National Youth Awards applications open.

Do you know someone who’s doing something pretty exceptional? Maybe they’re a little humble, or maybe you yourself are that person? Here at Visible Ink we believe that hard working and inspirational young people should get the kudos they deserve, and we see some pretty amazing people flow through the space on a daily basis. This is your opportunity to see that exceptional people get the recognition they deserve, not just locally, but at a national level via the National Youth Awards.

nya_logo_rgbThe National Youth Awards is an initiative of The Australian Government via our friends at National Youth Week and here’s how they describe it:

The Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people. The Awards are unique because the finalists and winners are selected by a panel of all young people. This unique Australian Government initiative is for those aged between 12-25 years old as of 16 April 2015. Individuals can be nominated for an Award or can apply for the Award themselves.

We have application forms available at the space, or you can visit the awards website and download an application. You have until the November 27th to get your applications in, so don’t delay!

There are a range of categories that nominees can be applicable to,  The Youth Leadership Award, The Youth Culture and Diversity Award, The Youth Employment Award, The Youth Courage Award, The Youth Health Award, The Youth Safety Award and The Youth in Media Award which is open to all reporters/media organisations who have positively portrayed youth in the news media.

For full details of the Awards categories check this page of the website.


Grass Roots Music Festival 2014

Date: Sunday 2 November
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Bandstand of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
Details: Free entry – bring a picnic – family friendly

The Grass Roots Music Festival is back for it’s 10th year, and there’s no better way to celebrate spring in Brisbane than by catching some bands in the beautiful surrounds of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

This years line-up includes the winner of the inaugural Brisbane Discover’d competition, Tiama Ogburn.

  • 8 Ball Aitken
  • Harmony James
  • Coojee Timms
  • Jared Porter
  • Cleveland Blues
  • Megan Cooper
  • Sarah Calderwood
  • Tiama Ogburn
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Our new equipment has arrived!

Don’t you just love it when you check the mail and a package has arrived…

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We’ve got some new equipment and resources in the space for you to use. We’re really excited to be offering projectors, laptops, lighting, portable sound systems and first aid kits for your events!

Email us with any questions:

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Do you know about Creative Spaces?

Creative Spaces is a national web portal designed for Arts and creative practitioners. It features listings of organisations, institutions, government and privates spaces and the Brisbane City Council is delighted to be a sponsor to this fantastic resource.

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You can find artist studio spaces, photography studios, gallery and exhibition space, co-working space, hot desks, rehearsal and performance space, pop-up shops, rooftops, cinemas, theatres and non-traditional spaces to hire, lease, rent, share or to occupy for a short period of time.

It’s also free to list spaces, so if you are running a collective space and want creative people to know about it, this great resource may be the perfect avenue.


Garage Sale Trail

Date: Saturday 25th October
Location: Various locations throughout Brisbane, including BCC tip shops.

The national Garage Sale Trail is on 25 October, it’s time to plan your treasure trail or register your own garage sale.

Council’s tip shops are registered as the biggest garage sales in Brisbane and the 2014 Recycling Art Competition finalists will be using the trail in search of treasures.

For more information, visit the Garage Sale Trail portal on the Brisbane City Council website, or to find out about other registered venues check out

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How Is Australia Feeling?

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Young people are one of the most at risk groups in Australia for depression and suicide. As an initiative for mental health week, Spur Projects (a not-for-profit group, made up of some of our past tenants here at Visible Ink) asks the question ‘How Is Australia Feeling?

This project is about collecting (anonymous) real-time data on how people are feeling, and letting them compare their emotions to Australia as a whole. It is about promoting awareness and conversation around mental health issues within Australia, and engaging Australians through the use of a free mobile app, called ‘How Is Australia Feeling?’.

“Over one million Australians have depression and two million have anxiety. We need to change the conversation about mental health in this country and we think being more aware and open with how we’re feeling is a great first step.”

This project is aiming for at least 50,000 Australians to take part in the project, so please help spread the love…




Hock Chong Wushu Centre

How did you hear about Visible Ink and why did you want to use our space?
We have always visited Visible Ink as our music training space.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
We are a small group of people interested in Chinese martial arts and cultural performance. We train twice a week usually including fitness, Chinese kungfu and lion dance.

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
We are just passionate about being fit and healthy. We love martial arts culture and Chinese traditions.

How would you suggest young people get involved in this opportunity? Or opportunities like this in Brisbane?
We are training at Visible Ink, everyone is welcome to come along and train with us if you are interested in Chinese martial arts.

For general inquiries:
Cathy: 0451 698 885
Check out the Hong Chock Wushu youtube channel:

Young People Defining Brisbane

Thrive By The Bay

Date: Wednesday, 8th October
Time: 10:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bandstand Park – Wynnum Foreshore

Mental Health Week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held in October each year. The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery.

Thrive by the Bay will provide community info stalls, entertainment, free food, interactive games and activities for the whole community to enjoy and participate in! So come and join us and connect with you community.. Let’s all ‘Make a Move towards better Mental Health’.


Sanity Fair

Date: Saturday 11th, October
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Location: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane
Cost: FREE!

The purpose of having the Sanity Fair is to support wellness, raise awareness and address stigma around mental health in the community. As nearly half Australians experience signs and symptoms of any form of mental health distress so it is important for people to feel OK even just to talk about it and to share their experience. We expect that people can experience a number of different opportunities to connect and link in with their local community as part of the day with lots of fun activities.

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180 Studios Community Open Day

Date: Friday, 26th September
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Location: 180 South Pine Rd, Enoggera
Cost: Free!
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Long time friends of Visible Ink, 180 Studios, are having a Community Open Day. Come check out this inspiring creative space based in Enoggera, as 180 Studios celebrates a day of free workshops, performances, an open-mic session, basketball jam, great food and drinks and a bunch of good vibes.

180 Studios Community Open Day

This is free event, open to all members of the community.