So blah blah we are an Arts’ company for young people. Let’s be frank.  There’s a lot of talk out there about issues affecting young people, but not so much written, curated and delivered by young people.   That’s not great.  What it can mean is Arts’ companies like ours, which focus on works for young people, can seem like adults telling young people what they think, feel, and is important to them.  We really don’t want that.  We want to explore issues that you and your friends would like to see 9minds focus on.  To keep 9minds in check, to ensure we are being provoked to be ambitious with our projects, and to ensure we understand what’s important to you, your voices need to be heard.  To achieve these aims, we need you.  We want to provide a stage for your yarns and viewpoints.

9minds wants contributors to Do What They Think You Can’t, a 9minds project for young people.


We are looking for contributors, aged between 12 and 28 years of age.  Send us an original drawing, painting, video or audio piece on themes:

  • How we see ourselves, how others see us
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Being ourselves, becoming ourselves

We will feature the work on the 9minds’ website and our social media accounts, with full attribution, and each contributor will be paid $50 for the work’s use.  So if you are aged between 12 and 28, feel you would thrive working on the Do What They Think You Can’t, please submit your work using  application below from 1 May 2020 to 31 July 2020 on any or all of these themes.


In working with young people, we are working with psychologists at Counselling in Melbourne, We thank Counselling in Melbourne for their support.

Further Information

All young people from 12 to 28 years of age may submit work for consideration. Three contributors will be chosen a month from May to July 2020, and each contributor will receive $50 payment for their submission.  If you are under 16 years of age you will need parental consent for submission.  The work will appear on 9minds social media from 1 May 2020 to 1 July 2020.

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How old are you as of 31 July 2018?

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