GEM is a community development organisation, using Arts and Culture 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 through practical arts-health workshops, coaching and annual arts-health retreats!


what's on at GEM

JUNE 2021

GEM is collaborating 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 is produced by the three collaborating teams across Europe, Asia, and Australia and will feature 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.

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


GEM delivers annual innovative Arts & Health Programs (local, regional, and overseas). GEMAH Programs inspire young people as they encourage creativity as an important way to enhance healthy emotional expression. 

GEM is running Phase 2 of its GEMAH-SYD Program, a local Sydney Art Exhibition curated by local Sydney artist, Steve Starr, to showcase the work of local emerging young artists! 

The Exhibition commissioned by the School of History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Sydney, is themed – Eclipsed – and 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; for what reason 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 art to communicate their message!