Horizon Festival - Online for 2020 // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020



Horizon Festival is inviting submissions from local artists and organisations who are interested in running a workshop as part of Horizon Festival 2020. We are seeking high-quality workshops that offer unique arts experiences and/or development opportunities for participants and are locally relevant to the Sunshine Coast.

Workshops will be programmed for Horizon Festival in three different categories:
1 - Artist Masterclasses
The masterclasses will cater to artists who are looking in-depth skills development. Ideally these will be half or full-day events and be made available to a smaller number of participants.

2 - General Public Workshops
These workshop will be available to the general public to engage in during the festival across all art forms.  They should be one-off workshops, be highly participatory in nature, and potentially open to a larger number of participants.

3 - Schools Workshops
As part of our schools-engagement program, Horizon would like to work with artists to deliver 50 min workshops with artists in schools across drama, dance, music, and art. These need to cater to class sizes of up to 24 students.

Please note:
Workshops must be independently produced and funded. While presented in partnership with Horizon, funding is not available to support the workshop through this submission process.  Applicants are encouraged to make their workshops economically viable through a well-considered ticket pricing strategy. While artists may choose to seek further funding for their workshop, the delivery should not be reliant on additional funding. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a clear marketing approach and a willingness to work collaboratively with Horizon on ticket pricing and marketing.

We strongly encourage submissions from people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

If you are interested, please email horizon@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au with the following information:

  • Artist statement – a few lines about you and links to your website, biography etc.
  • Workshop details – title, outline, duration,
  • Proposed location
  • Projected budget and ticket price
  • Production and operational requirements

Considerations for Selection
Horizon Festival will review all submissions and contact each artist directly to continue discussions.  Ultimately, workshops will be selected based on the following broad criteria:

  • Viability of workshop
  • Participatory or developmental opportunities for participants
  • The applicant’s ability to self-fund and promote their workshop
  • The applicant’s experience delivering workshops of a similar nature

Key Dates
Submissions Open: Mon 3 Feb, 2020

Submissions Close: Mon 17 Feb, 2020

Notifications: Wed 26 Feb, 2020

Contract Executed: March 2020

Marketing Content to Horizon: March 2020

Horizon Festival Delivery: Fri 28 August – Sun 26 September 2020


Image: Face Time workshop by artist Laith McGregor, presented by Caloundra Regional Gallery as part of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and Horizon Festival in 2019. Photo by ben vos productions.