Posts Categorized: Young People Defining Brisbane

Aliandra Calabrese


Aliandra Calabrese and the Visible Ink space crossed paths as part of Youth Performing Arts Queensland (YPAQ), a not for profit theatre company which aims to bring young people together to embrace their creativity and help foster creative communities in Brisbane. At the time she was looking for the perfect venue to hold workshops and came across our space.

It was as a member of this vibrant community that Aliandra discovered that the opportunities available to her were not necessarily available to all young people,  “I have been fortunate to have good health, a loving family and supportive friends and not all young people have had the same opportunities as me. I love to sing and hang out with my friends and I think that young people living with a disability in an aged care home miss out on a lot. Hardly any of them go out or have friends visit them.”

As someone who has benefited from the skills and friendships formed as part of an active and creative community, Aliandra has taken great interest in making sure that other young people don’t miss out, and many of these opportunities begin at home,  “I discovered that there is limited appropriate housing for young people living with a disability who need 24/7 care, so many of them must be placed in aged care homes where the average age is 80 yrs. This is so hard for them, young people need to live young lives surrounded by people their own age not people who are near the end of their lives”.

Which is how she came across the work of Youngcare, an organisation which aims to raise awareness of the difficulties many young people with disabilities face, as well as developing strategies to create a more supporting environment into the future. Encouraged by their aim to help meet the long-term housing needs of young people living with a disability, Aliandro set about raising awareness for the organisation in combination with her love of music.

Together with friends, Regan Samuels and AJ Hawkins, the group have created a remix of an old song called California Dreaming to help get the message out:

She says of getting involved with issues you’re passionate about, “If you see an issue and think you can help give it a go. It doesn’t have to be a great thing because even a small thing done with real heart can help to enrich another person’s life”, and she encourages others to have a go… “If you have a brilliant idea to help raise awareness get onto Youngcare and get their advice and support. Hold a dog-wash afternoon, or car-washing morning and donate the proceeds to the organisation to help them build appropriate housing. Or you can make a donation online.”

You can catch Aliandro and her crew perform with YPAQ, and keep an eye out for more of their videos over at their youtube channel.

For more information about the work of both organisations YPAQ and Youngcare, see their respective websites:

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:

Terra Nemo Theatre Company

‘Submerge’ (October 2013), photography by Gwilym Temple, featuring Dominic Reid and
Amy Shaw

No strangers to Visible Ink, members of Terra Nemo Theatre Company have had an active involvement with the space through past projects. “Visible Ink is not only a central venue for young artists to use but also has such fantastic experienced and friendly staff, plus lots of other creatives coming in and out to network, it’s what made it our first choice to rehearse ‘Witchery.’ There is such a welcoming vibe and you’re always made to feel at home.”

‘Witchery’ rehearsals (August 2014), photography by Anissa Roberts, featuring Gwilym Temple, Nicholas Prior, Hayley Mcallister, Alex Carlton-Thomas and members of the ensemble.

‘Witchery’ rehearsals (August 2014), photography by Anissa Roberts, featuring Gwilym
Temple, Nicholas Prior, Hayley Mcallister, Alex Carlton-Thomas and members of the

The group have been working hard developing and rehearsing their ambitious new production, their biggest to date, bringing in over twenty artists from around Brisbane including actors, directors, designers and choreographers. “We’ll be converting our venue into a fully functioning nightclub called ‘Pulse’, inviting the audience to not simply watch but involve themselves as a variety of story lines play out.” We’ve been assured that while a full functioning bar will be present in their new production, it’s still an all-ages gig, and it seems they should know a thing or two about nightclubs, Divi, one of the Terra Nemo directors is also a DJ.

The Terra Nemo crew is made up entirely of young, emerging artists, and they take a fresh outlook on theatre production, “our aim it is to create exciting new theatrical works, where everyone can collaborate and experiment with their own ideas, taking on risks and challenges.” The experimental approach doesn’t stop at the creative product, they even take on new models for creative economies, “because artist development is our focus, we don’t put a price on our tickets but offer our audiences the option to donate what they feel their experience ‘was worth, if at all’ after the performance, and use any funds that we do receive to make our future shows even more exciting”. This in itself becomes an important feedback mechanism to reflect and help their members grow professionally.

“We created the company to provide young artists something different to involve themselves with, an independent company where they can not only perform under direction but experiment with others roles, network with like-minded people and create something that they can call their own. We want to encourage young adults from in and around Brisbane who may be new to theatre to come and give it a try, to open a forum for discussion and to see the level of professionalism their peers can achieve when they have the opportunity to do so. Being able to produce a full-scale work from scratch, with minimal funding, that you can call your own is a really rewarding experience. It’s even better when you get to do it with friends, both old and new.”

‘Crystal Blue Sky’ (April 2014), photography by Daniel B. Jauwhannes, featuring Bella Bosscher, Alex Carlton-Thomas and Eleni Pergaris

‘Crystal Blue Sky’ (April 2014), photography by Daniel B. Jauwhannes, featuring Bella
Bosscher, Alex Carlton-Thomas and Eleni Pergaris

Encouraging people from all creative disciplines is an important focus of the group, “we want to try smashing them all together to create performances that was really interesting”, and this multi-disciplinary approach also carries through to their down-time,  “usually if someone isn’t learning lines or designing costumes then you’ll find them doing something like writing music or painting!” And this perpetual activity may be the secret to their enthusiasm and success, keeping things fresh and exciting. On creative pursuits, Terra Nemo offer this advice:

“The best thing you can do is just take the dive. If you have an idea that you really believe is worth pursuing, start researching how to do it. Get the wheels in motion. If you’re unsure, talk to someone. Get your friends involved. Come to somewhere like Visible Ink. There really is no one stopping you but yourself!”

 You can catch Terra Nemo Theatre Company‘s latest production, ‘Witchery‘ at Jugglers Art Space, on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd September. They will also be announcing their 2015 program towards the end of the year.

Contact directly:

Brittni Thomas

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Brittni Thomas is the creative young woman behind ‘HellaBel’ –  a brand and online shop that sells prints and original and custom alternative style water colour art. Brittni’s work features experimental, surreal watercolour work, portraits, still life and abstract pieces. Her art is vibrant and striking, and has been receiving quite a lot of attention since the opening of her online store.


Working with watercolours since she finished high school, Brittni paints for the relaxation and meditation it affords her, her admiration of and dedication to the style, and because she feels inspire by everything around her. Brittni’s family has fostered her interest in creative pursuits from a young age; Brittni is also a skilled guitarist and drummer, and teaches these skills in her spare time.

We asked Brittni how she heard about Visible Ink and why she wanted to use our space.

“I heard about Visible Ink through my friend Dan Mahler who also uses the Visible Ink space to help out his own business. He suggested it would be useful for me as I can use the services to help promote my art business. I want to use the printing services available so I can print out posters and flyers of my art brand to stick up anywhere and everywhere with contact information so anyone interested in my type of art can get a hold of me. I feel that the people at Visible Ink can help me make connections in the right field and help me out with advice or tips with ways to promote myself as it’s all pretty new to me!”

If you are thinking about getting involved in art, or your own business, Brittni suggests that you know what is that you want and to just go for it. The first step is always the hardest but once you take that step you’ll realize how much support exists out there and how many people will actually be enthused by your idea.

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Brittni offered some advice for young people wanting to get started in creative online businesses.

“To anyone wanting to get involved in the art industry and to be able to sell themselves, my advice is to buy really good equipment and materials to get started. Create something out of your art which represents you and portrays what is uniquely you, that way the brand and shop you create will be distinct from everything else which is out there. Promotion is really important so that people notice you; look into every avenue of ways for people to notice your work. Be prepared to make mistakes as part of the progress, don’t ever let those mistakes bring you down. There is always something which can be learned and you’ll be better off in the end because of it.”

You can check out Brittni’s work at her online store, HellaBel on Etsy, Facebook, or you can chat via email:

Undefined Crew


Undefined are a Brisbane dance crew who love to dance, discover music and have fun. They believe dance is an expressive art form that furthers their exploration of music and their own personalities, “we love it!” Anita says, “our crew dynamic consists of both experienced and developing choreographers, so we’re just exploring different songs, textures, techniques, and styles” and are often inspired by music, other dancers and the amazing people surrounding them.

Currently working on a few choreography projects and videos, Anita says it’s worth keeping an eye out for their upcoming projects. To check out some of their videos, you can head to their youtube channel.

Having heard about Visible Ink’s excellent facilities via word of mouth, Undefined have been using the space regularly to further their dance skills and performance abilities as both individuals and as a cohesive dance crew. The crew also hang out in their down time, their hobbies enthusiastically includes sharing a good meal together – “our crew loves food. It’s a good thing we dance consistently!” Some of the Undefined Crew are also dabbing in editing and video work as well, that is a convenient and complementary hobby for the group.


From diverse backgrounds, fields of study and interests the common thread between all of the Undefined Crew is their enjoyment and love of music and dance. “Some of us study full-time, some of work full-time, some of us are in arts, martial arts, science, engineering, commerce, and some of us have already had some teaching experience in dance where others only really started less than a year ago.”

Anita gave the following advice for others wanting to get involved in dance or the arts, “Just get started! Get out there and get inspired. Stop waiting, and just do it. Some of us wish we started earlier, but never late than never.” She also says, it is just as important to explore your own style as to learn from others and that there are lots of ways to get involved in dance across Brisbane. There are heaps of dance studios in Brisbane, and information is often just a phone call, or click away. There are lots of styles and amazing teachers to suit everyone and all ages. In terms of a dance crew, it’s as easy as finding some friends who share the same passion as you, or join some dance events and/or clubs. There are opportunities in a lot of places, you just have to look around and see what suits you.

“If you’re reading down to here, thank you for taking the time to get to know us! Check us out on youtube channel, leave some feedback and comments, and maybe even subscribe if you want to follow us. We’re a developing crew so we’re always looking to improve and create future projects and just share our love and passion for dance with everyone.”

You can get in touch with Undefined via their youtube channel, leaving them a message there.

Cinderella Renegade Productions


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We heard about Visible Ink after hours of Googling looking for rehearsal and performance space. We’ve been using the space since May 2013, and in January 2014 we performed our first show Can You See Us Now in East Brisbane’s SYC studios.

What are you all currently working on project-wise?
We are currently working on a Steampunk stage show for late July/early August.

What do you do, why did you choose to go down that path, and what do you love about it?
Cinderella Renegade was born from two acting students realising that despite what everyone said, that they had the potential to create shows that people would really enjoy. Jay is a writer and an aspiring director and novelist. Sharmanee is a dancer and singer who aspires to be a great actress. We were joined soon after by Sam, a saxophonist, singer and aspiring actress, and Mitchell, a nurse, and Joseph, a writer and lighting designer. The show faced many bumps in the road and countless rewrites before finally unveiling a cabaret show called “Can You See Us NOW?”. We are all creatively motivated and we love seeing each other succeed. It gives all of us a huge rush to see something we’ve worked on so hard become a reality.

What do you guys get up to in your down time?
Cinderella Renegade tends to spend a lot of time as robots. We also like cake, Tumblr, biscuits and gravy, drag queens and Crystal Pepsi.

Is there any advice you would give young people wanting to get involved in theatre or any advice you wish you’d been given beforehand?
Give it all you’ve got and never apologise for what makes you happy.

How would you suggest young people get involved with theatre in Brisbane or Cinderella Renegade?
Like theatre companies on Facebook, audition for shows like Short and Sweet etc. Even send us an email at, we’ll be happy to meet up for coffee and head you in the right direction. Maybe you’ll even work with us!

Where can people get in touch with you?
They can email us at or like our Facebook page CR Productions. :)


Dan Mahler


How did you hear about Visible Ink and why did you want to use our space?
I heard about Visible Ink through a friend of mine – Lachlan Giddings – who prints out posters at the space for our band – Baskervillain.

I want to use your space because it is a great opportunity for me to host meetings, work from an office, bring clients, employees and investors into a professional working space, and use the knowledge and connections of the awesome staff at Visible ink to help get a step up in the industry and form mutually beneficial relationships.

What are you currently working on project-wise?
My team at and I are currently working with a few clients on some graphic design work for ‘My Skin Cancer Center’, and building a new website for Westside Dermatology’s ‘Medical Allergy Clinic’.

What do you do, and why did you choose to go down that path?
My business, Eevaneak works in website and graphic design as well as video development and promotion. You can have a look at my website – – which focuses on helping to bring small and medium businesses into the online world, developing an online aesthetic that engages their viewers and maximizes online conversion.

I got into this industry through an online course created by a business in Melbourne – Freedom Business Blog – because I didn’t want to be sucked into the black hole of a nine-five minimum wage job that wouldn’t allow me to grow and improve the skills that I want to develop as a young entrepreneur.

What do you love about your work?
I love helping small businesses reap the real world outcomes that online marketing affords them, and seeing them enjoy those results.

What would you say led you to where you are today?
I have always been unenthusiastic about getting a typical job, and although my passion in music has and always will be my priority, I realized early on that it may take a long time for it to become a viable source of liveable income. I thought that in order to get to where I want to be, I need to do something not many people are prepared to do, so I started a business to fund my life of freedom, music and adventure (until it can pay for itself).


What do you get up to in your down time?
I love playing guitar, performing in and around Brisbane with my band Baskervillain, and reading. Lots of reading including biographies, textbooks, marketing and branding books, how-to guides, stuff like that.

Is there any advice you would give young people wanting to get started in this field?
For people wanting to distance themselves from a lifetime of nine-five jobs, and move towards a lifetime of building your own destiny, my advice is to dream big. Take what people say you can’t do with the smallest grain of salt, and only believe in what you can do. For every pivotal thing that has gone and been or still exists (Facebook, Apple, Ford), there were big-thinkers behind it, taking a risk, to make it happen.

How would you suggest young people get involved in opportunities like this in Brisbane?
Develop your brand. Get creative and get busy. Next, build your website. READ LOTS AND EDUCATE YOURSELF: The internet is huge. Lastly, take action. ACTION is key.

If you want to get in touch with Daniel, check out his website or
Facebook page

Ayesha Lutschini / Meri Toksave


When Ayesha Lutschini first began volunteering with The Oaktree Foundation in 2007, she was 16 years old.

“When I was younger I thought I wanted to be a lawyer, I saw myself as someone who would standup for those who couldn’t do this themselves. As I got older I soon realized that my greatest passion was people and at 16 I wanted to help make a difference but had no idea how to begin. Thats where the Oaktree Foundation comes in. I was getting ready for school one morning in 2007 and saw an advertisement on TV for the 2007 Make Poverty History Roadtrip, so I applied and received positive confirmation.”

Born and raised in Papua New Guinea, Ayesha’s commitment to social justice is inspired directly from the environment from which she grew up, “understanding the levels of violence first hand was more then enough for me to want to create positive and lasting change … it afforded me the opportunity to grow into a socially conscious being and further develop a passion for social justice”.

With the incredible experience volunteering on campaigns with the Oaktree Foundation, Ayesha felt encouraged to develop a program that would be able to help people in the communities which she had known growing up. “During the numerous campaigns I assisted with at The Oaktree Foundation the Visible Ink space was always available to help us”, and outside the usual haunts of living rooms and university meeting spots, Visible Ink was a natural connection, “and of course the Visible Ink team immediately put up their hands up to assist us”.

The Meri Toksave team in Papua New Guinea

The Meri Toksave team in Papua New Guinea

Forming a team with university friends Tasman and Courtney, fellow attendees of the 2013 Harvard World Model United Nations, the group started developing a campaign centered on overcoming the inaccessibility and invisibility of contact information for emergency services. The team were awarded a Resolution Fellowship through a successful application to Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and this project would become the first campaign for their new organisation ‘Meri Toksave’. Meri Toksave worked on the creation of a countrywide ‘Directory of Emergency Services for Those Affected by Family and Sexual Violence’ in 2013 and they will see the product of their labour distributed throughout this coming year.

Now in its second year of operation, Meri Toksave is currently in the process of a recruiting drive “to expand our small but awesome team into a bigger group of young, passionate change makers”. They are also busy translating the Directory into the official lanugage of Papua New Guinea, Tok-Pisin, which should help see a greater distribution and access to popular mediums of media.

“What I love most about my work with Meri Toksave is having the opportunity to work with other young people in Papua New Guinea and Australia who are passionate and determined in their efforts to leave a better world and their own legacy behind.”

While working as the Co-founder, Sponsorship Manager,  Partnership Manager and Director of Meri Toksave, Ayesha still somehow finds the downtime to “watch horrible reality tv shows, plan my wedding, attend Model United Nations conferences or spend time with my loved ones”. She’s also manages to find the time to consider some pretty sage advice:

“If you know me, you know I harp on about this quote quite often, however I truly believe that ‘young people are not just tomorrow’s leaders, we are today’s partners’. I remember always saying ‘when I grow up I want to’…but in actual fact I realised through my volunteer work that I don’t need to grow up, have a degree, be the most financially secure or resourceful individual in order to create change. All I need is passion and the willingness to put that passion into action. So my advice to young people wanting to get into the social justice or non-for-profit sector is to literally get amongst it, you don’t have to wait to grow up because you can create real and tangible change today.”

You too can get involved with Meri Toksave or participate in many rewarding social justice projects, and Ayesha says it’s easy, “don’t be overwhelmed by your lack of experience or doubt your ability to do great things… be open and willing to learn knowing that you will make mistakes along the way and that is perfect because mistakes, if you let them, help make you better.”

You can contact Ayesha via the Meri Toksave website:
or by email:

Brisbane K-Pop Flash Mob


“I’m not sure how the founders of our group stumbled upon [Visible Ink] but I’m glad they did. The staff are friendly and encouraging and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the space. We’re very grateful to the Vis Ink team!”

BKPFM are currently working on a range of dance covers, and whatever else comes their way. The group has frequented the Visible Ink space for years, building their ranks not only as a way to exercise and fun but to be social, meeting other people that have similar interests. It’s also a way for them to use the music they listen to in a constructive and creative way.

“I guess, because there aren’t many people that actively dance to K-Pop or even like it, it’s a way for us to reach out and say: Hey! We are fans and this is what we do!”

BKPFM want to create a space for those that aren’t as confident about putting their covers (dancing or singing) out there and meet other people that have the same interest, all the while putting Brisbane on the map in the K-Pop scene.


This diverse but tight knit group spend time together outside of BKPFM, socialising and showcasing their other talents and skills as aspiring writers, artists, musicians, biologists, dancers, zoologists, conservationists and the list goes on. If you’re interested in joining them, it’s as simple watching this video:

“Just do it! Don’t be scared to try something new. If you want to put your covers out there, practice hard and learn from every video or event you do. It’s always hard at first even when you’re in a group but it’s all worth it in the long run!”

Natasha also says if you’re looking to get involved in Brisbane’s dance communities, it’s important to be humble “the people you meet can give you sound advice but only if you let them. Don’t view people as your competition but as your allies, you might end up with an amazing collaboration”.

BKPFM can be contacted via Facebook and are a welcoming group, so feel free to join in on the fun.



The Faultline Syndicate

The Faultline Syndicate

Sitting down with Josie and Nicola it is easy to see how passionate they are about theatre and promoting creative arts. They first heard about Visible Ink from friends, and were really interested in a government initiative which focused on encouraging creative individuals, ‘after our first visit we were overwhelmed by the resources and facilities made available to us by the lovely staff’. Since then, The Faultline Syndicate have been rehearsing in the space regularly for their upcoming Anywhere Theatre Festival performance.


Alice’s Adventures Underground is a collaborative project with a brilliant ensemble, who create theatre through spontaneity and play.

 We love the process because of the intimacy found within live performance, the connection generated through the security within the rehearsal space, and the freedom of expression; it makes for a developmental process you don’t forget.  And then after all the tears and forgotten lines and creative blocks you reach an end goal. And that’s a pretty satisfying and exhilarating feeling.

To see the show, check out the Anywhere Theatre Festival website. Alice’s Adventures Underground will be performed at The Boundary Hotel from 14th – 17th May.

Josie also gave us this advice for young people looking to get involved in creative arts: get involved in anything and everything around you. Creative industries have so many nooks and hidden treasures you only find through experience and meeting people.  So get involved!

Faultline Syndicate

Check out The Faultline Syndicate’s facebook page:, to keep up to date with what’s happening.