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Wondai Regional Art Gallery vice president Amanda Seiler is one of many local artists keen to discuss the future of arts in the region at an Arts Queensland forum in Kingaroy on December 11

November 29, 2018

The South Burnett will be the only inland region consulted by the State Government about a new 10-year plan for the arts, cultural and creative sector.

On Tuesday, December 11, Arts Queensland and the South Burnett Regional Council will jointly host a forum at Kingaroy’s Town Hall Supper Room from 3:30pm to 6:30pm to seek seek opinions from residents involved in the arts.

It is part of a state-wide consultation process being carried out between October 23 and December 18.

Arts Queensland said it was developing a 10-year plan because the creative sector was now estimated to contribute $86 billion a year to the national economy, more than the transport industry.

Arts portfolio chair Cr Danita Potter announced the forum at November’s Council meeting.

“I would encourage anyone who has an interest in the arts to come along,” Cr Potter said.

South Burnett Arts is also encouraging locals to take part.

“Our schools and artists should read Arts Queensland’s discussion paper,” president Jane Iszlaub said.

“The State Government wants to map out a 10-year arts strategy, and the more views they get the better it’s likely to be.”

Wondai Regional Art Gallery vice president Amanda Seiler is also looking forward to the forum.

In early October, she was one of three South Burnett residents invited to attend an Art As Exchange program hosted by the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art at the Bunya Mountains.

The three-day event involved 15 delegates from five regions planning an arts future that addressed the outcomes of a round table discussion held earlier in the year.

Amanda, Catherine Woodham, from Jumping Ants Art; and Val McGrath, from the Blackbutt Art Gallery; were selected to represent the region.

“Over the course of the event we were presented with a report outlining the strengths, weaknesses and barriers to success the arts faced,” Amanda said.

“Other issues raised included communication barriers between stakeholders, and the costs of bridging them.

“Strengths included support from local councils, strong gallery representation, our varied and talented artists, and a community that was very engaged in the discussions.

“Everyone with an interest can contribute to the growth of the arts, so the timing of this forum is perfect.”

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