We have a job to do…

We are looking for an Arts Bus – Program Manager

The Arts Bus is ready to ‘role’: we are looking for a part-time Program Manager.

The Arts Bus is a specially fitted-out vehicle that will travel to pre-arranged locations around Victoria, providing art-based experiences and activities for young children and young people experiencing hardship. Following its successful trial in 2018-2019, the Program Manager would collaborate in the ongoing development of a suitable arts-based program and take a hands-on role in the operation. The position is permanent part-time – 18 hours per week (over 3 – 4 days) and hours are mostly after-school.

Artists for Kids Culture provides opportunities for children experiencing hardship.

We believe every child should be supported and have diverse and rewarding experiences.

New Work by …

In June we present a stunning work by Irene Hanenbergh, Grace Under Pressure.
“Admittedly I can’t help but feel a greater affinity with the imperfect than the perfect. Constructed perfection has its issues and so many fixed arguments. That said, most of this painting relates to a search for the perfect state on a small scale, an undersized utopian presence, intensified longing and anticipated perfection. This work took a long time to complete but I managed to put on the finishing touches over the last couple of months, (early 2020). The work is intricate and heavily layered but maintains an overriding sense of calm and determination.  ‘Sehnsucht’, the sense of thought and feeling about facets of life that are unfinished or imperfect  – paired with a yearning for ideal or lost circumstances – is a persistent motif in my practice. This could well be a most appropriate portrayal of new aspects and situations, that are being revealed in our times.”   Irene Hanenbergh June 2020
Grace Under Pressure
Irene Hanenbergh
oil on canvas, 25x30cm, 2020, $2000
Courtesy: the artist and Neon Parc
Each month we will present a new work for sale, with the sale price split between the artist and Artists for Kids.
please email hello@akc.org.au for enquiries to purchase.

Paint it Forward

$50 for an Art Pack for a child – we will distribute directly to a child.


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AKC artists

AKC is supported by artists who strive to make a difference.

Bean counting FY19

0 Individual grants
0 Group projects
$0k Total grants

AKC History

In 1994, Jo Darvall, David Larwill and Bernie Jones founded Artists for Kids culture with the help of a group of  artists and friends who wanted to make a positive difference to the lives of children living in inner-Melbourne public housing. Their initial focus was on the kids living at the inner-city commission flats of Collingwood, Prahran and St Kilda.  

Since then AKC has helped 1000’s of children across Australia take part in joyful, exciting, life-changing, fun and rewarding activities and experiences funded by artists, sponsors and volunteers.

Your support can change a child’s life.


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