DiG (Digital) Maker Space

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The DiG 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 minim 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.

When is it happening?

The second round of Council's exciting new arts initiative – the DiG (Digital) Maker Space Program is now underway. This round runs from 3 September – 21 December 2018.

This is the second program of the DiG Space and follows on from the highly successful pilot, which produced a mesmerising and immersive experience that tells the story of the urban environment and the value of trees. Which will be presented at Penrith REAL Festival on 3 November 2018.

The third round program runs from 4 March – 21 June 2019. Expressions of Interest for program three are now open.

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 can get involved?

This program is for emerging (not age related) Greater Western Sydney digital artists/designers/composers within their first five years of professional practice, assisting in providing a bridge between completing relevant arts/creative education at Diploma/ Degree levels and establishment within the creative industries.

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.

  • Workshops
    Two Creative + Business professional development workshops and networking opportunities will also be part of this program.

How do I apply?

Download and fill in the relevant application form below to expression your interest and submit it before 5pm Wednesday 9 January 2019. The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 15 February 2019.

Applications should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact Karen Harris, Senior Cultural Development Officer 02 4732 8129 for further information.

More about the DiG Space program

Find out more about each round of the DiG Space program at:

Round 1      Round 2      Round 3

For more information on the DiG Space program contact Penrith City Council Senior Cultural Development Officer Karen Harris on 4732 8129 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Workshops

As part of this unique program the DiG Space offers free Creative + Business workshops which are open to the broader creative community from Greater Western Sydney. These workshops have limited places and require a RSVP to attend. The Creative + Business Workshops are run by Monica Davidson, Director Creative + Business. For further information about Monica please click on the link below. https://www.creativeplusbusiness.com/about-monica-davidson/

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 March 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.