Heaps Decent is an Australian organisation empowering young people through skills building, cultural access and creativity. 

Working with underrepresented and marginalised youth, our participatory program of music and visual media activities provides a pathway to discovery, personal growth and agency through self-expression. 
hey (at) heapsdecent.com

Max Berry

‘Landscape Effect’, 2017
stretched acrylic and oil on linen
38 x 57cm

Georgia Hill

‘Stay Gone’
custom vintage leather jacket

Joanna Frank

‘Heaven’, 2017
mixed media on 300gsm arches paper
76cm x 55cm

Jacquie Manning

‘Bite The Dust’, 2016
photographic print
84 x 59cm (unframed, mounted)
limited edition print

Tony Curran

Chris, 2013.
Oil on linen, 41.5 x 31.5cm

Dempsey Doodles

‘Blazing Sun’
Digital print on archival paper

juju roche

Whisper, 2017
acrylic + mix media on canvas.
84 x 92cm

Gemma O’Brien

‘Alphabet’
420mm x 594mm
Giclée Print on Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Photo Rag Paper (Framed)

Yvette​ ​Coppersmith

Chroma​ ​Still​ ​Life​ ​II, 2016
Oil​ ​on​ ​linen
45.5cm​ ​x​ ​37.5cm
Framed

Ondine Seabrook

‘Four White Gums’
oil on canvas
102 x 81 cm

ladyjladyjladyj

ein Haufen unsinn

Bec Orpin

‘Untitled’, 2017
collage on card
30 x 42cm (unframed)

Nadia Hernandez

Alcanzandolo (Reaching Out)
Acrylic and beeswax on pine
80cm x 30cm
2015

Vivian Cooper Smith

‘Concrete Composition (Series 1) #1’, 2015
C-Type Print
32 x 40cm
Limited edition of 5 prints + 2AP

Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie pompom

Jonathan Zawada

Mushroom​ ​Series, 2017
Photographic​ ​prints​ ​x​ ​5
29.7 x 42.0cm
Mounted,​ ​unframed
Limited​ ​edition​

Eleanor Louise Butt

Untitled (from after-image series)
2016
Oil on linen
46cm x 41.5cm

ladyjladyjladyj

good kid maad city
A3 plus
mixed media on birch wood

Iain Dean

Process Painting #7, 2016
67.5 x 49.5
Oil and clay on canvas

EGO

Sleepy Lizards, 2017
semi-gloss print on non archival paper, 190GSM
100 x 50cm (unframed)
limited edition of 30 prints

Jimmy Nice

‘BOSOE’
Size is 45 x 45 cm.

Luke John Matthew Arnold

‘Wakey Wakey’
2017, Giclée Print

Jimmy Draws

‘Cheers’, 2017
Laser print and gold foil on Natural White 250gsm paper
29.6 x 42cm (A3)
1/1 print

NOTNOTCAMSCOTT

Digital Realities
2017
Pen, acrylic and silkscreen on stonehenge paper.
80 x 60cm

Elliott Routledge

Happiness As Religion, 2017
Screen print on paper
56 x 76cm
Limited Edition of 50

Cara Jane Diffey

‘Biscuits for Ribs’
acrylic on canvas

Thomas Jackson

‘dicranocephalus-wallichi’
print
50 x 70cm (framed)
limited edition of 10

Amok​ ​Island​ ​

Blue​ ​Swimmer​ ​Crab
7​ ​colour,​ ​printed​ ​by​ ​Dangerfork​ ​in​ ​Melbourne on 270​GSM​ ​paper
42cm​ ​x​ ​29.7cm
Unframed

Acoria

‘M.I.A’ and ‘Lykki Li’, 2017
acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 inches
Unframed

Julian Meagher

Dream Shaker, 2017
Oil on linen
65 x 51cm

James​ ​Lesjak-Atton:​ Aquaman

Untitled, 2017
Mixed​ ​media​ ​on​ ​board
120cm​ ​x​ ​135cm

Diplo: Discovering, Collaborating & Creating

2017 marks 10 years of Heaps Decent! Join us for a fun and informative evening at Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney as Nina Las Vegas hosts a Q&A with Diplo.

ATA – OUTTA SHAPE EP

Our next cab off the rank is HD004, Ata’s ‘Outta Shape’ EP; available for FREE download now.

TwntyTwo

Born and raised in Sydney’s west, TwntyTwo has been rapping since he was a kid, leading him to start writing and recording his own music in 2014. His music is versatile and his influences diverse – every recording session results in a something new and a different flow.

Since working with Heaps Decent, TwntyTwo has performed as part of VIVID Sydney and produced high quality tracks during Home Base studio sessions which have played on FBi radio.

TAX TIME DONATIONS

It’s tax time again… and all donations made to Heaps Decent $2 and over are tax deductible! All donations go directly into our project delivery, so you can feel good about reducing your taxable income!

HEAPS DECENT CYPHER

The T.Era boys recently took on the very first Heaps Decent Cypher. With help from the legends at Subtype Store and The Lord Gladstone, we managed to put it together!

HEAPS DECENT FBi CLICK TAKEOVER

We’re taking over the FBi Click digital airwaves for the next month of our VERY OWN radio show!

LOMANDRA ‘LINKS TO LEARNING’

Heaps Decent has been running projects at Lomandra School and other specialised school providers in Campbelltown since 2010. The young people focus not only on music workshops, but a variety of digital art mediums as well to run in tandem with projects.

GTM 2016 X HEAPS DECENT

We’re running workshops on this year’s Groovin The Moo tour with some very special guest artists from the GTM lineup!
Applications are OPEN NOW for ‪#‎GTM2016‬ x HEAPS DECENT “Future Musician Workshop” series, find out how you can get involved…

HEAPS DECENT PODCAST – EPISODE 1: RAVIN

An insight into the influences and processes behind Ravin’s music…

Rassel Cool – Running (FREE download)

Signalling the second release for Heaps Decent, we’re really stoked to bring you HD002!

Rassel Cool’s new single ‘Running’ is available for FREE download now, and make sure you check out his incredible new music video…

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS x HEAPS DECENT

We’ve been fortunate enough to receive support from one of the most highly sought after music technology companies, Native Instruments!

The Native Instruments Maschine music production unit has long been a staple of the Heaps Decent workshop setup so we’re truly grateful to receive their help…

KING J

Jake (KING J) is a rapper, singer, songwriter, beat maker-producer from the city of Sydney. Jake has grown up creating music based on his own experiences, emotions, ups and downs to share his story with everyone who listens. Jake’s message is focused on growing from the past – and he’s just getting started. Keep an ear out for KING J!

HEAPS DECENT RADIO! ON FBi

Every Monday at 5pm on the Monday Arvo show on FBi Radio, you can catch Heaps Decent Radio! Click through for details…

RAVIN – PURE MIND

Heaps Decent is proud to present ‘Pure Mind’, the jewel that completes the experience of Ravin’s debut EP, ‘Soulfood’.

VIDEO: RAVIN – LIFE DON’T SHINE

The music video for “Life Don’t Shine” from Ravin’s Soulfood EP is here!

GTM x HEAPS DECENT 2015

This year Groovin the Moo and Heaps Decent are once again teaming up to present a series of music workshops at their 2015 Oakbank, Bunbury & Townsville events in April & May… Get in quick, applications close 8th April!

RAVIN – SOULFOOD EP

Heaps Decent is proud to announce the release of ‘Soulfood’, the debut EP from rising talent, Bankstown-based artist Ravin!

THANKS HEAPS!

Happy New Year from the Heaps Decent Crew – click here to find out what we got up to on New Year’s Day!

MUSICA COPA THIS FRIDAY!

This Friday the best and brightest from Sydney’s music industry gather together to play football for a great cause!

ASK ALICE STATIONERY 2015 CALENDAR

Ask Alice Stationery and Old School New School have collaborated to create an incredible hand-lettered calendar with a ‘hip-hop’ theme, packed with loads of hip-hop references and lyrics. It’s beautifully printed and presented and 100% of the proceeds will go to Heaps Decent!

PROMISE OR PAY

We’re really proud to announce a new partnership with Promise or Pay, an exciting new online platform that uses small promises to bring about real social change.

RAVIN

A prodigy possessing talent and wisdom well beyond his years, Ravin has been a bright spark for Heaps Decent. Australian born with Samoan heritage, he has lived most of his life in South-West Sydney and offers a refreshing spin on these experiences from the perspective of his many years of rapping. We first met Ravin at our Home Base workshop, where he showed promise from the get go. In a short time we turned around an incredible EP, singles from which gained praise with rotation on Sydney’s FBi Radio and triple j Unearthed.

LISTEN OUT WORKSHOP: T.E.E.D.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs took some time out from his 2014 Listen Out tour to come and do a studio session with Tasha Lee Marshall…

LISTEN OUT WORKSHOP: TKAY & KILTER

Our first Listen Out 2014 workshop was a hit with the girls at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre!

Ravin’s Green Screen Shoot

We shot a green screen music video with Ravin, watch this space for the finished product…

Recap: Home Base Showcase

We held our 5th Showcase for the talented Home Base crew, it was a great success!

POZIBLE REWARD RAP

It’s HERE!

Your name in a song thanks to our successful Pozible campaign…. Tag yourself on Soundcloud and share it with your friends!

$22,550 RAISED FOR HEAPS DECENT AT THE FUNDING NETWORK’S EVENT!

With great success we pitched our organisation to an extremely generous room of philanthropists at The Funding Network’s Sydney event…

Heaps Decent x The Funding Network!

We’ve been selected to present at The Funding Network’s upcoming live crowd-funding event! Click through to find out more.

WE DID IT!

We made it! We smashed our Pozible target with an incredible total of $12,838 thanks to our incredible supporter network!

VIDEO: THANKS HEAPS! 8 DAYS REMAIN FOR OUR POZIBLE CAMPAIGN

A huge THANKS for the support of our Pozible campaign! We have 8 days remaining, help us continue to increase our total…

HEAPS DECENT X GROOVIN THE MOO

Enter here to win a spot at Groovin The Moo x Heaps Decent music workshop with What So Not on Saturday 3rd May in Bendigo!

WIN A HEAPS DECENT WORKSHOP WITH ILLY AT GROOVIN THE MOO MAITLAND

Groovin The Moo and Heaps Decent have teamed up with MusicNSW to create a special workshop for emerging MCs and producers: a FREE backstage production and songwriting masterclass with Illy at GTM Maitland!

Nerida Woods
[General Manager/CEO]

Nerida joined the team at Heaps Decent in 2012 with a rich history in the arts management. Prior to her former role as General Manager for Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance, she spent several years in the UK as a Company and Tour Manager, and in Australia as a stage manager at the Sydney Opera House, freelance production manager, event coordinator and management consultant. Nerida has an ear for rhythm, when she’s not in the office she’s bashing on her drum kit.

contact: nerida[at]heapsdecent[dot]com

ARE YOU HEAPS DECENT?

We’ve just launched a Pozible campaign, help us give a voice to young Australians by getting their music heard. You can pledge your support at pozible.com/heapsdecent

HARMONY DAY 2014!

A recap of our Harmony Day event at Riverina Community College!

HEAPS DECENT NEWSLETTER #1!

Check out the first instalment of our newsletter to find out what we’ve been getting up to!

HOME BASE SHOWCASE PHOTOS

Flashback to November, some beautiful images from the Home Base Showcase at Goodgod Small Club.

UPDATE: WAGGA, FEBRUARY 2014

Adam and Charlie were down in Wagga again last week for workshops at the juvenile detention centre and Riverina Community Centre

WILCANNIA DECEMBER 2013

Our last trip to Wilcannia was in December 2013, here’s what went down!

SHORE THING & FIELD DAY: THANKS!

Heaps Decent, once again, had a hugely successful New Year period thanks to our benefactor Fuzzy, incredible volunteers and generous event guests!

NERIDA WOODS

Nerida joined the team at Heaps Decent in 2012 with a rich history in the arts management. Prior to her former role as General Manager for Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance, she spent several years in the UK as a Company and Tour Manager for theatre companies, and in Australia as a stage manager at the Opera House, freelance production manager, event coordinator and consultant. Nerida is thrilled to be a part of Heaps Decent and the amazing opportunities it provides!

SHORE THING / FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS

We’re on the lookout for Heaps Decent volunteers at Shore Thing and Heaps Decent!

HOME BASE SHOWCASE WRAP-UP

Last night was the Home Base Showcase, here’s a quick wrap-up with the first of the photos…

VIDEO: LEVINS’ TEDx TALK

Check out Levins’ TEDx talk about using rap at school!

WAGGA WORKSHOP UPDATE

An update on our Wagga workshop project from this week’s trip down to Wagga

HOME BASE SHOWCASE: 27TH NOVEMBER

The HOME BASE SHOWCASE comes to Goodgod in Sydney on Wednesday 27th December at 7pm. Make sure you come and check out the talent from our weekly Redfern workshop…

LISTEN OUT: THANKS!

THANKS! for your donations at Listen Out and THANKS! to Fuzzy!

Santa Igaunis [CONTENT AND PROJECT ASSISTANT]

Santa Igaunis not only enjoys playing different instruments such as clarinet or double bass, but also likes the management field of art, in which she completed her studies in Germany and the USA. Now she wants to continue her career in Sydney as part of the Heaps Decent team.

contact: santa[at]heapsdecent[dot]com

EGO IS HEAPS DECENT

Our Home Base artists are in for an amazing experience as audio-visual extraordinaire Ego takes on the role of guest facilitator at our next workshop in Redfern!

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AUSTRALIA AWARDS

WE WON! the Toyota Community Award at the Creative Partnerships Australia Awards for our partnership with our benefactor Fuzzy

NINA AGZARIAN

Nina co-founded Heaps Decent at the age of 23 whilst working at FBi radio, and has been central to growing the organisation with Andrew Levins. Nina is a musician and media personality, having hosted two national radio shows on Triple J. In 2015 she started her own music label, NLV Records, and continues to pursue her career as a solo artist. Nina is an inspiring role model for young people, and continues to mentor them in creative enterprises.

ANDREW LEVINS

Andrew co-founded Heaps Decent with Nina Agzarian in 2007 when he was 22 and regularly touring Australia as a DJ. Andrew has since worked as head chef in his own restaurant, and continues to write about good food and music. Levins also hosts many podcasts, including Hey Fam, Serious Issues, Old Raps, All the Small Games and The Mitchen.

LISTEN OUT PERTH – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

We need volunteers to help Heaps Decent at LISTEN OUT PERTH on 29th September…

TASHA LEE MARSHALL

Former Heaps Decent regular Tasha Lee Marshall is a Sydney-based singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been writing songs since the age of 7. Since working with Heaps Decent she has performed on FBi Radio, Channel V and was the support act for Canadian experimental/electronic artist Grimes at both of her sold-out shows at Oxford Art Factory in 2012!

RA’$$EL COOL

RA’$$EL started off making his own beats, writing and recording his own raps at the age of 15. After moving back and forth between Auckland and Sydney, RA’$$EL decided to settle here and began working with us. With the assistance of our facilitators he really started to take his sound to the next level, both as a solo artist and as one half of Terrible Twins with fellow Heaps Decent artist Medz the Misfit.

OLIVER RYAN

Oliver works in the wealth management sector of the finance industry as a portfolio adviser. He has been awarded both the CFA Charter and CAIA Charter. Outside of work, Oliver enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and friends and has a love affair with all sports. He believes in giving young people the confidence and means to follow their goals and is excited to be a part of Heaps Decent.

RECAP: WAGGA WAGGA WORKSHOPS

A quick recap on Stu and Boz’s latest trip to Wagga Wagga and what’s been happening there for Heaps Decent over the past months…

JERRY BOUTHIER IS HEAPS DECENT

French DJ & Producer Jerry Bouthier visited the Home Base workshop on Monday!

VIDEO: JUMP OFF THE BRIDGE!

“Jump Off The Bridge” was made on the last trip to Wilcannia, check out Stu’s account of the workshops….

BRANCHEZ IS HEAPS DECENT

NYC based trap wizard Branchez dropped in to facilitate a workshop with us as Home Base last week!

THE ROCKS WINDMILL: A HEAPS DECENT SHOWCASE

A couple of weeks back the Heaps Decent Home Base All-Stars took to the stage inside the Rocks Windmill for another standout showcase!

THE ROCKS WINDMILL – SECRET MUSIC NIGHT

Performing for Secret Music Night this Saturday at ‘The Rocks Windmill’, an amazing pop-up venue in The Rocks, will be our very own Home Base All-Stars!

WILCANNIA, APRIL 2013

Heaps Decent facilitators Adam Bozzetto, Joyride and Kristy Lee made their way out to Wilcannia earlier this month for the first week of workshops there this year…

LOUISAHHH! IS HEAPS DECENT

Louisahhh! came and facilitated a workshop at Juniperina where the girls layed down some epic vocals over an incredible techno beat…

VIDEO: IN THE POOL

A song from our last Wilcannia visit of 2012

RECAP: YEAH 4X – HEAPS DECENT DOES WILCANNIA – NOV 2012

An account of Nina’s cousin Paul Wighton, who had been working at Broken Hill High School. Paul accompanied our Heaps Decent’s facilitators on last Wilcannia trip and here’s what he had to say about the trip…

THANKS FUZZY!

THANKS to our benefactor FUZZY for allowing us to collect over $58,000 at their Parklife, Harbourlife & Field Day festivals!

VIDEO: CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE WORKSHOPS

In November 2012, Heaps Decent facilitators Joyride and Adam Bozzetto ran a week of workshops at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. A snapshot of their amazing results can be experienced with this beautiful little video…

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  • Address: Level 3, 119 Bathurst Street, Sydney, 2000
  • PO Box: PO Box 213 Darlinghurst NSW 1300
  • Phone: 0437 978 813