Arts and Cultural Development in Regional Queensland : Building Foundations for Connectivity and Growth

After the recent closure of Artslink Queensland (formerly Queensland Arts Council), a state-wide group

of arts professionals have gathered to explore new models for supporting regional arts development in



Artslink, or the Queensland Arts Council, had been operating for half a century and managed schools

touring and supported volunteer local arts councils. In its prime, Queensland Arts Council was the

centre of touring and support for regionally-based activity. What will happen now that the organisation

has wound up? What type of model is now needed by Regional Queensland to develop and support a

thriving arts community?


The Queensland Arts Advisory Group, a state-wide group of volunteer arts professionals working to

represent the broad arts sector, formed a Regional Arts Working Group to deal with the issue. This

group held a two-day meeting which 32 artists and artsworkers attended in Beaudesert, near Brisbane

in late July.


A discussion paper has been developed out of that meeting and is being released for public consultation

today. Interested artists and arts organisations who are interested in completing the survey can contact


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