Who we are
Outloud is a youth arts organisation based on Darug land in Bankstown, Western Sydney. We provide dynamic, socially-driven arts opportunities for young people in our community.
Our award-winning programming nurtures young people throughout their journey in the arts. From workshops delivered in schools, through to residencies and mentorship, we are friends to young artists each step of the way.
Our care-based projects are holistic and unique, connecting up young people with professional artists and support specialists (like counsellors or youth workers) to make artworks that give them transferable life skills and help them move through hardships by expressing and celebrating their strengths. They’re also heaps of fun!
The Area World Tour
Outloud’s Youth Week Showcase
29 April 2023
The Bankstown Arts Centre and Outloud are thrilled to announce the upcoming celebration of Youth Week with “The Area-World Tour” event! This is an opportunity for young visual artists, performers, and filmmakers with ties to Canterbury-Bankstown to showcase their talents and take over the Arts Centre with their creativity in a talent extravaganza.
We invite solo artists or groups to express their interest in participating in “The Area-World Tour” event.
What we do
Muslim Peers Project
Nominated – WayAhead 2022 Mental Health Matters Awards – Rainbow Inclusion
Muslim Peers Project supports young queer Muslims experiencing mental health distress. This project utilises community peer support and mentoring, and art-based therapeutic intervention to strengthen solidarity, connection and community understanding.
Outloud’s award-winning program, RESPECT, has been developed for the prevention of domestic violence and is delivered in primary schools to boys aged ten to 12. The program has been delivered to more than a thousand individual students, averaging about 200 per year.
Open Studio began during the COVID-19 lockdown when we were missing having regular chats about art and art making with young people and emerging artists. You can now book a virtual meeting with one of our resident artists to discuss your career and ambitions.
Stories of Strength
To counter stereotypes about the region, Outloud has teamed up with Sydney’s independent youth broadcaster FBi radio’s All The Best and local Western Sydney high schools to train young people in collecting their stories of “strength” from their community.
UN ITY is a new project from Outloud for girls and gender diverse young people aged 10-12, offering mentoring on healthy relationships, consent, healthy boundaries and body neutrality. Participants will write, rehearse and perform their own song about these topics and how they want the world to be in the future.
From April to June in 2022, Outloud held ‘About Us’, which was a series of intimate performances and conversations from artists that represented just some of the cultural communities in Western Sydney.
Praise for Outloud
“[Outloud continues] to inspire local young people and their positive contribution to the arts, the community and Australian society.”Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education
“Outloud plays a critical role in Western Sydney as a cultural broker, linking people and projects, particularly enabling access and skills development to practitioners, artists and participants in community, community development space and the arts.”Ola El Hassan – Linked Up Program