yapang Arts Placements


The yapang Arts Placement is a pathway for First Nations creatives into the arts. 

Do you want to gain experience and build your creative portfolio? Perhaps you have an idea for a project with the Museum of Art and Culture, yapang or Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima, or you are looking to develop a career in the arts? 

Lake Macquarie City Council offers support for curatorial projects, public programs, arts education, digital arts, documentation, design and marketing. Your placement can focus on an area of interest or enable you to explore various aspects of arts. 

During your placement a project will be developed that combines professional development and a presentation outcome. You will have a staff mentor who will work with you to develop industry relevant skills. Opportunities to liaise with the Aboriginal Reference Group and appropriate Awabakal knowledge holders will be facilitated. 

The aim of the placement is to enable you to develop your portfolio, build industry contacts and assist further career opportunities. 

Thanks to the support of Lake Macquarie City Council and The NSW Government through Create NSW a bursary of $4000 is offered, with payment in three stages at the beginning middle and end of your placement. 

Applications are currently open on a rolling basis. Reach out to the Lake Arts Precinct – Arts Producer, Martina with any questions [email protected]

2023 yapang Arts Placement - Jessica Meriki Tobin

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Jessica joins the MAC yapang team for a yapang Emerging Curator Placement. Her placement includes curating the yapang Emerging Art Prize finalist exhibition and working with the judges Sebastian Goldspink and Toby Cedar.

Previous yapang Arts Placement projects

A Rhythmic Acknowledgment for Walking Experiences

This soundscape was created during the lockdown in September 2021 as part of his yapang Arts Placement by Adam Manning (born on Awabakal Country with Kamilaroi kinship). A Rhythmic Acknowledgment for Walking Experiences is based on four different sound sources.

These sounds sources include natures rhythms, clapstick corroboree rhythms based on the Gumberry Jah song, the ambiguous rhythms of the digeridoo, and an improvised clapstick rhythmic response to MAP mima’s Awabakal Country. These four sound sources are triggered by those walking past the sensors along the northern wall of the MAP mima building. The sound sources take a symphony-like approach; meaning each sound source has been created to blend with the next, and the speed at which those walking past will determine how one experiences this rhythmic acknowledgment.

The rhythms performed by Manning on the clapsticks have been specifically captured to reference rhythms from early documented NSW corroborees (rhythms that once echoed out on our lands) or as modern rhythmic responses to Country.   

Read more about A Rhythmic Acknowledgement for Walking Experiences.

Gammin: a story of young mob in cyanotype

A yapang Arts Placement project led by Aboriginal mentee Wanjun Carpenter with students from Clontarf Academy, Toronto. Coordinated by Joanna Davies Visual Arts and Public Programs Leader.

This collaborative exhibition at the Museum of Art and Culture, yapang celebrated the supportive relationships these young men share through a love of sport, playful interaction, and a connection to their culture.

It highlighted the importance of mateship, kinship, and belonging, while exploring unique ways of artmaking. Cyanotype is the original sun-printing process, and this exhibition was produced through a series of outdoor workshops, using the natural resources of the sun, the lake, the rain and the natural landscape.

Read more about Gammin: a story of young mob in cyanotype. 

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Image at top: Wanjun Carpenter in collaboration with students from Toronto Clontarf Academy Untitled 2021 (detail). cyanotypes on cotton, soundscape (duration: 00:05:30 min) from the exhibition Gammin: A story of young mob in cyanotype 2021, Museum of Art and Culture yapang.