Teen takeovers in regional Australia: what’s happening outside the major cities?

It's not just the capital cities that are opening up their gallery spaces to teenagers.

When major galleries like NGV and MCA cast the net out to their young audiences in Melbourne and Sydney, it’s not hard for word of their teen events to spread and for registrations for their events to build (though both galleries have seen noticeable dips in interest since they had to shelve their teen parties during COVID, 2020/2021).

But what’s happening outside of the major cities? What about the nation’s much smaller regional towns, where numbers of young people are reduced and resources for these kinds of initiatives are fewer?

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).