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Animating Spaces – Revitalising regional communities through the arts

Could your community enliven unused, significant or unusual places with arts activities or events?

Would your town benefit from being one of five in Queensland to be highlighted on a regional roadmap of arts and cultural activity in mid-2013?

A state-wide project that aims to revitalise places and spaces through community-led arts activities and events. In 2013, five regional Queensland communities could receive funding and support to develop an artistic program that reflects and represents the aspirations of the community.

Expressions of Interest Sought
Artslink Queensland is seeking to build partnerships with five regional Queensland communities which are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity. Local Governments, arts organisations and community groups are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to partner with Artslink Queensland to host the ANIMATING SPACES project in their community. Participating communities will be selected by March 28 2012 and QAC project staff will facilitate a Community Engagement Workshop in April or early May.

ANIMATING SPACES is in Partnership Development Phase. Delivery of the 2013 project is dependent upon funding from the Australia Council for the Arts as well as financial and in-kind support from Local Government, local businesses, corporate partners and the community.

The project offers communities:
• The opportunity to decide on three arts activities and locations they will activate.
• Cultural project management skills development for a part time co-ordinator including mentorship, assistance and honorarium payment.
• Funding and assistance to present workshops, exhibitions or performances.

Download the Expression of Interest form here
Completed forms must be submitted by email or post by Friday 16 March 2012.

For more information please contact:
Tim McGee (Project Co-ordinator) 0428 745 693
or Letitia Norton (Director Creative Communities) P 07 3226 4008
or email

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Queensland Arts Council changes its name to Artslink Queensland

Queensland Arts Council (QAC) is currently enhancing its position as the peak body for regional arts in Queensland and celebrates its 51st anniversary with a new trading name: “Artslink Queensland”.

Artslink Queensland aims to be the ‘go to’ organisation for regional arts that connects, represents, adds value and is the engine room for innovation and creativity in Queensland. 

Artslink Queensland will connect artists and communities through the arts in Queensland.

This builds on our 50 year history of regional arts, exhibitions, schools and adult performing arts touring across Queensland.

Our new mission statement “Inspiring Arts in Queensland” re-enforces our new direction. “Inspiring Arts” is descriptive of the type of arts we showcase – uplifting, encouraging, exciting, moving, affecting, stirring, stimulating, rousing, exhilarating, heartening… – in one word inspirational!

Our contemporary new logo clearly and simply captures our name change without losing the history of 50 years of Queensland Art Council by utilising ‘est. 1961’.

QAC’s 2010 AGM (held in April 2011) announced the repositioning of the organisation and change of trading name.

Artslink Queensland aims to reinforce its new and very exciting brand and build on it for the next fifty years.

Please visit out new website to find out more

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Generate – February 2012 Update

Welcome to the February edition of Generate… an update on Arts, Culture and Creativity in South East Queensland.

Exhibitions on Tour
with Queensland Arts Council

An exquisite photographic exhibition by artist Donna Davis, Ipswich Portraits: Objects and Mementos

Donna Davis’s fabulous photographic series Ipswich Portraits: Objects and Mementos is now on tour as part of Queensland Arts Councils exihibitions program.

This exhibition features an intimate look at ten people from a regional Queensland community… is it like YOUR town? It could easily be filled with the same characters.

Photographic artist Donna Davis has developed a fabulous set of ‘portraits’, using the subjects’ own objects and stories. The individuals are represented in luminescent digital detail via the framing of these objects, the images lovingly crafted by the artist’s assemblage with respect and care for the slices of humanity represented.

This exhibition is available for tour to your community via the 2012/2013 Exhibitions Touring Program from Queensland Arts Council. Download your copy of the catalogue and booking form at Have a peek at all the touring exhibitions at Exhibitions QAC tel 07 3226 4011 or email

Regional Visits in February
Queensland Arts Council’s Creative Generator SEQ service provides free advice and information to artists, musicians and creatives to assist them to develop their ideas, projects and careers and to also provide information on funding opportunities and the application process.

The Creative Generator SEQ Development Officer, Tim McGee, will be conducting a number of regional visits in each of the 10 local government areas of South East Queensland during 2012 and artists are encourage to book in a 45 minute meeting to discuss their work.

February Regional Visits
Moreton Bay – Tuesday 7th February (Booked Out)
Cleveland – Tuesday 14th February
Esk – Sunday 19th February
Logan – Tuesday 21st February

Contact to book in a meeting time or go to to view the dates for all regions.

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a highly successful state and local government partnership that supports professional and emerging professional artists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland. Many of the Local Government RADF round are closing in February and March so contact your Council or go to the following link for more information.

Artists in Residence Program
The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program for 2012 is now open, with the closing date of 30 March 2012. Arts Queensland, in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts and Education Queensland, provides an AIR Program that recognises good practice and encourages innovation in arts and education programs in Queensland.

The AIR Program gives artists an opportunity to broaden their experience and share their skills, while providing school students, teachers and pre-service teachers with greater exposure to the benefits of creative practice.

The Program provides funding of up to $20 000 for projects that create opportunities for artists and teachers to work together on developing effective teaching methods and practices for the arts. The program is open to Queensland schools or clusters and must take place in Queensland school in collaboration with a recognised, professional artist. For further information go to

Events Queensland Regional Development Program
The next round of the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP) closes 17 February 2012. Round 22 is for events held between 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2013.

The EQRDP invests in events held outside the Brisbane metropolitan area and is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as helping to establish new events.

EQRDP encourages and supports the introduction of initiatives and strategies that help an event grow and prosper and aims to safe-guard the future sustainability of events by supporting the development of business, marketing and succession plans, as well as identifying new event revenue streams.

For more information regarding the EQRDP please refer to the Events Queensland website or contact Events Queensland on 1300 88 12 55

Foresters / Fair Finance
Fair Finance Australia is a new program established to provide individuals access to small consumer loans ($1000 – $4000). The loans are designed for people who can’t get a loan from a mainstream financial institution or bank. Artists seeking small micro-enterprise, start-up or project related loans are welcome to apply.

AbaF Queensland Workshop
Australia Cultural Fund (ACF) Workshop – 22nd February
Offer your donors a tax deduction. Practising artists and small cultural organisations can register with AbaF to offer their donors the chance to make tax deductible donations. Learn how AbaF’s Australia Cultural Fund (ACF) can assist you with your fundraising.

Regional Updates
Sunshine Coast
Pecha Kucha Night #9
The Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance will host their ninth Pecha Kucha Night which will take place on Thursday 22th March at the Sol Bar in Maroochydore. Presenters share their passions, work and ideas using the globally renowned networking format ‘Pecha Kecha’ with 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds, taking the total presentation to 6 minutes 40 seconds. If you haven’t heard about PKN before take a look at the global website, now featuring events from over 460 centres across the world.

SCAN e-news
Sign up to the Sunshine Coast Council e-newletter to stay informed about workshops, events and opportunities on the Sunshine Coast. Click here to sign up!

Moreton Bay
Cultural Heart e-news
A one-stop for the who, what, when and where regarding everything arts, culture and heritage… exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks, funding and more! Click here to subscribe.

Arts Forum: Arts make strong communities
Using the models of Arts from the Ashes (post-Victorian fires), and Flood of Ideas (Qld floods), how do we create strong resilient communities using arts practise and ensure artists get paid for their services? Come and welcome in a new year of creativity, share ideas and stories and help create a dynamic network of artists. Refreshments provided!
Date: 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 29 February 2012
Venue: Cleveland Library meeting room
Please RSVP by 23 February to 3829 8489 or

Logan Artists Association
Keep up to date with Exhibitions, events and workshops in Logan through the Logan Artist Associations newsletter. Click here to view their latest e-news.

Logan Art Gallery Exhibition
Mark Davey: Natural Patterns
Begins February 22nd 2012
Edens Landing artist Mark Davey explores in his paintings bush and rainforest canopies with a particular detailed focus on the foliage of Australian native flora. Click here for more details.

Gold Coast
Swell Sculpture Festival
Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland’s leading outdoor sculpture exhibition, invites entries from artists to exhibit in the 10th annual exhibition. The free to the public outdoor sculpture exhibition will be staged along Currumbin Beach from 14 – 23 September 2012. Entries close 15 March 2012. For more information phone (07) 5525 6392 or email

Click here to sign up to the Gold Coast City Council Cultural On-line e-newsletter

Scenic Rim
Keep an eye on The Centre website for updates on Exhibitions, Events and Arts Dinners.

Lockyer Valley
The Lockyer Valley Arts Festival took place in January 2012 and will continue with an encore festival to take place in September 2012.

Famous authors and illustrators from around the country will arrive in the quaint township of Laidley to work closely with school students in the areas of story telling, illustrating, song writing, poetry and prose. Adults can book into private workshops to learn the art of becomming published. The festival will conclude with a community concert featuring local musicians.

Partnering with Tell Me A Story Books and LEAPP Events, the Lockyer Arts Festival 2012 Encore is running an Arts Competition from January 28 – March 31. With the theme of “Water and Ice”, primary, secondary students and Adults can enter 2D and 3D art, short stories and poetry.

The Somerset Arts Society will run a precursor to their KikArts Youth Festival in May with a KikArts Summer School to take place over two weekends in February on 11th/12th and 18th/19th Feb. For more information please contact Chris Vella on 0428 274 834 or visit

SWICH Contemporary Arts Space presents… Salvage: journey of a textile artist, solo exhibition of new mixed media works by Annamaria Mays. This is the first exhibition in our Emerging Artist Solo Series featuring 6 Ipswich based emerging artists. Opening Night 9th February from 6pm.

Vibrant City Workshops
Have you ever looked at part of your city and thought… this could be so much more?
Smart Artz will be running workshops for people aged 26 and under to design a major public artwork for installation in the Ernest Street train underpass, situated in the heart of Southbank. The workshop will lead you through a creative process and develop your skills for developing creative solutions to problems.

Youth Arts Queensland
YAQ put together a great e-newsletter with updates on all things youth arts in Queensland. Click here to view and sign up!

This blog is a mouthpiece for the South East Qld arts community. Please send your ideas, events, gigs, exhibitions or workshops to and we will try to include them. Alternatively, leave a comment on the blog below.

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Queensland Arts Council
Queensland Arts Council is Queensland’s peak regional arts organisation supporting the artistic and cultural aspirations of regional communities.

Queensland Arts Council delivers a range of performance programs for schools, visual arts exhibitions as well as funding programs on behalf of the Federal Government. The tour coordination unit arTour is also managed by QAC on behalf of the state government.

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The Creative Generator is an initiative funded by Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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Five Qld Projects to receive support in 2012

Queensland Arts Council is proud to announce that five Queensland arts projects have been selected to receive Creative Project Support through the Creative Generator SEQ service in 2012.

The projects chosen include an emerging theatre company from Ipswich, the KikArts Youth Festival in Esk, Improvised Music Workshops in Brisbane, a Literacy and Arts Festival in Deception Bay and the Lockyer Valley Arts Festival.

QAC’s Creative Generator SEQ Development Officer, Tim McGee, will work closely with each of the projects throughout 2012 to assist in building their capacity to deliver community arts and cultural activities and events in their communities. The support service will involve working with each of the artists and groups to develop business, project and marketing plans as well as assisting them to identify and apply for relevant funding or sponsorship opportunities.

The projects have been selected following a rigorous assessment process that saw expressions of interest submitted from dozens of artists and community arts groups from throughout the region.

About the projects
THAT Production Company
THAT Production Company is an emerging independent theatre company based in Ipswich. They are a company committed to presenting work of a high quality while maintaining a professional attitude. Their main goals are to challenge, engage, entertain and embrace their audience and community. Some of their most recent works include, Saved by Edward Bond, Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind, Federico Garcia Lorca’s Rural Trilogy and Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton.

KikArts Youth Festival
KikArts Youth Festival is an annual festival held in Esk that is designed to provide an opportunity for young people to develop their creative skills, build their confidence and provide a pathway for a career in the arts. The KikArts Festival will include an under 18 youth art exhibition as well as a performing arts competition, which will be judged by the community. The Somerset Arts Society manages the festival.

Improvised Music Workshops
The Foundation for Contemporary Music and Culture Inc. (FCMC) will deliver Improvised and Experimental Music Workshops primarily to people with disabilities or who are otherwise disadvantaged. The program concept is to offer the chance for individuals to discover their musical creativity and create meaningful group experiences by combining simple musical exercises with free improvisations facilitated by experienced musicians.

Literacy and Arts Festival
Organisations from the Deception Bay Child and Family Alliance will develop and deliver a month long arts festival with a focus around language, literacy and communication. The festival will include events such as slam poetry, song writing, comedy workshops, cultural storytelling, choir performances as well as an interactive art installation.

Lockyer Valley Arts Festival
The Lockyer Valley Arts Festival aims to seek out emerging artists to provide professional development, exhibition and sales opportunities, promote the region’s arts related community groups and deliver high level performances for the Lockyer Valley community.

For more information on each of the projects please visit:

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