Y-shops to create market for young artists

Sunshine Coast Council is helping young people set up shop in libraries across the Coast this summer.
Young people, aged between 12 and 18 years who have created their own original craft or artwork are encouraged to apply to become part of the only young adult ‘market’ in the region.
Sunshine Coast Libraries will provide the venues, mentoring and promotion of the individual Y-shops for free.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said it is a great opportunity for young people on the Coast.
“We want to support the youthful creative talent that exists in the region by providing a public space for them to display and sell their craft or artworks,” she said.
“This is a chance for young artists to test the market while developing basic business skills for managing a business.
“Last year we had a large number of young people participate in the program who made jewellery, clothes and crafts of all kinds. Last year’s Y-Shop culminated in 11 stallholders ‘graduating’ to the Eumundi Markets, gaining immeasurable retail experience.
“This year we would like to increase the number of ‘Y-shops’ to showcase the creative talents within the community.”
Y-shops will be open every Saturday morning in libraries across the Coast from 9.30am to 11.30am from 1 December 2012 to 19 January 2013.
Interested young people need to complete a registration of interest form and provide a sample or photo of their original work. Forms are available from any Sunshine Coast Library or online at council’s library website.
Selected participants will then be invited to be part of the second annual Y-shop. For further information visit council’s library website call 1300 LIBRARY (1300 542 7279).