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OCTOBER NEWS
Arts Ablaze kicked off a very busy month for RASN, with all of the RASN Providers coming together in Beaudesert for a round table meeting, before heading out to Kooralbyn for the conference and festival events from 2 – 6 October. We were especially proud to see all of the presentations, performances, exhibitions and activities involving RASN Providers at Arts Ablaze. Check out the collection of happy snaps below, as well as key highlights from individual Providers.

The SCO was very proud to support the involvement of more than 70 regional artists and artsworkers at Arts Ablaze, through our support for the First Nations and heARTh programs, local artist mentorships, and travel costs for a number of representatives from RRVR communities. The feedback from participants is still streaming in, and there is no doubt that Arts Ablaze provided a much-needed opportunity for regional representatives to come together for a deep dive into the unique landscape of regional arts practice and delivery in Queensland. Our heartfelt congratulations to all involved, and especial thanks to Bronwyn Davies, Shelley Pisani, Alicia Jones, Michelle Blair, Andrew Wright & Louise Bahnson, Sarah Moynihan and Norm Horton.
ACCESS FOR THE REGIONS

Why RASN?
 

Written by Wendy Mansell, RASN SCO Regional Engagement Director, for presentation at Arts Ablaze Panel: Access for the Regions.

In a landscape of so many arts service organisations in Queensland that include regional service in their brief, it begs the question of why a construct like RASN might even be necessary.

How do you provide access to, and meaningful engagement with the arts, when faced with the challenges of vast geographical spread and, extremely low population density, and in many cases recurrent cycles of natural disaster, and the impacts of intergenerational disadvantage?
 

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PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT
IPSWICH AND LOGAN
Access Community Services
BEMAC at Arts Ablaze Conference
 
The BEMAC team from Access Community Services were delighted to attend the recent Arts Ablaze conference which encouraged arts workers from all across the state to gather, network, showcase and share ideas.

The BEMAC team were also pleased to lead the Access for the Regions panel at the event, which showcased the great work that organisations are doing across the state, and facilitated strong discussion of how to grow our creative and cultural sector across regional and remote Queensland.

BEMAC’s Arts Engagement Officer for Logan region, Grace Edward (pictured above), also spoke about some of the exciting creative work BEMAC is involved in within our rich multicultural communities in the Logan and Ipswich region as part of the RASN program.
FREE Make Art Your Business Workshop

BEMAC are excited to offer a FREE workshop to Ipswich Arts workers, artists, muso’s and more. This event will provide practical business advice, offer tips on how to grow your creative passion into a thriving business and answer burning questions such as:

How do I get my arts idea off the ground? How do I start a creative business? Do I need a manager / agent? Where can I find partners and support? Can I get a grant? How can I expand what I am already doing on a small-scale?

Date: Saturday 9 November
Time: 1pm-3pm
Tickets: FREE
Address:  Charlie's, 215 Brisbane St, Ipswich (Entrance at rear, via West Street car park. Free parking available). Fully accessible event

Places are limited so don’t miss out! Reserve your spot today
(Presented by BEMAC through the Regional Arts Services Network, and supported by Bendigo Bank).

Then afterwards, head on over to the other great Arts events in Ipswich also on 9 November:
Diversity With Dance

BEMAC through RASN has been supporting the Diversity With Dance project in Logan. A program which allows all people to have access to health and wellness. Diversity and Wellness day will help raise funds to sponsor Diversity with Dance Instructors to complete the Certificate III in Fitness.

Mantua Sewing School Training Program

BEMAC through RASN funding is proud to be supporting the first group of ladies through Mantua Sewing School training program.

Mantua Sewing Studio realised women of refugee and migrant backgrounds had an amazing talent and knowledge for sewing that the Australian fashion industry could benefit from. The idea for a sewing program was then born, providing these women with skills and experience for future employment. 

Check out all the amazing programs on offer for the Ipswich and Logan Region on the Bemac Facebook
NORTH QUEENSLAND
Queensland Music Festival
It’s been a busy last month and a bit around the region and the state with a number of conferences and public information nights on the move.
 
NQ RASN had a blast at Arts Ablaze and was very proud to be joined by Big Eye Theatre who danced with the host nation the Mununjali peoples.
 
It was great to catch up with the other providers and keep abreast of what’s relevant in each region.

After Arts Ablaze, we convened our inaugural Steering Committee meeting, with representation from across the North Queensland region including a mix of arts, local government, First Nations, and community expertise. Along with our North Queensland host organisation, Umbrella Studios, we were finally able to move into our permanent location in Townsville, after spending most of 2019 in temporary locations.

On 15 October we welcomed a large group of artists and artsworkers to the new space to talk about the first year of RASN, and what lies ahead for the region. Stay tuned for news about the launch of our first major cross-regional initiative, that will connect communities from Hughenden to Palm Island through an iconic art project.
SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND
Empire Theatre Projects
As the RASN Provider for the region, Empire Theatre Projects led several initiatives at Arts Ablaze that fostered cross-regional connectivity, and showcased the talents and creativity of communities across the state.

One such initiative was to create specialised programming for Regional Arts Development Fund representatives at the conference, including a breakfast where Margaret Power from University of Southern Queensland shared her research on the impact of RADF-funded arts projects in Western Queensland. Light up the Regions enabled creative participation and representation for communities throughout regional Queensland, with 45 lanterns on display throughout the event.
19-20 October and 26-27 October 2019

Savour the Granite Belt’s thriving art & craft community at GBART. Held over two huge weekends. Discover a variety of local artists, as they exhibit at studios & galleries. It's your chance to enrol in a class, participate in a workshop or simply enjoy.
Lanescape Festival
Friday 25 October

We are a community group on a mission to create an annual public art event which promotes art and culture, supports tourism and increases the liveability of the Goondiwindi area, and improves community participation in arts and culture across the region. It  is  anticipated  that  each  year  the  Lanescape Group  will  focus  on  creating  public  art  work  throughout  the  town  with  the  intention  of  creating  an art  trail  within  the  CBD.
The intrepid crew from Western Queensland brought 23 representatives to Arts Ablaze, making the 15 hour journey from Blackall by bus to showcase the cultural stories from Dress the Central West at Arts Ablaze. This dynamic performance brought together wearable art, live music, and place-based stories from Western Queensland, and created new opportunities for collaboration and creation including work with Mununjali dancer Mitchell Currie, and Nickeema Williams from CQ RASN. Check out the whole story here.
 
Straight on the heels of Arts Ablaze, Red Ridge has continued to blaze other trails in Western Queensland with the Matilda Way Art Trail well and truly underway, with water towers already completed in Mount Isa and Windorah (please check their socials to see if any others), then on to Thargomindah for Channel Country Ladies Day.
SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND NORTH
Creative Arts Alliance
Arts Ablaze Wrap Up 

The CAA team represented the SEQN region proudly and showcased the strengths of our work and our region which saw us delivering each and every day of the conference and festival. 

Including: 
•  a presentation on our work in creative placemaking and activation with Moreton Bay Regional Council at the Caboolture Hub and Somerset Regional Council at The Condensery 
• a presentation on our creative product development with Sunshine Coast Council and Third Drawer Down which you can now buy ONLINE
• sharing as part of a Panel on engagement how we have been working to support First Nations creatives including our work with Blaklash
• showcasing the amazing artists and communities as part of our Let's Dance project (Somerset) and our Plug In Music Development program (Gympie) 
• supporting new connections and emerging collaborations through hosting networking drinks for arts and cultural workers from across our SEQN region  
• our Board Director, Phil Smith, who took on the massive task of MCing the Big Pitch Tent for two whole days  
Let's Dance Somerset at Arts Ablaze!
SEQN First Nations Artists Forum
Saturday 23 November
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. 
Check out all the amazing programs on offer for the SEQN Region here
CAPE YORK & THE TORRES STRAIT 
Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
What a busy couple of months of great events; Wallaby Creek Festival followed very closely by Arts Ablaze Regional Arts Conference.

Wallaby Creek Festival is a music festival in the bush 45kms South of Cooktown, which has been running annually for 16 years.The festival provided RAO, Warratah Nicholls, with a great opportunity to catch up with the organisers and regional artists to discuss how CY&TS RASN can assist them.

Wallaby Creek Festival has a strong community focus, giving priority and exposure to local emerging artists, providing them the opportunity to perform alongside their professional peers. As well as offering workshops and mentoring to help develop their techniques and promote their careers. Several local musicians have launched their careers here. This year local youth band, ‘Legends of Perhaps’, had the honour of christening the new Monsoon Stage, that had been built through community workshops and a grant from the, ‘Stronger Communities Program’.

The festival includes a Workshop space and a Kids festival, both a hive of creativity with storytelling, clowns and acrobats, weaving, dancing, singing, drumming workshops as well as fabulous array of activity from recycling beach debris to building and programming your own robot.

Susan Kelly of Natural Images was the resident photographer and produced some beautiful images which she has happily shared with us here.
Waratah also travelled to Arts Ablaze with two artists from CY&TS region who were supported by Flying Arts travel Arts Ablaze subsidy and RASN Arts Ablaze bursary. Fiona Elisala and Kora Bosun from Moa Island, thoroughly enjoyed listening to the guest speakers and forums and meeting people. They will be making a short video about their experience to share with stakeholders and artists which will be available on Moa Arts Facebook soon.

It was wonderful to see all the RASN peers again who had come from all corners of the state. The conference was inspiring, insightful and educational as well asking some very valuable questions. Where will the Arts be in 2030?

There was so much fabulous things happening,including the Artour Showcase day, it was definitely food for thought. CY&TS RASN is now committing to dedicating energy to getting more performing arts into the region, but also asking the questions; ‘What are we importing? What are we exporting? How can we promote, assist and increase performers from regional areas to perform in the major centres?'
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND 
Central Queensland University
Free Animation & Projection Workshop Emerald

Want to learn how to turn your drawings into digital animation? Want to learn how to light up outdoor spaces with your own digital artworks? Then jump on this opportunity!

FREE animation and projection workshop coming to Emerald on the last weekend in November.
 
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!

SECTOR NEWS
The National Performing Arts Partnership Framework

The Australian Government is proud to support Australia’s performing arts sector through the new National Performing Arts Partnership Framework.

The new Framework responds to the recommendations of the nationwide consultation process in 2018, which included 8,026 survey responses, 370 formal submissions and 15 forums across the country.
 

For more information about the framework: australiacouncil.gov.au

The inaugural Art of Attraction Summit is the first all-inclusive opportunity in Australia to connect with, be introduced to, learn from, and become inspired by leaders at the very forefront of using publicly-accessible art to attract visitors, expand seasonal visitation and increase the average length of stay.

The theme of DRIVING CHALLENGE will explore the opportunities available to local and regional tourism organisations, local government, community and business organisations, private businesses and festivals interested in art tourism, with a focus on public and street art including silo art and mega-murals, laneway projects, sculpture trails, monuments and street art events.

The full-day program will offer a variety of sessions exploring the latest trends, research and case studies.

Apply to Australia Council for the Arts Leadership Programs


These programs are dedicated to transforming our sector’s knowledge, skills and capabilities by supporting emerging and established leaders. 
 

Applications for Arts Leaders Program and Future Leaders Program close soon!

The Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance is calling all members for the 11th Annual General Meeting

to be held on

Monday, November 4, 2019

5:30pm (for a 6:00pm official start)

at The MET, Maroochydore

Corner First Avenue and
South Sea Islander Way,
Maroochydore, QLD, 4558

Find the Agenda here.

Please consider nominating for the management committee.

We will be sending out membership renewal notices for lapsed members via email shortly. You can also become a new member online now or at the meeting – before the official AGM commences.

Hope to see you there.

Phil Smith, President SCCA
Artist image: Apollo
The QUBE Effect 2020 Applications are now open!

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

This year, BEMAC have been selected as the official producer of the QUBE Effect 2020 Program for Brisbane City Council, which provides 24 selected musical acts the opportunity to take part in a six-month development program.

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.
WORKSHOPS | TRAINING
The Object of Labels – Writing Interpretive Text for Exhibitions
29 October 2019, 10am - 1pm
Logan Art Gallery

This masterclass will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to write effective interpretive text, exploring both the theory and practice behind good labels. 

Limited spaces left– book now
Australia Council Arts Governance Program Webinar Series
Wednesday 5 February 2020, 1pm (Melbourne time)

Arts Governance Refresher
This webinar will enhance understanding of governance fundamentals, including legal responsibilities. It is strongly recommended that participants attending a one-day workshop view this webinar before attending the workshop.

Register Now
EMPLOYMENT
Position: Head of Creative Arts
Organisation: Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Location: Sunshine Coast
Closes: 25 October 2019
More information: mfac.edu.au/
Position: Arts/Languages Academic Leader
Organisation: Catholic Education Townsville
Location: Townsville
Closes: 28 October 2019
More information: tsv.catholic.edu.au
Position: Program Assistant
Organisation: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Location: Sunshine Coast
Closes: 28 October 2019
More information: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Position: Performing Arts Assistant
Organisation: Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School
Location: Gold Coast
Closes: 28 October 2019
More information: lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au
Position:  Industry Manager 
Organisation: Gold Coast Film Festival
Location: Gold Coast
Closes: 30 October 2019
More information: gcfilmfestival.com
Position: Head of Performing Arts (Junior)
Organisation: Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar School
Location: Ipswich
Closes: 30 October 2019
More information: seek.com.au
Position: Instrumental Music Specialist - Lower Brass
Organisation: Sunshine Coast Grammar School
Location: Sunshine Coast
Closes: 11 November 2019
More information: scgs.qld.edu.au
Position: Classroom Teachers - Maths - Arts - English
Organisation: HorizonOne Recruitment
Location: Northern QLD
Closes: Not Listed
More information: seek.com.au
Position: School Photographers and Assistants
Organisation: Advancedlife
Location: Townsville
Closes: Not Listed
More information: advancedlife.com.au
Position: TAFE Teacher Training Program (Cultural Arts)
Organisation: TAFE Queensland North
Location: Cairns
Closes: Not Listed
More information: tafeqld.edu.au
FUNDING | GRANTS | AWARDS | RESIDENCIES
Sunshine Coast Council -  Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
Closes: 1 November 2019
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: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Year of Outback Tourism Events Program
Closes: 4 November 2019
As part of the Year of Outback Tourism, the Queensland Government has launched the $3 million Year of Outback Tourism Events Program. As part of the Year of Outback Tourism, the Queensland Government has launched the $3 million Year of Outback Tourism Events Program.
More information: premiers.qld.gov.au
Rockhampton Region -  Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
Closes: 8 November 2019
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: rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au
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: qfom.com.au
RESOURCES


Creative Responders is Out Now!
 

The new podcast from Creative Recovery Network explores the unique power of the arts and creativity in disaster management. In our first episode, Scotia Monkivitch visits Strathewen Primary School in rural Victoria ten years on from the Black Saturday bushfires to hear from Principal Jane Hayward and a group of Year 6 students about their innovative approach to disaster preparedness. We also speak to the CFA's Lisal O'Brien, Professor Lisa Gibbs and Doctor Louise Phillips about the importance of fostering leadership, agency and self-determination among young people in the face of disaster.

Find the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify or listen directly through the CRN website.

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