JOLT 2016

JOLT is a 24 hour arts competition. Young artists of all mediums would respond to a stimulus that is released by Courthouse Youth Arts, and produce new works in only 24 hours. JOLT offers an opportunity to contribute to the thriving Geelong Art scene and showcase fresh ideas.


Voicebox 2016



Led by the 2016 Creative Collective a small team of young people have come together to create ‘I Am’, a journey through a fictional mind.

You will be travelling the mind of Esther Greenwood – a troubled and complex character created by Sylvia Plath. Our writers have combined elements of Plath’s life itself, her poetry and her iconic novel “The Bell Jar” to create this fascinating and unnerving piece of theatre.

Their writing is brought to life through collaboration with talented actors and visual artists.



Voicebox photo shoot 

Opening night















GaD15: Laneway Jam

As part of the annual multi-award winning event, Geelong After Dark, Central Geelong’s pop up night of the arts:  ‘Laneway Jam’ is the first art-centric event of 2016 hosted by Courthouse Youth Arts. As the name promises, it will be a jam-filled night in more ways than one; come and enjoy jam-packed donuts, jam to some great tunes in the newly decorated laneway, and relish in the presence of live art creation!







Jemma Cakebread

13th June – 15th July

Studio Week:

6th – 12th June

Opening night:

Friday 17th June,

6pm – 8pm

Jemma Cakebread’s series of experimental oil paintings, embroideries and fibre sculptures depict her effort to combine arts and crafts with fine art to legitimise craft in contemporary art culture.

Material and method is an important aspect of her practice and utilising embroidery and other ‘feminine’ hand crafts
to create conceptually charged, challenging work is key to introducing arts and crafts in a fresh, relevant way.

Arts and crafts have been historically perceived as inferior to fine art, possibly due to the implication of it being ‘women’s work’. Craft such as hand sewing lacks the stigmatic masculinity of painting and adds a gentleness and a dedication to the work. It is time consuming and often takes its toll on hands and fingers.

Juxtaposing this ostensibly ‘gentle’ craft with fine art medium creates a tension that echoes the struggle of female artists throughout history to be recognised and seen as legitimate. The title of the exhibition references the mediums used as well as the discussion about connections and relationships the works generate. Cakebread explores the strain of factors such as mental illness on familial and peer relationships as well as the way we perceive ourselves in regards to our biology, other species and death.

Jemma Cakebread is a final year Visual Arts student at The Academy of Design. She strives to be involved in the Melbourne art community and regularly shows in group exhibitions. She is also currently completing an internship at Brunswick Street Gallery. Cakebread likes to use unconventional mediums to discuss social issues and events in the art community. This is her first solo exhibition.


JOLT 2015

JOLT is a 24 hour arts competition. Young artists of all mediums would respond to a stimulus that is released by Courthouse Youth Arts, and produce new works in only 24 hours. JOLT offers an opportunity to contribute to the thriving Geelong Art scene and showcase fresh ideas. The stimulus for JOLT 2015 was “Keepsake”.

Amber Smith




Amber Smith studied a Bachelor of Design Arts, majoring in the Visual Arts at the Academy of Design Australia.

Amber Smith’s artistic output materializes in a variety of media, including drawing, assemblage and installation. Her work examines the institutionalized contexts of the museum and the archive, as well as delving into conceptions of natural history, science, evolution, Darwinism, obsession, collection and 16th Century cabinets of curiosity (wunderkammer).

 Amber Smith is an advocate of academic art, where literature and art practice become synonymous with one another, and where research is the primary focus in shaping the direction of its content.



We partnered with Forte on a publication project supported by the City of Greater Geelong to deliver a project lead by our members: Riley McDonald, Stacey Williams, Daniel Longo and Tyler Medley.

Three issues of PRJKTR magazine were delivered, successfully delving into the arts and subversive cultures of Geelong, and showcasing many young local and emerging artists in a sophisticated, accessible and contemporary manner.


The F Word

The F Word: Feminism.

The F Word: Feminism.

Amy Carrig & Melanie Whyte.

18th April  – 20th May

Studio Week:

11th – 17th April

Opening Night:
Friday 22nd April,
5:30pm – 8:30pm.

The F Word is a vast and undefinable exhibition, covering an array of mediums and materials it attempts to unfurl the very essence and action of championing feminist sympathies in a largely male dominated world. Evident here, and at the forefront of thought with these two artists, are notions surrounding the body and concerns with confronting conventional conceptions of female identity.

These works aim to display a raw, impassioned and fleeting insight into the minds of the feminist makers: minds that are actively involved in an emotional and theoretical inquiry into what it means to be a young woman in today’s often turbulent and adjudging society.

They also aim to empower and stir the emotions, allowing the viewer to feel somewhat like a participatory member of the show, and on a greater level reminds audience of their role within universal gender homogeneity.

Amy Carrig Artist Statement:

Amy is a recent graduate of the Visual Arts Program at The Gordon in Geelong. Her work examines ideas surrounding the body, femininity and identity. Her practice crosses painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture and her work is often produced with a deal of momentum. Brett Whitely, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas are artists that have influenced Carrig’s recent work. In the future, Amy hopes exhibit work consistently and to one day teach Art to adults.

Melanie Whyte Artist Statement:

Melanie has just finished her Fine Arts Degree at Deakin University. Her work focuses on the experimental act of self-discovery both through audience participatory installations and abstract art pieces, which aim to examine social issues such as feminism, sexism and the stereotypes of women within contemporary society. Influenced by such artists as Tracey Emin and Louise Bourgeois, Whyte creates sexually provocative, tragic and powerful pieces that are a reflection of her own questions surrounding identity, power and passion and the inner struggle of self-definition.


12 Lonely Men

12 Lonely Men

 12 Lonely Men.

Andy Walker

15th Feb – 27th March

Opening Night:
Friday 19th Feb,


12 Lonely Men is a self exploration through the medium of cartooning into themes of loneliness, isolation and depression through shared experiences with characters in popular cinema.

A series of cartoon portraits, this melancholic ensemble is an attempt to visually communicate through the use of empathy what can be a struggle to verbalise. These characters have been removed from their individual worlds and placed together to tell a different story, one of an individual’s attempts at making sense of their overwhelming dissatisfaction with life, with the comfort of knowing that you’re not alone in feeling alone.