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

Connecting to Country - Pilot First Nations Artist Development Camp

Horizon Festival is calling for Kabi Kabi and Jinibara artists to take part in a pilot artist development program, Connecting to Country, which will see up to five Indigenous artists mentored to develop new works for showcase at Horizon Festival 2019.

Acknowledging that continued cultural revitalisation requires time, commitment and resources to (re)develop artistic practice, Horizon Festival invites artists with a connection to Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Traditional Custodian groups to apply to take part in this three-day camp, which provide a space for art-making, cultural storytelling, professional development and workshops.

Artists from all arts practice are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to visual arts, music, performing arts and film. Mentors will be chosen based on the successful applicant’s art form and development areas.

Mentee artists will work with Horizon Festival’s First Nations producer and other key festival staff to deliver an outcome at Horizon Festival 2019.



When:   Wed 26 – Fri 28 June, 2019
Where:  Within the Sunshine Coast region – venue specifics to TBA.       



Applicants must be:

  • Aged 18 years or over
  • Traditional Custodian connected to Horizon Festival lands - Kabi Kabi and/or Jinibara (can be local to the Sunshine Coast or have moved away and would like to return to country)
  • Available on Wed 26, Thu 27 and Fri 29 Jun 2019
  • Available to exhibit, present or showcase work during the Horizon Festival (23 Aug - Sun 1 Sep)



Please send the following to Alethea Beetson, Horizon Festival First Nations Producer.

  • CV / Resume outlining relevant experience;
  • 300 word artist bio and artform experience; and
  • Statement addressing the following:
    • How could participating in a professional development program advance your current artistic practice? (100 words)
    • What are your artistic goals beyond 2019? (100 words)
    • Outline the key areas of your practice you would like to develop and why? (100 words)

Email to Alethea Beetson, First Nations Producer - Horizon Festival: alethea.beetson@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Post to Alethea Beetson, First Nations Producer - Horizon Festival:  Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Qld 4560

Application due via email or post 5pm, Fri 5 Apr 2019.

Applicants to be decided on by the Horizon Festival Indigenous Advisory Board.



Applications Open:  Wed 20 Mar 2019

Applications Close:  5pm, Fri 5 Apr 2019

Pre-engagement meeting with Horizon First Nations Producer:   May 2019 (date TBC)

Professional Development Program:   26 – 28 Jun 2019

Meeting with First Nations Producer to discuss Horizon presentation (pending art form and project outcome):  July 2019

Horizon Festival:  23 Aug – 1 Sep 2019

Debrief Survey:  Sep 2019 (date TBC)



Please contact Alethea Beetson, First Nations Producer - Horizon Festival on 0403 151 647 or alethea.beetson@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au if you have any questions.



Gubbi Gubbi Dancers perform at Dawn Awakening, Horizon Festival 2018. Image: Ben Vos Productions.
Karrimarnbun Two-Way Culture and Weaving Workshops presented by ReneBahloo, Horizon Festival 2017.


Horizon Festival would like to acknowledge the work of First Nations people who have been planning and/or delivering this type of program across South-East Queensland. In particular, The Kabi Kabi and Jinibara people who have been working in this space and the Indigenous producers on the Gold Coast delivering this kind of program.