Diary of a Creative Producer

This is a blog sharing the adventures, lessons, creative discoveries and behind-the-scenes insights on the road with Carclew & Country Arts SA’s Creative Producer, Youth (Regional), Alysha Herrmann.

The Creative Producer, Youth (Regional) is a statewide position nurturing and supporting creative leaders, thinkers, makers, doers and explorers in their teens and early twenties (26 and under) living in regional, rural & remote South Australia.


Join the community of creative young people at Regional Creative Youth or get in contact with Alysha here. 


Culture is shared by young people in so many different ways. We welcome it all. 

Writing | Visual Art | Digital Art | Community Art | Music | Dance | Theatre | Your Art Here


The role of the Creative Producer is to:

  • Produce new creative outcomes with young artistic leads from regional South Australia
  • Champion, connect and nurture existing activities that serve or are led by young people in regional SA
  • Encourage and provoke new ways of thinking about youth engagement within Country Arts SA. Be an internal champion for young people’s ideas and actively seek opportunities to connect young people with CASA’s broader work across the state.
  • Encourage and support other Carclew staff to develop and deliver regional outcomes. Identify and nurture points of connections between the work of Carclew and CASA.
  • Be an advocate for youth arts and regional arts


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30. 04. 2019

Visible with Ashton

Ashton’s path to the arts started as part of his rehabilitation after a very serious car accident in 2013. Ashton experienced multiple broken bones and a left-side brain injury which meant using a wheelchair to get around for many months and rediscovering many skills he’d once taken for granted. Along the way he also discovered […]


Alysha Herrmann

16. 04. 2019

Face-to-face with the Squad

Recently the nine participants of Art Squad gathered for four days of face-to-face time in Adelaide. Although the squad have been together as a cohort since October last year, their regular group interaction is via weekly video-link (we use Zoom) and digital collaboration hub Slack. Our time together in Adelaide was the first time most […]


Alysha Herrmann

10. 04. 2019

Squad Development

In creating the structure and the budget for Art Squad, one of the core things we wanted each of the squad to have was space to explore and invest in their particular pathway. Specifically I wanted for each squad member to have actual dollars they could invest in their professional development. I’ve had this kind […]


Alysha Herrmann

21. 12. 2018

The Squad: A Beginning

Since being selected in October the Squad have had 3 Squad attend the National Regional Arts Conference with me (2018 was Artlands in Bendigo); had 7 #weeklygroup sessions (our group video calls using Zoom); collectively participated in twenty-eight 1:1’s with me; independently connected and checked in on each other through 3 x mini-groups; started sharing […]


Alysha Herrmann

10. 11. 2018

Artists in Schools: Port Augusta Secondary School

Carclew’s Artist in Schools Projects have been operating in various formats for many, many years and have produced a range of student led outcomes that support in-school curriculum and the profiling of schools in their local community. More than 75,000 South Australian students in junior primary, primary, secondary and area schools have participated in Carclew […]


Alysha Herrmann

05. 10. 2018

Meet the Squad

Meet the Squad   The selection is official and the news is out!   Meet our Art Squad:   Lyall Ware- Campbell (19) he/him Ceduna Lyall is a proud Aboriginal man and the oldest of 6 siblings. His skill set is in digital media (film, photography, audio, music making) and he is passionate about setting […]


Alysha Herrmann

26. 09. 2018

Selecting the Squad

It was an incredible process to see applications for Art Squad roll in. And it was a tough decision to select the final nine. All of the applications were inspiring and interesting and an introduction to a new cohort of creative makers, leaders and doers.   The selection process had two distinct layers. The first […]


Alysha Herrmann

14. 08. 2018

Building the Squad

  Applications are now open for Art Squad, the first dedicated project from the Creative Producer, Youth program. All of the information about Art Squad, including how to apply is at this link.   So why Art Squad? Art Squad is a starting place that has grown from the questions I posed right at the […]


Alysha Herrmann

10. 07. 2018

A HotHouse: Sleepless, soulful & sometimes silly.

Over the June long weekend 13 creative practitioners passionate about working with young people and in exploring regional practice converged on Whyalla. Attendees of the Youth Arts Facilitator HotHouse spent the weekend sharing practice, reflecting on personal and professional goals, scheming new ideas, unpacking big questions, being inspired by Whyalla and each other and considering […]


Alysha Herrmann

26. 04. 2018

Voices from 2028: Jess Martin

Four creative young people shared a letter from the future with the Country Arts SA whole of staff gathering in February, 2018.   This letter is from Jessica Martin.   Jess Martin is a writer and textile artist who grew up in Port Pirie and spent a lot of time at the Port Pirie Regional […]


Alysha Herrmann


Beginning with consultation and building connections in 2017 - 2018, and then developing & delivering a creative program of projects, events, activites, initatives and mentoring 2018-2020


Creative outcomes by and with young people (aged 12-26)


Carclew & Country Arts SA with an invitation to other stakeholders and partners to come and play


Regional, rural & remote South Australia

The Creative Producer, Youth (Regional) is a statewide role co-funded and managed by Carclew and Country Arts SA. The role of Creative Producer, Youth is to nurture and support young people (aged 12-26) living in regional South Australia to explore and express their creative aspirations. Young people themselves know what they want to do and how they want to do it. The Creative Producer’s role is to be a listener, cheer squad, connector, collaborator, facilitator, champion and ally. Alysha Herrmann was appointed to the role of Creative Producer in late 2017, she is based from the Riverland region of South Australia. Alysha is an award winning writer, theatre-maker and community organiser in her own right.

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