Posts Categorized: Opportunities

Are you almost rusted on to your pushie?

For many folks a bicycle is more than just a form of transport – it’s an attitude, an essential part of their style, an environmental sustainability statement and an adrenalin rush.

If you spend most of your time on two wheels, and want to see more people do the same, then the crew from Pedal Brisbane want you involved in their upcoming bicycle arts festival.

This years festival tackles the topics of climate change, getting more women riding and segregated bike lanes and there are ways for you to contribute to the debate.

Shifting Gears. Does Cycling in Australia have a Future?

Location: Queensland Museum
Date: Friday, 28th November, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tickets: $10 via eventbrite

Joining forces with ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas, the Pedal Brisbane Festival hosts a conversation about our nation’s relationship with the bike – ‘Shifting Gears. Does Cycling in Australia have a Future?’.

Panelists include…

  • Paul Barclay – Host of Big Ideas
  • Michael Roth – RACQ Executive Manager – fresh from the Dutch Cycling Embassy’s study tour of the Netherlands
  • Jai Christiansen – creator of Facebook page ‘Drivers for Registration of Bicycles’
  • Phil Heywood – Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Planning at QUT and passionate utility
  • Edward Hore – President and founder of cycling advocacy organisation Cycle

plus you get the opportunity to ask your questions in the company of invited guests including Councillor for the Gabba Ward, Helen Abrahams, Director of Cycling at TMR Adam Rogers and author of Cycle Space Steven Fleming.

Politics in the Bike Lane

Location: Queensland Museum
Date: Saturday, 29th November as part of the days Pedal Brisbane Event

Councillor Helen Abrahams and Greens candidate Jonathan Sri talk about “Politics in the Bike Lane” at this years Pedal Spokes – talking about change for the better.

Designing Cities That Support Cycling

Location: Queensland Museum
Date: Saturday, 29th November as part of the days Pedal Brisbane Event

A free talk/debate architects Brian Donovan, Damian Thompson and Dr Steven Flemming

And Finally.. show your support and help this exciting event out by volunteering!


Pedal Brisbane

Location: Queensland Museum, Brisbane,
Date: November 29, 12:00pm to late,
Cost: Free

Following a hugely successful 2013 event, Pedal Brisbane is set to reappear in November 2014 this time in partnership with Queensland Museum (QM). Pedal Brisbane is an event that crosses many disciplines within the arts, health, economy, and society with the vision of a cycling-city transformation of Brisbane.

Pedal Brisbane is working closely with a range of artists, designers, urban planners, health professionals and the likes with a vision of improving the opportunity for Brisbane to transform into a sustainable cycling city.

The one day and one night main event is set to take place on 29 November 2014, and followed by monthly group rides, outdoor film screenings, and talks.

Come check out the many activities including:

  • Photography exhibition
  • Pump Track (BMX style track, free to try with bikes provided!)
  • Outdoor cinema showing short films and feature film
  • Design comp exhibition and pitch
  • Innovators stalls (local inventions and innitiative market stalls)
  • Spokes: panels, talks, discussions.
  • INVENTYory: children’s activities
  • Bike Polo 2 vs 2 Comp and ‘give it a try’
  • Live art: artists painting bikes
  • Style Over Speed group ride featuring Projector Bike (Melbs) & and giveaway bike from Chapelli.
  • Workshops: a diverse range taught by professionals
  • Free bike servicing
  • Door prizes (thousands of dollars worth of prizes including 2 x Reid bikes)
  • DJs
  • Bar
  • Food

Funding for National Youth Week projects and events

This is an opportunity to get your 2015 Youth Week projects off the ground early with funding from the state government.  We reckon “It Starts With Us” is a pretty apt theme for next years celebrations, and the more youth initiated events the better!


PCYC Queensland, in partnership with the Queensland Government, invites Queensland community organisations to apply for subsidy funding for National Youth Week events, to be held between the 10th and the 19th of April, 2015.

The Community Small Grants program will fund National Youth Week events held by community organisations across the state. Funds are to be distributed via an application process to community organisations interested in receiving a subsidy for an event themed around NYW and the QYS. The maximum grant an organisation may receive is $1,500 (GST Exclusive). Activities should be planned in collaboration with government and non-government organisations that work with and on behalf of young people.

Background information for you to consider:

  • NYW 2015 Theme “It Starts With Us”
  • QYS focus on Volunteering and Participation
  • Up to $1,500 (GST exclusive) per event. Only one application per event will be considered.
  • Young people (12 – 25 yrs.) involved in decision making processes and given opportunities to influence NYW Events.
  • Young people from marginalised backgrounds, rural or remote locations, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds are actively supported to be involved in NYW Events.
  • Partnerships with other youth-centric organisations are encouraged.
  • Must be held in National Youth Week – Friday 10th to Sunday 19th April 2015

To apply, please submit an application no later than Monday, 15th December, 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by COB Friday 19th December, 2014.

For more information and to find out how you can get involved in Youth Week 2015 contact PCYC Youth Development team.

Succulent Terrarium Workshop

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Location: Visible Ink, Valley
Date: November 22, 2014
Time: 10AM – 12PM
Cost: $35 to cover cost of materials
Bookings: Further details via Eventbrite

Current Visible Ink tenants and passionate advocates for a greener, more sustainable urban environment, Living Roots, provide a hands-on workshop to help bring a little more life into your space.

In this workshop, we will teach you how to make our mini succulent terrariums! These terrariums are ideal for kitchens, desks, homes and offices, bringing a little bit of green in the indoors. These gifts require little maintenance and thrive anywhere with natural sun light.

You will get to make two (2) mini succulents, with your choice of coloured gravel and succulent plant! The best part is that you get to take your creations home with you!

We will also talk about the benefits of having indoors plants as well as how to maintain your new terrariums. There will be a simple morning tea and time for you to mingle with other individuals in our community!

Come join us and be closer to nature.

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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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…



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’.