This month, in addition to the latest in news, funding opportunities and more across the State, we're also bringing you information and resources to cope with the impact and scope surrounding the Coronavirus on the arts industry and community.

Be sure to read this month's trending stories including a gorgeous spotlight on a large scale artwork by The Brightsiders (almost the length of a rugby field!), how a streaming service is bridging the mental health and wellness conversation for young people and the tourism and events sector's response to reopening - along with many more stories and features from around Queensland!
Making Art, Making Money and Making a Difference
YOU need to establish a practice, a process and a range of products and services that can take them you from piecemeal to prolific.   
YOU need to have personal mastery and the ability to mobilise people around a common purpose so that you can move from isolation to impact.
YOU need to know how to market, sell and consistently deliver value to your customers and clients, so that you can stop struggling and get sustainable.    
If YOU are a young artist aged 18-25 who wants to have more money, more meaning and more impact, click the image above to stay updated!
Access Community Services
Published by Affirm Press in partnership with Diversity Arts Australia
and Sweatshop Literacy Movement.
Future Reading List

As a partner on the Stories From The Future project, BEMAC are delighted to support the upcoming release of After Australia, a speculative fiction anthology produced by Diversity Arts Australia, Affirm Press and Sweatshop Literacy Movement.

It features twelve of the most daring Indigenous writers and culturally diverse writers in Australia.
And Lift Off!

BEMAC are looking for more creatives to tell local stories through a range or art forms. We can help with funding, facilitation, exposure, and digital skills!  

If your creative idea is new, can be completed in a two-week time frame, and delivered in your home or studio based in Logan or Ipswich we want to hear from you!
Recharging with a Boost!
With new creative opportunities on hold due to COVID-19, BEMAC’s Creative Booster Packs are giving artists the recharge they need in a time of isolation to share and showcase their work online.
For visual artist Ronelle Reid and Indian Rangoli sand artist Madhu Khana, BEMAC’s Creative Booster Pack has given them both renewed hope to bring their new ideas to life and also engage with the broader community in a new way after their various exhibitions and events were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Subscribe to BEMAC’s Youtube Channel page so you don’t miss an episode!

Follow BEMAC on Facebook and Instagram
to keep up to date with each episode.
Lights, Camera, BEMACTION!
Be moved by the journeys of ten artists from Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane in this compelling ten-part cultural docuseriesby BEMAC coming this week!
With many of our artists in isolation, the BEMAC team set out to find a way to capture the rich cultural stories of our diverse arts community in South-East QLD, and bring them to life for all to experience.  We’ll take you on a cultural journey from the ‘outside - in’.
Over 10 weeks we’ll bring you the stories of 10 passionate and vibrant artists who will invite you into their homes and isolated spaces to share their personal and cultural attachment to their art, their identity, their tradition and their expression.
#ourstories #ourart #ourway
Don't Be a Square - Vote Your QUBE Effect Winner!

Watch all the videos and vote now!

Voting Closes 12 June
Creative Arts Alliance
Crafty Connections

Communities across SEQN are invited to Stick Together through our new creative project! 

Participants will be posted materials and then take part in an online workshop in Cross Stick Weaving. Final creations will be sent back to CAA where they will become part of an installation made up of the hundreds of weavings created by local participants.
Time to Answer the Call!

Are you professional musicians / music industry workers that lives in SEQN? Do you have an interest in joining our Mentor or Facilitator team to lead one on one and small group workshops in Songwriting, Vocal Coaching, Instrumental lessons (all type of instruments), Stage Presence or Industry Development.

Young Musicians (25 years and under) can also register their interest in the program and we will get back in contact when it is released. 
Curtains Up!

'The Show Must Go On' is an online mentorship and development program that will support professional practicing performance makers or collectives, based in the SEQN region, through the delivery of an 8-week online creative development program designed to support the artists’ practices within a project development context.
Applications will be opening soon - register your interest by emailing  
Young Mic Online

We are excited to bring our popular open mic events (normally held at Caboolture Hub) to young people aged 12-25 years from across the SEQN region (Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset, Redlands) or beyond as part of this new online format. 
Young musicians, singers, bands, rappers and beat makers share you lyrics, songs, voices and music live and from your place as part of International Make Music Day - 21 June.
Registration opening soon - follow the event page for more details!
Creative Kids At Home 

We know a number of our little friends are also finding the current times tough, so we have pulled together this Activity List that contains links to a number or online events, workshops and downloadable resources for children, young people and families. 
Spotlight on SEQN

CAA is using our social media accounts to shine a spotlight on creatives from our SEQN region. Artists from all practice areas have been invited to submit images of their art or of themselves practicing their artform for us to share on our curated feed. 

For more info on how to apply go HERE 

Trying to find the right information, funding and support right now is difficult with so much content on the internet? We have done the hard work for you - check out our updated Resource List and our Online Events and Activities Listing
Central Queensland University
Images courtesy of the artists Tracey Hewitt and Karen Andersen.

A Little Bit of Tenderness

'Tough and Tender' is the signature project for the CQ RASN for 2020-21 and will profile the diversity of our regions, and the importance of the arts for creative response, resilience, recovery, memorialising and celebration. A range of activities will take part place over the next 15 months with a culmination weekend in June 2021.

As Phase I of that project CQ RASN has invited artists/creative practitioners from diverse artforms to engage in a one-month residency ‘at home’ with the first residency starting this month! An initial selection of six artists from diverse regions and artforms will engage in their own practice and way of working reflecting upon the current context and responding to the theme. These artists will share aspects of their process or work through platforms such as blogs, podcasts/artist talk and social media posts throughout the month. Other residency rounds will follow from June with new artists each round.

Read More Here!

Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
For more information contact
the CYTSI Regional Arts Officer or phone 4082 0500
Zoom into the Arts
Registrations are open now for free ‘Art On Line – Live’ Zoom workshops!

CYTSI RASN in partnership with Cook and Douglas Shire Council are delivering live art workshops online. Using the theme ‘Art and Community Spirit’, regional artists will be contracted to deliver online training and professional development workshops for people in the region who are isolated due to COVID-19.

The following free workshops are currently available for registration:
Drumming and Percussion with Found Objects – With Fiona Mitchell.
27 May at 7pm; 40-60 minute sessions weekly for 4 weeks.

The basic format of the workshops will be rhythm and listening games, followed by real time jamming.

Intro to Lino Printing – With Jane Dennis.
Starting 4 June; 40-60 minute sessions weekly for 4 weeks.

Learning how to create lino prints, design and print cards; covering design, cutting and printing technique. 

Painting Techniques – With Arone Meeks.
Starting 11th or 12th June, Thursday or Friday afternoon or evening (please give your preference, time and day on registration); 6 week course.

Taking you on a journey through drawing to colour exploration,  brush and painting techniques.
Empire Theatre Projects
Via Arts Front.
A Cultural Feast

A feature of the South West QLD cultural calendar for over a decade, the Scenic Rim Cultural Centres' Arts Dinners like so many other initiatives made the move to online in the wake of COVID-19 social restrictions.

Over the coming months, future dinners will be enjoyed as online get-togethers thanks to a partnership with SWQ Regional Arts and Arts Front.
26 May 2020, 6:30:8:30pm QLD Time
This event comences with a Welcome from Aunty Gerry Page; guest artist, Kim Williams and performers, Mununjali Ngari and The Ironing Maidens. Then, there'll be a fun, half-hour cooking segment with, Eat Local at Home with Kate Raymont - Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador. Local produce will be cooked and filmed in the kitchens at The Centre Beaudesert.
Celebrate the South West

SWQ Regional Arts would like to give creatives the opportunity to promote who they are and the great work that they do on our social media! We will showcase one creative per day on our feed.
You must reside within South West QLD (Maranoa, Balonne, Goondiwindi, Western Downs, Southern Downs, Lockyer Valley,  Scenic Rim, Toowoomba) to participate.
To be showcased, email a high res image of your work or your process, along with a 50 word bio and your preferred social media profile to
SWQ Gallery Get Together - 9 July 2020

Please RSVP
Access to Practice

SWQ Regional Arts in partnership with Access Arts has been able to engage an Indigenous Producer who will facilitate a series of workshops that will engage with The Mani Tribe Gallery in St George. 

The series of workshops will provide opportunities for the attendants to learn new skills which are transferrable into their arts practice. The project outcome is for the gallery to have a business plan to ensure the sustainability of the practice. 

To see the great work the gallery is doing in St George, click the image above!
Queensland Music Festival
It's Colourful Up North

From Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in partnership with NQRASN check out Colouring NQ!

Umbrella's first colouring-in-book available as a digital download commissioned ten early-career North Queensland artists to create the artwork for children (and the young-at-heart) to colour in from home while isolating 

Umbrella are also running a colouring-in competition for North Queensland children aged 3-11 years, with full T&Cs online. The coloured artworks are due 31 May 2020.
Download individual artworks or the whole book today!
NQ Write Sparkks

This online writing program is for aspiring theatre playwrights, ages 14-17 years.

Presented by Full Throttle Theatre Company, Jute Theatre and NQ RASN.

Neighbourhood Productions is presenting Live Streamed Sessions a series of four livestreamed music sessions with local artists, technical
and production skills development.

Presented by Neighbourhood Productions and NQ RASN.
Footage courtesy of ABC North West Queensland via Mount Isa City Council.
To the Outback and Beyond
Recently, ABC North West Queensland was able to capture a unique view of Mt. Isa's entry into Red Ridge's 'Trailblazing the West' mural project.

Using a drone flown over the site, viewers were able to see an undisturbed version of the back of Mt. Isa's iconic water tank featuring artwork by David Houghton. Mt. Isa was the first community to partake in the large scale art project and the mural reflects the town's vibrant native wildlife and flora, as well as it's strong, local fishing community.

Treasure Craft

What would you say is the most valuable tool to have in the outback?

It's handmade from Aussie leather, you need one hand to use it and it's an absolute essential when outbush.

Recently, Buy From the Bush QLD got to know the answer from Red Ridge on how leathercraft can braid a community together as well as illuminate how e-commerce can uplift a an outback town in the time of coronavirus-impacted tourism.

There are six core elements to the program; application forms to apply for the funding will be available shortly.
Cultural Funds? Copy That!

The Copyright Agency has releasesd $375,000 and brings forward $1.8m in Cultural Fund grants in COVID-19 sector support.

Announced as a full program of support for writers, visual artists and publishers in the face of the severe challenges they weather as a result of COVID-19, the Copyright Agency has incorporated feedback from its key stakeholders and directly addresses the fundamental challenges produced as a result of this uncertain time.

It includes a number of elements that will provide significant support to members in the coming months, with fund categories including a virtual writers’ festival fund, an emergency action fund, two funds commissioning new work, one for a visual arts events and the last allocated to innovative online projects.
Seeking Support
I Lost My Gig Australia are trying to find out how effective JobSeeker and JobKeeper are for people working in the creative industries and what kind of support might be needed as we head towards September. This information is critical in helping I Lost My Gig AU accurately inform the government on how the packages have helped and where major issues remain for the sector. Any information provided will be aggregated and no personal information attached to the data collected.

Pivot and About Face!

In these extraordinary times, the iconic image of the surgical mask has emerged as a symbol for COVID-19 and the era of social distancing.

From artisan comes #ABOUTFACE an invitation to the community to make, remodel, rework, embellish and decorate the simple home-made surgical mask as a creative reflection of the current global experience.

Once made, there will also be the opportunity to submit your mask(s) into artisan’s upcoming ‘ABOUTFACE’ exhibition.

Keep Listening to First Nations

From QMusic #keeplistening with this playlist of Queenslander music curated by QMusic Engagement Advisor and BIGSOUND First Nations Producer Alethea Beetson. The Blak North playlist features Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with album art from Alinta's 'Red' single made by Keia McGrady (KMCreations).

2020 Architectural Vision

Arts and cultural centre Bulmba-ja Arts Centre in Cairns has been named 2020 winner of the Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year in the Queensland Regional Architect Awards. TPG Architects took home the architecture gong confirming what we know - Bulmba-ja is a special place.

The Road to Reopen

From 12 June 2020, as part of the Queensland Government's Roadmap to Easing Queensland's Restrictions, museums, art galleries and historic sites can reopen to the public with gatherings restriction of up to 20 people. In preparation, Museums and Galleries QLD will release a resource to assist venues in planning to their reopening strategy.

In the meantime, the Australian Museums and Galleries Association has issued a survey for individuals and organisations to complete in order to ascertain the pandemic's current sector impacts. The information collected will help AMaGA to develop more useful services for stronger policies and programs of support.
Ausdance National COVID-19 Impact Survey for the Dance Sector

This survey aims to provide an understanding of the immediate and medium term needs of dance professionals in order to develop sector-specific responses to the impact of COVID-19.

Artlands 2020 which was planned to be in partnership with Junction Arts Festival’s 10th Anniversary program and due to be held September 2020 will be postponed until 2021.

This decision has been made due to the rapidly changing environment and in consideration of ongoing travel and gathering restrictions.
Creatives Online
The CQ Shopfront Flying Arts Business for Creatives Workshop Series is going online! 

If you are a visual artist or maker looking to develop or improve your creative business and develop commercially viable products, this workshop series is for you.  Best of all it is FREE for participants who live in Central Queensland!

With eight workshops being hosted from May til June, covering content including writing funding applications, e-commerce solutions, sourcing materials, KPIs and promotion among other integral skills, this sweeping masterclass for creatives cannot be missed!
Lights, Camera, Capricorn! - 6-27 June
Learn acting essentials online with the Capricorn Film Festival.

The Capricorn Film Festival in partnership with Livingstone Shire Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund proudly present the four-day online Screen Acting Essentials workshop with four of Australia’s best acting tutors.

Focused on working in Film and TV, this course is designed to demystify the actor’s process, and to accommodate the needs of both the beginner and those theatre-based actors who wish to acquire the specialist skills of the successful screen actor.
Digital Teaching - 20 May 2020

How can we produce and deliver engaging and effective online workshops? How do we translate our facilitation techniques online and what new methods can we use?

This Aus Council Arts session is hosted by facilitator Dr. Tristan Schultz a Gamilaraay man based in Queensland, and founder and co-director of Relative Creative.
Safe At Home Sessions

Following a fantastic response to APRA AMCOS' The At Home Sessions series in March, the series returns for more!

All members are eligible and sessions are free. Sign up today to participate in online programs including '3-2-1 Sessions' and 'Meet the Locals - Virtual'.
New Voices

Learn how to create like never before in this afternoon workshop with I Heart Songwriting Club founder and award-winning songwriter Francesca de Valence.

I Heart Songwriting warmly encourages adult beginner songwriters of all ages with little to no songwriting experience or instrument playing experience and who are open to using their voices. This online workshop is also ideal for songwriters who are coming back to writing after sometime away.
In this time of great uncertainty, RASN as a network would like to extend our support and solidarity with the arts sector, particularly in Queensland, facing the insecurity of the months ahead. We are devastated at the impact COVID-19 has had on our industry and we are working with partners and our community on what we can do to support each other through this hard time.

Below are some links to donate to those doing it tough or to seek assistance via: 

Support Act

Artists’ Benevolent Fund

Entertainment Assist


Australia Council

Blue Shield Australia

Sounds of Silence
Also, some sector impact surveys and resources where you can report lost gigs, revenue, and any effects the crisis has had on your livelihood as an artist/creative/artsworker:

PAC Australia

Diversity Arts Australia

I Lost My Gig

Let’s all look out for each other and our community.
Position: RNB Band Director
Organisation: Toowoomba Grammar School
Location: Toowoomba
Closes: 20 May 2020
More information: Toowoomba Grammar
Position: Art Dept. Head
Organisation: Hervey Bay State High School
Location: Hervey Bay
Closes: 22 May 2020
More information:
Position: Music Teacher
Organisation: St. Catherine's Catholic College
Location: North Queensland
Closes: 5 June 2020
More information: Download PDF
Position: Music Teacher
Organisation: Mareeba State School
Location: Mareeba
Closes: 2 June 2020
More information: Download PDF
Position: Photographer
Organisation: MPS Photography
Location: North Queensland
Closes: 28 May 2020
More information:
Position: Videographer/Producer
Organisation: Vetta Productions
Location: Townsville
Closes: Not Listed
More information: Vetta Online
Calling all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists!

Would you like to take part in the NAIDOC Week Art Exhibition (1-31 July 2020) at Queensland’s largest hospital?

The annual exhibition at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is extremely popular with patients, staff and the wider community providing you with the opportunity to showcase your culture and talents.

If you would like to take part, contact the hospital events team on 3646 1525 or email
The Clarence Prize
22 May 2020
A biennial, acquisitive exhibition that has found its niche within Australia’s art community as a prize that celebrates accessible and innovative furniture art. It is open to furniture designers and craftspeople operating within Australia. Held in the historic Rosny Barn, the Prize contributes to Tasmania’s reputation as a leading cultural hub, brimming with vibrant arts experiences.
More information:
Red Room Poetry Competition
22 May 2020
The competition has two categories for under-18s, as well as a category for teachers who want to flex their writing muscles. There are exciting prizes up for grabs, including a $500 cash prize, book packs, vouchers, and more!
More information:
2020 Grieve Writing Competition
25 May 2020
The Grieve Writing Competition is in honor of Grief Awareness Month (August). Australian authors can submit up to 36 lines of poetry or 500 word stories/personal essays about grief.
More information:
Queensland Writers Centre is proud to announce Publishable!

Giving 25 emerging writers the chance to take part in a tailored Manuscript Development Program - working with published authors, QWC mentors, and industry experts to improve their craft and take their manuscript closer to publication.

Applications Close 25 May 2020
Youth Innovation Grants
26 May 2020
FRRR and our donor partners are again offering over $100,000 in funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the six innovative Heywire project ideas.
More information:
The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2020
29 May 2020
One of Australia’s most loved and richest prize for realistic portraiture. The $50,000 biennial award is non-acquisitive and attracts over 400 entries from many of Australia’s most respected artists.
More information:
Empty Spaces Competition
30 May 2020
Authora Australis is a new outlet for Australian poetry, artwork, and creative writing that has just launched. Their first competition has started and calls for one of the following: up to 3 poems (60 lines), 3,000 word limit on fiction or 3-6 original artworks (including photography).
More information:
Queensland Bushfires - Category C - Flexible Funding Grants Round 1
3 June 2020
An initiative jointly funded under the Commonwealth/State Disaster recovery Funding Arrangements. This funding will assist in implementing projects aimed at driving recovery and building awareness.
More information:
Nominations Close 4 June 2020
Level Up Grants
7 June 2020
Introducing triple j Unearthed’s Level Up Grants. triple j are offering fifteen different financial grants to help you level up your music career. 
More information:
Fresh Start Fund
15 June 2020
ABC Australia has launched a $5 million fund to provide urgent support for Australian creatives during the COVID-19 crisis.
More information:
Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award
21 June 2020 
This project is an acquisitive award and exhibition, and touring exhibition that showcases the work of emerging artists from south east Queensland who are engaged in contemporary art practice.
More information:
Dreams for a Better World
26 June 2020
Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World program is all about partnering with those who dream big and do good to improve the lives of other Australians and their community, and they have $150,000 in grants to help make it happen.
More information:
2020 JADA
30 June 2020
Grafton Regional Gallery is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 JADA to artists residing in Australia aged over 16 years.  Artists are invited to enter up to two drawings with a Gallery appointed panel to shortlist a selection of finalists for exhibition from 2 October to 22 November 2020.
More information:
The Ideas Program
30 June 2020
This program applies to stories at the concept or later stage development. Projects can receive support more than once through this program with a maximum of $100,000 over the lifetime of the project.
More information:
The Richell Prize
10 July 2020
Open to unpublished writers of fiction or non-fiction, the winner will receive $10,000 and a year’s mentorship with one of Hachette Australia Books publishers.
More information:
CQU Creates 2020 Online Art Awards
17 July 2020
The competition is open to 2D and 3D artists who are current or past students and staff of CQUniversity and its antecedents, including the former CQ TAFE, who are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in the September 2020 online group exhibition. There is no entry fee.
More information:
Queensland Regional Art Awards 2020
27 July 2020
The QRAA is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The program aims to provide a platform for further professional development.
More information:
ACMF National Songwriting Competition
3 Aug 2020
The Australian Children's Music Foundation - ACMF National Songwriting Competition is now open! Free Entry for students and schools in Grades 1-12 and over $10,000 in prizes to be won.
More information:
The QUT Real World Studio Competition
28 Aug 2020
This competition allows high-school students to produce a creative entry responding to the theme of 'the environment'.
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:
Red Box Pop-Up Gallery: 2020 EOIs open
No Date Listed
Expressions of interest are open for Redland Art Gallery's travelling gallery, available to individual artists and groups to display artworks. 
More information:
UMI Arts Exhibitions - EOIs open
No Date Listed

Curated “Exhibition Ready” and “You and Me” – expressions of interest are open now for February to April 2020 exhibitions.
More information:
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland.
Crows Nest Residency 2020 EOI
No Date Listed
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 wishing to create in a natural habitat.
More information:
Playing Queensland Fund
Rolling Fund

The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.
More information:
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)
Rolling Fund

The Program invests in funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland and is administered across three funding streams.
More information:
The Arts Business Innovation Fund
Rolling Fund

This fund addresses the need to support innovation to strengthen income generating and entrepreneurial capacity in Queensland-based not-for-profit arts and cultural businesses. The ABIF provides a $1 million investment for not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations.
More information:

The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding can be combined with relief offered by other arts funding agencies, government departments, support services and philanthropy.


C-Virus Dilly Bag

C-Virus Dilly Bag is an ongoing collection of resources for our sector during COVID-19 curated by BlakDance.
Now more than ever, it is important to wi-rii-pi dargo (Come Back Altogether); although we cannot participate in our simplest and most vital practice, to gather, we can come together online and maintain the significance of kinship by supporting one another and centring positivity. BlakDance's approach consists of an online dilly bag filled with resources, by all communities, for all communities.

The list is free and accessible via the BlakDance website.

Do you have a regional arts event, organisation or practice you would like to promote on a state-wide platform? Leave your details HERE to contribute content to Regional Arts Services Network communications. 
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