Welcome to Backbone.


We are a youth arts organisation based in East Brisbane, Australia. We support curious, untamed, and experimental thinkers to challenge ideas and express themselves through many creative art forms.

Backbone Youth Arts facilitates learning and risk taking, as well as the creation of new and exciting works. Our year-round programming includes workshops, performances, festivals, events, resources and training, and providing space for all of this to happen in. 

Established in Brisbane over 30 years ago, Backbone has now settled into our home at the East Brisbane Bowls Club which we have transformed into a vibrant arts hub where people come to be creative, see shows, and host their own unique events.

All of these things are part of our mission: to cultivate this city and nation’s next generation of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural leaders. Backbone is here for the young artist community, and because of the young artist community.


Our People

Key Staff


Katherine quigley

Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer




Marketing Coordinator



Youth & Education Producer

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Other Staff


Venue Staff

Birnam Wood
Declan Beetson
Kendall Llayt
Ruby Donohoe
Laura Hill
Cameron Clark
Samuel Girvan
Samuel Pankhurst


Jonathan O'Brien

Workshop Facilitators

Lucinda Shaw
Paris Willament
David Burton
Thomas Larkin
Neridah Waters 

Collaborators & Mentors

Daniel Evans
Jeremy Neale
Sarah Winter
Alex Ben-Mayor
Jeremy Neideck
Steven Mitchell Wright
Chris Beckey
Marcel Dorney
Ariana O’Brien
Deb Suckling
Merindah Donnelly
Alethea Beetson 


Volunteer Committees


Management Committee 


Daniel Flood 

Deputy Chair 

Natasha Budd 


Andrew McKenzie 


Ruby Newport 

Ordinary Members

Matthew Strachan
Johanna Kennerley
Emily Kinny 


Venue Sub-Committee

Daniel Flood
Matthew Strachan
Anna Tweedale
Dare Power
Joanne Dwyer


Youth Sub-Committee

Ruby Newport 


Development Sub-Committee

Emily Kinny
Deb Suckling



We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, donors and funding partners without which we would not be able to deliver outcomes for the whole community. Thank you to the following people - and please support these businesses in return for their support of us.


Young Henrys

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Australian Event Productions


Backbone Youth Arts is supported by Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

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