DiG Space Mentorship and Residency Program

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The Digital (DiG) Space Mentorship and Residency Program is a creative and professional development program for Greater Western Sydney digital artists/designers within their first five years of professional practice.

The program involves a 16-week residency which requires participants to work in situ a minimum of two days per week. Free use of a collaborative work space, the formation of a collaborative multi-disciplinary team to work on a ‘live’ creative brief, access to specialist Creative + Business workshops, introduction to the Studio’s Sydney and networking opportunities. This program will build professional and creative capacity through formal mentorship, with additional support provided by Penrith Council’s cultural development staff.

The Mentorship

The DiG program centres on creative and professional development, providing a bridge between completing relevant arts/creative education at Diploma/ Degree levels and working in the creative industries. The program objective is to assist emerging (not age related) Greater Western Sydney digital artists/designers to further develop their practice and profile in the industry.

The Mentored Creatives

The mentored creatives will be expected to work in a team and collaboratively develop and produce high quality digital content for delivery/exhibition/installation. The creative team will be comprised of up to eight members from a mix of disciplines including: sound designer/ composer / musician; image maker (illustrator/photographer); visual storyteller (animator/film-maker/ videographer/motion designer); graphic designer.

The team will be mentored by a professional creative practitioner throughout the program. A small stipend will be offered to the mentored creatives to assist with travel and some associated expenses.

Where is it located?

The DiG Space is situated in a dedicated work space in Allen Arcade in Penrith’s CBD, within walking distance to Penrith train station, public bus transport, Penrith’s High Street and Westfield Shopping Plaza.

Who is involved in the DiG Space Program?

The program is funded by Create NSW, and is supported by Penrith City Council, Western Sydney University - Academic Program Design, Parramatta Campus and the Music Unit Kingswood, TAFE NSW – Nepean Arts & Design Centre, Kingswood and The Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd (PP&VA).

Who can get involved?

The program is for emerging (not age related) Greater Western Sydney digital artists, designers and composers within their first five years of professional practice.  

The program is open to talented creatives from Western Sydney (born, living, studying, or working) in the following areas: Blacktown, The Hills, Fairfield, Cumberland, Parramatta, Bankstown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, and Penrith.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed.

Contact Karren Harris, Senior Cultural Development Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 4732 8129 for further information.

Project updates

DiG Maker Space Program Round 3

07 November 2018

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Expressions of Interest for mentors and mentored creatives are now open!

DiG Maker Space Program Round 2

05 November 2018

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DiG program team members collaborating

The Mentor for the September program is Penny Robins.

Urban Futures

02 November 2018

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Creative Collaborative Project - Urban Futures is the project outcome of the first DiG Space Program, which ran from February to May 2018.

What people are saying about the DiG Maker Space Program

30 October 2018

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Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain said the experience gained through this unique 16-week residency and mentorship program is unparalleled.