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FEBRUARY NEWS
The network is back again with a round up of all the latest across the RASN regions! 

We've got plenty of news to make you kick up your feet and dance, or prop them up, sit back and listen. From amazing murals to outstanding musical performances, there's something for everyone this month all throughout the State!
MY REGION MY ART
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. 
PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT
IPSWICH AND LOGAN
Access Community Services

In a few months time, you'll get to dust off your kilts for The Gathering Festival in Ipswich! This May, visitors will get to enjoy a wonderful celebration of Celtic music, culture and performance at one of Queensland largest celtic festivals.

The Ipswich community will get to enjoy a wonderful celebration of Celtic music, culture and performance at The Gathering Festival this May at Ipswich Turf Club.

Discover Celtic heritage against the historic backdrop of Ipswich, and witness the colour and spectacle of the Queensland Pipe Band Championships, featuring 250 of Australia’s pipe band competitors!

The event, proudly supported by BEMAC (through RASN funding), will feature talented Celtic artists throughout the venue in impromptu style performances, and also hopes to provide a platform to launch new talent within the local Ipswich community.

Follow below if you are interested in volunteering, performing or partnering at The Gathering Festival
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Harmonious Together

Be a part of a wonderful community event as the city of Ipswich comes together to celebrate multiculturalism on Harmony Day! 

Proudly supported by BEMAC through RASN.

Happy Feet and Happy Trails

Keystone Dance Crew, a Logan based troupe, recently travelled to Nagoya, Japan to participate in a new iteration of Confusion Inclusion, a dance theatre performance.

Part of a cultural exchange project with Popeye Disability Services in Nagoya, BEMAC is proud to be supporting the crew from the Keystone Community Hub to participate in Confusion Inclusion. The Confusion Inclusion dance event takes its name from the idea that being creative is a way to connect.

Through RASN funding, Keystone Dance Crew were able to employ professional Butoh performer Megan White to help the group create 'The Magic Pool', a piece which they will perform at the event. Together these eight mixed ability dancers will collaborate and inspire the audience with the Popeye Dance Crew, empowering people with a disability to live proactively and creatively.

SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND NORTH
Creative Arts Alliance
Gympie Civic Centre - Friday 28 February

Proudly supported by Creative Alliance Queensland and SUGARRUSHMusic
The Live and Local Music Sessions bring together the best musical talent of the Gympie Region to perform alongside other featured artists. This free, all-ages event is a chance for music lovers to share an evening of great live music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere
 
Featured Artists

Alisha Todd sings the songs of a curious traveller, bringing focus to the beauty of humans and nature alike. From her humble beginnings being raised on country and 90’s pop in small town Gympie to European explorations of getting lost to be found, Alisha’s music too has travelled and evolved in time to be the inspiring nuggets of unconditional encouragement needed while on the endless pursuit of happiness.

Surrounded by the wilds of the rainforest and the azure beauty of the reef in far north Queensland, Leanne Tennant is an artist who pulls you across boundaries. Her songs sweep and fall, rock and flow and bring you into her world – one where you can escape that concrete, check out for a little and get lost in myriad stories of real people, real life and real experiences.

Dan Horne is an English-born Australian singer/songwriter swiftly making his mark on the Australian music industry. The former bricklayer began his music career in 2015 busking on the streets whilst travelling. His one-man-band style is a mesmerising blend of foot drums, harmonica, multiple guitars and unmistakable vocals with unforgettable lyrics that are easy to relate to. Now living in Chatsworth near Gympie, Dan is a must-see act on the live music scene, rigorously touring and playing music festivals across the country.

Local emerging singer/songwriter, Ashley Pel is quickly making a name for herself on the local music scene. As one of the participants being mentored by industry professionals with the Plug-In Music Development Program, Ashley is on the brink of taking her career to next level.
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.
 
For more details email admin@creativealliance.org.au
Youthful Pursuits
1-9 April 2020

Join Creative Alliance for Youth Week at the Caboolture Hub!

Hosted in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council CA are thrilled to program a variety of events and activities to celebrate young people. Celebrate Youth Week and develop your artistic skills in a three-session intensive with artist Simon Degroot.

View the full program here.
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND 
Central Queensland University
Writing Sparks Joy

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.
 

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. 
 
Limited places available so book in now!
PD for Bundy, Mackay and Rocky

Announcing the dates of the CQ Shopfront Flying Arts Business for Creatives Workshop Series!

Open to visual artists, craftspeople, makers and designers from the Banana Shire, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Mackay, North Burnett and the Rockhampton regions, the dates for these 20 person workshops are as follows:

Bundaberg: 7-8 March
Mackay:  4-5 April
Rockhampton: 18-19 April

These workshops, funded through Arts Queensland and CQ RASN, sourced participants through an Expression of Interest process over two months, seeking out those most keen to develop their creative business and commercialised product range.
CAPE YORK & THE TORRES STRAIT 
Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
Turn Back the Clock at Cooktown
 
CY & TS RASN is working with Cook Shire Council, stakeholders and artists from across Cape York to put a spotlight on Indigenous culture, history and heritage during the first weekend of Cooktown Expo 2020.

Waratah Nicholls, the RASN Regional Arts Officer, has engaged with artists from across the region, dancers from Hopevale, Coen, Mapoon, New Mapoon, Injinoo and Lockhart and visual artists from Bamaga, Aurukun, Pormpuraaw, New Mapoon,  Napranum and Seisia, as well as musicians and bands from Portland Roads, Weipa, Bamaga and Hopevale. They are all excited to be part of this fabulous regional initiative. Many of these artists will be performing or exhibiting their work at the Ngutha-Ngutha Back In Time showcase.

The Ngutha-Ngutha Back In Time showcase will take visitors on a journey through the culture and daily life of the Guugu Yimithirr and KuKu Yalanji Bama who have lived in the region for thousands of years. Cooktown Expo 2020 runs from July 17 to August 4 2020, and will showcase Cooktown’s unique story of 250 years of shared history, stemming from the 1770 arrival of explorer James Cook. The three week regional showcase will put the spotlight on the history, adventure, culture and natural beauty of Cooktown and Cape York. 

“This special event invites people to experience a day in the life of the Indigenous people of the region, as they lived before the arrival of Europeans,” Cook Shire Council Expo 2020 Director Merryn Hughes said. 

The Ngutha-Ngutha showcase will take place in a traditional village created for the weekend, and will feature workshops and displays of traditional life, including spear throwing, fire making, language workshops, underground oven cooking, painting and dance. The showcase is a collaborative project, supported by the National Museum of Austalia in partnerships with neighbouring Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Wujal Wujal and Hope Vale community groups and Aboriginal corporations. 

Other events on the program for first weekend of the festival, from July 17 to 19, include the Reconciliation Rocks music festival, featuring Troy Cassar-Daley, Busby Marou, Mau Power and a host of local performers and a re-enactment of the first recorded act of reconciliation between Captain Cook and the Guugu Yimithirr Bama.
For more information on Cooktown Expo 2020 or to Volunteer
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SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND
Empire Theatre Projects
There Goes The Neighbourhood...On Tour!
 
A collaborative production between La Boite Theatre, The Empire Theatre and SWQ RASN, The Neighbourhood is currently showing in Brisbane.

An intimate story-telling experience that transports audiences across countries, borders and oceans, the production presents seven real-life journeys detailing the experience of fleeing one's homeland to seek refuge in Australia, in turn creating, fostering and discovering a new community (or neighbourhood).

Written and co-created by the story-tellers themselves, The Neighbourhood is co-created with Todd MacDonald, Aleea Monsour and Ari Palani with an ensemble of seven Queensland based storytellers.

The play will travel to Toowoomba towards the end March showing at The Empire Theatre.
Festival Granted

Congratulations Surat Aboriginal Corporation on their successful application of the Year of Outback Tourism grant!

The result of this funding will see the inception of the Bambii Gi Festival in Roma to be held on the 26th of September this year. The event is planned to be an Indigenous cultural festival.

To read more about the successful Year of Outback Tourism recipients and events going up across Outback Queensland, scroll down to our Sector News.

Workshops Out West
Friday 28 February - Beaudesert Library


Digitising Workshops are coming to the South West! These workshops provide an opportunity for volunteers to learn firsthand how to digitise museum and historical collections. The maiden workshop will be held Friday, the 28th of February at the Beaudesert Library.  

Dates and locations across all other Council regions in SWQLD are to be announced soon!

Good Vibrations
Valley Vibe Festival -  22 and 23 May 2020 - Gatton

The newly formed Lockyer Creative Collective is centered in the spectacular Lockyer Valley, an hour west of Brisbane.  

They are organising an event that will bring the Valley together.  Starting with an Artists' Dinner on Friday evening, the 22nd of May (at a hidden location!), the Valley Vibe Festival will also be an opportunity for local artists to network and grow The Collective, giving artists and performers a presence in the community and a chance to market their wares, showcasing the wonderful opportunities to be involved in The Arts to the wider community.

Stayed tuned for more information to come!
NORTH QUEENSLAND
Queensland Music Festival
 For more information on NQYAC or to register your interest click here
Bright Lights and Futures

NQ RASN’s host organisation launched its first exhibition for 2020!

Nick Drake’s exhibition 'Overthink' and Emily Donaldson’s 'Pandanus in the Desert' were combined with the farewell of Director Kellie Williams and the welcome of new Director Kate O’Hara at Umbrella Studios in Townsville.
 
Our RASO NQ officer also took a crew of creatives out to Ravenswood historic town to scope the town for this year's inaugural projection and light festival, part of the North Australian Festival of the Arts in July.
Dress the Central West Receives Further Decoration
 
Red Ridge wishes to thank each and every single community member from all the participating towns for helping shape the 'Dress the Central West' project into the success it was!

Red Ridge are very honoured to receive recognition from Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, awarded Australia Day Cultural Event of the Year. A resounding thank you again to everyone involved with the project - this award was a true team effort!

'Dress the Central West' has been a collaborative journey that has inspired, engaged, encouraged and empowered local people within central west communities to find “Beauty within the Drought”. The Gala has showcased regional designers, models, dancers, avant-garde makeup artists, and local hair stylists in a collective production that tells the story of our Outback.
Re-Dress the Central West

Dress the Central West continues to inspire and empower local communities within the Central West to find “Beauty within the Drought”. Last month, this collection of wearable, upcycled art morphed from a one of a kind fashion show into a one of a kind gallery exhibition!

Thanks to Grassland Art Gallery, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council and RADF for bringing the exhibition concept to life. The exhibition is on display until March 2020.
 
Put on Your Red Ridge Shoes and Dance!

Red Ridge is very excited to be kicking off dance lessons in the communities of Blackall, Tambo and Winton!

From ballet, jazz, musical theater and hip hop, these classes welcome students of all ages and skill levels in celebration of dance across the region. This initiative couldn't have been delivered without the partnering councils of Blackall Tambo-Youth and Winton Connect - Winton Shire.
Blending Colours Out West

Early this month, excitement was stirring in the tiny community of Augathella Town, as artists from Blender Studios hit the west to transform the iconic Augathella Water Tower into a an epic mural display.

The mural for this site, part of Red Ridge's Trailblazing the West public art project aims to capture the pioneering spirit in of the region in rivers and gamuts of brilliant colour. boasting stockmen, bullock teams, bird-life and of course the Warrego River that the town was built upon.

Proving the value of arts to tourism, Red Ridge are proud for this project to be supported by RASN, Arts Queensland, the Queensland Outback Events Program and Murweh Shire Council. See more progress shots here!

SECTOR NEWS
New Tourism Fund backs Indigenous Tourism Experiences

The Palaszczuk Government has launched a new $10 million Indigenous tourism fund to create economic opportunities and jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Growing Indigenous Tourism in Queensland Fund was being delivered as part of the 2020 Year of Indigenous Tourism in Queensland.

Ms Jones said the fund set out to support new, unique and innovative Indigenous tourism products and experiences in Queensland, particularly in regional areas.

“Launching a new business or tourism experience is tough. This program is about helping Indigenous tourism businesses to get established,” she said.

The fund comprises two categories. There is up to $25,000 available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enterprises, like Aboriginal corporations, Prescribed Body Corporates, Indigenous tourism businesses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils, to develop a concept for an Indigenous tourism product or experience.

BrisAsia Sound - 29 Feb 2020


BrisAsia Sound is a platform for Brisbane’s emerging creative movement driven by young talent in the music scene. Enjoy a musical showcase, panel discussions, and exciting workshops!

Headliners, Fingerfunk – an R&B and Hip Hop quartet from Singapore will bring their freshest beats down under for the first time. When the night closes, K-pop until you drop! The Korean Cultural Centre is teaming up to present a Silent K-pop Disco Night so bring your craziest dance moves.

Presented by Brisbane City Council in partnership with BEMAC, supported by Korean Cultural Centre Sydney.

C'mon and GLAMSLAM!

GLAMSLAM is a day for all those working in or with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums – to come together and talk about the pressing issues facing cultural institutions and to share their work.

Combining discussion with provocations, Lightning TalksShowcase Booths and opportunities to meet and GLAMJam these issues along with two keynote presentations, GLAMSLAM 2020 will aim to map out the challenges and opportunities facing Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums, and think about how we might work together to tackle them.

Learn more about the format of GLAMSLAM for information on Lightning Talks, Showcase Booths & Posters and GLAMJam sessions.

Under the Umbrella

New Director Kate O’Hara takes over as Director of Umbrella Studios from Kellie Williams. Kate comes to the Studio with over 15 years experience in curatorship and arts management.  Most recently she managed Maningrida Art & Culture, a large and prestigious Indigenous art centre in Arnhem land.  Previous to this Kate worked with a number of arts organisations in South East Asia, including Romeet Contemporary Art Space in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as their inaugural Curator and Manager. She particularly enjoys working with diverse contemporary art communities, assisting with innovating and growing programs and artist platforms. 

Kate is looking forward to getting to know the Umbrella community and leading the team in this particularly exciting time for the organisation.

Umbrella is also proud to announce the establishment of a Transitions Program in 2020. Secured thanks to RADF funding, small group structured learning sessions for students transitioning out of uni, TAFE or high school are now able to be supported via a developing an arts practice outside of formal study environments. Previous director Kellie was also able to introduced a Deadly Development program supporting North Queensland First Nations artists, which will include exhibition outcomes in both the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).
TO KILL A CASSOWARY by Laurie Trott
March 13 - 21, Centre of Contemporary Arts

Old Amos leads an eccentric life hidden deep in the tropical rain forest of Far North Queensland's Cassowary Coast. He's a bohemian eco-warrior, a spiritual eclectic and a cantankerous loner but for the occasional visit from his mysterious neighbour, Josie. His idyllic existence living amongst the Orange-footed scrub fowl and the illusive Cassowary however is endangered when his estranged daughter Paula moves in. She has her eyes on his precious real estate; she has plans. Over my dead body, thinks Amos. He may be right.

Director: Bridget Boyle
Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright
Audio Design: Nathan Sibthorpe
Sound Design: Guy Webster
Set Design: Simona Cosentini & Simone Tesorieri

Mission Beach (140km from Cairns city) writer Laurie Trott emerged from JUTE’s 2016 'Write Sparks' and 2017 'Writers-In-Residence' development programs. In 2018, Laurie was asked to pitch her script to JUTE for further development resulting in a one-week creative development of the work in March 2019.

Knowing that this new work would require a fine comedic director, JUTE approached Bridget Boyle, who fell in love with it on first read. It is a quirky story set in the context of divergent beliefs about how to manage the conservation of the oldest continuous rain forest in the world, and the many creatures who depend on it to survive.

The Cassowary bird becomes larger than life, a mythical character in the play. The audience will feel a deep sense of immersion in our ‘rain forest that meets the sea’ through a sculptured soundscape, canopied set design and the use of stylised digital rendering to tell the Cassowary’s story.

Stephen Tandy (of ‘The Sullivans’ fame and last seen on the JUTE stage in the Matilda Award Winning ‘Bastard Territory’) was an obvious casting choice for the aging but sharp-minded Amos, playing against the powerful stage presence of Cairns-based actor Natalie Taylor as his assertive daughter, Paula. Folded into the mix is the enigmatic Yvette Walker, First Nations actor, cast as the mysterious neighbour, Josie.
 
A great trio to tell this compelling story!
WOW Australia 2020 is on sale now! 

Stories of change and stories for change

What an incredible line-up for our first program announcement! 
The festival will take place at Brisbane Powerhouse from 3-5 April, with an opening night welcome celebration on 2 April and closing night concert at QPAC on 5 April. 

Our Day Pass program includes a captivating range of conversations, workshops, exhibitions, lunchtime performances and demonstrations.
Check out the amazing talent and thought-provoking themes at this years event.
Write Here, Write Now - Closes 28 February 2020
 
Applications for the 2020 black&write! Writing Fellowships are now open! Each year black&write! offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. The winning Fellows work closely with black&write! editors to develop their manuscripts for publication.
Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance
21-29 Feb 2020

Civic engagement, social change and critical dialogue through contemporary dance! 

Founded in 2015 by Kate Usher and Glyn Roberts, Supercell Fest is a celebration of people and place through vibrant and exquisite contemporary dance. With the backdrop of Brisbane as the setting for the newly founded festival and a vibrant Queensland dance sector supporting the endeavour, Supercell was launched in the midst of a sweltering summer - a collision of beauty, ferocity, spectacle and rejuvenation. 
Hitting the Roadcase

arTour is hitting the road in February and March, bringing Roadcase 2020 to Munduberra, Roma, Thargomindah, Longreach and Cloncurry. The next dates include: Roadcase is a free event and extension of Queensland Touring Showcase specifically tailored to the programming needs of community presenters, local arts councils, regional councils and festivals. At Roadcase you will have the chance to meet presenters from your region, discuss local priorities, challenges and discover common opportunities. 
Bigger, Better Outback

The start of the 2020s has seen more Outback event funding to help the industry, as the Year of Indigenous Tourism also ramps up!

The third round of last year’s Year of Outback Tourism Events Program will deliver an expanded calendar of events throughout rural and regional Queensland, with opal fossicking, Indigenous experiences and a new desert dash to encourage tourists to go inland from coastal centres, interstate and abroad.

The final round is now open, for events to be delivered prior to 31 December 2020.

Applications for round four close on 16 March 2020, with successful applicants to be announced in May 2020. The Outback Tourism events integrate with the Year of Indigenous Tourism which will further promote, expand and develop Queensland’s unique indigenous tourism attractions and events as the year goes on.

That includes a $10 million Indigenous Tourism Fund to grow the industry and to support new jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
 

Read more about the Round Three Recipients here.

2020 Vision - 16-18 April 2020

Colleagues and educators across Australia are invited to register for the Drama Australia National Conference – 2020 VISION, hosted by Drama Queensland in Brisbane. What is your 2020 Vision?
 

As we head towards 2020, the question must be asked – what is our vision as drama educators? Who or what will be the drivers of change? It is important that there is clarity within our shared vision and that we continue to advocate for both our subject and ourselves. It is necessary to look back retrospectively and use the wisdom and insight of the drama ‘greats’ who have gone before us to position the arts well into the future. Our focus must be on providing critical and creative opportunities for our students and to encourage both passion and rigour within our subject. Creating this vision ensures that we continue to provoke, innovate and lead educational reform.
 

Early Bird Closes: 28 February 2020
QMAs - 3 March 2020

Produced by QMusic, the Queensland Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating Queensland's best new music.

The 2020 QLD Music Awards will take place at The Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane on Tuesday 3 March 2020.

The QMAs recognise the diverse people and places that make contemporary popular music an invaluable part of our state's cultural heritage. We invite all Queenslanders to celebrate the artists, industry leaders, festivals and live music venues that keep the joy of music alive in our communities.
Tropical, Vibrant Far North Queensland

Cairns Regional Council and Tanks Art Centre are proud to introduce a brand new magazine that highlights and provides information on the programs, projects and events of Cairns Regional Council’s arts and cultural branch – Cultural Services.

It’s a one-stop-shop where you can get your dose of live music, theatre and the arts, happening right here in Cairns. Vibrance magazine showcases the likes of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), creative developments and artists-in-residence works, successful grant outcomes, new public art installations, Cairns Festival and more! It’s also the new program covering upcoming events across Council venues including Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Munro Martin Parklands and Tanks Arts Centre.
WORKSHOPS | TRAINING

ARTSCOAST

Over the past few months, Sunshine Coast Council's Creative Arts and Events team have been working on one of the goals within the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-38 which requires the development of a brand and brand strategy designed to promote the reputation of the Sunshine Coast and our arts community, both nationally and abroad, as a creative destination to live, work and visit.

Sunshine Coast Council have been working with a Sunshine Coast marketing consultant and a diverse range of arts and tourism sector stakeholders over the past 12 months to develop the strategy and the ARTSCOAST logo, and now we need your input into a key decision – choosing the ARTSCOAST visual identity!
 

Click here to see and rank the three logos!

Creative Development Program
 
It’s no secret that we love artists. And HOTA's Creative Development Program is one of the ways we put our money where our mouth is. In 2020, we’re again offering funding, support and resources to help local artists develop their ideas.
 
What’s it all about?
 
This program provides platforms for creative development, presentation and collaboration. We want artists, connected to our region, to take risks, experiment and create great art. In 2019, we flung the doors open for artists to experiment with various ideas. In 2020, we now have three focus areas: HOTA Program, Collaborations at Carriageworks and Open proposals and over $200,000 in cash and in-kind resources is on offer.
 
Apply Between Monday 20 Jan – Thursday 27 Feb 2020.
Date Claimers for M&G QLD 2020 Events
 
 M&G QLD Securing Funding Workshop
11 March 2020
Mount Isa Civic Centre, Mount Isa
 
Series of Collection Management Workshops
Topics include Collection Management, Preventive Conservation and Disaster Preparedness, and Significance Assessment
May and June 2020
Rockhampton, Gladstone and Biloela
Register with M&G QLD before 28 February 2020

With the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, M&G QLD is offering a Mentorship, International Fellowship and Internship Program for paid staff and volunteers working in Queensland public museums and galleries.

The Program makes possible opportunities for staff and volunteers to access expertise in cultural institutions within Australia and overseas, to learn from leading industry professionals and to build lasting networks.
Stewardship: Creating Relationships for Life - 20 March 2020

Relationships are at the heart of fundraising. In this masterclass, fundraising expert Patricia Castanha will demonstrate how to review your organisation’s stewardship activities and equip you with the skills to craft a comprehensive, organisation-wide stewardship strategy. Expect to discuss concepts, and examine processes, mechanisms and tactics, to provide a stewardship toolkit you can take back to your day-to-day work and embed in your organisation.

Patricia Castanha (UK) is a globally renowned fundraising management expert with a wealth of experience in the arts and heritage sectors. Her expertise in revenue and capital fundraising offers a wide range of skills and understanding to clients including English National Ballet, Tate, the Royal Academy of Arts, Lambeth Palace Library, Leeds International Piano Competition, Chelsea Physic Garden and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Road to the Fellowship
 

A Churchill Fellowship a life-changing opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue you are passionate about. It is for any Australian citizen who having exhausted alternatives within Australia, would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence.

Listen to some extraordinary Churchill Fellows share their Fellowship experiences, impart insights on their fascinating projects and inspire you with what they have achieved since returning to Australia.

Toowoomba
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
5.30-7.30pm
The Annex 

Rockhampton
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
5.30-7.30pm
Leichhardt Hotel

 
Cairns
Wednesday, 4 March 2020
5.30-7.30pm
Cairns Harbour Lights 

Gold Coast
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
5.30-7.30pm
Mercure Gold Coast Resort
Taking Stock of Local Talent - 27 February

As part of sponsoring the Ravenswood Australia Women in Art Prize, Stockland Cairns, in conjunction with UMI Arts, are hosting a series of free indigenous Women in Art sessions with local FNQ artist Trish Barnard.

A well-known Indigenous exhibition curator and designer Trish is an artist who is passionate about research on Aboriginal historical and contemporary perspectives and embraces opportunities to collate information that will enhance public understanding.Join her in celebration of fostering the finest female talent in Australia with these free community workshops, where participants can create their own piece of art to submit in this year's Ravenswood Australia Women in Art Prize.

2020 Securing Funding Workshop - 11 March 2020

Held at The Stack, Mount Isa Civic Centre, this free workshop aims to increase capacity to secure funding by providing opportunities to speak face-to-face with funding bodies, learn about alternative sources of funding, find the right source of funding for your project, and improve application writing skills.

EMPLOYMENT
Position: Videographer/Producer
Organisation: Vetta Productions
Location: Townsville
Closes: Not Listed
More information: Vetta Online
Position: Venue and Technical Coordinator
Organisation: Dancenorth
Location: Townsville
Closes: 24 February 2020
More information: Dancenorth
Position: Commercial Tourism Operator
Organisation: MOUA
Location: Townsville
Closes: 3 March 2020
More information: moua.com.au
Position: Producers (Three Roles - Contemporary Performance and New Work, Engagement, Music)
Organisation: BLEACH - The Gold Coast Festival
Location: Gold Coast
Closes: 28 February 2020
More information: Email
Position: Volunteer
Organisation: Lit Fest
Location: Toowoomba
Closes: 24 February 2020
More information: litfestival.com.au
Position: Project Officer
Organisation: SLQ
Location: Brisbane
Closes: 23 February 2020
More information: smartjobs.qld.gov.au
Position: Tourism Officer
Organisation: Diamantina Shire Council
Location: Birdsville
Closes: 25 February 2020
More information: seek.com.au
Position: Final Strategy Manager
Organisation: Arts Queensland
Location: Brisbane
Closes: 25 February 2020
More information: smartjobs.qld.gov
Position: Principal Heritage Officer
Organisation: Department of Environment and Science
Location: Various Locations Regional QLD
Closes: 27 February 2020
More information: smartjobs.qld.gov
FUNDING | GRANTS | AWARDS | RESIDENCIES
Artists and cultural workers, are you ready
to take your career to the next level?

Applications are now open for Arts Queensland's Individuals Fund, offering support for transformational professional and career development opportunities. Closing 4pm, 7 April 2020, for activities starting on or after 1 July 2020.
Art Music Fund - APRA AMCOS
Closes:
 24 February 2020
In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund. A total pool of A$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program.
More information: apraamcos.com.au
The Queensland Reconciliation Awards
Close:
24 February 2020
The QLD Reconciliation Awards recognises initiatives undertaken by businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and government going above and beyond their core business to foster reconciliation and pave the way for a better future for our state.
More information: awards.premiers.qld.gov.au
National Regional Arts Fellowship Program
Close: 
24 February 2020
The program is designed to elevate the practice of artists and practitioners across regional, rural and remote Australia, raise their profile and provide professional development opportunities.
More information: regionalarts.com.au
Temporary Art Program
Closes:
24 February 2020
TAP is a contemporary public art program that transforms public outdoor spaces across Brisbane City through temporary, creative activations. The program seeks to celebrate community, environment and unique creative energy.
More information: metroarts.com.au
The Regional Arts Fund (RAF)
Closes:
28 February 2020
An Australian Government program designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. The fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia and is administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance.
More information: flyingarts.org.au/raf/
The 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
Closes: 28 February 2020
The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian writing makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. The awards are presented in six categories – children's literature, young adult literature, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history – with a total prize pool of $600,000.
More information: arts.gov.au
Visions of Australia
Closes:
28 February 2020
This program funds the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material of historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance. Tours must include at least three venues outside the organisation’s home state or territory. Regional and remote venues are a higher priority for funding.
More information: arts.gov.au
The Community Project Grants
Closes:
28 February 2020
Community Project Grants provide major funding for projects involving regional artists that have a public outcome, and significantly engage the community in which they are based. They can also be used for skills development opportunities for regional artists, arts groups or community organisations.
More information: flyingarts.org.au
Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund
Closes:
28  February 2020
The Pratt Foundation has partnered with FRRR to support the delivery of a $1 million Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund. This support is for local not-for-profit organisations and community groups which are delivering locally-led projects and activities that endeavour to support people in the Snowy Valleys Council region with their recovery as a result of the 2019/2020 bushfires.
More information: frrr.org.au
The Churchie Emerging Art Prize
Closes: 1 March 2020
Returning to the IMA once more in May, debuting a new look and new approach, the churchie continues to expand its rich legacy. The 2020 exhibition will provide a survey of some of the most compelling work being produced by emerging artists in Australia today.⁠
More information: www.churchieemergingart.com
Cairns Children's Festival - EOIs Open
Closes:
1 March 2020
Tanks Art Centre is seeking expressions of interest from artists to develop "Creation Stations" for the 2020 Cairns Children's Festival. The festival aims to put creativity, adventure and innovation at the heart of the program while providing children the opportunity to showcase their skills to the Cairns community.
More information: tanksartscentre.com
Screenworks’ Screen Composing Bootcamp 
Closes:
1 March 2020
Now in its third year, the program provides the extraordinary opportunity for four emerging regional composers to connect with the screen industry, showcase their talents, be mentored by industry professionals and gain exposure to career pathway opportunities.
More information: screenworks.com.au
The Moreton Bay Region Art Awards
Closes:
1 March 2020
The Moreton Bay Region Art Awards is an annual acquisitive art prize and exhibition proudly delivered by Moreton Bay Regional Council. This year the Art Awards offer an acquisitive prize of $8,000 and four category prizes of $2,000 each along with two supplementary $1,000 prizes for a Local Artist and a People’s Choice Award.
More information: moretonbay.qld.gov.au
Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Closes: 2 March 2020
The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition. Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competition has also given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
Percival Photographic Portrait Prize
Closes: 2 March 2020
The Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for the fourth instalment since it first debuted in 2014. For the 2020 edition of this biennial event, things will be shaken up with the exhibition to be held at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
Percival Animal Portrait Prize
Closes: 2 March 2020
The Percival Animal Portrait Prize is coordinated and awarded by Pinnacles Gallery, coinciding with the Percival Portrait Painting Prize.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
If you have an art project that you believe will benefit the community,
apply now for Round 2 of RADF Program.
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Program
Closes: 9 March 2020
The Queensland Smithsonian Fellowships Program funds fellows from Queensland’s research, education and cultural sectors to visit and complete a project at the Smithsonian Institution.
More information: science.des.qld.gov.au
2020 General Fund Grant
Closes:
13 March 2020
These grants from QCF are designed to assist with capacity building through education and training, recruiting, maintaining or recognising volunteers, information technology support systems, and planning and governance which may include strategic plans, constitution reviews or board appraisals.
More information: qcf.org.au
The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support
Closes:
16 March 2020
This program helps fund the operations of around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, and a number of art fairs, regional hubs and industry service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement.
More information: www.arts.gov.au
Year of Outback Tourism Events Program
Closes:
16 March 2020
As part of the Year of Outback Tourism, the Queensland Government launched the $3 million Year of Outback Tourism Events Program. Funding from $1000 to $100,000 (exclusive of GST) is available per event. Program funding may provide up to 50% of overall event costs. Events must be delivered on or before 31 December 2020.
More information: events.premiers.qld.gov.au
Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
Closes:
18 March 2020
The Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize is an annual prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. Recently, a new third category for the Art Prize, the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize was announced.
More information: ravenswoodartprize.com.au
The MAPDAs
Closes:
19 March 2020
The Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards are all about design and communication. The awards began in 1994 and are still going strong. The structure hasn't changed much, however we have fiddled with the categories to reflect the changes made in the last two decades in how our institutions are communicating with the public.
More information: amaga.com
Festivals Australia Fund
Closes:
22 March 2020
Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition. The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.
More information: arts.gov.au
2020 Queensland Memory Awards
Closes:
26 March 2020
The Queensland Memory Awards program is dedicated to supporting researchers of all kinds to interpret the collections of the John Oxley Library.  Through deep engagement and interaction with the collections, these interpretations provide new insights into the collection and contribute new knowledge about Queensland’s history.
More information: slq.qld.gov.au
'#Challenge Accepted' Short Story Competition
Closes: 27 March 2020
In conjunction with the Queensland Writers Centre, the Brisbane Early Music Festival is holding a short story competition with the theme of Early Music. It is open to writers from across Australia, with cash prizes to be won and publication of the winning stories in the QWC magazine.
More information: bemf.emsq.org.au
Quick Response Grants
Closes:
27 March 2020
Applicants can apply for a Quick Response Grant if their small arts or cultural project cannot be funded by any other means because of its nature or timing. This type of grant would also suit individual professional development.
More information: flyingarts.org.au
Australian Wearable Art Festival EOIs
Closes:
28 March 2020
Turn your imagination into wearable art and enter your design! Australian Wearable Art EOIs are open for the Wearable Art Festival in May 2020. Show the world what you can create and apply today!
More information: australianwearableart.com.au

AMP Placemaking Grant
Closes:
30 March 20200
The AMP! Activate My Place Program is offering grants to individuals or organisations to deliver programs, projects and/or events that enhance the amenity, activity and appearance of a place. It seeks to support applicants to enhance a place to enable social and economic returns through projects such as public art, street art and events.
More information: mackay.qld.gov.au

RADF supports arts and cultural projects in the Gympie Region with eligible community organisations, business and individuals welcome to apply. Applications for Round 2 of the Regional Arts Development Fund close on 30 March 2020.
The Novella Project VII
Closes: 31 March 2020
Griffith Review's eighth novella competition seeks to celebrate generosities and kindnesses, the uplifting and memorable experiences that can illuminate lives. We're seeking despatches from the frontlines of generosity – stories that mine the ongoing transformative power of the positive in the social spaces where we live, work and play? Entries are invited in the genres of both fiction and creative non-fiction, ranging between 15,000–25,000 words.
More information: griffithreview.submittable.com
The 66th Blake Art & Poetry Prizes
Closes:
 3 April 2020
Entries for the 66th Blake Art & Poetry Prizes are now open. Submissions exploring the wider experience of spirituality, religion and/or belief are invited. The Blake Art Prize attracts entries from artists around the world looking for exposure for their work, the opportunity to be hung in the exhibition and to compete for various prizes including the $35,000 main prize.
More information: casulapowerhouse.com
The Organisations Fund 2021 – 2024
Closes:
6 April 2020
A key component of Arts Queensland’s investment framework, providing operational funding to Queensland-based arts and cultural organisations across a range of art forms and practice. Organisations contribute to Queensland’s arts and cultural profile by capturing Queensland’s culture, heritage and distinctive stories through delivery of high-quality creative practice, products and services for all Queenslanders.
More information: https://www.qld.gov.au/
National Arts and Disability Awards 19-21
Closes:
7 April 2020
The Australia Council National Arts and Disability Awards 2019-21 celebrate 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: australiacouncil.gov.au
North Queensland Ceramic Awards
Closes: 20 April 2020
The biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards has long aimed to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation.
More information: townsville.qld.gov.au
The Clarence Prize
Closes:
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: clarenceartsandevents.net
2020 JADA
Closes:
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: graftongallery.nsw.gov.au
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: americanaustralian.org
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: google.com.au
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: artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au
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: www.umiarts.com.au/
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: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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: qld.gov.au
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: www.qld.gov.au
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: www.qld.gov.au
BUSHFIRE RELIEF EFFORTS
Spreading the Love

A gift from creatives and supporters of Creative Recovery Network to community, to show connection and a reminder that they are not alone,these boxes are developed by Creatives for people impacted by disaster to support recovery.

Love Boxes are a gift of creativity and beauty, full of artwork and materials to support connection to creativity, contemplation, participation and connection. If you are interested to support the development of these boxes we would welcome your contribution.Though not immediate survival these boxes support the vital needs of our creative energy and resilience. 
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A Little Support Goes A Long Way

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline provides free, confidential counselling support to anyone working in Australian music. It is available by calling 1800 959 500. Their Crisis Relief program provides short term financial and practical support to artists, crew and music workers who are who are facing hardship due to a crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. For more information call 1300 731 303.

If you would like to donate to their Bushfire Relief Fund, you can do so online

Like all of us, at Support Act have been shocked and saddened by the scale of devastation unleashed by the current bushfire crisis. Their admiration goes to all those who are fighting the fires and to those who are providing support to affected communities.

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As bushfires continue to burn, Australia’s art communities are rallying, giving, making and facilitating with generosity and general amazingness. Check out NAVA's guide to Artists and Arts Organisations Taking Action to Support Bushfire Relief.
RESOURCES
A Hub of Activity

APRA AMCOS is an alliance of major collection societies for musicians. Through the SongHubs initiative, they are able to partner emerging and established APRA AMCOS songwriters with renowned international songwriters and producers to create new works for local and international markets.

With immense and considerable potential for members and collaborations, SongHubs takes place in both domestic and international locations. The program functions as an intensive, commercially focused songwriting residency, providing unique collaborative opportunities for both published and unpublished songwriters and composers, irrespective of genre. In 2019 there were fifteen of these crucibles, held as far away as Bali, Berlin, London, Brooklyn and Seoul, and last November, the program was extended to screen composers for the first time. 
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