Be inspired to reach your potential as part of Ipswich City Council’s youth arts development program. Learn from industry professionals and participate in a range of FREE and paid workshops, events, networking opportunities and performances specialising in music, drama, dance, visual art and production. Workshops and events are open to young people of any ability. Be the first to hear about workshops and events by signing up for alerts below.

For more information please contact Protege Master Class lead Brittney Kahl on (07) 3810 7472 or email

Music Workshops and Events

Youth Physical Performance Workshop – Accessing character through movement is half day workshop for young artists and emerging performers, presented by Minola Theatre for the Protege Masterclass series.
Workshop attendance comes with a complimentary ticket to Minola Theatre’s Begotten, playing at Studio 188 on Saturday 22 May.

*Please note: the Begotten performance contains some language and mature themes and is suitable for ages 15 and up. Workshop is suitable for all ages.⁠

Young artists will:
*     learn more about their own natural ways of moving
*     be introduced to the concept of leading centres
*     be introduced to Laban movement styles
*     explore alternative ways of moving
*     connect character choices to qualities of movement

Workshop Date: Saturday 15 May 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm (lunch will be provided)
Location: Studio 188
Cost: $35 per person (inclusive of Begotten performance ticket)

In August 2019 the Protégé Master Classes partnered with the I Heart Songwriting Club and BEMAC to deliver a 10-week mentored songwriting workshop series. Seven budding local songwriters participated in the program and wrote over 80 songs in 10 weeks. Some of those artists have gone on to release recorded music, play at Festivals and be featured on radio.

Following the success of this program, Protégé Master Classes have once again partnered with the I Heart Songwriting Club to deliver another 10-week course kicking off in August 2020, this time featuring four local mentors.

Check out 2019 workshop participant Jarrad Wrigley performing his song ‘If I Could Fly’ (written in one hour) on live radio:

If I Could Fly (Jarrad Wrigley)

Ipswich Unearthed

Calling all young emerging artists

Are you an Ipswich based emerging artist looking to advance your independent music career but not sure where to start? Ipswich Unearthed is for you.

Studio 188 is on the hunt for aspiring singers, instrumentalists and musicians to be part of the popular bimonthly Ipswich Unearthed series. Learn the basics of artist/show promotion and what goes in to producing a show at our workshop, and put that knowledge in to practice for your very own show.

It doesn’t stop there, following the show, you’ll be connected to more local performance and development opportunities to showcase and kick start your career.

Production Workshops and Events

Production workshops are free and are able to be booked by local community, youth and school groups with a maximum of 10 participants (plus teachers) per workshop. View details of current workshops below or submit your application to:


Dance Workshops and Events

Watch this space.

Visual Art Workshops and Events

Watch this space.

Other Industry Information

Regional Arts Development Fund

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. The fund invests in local arts and cultural priorities as determined by local communities across Queensland and its flexibility enables local councils to tailor RADF programs to the specific needs of their communities.

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