GEM is a community development organisation, using Culture, Arts and Technology to inspire youth towards creativity and health. It achieves this by hosting in-person and online free educational arts and health workshops. These provide coaching support, community engagement, and offer ‘Art-for-Purpose’ opportunities to mobilise young people to stay at their creative passion!


what GEM stands for

GEM stands for Giving Emotions Meaning. How does GEM do this? The best way for young adults to learn how to become aware of their feelings and inherited beliefs, and to improve their emotional literacy, is to be more equipped to redirect these states into something creative. GEM does this providing access to cultural practices – practical arts-health workshops, coaching and annual arts-health retreats!


what's on at GEM


GEM collaborated on an innovative and groundbreaking Tri-Continental live radio and podcast series, discovering what arts and health means for all people in this day and age. Each podcast was produced by the three collaborating teams across Europe, Asia, and Australia and features cultural practitioners and their mentees, interviewing artists and other creatives on the topic of how various forms of art and creativity can facilitate health and well-being.

Creativity and Well-being series across 3 Continents was funded by Asia-Europe Foundation’s Mobility First Initiative.


Post-GEMAH-SYD interested participants who wish to learn more about collaborative opportunities to cross-promote their artworks and skills were invited to contact GEM and self-nominate to participate in GEMAH-SYD Phase 2 activities. Programs inspire young people as they encourage creativity as an important way to enhance healthy emotional expression. 

One of the activities, upon invitation by The University of Sydney, the Faculty of Science’s School for History and Philosophy of Science – is the commission of a novel and innovative artwork.  

The commission themed – Eclipsed – tells the story of Dr Ilse Rosenthal-Schneider, an Australian physicist, immigrating from Germany to Sydney in 1939. Eclipsed by her academic peers and almost erased from the records. She remains a mystery!

Our Community


GEM connects young people to a vibrant community of like-minded and hearted individuals. We do this through sharing lived experience, providing educational content, and offering creative opportunities – such as running various ‘Art-for-Purpose’ events! 

Most importantly, emerging young artists remain connected to their GEM peers locally and abroad, with the aim to keep each other inspired and to stay at their creative passions!

GEM is a New Social Health Movement (NSHM) where young people come together and bring about social change because they stay at their creative passions and join together – using cultural practices to communicate their message!