Only 12 more sleeps until Arts Ablaze! It has been exciting to see the program come together, and to see the power of collaboration between so many organisations to help make this happen. The program is full of inspiring discussions, workshops and events – if you haven’t already registered you can find the full details at Arts Ablaze. We’d like to acknowledge all of the hard work of the team at Scenic Rim Regional Council, as well other partners including The Ideas Distillery, Goat Track Theatre, cr8tveunltd, Agentry, Flying Arts, and Empire Theatre Projects, the RASN Provider for Southwest Queensland. Amazing things happen when people work together, and Arts Ablaze has truly brought the sector together around something that we are all passionate about. Because we can’t wait for the event to officially start, we decided to give you a little preview of what is coming with our interview with Alicia Jones from cre8veunltd, Producer of the Arts Ablaze First Nations Program. See you in Kooralbyn, and if you can’t make it, be sure to check out the livestreamed events.
Video by Minnie Brechin. 
Created as part of a CQUniversity student internship with Feral Arts.
Interview with Alicia Melonie Jones

Alicia Melonie Jones is a Performance/Installation artist currently residing on Yugambeh country (Gold Coast). A heritage of Palawa, Welsh and English, Alicia is a combination of many worlds, old and new; questioning modes of education, knowledge systems and control of information through the use of objects and gesture as cultural signifiers.

Alicia Melanie Jones is the Producer of the First Nations program for Arts Ablaze, which is launching in about ten days. Recently we had the opportunity to talk about how she has approached building the program, her experiences of working with the local community, and the challenges of juggling the at times competing demands of a set event timeline with good community process.

"What tends to happen is that a lot of non-Aboriginal organisations will work with Aboriginal people they know. There’s a number of reasons for that; you work with the people, regardless of heritage, who are reliable, who get back to you, who do the application and call you back and I understand that. The community doesn’t work like that. You need to go visit them. You don’t send the elders emails; you find out who the cousin is, or the sister or the worker and you go and sort out the connections that way. "

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Arts Queensland
Please welcome our newest Regional Arts Officer, David Hudson, who has joined the RASN team in Far North Queensland.

David is a proud Western Yalanji/Ewamian man of North Queensland. He is also an internationally renowned musician, artist, entertainer and facilitator/presenter. In all these areas, his work comprises a combination of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal influences.

He has performed, promoted and travelled with tourism bodies as part of their promotions throughout Queensland and the world and applauded for his corporate presentations combining his extensive knowledge, unique presentation style and of course, his sense of humour.

David is an accomplished and inspirational speaker who also delivers cultural workshops to many and varied groups and audiences.

As co-founder of the acclaimed Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda-Cairns in 1987, he returned as General Manager from 2008-2012.

As well as an accomplished guitarist, David is regarded as a leader and inspiration with his traditional instrument the didgeridoo providing innovation and a global following throughout his career.

In this role at Arts Queensland David hopes to encourage and empower First Nations communities and the wider sector to embrace all possibilities, while always delivering a positive cultural message.  
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Grace Edward
Arts Engagement Officer

Welcome to the team Grace! Grace is our new arts engagement officer for Logan. She brings with her a wealth of talent in theatre and a passion for youth migrants and refugees. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre, a Master Degree in Creative Industries and has led the amazing ‘Linking Generations’ Forum Theatre Project. Jennifer Hogan is your key contact in Ipswich, however we thought you would like to meet Grace too.
Published author Louise Merrington has had creative writing running through her veins since she was a child. She wrote her first fairy-tale at the age of 6 and was first published at the age of 12. She has tried her hand at journalism and research, but has found herself coming back to her roots in fantasy fiction. BEMAC through RASN funding is proud to be supporting Louise to complete her next book, a collection of interconnected fantasy short stories. 

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 via
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.
Queensland Music Festival
Morning tea with The Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP.
In early September the Queensland Government’s convened the Townsville Parliament as part of its ongoing commitment to regional Queensland.

As a component of the Townsville Parliament, The Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts hosted a Morning Tea on Friday 6 September, to discuss the successes, challenges and opportunities for the local arts sector.

This was a small and somewhat informal gathering, attended by representatives of local Arts Queensland funded companies, local and state government.

In Minister Enoch’s opening speech to the group she specifically commented on RASN and her commitment to the program. She is very dedicated to RASN and expressed her views on the importance and need for all Queenslanders to have the opportunity to tell their stories from their place. North Queensland RAO, Madonna Davies, was able to talk with her alongside Kellie Williams our host organisation Director. We were able to fill her in on some of the projects that we have done so far particularly on Palm Island. Minister Enoch would like to be invited to RASN Steering Committee meetings or events in the future. I will put together a brief report for the Minister about RASN’s success so far.

Present at the Ministers morning tea were representatives from Dancenorth, Umbrella Studio of contemporary art, Australian Festival of Chamber Music and RASN as representatives from the Management Committee for the Professional Artists North Queensland.
New Home for Umbrella
Our wonderful host organisation Umbrella Studio of contemporary art, have been handed the keys to the new gallery building at 480 Flinders street. There are extensive renovations happening to get the space up to standard. The grand opening date is yet to be announced but it’s not too far off now. Umbrella had to relocate after the monsoon earlier in the year and have now found their new home after having to relocate three times. Fourth time lucky!
Dalrmple Community Cultural Centre

North Queensland RAO, Madonna Davies, caught up with the Su Mclennan and Kate Jones in Charters Towers. Su represents the Dalrymple Community Cultural Centre Trust and Kate is a visual artists and illustrator from Pentland. The DCCC is a great space dedicated to regional visual artists, touring in works and is currently in various stages of development. If you are in Charters Towers pop in and see what’s going on. Just down from the World Theatre on the corner opposite the Royal Private hotel.
Kate Jones runs numerous visual art workshops out west interacting with farmers and families in drought and flood effected areas. She is currently doing her Repainting our Stories program. Checkout the Facebook page Kb7 Publishing.

Networking Sesh

A lovely night was had at our last creative networking sesh, held in partnership with NQ RASN and Create Townsville. Dancenorth were wonderful hosts and it was great to see some new faces!
Empire Theatre Projects
Creative Arts Alliance
Let's Dance Somerset Stage 2
Creative Arts Alliance are thrilled to announce that further funding has been secured to deliver a second stage of Let's Dance Somerset following the success of the dance aspect of the Somerset Art Beat Festival which took place in June earlier this year. Arts Ablaze has provided funding for a series of dance workshops to take place in the Somerset region during September, with individuals and local dance groups being invited to attend the regional conference to showcase the dance talent of their region. 
Music Recording Basics
Saturday 28 September 10am-12:30pm | OR 1:00 -3:30pm

This two hour workshop aimed at those who want to get in and start making music or recording audio using the high quality facilities at the Caboolture Hub. Participants learn the basics of how to turn on and use the recording studio to record and play back audio. They are taught how to use the audio interface, microphones, speakers and the basic running of audio software. This workshop provides the participants with the knowledge to safely use the recording studio for music recording, electronic music creation and podcasting etc.

Ages 12-18 years 

Make a Beat Workshops 
Thursday 26 September 10am-1pm | OR Tuesday 1st October 1-4pm

Participants will learn how to work with loops, virtual and electronic instruments and learn how to record acoustic instruments/vocals.  Participants are encouraged to bring in their own instruments which will be recorded and incorporated into the song/beat, utilising their skills and encouraging them to continue to use the studio resources. Participants will be shown how to use the studio software and hardware including some of the setup and mixing techniques mentioned above. We will discuss song writing techniques appropriate to the style of music being made.

Ages 12 - 18 years 

Young Mic Up Late  
Thursday 26 September 5-7pm

Young Mic is back, and we’re staying up late. All Moreton Bay region young musicians (under 18) are invited to come along and perform to a live audience. Have some fun and gain some experience, performing alongside other young musicians is a great way to spend a Thursday evening.
For more infromation: Website Facebook Eventbrite
Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
Cooktown Expo 2020 Community Consultation

The Regional Arts Services Network (Cape York and Torres Strait) and Cook Shire Council recently consulted with more than a dozen communities across Cape York to gather and share ideas for Cooktown Expo 2020.

Cooktown Expo 2020 is an action-packed three week event from 17 July to 4 August 2020 showcasing Cooktown’s 250 years of shared history.

Communities in Weipa, Coen, Portland Roads, Lockhart River, Bamaga, Mapoon, New Mapoon, Aurukun, Napranum, Seisa and Injinoo, and Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw were invited to share their ideas to shape this celebration of history and place.

Unique and diverse projects were identified by the communities as possible contributions to the program. Significant opportunities for sharing Indigenous stories, and for the Cape to come together through musical performances, arts markets, traditional and contemporary dance, film, and youth workshops were uncovered. Local artists have expressed their interest in performing and presenting their work at the Expo, along with Indigenous environmental groups who plan to showcase their work preserving and protecting country. 

Although the program is still in development, Cooktown Expo 2020 has already generated strong support from local stakeholders. Aboriginal Councils including Wujal Wujal, Hope Vale and Yarrabah have confirmed their support. Additionally, National Museum of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, James Cook University and the National Trust of Australia are also partnering to make this event a reality.
Sha-Lane Gibson, Shane Gibson and Waratah Nicholls on the road

Arts Queensland (AQ) is renewing and revitalising its peer assessor register. We are calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from arts and cultural representatives to join our peer assessor register for a three-year term.  Peer assessors are critical to providing independent reviews, moderation and recommendations on applications to all AQ investment programs.

We strive to maintain a diverse and representative pool of peer assessors, including regionally based and First Nations peoples, and are seeking new Peer Assessors with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander background.

To find out more, download the Peer Assessor Handbook, which includes an overview of the duties, code of conduct, remuneration and terms of reference.

Register your interest in becoming a peer assessor via the AQ website.

AQ values the contribution of peer assessors to achieving equitable funding decisions. We are committed to best practice assessment processes that are transparent, efficient and accessible.

If you have any questions about the AQ peer assessor register, please do not hesitate to contact Arts Queensland on (07) 3034 4016.

EOIs now open for WOW Bites in 2020
At WOW Australia we are looking for nominations for the WOW Bites sessions within the WOW Australia 2020 program.  Every WOW festival worldwide includes WOW Bites sessions.   These are short talks and stories, and sometimes performances, on a very wide range of subjects from the serious to the frivolous, delivered by all sorts of people, occasionally famous, but often everyday heroes.   WOW Bites may have a feminist theme, but many will just be about amazing things women have done, fears conquered, lives changed.  They are designed to engage and inspire audiences in all sorts of areas – new life insights, information, ideas, and ways of thinking.
Bites are a big part of WOW – honouring the lives and leadership of many unsung heroes.  Doing a WOW Bite can be a huge moment for some women and girls – the first time they have told their story in a public forum.

The WOW Bites program is made possible thanks to support from our Major Partner, QSuper.
So, let us have your suggestions and nominations.
Click on the link below, complete and submit the nomination form -deadline for submissions is Friday 27th September.

We look forward to hearing from you!
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The biggest change to the new pay standards was driven by strong sector feedback requesting that artists’ fees no longer be determined by the blurry boundaries of whether an artist is emerging, mid-career or established, but instead be set based on organisation size, determined by operating budgets.

While the Code currently sets base minimum standards, and states that better resourced public galleries should pay more than the minimum, feedback collected between 2015 and 2019 shows that some medium and large organisations are paying the same fees as a small regional gallery with an operating budget of $358,000. In all of our roundtable consultations, it was unanimous that the Code needs to be clearer that medium and large organisations should not be paying the same level of fees as small organisations.

While NAVA make minor updates to Pay Standards annually and implement these immediately, this major revision will come into effect in 2020. NAVA welcomes feedback until 30 September. 
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.
The theme for the Australian Museums and Galleries Association's 2020 National Conference is Creating the Future: Trust. Diversity. Imagination. To be held in Canberra, ACT; AMaGA is looking for papers that bring intergenerational, interdisciplinary, cross-platform, cross-cultural and intersectional perspectives to the conference.

Call for abstracts closes 30 September 2019
Position: Casual Theatre Technician
Organisation: Empire Theatre
Location: Toowoomba & Darling Downs
Closes: 25 September 2019
More information:
Position: Teacher Assistant Art, Primary
Organisation: Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Location: Sunshine Coast
Closes: 27 September 2019
More information:
Position: Ticket Seller
Organisation: Townsville City Council
Location: Townsville
Closes: 30 September 2019
More information:
Position: Arts/Languages Academic Leader
Organisation: Catholic Education Townsville
Location: Townsville
Closes: 4 October 2019
More information:
Position: Junior Photography and Coordinator
Organisation: Boardriders
Location: Gold Coast
Closes: Not Listed
More information:
Position: Apprentice Picture Framer
Organisation: tjpictureframing
Location: Mackay & Coalfields
Closes: Not Listed
More information:
Position: Volunteer
Organisation: Swell Sculpture Festival
Location: Currumbin Beach
Closes: Not listed
More information:
EOI: Botanica – Contemporary art outside
Closes: 23 September 2019
Botanica is calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified artists, designers, architects, creative collectives and collaborators to participate in Botanica 2020.
More information:
Copyright Agency - Fellowship for a Visual Artist
Closes: 23 September 2019
The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for a Visual Artist will support an established Australian visual artist to develop and create new work in any medium for exhibition or public outcome.
More information:
Copyright Agency - Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing
Closes: 23 September 2019
The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to create a new work of creative non-fiction writing which will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership.
More information:
Copyright Agency - Author Fellowship
Closes: 23 September 2019
The Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship will support an established Australian author to create a new work for publication or performance and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, children’s and young adult writers, picture book illustrators and journalists.
More information:
EOI: The Platform: Sculpture commission
Closes: 23 September 2019
Council is calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified artists, designers, architects, creative collectives and collaborators to create the next The Platform artwork.
More information:
Brigalow Arts Festival - Entries Open
Closes: 23 September 2019
Over $11,000 in prize money on offer for fine art, photography, textiles, sculpture and decorative art. 
More information:
Access Arts Achievement Award
Closes: 30 September 2019
The Access Arts Achievement Award provides up to $10,000 in funding for Queensland artists, arts workers and producers with disability working in any art form to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and/or tour their work.
More information:
Gordon Darling Foundation: General Grants
Closes: 30 September 2019
To support, promote access and enjoyment of all areas of the visual arts to the broadest possible audience. 
More information:
Public Galleries Queensland: Organisational Grants
Closes: 30 September 2019
Grants of up to a maximum of $1,000 to assist public galleries to undertake organisational initiatives. 
More information:
Australia Council for the Arts: Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups
Closes: 1 October 2019
To further develop skills or improve capacity to build an enduring career in the arts.
More information:
National Arts and Disability Awards
Closes: 1 October 2019
Celebrates the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists, and the significant contribution of artists with disability to the vibrancy of Australian arts. 
More information:
Tourism and Events Queensland: QLD Destination Events Program
Closes: 2 October 2019
Seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.
More information:
Australian Government: Visions of Australia
Closes: 4 October 2019
This regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia.
More information:
Santos Young Artist Bursary
Closes: 11 October 2019
The Roma on Bungil Gallery Santos Young Artist Bursary has been established with the generous support of Santos GLNC to assist young people from the ages of 15 to 21 years, who live within the Maranoa region of South West Queensland in pursuing studies in all aspects of Visual Arts.
More information:
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:

NCCP are a non-profit that believes creative placemaking can make sustainable, prosperous, equitable, inclusive, and resilient places. They build connections, capacity, and community in the field. They bring people from all walks of life together through webinars, summits, and trainings. NCCP strive to influence the levers of power in communities.

NCCP  has produced some amazing podcasts that feature a series of interviews with creative placemakers, people who are making a difference in their communities through the arts, cultural programming and creative processes.
To listen, click here
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