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Acting Queensland Minister for Arts John-Paul Langbroek

Funding Boost For State’s Arts Sector

Victor P Taffa

Acting Arts Minister John-Paul Langbroek today announced almost $1.6 Million for 14 arts organisations state-wide through Arts Queensland’s 2013 annual Small to Medium (s2m) Organisations program, reaffirming the Newman Government’s continued support for Queensland’s arts sector.

Mr. Langbroek said the funding meant the organisations could continue running their creative programs and deliver on the Newman government’s election commitment to provide arts for all Queenslanders.

“These 14 organisations have proven themselves to be amongst the state’s best by demonstrating their excellence and passing the rigorous assessment process.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“They have been awarded these funds based on their artistic or cultural quality, their community engagement capacity, management skills and innovative approach.”

“Some of the funds will go towards regional programs including facilitating arts development workshops.”

Mr. Langbroek said two of the organisations were new to the s2m annual program Red Ridge (Longreach) and Creative Regions (Bundaberg).

“Creative Regions will receive $100,000 to develop community arts and cultural development projects, build the skills of artists and artsworkers, and grow the networks and partnerships between creative people in the Central Queensland region.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“Red Ridge has been granted $80,000 to provide greater access by Far Western and Central Queenslanders to quality arts experiences.”

“Other funding recipients include the Gold Coast’s Swell Sculpture Festival, UMI Arts in Cairns and the Australian Festival Chamber of Music in Townsville.” Mr. Langbroek said.



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Artslink Queensland works with regional organisations and artists, delivering and creating inspiring arts experiences.
BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre)


BEMAC supports artists from diverse backgrounds and aims to increase audiences for world music. It seeks positive outcomes for migrant and refugee communities as well as the organisation’s private and public partners.
Creative Regions


Creative Regions develops community arts and cultural development projects, builds the skills of artists and artworkers, and grows the networks and partnerships between creative people in the Central Queensland region.
Flipside Circus


Flipside delivers a circus program for and about young people, undertakes intrastate and interstate tours, and will host a season of circus at Brisbane’s Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art.
Red Ridge


Red Ridge supports remote communities to develop community arts and cultural projects, including public art, exhibitions, and Indigenous and multicultural arts practices.
Vulcana Women’s Circus


Vulcana runs circus outreach projects with community partners as well as an ongoing workshop program for women, both with a range of performance outcomes.
Ausdance (The Australian Dance Council Queensland Inc)


Ausdance supports the making of contemporary dance and career pathways for dancers through dance residencies, creative development funding and subsidised access to dance studios.
Australian Festival of Chamber Music(AFCM)


AFCM is one of the largest regional festivals in the southern hemisphere, renowned for its diverse programming and bringing high calibre national and international artists to Townsville to perform.
Camerata of St John’s


Camerata of St John’s program includes a series of concerts in Brisbane and Toowoomba, festival appearances, educational workshops and regional touring.
Queensland Poetry Festival


The Queensland Poetry Festival delivers a three day annual festival, a regional road show, and a year-long series of events, workshops, publications and performances.
Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre


Zen Zen Zo delivers a high quality theatre program in Brisbane and undertakes strategic touring opportunities. It also delivers a large training program.
Flying Arts


Flying Arts provides artists and communities in remote and isolated locations access to professional arts services and arts development opportunities.
Swell Sculpture Festival


Swell Sculpture Festival attracts national and international artists to exhibit in an outdoor sculpture event on the Gold Coast. It also engages its audience in a wider program of arts activity offered at the Festival.
UMI Arts


UMI Arts has positioned itself as the peak body for supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts practitioners from far north Queensland. It delivers a broad program of arts and cultural services.

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