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Karma Barnes launched the <In.scribe> Youth Arts Mentoring Project in the Northern Rivers in 2014 as a community and public platform to engage local young people in community arts initiatives, collaborative creative projects, and to enliven the region with street art centred on highlighting youth voices. The project has evolved and expanded to include hundreds of local youth in creative art projects and programmes. The project has also delivered programmes in the Northern Territory, Timor-Leste, and Bodhgaya, India.

Youth are extensively mentored through skills development, community arts, personal and collaborative art processes, art therapy directives, and art skills development through creative arts-based mentoring programmes and projects. The initiative provides opportunities for young people and participants to acquire creative abilities in design, painting, drawing, collaboration, street art, installation arts, stencilling, paste-ups, journaling, live arts, public art design, and installation. Programmes give participants a creative outlet to help them establish self-esteem, personal creative development, and group processes.

The Regional Arts Funds, Arts Northern Rivers, Byron Shire Council, FRRR, ANZ, Many Hands International, Byron Youth Service, Kyogle Youth Action, Tara's Children's Project, and PHN Northern Territory have all contributed to the success of the In.scribe> Youth Arts Project.

A special thanks to our supporters & partners

CREATURES a multimedia arts production and public presentation project that explored the realms of myth, stories and creatures.

Young and emerging artists are explored the place creatures inhabit in our imaginations, folklore and society. Through the metaphor of CREATURES young creatives addressed meaningful themes, current issues and challenges that impact young people's lives.

The CREATURES Project is a collaboration between Visual Artists mentored by Karma Barnes, The Byron Youth Theater and electronic music artists to produce a public presentation of visual arts, animation, sculptural works, projection, light, electronic music and soundscapes.


ARTCAFE is a youth-led creative arts program that works to support young creatives in developing their art practice in a social and supportive environment. The project was established in 2022 and has run for the last 12 months as a Byron Youth Services program. The program supports young people with positive mental health frameworks through art therapy directives in an arts mentoring capacity. The project has presented a number of youth art exhibitions, published an ARTIST COOKBOOK as well as establishing supported pathways for young artists to present their work in a range of community arts opportunities in the region.