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Vast Arts Newsletter - 6 May 2018

Vast Arts has a mission to make the arts more visible and viable in our western Queensland communities.

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The new edition of the Vast Arts Guide is now out and about!
If you would like a copy for yourself, or would like to have some available for your customers or clients, please let us know. You can find them at Visitor Information Centres and other outlets throughout the region.

In the news...

MGAQ seeks nominations for two elected positions on our Committee
The Museums Galleries Australia Queensland (MGAQ) management committee is seeking nominations for two elected positions to replace two elected committee members who were fare-welled earlier this year.
If you are interested in representing your peers, and want to contribute to advancing the sector, you are encouraged to nominate to join the committee of MGAQ, and become actively involved. They are accepting expressions of interests for the committee now, and positions are open to all MGAQ financial members. Individuals can nominate themselves or other individual members. Your EOI should be accompanied by a nomination form and a brief 200 word statement supporting your nomination, which will be circulated to the committee for consideration. MGAQ respects and values the willingness of its committee members to make a voluntary commitment of their time.
Please submit your EOI and nomination form via email to Karike Ashworth: by 31 July 2018.
If you have any questions please contact our Membership Officer, Karike Ashworth, on 07 3059 9745 or Only MGAQ members are eligible to be on the MGAQ committee.
Promote your Arts Activity with Vast Arts.

We love sharing art news and activities across the region, if you have something happening in your area please let us know. We will readily include it in our e-news. Just email the details and an image through to

Pottery workshop with Wendy Britton
12th and 13th May at Longreach Arts and Crafts Centre.  For further details, contact Kathy 0408 787 572 or email

Compact Prints 2018 
Closes 14 May 2018. Umbrella Studio, Townsville, invites artists working in traditional and digital print media to participate in their biennial international print exhibition and exchange, Compact Prints 2018. For more information go to

Hadley's Art Prize
Open for entries, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart seeks to contribute to the Tasmanian and Australian art scene, generating interest in cultural tourism and promoting the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists. Entries close 18 May 2018. For more information go to

Young artist Residency: Artiz Art Enquirer at the IMA
11 Jul - 13 Jul, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Applications close 18 May @ 5:00 pm
Take part in a unique immersion experience in contemporary art practice across galleries in Brisbane, and work with established industry mentors to hone your art writing skills. Your essays will be published in a high quality publication produced by the Institute of Modern Art.
Book Now

Art on Show: Call for Artists
The Art on Show Awards is a regional, non-acquisitive art prize. Presented by the Mackay Show Association, this prize is open to artists living and working in Australia. Entries close 25 May 2018. For more information go to

WEBINAR: Preparing your work for exhibitions
28 May 2018, 12pm to 1pm on your computer. Handling your work properly can make all the difference in ensuring it arrives safely for exhibition. Join us in this webinar which will demonstrate the basic materials and techniques for ensuring your work is ready. Display, packaging and freight materials will be covered for a range of artistic works. Book at

The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
Closes 30 May 2018. ‘The Churchie’ is a contemporary emerging art competition with the overall winner receiving a cash prize of $15,000 (non-acquisitive). Three commendation prizes with a total prize pool of $7,000 will also be awarded. Submissions are open to all visual and fine art forms. For more information go to

Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award 
Now in its ninth year, this art competition is open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks. Entrants may submit paintings, drawings, photographs and all 2D artworks up to 61cm (24 inches) in height or width. Entries close 1 June 2018. For more information go to

Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize 
Closes 11 June 2018. The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a bi-annual prize featuring portraiture from across the country. Now covering all media, the prize will illustrate the various ways in which the human form is imagined by artists. For more information

Matthew Flinders Art Prize: Call for Entries
Closes 30 June 2018. Now in its 20th year, the 2018 Matthew Flinders Art Prize is a signature event for the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre at Banksia Beach. The Art Prize is open to all ages and all mediums, with a maximum of two works per artist. For more information

WEBINAR: Tax and money matter for artists
2 July 2018, 12pm to 1pm on your computer. This free online webinar will introduce you to tax and money matters for artists. Bring all of your questions regarding your tax before submitting your return. All you need for this session is a computer, speakers and an internet connection. Book at

Regional Artists' Exhibition 2018
Seeking Entries for 2018 Western Downs Regional Artists' Exhibition 50 SHADES
Artists who live and/or work in the Western Downs Regional Council area are invited to submit work in any media to the 2018 Regional Artists' Exhibition responding to the theme '50 Shades…'. This exhibition encourages artists to explore the values of light and shade, any subject, with no limits - no light, low light, directional light, 2D or 3D work. The possibilities are endless, monochromatic or a myriad of colours. Be brave and SHADE!!!!
ENTRIES CLOSE Monday 2 July 2018
EXHIBITION RUNNING DATES 24 September – 24 October 2018
HOSTED BY Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla
Further information and the Entry Form will soon be available on the Western Downs Regional Council's website and local gallery websites.

2018 Queensland Regional Art Awards
An annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in remote and regional Queensland. The theme for 2018 is Wanderlust.
From dirt roads to rock pools, luscious rainforests to local festivals, Queensland is a state that inspires exploration. It’s full of diverse personalities, local legends and hidden gems valued by tourists and locals alike.
This year, artists are asked to embrace a spirit of adventure to discover something unique about their own community or one that they visit within the state.
Entries submitted before 29 June will qualify for Early Bird Prices. Final entries will be due by 20 July, which is the firm final deadline for entry this year. Learn More

Redland Art Awards 2018
Entries close 23 July 2018. Redland Art Awards is a biennial contemporary painting competition open to all Australian artists, presented by Redland Art Gallery. The 2018 awards feature four prizes, totalling over $20,000. More information:

Grassland Art Gallery, Tambo
Wanderer - an exhibition of works by Carol McCormack.

Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery
The Visitor Information Centre, Museum and Gallery hosts a different exhibition every 6 weeks including travelling displays and works accomplished by gifted local artists. Contact for more information.

Qantas Founders, Longreach
A changing exhibition schedule.  More information here

Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery

Dogwood Crossing Miles

Cosmological Landscapes by Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox
This exhibition visually rethinks concepts of landscape and what they mean in an age where space and cosmological research are revealing more about Earth's universal environment. Cosmology, the scientific study of the universe across all temporal and spatial scales, provides new perspectives of Earth and humanity in an era where emerging technologies pose both opportunities and threats. These perspectives are explored by untethering landscape from Earth-bound horizons to search for orientation via new universal horizons. On display until 21 May 2018.

People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century. Official opening Friday 25 May, 6.30pm, Artist Floor Talk with Laura Fisher prior to official opening at 7.00pm. On display until 16 July 2018.

Cunnamulla Fella Centre
 Simon Ellwell exhibition titled Stoody Wuff, Nimsy and Wonsence on show until 26 June 2018.
Regional Events are generally enhanced with an arts element or two........keep up with what's happening soon across the region:

Official Exhibition Opening of People Like Us 
Curated by UNSW Galleries Director Felicity Fenner, People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.
WHEN    Friday 25 May, 6.30pm. Artist Floor Talk with Laura Fisher prior to official opening at 7.00pm
WHERE  John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery @ Dogwood Crossing, Miles
RSVP      Wednesday 23 May 07 4628 5330



Small Museums Conference 2018 -Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
When: 26 - 28 October 2018
Where: Roma, QLD
Hosted by Maranoa Regional Council
Put this date in your diary! If you are looking for funding to attend this conference check out the 2018 Grants & Philanthropic Funding handout on the M&G QLD website or talk with your local council and see if they have any grants available (particularly to your Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Liaison Officer).  
The conference will inspire communities to share and preserve local history from yesterday, today and tomorrow.  A blend of plenary sessions and hands-on workshops will stimulate ideas for staff and volunteers to share and put into practice through the following themes: 
-Exhibitions: examples include successes in telling stories and case studies (what went right and wrong).
-Collections: examples include digitization, significance, cataloguing, display techniques, preservation, de-accessioning and storage.
-Management/Policies/Procedures: examples include collection management, disaster management, funding sources and volunteer

Do you know of an event coming up in your region? Please let us know!

Arts Queensland: Regional Arts Fund – Quick Response Grants 
Rolling from 1 February to 31 May 2018, or until funds are expended. To support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.  For more information go to

National Library of Australia: Community Heritage Grants 
Closes 7 May 2018. To assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audiovisual material. For more information go to

Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Closes 22 May 2018. To support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. As individual artists are the essential 'building blocks' of the sector, the Trust's grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential. For more information

SBS Foundation 
Closes 23 May 2018. To support Australian charities and community organisations by donating advertising time on television to promote their activities. For more information

Queensland Government – Department of Justice and Attorney-General: Gambling Community Benefit Fund 
Closes 31 May 2018. Grants are allocated to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. For more information 

Gordon Darling Foundation 
Closes 31 May 2018. The Foundation provides funding for a range of visual arts projects Australia-wide. For more information

Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
Closes 5 June 2018. To support a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.
For more information 

Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects for Organisations 
Closes 5 June 2018. To support a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. For more information

Australia Council for the Arts: Career Development Grants for Individuals 
Closes 5 June 2018. The Grants fund a range of activities that benefit the career development of artists. For more information 

Australia Council for the Arts: Fellowships
Closes 5 June 2018. To support the professional development and creative activity of outstanding, established artists for a period of up to two years. For more information 

Australia Council for the Arts: Strategic International Market Fund 
Closes 12 June 2018. This fund provides support for artists and arts organisations to respond to opportunities and develop networks in target international markets that directly follow on from strategic initiatives delivered by the Australia Council. For more information 

Copyright Agency Limited: Create Grant 
Closes 18 June 2018. To support mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create. 
For more information

Arts Queensland - Queensland Arts Showcase Program
Supporting vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland by individuals, organisations or collectives. QASP replaced the Projects and Programs (PAP) fund in September 2015. Applications accepted any time. More information available here.

Department of Veterans' Affairs - Saluting Their Service Commemorations Grant
Applications can be submitted at any time to support projects and activities which directly commemorate Australia’s servicemen and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Applications can be made at any time. For more information visit

Arts Queensland - Queensland Arts Showcase Program
Applications can be submitted at any time. This program is rolled out through three streams: Arts Ignite, Arts Illuminate and Arts Impact. The program aims to provide a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector in Queensland that connects with and develops new audiences. For more information visit

How can you be involved? 

Vast Arts is a member based organisation and your membership enables us to continue working towards our goals. You can join us from as little as $32.50 per year and receive member benefits.

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You're an artist for yourself, not by yourself. Networking with others dramatically increases your enjoyment of the arts and your odds of success. Put simply, when you surround yourself with supportive contacts from diverse backgrounds and interests and start actively networking and promoting your arts practice - you'll just do better.

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