What people are saying about the DiG Maker Space Program

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

“This program gives the regions’ artists the opportunity to create pathways, learn new skills, develop networks and work on a live creative collaboration project, “Cr Thain said.

"Creative industries are important to the local community and play a positive role in contributing to social cohesion and shaping individuals and regions.

"More than ever before creativity is being embraced by individuals, society and employers. Council is delighted to be leading the charge in the development of creative industries in Western Sydney," Cr Thain continued.

The DiG Digital Maker Space project is funded by Create NSW. Council also receives support from project partners - Western Sydney University, TAFE NSW and the Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA).

Statements from the DiG Space 1st Program Creative Team about the program.

“The DIG Creative Development Program conducted by Penrith City Council is an excellent program. I am very grateful and fortunate to be among one of the artists for this program. This program has enabled me to meet other artists and practitioners from different disciplines whom I have now become friends with and hope to collaborate with on more projects in the near future. The program has also permitted me to work in a collaborative environment which I am a strong believer in. It is a great way to network with people from all different types of disciplines and work backgrounds. Furthermore, the opportunity to be mentored by a true professional who has a vast amount of knowledge and experience is also very liberating for me as a practitioner therefore I am learning a whole lot of new things that I can incorporate in my own practice. The whole program is amazing and I think this opportunity should be offered to young artists every year.”

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“The DiG Space Mentorship and Residency Program has given me the opportunity that will create pathways and networks that could potentially open doors to future employment, in an industry that I am most passionate about. Graphic Design and photography has been a love of my life, for over 20 years I have been dreaming about working in the creative industry and with this opportunity, my dreams are now coming into reality.”

Neil Hawkins

“The DiG Space Program has created great opportunities for myself to grow as a filmmaker. One of the many great things about this program is that it has created a great opportunity to collaborate with talented Artists from the local area and explore filmmaking in a different way. I have never worked with Film Composers before so the DiG Program is a great way to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone of just choosing royalty free music from a website.”

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Adam McPhilbin

"The DiG program is already showing new ways of pushing my arts practice forward into new directions which excites me. It also gives me the opportunity to work in new environments of industry levels which wouldn't normally be available to me unless it was at commercial costs. "

Me-Lee Hay

(Composer Me-Lee Hay won Best Music for a Short Film for Last Tree Standing, a dark dystopian fairy tale at the Screen Music Awards. November 2017.)

“The DiG digital creative space in Penrith has provided an invaluable opportunity for myself as an early career audio-visual artist to meet and create with other like-minded individuals. It gives us the freedom to contribute our own expertise within a set brief, but also builds upon our knowledge by providing mentorship from an experienced creative, as well as opportunities to look at different ways of working with new media and technologies. The meetings are always full of shared ideas and compared notes, fuelled by coffee and plenty of bad jokes – we enjoy ourselves, but have a common goal in delivering an outcome that will benefit and engage the broader community. The DiG space proves an ideal environment for us as artists to network, collaborate and create.”

Peter Long

The DiG Digital Maker Space project has been an excellent program to network with creative artists and art industry professionals. It has played a crucial role in helping me bridge the gap between my time at University and my professional career in the arts. As a composer I spend a lot time in isolation but The DiG Space project has challenged me to work collaboratively with people outside of music, We showcased our work to industry professionals, solved problems together, and worked across the disciplines, in multimedia platforms. It has encouraged me to market myself as a creative artist and to think about how to manage my income within the arts.

Daniel Portelli

Penrith City Council's Dig Mentorship Program is a fantastic initiative for emerging creatives.  Personally, it has given me the confidence to bridge the gap between study and career.   Working within a collaboration of other artists has helped me dig deep and push my art form to a higher level while developing my business skills like working to a brief and deadline.

Carey Day

As a recent university graduate, my experiences from the DIG program have been invaluable. The program has offered me many opportunities to further develop my creative skills and to apply this training to the real world. The DIG program has provided the creative team a platform to grow and learn from each other. I have gained industry experience from the creative and collaborate environment which will no doubt help me further my career.


As an emerging composer trying to make a career in creative industries the DiG Space Program was an invaluable opportunity. Collaborating with other creatives to produce a work that showcased a variety of disciplines (such as photography, composition and graphic design) was both challenging and exciting and further developed my skills as a composer. Furthermore, the workshops and networking events that were made possible through the program allowed us to connect with industry professionals and gain further insight into the creative industries. The DiG program and the opportunities it provides its participants is much needed in the creative art industry and especially in Western Sydney

Wesley Stormer

The DiG Digital Maker Space program is funded by Create NSW with the support of program partners - Western Sydney University - Music Unit Kingswood and Academic Program Design Parramatta Campus, TAFE NSW – Nepean Arts & Design Centre Kingswood and the Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd (PP&VA).

There will be another call for Expressions of Interest in early 2019 for creative individuals to be part of the third program.

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