Arts and Music

Art leaning against a wall 

Rising High

Rising High is a free music program for young people aged 12 to 25 years of age in our brand new music studio. Professional music producers will help you write your own lyrics, and teach you production skills to lay down your own beats 

The studio - with 2 vocal rooms, a band room plus production space - is open 3 afternoons each week during school terms:

  • Mondays are predominantly for hip hop and production;
  • Wednesdays allow for more intensive one on one time; and
  • Fridays are more of an open studio where all music tastes and genres are welcome. 


FReeZA is an online based community of young people, who are interested in learning the ins and outs of event management, and running their own music and cultural events in Yarra.

You get to learn various skills including booking artists and liaising with booking agents, stage management, sound engineering, finance and budgeting, promotions and ultimately, running a successful event.

It's free to join the committee, and we are always looking out for new committed members! Check out our Facebook page to see some of the events the FreeZA committee puts on. 

Artist in Residence

Artist in residence is a program where early career artists aged 18 to 25 years of age can apply to take up a 6 month shared residence in our own art studio, Block Studios.

If selected, you get the opportunity to use our studio to develop your own body of work and you will also facilitate a weekly program for young people aged 12 to25 years of age which focuses on your own personal art form.

Mentoring for Early Career Artists

An opportunity for young emerging artists to receive one on one mentoring from established artists.

This is an appointment based program, and helps young people aged 17 to 25 years of age get advice and direction on producing their own art, as well as the curating and business side of the art world.

Fashion and Textile Design

This program provides young people aged 12 to 25 years of age the opportunity to learn fashion design, garment making, textile design and accessory design from our fashion staff who have experience working in the fashion industry in Melbourne, London and Paris.

Micro Press Publications

Micro press publications gives young people aged 12 to 25 years of age interested in writing, illustrating and comic book production the chance to learn from iconic Melbourne comic collective The Silent Army.

The ultimate goal will be to have a comic book stall at our end of year Block Party where young people will be able to sell their comics.

All our arts programs are free, and healthy snacks are provided at each session.


Other Opportunities

The Yarra Youth Services team also deliver creative outreach workshops in secondary schools and community organisations focusing on street art, street art murals, photography, printmaking and other artistic mediums. We also provide opportunities for young emerging artists to showcase their work publicly through projects such as a seasonal mural program in Edinburgh Gardens, and the annual Capture Yarra photography competition. 

Get in touch with the Arts team at Yarra Youth Services to find out more about all these programs and opportunities on 9205 5555, by email or by dropping into the Youth Centre.