Visible Ink Youth Hub - Youth Enterprise program

Council’s Youth Enterprise program provides free opportunities for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years to pursue creative and professional ventures in a safe, central and supportive environment.

Young emerging start-ups can participate in a range of formal and informal programs and events to build knowledge, skills and confidence within a community of likeminded people.

Residencies, workshops, one-on-one goal setting sessions and networking activities are offered at Council’s Visible Ink Youth Hub to support young people to develop a business, apply for funding, manage projects, position their brand and overcome obstacles.

To apply or learn more about the Youth Enterprise program complete the online application form.

Youth Enterprise Residency

The Youth Enterprise program also provides a yearlong opportunity for young and emerging enterprises to grow and operate from a shared coworking office space at the Visible Ink Youth Hub in Fortitude Valley, at no cost.

The coworking spaces are available to Brisbane based youth enterprises and creatives to access multiple resources, including office space, WIFI, printing, meeting rooms, workshops, and one-on-one goal setting sessions.

To apply for an office, you will need to submit an expression of interest to the Youth Development team at before the closing date. Residency applications for January to December 2023 open 29 September 2022 and close 30 October 2022.

Developing Artist-in-Residence program

The Developing Artist-in-Residence (DAIR) program offers an opportunity for young and emerging Brisbane artists to develop their professional skills and experiences in the arts. Based at Visible Ink Youth Hub in Fortitude Valley, the residency gives an artist a chance to access a series of free workshops designed to improve their practice.

Applications for the 2022 developing artist-in-residence are now closed.

Past artists in residence

Amy McDonald


Amy McDonald is a Brisbane-based artist and photographer studying a Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art. As an emerging photographer Amy has a strong documentary style with a current focus on capturing natural landscapes. Amy discovered her passion for painting in her early teens; being curious about how colours related to one another and overall joy from painting.  This evolved over the years and painting soon became a therapeutic process to relieve stress and anxieties from the daily life.

Amy’s paintings now range from highlighting the beauty found in the domestic setting to celebrating the sophistication of simple colour and shape. Through this process she commemorates simplicity to oppose anxiety and promote a balanced lifestyle.

Zed Hopkins


Zed Hopkins is a multi-disciplinary artist and producer with a wide range of experience across performance, video, and installation mediums. Originally from Brisbane, Zed spent four years working and studying around the world before returning home in 2020. His work explores the space between art forms and interrogates themes surrounding youth, identity, and community. As both an independent artist and co-founder of the emerging art collective ‘The Crash Site’ Zed is on a mission to connect, create and collaborate through innovative interdisciplinary projects.

Skyler Castillo

Skyler Castillo has been visiting the Youth Hub since 2016 and joined the DAIR program in 2018. Skyler’s ability to access the extensive range of resources and meet like-minded people has proven to be invaluable to her skill development. During her residency, Skyler was able to run 3D printing workshops and facilitated a workshop with other Visible Ink Youth Hub users to help her develop the concept for her mural installed at the hub.

Shelley Cheng

Shelley Cheng is a migrant-settler living and working on unceded Yuggera and Turrbal land. They are a multi-disciplinary emerging artist and writer. Shelley has exhibited across Meanjin (Brisbane) in solo and group shows including Ctrl+Alt+Del (2018), Where are you from? (2019), Radical Love (2020), La Boîte’s HWY Festival (2020). In 2019 Shelley worked with people+artist+place and Metro Arts to create a public activation through Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program. Their written work appears in Overland Literary Journal, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Mamamia and other platforms. They are currently completing their law and journalism degree and continuing to create new works.

More information

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Last updated: 11 April 2023

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