February 16, 2021

Western Downs Regional Council will be hosting a special forum for artists at the Bunya Mountains from May 13-15.

The “Arts On Top” Regional Arts Forum will draw together artists and industry experts from across Queensland to explore the role of arts in regional communities.

It is being delivered in partnership with Arts Queensland, South West Queensland Regional Arts Services Network and the University of Southern Queensland.

Cr Kaye Maguire said the three-day event would allow regional artists to be a part of shaping the future of arts and culture across the Western Downs and Southern Queensland.

“We have a rich and diverse creative community in the region and this forum is about bringing like-minded people together and exploring ways to boost the presence of arts across a variety of mediums,” Cr Maguire said.

“This is a huge coup for the region, with some incredible creatives offering their knowledge and expertise to boost our presence as a destination for arts and culture in Southern Queensland.”

Cr Maguire said Arts On Top would explore topics fundamental to the long-term sustainability of arts in regional communities.

“The forum will be made up of a series of presentations and workshops that explore the various aspects of building a strong arts community including economic and financial support and assistance, adaptiveness to outside factors such as a global pandemic, and exploring new opportunities to get involved in community initiatives,” she said.

“It will also offer various development opportunities, with masterclasses and workshops covering a variety of areas from painting, screen printing and astrophotography through to social media and marketing.”

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