You Are Here

About

You Are Here is a Canberra based, independent arts organisation dedicated to supporting artists in developing their practice and fostering critical community. 

Deeply embedded within the community, You Are Here aims to nurture the development of Canberra artists. You Are Here is constantly becoming, never finished or polished, rather open and alive to the possibilities present in failure. 

Our organisation is producer and artist-led. We believe in tangible support for artists, and inclusivity and accessibility for artists and audiences. We believe in opening out and challenging the definition of art, and blurring boundaries between art forms. We keep barriers to entry low with collaborative and engaging experiences for artists and audiences. 

WE’RE MORE THAN JUST A FESTIVAL, WE ARE:

That means that we help Canberra artists to develop their artistic practice, skills, relationships, values, audiences and opportunities. We work with artists from all artforms who are engaged with some form of experimentation. We also work with emerging creative producers, and train them in You Are Here’s unique model of producer engagement.

Our core activity is an 8-month program called Cahoots. We select a diverse group of Canberra artists and/or producers (8 per year), and create a bespoke development experience for each of them. We identify a way to measure the development of their practice in a way that makes sense for them, and then we work alongside them to make sure that development happens. Cahoots artists are selected through an open public callout at the start of each year.

Canberra artists have told us the thing they want the most is to be part of an artistic community that is supportive, critically engaged, and intellectually rigorous. A place where their own artistic practice is forced to develop against a high standard, where they feel safe to experiment and take creative risks. Cahoots aims to model this kind of environment on a small scale, so that it can be ultimately achieved in the Canberra arts community as a whole.

You Are Here has a strong set of guiding principles that drives what we do, what we won’t do and where to focus our efforts. These are driven by our primary values – accessibility and inclusion for artists and audiences, relationship-building as the core of best practice, and experimentation as an essential societal and artistic need. Any working model we create for artists and audiences is based around these values.

The secondary activity of You Are Here is to connect experimental artists with audiences. We produce an annual festival of artworks that represent the shared ideas and values of our Cahoots artists and the creative communities that they are a part of. This year, festival activity will take place over the last three weekends of September. We will be exclusively presenting work that is in development by Cahoots artists and their collaborators.

Across ten years of operation we have developed unique expertise in the areas of artistic production and innovation, across all artforms. Our models for connecting general and specific audiences to innovative and exciting arts activity are the equal of any in Australia. Our staff and board are experts in the many nuanced details and mechanics that make up high quality arts production.

HISTORY

The You Are Here Festival began as a three-year commission by Robyn Archer as part of the program of activity for the Centenary of Canberra. From 2011 to 2017, we presented an annual You Are Here Festival, an entirely free, curated showcase of independent and experimental arts in the Canberra CBD and surrounds. 

In 2018, You Are Here producers took a year off running the festival to examine our place in the Canberra arts landscape. Reasoning that our true value lies in championing artist development, fostering critical community, and training creative arts producers in the unique You Are Here model, we created a program that radically shifted the focus of the organisation. 

You Are Here’s first artist and producer development program, Cahoots, was run in 2019. Eight artists and one emerging producer completed the program. It proved to be hugely beneficial to all the participants in myriad ways, from creating a deep trust and critical community among the group, to a range of individual goals set by the artists. The festival also returned in 2019, featuring work by the Cahoots artists as well as a selection of curated work by local and interstate artists. 

Our media team captured the festival in still and moving image from our first year, creating a compelling archive of Canberra’s creative aspirations and achievements. Take a look at our Flickr and Vimeo, and browse our archive of You Are Here programs below. 

Staff

You Are Here is currently led by Creative Producers Nick Delatovic and Ketura Budd. 

Marketing Coordinator and Creative Producer: Julia Boyd 
Operations Manager: Karmin Cooper 

Board

President: Adelaide Rief 
Vice President: Vanessa Wright 
Secretary: Andrew Galan 
Treasurer: Ross Corcoran 
Board Members: 
Adam Hadley, David Finnigan, Rochelle Whyte 

You Are Here is supported by the ACT Government through artsACT

Festival archive