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Vast Arts Newsletter - 7 January 2019

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.

Dress the West


John Fries Award
Closes 14 January 2019. This $10,000 non-acquisitive award is open to Australian and New Zealand early-career artists of any age, working in any medium. For more information go to


Australian Joint Stock Bank commission

Closes 17 January 2019. Fraser Coast Regional Council invites expressions of interest from Queensland-based artists and designers to submit a commission application for the heritage-listed Australian Joint Stock Bank, birthplace of P.L. Travers, for what is to become an exciting new cultural asset in Maryborough, Queensland. For more information go to

Swell Sculpture Festival
Closes 31 January 2019. Local, national and international artists are invited to submit works in any medium for the annual Swell Sculpture Festival, Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition along the shores of Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast. For more information go to

2019 John Villiers Art Prize
The Outback Regional Gallery, Winton is now calling for entries for the 2019 John Villiers Outback Art Prize proudly supported by the John Villiers Trust. This year’s theme is Outback: A Sense of Place and prize money totals $13,000. Our panel of judges include Simon Wright (Assistant Director Learning and Public Engagement QAGOMA), Tracey Cooper-Lavery (Gallery Director, HOTA) and award winning artist and leading landscape painter Joe Furlonger. Closes 1 February 2019. For more information and to enter the prize visit our website

Roadcase 2019
Join arTour in Blackall for a Roadcase meeting to connect, plan and share with your presenting peers and cultural champions.

  • Connect Meet presenters from neighbouring regions
  • Plan Get an insight into possible shows and workshops that could come to your community
  • Share Hear about new opportunities and ideas to engage communities and build audiences

Roadcase is an extension of Queensland Touring Showcase specifically tailored to the programming needs of community presenters, local arts councils, regional councils and local festivals. It is an important connector event exploring shared interests and demand from rural and remote communities.
At Roadcase you will have the chance to meet presenters from your region, discuss local priorities, challenges and discover common opportunities. Along with the arTour team you will also discuss programming and audience development strategies; new touring productions for regional and remote communities and ways which each community can work with arTour.
Roadcase is a free event and we suggest you might like to attend in Blackall, however you are welcome to attend any of the locations listed below.
Registration is essential so the arTour team can plan the meeting in response to your needs.
Blackall - Tuesday, 19 February, 10am - 2pm Register Here
Everyone is welcome to attend Roadcase

ANAT Synapse Residencies 2019, SA
Closes 19 February 2019. Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is calling for applications from artists and scientists for Synapse Residency program, which supports creative research collaborations between artists and scientists. For more information go to

'Out There" Retreat with John Lovett
Watercolour artist John Lovett will be running a retreat at Blackall on 15 to 19 May 2019. All meals, accommodation and tutor fees are included. Non painting partners are welcome. Retreats for 2019 also include Craig Penny and Lyn Diefenbach in August. For more information go to

CALLOUT TO CHOIRS - 2019 Help is on its Way
In 2019, Queensland Music Festival will be producing the Help is on its Way project, a National choral initiative fostering a dialogue around mental health, raising awareness of available services and encouraging help-seeking behaviour, particularly for our men and boys.  We are reaching out across the nation with an inclusive and open invitation for choirs and individuals of all levels, abilities and sizes to learn the powerful hit, 'Help is on its Way' and share the once in a lifetime opportunity to sing with the legendary Glenn Shorrock.
The Help is on its Way project will culminate in a mass choral event in Brisbane on Saturday 27 July 2019 with performances, activations and concerts throughout Queensland during the Festival.  No matter where you live there will be many exciting ways to be involved.
There will be live events held in seven regional centres as part of an outback tour:

  • Wednesday 17 July CHINCHILLA Concert
  • Thursday 18 July MORANBAH Concert
  • Friday 19 July BARCALDINE Concert
  • Sunday 21 July BRISBANE Pre-event Rehearsal with Dr Jonathon Welch AM
  • Monday 22 July BIRDSVILLE Concert
  • Wednesday 24 July CUNNAMULLA Concert
  • Thursday 25 July BEAUDESERT Concert
  • Saturday 27 July BRISBANE Finale Rehearsal and Event (All Day)

Register now for access to the musical arrangement, guide tracks and everything you need to start learning and preparing the song, as well as regular updates about the project.  If you are interested in finding a group to sing with, we can even help you with that!

2019 Naracoorte National Art Prize, SA
Closes 12 July 2019. 2019 marks 50 years since Australian megafauna remains were first discovered in the World Heritage Naracoorte Fossil Caves. To celebrate this, the theme for the Prize will be 'Australian megafauna, fossils and caves - an artistic exploration'. 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
'Our Favourites' currently on display, an exhibition of art owned by the Tambo Arts Council. On show until 1 February 2019.

Qantas Founders, Longreach
  More information here

Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery

Roma on Bungil Gallery
The first exciting Exhibition at the Roma on Bungil Gallery for 2019 will commence with an Opening at 5.30pm on Friday 8th February.
The artist, Ida Montague, is from the Sunshine Coast. Her Danish heritage is reflected in the clear lines, attention to detail and fascinating mix of robust colour that produces vibrant pieces in which we recognise revitalised but still iconic Australian subject matter. The stark aesthetic of Montague’s paintings are filled with bold contrast and her playful use of flat planes of colour and negative space reveal a unique illusion of form.
Ida will also be offering a 2 day colourist workshop at the end of her exhibition on the 13th & 14th April in Roma. Pop those dates now in your diary!

Dogwood Crossing Miles
Boss Drovers A Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Touring Exhibition
Opening 6:30pm on Friday 18th January 2019.
A touring exhibition of works by Robert MacPherson, one of Australia’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, now in the QAGOMA Collection.
Guest speaker Bill Little, local Roma head drover famous for the Brinkworth cattle drive, will be 'having a yarn' about walking the long paddock along legendary stock routes, and droving experiences in outback Queensland, and beyond.
The opening night festivities include a free spit roast and cold beers. Come grab a feed, and be inspired by the selection of evocative portraits of Australia's boss drovers.
Works will be accompanied by a tailor-made digital interactive titled Drover Muster to encourage audience participation and engagement with the artist’s concepts and content.
Exhibition on show until 5 March 2019.

Cunnamulla Fella Centre
Changing exhibition throughout the year.
Regional Events are generally enhanced with an arts element or two........keep up with what's happening soon across the region:

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

 Gordon Darling Foundation Travel Grant
Closes 18 January 2019. To provide visual arts professionals in public institutions with the opportunity to undertake international travel. For more information go to

RADF - Blackall-Tambo Regional Council

Western Downs Regional Council – Regional Arts Development Fund
Closes 5 February 2019. Priority areas include Local Delivery and Participation in the Arts, Technical and Professional Skills Development – incoming group tutor, Technical and Professional Skills Development – outgoing individual, Cultural Entrepreneurs, Cultural Volunteers, Local Cultural Organisations, and Collections and Local History. For more information go to

Australia Council for the Arts – Contemporary Touring Initiative
Closes 5 February 2019. Supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. For more information go to

Australia Council for the Arts – Arts Projects
Closes 5 February 2019. Funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Only organisations are eligible to apply. For more information go to

Department of Communications and the Arts – Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program grant
Closes 11 February 2019. Supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to revive and maintain languages, and to develop and present art. For more information go to

Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Program
Closes 25 February 2019. Funds fellows from Queensland's research, education and cultural sectors to visit and complete a project at the Smithsonian Institution in the USA. For more information go to

 Department of Communications and the Arts – Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Grant  
Closes 15 March 2019. Funds 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. For more information go to

Tackling Tough Times Together
The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. Applications are now open. Grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.  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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