Creative Workers in Schools - Information for Creative Workers

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A creative residency initiative for Creative Workers and Victorian Government schools.


Delivered in partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET); Creative Victoria; Regional Arts Victoria (RAV); and Working for Victoria, the Creative Workers in Schools (CWS) initiative was a program for schools to collaborate with skilled creative workers on a project or set of activities that incorporated creative approaches into curriculum delivery.

Creative Workers in Schools (CWS) employed 150 creative industries workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools, including special schools. Creative workers and schools were supported to work together to co-design and deliver a creative and educationally valuable project or set of activities that supported learning across the Victorian Curriculum F–10 over 6 months (two Terms).

The CWS program encouraged artists from all artforms to be involved. Valuable training for creative workers impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus) was offered to upskill and gain extended experience in working within school and community settings. Through training and mentorships, creative workers developed a transferrable skill set for future work opportunities.

Working within a chosen artform, the residency offered creative workers opportunities to use artistic practice as a learning tool for young people and collaborate with students to achieve learning outcomes through creative expression.

Residencies covered a broad range of art forms and creative industries, including everything from landscape design to filmmaking, ceramics, jewellery, visual arts, music, theatre and architecture. Creative workers could apply as either individuals or creative teams of up to five, via face to face sessions, virtual communication platforms or a blend of both methods. In addition to wages for creative workers, creatives had access to up to $4,000 for administration costs and project/activity materials.

Creative workers were partnered with a School and supported by experienced Regional Arts Victoria staff to co-design a CWS Project Plan and throughout the duration of the residency.


Guidance material for Creative Workers: PDF

Guidance material for Creative Workers: Word version

Guidance material for Creative Workers: Audio

Frequently asked questions for Creative Workers: PDF

Frequently asked questions for Creative Workers: Word version



The CWS program will took place in schools in in one of two streams, across Terms 1 and 2 or Terms 2 and 3 2021.

Key Dates: Stream One

  • Induction and planning sessions: 25 January – 5 February 2021
  • Employment period: 25 January – 23 July 2021

Key Dates: Stream Two

  • EOIs for Stream Two are now closed.  
  • Stream Two partnerships confirmed: week commencing 22 March 2021
  • Induction and planning sessions: 12 April – 23 April 2021
  • Employment period: 12 April – 8 October 2021



Have some questions? Watch an online Creative Workers in Schools Information session (below) where we will step you through the program and how and when to get involved.  

View Creative Victoria’s comprehensive guide on planning and delivering successful Arts & Education partnerships: Great Partnerships How -To-Guide 


To ensure the project can continue through changing circumstances due to coronavirus, the CWS program will allow for flexibility of the project delivery model. RAV will work with the school and the creative worker to establish an appropriate delivery method and flexible timeline tailored for each school. A blended model of virtual and practical learning can be developed where relevant.

Please consider the potential shift of your project online should schools return to remote and flexible learning. A complete shift to virtual delivery may not be 100% successful for some types of projects, schools and creative workers will be supported by RAV to plan for and transition to this model if required.