentors and mentees are required to meet frequently and provide progress updates and assistance wherever necessary.

Mentors are encouraged to assist mentees in creating work that has the potential to be sold or submitted as work in other exhibitions, programs or competitions after the exhibition. A variety of mediums are welcomed, however we encourage the mentor and mentee to consider the appropriate medium for the exhibition based on the skill and capacity of each mentee and the support the mentor can provide in their production. 

Propel also encourages all participants to keep in mind the exhibition theme and how the chosen medium would address eco-futures.


If you are interested in being a mentee for KickstARTISTS 2017, you must:

  • Be aged between 16 – 26 years old
  • Have career aspirations as an artist
  • Be capable of meeting deadlines and communicating effectively
  • Show interest in the exhibition theme of eco-futures.

If the above sounds like you, please fill in this application form and include:

  • Examples of your previous work (as a PDF portfolio or a max. 10 JPG images)
  • Your artist CV (max. 1 A4 page)
  • pplications close at 6.00pm on Wednesday 25 January 2017, so apply now! No late submissions will be accepted. 


Registrations Close
6.00pm, Wednesday 25 January 2017

Notification of EOI Outcome
By 6.00pm, Monday 30 January 2017

Group Meeting
During week starting Monday 30 January 2017

Artist Statements
5.00pm, Friday 17 February 2017

Works Completed
5.00pm, Saturday 8 April 2017

During week starting Monday 10 April 2017

Exhibition Opening Event
5.00pm, Monday 17 April 2017

Exhibition Run
Tuesday 18 April – Sunday 23 April 2017


If you have any questions please contact Steven Finch, Project Officer - National Youth Week WA 2017, by phoning 08 9328 5855 or emailing,