South Burnett Arts president Olivia Everitt with representatives from various community groups at Thursday’s meeting … Sheena Lindholm (Blackbutt Avocado Festival), Gail Gibson (BaconFest), Val McGrath (SBATSIC), Damien Martoo (KCCI), Robyn Dower (SB Arts), Kristy Frahm (BIEDO), Jon Fearnley (Nanango Theatre Co), Fran van Vegchel (Kingaroy Art Gallery), Jane Erkens (NaTDA), Sandra Currell (Yarraman Progress Association) and Gloria Kirkness (NaTDA)

September 10, 2020

A meeting to start discussions about public art across the South Burnett attracted representatives from Blackbutt to Proston on Thursday.

The get-together was organised by South Burnett Arts president Olivia Everitt at the South Burnett Enterprise Centre in Kingaroy.

The meeting was also joined on Zoom by other participants.

The discussion touched on various arts projects that have been suggested around the region as well as ways groups and individuals could collaborate to support each other and advance ideas.

The inclusion of public art in Kingaroy’s transformation project was discussed as well as opportunities for proposed silo arts projects in Kingaroy and Proston to potentially co-operate.

Olivia explained various funding opportunities that were opening soon, including various Regional Arts Fund grant schemes which are administered in Queensland via the Flying Arts Alliance.

Funding could be sought for an Arts Project Officer to assist with projects and develop a strategic framework for the region.

The importance of community-run projects, ie. not relying on Council to make things happen, was also discussed.

It has been proposed that the South Burnett Public Art Roundtable become a quarterly event, replacing the South Burnett Regional Council’s Creative Roundtable events which appear to have been discontinued.

[Disclosure: Anne Miller is secretary of South Burnett Arts Inc]

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