RASN is back this month with more exciting breaking news from the regional arts scene in Queensland. As we head towards the end of a huge first year with the establishment of the network, we start to look back on many of the exceptional programs launched in 2019 as well as the many successful funding application wins for programs rolling out in 2020. 

Below we journey back to Kooralbyn as we view the outcomes from YOUTH ON FIRE! You can also find out how you can be a part of #myregionmyart, get all the facts and figures highlighted in our Sector News and see what's happening now and upcoming in your region!

For the highly anticipated return of Queensland’s premier regional arts conference ARTS ABLAZE, Goat Track Theatre collaborated with the Scenic Rim Regional Council to facilitate the youth artists mentorship programme YOUTH ON FIRE.

Staying on-site for the course of 6 days, the YOUTH ON FIRE delegates were provided with the space to network, attend conference events and publicly exhibit their work. It was a highly successful and action-packed week. This documentary was created to showcase the amazing things these young artists encountered in the programme.

This project would not be possible without the generous support of Festivals Australia and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.
For more information on the YOUTH ON FIRE programme, check out
Following on from the success of the #myregionmyart hashtag during regional arts festival + celebration Art Ablaze, each month RASN will be showcasing regional artists/artworks from around Queensland. 

For a chance to have your work featured in the RASN e-news all you have to do is use #myregionmyart on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Feel free to also hashtag #rasnqld or tag @rasnqld. 
November #MYREGIONMYART shoutout goes to @ashleighjaneart, Townsville

Mulgewanke 🇦🇺

A curious water spirit that is half fish, half man, with a matted crop of reeds instead of hair. They make a booming sound frequency in their lake which is said to cause rheumatism to any who hear it.

For this Inktober I intend to draw a series of mythological creatures that aren’t too famous or well known. I love mythology and so I thought it would be fun to learn about some new/old myths and legends. If you have any that you would like to see me draw, feel free to leave a comment!
Access Community Services
BUILDING a music career takes a team, indeed an entire industry to kick-start that journey.

BEMAC is seeking submissions from a Logan-based artist or band to record an original song which will be professionally mixed and mastered, ready for release. The finished work will then undergo a professional publicity campaign to assist the song’s promotional efforts.

Delivered under BEMAC’s EMERGE Series, an artist development program established in 2017 to empower emerging musicians to cultivate their performance, songwriting, recording and business and marketing skills, RECORD & RELEASE will support the development of a thriving career for one Logan artist or band.

For musicians, EMERGE provides opportunities to develop and upskill through various opportunities and programs like RECORD and its partner program RELEASE, which focus on the full scope of what it takes to flourish as a musician in the modern world.

From DIY home-recording techniques to building your online presence, BEMAC’s EMERGE Series creates inroads for emerging musicians to take their music to a broader audience.
Interested artists and bands based in Logan can apply here
If submitting a band 75% of total members must be Logan City residents.
Must a have a song ready to undergo recording at the time of EOI submission.
Must be available to record on weekdays.
BEMAC is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from local individuals, groups, businesses and not-for-profits based in Ipswich and Logan to develop local projects that:

* Build capacity for artists, creatives and arts workers
* Develop individual skills and opportunities
* Respond to local needs
* Build local leadership and partnerships in arts and culture
* Support economic development
* Engage and enliven local venues
* Value heritage, history and culture (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures)

Successful EOIs may be supported financially up to $2,500 and/or through the provision of mentorship, marketing, project development, partnership development and more.

EOIs will be assessed by BEMAC and City Council cultural staff.
EOIs can be completed online at
Queensland Music Festival
Lizard Tail

RASN NQ is excited to announce that their application to the Category C – FNQ and NQ Monsoon Trough Funding was successful! Which means that the major cross-regional initiative, Lizard Tail, will be commencing; connecting communities from Hughenden to Palm Island through an iconic art project.

RASN NQ will be working with North Queensland communities affected by flooding earlier in the year to deliver a recovery project developed by visual and performing artist Hiromi Tango. Lizard Tail will invite members of the community to engage with Hiromi and local artist/facilitators for a process of sharing stories, creative expression including writing, textile sculpturing, temporal public installation, and performance.

As part of this project, local artists and arts workers at each of the four locations (Hughenden, Pentland, Townsville & Palm Island) will be mentored by Hiromi, with a vision to lead future community engagement projects of similar style and scope.
Lizard Tail | Job Opportunity

Are you a Project Coordinator living in North Queensland? Do you have experience in community-engaged arts practice? Then this opportunity is for you!

In 2020, the Regional Arts Services Network North Queensland (RASN NQ) is embarking on a major cross-regional recovery project entitled Lizard Tail, that will engage communities from Hughenden to Palm Island in the creation of a performative sculpture project with artist Hiromi Tango. Renowned for her community-engaged collaborative projects, Hiromi will mentor local artists at each location to lead community engagement workshops where participants will become co-creators of a large-scale textile sculpture.
For more details or to apply check out the RASN website
Empire Theatre Projects
Lanescape Festival

Over 2000 locals attended the launch of the second year of Lanescape Festival in Goondiwindi where two new murals were revealed as part of a five year plan for the town.
Exciting New Funding for SWQ!

South West Queensland Regional Arts Services Network has been successful in receiving funding from the National Library of Australia Community Heritage Grant. The funding will be used to run a series of 12 Digitisation workshops across the South West. The workshops will be held in March/April 2020. 
SWQ RASN has also been successful in receiving funding from Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Indigenous Languages Grant. The funding will be used to capture language that forms part of the South West Queensland Indigenous Cultural Trail.
Trailblazing the West

Australia, grab your maps—the West is about to uncover one of the most spectacular trails yet...!

Have you heard about Red Ridge Interior Queensland’s newest project, Trailblazing the West? Trailblazing the West is a Red Ridge hosted art trail that will deliver numerous Water Tower and Tank mural artworks in different towns throughout our stunning Outback, including: Mt Isa, Dajarra, Richmond, Windorah, Jundah, Stonehenge, and Augathella – linking in with Charleville and Cunnamulla, thanks to Year of the Outback – Premier Outback Events funding.

The exciting launch of this regional project is set to kick off in September with its first stop being Mt Isa, rolling through the towns to wrap-up in 2020 and spanning a distance of over 1800 kilometres. By engaging professional large-scale street artists to complete the art trail that’ll lead through the heart of Western Queensland, we hope to celebrate our Outback and landscape in a way that incorporates each town’s individual culture. Although we all belong to one region, the vastness of our space has meant that all are stories are so unique - so what better way to celebrate what makes our towns stand out than to showcase our heritage through art?​

Creative Arts Alliance
First Nations Creatives Forum | November 23 | Caboolture Hub
Creative Arts Alliance in partnership Moreton Bay Regional Council invites First Nations organisations, workers, artists and communities to take part in this day of creative conversations, connections and new opportunities. 
This opportunity is open to Traditional Owners and other First Nations people living or working in the South East Queensland North (SEQN) region - Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset and Redlands. 
Creative Arts Alliance is able to support a limited number subsidise to support travel costs for people travelling from outside of the Moreton Bay LGA - please include this request in your RSVP. 
End of Year Party | December 5 | Caboolture Hub
CAA are saying thank you! With a huge end of year party at the Caboolture Hub. Featuring the last Young Mic Up Late of the year, holiday card-making workshops, art activations and plenty more. Come along and celebrate with us. All ages welcome.
5-8pm, The Vault. Young Mic performer registrations can be made here.
Live and Local | December 13 | Gympie Civic Centre
CAA in partnership with Gympie Regional Council presents Live and Local, a series of recurring gigs at the Gympie Civic Centre which showcases the great musical talent of the region.

For more information, including the soon-to-be-announced line-up, please visit the Gympie Civic Centre Facebook page.
Festival Assistant | Somerset Art Beat Festival | Somerset Region
CAA is calling for applications for the role of Festival Assistant for the annual Somerset Art Beat Festival. No previous experience required, just a passion for community, art and culture and the ability to travel across the Somerset region to help promote the festival.

Details to be posted CAA website, or email for more information. 

Looking for a lovely locally designed gift to buy for a special someone or yourself?

You can now purchase our beautiful Arts Coast collection in person in the shop Caloundra Regional Gallery Noosa Regional Gallery or online through the Third Drawer Down website.

This project celebrates iconic images of the Sunshine Coast with designs developed by six amazing local artists.

All profits made are reinvested back into our work strengthening and showcasing the arts and cultural sector across SEQN region.

The Arts Coast Collection has been supported through our partnership with Third Drawer Down and with funding from Arts QueenslandSunshine Coast CouncilCaloundra Regional Art GalleryHorizon Festival, and The Refinery.

Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
Top Right: Grace Rosendale with her artwork ‘Gutti’, Wanda Gibson with her artwork ‘Old Hopevale’ and Madge Bowen with her winning artwork ‘Maramaka’. Below: close-up of artworks. 

Hope Vale Winning Artworks | QRAA 2019

Congratulations to Hope Vale artists, Madge Bowen, Grace Rosendale and Wanda Gibsons for being chosen to tour as a part of the Flying Arts Queensland Regional Arts Awards touring exhibition 'State of Diversity' 2020 - 2021.

Madge Bowen also won the 'Remote Artists Award' for her screen-print 'Maramaka'. The Remote Artist Award is sponsored by USQ Artsworx, with the prize being a fully funded one-week residency at McGregor Summer School in January 2020. 

The artists have been designing textile prints for several years and it is great to see all their hard work recognised in a state-wide arts award. 

Creative sector jobs for upcoming Cooktown Expo 2020
Expressions of Interests are currently being sought for the upcoming Cooktown 2020 Expo in the areas detailed below:
  • Project Management & Administration Support
  • Operations
  • Volunteer Management
  • Event & Production Management
For more details head to the Cook Shire Council website.
Central Queensland University
Write Sparks offers beginners and intermediate writers the opportunity to tell their stories while learning the skills of writing for performance. Participants will experience and learn how to progress their work from strength to strength through the structured support of award-winning playwright and dramaturge, Kathryn Ash.

The program is run over three residencies delivered throughout a 6-month period running from Friday afternoons through to Sunday afternoons (15 hours of intensive hands on development per residency), and also features a number of personal dramaturgical sessions with Kathryn to help craft your ideas.

These residencies will not only be an amazing opportunity to work your craft through activities and writing exercises but will also build a great network of peers. A limited number of participants will be able to attend the annual JUTE Playwrights’ Retreat, a weekend of fun, writing and play-reading. Participants will be aiming to develop a full first draft of a script for performance by the end of the year.
Carnarvon Create - Artist Retreat

CQ RASN is excited to be partnering with Central Highlands Regional Council to roll out a very exciting project in early 2020.

Carnarvon Creates is an artist retreat in the wonderful environment of Carnarvon Gorge in which some amazing tutors will come together to offer a diverse range of workshops for artists in this wonderful setting. 

Only 40 places available so book in now!
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JUST RELEASED! The updated 2019 Countess Report: statistics on gender representation in the visual arts world
LIT Festival: Stories In Light / LIT Futures, site activation of Bell Street Mall, Toowoomba QLD by VIDa (Visual Arts and Dance) and the Toowoomba community, 2018. RAF recipient round 01 2018. (Image: Theresa Hall)
Regional Arts Fund (RAF) | Community Grants Round 2, 2019

Congratulations to the successful Queensland recipients:
• Cairns Writers Festival Inc., Clifton Beach: Cairns Tropical Writers Festival (CTWF) 2020
• Lotus Place, Townsville City: Reconciling Histories
• Mrs Shelley Pisani, Avenell Heights: CQ Shopfront
• Dr Dennis MacIntosh, Bamaga: Creative Development - I is Maggie
• Cooroy Future Group Inc., Eumundi: First Nations Artists on Gubbi-Gubbi Land Celebrate
Artist image: S.A.B from QUBE Effect 2019
The QUBE Effect 2020 Applications are closing soon!

Are you an emerging artist, band or musical act? Want to take your career to the next level?

There’s less than 3 WEEKS LEFT to apply for Brisbane City Council's The QUBE Effect 2020. BEMAC are the official producers of The QUBE Effect 2020 and we don’t want to see you miss this awesome opportunity!

If you’re shortlisted, you will be mentored by some of Brisbane’s most influential music industry experts, and perform your music LIVE across Brisbane’s most iconic venues, plus so much more!

Applications are now open to Brisbane based artists* but only until 25 November so hurry!
*Only one member of your group needs to live in Brisbane council area to be eligible to apply.
Exhibition Opportunity | artisan 

artisan is inviting Queensland-based early-career artists who are pushing the limits in their chosen field of visual arts, craft and design to apply to participate in artisan's biennial exhibition Unleashed April 4 – May 2020.

Expressions of interest are due by 25 November 2019.

Drawing together a small cohort of early-career practitioners, Unleashed explores the convergence between craft and design. Whether you are producing cutting-edge ceramics, fashion or jewellery design – we're interested in seeing examples of the fresh and exciting work you are creating.
Visual Thinking Strategies
UQ Art Museum
Thursday 14 - Friday 15 November 2019

The two-day Beginner Practicum focuses on developing VTS facilitation skills through presentation of the basic theoretical tenets of VTS and opportunities to practice with group coaching.
How to Actually Start your Business
The MET, Maroochydore
Wednesday 27 November 2019

Sunshine Coast Council presents this free professional development series. The Refinery with Startup Creative will take over The MET Maroochydore for an evening of practical step-by-step advice on exactly where to start to make your business dreams a reality.
Position: Museums Support Officer
Organisation: Mackay Regional Council 
Location: Mackay
Closes: 14 November 2019
More information:
Position: Project Coordinator
Organisation: RASN NQ
Location: Townsville/North Queensland
Closes: 18 November 2019
More information:
Position: Venue Supervisor
Organisation: Moreton Bay Regional Council
Location: Redcliffe
Closes: 18 November 2019
More information:
Position: Cultural Heritage Coordinator
Organisation: Department of Environment and Science
Location: Various locations across Queensland
Closes: 19 November 2019
More information:
Position: School Photographers and Assistants
Organisation: Advancedlife
Location: Townsville
Closes: Not Listed
More information:
Position: TAFE Teacher Training Program (Cultural Arts)
Organisation: TAFE Queensland North
Location: Cairns
Closes: Not Listed
More information:
Position: Festival Assistant
Organisation: Creative Arts Alliance
Location: Toogoolawah
Closes: Not Listed
More information: Email
Position: Event and Production Management | Expo 2020
Organisation: Cook Shire Council
Location: Cooktown
Closes: 1 May 2020
More information:
Position: Operations | Expo 2020
Organisation: Cook Shire Council
Location: Cooktown
Closes: 1 May 2020
More information:
Position: Volunteer Management | Expo 2020
Organisation: Cook Shire Council
Location: Cooktown
Closes: 1 May 2020
More information:
Position: Project Management | Expo 2020
Organisation: Cook Shire Council
Location: Cooktown
Closes: 1 May 2020
More information:
Seedpod Pilot 2020 Residency |  Horizon festival
Closes: 18 November 2019
Applications are invited from artists at all stages of their career seeking to experiment and develop a new work in the field of live arts.
More information:
Homegrown Independents Program 2020 - Empire Theatre
Closes: 18 November 2019
Homegrown is the Empire Theatre’s Independents program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works and allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event and the program is flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the producer.
More information:
International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund
Closes: 19 November 2019
This fund provides support for artists and arts organisations to respond to opportunities and develop networks in target international markets that directly follow on from strategic initiatives delivered by the Australia Council. 
More information:
Qantas Founders Museum: Centenary of Qantas postcard competition
Closes: 22 November 2019
Design a commemorative postcard which will be sold at the Museum’s Founder’s Store. The theme is Qantas. Past, Present and Future and will have two age groups: 3-16 years and 17 years or older.
More information:
The Lennox - Call for Artists Expression of Interest
Closes: 29 November 2019
‘The Lennox’ is a significant waterfront tower and foreshore boardwalk on the Parramatta River adjoining the CBD. Project Managers EQ Projects invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered to undertake a large scale artwork to the main building facade addressing the new riverfront boardwalk.
More information:
Community Grants Programme - Charters Towers Regional Council
Closes: 29 November 2019
Charters Towers Regional Council is committed to assisting not-for-profit community organisations to deliver activities/programs/services of an artistic, cultural, recreational, sporting or other community related pursuit.
More information:
Artist Residency Opportunity: Drawn to the Mabo Library
Closes: 1 December 2019
In 2020, James Cook University Library & Information Services will be hosting an Artist Residency Program  - Drawn to the Mabo Library - which will take place in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, including Special Collections and the surrounding grounds of the Townsville Campus.
More information:
Expression of interest: Know your neighbour
Closes: 8 December 2019
Artists are asked to think about their connections to neighbours, be they local, national or international.
More information:
Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants - Department of Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Closes: 9 December 2019
The Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program encourages all Queenslanders to participate in National Reconciliation Week and commemorate two significant milestones in our national history—the successful 1967 Referendum and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision. This round of grants will operate as a three tiered grant program. The three tiers consist of 30 grants at $2,500, 10 grants at $7,500 and 5 grants at $15,000.
More information:
Creative Spaces Crows Nest Artist Residency
 31 December 2019
Situated on beautiful Chambers Island, the Crows Nest is a small, private studio space with views out across Maroochy River. This creative studio space would suit writers, digital and fine artists and creatives with a lighter footprint.
More information:
John Villiers Outback Art Prize
Closes: 3 January 2020
The John Villiers Art Prize is an annual art competition open to all Australian artists and presented by the Outback Regional Gallery and Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton. 
More information:
Fraser Coast Regional Council -  Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
Closes: 13 January 2020
RADF is a partnership between state and local governments which invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on locally determined priorities.
More information:
Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Closes: 24 January 2020
Open to emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional opportunities, usually overseas. The Trust's grants work to reward commitment and passion and support talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential. 
More information:
Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship
Open year-round
Offers $20,000 scholarships to emerging Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander and Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Artists to pursue artistic development in each other's countries respectively.
More information:
Google Ad Grants
Open year-round
To empower non-profit organisations through $10,000 per month of in-kind AdWords advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google. 
More information:

An intercultural, non-government, “for-purpose” organisation that enables arts, culture and creative industry practitioners and leaders to build their community and business capacity. Arts Nexus has proven industry knowledge, stakeholder and collegiate relationships, an engaged membership and professional values which have lead the strategic development of the sector.

Since its inception in 1996, Arts Nexus has mentored local artists and cultural practitioners by initiating regional programs, including all art forms across experience levels, ensuring the sector is cohesive and coordinated.

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