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Vast Arts Newsletter - 7 October 2018

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

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Gallery Management and Curatorial Development Workshops for western Queensland
Vast Arts is pleased to announce that we were successful in gaining funding from the recent round of the Regional Arts Fund. Vast Arts Inc intends to produce a program of curatorial and gallery management workshops to be delivered in strategic venues throughout western Queensland. The aim of the program is to cultivate regional artists and also gallery management committees and volunteers; to develop professional knowledge and skills to enable regional artists to understand the curatorial process and therefore develop cohesive, well-developed exhibitions; and to ensure that artists and art workers will develop the skills to run a gallery and hang and present an exhibition to a high standard. This program is expected to commence in February 2019.
If you are an artist or a member of an organisation or committee in western Queensland and would like more information about this project please do not hesitate to contact Vast Arts
This project is made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

M&G QLD Finder update
Museums & Galleries Queensland is updating its online Finder – a free directory of museums, galleries and cultural organisations throughout Queensland. Listing in the directory is free for public/non-commercial galleries, museums and other cultural organisations in Queensland that are open to the public. In order to update your current listing, or add your organisation to the directory, visit to download a form. For more information, contact Melissa Fletcher, Information Officer P: 07 3059 9740 E:

Watercolour Workshop with Penelope Gilbert-Ng
20 and 21 October 2018 at Grassland Art Gallery in Tambo. Book now, call Alison on 0428 546 107 or email

Artspace Ideas Platform: Callout for Applications
Closes 22 October 2018.  Artspace’s Ideas Platform is a flexible, exhibition space – now accepting proposals through an open-call for artists to transform this unique space. The application is open to artists, collectives and curators. There are three exhibitions available for successful applications in the 2019 Ideas Platform program. For more information go to

Asialink Arts Creative Exchange
Closes 28 October 2018. Artists and Arts Professionals can undertake a Creative Exchange with one of Asialink's global collaborators in 2019. For more information go to

Street Art Competition to beautify towns
 Longreach Regional Council is preparing to unveil a street art competition with the aim of introducing new public art to the region’s communities. An upcoming Beginners Wire Sculpture Workshop will serve as the catalyst for the Street Art Competition in which the three major cash winning entries will be gifted to Council in return for the prize monies offered. The retained entries will then be used to add to the streetscape and beautify townships in the region. Other sculptures in the competition can be gifted to Council for community display or sold publicaly on the day of judging.
Mayor Ed Warren said with the gifting of the ‘Around the Campfire’ series from the Queensland Government, the time is right for communities in the region to benefit from additional art installations. 
“The state has gifted us the ‘Around the Campfire’ sculptures which were created for Expo ’88. They’re being installed on Eagle Street this month and they’ll make a big difference once they’re there.
“You only have to look at what a difference Cocky Bignell has made in Isisford with the fantastic giant Yellowbelly to see the value of public art. We want to encourage more people to create works that hold significance and bring meaning to our public spaces.”
The competition will run for three months to allow artists to develop and create their artwork for submission. Three cash prizes are on offer - $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for a Peoples Choice section with votes cast by the community to determine a winner on judging day, Saturday 10 November.


Strand Ephemera 2019: Entries open
Closes 28 November 2018. Sculptures and installations in any media are eligible for entry, including new media. In developing proposals, artists are asked to consider the specific site for which the work is intended and how their work will be viewed for both day and night audiences. For more information go to

 Ramsay Art Prize 
Closes 14 December 2018. Entries for the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize are now open. Held every two years, the Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian artists under 40 working in any medium. Finalists works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 25 May - 25 August 2019. For more information go to

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.

Grassland Art Gallery
Unseen, by Donna Davis. On display until 5 December 2018.

Qantas Founders, Longreach
  More information here

Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery

Roma on Bungil Gallery
Miles Medley, an exhibition from the Miles Art Group, will be on show until 11 November 2018.

Dogwood Crossing Miles
Western Downs Regional Artists' Exhibition 2018
50 Shades..
This exhibition brings together 27 artists selected from entries from across the Western Downs region to explore the value of light and shade with no limits. This annual exhibition continues to highlight the amazing creativity and talent that exits in our communities.
EXHIBITION RUNS until 24 October 2018

Voyages Botanical
An exhibition inspired by the artist’s Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Johnson’s research, which drew on the library’s collection of rare books of botanical illustration, took her back to the pioneering work of early botanical artists including Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Ferdinand Bauer and was the beginning of her own creative journey. She tells the story of these early years of the exploration of Australia - embellishing it by blending art with science, cartography and facsimiles of writings from the explorers’ journals. Johnson creates delicate and beautifully-realised solar plate engravings of wildflowers - powerful symbols of the vulnerability and fragility of Australia’s natural environment and heritage.
EXHIBITION RUNS until 6 November 2018

Cunnamulla Fella Centre
Exhibition by Dean Haeusler on show until 31 October 2018
Regional Events are generally enhanced with an arts element or two........keep up with what's happening soon across the region:

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!


Tourism and Events Queensland – Queensland Desination Events Program
Closes 10 October 2018. 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. For more information go to

Access Arts Achievement Award
Closes 22 October 2018. Provides 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. For more information go to

Australia Council for the Arts – Leadership Program – Arts Leaders Program
Closes 26 October 2018. To support the cultural sector’s emerging and established leaders with the skills and capabilities to leader through change. Arts Leaders Program aims to build the capabilities of strong leaders to deliver a resilient, sustainable and vibrant arts sector. For more information go to

Arts Queensland – Artists in Residence
Closes 29 October 2018. The Artists in Residence program supports eligible Queensland schools and kindergartens to partner with artists and arts organisations to deliver innovative projects. For more information go to

Queensland Community Foundation – Regional Grant-Making
Closes 27 November 2018. Applications from charitable organisations providing local service delivery in areas such as aged care, family support, children, health and welfare, youth and arts. For more information go to

Regional Arts Fund (Queensland) – Quick Response Grants
Closes 30 November 2018 (or until funds have been expended). To benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities for projects commencing on or after a minimum of four weeks after application is received. For more information go to

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

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