General News

Please vote for us in ‘Pick My Project’ to #supportthemakers

You may have seen the ‘Pick my Project’ concepts floating around, and here at Courthouse Youth Arts we’ve entered two into the public-voted competition. At the core of our programming at Courthouse Youth Arts is creating opportunities, platforms and events for individuals aged 12-26. Pivotal to that happening is the funding we receive as an […]

Events coming up at Courthouse Youth Arts

There’s lots happening at CHYA, so much so that we’re almost losing track! To keep you in the loop, here’s a few shows and events not to miss. Death Metal @ Courthouse 7pm Friday, September 7 Death metal is back at Courthouse Youth Arts and in a pretty big way. Ballarat riff lords REQUIEM, Geelong […]

We spoke with local photographer Gabrielle Barnes

Holding her first solo exhibition at Courthouse Youth Arts in late July, Gabrielle Barnes continues to impress those around her with her photography work. This particular series, titled ‘You Are All the Colours’ explored social media, relationships and how colours can represent the emotions within those elements. We had a chat to Gabrielle about the […]

Five minutes with our marketing and comms co-ordinator Kgshak Akec

Kgshak Akec is new to the Courthouse Youth Arts team, and we thought what better way to get to know our marketing and comms co-ordinator than with some random questions? Get to know Kgshak a little bit better below: Favourite writers: My favourite poets are Maya Angelou, Edgar Allan Poe (I get the weirdest dreams […]

We spoke with artist Annabelle Mannings ahead of her first solo exhibition

Ahead of her first solo exhibition this Friday, we spoke with artist Annabelle Mannings on process, art and her four cats. Thanks for taking the time to chat to CHYA, how are you and how are things progressing for the show opening this Friday? I’m excited! I have finished all the works, they are all […]

We spoke with The Bloomshed’s director and writer James Jackson for ‘The Nose’

Ahead of The Bloomshed’s show ‘The Nose’ on Friday and Saturday night, we decided to take a few moments to talk with director and writer James Jackson—you’ll also spot him in the two shows as an actor. For those unaware, ‘The Nose’ is a retelling of Nikolai Gogol’s infamous story. The Bloomshed has brought the […]

We spoke with Judi Walker on her humorous show about nursing

For more than 40 years, Judi Walker has been complementing her nursing work with a side of humour. Each week Judi can be seen singing to her patients (when she confesses she can’t sing), starring in the occasional group performance and living by the notion that laughter is the best medicine. “I always say we […]

Local artists share the best pieces of advice given to them

Even the greatest artist has received a bit of help from their peers. In this instalment of our advice from local artists, we take a look at the advice they were given by other artists in their own journey. Frances Cannon, artist A lesson I’ve learned from being surrounded by other artists, is that a […]


WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND AN INVITATION TO ARTISTS TO ENTER THE 2018 BIRREGURRA ART SHOW.  It is that time of year again! Entries are now open to the Birregurra Festival Art Show. As part of the BIRREGURRA WEEKEND FESTIVAL the 2018 BIRREGURRA ART SHOW will be held on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October 2018 with […]

Where are they now: past curator Courtney Ward

With experience running her own alternative gallery space and her love for reimagining spaces through installation-art, artist Courtney Ward was approached in 2013 by the curator Stacey Williams to transform the Courthouse Youth Arts gallery with an exhibition. “Stacey got me into Courthouse, because I’d never done any programs or really heard of Courthouse before,” […]