RASN Turns 1
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since RASN was first announced, and equally amazing how much each of the RASN Providers has achieved in this short period of time. While some of the Providers were able to hit the ground running with established teams and operations, others started from scratch.

As we’ve shared in previous newsletters, there has been a fantastic range of arts initiatives kickstarted through RASN over the first year, including thousands of consultations, industry networking sessions, capacity building workshops, and mentorships, a major wearable art project, community engaged performances, First Nations gatherings, and the development of major cross-regional initiatives including art trails that will stretch across Western and Far North Queensland.

As we look toward the second year of RASN, we are excited by the growing evidence of collaboration between RASN regions, as we work together to build strategic initiatives that maximise impact. In the coming months, Arts Ablaze will see all RASN Providers come together, for a regional arts program that truly reflects our diverse regions. Over the coming year we will also be exploring how we can work together to address some of the persistent challenges affecting the arts in regional areas as a network, as well as developing more great cross-regional projects.

Congratulations to all RASN Providers on a stellar first year. We can’t wait to see what the next one has in store!
Queensland Music Festival
Bark Shield
Over the last few months, the RASN SCO team at Queensland Music Festival started to talk about ways to share messages of hope and healing, and how to invite people to share their thoughts and feelings, beyond the opportunity to sing as part of Help is on its Way. The idea of inviting members of the community to share a message that would become part of something greater was born.
We were inspired by the tradition of the Wish Tree that exists in many cultures throughout the world, such as Tanabata Festival in Japan, the practice of Clootie Wells in Scotland, and Yoko Ono’s international Wish Tree project that has been ongoing since 1981 in countries including Finland, Argentina, Italy, France, Ireland, England, and the United States.
Our Wish Tree is called Bark Shield, recalling how trees can protect us and signify our identity.
Between 19 – 23 July, our team followed the Help is on its Way Flying Tour by road – alongside the Royal Flying Doctor Service Drought Wellbeing Team – to the four communities on the tour that have been severely impacted by drought over many years.  We gathered messages along the way from Barcaldine, Hughenden, Birdsville and Cunnamulla, with a promise that they would be shared at the event in Brisbane.
In the course of our road trip, we encountered many of the conditions that Queenslanders living in outback communities deal with every day, including extremely variable mobile reception and internet access, road conditions that tested even our trusty Hilux 4WD, and freight companies that take more than twice as long to deliver to outback towns than the service guarantee (we had to make do with a Christmas tree in Cunnamulla after our shipment went missing for several days).
But we also encountered the incredible people and landscapes of Western Queensland. A Mayor in Hughenden who not only officiated the Help is on its Way event, but also sang in the choir and helped to stack tables and chairs after the crowd went home. A local Councillor in Barcaldine who is also a well-known sculptor that goes by the name of Scrapmetalsheila. A helicopter pilot who managed to sneak in an early morning flight over Windorah so we could truly see the beauty and wonder of the area.
Above all, everywhere we went, we met people willing to help out, from sharing local knowledge on things like how to track down the local TOLL delivery driver to find your lost package, or the best pub to visit in the next town, to the proper way to secure a ratchet strap. We also met many travellers from Victoria and points beyond who spend their winters here exploring the riches of our outback towns, motivated by the desire to help communities out with their tourist dollars.
More than anything, community members from out west shared the message that they would love it if more people from Brisbane would come to experience Western Queensland for themselves, to learn that there is more to their story than what you might see on the news.
We have been tremendously privileged to be part of this project and hope to continue it into the future. 
Arts Queensland in partnership with Cook Shire Council
RASN Arts Ablaze Bursaries
For Far North Queensland, Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait


The Arts Ablaze Conference is happening this October in Kooralbyn, South East Queensland.
To support artists and arts workers from Far North Queensland through to the Torres Strait to attend, RASN is offering Arts Ablaze Bursaries (valued at up to $1000). 
Priority will be given to applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and/or young people.
To be successful, you must live in either Far North Queensland or Cape York and Torres Strait RASN regions.


Important dates Applications for Bursaries open: Monday 12 August 2019
Applications for Bursaries close: Friday 30 August 2019
Notification of successful recipients: Friday 6 September 2019
Arts Ablaze Event Dates: Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 October 2019

How to apply – it’s easy! You will need to email Annika at and provide the following information:
  • Your contact details (name, age, mobile number, email, and home address)
  • Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?
  • Are you under 26 years old?
  • Details on how you will spend the bursary, up to $1000 (budget)
  • Answers to these two questions:
    • Please tell us how your attendance at the Arts Ablaze Conference and Festival will benefit to you and your community (100 word limit)
    • Please tell us how you will share what you learnt at the Arts Ablaze Conference and Festival with your community. For example, this could be a radio talk, slideshow, podcast or other creative presentation (new artwork). (100 word limit)
Your application will be assessed against the eligibility criteria above.
If successful, you will tell us about your experiences through a written outcome report including how your learnings were shared with your community.

Need help?  

Please contact:
Annika Ward
A/Senior Partnerships Manager                                
Queensland Music Festival
NAFA Fringe Festival

NQ RASN has been very busy this month with the North Australian Festival of Arts and the Northern Fringe Festival. RASN joined the team from Sonic Alliance to present a 3 day multi artform event at the Old Courthouse and the adjoining Perfume Gardens. Over 70 local artists and performers came together to create a unique space showcasing Townsville’s best DIY and performing artists.
We’ve been everywhere man; Palm Island has been a focal point with RASN collaborating on a number of projects including NAIDOC Week, Mission Songs and with the local council and not for profit organisations the Townsville Folk and Acoustic Club and Full Throttle Theatre Company.

In mid-July we hosted youth from across the region in Charters Towers for the Isaiah Firebrace concert. Then we headed out to Hughenden twice to help out with the Queensland Music Festival Help is on its Way concert choir and the Hughenden Country Music Festival. Then it was back to Townsville to hear an amazing group of Emergency Services singers who performed with Glenn Shorrock for the the final Help is on its Way concert.
Empire Theatre Projects
Arts Ablaze: Queensland Regional Arts Conference and Celebration

2–6 October 2019

If you are a young artist or champion of the arts (aged 15-25) we want to hear from you.

You could be a young theatre maker, dancer, painter, sculpture, photographer, musician, film maker, writer, poet, (or emerging artist in any other arts form that you can dream of). You may even be a young person who’s simply passionate about the arts and have an interest in championing the arts in your community.
Out and About

South West and Western Queensland RASN providers joined forces early in August to attend the LGAQ Bush Council Convention in Roma. Held over three days the convention explored themes and ideas surrounding 'Rural Renaissance: turning adversity to advantage'. 

Trailblazing the West

Western Queensland RASN are excited to announce that they will be coordinating and partnering with Mount Isa Regional Council to produce a Western Queensland Art Trail: Trailblazing the West. The initiative is proudly supported by Year of the Outback Tourism Events Program.

Mount Isa will be the first of many Western Queensland communities over the next twelve months who will have large-scale artworks transform and reinvigorate their townships showcasing what is unique about their regions.

Stay tuned as work will commence in Mount Isa in September!

Central Queensland University
Animation & Projection Workshop Coming to Airlie Beach

CQRASN along with the fab folks at Airlie Beach Festival Of Music and Kipara Rainforest Retreat are offering 20 FREE places in this digital art workshop.

Learn from award winning, multi media artist Donna Maree Robinson how to use your iPad or iPhone to create amazing animations. Then learn how to project your work in a festival environment.

Don't worry if you don't have an IPad, we can loan you one, thanks to CQUniversity Mackay City Campus.

This is a weekend workshop happening on October 12th & 13th.
Applications close Sunday the 5th of September.
Creative Arts Alliance
SEQN Regional Industry Gatherings 

In late August, Creative Alliance will host two major regional gatherings bringing together key industry representatives from State and National peak bodies and service organisations, SEQN based councils, venues, events and other industry leaders to take part in: 
SEQN Venues and Presenters Forum
Delivered in partnership with ArTour, Stages Queensland, Performing Arts Connections Australia and Horizons Festival, invited performing arts industry stakeholders will come together to join a conversation about   the planning, programming and touring of performances within the SEQN region. 
SEQN Music Industry Roundtable 
Facilitated by music industry wonder woman Leanne DeSouza and delivered in partnership with QMusic and Horizons Festival, invited music industry stakeholders will come together to join us a conversation about   the future of the SEQN music industry. 
Plug In Menorships

Calling all Gympie Region musicians aged 16-30, this one is for you!

The Plug In Music Mentorship program is a new initiative delivered through a partnership between Creative Arts Alliance, Gympie Regional Council and SUGARRUSHMusic

Plug In offers career development opportunities to four emerging musicians aged 16-30 years in the Gympie Region in 2019/2020 over a six month period.

The four successful applicants will gain access to mentorship, professional and creative development and performance opportunities to propel them to the next stage of their music careers.
Closes September 1, 2019.
Creative Tourism Products

Selected artists from the Sunshine Coast region have been working alongside Third Drawer Down to develop their artworks into creative tourism products.

In partnership with The Refinery and the Sunshine Coast Council, Creative Arts Alliance will be launching these products as part of Horizon Festival at the end of August. The creative tourism products will then be distributed for sale throughout SEQN in a variety of retail stores.

Pictures: Somewhere I have Never Travelled tote bag - Lou Jaeger and Pineapple air freshener - Ebony Dew 
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. 
Access Community Services

BEMAC is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from local individuals, groups, businesses and not-for-profits based in Ipswich and Logan to develop local projects that:

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

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

EOIs will be assessed by BEMAC and City Council cultural staff.
EOIs can be completed online at

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 through
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.
Diversity with Dance
BEMAC is proud to be supporting Julie Lyons founder of Muma J’s Tribe, empowering dance instructors of Logan. Diversity with Dance has become a work of passion for Julie Lyons after going through hardship and discovering there was a need and a gap in the community. “I had many skills and education yet found myself in hardship and there was not much help out there for people like me so I created one that was unlike any other dance fitness program. Diversity with Dance was born.
Diversity With Dance sets out to break the mould in the highly competitive and commercially driven fitness industry. Promoting diversity and inclusion, breaking down the barriers that are faced trying to gain employment in the fitness industry.

Diversity with Dance mentors in partnership with community organisations such as the Multicultural Sports Club and PCYC.

For more information 
NJE brings HIP HOP To Ipswich Schools
BEMAC is thrilled to be supporting NJE an independent Hip-Hop artist bring Hip Hop classes “The Expression Sessions” to local schools in Ipswich. Teacher NJ Edwards said the Hip Hop classes is about showing the positive impact music can have.  

“I will talk on being a positive person and how I use music to better myself and others” he said.

“I will also tell them how music has kept me away from trouble. And gave me a focus. It's been something positive despite the negative around me.”
The program will inspire children to follow their own goals & dreams. NJE will do a few songs to showcase what he does, and leave the kids with a positive feeling from the experience.

NJE is based in Ipswich. He has been an active artist releasing music & touring since 2006. He has shared stages/supported the likes of Ice Cube, Xzibit, The Game & so many more. His music can be heard across many platforms both locally and globally.     

17-20 September 2019
Tanks Arts Centre 
Cairns, Far North Queensland


Opening Doors, the 2019 Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference, is a major professional development initiative dedicated to the volunteer and professional workers in Queensland’s public gallery and museum sector.

Held every four years, the Conference will offer a full program of presentations and workshops for the sector to come together and discuss issues affecting regional and public museum/gallery practice at a local, national and international level.


*To assist with Conference registration and/or travel costs to attend Opening Doors, check out the bursaries that may be available to you*

A $31 million art gallery in the regional Queensland city of Rockhampton, designed by Conrad Gargett in conjunction with Clare Design and Brian Hooper Architect, has received funding from the federal government. The gallery project received $10 million – the maximum possible allocation – in the third round of funding from the government’s $641.6 million Building Better Regions fund, which is administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The funding will trigger the release of $8 million pledged to the project by the state government. Rockhampton Regional Council endorsed plans for the museum in March 2018. The design calls for a three-storey structure with around 4,700 square metres of floor space, containing a number of double-height exhibition spaces, as well as retail, cafe, administration and flexible multipurpose spaces.
Recipients Announced for Small Schools Fund 2019

Flying Arts Alliance is proud to announce the successful applicants for the 2019 round of the Small Schools Fund.

The Small Schools Fund allows schools with 50 or less students in regional and remote Queensland to apply for up to $5000 per year for curriculum linked projects.

 The annual funding opportunity allows schools to work collaboratively with an experienced artist to plan and deliver a visual arts incursion of their choice. 

By combining multiple elements of the Australian School Curriculum the school and resident artist can work together to create arts rich experiences for their students and the wider school community. 

Thanks to the incredibly successful Make Art Big in Small Schools campaign in conjunction with successful Creative Partnerships Plus 1 funding and generous support from Gandel Philanthropy, Flying Arts has been able to dedicate over $40,000 to cross curriculum arts incursions this year.

After reviewing and considering 24 applications, the following 12 schools have been granted financial support from the Flying Arts Alliance Small Schools Fund in 2019.
Mount Nebo State School  St Joseph’s Catholic School
Orion State School Jimbour State School
The Rainforest School Bloomsbury State School
Dirranbandi P-10 State School Kulpi State School
Builyan State School Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Muttaburra State School Valkyrie State School
Granderalla Celebrating Our Elders
BEMAC is thrilled to support local photography studio Salt Mama’s project “Granderella”, celebrating the lives of the Grandmothers over 60 of Ipswich through portraits and stories.
Project founder Amanda Waschevski will be interviewing participants to create portraits to be displayed in an exhibit alongside their stories.
“My hope is for every woman to have an anchor to her own truth hanging on her wall – a truth that she loves and loves to look at so that she can show her children how to love themselves for who they are, not just how they are” Amanda Waschevski said.
If you would love to be involved with this project visit the website.
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.
📣 Special offer for Queensland performing artists and arts workers!

$100 off full event and conference registration for the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange and Conference being held on the Sunshine Coast.

Focusing on the fundamentals of audience development, Performing Arts Connections Australia - PAC Australia's 33rd annual conference REAP: More. Deeper. Different. will provide you with the best ideas, tools, mechanisms and information from around the globe to find more audiences, enable deeper experiences and diversify audiences and the work they see.

If you are from Queensland and would like to access this exclusive offer email to receive your discount code.

The Board of Playwriting Australia (PWA) is pleased to announce that the Review Consultation Paper has been released today. The review will consider the most effective and sustainable model of supporting play development that also offers a pathway for writers to see their work through to production and support playwrights in their career development. This will help guide PWA as it makes decisions about its future.

The Consultation Paper invites written submissions from all parts of the sector encompassing both urban, regional and remote Australia. In particular, submissions are encouraged from playwrights, the broader theatre sector and underrepresented voices within the sector including First Nations writers, culturally and linguistically diverse writers and writers living experiencing disability.

PWA encourage you to engage with the Consultation Paper and submit your response by 5pm Friday 6th of September 2019.

For more information or to download the Review Consultation Paper click here  

Position: Director & Choreographer
Organisation: The Empire Theatre
Location: Toowoomba
Closes: 21 August 2019
More information:
Position: Manager & Curator
Organisation: Gladstone Regional Council
Location: Gladstone
Closes: 23 August 2019
More information:
Position: Festival Director Horizon
Organisation: Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Location: Sunshine Coast
Closes: 26 August 2019
More information:
Position: Collections and Curatorial Officer
Organisation: Redland City Council
Location: Bayside & Eastern Suburbs
Closes: 26 August 2019
More information:
Position: TAFE Teacher - Cultural Arts
Organisation: TAFE Queensland North
Location: Northern QLD
Closes: 1 September 2019
More information:
Position: Volunteer
Organisation: Swell Sculpture Festival
Location: Currumbin Beach
Closes: Not listed
More information:

Arts & Culture Mentor Program

Would you like a mentor?

The Play Your Part Arts + Culture Mentor program aims to develop a more supportive arts and culture sector, where we support each other and share skills and advice.  It is completely volunteer based – none of the mentors are being paid and it is being coordinated pro-bono by Maz McGann.  The programs aims to connect people across all areas of arts and culture and establish mentor/mentee and peer support relationships nationally.

Register Here

Qantas Regional Grants
Closes: 30 August 2019
Provides financial, flight and marketing support to community groups and organisations to help further their causes and set them up for success.
More information:
Australian Government Regional Arts Fund - Quick Response Grants
Closes: 30 August 2019
To assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.
More information:
Flying Arts - Artiz Street Art at USQ
Closes: 30 August 2019
Design and execute a large scale collaborative mural at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Refine your skills in public art techniques, including working with aerosols, image transfers, tape works and stencils. Make your mark on the street art capital of Queensland!
More information:
Queensland Government: Department of Justice and Attorney-General – Gambling Community Benefit Fund
Closes: 31 August 2019
To enhance organisation capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. 
More information:
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery: Uplift program 2020
Closes: 1 September 2019
Entries are open from emerging and established artists to submit exhibitions to the Uplift program. 
More information:
Noosa Council: Regional Arts Development Fund
Closes: 19 September 2019
This fund supports local arts and cultural development opportunities by providing one-off, short-term, project-based financial assistance.
More information:
Harold Mitchell Foundation - Community Grant
Closes: 22 September 2019
Under the Community Grants Scheme, we invite applications from the community for grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that reflect the theme "Helping children and young adults who are socially isolated as a result of mental health problems or poverty to engage with their communities".
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:
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:
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:
Not-for-Profit Law
Legal help for community organisations

NFP Law is a program of Justice Connect a social justice organisation and community legal service and is itself a not-for-profit community organisation and registered charity.

They provide free or low cost, high quality practical legal help for not-for-profit community organisations and advocates for improved standards and legal frameworks.

They provide help through:

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