Arts Ablaze: Queensland Regional Arts Conference and Festival

2–6 October 2019

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley

Managed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council

Conference schedule

Day 1
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Theme: Place
Early morning program
Workshop 7–8am
 
Be healthy and active program

Kickstart your day with Tai Chi with Gai Wanless.

Gai has been studying Tai Chi Chuan since 1984 & has studied various forms with many teachers from Australia & overseas. Gai has been teaching Tai Chi since 1989.

Venue: Outside (wet weather alternative if required)
Early morning program
Site Activation 7-8am
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as an analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving (leaves from registration)
Early morning program
7AM - 4PM
 
Registration


Delegate, artist and volunteer registration desk will open early and be the place to find out info on all your Arts Ablaze questions. Head to the Registration desk on arrival to pick up your delegate bag and program.

Venue: Conference Centre foyer
Early Morning Program
Performance 8 - 9 AM
 
Birds of a Feather

Goat Track Theatre

Roving Street Theatre

Venue: Conference Room Foyer and event site
Morning Program
Special Event 9–9:30am
 
First Nations ceremonial welcome walk and smoking ceremony

Leaves from the registration area

Venue: Leaves from registration
Morning program
Special Event 9:30–9:45am
 
Welcome to Country and official opening
Venue: The Main Event
Morning Program
Panel 9:45–10:30am
Arts Ablaze First Nations Project produced by cre8veunltd
First Nations-led approaches to creative engagement

Inspired by a potential myth around FN having different approach than non-FN. Do we approach the making of work differently? How important is protocol in this? Are protocols limitations? Is it always about country? Does it have to be about giving back to community? Are we always working to shift perceptions?

Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
10:30–11am
 
Morning tea
Venue: The Big Pitch
Morning program
Keynote 11–11:30am
 
"This must be the place" – Creating communities: The case for placemaking and the Commons in a climate of change

Healthy places are the key to healthy communities. Coralie brings with her nearly a decade’s worth of experience in creative placemaking and most notably her work with creative social enterprise Gap Filler, which was created in response to the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Through the lens of some of Gap Filler’s projects such as the Dance-O-Mat, Pallet Pavilion, the Placemaking at One Central programme and more, she will share how creative placemaking can transform communities into places that are better connected, more resilient and healthier. She will also discuss the role of placemaking and the Commons in our rapidly changing times as we grapple with the implications of climate change She will share Gap Filler’s philosophy around creating new, fun, playful experiences for our communities as a way of seeding more long-term, meaningful change.

Venue: The Main Event
Morning Program
in Conversation 11.30 AM- 12.30 PM
 
Staying on Country: Is it possible to create a living at home?

Inspired by the desire to stay on country and make a living from creative practice. Who does this work for? What skills does one need? What community-based resources are required? Why is it important to leave? What if you are not raised on country?

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Morning program
Panel 11:45am–12:30pm
 
The Impact of Creative Placemaking

Changing the lens of placemaking to focus through the eyes of artists and creative thinkers provides a unique opportunity for regional communities. How do we consider place from a spiritual First Peoples' perspective and embed their stories? How do regional communities learn from successful urban placemaking and make it locally relevant? We discuss why it is important to place creatives in the centre of placemaking.

Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Quick Presentations 11:45am–1:30pm
Official Pecha Kucha event
The Big Pitch

Facilitator: Phil Smith

Presentations & presenters:

Includes lunch break and post pitch networking

Venue: The Big Pitch
Afternoon program
12:30 - 1:30 PM
 
Lunch
Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon Program
Quick Presentations 12.30-2.30PM
 
Pecha Kucha : Youth at the heARTh

Goat Track Theatre Company and 20 young people from around Queensland

20 young people from across Queensland are Youth Delegates at Arts Ablaze.’

In these Pecha Kucha session participants will share and talk about their artistic practice.

PechaKucha (Japanese: ぺちゃくちゃ, IPA: [petɕa kɯ̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a storytelling format, where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). PechaKucha have become popular formats to present in business and educational settings.

The ‘Youth at the heARTh,’ program is a game-changing experience. The program includes

  • Remote Mentoring via Webinar prior to the Conference provided by the Leadership Team from Goat Track Theatre.
  • Glamping Accommodation & Food for the duration of the Arts Ablaze Conference.
  • A Youth-Only Mentoring Program throughout the Conference on how to transform your mindset, arts practice and how to be a champion of the arts in your local community
Venue: the heARTh
Afternoon program
Panel 1:30–2.15 PM
 
Festivals transforming everyday spaces

Festivals and events offer a unique way of engaging people in everyday spaces in their community. This panel looks at some key arts festivals including Anywhere Festival, Curious Arts Festival and Horizon Festival and looks at the impacts these events are having on engaging people in place.

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon Program
Artisan Workshop 1.20 - 3.20 PM
Limited to 10 women only
Picannini Basket Making
Venue: Meet at the Mununjali Hub
Afternoon program
Quick Presentations 1:40–3:15pm
Official Pecha Kucha event
The Big Pitch

Facilitator: Phil Smith

Presentations & presenters:

Includes post pitch networking.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Afternoon program
Panel 2.30–3.30 pm
 
Rethinking our cultural venues

There have been many media reports in recent years about Australia’s “dying music scene”, the closure of commercial galleries and the battles for attention from the likes of Netflix. What are some of regional Queensland’s key arts and cultural facilities and venues doing differently to keep audiences engaged in their programs?

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Workshop 2–3pm
Hosted by Arts Front
Rethinking 'regional arts in 2030' – Arts Front visioning workshop

Facilitator: Anne Dunn

Connect with regional communities across Queensland to share visions for the future of rural and regional arts in 2030.

Venue: Ignite Space
Afternoon Program
Artisan Workshop 3.15-4.45 PM
 
Weave and Yarn

Philomena Yeatman from Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Afternoon program
3:30 – 4:30pm
 
Arts Ablaze Community Café

Facilitator: Bradley Lewis and the team from Scenic Rim Cultural Services

This Arts Ablaze Community Cafe will look at Transformation of PLACE.

The Arts Ablaze Community Cafes are based on the World Cafe methodology to host large group dialogue. Arts Ablaze Community Cafes are a key part of the conference and the time when as a sector and attendees at the conference we can come together to share insights from the day.

Each day conversations at the Arts Ablaze Community Cafe will tackle the days conference theme. Through a series of questions posed by three selected people attending the conference we will together look at how we can advance the transformations we want to see.

The questions will come from different people from different walks of life and areas of Queensland. The questions or observations for discussion will come from the days presentations. It is a fun way to get to meet people and will build networks and develop ideas. All notes from this session will be available for all delegates post Arts Ablaze.

Afternoon tea for all Arts Ablaze delegates will be served in this session.

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon Program
Performance 3.30-5.30 PM
 
Youth at the heARTh - artistic program

Youth @the heARTh delegates at Arts Ablaze.

The Youth @ the heARTh! artistic program will be a showcase of performance, poetry, music, dance, visual arts.

Venue: the heARTh
Afternoon program
Site Activation 4–5:00pm
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving (leaves from registration)
Afternoon program
Performance 4–5:30pm
 
Indy Clark

Artist: Indy Clark

Venue: Lillies Restaurant
Evening Program
5:30–6pm
 
Transport to Bromelton House

Register

Pre-bookings are required to access this transport.

Return transport has been arranged to take delegates from Ramada Resort to Bromelton House for the opening night function.

Please note: Delegates to arrive at Ramada Foyer for departure at 5.15pm for check in for Bus & Bromelton House Express Entry

Bus Departs from the Ramada Resort Foyer at 5.30pm to travel to Bromelton House.

Bus Departs from Bromelton House at 8.30pm to return to Ramada Resort.

Venue: Leaves from Ramada Resort main entrance
Evening program
Site Activation 5–9pm
This activity is part of the Kooralbyn Public Art Work Artists in Residence program
Monuments

Artist: Craig Walsh

A projection artwork by Craig Walsh, Artist in Residence at Kooralbyn. The projections include interviews with members of the Scenic Rim community.

Venue: Bromelton House
Evening program
6–8:30pm
 
Opening Night Function - Bromelton House

Performances by:

Also enjoy an exhibition of new works by Maki Horanai, Bec Andersen, Jacques van de Merwe, Kim Brolga Williams, Stephanie Wernick and Don Waters. Don will also be live painting on the night.

Venue: Bromelton House, 316 Bromelton House Road, Bromelton
Evening program
8:30–9pm
 
Transport from Bromelton House

Register

Pre-bookings are required to access this transport.

Return transport has been arranged to take delegates from Ramada Resort to Bromelton House for the opening night function.

Please note: Delegates to arrive at Ramada Foyer for departure at 5.15pm for check in for Bus & Bromelton House Express Entry

Bus Departs from the Ramada Resort Foyer at 5.30pm to travel to Bromelton House.

Bus Departs from Bromelton House at 8.30pm to return to Ramada Resort.

Transport has been arranged to take delegates back to Ramada Resort from Bromelton House after the opening night function.

Late evening program
Site Activation 9–10pm
 
Art on Rails Projection Project

Art on Rails is a large-scale projection and audio-visual journey designed based on a residency with regional artists within the Gladstone community.

The installation is be populated with images that are mysterious yet somehow familiar, tracing connections, routes, bridging our worlds, inviting escape whilst harnessing the wisdom of our different views. By contrasting older forms of image creation with mediums that range from drawing, painting and collage with animation, the projected installation will cross boundaries that allows the most recent digital technologies to be for everyone, regardless of where we live, our age, ability, background, social, economic or personal circumstances.

Art on Rails is an installation that unites a community by giving them the opportunity to share their stories whilst tapping into their regions unique character through animation and projection. This project will transform the participants ideas by helping them to explore new ways of thinking and giving them access to different ways of making and displaying art. The outcome of this work will then be able to be shared with all of the people in this community and other communities, building pride and identity whilst creating a culture of inclusion that helps them to deal with social challenges, promoting health and wellbeing in liveable towns.

Evening Program
Performance 9-10.30pm
 
UPLATE @ the heARTh

Late night youth arts showcase program

Venue: the heARTh
Late evening program
Arts Ablaze Up Late 9.30–10.30pm
 
Umami Mermaids

Artists: Anna Straker, Daniel Gough, Damian Tatum and Anna Whithaker

Limited Seating - register for your free ticket.

Register

This premiere work of puppet theatre offers a window to a world where mutated mermaids crawl from the sludge of the apocalyptic mess to seek their salty revenge.

From the mind of Anna Straker comes a sickeningly original, gothic feminist fairy tale with sword-swallowing, boil-popping and jaw-wrenching gore.

Venue: The Main Event
Late evening program
Arts Ablaze Up Late 9.30–10.30pm
 
CQUniversity Student Short Film Showcase

Limited Seating - register for your free ticket.

Register

The 'CQUni student short film showcase' was created by regional Central Queensland University students and consists of 30 short films created in response to the 2019 Arts Ablaze theme of 'Transformation'. Highlights from the showcase include Marie Walker's film 'Feline Free' which explores the transformation of an unhappy cat, 'Dealing with Distance' by Alex Clelland portrays change due to separation and 'Life of Emilia' by Minnie Brechin questions the ethics of change for assimilation. This showcase is an impressive banquet of emerging talent from the regions and offers an exciting taste of future regional Screen Production proudly supported by the Bachelor of Digital Media and the School of Education and the Arts.

Films:

  • 'Life of Emilia' by Minnie Brechin (Mackay, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Send It' by Brenda Brown (Hervey Bay, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Dealing with Distance' by Alex Clelland (Townsville, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'A Favour' by Lupytha Hermin (Mackay, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Litterbug' by Amy Low (Alice Springs, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Brothers' by Cormac Mateer (Rockhampton, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Unexpected' by Rhiana Murray (Rockhampton, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Real Treasure' by Joe Perchard (Gladstone, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Staged' by Chanelle Redgwell (Mackay, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Perfect Strangers' by Belinda Ryan (Noosa, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Imperfection' by Taylor Trewartha (Mackay, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Feline Free' by Marie Walker (Townsville, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'The Echo of Grief' by Yeady Wenitong (Yeppoon, 2019) duration: 1 minute
  • 'Procrastinators' Paradise' by Ben White (Bundaberg, 2019) duration: 1 minute
Venue: The Big Pitch
All day art installations
Site Activation 7am-9pm
 
Light Up the Regions

Artist: Sue Loveday

A project supported by SWQ Regional Arts and coordinated by Sue Loveday that includes 45 handmade lanterns made by artists from across Queensland, representing their place.

Venue: Ramada Event Site
All day art installations
Exhibition 7am–4pm
 
Jabu Birriny

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) is an exhibition that celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its importance to culture and people. This exhibition is presented by Flying Arts Alliance INC.

Venue: Conference Room Gallery
all day art installation
Exhibition 7 am- 4 pm
 
ELDERS: Perspectives of aging

Embracing, honouring and rejoicing what it is to be an older Australian.

This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, artist books, photographs, films, textile works and sculpture by 18 Queensland artists. This is a touring exhibition developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Venue: Ramada Conference Room Gallery
All day art installations
Site Activation 7am–9pm
 
Light Up the Regions

Artist: Sue Loveday

A project supported by SWQ Regional Arts and coordinated by Sue Loveday that includes 45 handmade lanterns made by artists from across Queensland, representing their place.

All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Bunting by Wendy Lohmann
Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation
 
Celebrating the Young Mind

Artists: Boonah State High School students

Venue: Bus Shelter
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Village Chronicler
Venue: Roving
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Shadows of Trees Lost: installation

Artist: Sally Hart

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
Part of the Billabong Park legacy sculpture Artist in Residence program
Billabong Park legacy sculpture: Artist in Residence

Artist: TBC

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Plaine air illustrations with Michael Daly

Artist: Micheal Daly

Venue: Roving
All day activites
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Sparks fly, shadows fall: recycled steel installation
Venue: Ramada Grounds
Day 2
Thursday 3 October 2019
Theme: Attitudes
Early Morning Program
Workshop 7-8 AM
 
Be Healthy and Active Program

Start your day with half an hour of yoga. Introductory sessions free for attendees of Arts Ablaze
This morning enjoy water Yoga with Judy Steinke. All equipment supplied.

Venue: Elders Exhibition -Conference Room Gallery
Early morning program
Site Activation 7–8am
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving (leaves from registration)
Early morning program
7 AM-4PM
 
Registration

Delegate, artist and volunteer registration desk will open early and be the place to find out info on all your Arts Ablaze questions. Head to the Registration desk on arrival to pick up your delegate bag and program.

Venue: Conference Centre foyer
Early Morning Program
Performance 8 - 9 AM
 
Birds of a Feather

Goat Track Theatre

Roving Street Theatre

Venue: Conference Room Foyer and event site
Early morning program
Special Event 7:30–9am
Hosted by South West Regional Arts Services Network
RADF breakfast – transforming the regions through RADF

Presenter: Dr Margaret Power, Researcher

Investing in Arts and Culture Positively Changes Communities: An Impact Study of RADF Supported Arts Projects in Western Queensland.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Morning program
Special Event 9–9:15am
 
Welcome to Country
Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Keynote 9:15–10am
 
Keeping creatives healthy

Creative people, particularly performers, live and work to a different rhythm than other people. This has huge implications for their body clock and how they manage their inner world.

Authors of "Living with a Creative Mind" Jeff and Julie Crabtree explore ways to help creative people be better at what they do and to help organisations that deploy creative people become more efficient, effective and productive at harnessing the power of innovative thinkers and the creative workforce

Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
10–10:30am
 
Morning tea
Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Quick Presentations 10.30am -12 noon
Official Pecha Kucha event
The Big Pitch

Facilitator: Phil Smith

Presentations & presenters:

Includes post pitch networking

Venue: The Big Pitch
Morning program
Panel 10:30–11:15am
 
Arts role in change and healthy communities

The Arts plays a leading role in highlighting issues pertinent to society and opening up community thinking. It is also a social connector and tool for individual wellbeing. This panel explores how the arts have played a role in change and healthy communities through they work of some of our leading artists and organisations.

Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Quick Presentations 10:30–12pm
 
Show me the money
Venue: The Big Pitch
Morning Program
in Conversation 10.45- 12.15pm
 
Creative on Country: Artist Camps Our Way

Jo Anne Dreissens, Lystra Bisschop, Rebecca Ray and Nickeema Williams

South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Arts Camp and Wooribinda

With the ability to maintain independent practice, these creative producers support artists across the regions to develop, exhibit and flourish across the national and international arts scene. Highly engaged and motivated to promote the high calibre of indigenous artists within their networks, Jo Anne Dreissens and Nickeema Williams present their highly successful and inspirational Art Camp methodologies.

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Morning program
Workshop 11am–12pm
Hosted by Arts Front
Rethinking 'regional arts in 2030' – Arts Front visioning workshop

Facilitator: Anne Dunn

Connect with regional communities across Queensland to share visions for the future of rural and regional arts in 2030.

Venue: Ignite Space
Morning program
11:30am–12:15pm
 
Transforming attitudes through meaningful engagement

The Arts have the ability to transform lives through active participation. Community and cultural development practices are even more relevant in today’s society to create meaning and connection. Through this panel, we look at the different methodologies of artists and producers from across regional Queensland that have successfully engaged communities.

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
12:15 – 1:15 pm
 
Lunch
Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Quick Presentations 1-3pm
Official Pecha Kucha event
The Big Pitch

Facilitator: Phil Smith

Presentations & presenters:

Includes post pitch networking

Venue: The Big Pitch
Afternoon program
Quick Presentations 1–4pm
 
Access for the regions – Key organisations offering regional services
Venue: Elders Gallery Conference Room
Afternoon program
Panel 1–2:30pm
 
RADF forum

Facilitator - Sarah Boon. Panel -Saffron Drew-Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Mark Both-Tablelands Regional Council,

How do you RADF?

With Councils having the ability to shape their own RADF program, this session will showcase how three councils from across Queensland have approached RADF.

Looking to the future!

A facilitated session will be held to discuss the importance of strategic development and future planning of your RADF program and what that might look like for your council.

Venue: Ignite Space
Afternoon Program
Quick Presentations 12.30-2.30PM
 
Pecha Kucha : Youth at the heARTh

Goat Track Theatre Company and 20 young people from around Queensland

20 young people from across Queensland are Youth Delegates at Arts Ablaze.’

In these Pecha Kucha session participants will share and talk about their artistic practice.

PechaKucha (Japanese: ぺちゃくちゃ, IPA: [petɕa kɯ̥tɕa], chit-chat) is a storytelling format, where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). PechaKucha have become popular formats to present in business and educational settings.

The ‘Youth at the heARTh,’ program is a game-changing experience. The program includes

  • Remote Mentoring via Webinar prior to the Conference provided by the Leadership Team from Goat Track Theatre.
  • Glamping Accommodation & Food for the duration of the Arts Ablaze Conference.
  • A Youth-Only Mentoring Program throughout the Conference on how to transform your mindset, arts practice and how to be a champion of the arts in your local community
Venue: the heARTh
Afternoon program
1:15 – 2:15pm
 
Social impact model of evaluation

Panelists: Associate Professor Sandra Gattenhof, Associate Professor Donna Hancox, Ros Abercrombie Louise Campbell, Stephen Wray, Hayley Achurch, Kim Houghton and Professor Helen Klaebe

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon Program
in Conversation 1.45-2.30 PM
 
Indigenous Art SPACES - Insight and Experience

Facilitator Ros Sailor (Big Eye Theatre) with Darell Harris and Eric Orcher

As members of the Indigenous Arts Centres Alliance committee, Yarrabah artist and arts worker, Eric Orcher along with Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Precinct Manager Darrell Harris, share their insightful experiences around culture, art and community.

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Afternoon program
3.15-4.15pm
 
Basic principles of fundraising
Venue: The Big Pitch
Afternoon program
2:30–3:30pm
 
How to develop creative resilience
Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
3:30–4:30pm
 
Arts Ablaze Community Café

Facilitator: Bradley Lewis and Scenic Rim Regional Council Cultural Services team

This Arts Ablaze Community Cafe will look at Transformation of ATTITUDES.

The Arts Ablaze Community Cafes are based on the World Cafemethodology to host large group dialogue. Arts Ablaze Community Cafes are a key part of the conference and the time when as a sector and attendees at the conference we can come together to share insights from the day.

Each day conversations at the Arts Ablaze Community Cafe will tackle the days conference theme. Through a series of questions posed by three selected people attending the conference we will together look at how we can advance the transformations we want to see.

The questions will come from different people from different walks of life and areas of Queensland. The questions or observations for discussion will come from the days presentations. It is a fun way to get to meet people and will build networks and develop ideas. All notes from this session will be available for all delegates post Arts Ablaze.

Afternoon tea for all Arts Ablaze delegates will be served in this session.

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Site Activation 4–5pm
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving (leaves from registration)
Afternoon program
Site Activation 4–7pm
 
Solastagia and recycling

Artists: Wild Mountains

Venue: Outdoor spaces
Afternoon program
4:30–6:30pm
 
Raku firing
Afternoon Program
Performance 5-6 PM
 
Youth at the heARTh - artistic program

Youth @ the heARTh delegates at Arts Ablaze.

The Youth @ The heARTh! artistic program will be a showcase of performance, poetry, music, dance, visual arts.

Venue: the heARTh
Evening program
Site Activation 5–9pm
 
Art on Rails Projection Project

Art on Rails is a large-scale projection and audio-visual journey designed based on a residency with regional artists within the Gladstone community.

The installation is be populated with images that are mysterious yet somehow familiar, tracing connections, routes, bridging our worlds, inviting escape whilst harnessing the wisdom of our different views. By contrasting older forms of image creation with mediums that range from drawing, painting and collage with animation, the projected installation will cross boundaries that allows the most recent digital technologies to be for everyone, regardless of where we live, our age, ability, background, social, economic or personal circumstances.

Art on Rails is an installation that unites a community by giving them the opportunity to share their stories whilst tapping into their regions unique character through animation and projection. This project will transform the participants ideas by helping them to explore new ways of thinking and giving them access to different ways of making and displaying art. The outcome of this work will then be able to be shared with all of the people in this community and other communities, building pride and identity whilst creating a culture of inclusion that helps them to deal with social challenges, promoting health and wellbeing in liveable towns.

Evening program
6:30–9pm
 
Conference dinner

The Arts Conference Dinner @ Arts Ablaze is set to be a spectacular night of networking, performance plus great food and wine from the Scenic Rim.

After welcome from Mununjali elders and Mayor for Scenic Rim Cr Greg Christensen, enjoy Dress the Central West Fashion Parade presented by Central West Aboriginal Corporation and Red Ridge Interior.

Feast on fine wines and fare from producers across the Scenic Rim.

Be enchanted by Brisbane based band Mzaza led by French vocalist Pauline Maudy, these well-loved musicians from Europe and Australia will give you an exclusive preview of songs from their upcoming Birth and Death of Stars show due to tour Queensland and Europe in 2020/2021 weaving melodies that tap into the beating heart of humankind.

Then dance the night away with Cairns based duo The Ironing Maidens. This Award winning duo (Patty Preece and Melania Jack) is live electronic performance as you have never seen before.

Venue: The Main Event
Evening program
Site Activation 6:30–10pm
 
Home

Artist: Craig Walsh

Over 2010 – 2011, Craig Walsh and Hiromi Tango undertook an epic two-year regional tour across Australia, entitled Digital Odyssey, a Museum of Contemporary Art touring project, which brought their distinctive artwork to rural and remote locations as they lived and worked from a motor home. Home has developed through this tour and continues to evolve.

The artists invited local community members to participate in the creation of site-specific installations: As Craig Walsh’s contribution to this project, he created video portraits of individuals talking about their perceptions of home and projected these portraits on surfaces created and existing in specific environments. This new work for Arts Ablaze continues this accumulation of community video portraiture sourced from the Kooralbyn Valley region and there perception of HOME. These local portraits add to the collection of existing portraits from across Australia to create a video projection installation responsive to the site.

The idea of home was once synonymous with security and familiarity. While for many this may still be true, for others it may hold a sense of sadness, loss, dislocation or anxiety. The artists consider how a loss of connection to home for many is tied to their personal and cultural backgrounds.

Constantly aware of the dangers of imposing his own ideas on the communities he works with, Walsh acknowledges that our engagements are constantly impacted by complex social interactions, subtle perceptual gaps, and the danger of unintended consequences. Home - poses many questions around the fragility and instability of contemporary existence, and our assumptions about the universal nature of this ideal.

“cultivate gentle spaces where concepts of home remain specific to individuals, and yet when shown together become reflective of environment, culture and country, providing an honest representation of a locality and its people.”

Venue: Driving Range tree line
Evening Program
Performance 8.30-9.30pm
 
Open Mic- connections through sound

Facilitated by Joshy Dredz

Open Mic Sessions

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Evening Program
Performance 9-10.30pm
 
UPLATE @ the heARTh

Late night youth arts showcase program

Venue: the heARTh
Late evening program
Arts Ablaze Up Late 9.30–10.30pm
Presented by Creative Regions
Blood Gravy

Artist: Kyle Walmsley

Limited Seating - register for your free ticket.

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The story is set at an AGM of the Secret Society of Cannibals; a theatre experience that explores what happens when consumerism goes too far…This dark comedy is written by playwright and Creative Regions artistic director Di Wills.

This adult-only production is interactive, deliciously stomach churning and is sure to equally offend and delight. Come find out if tomato sauce really does go with everything.

Venue: Ignite Space
Late evening program
Arts Ablaze Up Late 9.30–10.30pm
 
Chameleon

Artists: Karen Lee Roberts and Jeff Usher

Limited Seating - register for your free ticket.

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This hilarious, emotionally charged, one woman cabaret has a relatable moment for everyone! A sweet yet very real insight into dating, fitness and the dreaded high school reunion will double as a great night out and free therapy for all. Discover mental wellness on the path to rising above adversity.

Venue: The Big Pitch
All day art installations
Site Activation 7am-5pm
 
Light Up the Regions

Artist: Sue Loveday

A project supported by SWQ Regional Arts and coordinated by Sue Loveday that includes 45 handmade lanterns made by artists from across Queensland, representing their place.

Venue: Ramada Event Site
all day art installation
Exhibition 7 am- 4 pm
 
ELDERS: Perspectives of aging

Embracing, honouring and rejoicing what it is to be an older Australian.

This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, artist books, photographs, films, textile works and sculpture by 18 Queensland artists. This is a touring exhibition developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Venue: Ramada Conference Room Gallery
All day art installations
Exhibition 7am–4pm
 
Jabu Birriny

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) is an exhibition that celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its importance to culture and people. This exhibition is presented by Flying Arts Alliance INC.

Venue: Conference Room Gallery
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Shadows of Trees Lost: installation

Artist: Sally Hart

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
Part of the Billabong Park legacy sculpture: Artist in Residence program
Billabong Park legacy sculpture: Artist in Residence

Artist: TBC

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Plaine air illustrations with Michael Daly

Artist: Micheal Daly

Venue: Roving
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Sparks fly, shadows fall: recycled steel installation
Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
SEED: Corroborate Stage 1

Artist: Kim Walmsley

Venue: First Nations Marquee
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Paint The Town Red: interactive mural

Paint the town Red Interactive Mural

Following on from her 'Paint the Town Red with the community' project, this activation will demonstrate the practicality of engaging a community in developing a concept and managing an interactive mural.

Utilising both acrylic and aerosol paint, the imagery will be outlined on temporary walls with delegates and members of the community encouraged to add their own colour, pattern work, texture or text.

The overarching aim of the work is to create a mural that focuses on rural artists as a community.

Venue: Driving Range
Day 3
Friday 4 October 2019
Theme: Access
Early morning program
Site Activation 7–8am
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving (leaves from registration)
Early Morning Program
Workshop 7-8 AM
 
Be Healthy and Active Program

Start your day with half an hour of yoga. Introductory sessions free for attendees of Arts Ablaze
This morning enjoy water Yoga with Judy Steinke. All equipment supplied.

Venue: Elders Exhibition -Conference Room Gallery
Early morning program
7 AM - 2 PM
 
Registration
Venue: Conference Centre foyer
Early Morning Program
Performance 8 - 9 AM
 
Birds of a Feather

Goat Track Theatre

Roving Street Theatre

Venue: Conference Room Foyer and event site
Morning program
Presentation 9:15–9:45am
 
Two Sisters Talking

Presenters: Joyce Crombie and Jean Barr Crombie

Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Workshop 9:15–10:45am
Hosted by Arts Front
Rethinking 'regional arts in 2030' – Arts Front visioning workshop

Facilitator: Anne Dunn

Venue: Ignite Space
Morning program
Panel 10:00–11:00am
 
Transforming access to the arts through digital mediums

Digital arts and technology are changing the ways we experience the arts. Through the eyes of artists and artsworkers, we explore some of the digital mediums are providing access to audiences in new and exciting ways.

Venue: The Main Event
Morning Program
in Conversation 9.50 -11AM
 
Creative Justice: Art before Cages

With the increasing rates of women and children in prison in Australia, this gathering of artists, youth justice and alternative educators discuss how art and culture is the answer to the colonial cage mentality. One of the most significant conversations to date.

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Morning program
11:00–11:30am
 
Morning tea
Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Special Event 11:30am–1:00pm
 
Youth forum – outcomes from the heARTh

Facilitator: Goat Track Theatre

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
12:45–1:45pm
 
Lunch
Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
2:00 - 3:00pm
 
Arts Ablaze Community Café

Facilitator: Brad Lewis and Scenic Rim Regional Council Cultural Services team.

This Arts Ablaze Community Cafe will look at Transformation of ACCESS.

The Arts Ablaze Community Cafes are based on the World Cafe methodology to host large group dialogue. Arts Ablaze Community Cafes are a key part of the conference and the time when as a sector and attendees at the conference we can come together to share insights from the day.

Each day conversations at the Arts Ablaze Community Cafe will tackle the days conference theme. Through a series of questions posed by three selected people attending the conference we will together look at how we can advance the transformations we want to see.

The questions will come from different people from different walks of life and areas of Queensland. The questions or observations for discussion will come from the days presentations. It is a fun way to get to meet people and will build networks and develop ideas. All notes from this session will be available for all delegates post Arts Ablaze.

Afternoon tea for all Arts Ablaze delegates will be served in this session.

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Panel 3-4pm
 
Breaking down barriers

The Arts provides a safe space for people to express themselves and their ideas. Through several different projects and organisational models, this panel will explore how a wide variety of demographics have been engaged in projects and what the project producers do to remove barriers to participation.

Venue: Ignite space
Afternoon program
4–4:30pm
 
Conference wrap up

Artists: Goat Track Theatre and heARTh Participants

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Site Activation 4–5pm
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving (leaves from registration)
Evening program
Performance 4-5 pm
 
There's Something in My Shoes

Artists: Fiona Bryant and Rose Lawson

Limited Seating - register for your free ticket.

Register

A unique new collaboration between writer Rose Lawson and choreographer Fiona Bryant that sees the two develop text as an instigator for non-habitual movement.

“There’s something in my shoes that gives me strength to begin a new day. They are unbreakable no matter where I go…” (Rose Lawson)

Venue: Ignite Space
Evening program
5:30–6pm
 
Conference closing drinks
Venue: Ignite Space bar
All day art installations
Site Activation 7am-9pm
 
Light Up the Regions

Artist: Sue Loveday

A project supported by SWQ Regional Arts and coordinated by Sue Loveday that includes 45 handmade lanterns made by artists from across Queensland, representing their place.

Venue: Ramada Event Site
All day art installations
Exhibition 7am–4pm
 
Jabu Birriny

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) is an exhibition that celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its importance to culture and people. This exhibitions is presented by Flying Arts Alliance INC.

Venue: Conference Room Gallery
all day art installation
Exhibition 7 am- 4 pm
 
ELDERS: Perspectives of aging

Embracing, honouring and rejoicing what it is to be an older Australian.

This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, artist books, photographs, films, textile works and sculpture by 18 Queensland artists. This is a touring exhibition developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Venue: Ramada Conference Room Gallery
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Shadows of Trees Lost: installation

Artist: Sally Hart

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
Part of Billabong Park legacy sculpture: Artist in Residence program
Billabong Park legacy sculpture: Artist in Residence

Artist: TBC

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Plaine air illustrations with Michael Daly

Artist: Micheal Daly

Venue: Roving
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Sparks fly, shadows fall: recycled steel installtion
Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
SEED: Corroborate Stage 1

Artist: Kim Walmsley

Venue: First Nations Marquee
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Paint The Town Red: interactive mural

Paint the town Red Interactive Mural

Following on from her 'Paint the Town Red with the community' project, this activation will demonstrate the practicality of engaging a community in developing a concept and managing an interactive mural.

Utilising both acrylic and aerosol paint, the imagery will be outlined on temporary walls with delegates and members of the community encouraged to add their own colour, pattern work, texture or text.

The overarching aim of the work is to create a mural that focuses on rural artists as a community.

Venue: Driving Range
arTour Queensland Showcase
Friday 4 October 2019
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
MILKE
Fringe Wives Club
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Shock Therapy Productions
Medea
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
debase productions
Mothermorphosis
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Gogi
You Don't Know Jack + Kitty
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Little Match Productions
Once Upon A Time...The Magic Flute
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Red Chair
Songs of Emzara
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
RAVA Productions
Charlotte's Web by RAVA Productions
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
StoryProjects
ATMOS: meat
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Linsey Pollak
Paper, Scissors..Rock!
Artour Showcase Pitches
Flipside Circus
We Live Here
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Jenny Wynter
Funny Mummies Comedy Gala
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Red Chair
Kooralbyn
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Miriki Performing Arts
Jina's Journey
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Sugarrush Records
Banging on the Door
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Liesel Zink
Shorts
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Circa
Sacre
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Metro Arts
Magpie by Elise Greig
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Kerbsite Collective
Life on the Line
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Box Jelly Theatre Co.
Spirits of the Night
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Zen Zen Zo Physyical Theatre
Zen Zen Zo's THE TEMPEST
Artour Showcase Pitches
Quick Presentations
Indelabilityarts
Wilbur The Optical Whale

Festival schedule

Day 1
Friday 4 October 2019
Evening program
5:30–6:30pm
 
Haystack Mountain Hermits

Multi-award-winning local family band Haystack Mountain Hermits began busking around campfires and in iconic markets around Australia on their Big Lap in 2011. They’re all related (and have the embarrassing photos to prove it) all multi-instrumentalists and all go. Between them they play resonator guitar, mandolin, double bass, accordion, washboard, ukulele, banjo, snare drum, harmonica, kazoo, xaphoon … and more! Think gypsy/skiffle/blues with a dash of country and crazy!

2018 was a huge year for the Haystack Mountain Hermits – crowned Australian National Busking Champions after winning the Toyota Busking Championships in Tamworth and the Qld Regional Busking Championships with many performances at festival stages in between. 2019 is shaping up to be just as big. Tamworth Country Music Festival welcomed them back for the Opening and Closing Concerts and many performances throughout the festival. They are looking forward to appearing in several other Festivals later in the year. The Hermits released their debut EP Going Home on Tamborine Mountain recently and will be featured in ABC's new series The Recording Studio in April.

They play. They sing. They fight. Catch the Hermit vibe soon.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Evening program
Site Activation 5–9pm
 
Art on Rails Projection Project

Art on Rails is a large-scale projection and audio-visual journey designed based on a residency with regional artists within the Gladstone community.

The installation is be populated with images that are mysterious yet somehow familiar, tracing connections, routes, bridging our worlds, inviting escape whilst harnessing the wisdom of our different views. By contrasting older forms of image creation with mediums that range from drawing, painting and collage with animation, the projected installation will cross boundaries that allows the most recent digital technologies to be for everyone, regardless of where we live, our age, ability, background, social, economic or personal circumstances.

Art on Rails is an installation that unites a community by giving them the opportunity to share their stories whilst tapping into their regions unique character through animation and projection. This project will transform the participants ideas by helping them to explore new ways of thinking and giving them access to different ways of making and displaying art. The outcome of this work will then be able to be shared with all of the people in this community and other communities, building pride and identity whilst creating a culture of inclusion that helps them to deal with social challenges, promoting health and wellbeing in liveable towns.

Evening program
Site Activation 6:30–10pm
 
Home

Artist: Craig Walsh

Over 2010 – 2011, Craig Walsh and Hiromi Tango undertook an epic two-year regional tour across Australia, entitled Digital Odyssey, a Museum of Contemporary Art touring project, which brought their distinctive artwork to rural and remote locations as they lived and worked from a motor home. Home has developed through this tour and continues to evolve.

The artists invited local community members to participate in the creation of site-specific installations: As Craig Walsh’s contribution to this project, he created video portraits of individuals talking about their perceptions of home and projected these portraits on surfaces created and existing in specific environments. This new work for Arts Ablaze continues this accumulation of community video portraiture sourced from the Kooralbyn Valley region and there perception of HOME. These local portraits add to the collection of existing portraits from across Australia to create a video projection installation responsive to the site.

The idea of home was once synonymous with security and familiarity. While for many this may still be true, for others it may hold a sense of sadness, loss, dislocation or anxiety. The artists consider how a loss of connection to home for many is tied to their personal and cultural backgrounds.

Constantly aware of the dangers of imposing his own ideas on the communities he works with, Walsh acknowledges that our engagements are constantly impacted by complex social interactions, subtle perceptual gaps, and the danger of unintended consequences. Home - poses many questions around the fragility and instability of contemporary existence, and our assumptions about the universal nature of this ideal.

“cultivate gentle spaces where concepts of home remain specific to individuals, and yet when shown together become reflective of environment, culture and country, providing an honest representation of a locality and its people.”

Venue: Driving Range tree line
Evening program
Performance 6:30–7:45pm
Produced by cre8iveunltd
First Nations showcase

Commencing with welcome and a showcase of First Nations performance from across Queensland.

Venue: The Main Event
Evening Program
Performance 7-10.30pm
 
UPLATE @ the heARTh

Late night youth arts showcase program

Venue: the heARTh
Evening program
7.45-8.15pm
 
Dress the Central West

Artists: Red Ridge

Presented by Central West Aboriginal Corporation and Red Ridge Interior Queensland a collection of wearable art garments from Dress the Central West program

Venue: Ignite
Evening program
8:30–9:30pm
 
Topology-THREE

Artist: Topology

Topology works with rhythmic genius/drum-kit soloist, Grant Collins and tap dance wizard Bill Simpson to create bold new territory in both music and dance. Grant pushes all the artists to the edge of rhythmic possibility, never compromising groove, and Bill dances on the precipice, creating new space with his body and resounding shoes.

Three features new original compositions for drums and tap, and Topology’s saxophone, strings and piano. It’s a fearsomely energetic performance that brings together ideas and inventions from 3 distinct genres to generate something both unfamiliar and intoxicating.

Venue: The Main Event
Evening Program
Performance 8.30-9.30pm
 
Open Mic- connections through sound

Facilitated by Joshy Dredz

Open Mic Sessions

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Evening program
8:30–9:30pm
 
The Ironing Maidens

This Award winning duo is live electronic performance as you have never seen before. It uses irons and ironing boards as electronic instruments, it is relevant and thought provoking, but at the same time wholly entertaining and funny. It's a mix of electronic music, projected visuals, costumes, lighting, dancing, heaps of energy and plenty of ironing puns.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Day 2
Saturday 5 October 2019
Morning program
Site Activation 7–8am
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving
Early morning program
7–8am
 
Be healthy and active program

Start your day with yoga. Introductory sessions free for attendees of Arts Ablaze conference and celebrations
This morning enjoy Fire Yoga with Judy Steinke. All equipment supplied.

Venue: Outside (wet weather alternative if required)
Morning Program
Panel 9.15-10.15 AM
 
Welcome To Country: What does it mean to us?

Presenters: Mununjali leaders with guests

An important conversation around the now commonplace welcome and acknowledgements. Who or what is it for? How and why welcome people already on your country? In a state of repeated sentiment is tokenism a two-way street?

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Morning program
Performance 9:15–10am
 
Blue Tamborine

Blue Tamborine is an accoustic trio (guitar, vocal, flute) We play jazz, blues, bossa nova, swing.

Relaxation, dance, chill out, smile on a face!

Venue: The Pit
Morning program
Performance 10–11am
 
Kelele Boyz

Artists: Kelele Boyz

Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Performance 10:30–11:30am
 
Charlotte's Web

Artists: RAVA Productions

Venue: Kids Zone
Afternoon Program
Panel 12.30-2 PM
 
From empty shops

Cameron Fogarty, Mitchell Currie

Hear and share the dreams of the Mununjali who know that to create a better life, creativity of culture is a door-way to success. Part presentation, part strategic workshop, in a town full of vacant shops, how can creative tourism activate employment and the spirit of the region?

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Afternoon program
Performance 12–12:45pm
 
Indy Clark

Artist: Indy Clark

Venue: The Pit
Afternoon program
Performance 1–2pm
 
Charlotte's Web

Artists: RAVA Productions

Venue: Ignite Space
Afternoon Program
Performance 1-2 PM
 
Big Eye Big Dance Big Vision

Big Eye Theatre focuses on performing plays in traditional language as a way to engage younger generations and pass on culture and heritage through performance. The theatre company has performed extensively as a part of the Townsville Cultural Centre program.

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Afternoon program
Performance 2:30–3:30pm
 
Let's Dance Somerset
Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Performance 3:30–6pm
 
Soul Mechanics featuring Master Wolf

Artist: Dave Kemp

Venue: heARTh Space
Afternoon program
Site Activation 4–5pm
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving
Afternoon program
Performance 4–6pm
 
Help Is On It's Way

Artist: Emma Dean

Venue: The Big Pitch
Evening program
Site Activation 5–9pm
 
Art on Rails Projection Project

Art on Rails is a large-scale projection and audio-visual journey designed based on a residency with regional artists within the Gladstone community.

The installation is be populated with images that are mysterious yet somehow familiar, tracing connections, routes, bridging our worlds, inviting escape whilst harnessing the wisdom of our different views. By contrasting older forms of image creation with mediums that range from drawing, painting and collage with animation, the projected installation will cross boundaries that allows the most recent digital technologies to be for everyone, regardless of where we live, our age, ability, background, social, economic or personal circumstances.

Art on Rails is an installation that unites a community by giving them the opportunity to share their stories whilst tapping into their regions unique character through animation and projection. This project will transform the participants ideas by helping them to explore new ways of thinking and giving them access to different ways of making and displaying art. The outcome of this work will then be able to be shared with all of the people in this community and other communities, building pride and identity whilst creating a culture of inclusion that helps them to deal with social challenges, promoting health and wellbeing in liveable towns.

Evening program
Performance 6:30–7.30 pm
Produced by cre8iveunltd
First Nations showcase

Commencing with welcome and a showcase of First Nations performance from across Queensland.

Venue: The Main Event
Evening Program
Performance 7-10.30pm
 
UPLATE @ the heARTh

Late night youth arts showcase program

Venue: the heARTh
Evening program
Performance 8–9pm
 
Kooralbyn

Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan musician/vocalist), Kacey Patrick (vocals), Jarred Fogarty (didgeridoo/dance), Andrew Veivers (guitar), Rafael Karlen (saxophone), Rebecca Karlen (violin/vocals) and John Reeves (piano/piano accordian).

A FUSION OF SOUNDS & CULTURES

"Kooralbyn" features artists from across the globe including First Nation, Tibetan, Celtic and Northern European musicians. Artists shared compositions/songs from each of their homelands (Tibet, Sweden, Holland, Britain, Australia) and their musical traditions (flamenco, jazz, First Nation, Tibetan, African, classical) as a starting point for this unique collaboration.

Developed while Artists in Residence at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley supported by Scenic Rim Regional Council, this performance demonstrates the intersections of culture, time and place.

Venue: The Main Event
Evening program
Site Activation 8–9:30pm
 
Home

Artist: Craig Walsh

Over 2010 – 2011, Craig Walsh and Hiromi Tango undertook an epic two-year regional tour across Australia, entitled Digital Odyssey, a Museum of Contemporary Art touring project, which brought their distinctive artwork to rural and remote locations as they lived and worked from a motor home. Home has developed through this tour and continues to evolve.

The artists invited local community members to participate in the creation of site-specific installations: As Craig Walsh’s contribution to this project, he created video portraits of individuals talking about their perceptions of home and projected these portraits on surfaces created and existing in specific environments. This new work for Arts Ablaze continues this accumulation of community video portraiture sourced from the Kooralbyn Valley region and there perception of HOME. These local portraits add to the collection of existing portraits from across Australia to create a video projection installation responsive to the site.

The idea of home was once synonymous with security and familiarity. While for many this may still be true, for others it may hold a sense of sadness, loss, dislocation or anxiety. The artists consider how a loss of connection to home for many is tied to their personal and cultural backgrounds.

Constantly aware of the dangers of imposing his own ideas on the communities he works with, Walsh acknowledges that our engagements are constantly impacted by complex social interactions, subtle perceptual gaps, and the danger of unintended consequences. Home - poses many questions around the fragility and instability of contemporary existence, and our assumptions about the universal nature of this ideal.

“cultivate gentle spaces where concepts of home remain specific to individuals, and yet when shown together become reflective of environment, culture and country, providing an honest representation of a locality and its people.”

Venue: Driving Range tree line
Late evening program
Performance
 
The Ironing Maidens

This Award winning duo is live electronic performance as you have never seen before. It uses irons and ironing boards as electronic instruments, it is relevant and thought provoking, but at the same time wholly entertaining and funny. It's a mix of electronic music, projected visuals, costumes, lighting, dancing, heaps of energy and plenty of ironing puns.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Evening Program
Performance 8.30-9.30pm
 
Open Mic- connections through sound

Facilitated by Joshy Dredz

Open Mic Sessions

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Masterclasses & workshops
Masterclass 9–10:30am
 
Performing Spaces – guide to growing community wellbeing through the performing arts

Presenter: PAC Australia

$25 p/person - Limited Places - Registrations required

Venue: The Big Pitch
Masterclasses & workshops
Masterclass 11am–12:30pm
 
Life Narrative

Artist: Leanne Dodd and Elena Volkova, Createplace

$25 p/person - Limited Places - Registrations required

Register

Createplace facilitators, Dr Leanne Dodd (PhD) and Elena Volkova (MA) are experienced in innovative narrative-based practices that enrich lives by providing storytelling tools to enable people to gain a stronger sense of perspective and connection with their past, present and future. These practices include creative life writing and digital storytelling.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Masterclasses & workshops
Masterclass 1:30–3pm
 
Teaching hands/looking out

Artist: Brenden Borellini, Crossroad Arts

$25 p/person - Limited Places - Registrations required

Register

Brenden Borellini has been an inclusive arts advocate and creator with Crossroad Arts for 9 years. He has worked across various projects as an actor, poet, workshop facilitator, photographer and researcher. Brenden was born profoundly deaf and totally blind & has represented Crossroad Arts through his artistic work nationally and internationally. Brenden's masterclass Teaching Hands / Looking Out invites participants to explore art making by utilising tactile performing arts techniques, the use of alternate communication and unique ways of seeing through photography.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Masterclasses & workshops
Kids Workshop 9–11:30am
Free kids workshops
Crazy Birds

Artist: Kris Kelly

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
9–11:30am
Free kids workshops
Nature Craft Camp

Artist: Bird Wings

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
 
Bamboo flute making

Artist: Noel Dowling

Price:
$50 per half day + $10 material fee

Register

Also running: 1–3:30pm on Saturday 5 October and 9–11:30am and 1–3:30pm on Sunday 6 October

Participants can make and play their own shukuhachi, native American or transverse bamboo flute.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
 
Making a clay portrait

Artist: Paul Stumkat

$50 PER HALF DAY + $30 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn how to create a portrait in clay. Bring along a model or photo and Paul will take you through the process to make a 1/3 Life Size bust of your favourite person. You will also learn how to sculpt the face in low relief

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
 
Introduction to the world of gourd art

Artist: Birgit Grapentin

$50 PER HALF DAY + $20 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Gourds are wonderful products of nature and have been used by ancient cultures all around the world for bowls, dippers, baskets, water containers, musical instruments and ornaments or art.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
 
Silversmithing

Artist: Rabka Gold and Silver

$50 PER HALF DAY + $35 MATERIAL FEE

Register

Rabka Gold & Silversmiths have over 20 years’ experience and welcome you in a relaxed friendly environment to create your own textured silver ring.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–3:30pm
 
Blacksmithing

Artist: Gilbert Louttit
9am -3.30pm
$100 PER DAY + $15 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn new skills and take home a useful and decorative metal object of your own creation – from basic materials, with basic equipment. Fun and informative!

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–3:30pm
 
Make a didge

Artist: Matt Anderson
$100 + $150 MATERIAL FEE

Register

Take home your very own didgeridoo

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–5pm
Free Kids drop in workshops
Junk Orchestra

Artist: Rob Miles

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
1:30–3pm
Free kids workshops
Crazy Birds

Artist: Kris Kelly

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
1:30–3pm
Free kids workshops
Nature Craft Camp

Artist: Bird Wings

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Bamboo flute making

Artist: Noel Dowling

Price: $50 per half day + $10 material fee

Register

Also running: 9–11:30am on Saturday 5 October and 9–11:30am and 1–3:30pm on Sunday 6 October

Participants can make and play their own shukuhachi, native American or transverse bamboo flute

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Making a clay portrait

Artist: Paul Stumkat

$50 PER HALF DAY + $30 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn how to create a portrait in clay. Bring along a model or photo and Paul will take you through the process to make a 1/3 Life Size bust of your favourite person. You will also learn how to sculpt the face in low relief.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Introduction to the world of gourd art

Artist: Birgit Grapentin

$50 PER HALF DAY + $20 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Gourds are wonderful products of nature and have been used by ancient cultures all around the world for bowls, dippers, baskets, water containers, musical instruments and ornaments or art.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Basketry using random weaving techniques

Artist: Therese Flynn-Clarke

$50 PER HALF DAY + $15 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Using natural fibres, Therese will teach you how to make a random-weave basket to take home.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclass & workshop
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Puppet making

Artist: Sol Puppetman

$50 PER HALF DAY + $100 MATERIAL FEE

Register

Using pre-fired ceramic pieces, learn the basics of creating a simple, functioning marionette from up-cycled materials with Sol and Sara of the Squeaking Tribe! Experiment with a variety of textiles and materials to costume your very own colourful character and gain hands-on experience of what it takes to bring into being your own unique Festival Avatar!

Venue: Workshop Space
All day art installations
Site Activation 7am-9pm
 
Light Up the Regions

Artist: Sue Loveday

A project supported by SWQ Regional Arts and coordinated by Sue Loveday that includes 45 handmade lanterns made by artists from across Queensland, representing their place.

Venue: Ramada Event Site
All day art installations
Exhibition 7am–4pm
 
Jabu Birriny

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) is an exhibition that celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its importance to culture and people. This exhibition is presented by Flying Arts Alliance INC.

Venue: Conference Room Gallery
all day art installation
Exhibition 7 am- 4 pm
 
ELDERS: Perspectives of aging

Embracing, honouring and rejoicing what it is to be an older Australian.

This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, artist books, photographs, films, textile works and sculpture by 18 Queensland artists. This is a touring exhibition developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Venue: Ramada Conference Room Gallery
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–3pm
 
Solastagia and recycling

Artists: Wild Mountains

Venue: Kids Zone
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Story time: an immersive childrens space

Artist: Terina Smith

Venue: Kids Zone
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Shadows of Trees Lost: installation

Artist: Sally Hart

All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
Part of the Billabong Park legacy sculpture Artist in Residence program
Billabong Park legacy sculpture: Artist in Residence

Artist: TBC

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Sparks fly, shadows fall: recycled steel installation
Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
SEED: Corroborate Stage 1

Artist: Kim Walmsley

Venue: First Nations Marquee
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Paint The Town Red: interactive mural

Paint the town Red Interactive Mural

Following on from her 'Paint the Town Red with the community' project, this activation will demonstrate the practicality of engaging a community in developing a concept and managing an interactive mural.

Utilising both acrylic and aerosol paint, the imagery will be outlined on temporary walls with delegates and members of the community encouraged to add their own colour, pattern work, texture or text.

The overarching aim of the work is to create a mural that focuses on rural artists as a community.

Venue: Driving Range
Day 3
Sunday 6 October 2019
Early morning program
Workshop 7–8am
 
Be healthy and active program

Kickstart your day with Tai Chi with Gai Wanless.

Gai has been studying Tai Chi Chuan since 1984 & has studied various forms with many teachers from Australia & overseas. Gai has been teaching Tai Chi since 1989.

Venue: Outside (wet weather alternative if required)
Morning program
Site Activation 7–8am
Please wear appropriate footwear
M.A.D.E Walking the Billy Can

Use a billy can as a analogue drawing machine that captures your every movement resulting in a drawing that we call a true selfie.

Venue: Roving
Morning program
Performance 9–10am
 
Works of Wild Mountains Songs

Artists: Wild Mountains Songs

Venue: The Main Event
Morning program
Site Activation 9am–12pm
 
Paint The Town Red: interactive mural

Paint the town Red Interactive Mural

Following on from her 'Paint the Town Red with the community' project, this activation will demonstrate the practicality of engaging a community in developing a concept and managing an interactive mural.

Utilising both acrylic and aerosol paint, the imagery will be outlined on temporary walls with delegates and members of the community encouraged to add their own colour, pattern work, texture or text.

The overarching aim of the work is to create a mural that focuses on rural artists as a community.

Venue: Driving Range
Morning program
Performance 10–10:45pm
 
Indy Clark

Artist: Indy Clark

Venue: The Pit
Morning program
Performance 11am–12 noon
 
Love Me
Venue: The Main Event
Morning Program
Workshop 11 AM-12.30pm
 
The ACPA Factor

The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts is a renowned place of study for indigenous people. With alumni such as Baker Boy, Kaylah T and Ancestress, where do you take your creative skills? The ACPA Factor is an active workshop providing a taste of the professional pathways for performing artists in music, dance and acting. Suitable for all ages and skill level.

Venue: Mununjali Hub
Afternoon program
Site Activation 12 noon–2pm
 
Song Space

Artists: The Music Doctors

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Performance 12:30–1:30pm
 
Works of Wild Mountains Songs

Artists: Wild Mountains Songs

Venue: The Main Event
Afternoon program
Performance 1–4pm
Presented by Creative Alliance, Gympie Regional Council and Sugarrush
Plug-in – Emerging musicians
Venue: Ignite Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Masterclass 10:30am–12pm
 
Bouffon masterclass

Artist: Marissa Kerr, Lorikeet Theatre

$25 p/person - Limited Places - Registrations required

Register

Marissa Ker studied Bouffon with Philippe Gaulier (in France) and Giovanni Fusetti (from Italy). Bouffon is a theatrical genre related to physical theatre and clown. Bouffon performers often have a distorted appearance. Bouffon is also a tool for examining social issues and showcasing the perspective of people on the margins of society.

Venue: The Main Event
Masterclasses & workshops
Masterclass 11:30am–1pm
 
Rubbish or resource

Artist: Margaret Burgess

$25 p/person - Limited Places - Registrations required

Register

Experienced Artist, teacher and project manager, Margaret Burgess focuses on giving the discarded value by recycling it into jewellery and sculptures. “My recent medium of choice is Marine Debris” I find using this helps to raise awareness of the plastic Pollution in our Oceans and the damage it is causing our marine life and sea birds.”

Participant’s in Rubbish or Resource Masterclass will use marine debris collected from the Great Barrier Reef to make either a pair of earrings or broach using techniques I have developed.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Masterclasses & workshops
Masterclass 2–3.30pm
This masterclass is restricted to people 16+ years of age
Poetry of place

Artist: Indy Clark

$25 p/person - Limited Places - Registrations required

Register

This workshop celebrates the critical and the creative. We will explore how a place and its people can be transformed through poetry. Indy Clark teaches at the University of Queensland. He both writes and writes about poetry.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Masterclasses & workshops
9am–5pm
Free Kids drop in workshops
Junk Orchestra

Artist: Rob Davies

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclass & workshop
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
 
Puppet making

Artist: Sol Puppetman

$50 PER HALF DAY + $100 MATERIAL FEE

Register

Using pre-fired ceramic pieces, learn the basics of creating a simple, functioning marionette from up-cycled materials with Sol and Sara of the Squeaking Tribe! Experiment with a variety of textiles and materials to costume your very own colourful character and gain hands-on experience of what it takes to bring into being your own unique Festival Avatar!

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
9am–5pm
Free kids drop in workshops
Basketry animals
Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
9am–5pm
Free kids drop in workshops
Flower garland making

Artist: Cindy Wood

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
9am–5pm
Free kids drop in workshops
Transforming textiles to toys

Artist: Erica Bates

Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
9am–5pm
Free kids drop in workshops
You Rock!
Venue: Kids Zone
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–11:30am
 
Aboriginal art

Artist: Peter Fowler Peter is an indigenous artist from Boonah who loves sharing his passion for painting.

$50 PER HALF DAY + $6 MATERIALS FEE

Register

In this workshop Peter will teach symbols, connection to country, history and culture – painting in acrylic on canvas and you will take home the artwork you create.

Materials provided include all canvas and paints to complete your artwork

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
 
Bamboo flute making

Artist: Noel Dowling

Price: $50 per half day + $10 material fee

Register

Also running: 9–11:30am and 1–3:30pm on Saturday 5 October and 1–3:30pm on Sunday 6 October

Participants can make and play their own shukuhachi, native American or transverse bamboo flute

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
Bring your old sheets to this workshop and Bec will show you how to dye them.
Bohemian braid rug making

Artist: Bec Andersen

$50 PER HALF DAY +$15 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn how to make your very own Bohemian braid rug for your lounge room.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9–11:30am
 
Creative printing – lino block

Artist: Nika Norman

$50 PER HALF DAY + $5 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn how to transform a blank piece of paper into a unique print and to apply this print to other surfaces in a creative manner. Participants may choose to bring reference pictures that could relate to people, or place.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Introduction to the world of gourd art

Artist: Birgit Grapentin

$50 PER HALF DAY + $20 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Gourds are wonderful products of nature and have been used by ancient cultures all around the world for bowls, dippers, baskets, water containers, musical instruments and ornaments or art.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Masterclass 9–10:30am
 
Healthy hearts

Artist: Rebecca Alexander, Indelability Arts

$25 p/person - Limited Places - Registrations required

Register

indelabilityarts’ Co-Artistic Director, Rebecca Alexander leads a one-off Masterclass for artists and arts professionals, inviting participants to explore and discuss creative strategies for maintaining a healthy balance while on the road and in everyday life as an artist. This workshop will focus on practical exercises to support and enliven your creative journey, skills and strategies for creating and awakening individual needs, practicing inclusivity and strategies for supporting a healthy heart, mind and body.

Venue: The Big Pitch
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–3:30pm
 
Blacksmithing

Artist: Gilbert Louttit
9am -3.30pm
$100 PER DAY + $15 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn new skills and take home a useful and decorative metal object of your own creation – from basic materials, with basic equipment. Fun and informative!

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–3:30pm
 
Make a didge

Artist: Matt Anderson
$100 + $150 MATERIAL FEE

Register

Take home your very own didgeridoo

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–3:30pm
 
Limestone carving

Artist: Paul Stumkat

$100 + $30 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Using ancient sculpture techniques, this workshop will give you the skills needed to create your own sculpture using a block of limestone.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–3:30pm
 
Shibori – indigo dyeing and rust dyeing

Artist: Ali George

Price: $100 + $25 for materials Register

Learn how to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary using indigo dyeing processes with a twist, stitch, fold and dip.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 9am–3:30pm
All Day Workshop
Eco dyeing – the sandwich of cloth

Artist: Wendy Trulson

$100 + $20 MATERIALS FEE

Register

This workshop is a great introduction to botanical and natural dyeing. The essence of natural print and resist dyeing on silk, wool and cotton cloth will be taught.

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Aboriginal art

Artist: Peter Fowler Peter is an indigenous artist from Boonah who loves sharing his passion for painting.

$50 PER HALF DAY + $6 MATERIALS FEE

Register

In this workshop Peter will teach symbols, connection to country, history and culture – painting in acrylic on canvas and you will take home the artwork you create. Materials provided include all canvas and paints to complete your artwork

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Bamboo flute making

Artist: Noel Dowling

Price: $50 per half day + $10 material fee

Register

Also running: 9–11:30am and 1–3:30pm on Saturday 5 October and 9–11:30am on Sunday 6 October

Participants can make and play their own shukuhachi, native American or transverse bamboo flute

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
Bring your old sheets to this workshop and Bec will show you how to dye them.
Bohemian braid rug making

Artist: Bec Andersen

$50 PER HALF DAY +$15 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn how to make your very own Bohemian braid rug for your lounge room

Venue: Workshop Space
Masterclasses & workshops
Artisan Workshop 1–3:30pm
 
Creative printing – lino block

Artist: Nika Norman

$50 PER HALF DAY + $5 MATERIALS FEE

Register

Learn how to transform a blank piece of paper into a unique print and to apply this print to other surfaces in a creative manner. Participants may choose to bring reference pictures that could relate to people, or place.

Venue: Workshop Space
All day art installations
Site Activation 7am-5pm
 
Light Up the Regions

Artist: Sue Loveday

A project supported by SWQ Regional Arts and coordinated by Sue Loveday that includes 45 handmade lanterns made by artists from across Queensland, representing their place.

Venue: Ramada Event Site
All day art installations
Exhibition 7am–4pm
 
Jabu Birriny

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) is an exhibition that celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its importance to culture and people. This exhibition is presented by Flying Arts Alliance INC.

Venue: Conference Room Gallery
all day art installation
Exhibition 7 am- 4 pm
 
ELDERS: Perspectives of aging

Embracing, honouring and rejoicing what it is to be an older Australian.

This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, artist books, photographs, films, textile works and sculpture by 18 Queensland artists. This is a touring exhibition developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Venue: Ramada Conference Room Gallery
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–2pm
 
SEED: Corroborate Stage 1

Artist: Kim Walmsley

Venue: First Nations Marquee
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–3pm
 
Solastagia and recycling

Artists: Wild Mountains

Venue: Kids Zone
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Story time: an immersive childrens space

Artist: Terina Smith

Venue: Kids Zone
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Shadows of Trees Lost: installation

Artist: Sally Hart

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
Part of the Billabong Park legacy sculpture Artist in Residence program
Billabong Park legacy sculpture: Artist in Residence

Artist: TBC

Venue: Ramada Grounds
All day art installations
Site Activation 9am–5pm
 
Sparks fly, shadows fall: recycled steel installation
Venue: Ramada Grounds

Artists

Alethea Beetson

Alethea Beetson is a kabi kabi/gubbi gubbi + wiradjuri artist and producer who has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across multiple art forms to inspire new works responding to societal issues, cultural heritage and colonisation. More recently she worked as the Indigenous Engagement Coordinator at the Queensland Museum and was the Curator of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program for Festival 2018 Brisbane. Her research explores the function of ritual, resistance and resurgence in the creative development and production of Indigenous performance. Alethea is currently the First Nations Producer at BIGSOUND, Artistic Director of Digi Youth Arts and First Nations Producer of Horizon Festival.

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See Alethea at Festivals transforming everyday spaces on Wednesday 2 October.

Alex Clelland

Alex Clelland is a distance student of Central Queensland University. Born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland, his passions include web design and video editing. He is looking forward to experiencing Arts Ablaze as a volunteer.

Ali George

Ali is a celebrated textile artist who loves to print, paint, draw, stitch, over-print and discharge her fabrics using multiple techniques.

See Ali at Shibori – indigo dyeing and rust dyeing on Sunday 6 October.

Alicia Melonie Jones

Alicia Melonie Jones is a Performance/Installation artist currently residing on Yugambeh country (Gold Coast). A heritage of Palawa, Welsh and English, Alicia is a combination of many worlds, old and new. Questioning modes of education, knowledge systems and control of information through the use of objects and gesture as cultural signifiers, Alicia’s body of work stems from her journey back to country, colonial whitewashing and the media-driven immediacy of society. Alicia’s performances and installations are created to activate cathartic experience through critical self reflection. Alicia's performance-led research centres on the effectiveness of physical theatre performance (NSP Suzuki, Body Weather, Butoh) in releasing trauma and promoting inclusive societies through the series performing detention.

Alicia’s praxis is complimented by working successfully in the Queensland Community Cultural Development sector for the past 15 years as producer/facilitator/teacher/mentor and in business management for 18 years (including Cultural Event Management, Film, Construction, Justice, Commercial Property Management and Hospitality industries). Alicia was representative on the Regional Arts Development Fund for a period of 5 years and heads cre8veunltd, a collective of creatives from across the country, working together to activate critical connections and civil response-ability.

Alicia is The Creative producer of the Arts Ablaze First Nation Project. See Alicia at the First Nations Hub space

Alinta Krauth

Alinta Krauth is a digital artist and digital interaction designer whose current projects look at the use of mobile technologies for engaging with non-urban spaces, landscapes, and non-human kin. She is also interested in how digital innovation is used in Queensland’s GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector.

See Alinta at Transforming access to the arts through digital mediums on Friday 4 October.

alintakrauth.com

Amanda Hayman

Amanda Hayman grew up in Logan city and has cultural connections to Kalkadoon and Wakka Wakka Country. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University.

Amanda was previously in a managerial position within state government, leading community engagement, exhibitions and events.

Amanda has a keen interest in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual art and is a part of the BlakLash Collective.

See Amanda at First Nations-led approaches to creative engagement

Amy Cook

Amy Cook is the Regional Arts Fund Administrator for Queensland as part of her varied role at Flying Arts Alliance. Born and raised in the small border town of Goondiwindi, Amy is relatively new to the arts industry and is enthusiastic about promoting and engaging with the arts in regional areas. She has over seven years’ experience in administration, working primarily in tertiary education.

See Amy at Show Me The Money

Ana Paula Estrada

For the last eight years my art practice has focused on the documentation of life stories of older Australians by combining photography and oral history through the medium of the artist book. My work highlights the voices and experiences of older members of our communities, and seeks to preserve important oral traditions and informal knowledge.

I was there (vol. I and II), is a set of two limited edition artist books that portraits and tells the life stories of Kevin and Esta, two unrelated older individuals who live close to my home in Brisbane. I was there translates my conversations with them into a material form through an unconventional combination of text, image, the blank space of the page and the book structure itself.

Artist Website

See Ana's work at the Elders exhibition

Andrew Veivers

Over the past twenty years Andrew Veivers has established himself as a musician, teacher, director and composer of the highest calibre – touring, recording, composing, and arranging extensively for solo projects, his groups Flamenco Fire and The Saruzu Quartet as well as for great Australian artistic institutions such as Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Queensland and the Woodford Folk Festival.

One of Australia’s finest Spanish Guitarists, Andrew Veivers draws on a wide range of musical influences to evoke the sensual and mesmerising sounds of the Spanish guitar in all of its guises.

From the beginning, Andrew combined the traditional study of flamenco with the formal training of the classical guitar. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1993 from the University of Queensland (St. Lucia) Andrew spent 3 years studying, teaching and performing in London, Madrid and Amsterdam.

At venues ranging from Blenheim Palace (UK) to The Dillington Classical Guitar Festival (UK) to chamber music series' in The Netherlands to concerts in Japan and performances at many of Australia's leading concert venues and festivals, Andrew has appeared as a soloist as well as with his groups Flamenco Fire and The Saruzu Quartet to great critical acclaim.

Andrew was the Musical Director for the Scenic Rim People's Orchestra and Fires on Top of Mountains in 2018.

See Andrew at The Big Pitch on Wednesday 2 October and Fusion on Saturday 5 October.

andrewveivers.com

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright is the Artistic Director of Goat Track Theatre, the winner of two consecutive QLD ABAF AWARDS. This company is committed to the creation of quality drama and theatre practices for children and young people. He is also the principal teacher of the “Goat Track Kids” and “Fast Track” – one of Australia’s biggest providers of drama programs for children and young people respectively.

Andrew has worked as a teacher, artist-in-residence, community and cultural development worker, writer/dramaturge, director and actor.

He started his career in the field of drama education as a secondary drama teacher. He has been twice nominated to NEITA for his outstanding contributions to drama education and was nominated in 2005 as the teacher of the year. He was also a nominee for the inaugural Innovation City Teacher’s Awards. He has worked as a drama teacher in primary, secondary and tertiary settings in both private and state sectors over a span of fifteen years and has headed two successful arts departments as well as founding and directing the highly regarded Theatre-X ensemble which under his direction achieved regional, state and national awards for its high quality, edgy brand of youth theatre.

Andrew is a multi-award winning director of theatre for young people. He has directed more than thirty shows for children and young people. More recently, he has directed “Wind in The Willows” and the highly acclaimed production of “Crash” both of which toured QLD. He is also the writer /director of “Crash 2.0”, “The Well”, “The Icarus Chronicles”, “Lord of the Flies”, “Aletheia”, “Hamelin”, “The Bunyip Story” and “The Moth and The Moon”.

He has led nationally recognized CACD projects with regional youth on issues of depression, car crashes, drug related issues, risk, mental health and local history. He has also worked in numerous schools/theatres and community centres as a consultant and artist–in–residence.

See Andrew at Arts role in change and healthy communities on Thursday 3 October and Youth Forum – Outcomes from the heARTh on Friday 4 October.

Angie Dunbaven

Red Chair’s Managing Director Angie Dunbavan is a fulltime producer/presenter with experience in Production, Artistic Direction and Event Management.

Red Chair won the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award 2014 – Small Business recognising the company’s valuable contribution to Queensland’s cultural diversity and work in building an inclusive, harmonious community. Red Chair was acknowledged both as a major production and touring company for culturally diverse works as well as for the company’s role in employing and showcasing culturally diverse artists throughout regional and remote Queensland.

Angie’s current producing roles include the Storyplace series, The Collectors, Flamenco Fire, Dawn Awakening, Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts and The People’s Orchestra.

Angie was the previous producer for the Main stage at Fires on Top of Mountains Shared Fire event.

Angie is the co-producer for the Showcasing Queensland evening performances on Friday and Saturday during the Arts Ablaze Celebration.

redchair.com.au

Angus MacDiarmid

Angus was trained as a primary teacher but has spent much of his working life in the deconstruction and re-purposing of old wooden buildings. At one stage he bought a million bricks at Cannon Hill Sale Yards and spent 3 years retrieving, cleaning and selling them.

For the last 20 years Angus' enthusiasm has been directed into art. His initial affection for pastels painting has given way to a fascination with the 'line' in art. He currently uses this approach to draw people, places and objects using gouache to enhance the drawing. Angus is well known for his quick portraits and this skill is utilised by various television stations in court room reporting.

The opportunity to restore an antique building instead of deconstructing one, was too much to resist. He and his partner are currently enjoying this challenge..

Angus will be making illustrative portraits of Arts Ablaze delegates across the event site on Wednesday.

See Angus at Village Chronicler on Wednesday 2 October.

Anna Straker

Anna Straker is an experienced performer and a superb maker. The puppetry of Umami Mermaids and the gorgeous scenes created out of timber and layered cloth and painted scrolls and cotton wool, the tiny lights embellishing puppets and displays.

This premiere work of puppet theatre offers a window to a world where mutated mermaids crawl from the sludge of the apocalyptic mess to seek their salty revenge.

From the mind of Anna Straker comes a sickeningly original, gothic feminist fairy tale with sword-swallowing, boil-popping and jaw-wrenching gore.

In collaboration with Elizabeth Millington, Maxine Mellor, Caitlin Strongarm and Anna Whitaker.

See Anna at Umami Mermaids, part of Arts Ablaze Up Late on Wednesday 2nd October.

Anne Dunn

Facilitator, Anne Dunn AM

Anne is a former chair of the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council, and has a career that spans 30 years in community arts and community cultural development. Formerly CEO of the City of Port Phillip in Victoria, her public service career in South Australia and the Northern Territory has included the positions of Commissioner, Public Service Board; Director-­‐General of the Department of Local Government; and CEO of the Departments of Arts and Cultural Heritage and Family and Community Services.

Anne was awarded an AM in 2010 for service to rural women, to a range of arts and cultural organisations, and to local government through administrative roles

See Anne at Future Visioning for Regional Arts and Culture in 2030

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Bec Andersen

Bec Andersen is a practising artist/designer who lives and works on Tamborine Mountain.

She specialises in the design and production of hand tufted rugs. Her rugs are made from 100% wool, which she dyes using both natural and synthetic dyes.

Her designs are stylised, contemporary reflections of what she sees in her environment. Her rugs are found in homes throughout Australia and even Canada.

See Bec on exhibition at Bromelton House at Opening night function. Bec will also be conducting workshops at the Arts Ablaze Celebrations

WORKSHOP: BOHEMIAN BRAID RUG MAKING

DURATION: AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 10 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY +$15 MATERIALS FEE

DETAILS: Learn how to make your very own Bohemian braid rug for your lounge room. Bring your old sheets to this workshop and Bec will show you how to dye them.

Click Here for more info and to Book in to this workshop

Artist Website


Bec Reid

Bec Reid is an Australian based performer, producer, director, choreographer and engagement specialist.

Bec encourages people to see their world in new ways through highly physical, participatory, practical, collaborative and celebratory actions. For 20 years, Bec has passionately worked in the space where professional artists and communities of interest meet; collaborating with communities and artists nationally and internationally.

Bec is a founding member of Everybody NOW! with Kate Baggerson and Ian Pidd.

In 2017–18, Bec was a Fellowship recipient from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Bec has continually served on arts boards and regularly mentors young and emerging artists formally and informally. Bec’s true loves are Staffordshire Bull Terriers Italo Disco, Ceilidhs and dancing.

See Bec and Everybody NOW! in Let's Dance Somerset on Saturday 5 October.

everybodynow.com.au

Benjamin Allmon

Benjamin Allmon spent several years immersed in the Bundjalung-Yugambeh community, writing a book and producing a film about their re-creation of an ancient maritime route of connection in traditional canoes that became The Saltwater Story. It was only through meaningful engagement, time, and respect that he was able to do so, and hopes to share his experiences with other non-Indigenous artists embarking on cross-cultural collaborations.

See Ben at The Big Pitch sessions and Transforming Attitudes through Meaningful Engagement.

The Saltwater Story promotional video on Vimeo
The Saltwater Story on Facebook

Big Eye Theatre

Big Eye Theatre is a not for profit community organistation supporting and promoting Indigenous Theatre, Arts and Artists in North Queensland.

Big Eye Theatre originally started in 2005 after a discussion with artists who felt the need to share and tell their stories through stage presentation in the form of short plays, poetry, skits, song and dance. We are currently in the process of relaunching Big Eye Theatre and welcome any artists who wish to share their stories or ideas.

See Big Eye Theatre at the Mununjali Hub

Birds Of A Feather

Birds of a Feather is roving street theatre swooping in when and where you least expect it. Presented by Goat Track Theatre

Birgit Grapetin

Full-time sculptor who finds designing and creating sculptures and installation are her passions. She also loves working with gourds.

WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF GOURD ART

DURATION: AM & PM SATURDAY (MAX 20 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $20 MATERIALS FEE

DETAILS: Gourds are wonderful products of nature and have been used by ancient cultures all around the world for bowls, dippers, baskets, water containers, musical instruments and ornaments or art. No longer considered a craft, gourd art is now elevated to be exhibited in a variety of galleries.

Click Here for more info and to Book in to this workshop

Blue Tamborine

Blue Tamborine (guitar, vocal, flute) come from various musical background to bring together a fusion of Jazz, Gypsy and Boosanova. They are excited to play at Arts Ablaze festival this October.

See Blue Tamborine at the Arts Ablaze Celebrations on Saturday 5 October.

Bob Smith

Bob is a proud Kamilaroi man. He has ancestral ties to St George area and maintains a strong connection with his family.

Bob was raised on Mununjali Country immersed in Mununjali cultural practices and belief systems. He is strongly connected to the Community. He also has connection to the Community through his Grandmother’s family on the Jackson line.

Bob is passionate about being an agent in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to be strong in their identities and cultural heritage.

He is steadfast in working inter-culturally and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols, ways of working and views are included in both his work but also the work we do across the State.

To this end he is incredibly driven in his role to support schools with developing culturally safe environments and their ability to work respectfully following cultural protocols and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing.

This has enabled him to gain respect from Elders which supports the work of being produced out of the Department of Education, including our schools.

Bob’s person-centred approach to his role draws on his bicultural and bilingual skills as well as his professional background as a Principal Project Officer as well as his experience in youth work, child safety and youth justice, community service and youth engagement. Working with complex issues such as suicide idealisations, self-harm, drugs, alcohol and disabilities has had a profound effect on his holistic way of working.

The Department of Education has benefited from Bob’s creativity, ability to think outside the box and passion for the arts. Bob facilitates youth cultural engagement partnerships for the Department of Education with companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre and Queensland Ballet.

See Bob at The First Nations Hub- Staying on Country and Arts Role in Change and Healthy Communities

Box Jelly Theatre Company

Box Jelly Theatre Co. is a regionally based theatre company (Cairns), run by local NIDA acting graduates and teachers, Rachel and David Terry. They have worked professionally in Sydney for the last 20 years, appearing in television shows such as Blood Brothers, At Home With Julia, The Jesters, All Saints, White Collar Blue, Water Rats, Heartbreak High and Roar. They have produced, written, directed and acted in theatrical productions locally and nationally including The Anzac Project, Dealers Choice (National Tour) Dinner with Friends, Edmund, A Foetal Moment, After Dinner (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Cairns Performing Arts Centre), New to the School (Cairns Regional Council, Cairns Children's Festival), and have developed and delivered yearly Christmas Pantomines for Cairns Regional Council's outdoor event space, Munro Martin Parklands

Our intention is to connect our COMMUNITY through the magic of theatre. ​​ We approach this in several ways: -bringing quality theatrical productions to primary and high schools throughout FNQ -providing engaging and entertaining experiences for the Cairns public through our mainstage productions -mentoring, training and employing young local artists

Box Jelly Theatre Co. creates theatre for local audiences of all ages.

Company Website

See Box Jelly Theatre pitch Spirits of the Night at Artour Showcase

Bradley Lewis

Brad Lewis is a freelance practitioner and trainer in conflict resolution, facilitation, communication and community engagement. He has been an accredited mediator with the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General since 2000.

Brad regularly performs roles as a mediator, group facilitator, restorative justice conference convenor, conflict resolution trainer, professional development coach and competency assessor.

See Brad at Arts Ablaze Community Cafe Wed 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October and Arts role in change and healthy communities

Brendan Borrellini

Brenden Borellini has been an inclusive arts advocate and creator with Crossroad Arts for 9 years. He has worked across various projects as an actor, poet, workshop facilitator, photographer and researcher. Brenden was born profoundly deaf and totally blind & has represented Crossroad Arts through his artistic work nationally and internationally.

Brenden's masterclass Teaching Hands/Looking Out invites participants to explore art making by utilising tactile performing arts techniques, the use of alternate communication and unique ways of seeing through photography.

See Brendan at Breaking Down Barriers and Teaching Hands/Looking Out.

Bronwyn Davies

Bronwyn Davies is a master artist and arts worker based in regional Queensland. She received her masters in fine arts from the University of Tasmania and has been working for over a decade for the Scenic Rim Regional Council as an arts facilitator and Cultural Coordinator for a region covering 4254sq km.

Through her work as a Cultural Coordinator she works with a dedicated team to innovate, create and manage a cultural development program and the running of the Boonah and Beaudesert Cultural Centres which include galleries and theatre spaces.

Prior to her work in local government she ran a world music venue, worked on her own arts practice, was an arts agent, festival director and cultural development worker.

She has overseen and creatively directed numerous events, festivals and complex cultural development projects on behalf of Scenic Rim Regional Council including: Cultural Trails and Open Studios of the Scenic Rim, Fires On Top of Mountains, ASSI 150 , War Stories and Our Town. She leads the Cultural Services team of Council who are responsible for Arts Ablaze.

Cal MacKinnon

I have been a photographic artist sine 1997. My work spans many different subjects including Old Gold Coast highway motels, Traditional Circus, Bodies of water, Main streets, Main Drags, Aged Care, Land care and environmental projects, Garden and Permaculture investigations, Science/Art collaborations, Fabric and costuming, Love and Correspondence as well as a long career in Wedding Photography and Portraiture.

I am now training to be a Registered nurse, as my passion for people and their stories has transformed in a very tangible way, to health and social advocacy.

My solo exhibitions include: The Victorian Arts Centre, Stills Gallery Sydney, Lismore Regional Gallery, Gold Coast, Grafton Regional Galleries, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Centre Beaudesert and my images reside in The Daryl Hewson Collection, The Melbourne Performing arts Museum collection, Bibliotheca Liborum Apud Artificium Artist book collection as well as books with the Gold Coast City Council and a Philatelic collection of stamps about Circus.

See Cal's work in the Elders Exhibition

Central West Aboriginal Corporation

Central West Aboriginal Corporation operates housing, social and cultural programs for the benefit of our families and the broader community. Our strength comes from a diversity of programs and investments that support our people and the practice of our culture, and secures a future for our children. Our aim is to strengthen capacities to fund and operate key programs in arts and culture, community outreach and tourism.

Central West Aboriginal Corporation are co-presenters of Dress The Central West

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web is the unlikely friendship between wide-eyed innocent pig Wilbur and the worldly, wise spider Charlotte.
Charlotte's Web is the classic tale known to generations of children through the book by EB White.
Our hero, a little pig named Wilbur, braves his new world forming friendships and warming hearts through his adventures. He learns about friendship, life and death, miracles, loyalty and trust.

Charlotte's Web is presented by RAVA Production and has been created for touring in southwest regional Queensland. Casting artists from Toowoomba or with local connections, Charlotte's Web is a collaboration between Director Alison Vallette and Producer Ruth Atkinson

Charlotte's Web was initially presented as part of Empire Theatre's Homegrown series in October 2018 and with 6 sell-out shows, had a return season with a further 6 performances in January 2019 as part of summer school holidays.

See performances of Charlotte's Web Saturday at the Arts Ablaze Celebrations 5th October 10.30 & 1 pm

Christopher Trotter

My passion is to source and join unrelated objects in a manner that appears perfectly plausible.

I like to create new forms that look like they existed in a fictitious reality from either past or present, both living or dead.

This is achieved through exploring materials both natural and man made, then matching their apparent weathered condition and their ability to connect.

I perceive the found objects I use as very special. They still have great form, patina, life and energy.

Inherent connections can also be made between unrelated shapes I use. References to ‘form follows function’ are sometimes observed.

See Christopher at The Big Pitch and Blumbergville Blazier.

trotter.com.au

Cindy Vogels

Cindy Vogels is a costume designer and artistic director with a difference, venturing into dynamic collaborations the world over. Vogels has built a unique reputation working with emerging and established female music artists of every genre.

She connects closely with the artists unique story and co-designs customized wardrobes that reflect their individuality for film clips, live performance and red-carpet moments. Cindy’s most notable career moments include creating a millinery masterpiece for Lady gaga and presenting her handcrafted millinery at ‘London Fashion Week’.

Vogels is an active producer / creative director and founder of CollabAnation, a live arts performance movement promoting creative collaboration across Australia. She is a founding co-director of Space Girls a vibrant new festival committed to delivering 100% female programmed events.

Artists Website, Spacegirls Festival Website

See Cindy with Jazmyn at Pecha Kucha and Breaking Down Barriers

Cindy Wood

Cindy Wood's artwork is inspired by the magic of nature. She loves gathering natural materials from local paddocks, parks and forests.

Kids WORKSHOP:FLOWER GARLAND MAKING
DURATION:AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 10 PER SESSION)
PRICE:FREE + $10 MATERIALS FEE
DETAILS:Enjoy getting back to nature and create a natural flower garland. You will twist some native vines to fit your head and then add some gorgeous spring flowers to decorate. You can bring along wool, beads, feathers, fabric from home to make your piece even more unique. Dancing is optional! Parents are also invited to participate.

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Circa

Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world's leading performance companies. Since 2004, from its base in Brisbane, Australia, Circa has toured the world - performing in 40 countries to over a million people. Circa's works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents.

Circa is at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus - pioneering how extreme physicality can create powerful and moving performances. It continues to push the boundaries of the art form, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus, and is leading the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that 'redraw the limits to which circus can aspire" (The Age).

Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Circa features an ensemble of exceptional, multi-skilled circus artists who have been a regular fixture at leading festivals and venues in New York, London, Berlin and Montreal with seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barbican Centre, Les Nuits de Fourvière, Chamäleon Theatre as well as major Australian Festivals.

Company Website

See Circa pitch Sacre at Artour Showcase

Colleen Gardener

I grew up in a single parent home and saw myself and siblings go without on most levels. However my mother, who was an extremely artistic and musical person, would always, when finances allowed, bring us home a little scribbler pad and a half lead pencil with occasional paints on birthdays. I was in heaven.

In the early 70s, I undertook a four year ceramic course at the old Perth College of Design studying ceramic history, ceramic chemistry, design, drawing and studio practices. On completion, I furthered my study of salt glazing with master potter Mirek Smisek in New Zealand for a short time, before starting up my own pottery studio and gallery in Western Australia, working for almost 30 years with clay.

I relocated to Queensland in 2003 and began to paint. I feel the design elements are universal and easily adapted from clay to canvas - it's all about the decorated surface.

I won two art awards in my first year of painting, so I knew instinctively that this was the path I was going to travel.

Moving to Harrisville in the Scenic Rim in 2013, I started to paint with a more professional approach, entering competitions and exhibiting regularly. I have been fortunate to win awards and my work has found its way into many homes and public offices.

I am now entering what I call my Golden Years. To me an Elder person's life is like a rich tapestry, woven with threads, some golden and rich, others more subdued and sombre, all woven together to make an unique and wonderful work of art.

I take great satisfaction in encouraging visitors to my studio to try their hand at painting and to tap into their creative side.

Artist Facebook

See Colleen's work in Elders exhibition

Colleen Lavender

Metals of any kind and their applications have always fascinate Colleen, from silver and bronze to sheet steel, rod and recycled materials. For the last 10 years she has been creating unique jewellery, sculptures and repurposed artworks.

Her work is an eclectic hybrid of sculpture, plasma cutting and forging. Recently a 10m × 2.4m steel light box story boards was unveiled at Kooralbyn Ramada Resort during the ‘Fires On Top Of Mountains’ shared community project, as part of Commonwealth Games celebrations in the South East Queensland Scenic Rim.

The sculpture is soon to be permanently installed at Gleneagle Beaudesert. This has been my first large public sculpture and I’ve never felt more alive while creating it!

See Colleen sculpting daily around the Arts Ablaze event site.

colchameleondesign.com

Coralie Winn

Coralie Winn is a co-founder of Gap Filler – a globally acclaimed and award-winning creative social enterprise that works with communities – and the public and private sectors – to design and deliver placemaking strategies and programmes that are the foundation for long-term community outcomes. Gap Filler creates installations, events and processes to make places more memorable, fun, participatory, surprising, equitable and sociable. As a result of the September 4, 2010 earthquake, Coralie and two others co-founded Gap Filler to bring creativity and life to Christchurch’s vacant spaces. Revised and expanded in light of the more destructive February 2011 quake, Gap Filler has grown, adapted and evolved to now identify as a social enterprise working across Christchurch, New Zealand and overseas.

See Coralie at “This must be the place” – Creating communities: The case for placemaking and the Commons in a climate of change.

Craig Walsh

Craig Walsh is an artist, curator and creative producer. Over the last 30 years, Australian artist Craig Walsh has become widely known Internationally for his pioneering approaches to site- responsive installations and projection mapping in unconventional sites. His works have animated natural and built environments and features such as trees, rivers and mountains, as well as public art projects in urban and architectural space. He is also renowned for his site interventions at live events, including iconic works at music and cultural festivals across Australia and internationally.

Craig’s work remains distinctive for its conceptual underpinnings and deftly woven narrative. Over recent years he has extended his digital arts expertise into work with diverse communities, enabling large-scale participation as collaborators in contemporary art projects

Artist website

See Craig at Transforming access to the arts through digital mediums, Monuments and Home.

Createplace

Createplace facilitators, Dr Leanne Dodd (PhD) and Elena Volkova (MA) are experienced in innovative narrative-based practices that enrich lives by providing storytelling tools to enable people to gain a stronger sense of perspective and connection with their past, present and future. These practices include creative life writing and digital storytelling. Createplace website

See Createplace at the Life Writing workshop at The Big Pitch

Criena Gehrke

Criena Gehrke is Chief Executive Officer of HOTA, Home of the Arts. She has a diverse and eclectic background in arts management and a particular passion for the role of arts and culture in building strong and connected communities. She’s worked with all tiers of government on the development and implementation of cultural policy.

Hota Website

See Criena at Rethinking Our Cultural Venues @ the Main Event

Daniel Flood

Over the past eighteen years Daniel has developed and delivered a diverse range of arts, media and technology community cultural development projects across Australia. These projects have been delivered with government (local and state), GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) organisations and in the youth not-for-profit sector. He is currently Lead of the Applied Creativity team with the State Library of Queensland.

See Daniel facilitate Transforming access to the arts through digital mediums

debase productions

Creating brilliant new comedies.

Working in Brisbane and Melbourne; touring nationally and internationally, debase has been producing new shows since 1998.

The company has a reputation for creating high quality performances that engage with audiences and communities. Some debase productions include the critically acclaimed Chasing the Lollyman, Sktich Tease, Spoilt, Hurry Up and Wait, The Clown from Snowy River, and Fly-In Fly-Out.

We produce a wide range of work for a wide range of audiences; from children’s theatre, to comic-drama, to cabaret and vaudeville. For debase, the relationship with our audience is paramount – this is reflected in the way we create and program work with and for specific audiences.

Debase uses a highly physical and collaborative approach to developing new work. We believe successful performance begins with a sense of play and that comedy empowers audiences to reflect and critique vital issues. We are committed to telling Australian stories.

Company Website

See debase pitch Mothermorphosis at Artour Showcase

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins

Delvene Cockatoo-Collins is a Quandamooka woman who lives and works on Minjerribah - North Stradbroke Island. As an independent artist, Delvene operates out of a small studio and retail store in Dunwich, providing handmade ceramics, small sculptural works, and hand printed homewares. Through these mediums she expresses the stories of her family’s lived experiences on North Stradbroke Island, and her responses to images and texts related to her family. Recurring themes across Delvene’s work is the relationship to her great-great grandmother, through a body of work, titled Six Generations, Traditional mat making techniques, and the use of clays and pigments found across Quandamooka including the islands and mainland around Moreton Bay.

Artist Website

See Delvene at -Staying on Country: Is it possible to create a living at home? and First Nations-led Approaches to Creative Engagement

Di Wills

Di is the Artistic Director of Creative Regions, a local arts company committed to helping the community thrive through the arts and creativity. Her own artistic practice is in storytelling, particularly for the stage, however has been known to turn her hand at poetry and songwriting with varying degrees of success. Having the benefit of wonderful mentors in the past, Di recognises that we all have a part to play in lifting each other up. Not like, as in being your pump class buddy, but encouraging you to go, for sure.

See Di at Transforming Attitudes through Meaningful Engagement

Don Waters

Donald James Waters is an established Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever evolving and eclectic style. Donald has relaxed the confines of his initial beginnings in botanical art now using stylised strokes, over-emphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to shift his primary focus to that of a storyteller rather than a technically correct traditional artist.

Donald’s career has taken his art to every corner of the globe and his distinctive style has made its way into the catalogues of many private and corporate collectors alike, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s art collection. More recently Donald has concentrated his efforts closer to home completing several commissioned government art projects and participating in community programs within Queensland. In 2016, Donald was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community and the Arts and has been previously recognised as Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.

Don Waters website

Don is available as a Mentor during Arts Ablaze. See the Registration desk for details.

Donna Hancox

Associate Professor Donna Hancox is the Associate Director of the Creative Lab in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Her research and publications investigate the role personal narratives play in creating social change, and the potential of interactive and immersive storytelling tools to amplify the voices of under-represented communities.

See Donna at the QUT panel Social Impact Model of Evaluation Thursday 1-2pm @ the Main Event

Donna Maree Robinson

Donna Maree Robinson is a multimedia artist who is based in Queensland, Australia. She is primarily interested in site-specific projects and works across a variety of disciplines that include large scale video projections, public works, gallery exhibitions, film-making and festivals.

See Donna's projection project Art on Rails around the event site and at Transforming Access to the Arts through Digital Mediums

Dr Sandra Gattenhof

Associate Professor Sandra Gattenhof is Director of Research Training in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Her projects and research focus on evaluation practices for gauging the impact of arts engagement with a particular emphasis on children and young people. Sandra is the chief investigator of the recently awarded Australia Research Council three year research project titled, The Role Of The Creative Arts In Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model.

See Sandra at the QUT panel Social Impact Model of Evaluation Thursday 1-2pm @ the Main Event


Dress The Central West

Dress the Central West

Presented by Central West Aboriginal Corporation and Red Ridge Interior Queensland a collection of wearable art garments from Dress the Central West program demonstrates expression of language through art during the International Year of Languages. The vision to increase awareness and influence revival of languages and art, the journey of Dress the Central West comes to life in a performance designed and choregraphed by emerging artists from remote western Queensland.

See Dress The Central West at the Conference Dinner and day 1 of Celebrations

Edna Ambryn

Edna comes from the Gunggandji people on her mother’s side and is Eastern Kuku Yalanji on her father’s side. She has lived in Yarrabah all her life, raising a large family and has been a practising artist with Yarrabah Art Centre for 10 years.

Her daughter Valmai and husband Ruben are also artists working at the Art Centre.

Edna is an accomplished artist whose favourite medium is painting, but she also works across ceramics, printmaking and textiles to share memories and experiences of Yarrabah. A childhood filled with fishing, hunting and collecting from the land with her family is a continuous inspiration in the stories she paints. Her intimate understanding of the land and sea is reflected by abstract and illustrative depictions of food sources, seasonal change, significant places and features of Country. Her work celebrates the vitality and beauty of Yarrabah’s environment and ensures the stories of her community and culture are carried brightly into the future.

See Edna's artwork at the Jabu Birriny exhibition

Edward Sarroff

Edward's love for the performing arts combined with a passion for educating and empowering people has had him working in the Gold Coast's youth arts sector, placing emphasis on team building, drama education and educating though theatre. As a theatre practitioner he has worked with hundreds of students across the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim through performance based projects, drama education programs and school workshops. He is currently working as A Teacher-Artist at Goat Track Theatre.

During the three years he was studying full time at Griffith University Edward was a key creative in more than 20 theatre projects.

See Edward at The heARTh: Youth On Fire space and Youth Forum

Elders-perspectives of aging

Embracing, honouring and rejoicing what it is to be an older Australian.

This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, artist books, photographs, films, textile works and leather sculpture by 18 Queensland artists.

The exhibition theme is 'to celebrate our elders and help shift our views on ageing and age-related barriers that prevent community participation'. This exhibition aims to promote positive perceptions of ageing and challenge people to rethink stereotypes. It also provides opportunities for communities to share their stories and embrace changed attitudes towards ageing.

The exhibition also features a local story project of shared stories. This project brings together community members to gather and capture their stories. This public program will also include reflections of family members as they share their views of their elders.

Exhibiting Artists-
Len Bytheway, Nicole Crosswell, Ana Paula Estrada, Jacqui Faulkner, Therese Flynn-Clarke, Colleen Gardener, Margaret Goldsmith, Gail Hewton, Peter Law, Angus MacDiarmid, Cal MacKinnon, Ian Milton, Gary Moloney, Geoffrey Stocks, Jenny Stuart, Heather Wehl, Teenie Wilton and Jacques Van Der Merwe.

The Elders touring exhibition is presented by Scenic Rim Regional Council and funded by the Queensland Government's Advancing Queensland: Age-Friendly Community Grants Program Round 2 and delivered by Council as part of the Age-Friendly Scenic Rim: Active, Healthy and Creative Communities project.

Elizabeth Parke

Elizabeth (Libby) began her relationship with the Gympie Regional Gallery in high school, with her art being selected for the annual Hi Artworks exhibition. She took part in the Gallery’s mentorship program Project Connect in 2012 and 2013 where she was tutored by local artists. In 2018 she returned to the Gallery to begin her traineeship in business administration.

See Libby at Breaking Down Barriers

Elverina Johnson

Elverina Johnson lives in Yarrabah. Her traditional family name is Bunya Badjil, which means ‘Good Woman’. She is of Kunganji Gurugulu lineage on her grandfather’s side and Indinji Gimuy lineage on her grandmother’s side.

Elverina is a highly respected advocate for the Yarrabah community and was presented with the 2017 National NAIDOC Artist of the Year award. Her creative talents span the spectrum of visual and performing arts. She has been involved in the arts industry for over 30 years as a singer, songwriter, playwright, actor and visual artist.

Elverina is the founder and manager of the Indigenous owned, Dirringhi Aboriginal Arts and Craft Gallery at Yarrabah. Dirringhi is a community-based social enterprise which supports local artists and craftspeople in Yarrabah to sustain their cultural traditions and earn income from their work.

In her visual arts practice, Elverina works across painting, textiles, fibre and photography to depict the natural abundance and beauty of Yarrabah’s land and sea environment. Her work expresses a deep and innate understanding of Country and honours the traditions and stories belonging to her culture and ancestral homelands.

See Elverina's artwork at the Jabu Birriny exhibition

Emma Dean

Emma Dean is the founder and conductor of thriving Brisbane-based community choir, Cheep Trill, which she runs with the help of managing partners, Tony Dean and Corinne Buzianczuk.

In 2017, Emma wrote choir arrangements for John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Katie Noonan and Isaiah Firebrace as part of the ‘You’re The Voice’ project through Queensland Music Festival, singing for change and raising awareness about domestic violence. And in 2019 wrote choir arrangements for Little River Band’s ‘Help Is On Its Way’ project as part of Queensland Music Festival’s national choral initiative fostering a dialogue around positive mental health, particularly for our men and boys.

Artist Website

See Emma facilitate Help is on It's Way community choral event during the Arts Ablaze Celebrations Saturday 5th October 4pm

Eric Orcher

Eric Orcher was born on a riverbank and is a Traditional Owner of Brewarrina, in New South Wales. He has been living in the Yarrabah community since 2010 and working with Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Centre since early 2017. He is a proud Ngemba man, he still speaks his traditional language and goes home for ceremony whenever he can.

Eric is an Aboriginal Artist who paints mainly about his country and neighbouring tribes that are connected to his nation. His art is created on canvases, artefacts, etching, Lino prints and screen printing. Eric’s works are contemporary and Traditional Artworks. To promote his artwork and be recognised for what he does, he shares his stories about his Country to locals, regional people and tourists, or any individuals from around the country.

See Erics's artwork at the Jabu Birriny exhibitions

Erica Bates

Erica is a textile artist, with a background in fashion and active sportswear. Using the knowledge accrued from a career in fashion design, Erica creates dolls, creatures, homewares and accessories.

Kids WORKSHOP:TRANSFORMING TEXTILES TO TOYS
DURATION:AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 15 PER SESSION)
PRICE:FREE + $5 MATERIALS FEE
DETAILS:Children will work with fabrics and yarn to create soft sculpture animals, people and shapes to take home as a unique memory of Arts Ablaze.

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Felicity Mandile

As Deputy Executive Director, Queensland Ballet, Felicity has the responsibility for ensuring Queensland Ballet maintains its position as a world class company and authentic cultural voice. Its home in Brisbane is a vibrant, creative hub which increases arts access, enhances lifestyle, celebrates talent in Queensland, and fosters a unique sense of place and identity.

Her daily tasks orientate around imagining and implementing key initiatives aligned with Queensland Ballet’s growth strategy and Queensland Ballet’s presence in, impact on and responsiveness to all communities and their participants, with an understanding of how best to connect with communities onstage, offstage and online.

Her commitment to individuals living in regional and remote areas and her ability to bridge vast landscapes is evidenced by her pioneering use of videoconferencing, almost two decades ago, and the collaborative and consultative framework she uses to embed Queensland Ballet into the lives of everyday people, regardless of their geographic location.

Seizing opportunities as they arise and harnessing creativity, curiosity and sound business practices across teams, she is a resilient arts worker who cultivates partnerships that focus on research and sustainability as a way to generate thought leadership and evidence-based decision making.

Leading a large and diverse team, she has lifted Queensland Ballet’s participation numbers across community engagement programs to reach in excess of 45,000 participants, has driven the Queensland Ballet Academy and Queensland Department of Education collaborative expansion and recently travelled to the Los Angeles Centre for Autism Research and Training with researchers from Deakin University to better understand the role ballet can play in the field of best practices treatment and intervention for children with autism.

As a ballet lover, an educator, a strategist and a leader, she ensures the contribution Queensland Ballet makes to the dance ecology, the arts sector and society more broadly is responsive to our communities whose needs are diverse and dynamic.

See Felicity at Access For the Regions

Feral Arts/Arts Front

Arts Front is a four-year project supporting artists to take the lead in shaping the future of culture and the arts in Australia.

Arts Front is a chance to think and act beyond our current systems: what could culture and the arts in Australia look like in 2030 and how do we go about making our visions a reality?

Arts Front is also building a national network of collaborators leading change in the arts and cultural sector and broader community. It is connecting all artform areas and all parts of the arts and cultural sector to mobilise and campaign around shared goals and objectives.

Arts Front is an initiative of Feral Arts.

artsfront.com

feralarts.com.au

See Feral Arts/Arts Front at the Rethinking 'regional arts in 2030' – Arts Front visioning workshops on Wednesday 2 October, Thursday 3 October and Friday 4 October and at Access for the regions – Key organisations offering regional services on Thursday 3 October.

Fiona Bryant

Fiona is a Sunshine Coast based choreographer, performer and movement educator. She has created and performed dance works for curated and independent seasons at the National Gallery of Victoria (2014), Melbourne Fringe Festival (2008, 2012), Next Wave Festival (2010, 2012), Lucy Guerin Inc. (2009), Melbourne International Design Festival (2008), Melbourne International Arts Festival (2007), L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (2007), and Dancehouse (2006-2012). She has studied with Australian and internationally renowned teachers and artists, including Deborah Hay (USA) from whom she commissioned and performed two solos (2008, 2010). Other recent experiences include performing Maria Hassabi’s (USA) Intermission at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2014) and the premier of Judith Walton’s Lehte at Heide Museum of Modern Art (2014, 2015).

Fiona’s practice is chiefly concerned with discovering and re-discovering ways in which to engage the whole psychophysical self in the processes of generating and performing dance. She considers the multidimensionality of the human organism offers an extraordinary landscape to be traversed in the realm of live performance. In recent years her works have covered a diversity of themes including ageing, folk-pop culture, natural disaster, loneliness and the ordinary.

Artist Website

See Fiona in There's Something In My Shoes Friday @ the Ignite Space

Fiona Vuibeqa

In 2017 Fiona Vuibeqa launched Fiji Greenhouse. This long-term developmental project encourages
meaningful exchange and sharing of stories and skills by creating collaborative experiences that support the wellbeing of our communities.
She is also an Arts Development Officer with Mackay Regional Council and a strong advocate of
collaborative practice.In 2017 a significant cultural exchange brought our Australian Aboriginal and Fijian cultures together in the Mackay Region.Fiji Greenhouse encourages the exchange and sharing of stories and skills by creating collaborative experiences that support the wellbeing of our communities.
In 2020 Fiji Greenhouse will partner with Traditional Custodians in the Mackay Region to explore connections within language.

See Fiona at Pecha Kucha and Transforming Attitudes Through Meaningful Engagement

Flipside Circus

Flipside Circus is Queensland’s largest youth arts company with a national reputation for excellence in training and performance, and for supporting Queensland's circus sector.

We believe circus provides a unique opportunity for young people to show off, take risks, trust, dream and aspire, work hard, laugh, and to have fun!

Flipside is a not-for-profit organisation that provides:

Regular classes and training at our Alderley training centre and right across Queensland;

An artistic program of performances by, for, and with young people;

Community and social circus programs;

Support for Queensland's circus artists and independent companies.

Flipside Circus values children and young people as cultural creators and works with a regular team of extraordinary trainers and artists.

See Flipside Circus pitch We Live Here at Artour Showcase

Flying Arts Alliance

Flying Arts is an arts and cultural development organisation which has been delivering visual arts programs, projects and services to regional and remote Queensland for 48 years. Flying Arts Alliance connects artists, educators and communities. We inspire the appreciation, practice and professional development of visual arts as a lifetime interest or career. We do this by developing and facilitating contemporary art and cultural practice in remote, rural and regional Queensland for individuals and in schools, organisations and communities.

see Flying Arts at Breaking Down Barriers, Impact of Creative Placemaking, Show Me the Money, Access For The Regions

Gabriel Murphy

Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Camera Assistant, and everything in between. Gabriel Murphy is a versatile and talented filmmaker who has been making films since he was four years old. Whether about the misadventures of the Grim Reaper or the true stories of a militant Born Again Christian, Gabriel has captured it and played it on the silver screen.

Gabriel is well experienced as an on-set technician and post-production worker.

He is not only capable of handling any challenge you throw at him; he welcomes it.

Gabriele is in-house Filmmaker at Goat Track Theatre and is part of the heARTh: Youth ON Fire Team.

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Gail Hewton

Gail Hewton is a passionate Community Dance Practitioner working exclusively in dance for older people leading classes, workshops, performances, projects and dance experiences. Gail has 40 years professional dance experience including as a dancer, choreographer, educator and producer. Gail has extensive dance teaching and leading experience including in primary and high schools, universities, professional dance companies, private dance studios and community. Gail has choreographed professional contemporary dance works for Expressions Dance Company; Ballet Theatre of Qld; The Cherry Herring and others; and community events for South Bank Parklands; John Aitken Productions; Toowoomba Hospital Mental Health; Drama Queensland; to name a few. After several years working in high profile arts and event management including as Program Manager at Brisbane Powerhouse, Producer at RiverFestival and Brisbane Festival; and Director at Noosa Longweekend Festival; Gail returned in 2012 to teaching and leading dance, establishing RIPE Dance (because dance Really Is Possible for Everyone!) to focus on bringing the joy and many benefits of dance to older populations. She successfully works with active and agile over 55s, aged care residents with and without dementia, and people living independently with mobility challenges due to ageing issues, ill-health, surgery or particular conditions. Gail’s work is underpinned by a relational approach, and whilst it is foremost about dance it has major consideration to improve health and wellbeing and allow participants to experience dance in a fun, safe, welcoming and supportive environment. In 2016 Gail co-programmed and co-facilitated the first national Advanced Teaching Training for teachers of dance for Parkinson’s. In 2017 Gail received Ausdance Qld’s Osmotherly Award for her contribution to dance education; an RADF grant to assist the creation of In A Different Space, a film showcasing seniors 60-101 years dancing their stories (to date screened at 14 national & international events and festivals), as well as an Arts Queensland grant to travel to the UK in 2018 to investigate dance for older people. Gail has presented at and/or attended Mature Moves unconvention (Hobart); Creative Ageing Symposium (Brisbane); Thrive Creative Ageing Forum (Nambour); People Dancing Summer School (UK); Arts Health Queensland Network Inaugural Forum (Brisbane); Ausdance NSW’s Creative Ageing Forum (Sydney); BOLD conference (Canberra); and Social Connection in Older Age Symposium (Brisbane).

Gail was the project consultant for Ausdance Victoria’s 2017-18 research project Leading and Teaching Dance to Ageing Populations. She is developing professional development and training programs for health, care and dance practitioners interested in working in this field and continues to initiate and lead dance projects, events and experiences with and for her community. Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary – Commerce/Maths). More recently Gail has completed online courses including Understanding Dementia and Preventing Dementia (University of Tasmania); and Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health (The Neuroscience Academy). Gail is now Noosa based after making the sea change from Brisbane 11 years ago.

See Gail at Pecha Kucha and inclusion in Elders Exhibition

Gary Maloney

I am a retired high school teacher, born and raised in the Scenic Rim. I am a founding member of the Beaudesert Camera Club, Chief Photography Steward for the Beaudesert Show and I have my own You Tube channel. I also play drums in a local dance band.

See Gary's work in the Elders exhibition

Gilbert Louttit

Gilbert has been a regular tutor of blacksmithing at Arts in the Olives for many years. He has had years of experience and as now looking forward to setting up his workshop in the Kooralbyn Valley for Arts Ablaze.

WORKSHOP : BLACKSMITHING
DURATION:FULL DAY SATURDAY & FULL DAY SUNDAY (MAX 10 PER SESSION)
PRICE:$100 PER DAY + $15 MATERIALS FEE
DETAILS: A hands on/get dirty experience of forging hot iron. Learn new skills and take home a useful and decorative metal object of your own creation - from basic materials, with basic equipment. Fun and informative!

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Goat Track Theatre

Goat Track Theatre are national leaders in regional youth theatre They have a reputation for creating daring, challenging, transformative new works with the youth of regional communities.

Goat Track Theatre provide drama classes that focus on growing greatness one student at a time.

Goat Track offer classes for all ages of young people whether they are 3 years of age, in primary school, high school, 18 years of age [or anything in between]. They have campuses from the Gold Coast to Tamborine Mountain.

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See Goat Track theatre at the heARTh: youth on fire space and at the Youth Forum

Gogi

With a combined 35 years of local and international dance practice, Alicia Harvie, Ashleigh White and Viviane Frehner are the Gogi Dance Collective. Producer and choreographer Harvie drives the creative collective’s exploration of new environments. White’s outstanding training at WAPPA elevates the company’s artistry. Frehner’s international career opens the regional company's perspective. Newly formed in 2015 and triennially funded by Gold Coast City Council, Gogi specialises in customised site­ specific dance experiences. By delivering high production values and excellence in choreography, visual and sound design, site and event management, Gogi’s unexpected, immersive experiences embolden audiences to explore their local spaces, connect with each other and shift their expectations of arts experiences.

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See Gogi pitch You Don't Know Jack + Kitty at Artour Showcase

Hayley Achurch

Ms Hayley Achurch is a senior researcher with Regional Australia Institute. Hayley uses her experience in government and research to deliver a broad range of applied research projects which inform national, state and local government policies.

See Hayley at the QUT panel Social Impact Model of Evaluation Thursday 1-2pm @ the Main Event

Haystack Mountain Hermits

Multi-award-winning local family band Haystack Mountain Hermits began busking around campfires and in iconic markets around Australia on their Big Lap in 2011. They’re all related (and have the embarrassing photos to prove it) all multi-instrumentalists and all go. Between them they play resonator guitar, mandolin, double bass, accordion, washboard, ukulele, banjo, snare drum, harmonica, kazoo, xaphoon … and more! Think gypsy/skiffle/blues with a dash of country and crazy!

2018 was a huge year for the Haystack Mountain Hermits – crowned Australian National Busking Champions after winning the Toyota Busking Championships in Tamworth and the Qld Regional Busking Championships with many performances at festival stages in between. 2019 is shaping up to be just as big. Tamworth Country Music Festival welcomed them back for the Opening and Closing Concerts and many performances throughout the festival. They are looking forward to appearing in several other Festivals later in the year. The Hermits released their debut EP Going Home on Tamborine Mountain recently and were featured in ABC's new series The Recording Studio in April.

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See the Haystack Mountain Hermits during Arts Ablaze Celebration Friday Evening 4th October at the Main Event

Heather Wehl

My mother had a saying - “a good bush woman”. I like to think that she might think that I am one of those. I have lived most of my life on the land, having had my childhood years on our family property at Tambo in western Queensland and then after a time on small acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane. I returned to the land , this time to Rosevale where I have lived for nearly 40 years and where we raised our family while running a dairy farm.

Although widowed five years ago, I still couldn’t think of living anywhere else. In my view, a creative life is deeply entwined with life on the land as there is beauty everywhere in all seasons. I have always pursued some sort of creative expression and I love the way photography refocuses the eye to see light and emotion in a condensed form.

See Heather's work in the Elders exhibition

Helen Klaebe

Professor Helen Klaebe is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research and Development) in the Division of Research and Innovation for Queensland University of Technology. Her work develops new approaches to participatory public history using multi art form storytelling strategies to engage communities and also to evaluate the economic, cultural and audience impact of public art programs.

See Helen at the QUT panel Social Impact Model of Evaluation Thursday 1-2pm @ the Main Event

Howard Edmunds

Howard Edmunds is the Director of Opera Eagles Nest, the vocal performance company with over twenty years of entertaining music lovers throughout Queensland & Northern New South Wales. He is not only the man in the tuxedo introducing & painting pictures for the next item in the show, but his wit, quirky humour and characters that dress in ridiculous costumes in the comedy segments always ensure a great deal of laughter. Howard’s passion is the live performance, and seeing an audience leave the theatre with smiles on their faces, and a song on their lips.

See Howard at Pecha Kucha and performing at Welcome Cocktail event at Bromelton House with Opera Eagles Nest

Ian Milton

As a Deaf man in a hearing world, although I have been interested in and practicing art all of my life, I have not had the same access to economic and cultural opportunities as many of my peers. My education and career were achieved despite poor accessibility, and by negotiating daily barriers that many in the hearing world cannot imagine.

I am grateful for the love and support of my parents, who were themselves educators, and staunch advocates for both myself and a number of my deaf friends. I am also grateful that I now have the opportunity in my “treechange” years to focus exclusively on my art, after a life spent working in the city, engaged with family and deaf community organisations.

I have been deaf since birth. I studied art in the 1960s under Roy Churcher, Jon Molvig, Merv Moriarty and Bronwyn Yates, but I am predominantly self-taught. I have been an active artist in his spare time for more than 50 years.

My works have hung in the Queensland Art Gallery and the Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum. I have won numerous awards and prizes over the years, including the prestigious Goya National Art Prize.

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See Ian's work at Elders exhibition

Ian Pidd

Ian Pidd is a freelance director of theatre and festivals.

His practice veers between programming festivals (The Lost Lands), directing theatre (Men Of Steel's Hard Rubbish) and participatory "things" (Unconformity's The Rumble, and Dark MOFO's Ogoh Ogoh). Ian's collaboration with Bec Reid and Kate Baggerson for Everybody Now, has created social dance works all over the country, including a large scale commission for the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018.

Ian is Artistic Director of the new music and arts festival The Lost Lands, a two day rock and roll festival for families and co director of PASSENGER (a work in which the audience experience a contemporary western revenge tragedy from within a bus moving through an urban landscape).

Ian directed Sam Halmarack and JOF's ecstatic participatory music work We Are Lightning which garnered a Green Room nomination and toured the UK in 2018.

His work tends to be musical, accessible, playful and genre hopping, and is regularly seen throughout Australia and in Europe and Asia. Ian is project director on Polyglot’s First On The Ladder project which is a three year creative collaboration between the company and two leading indigenous regional sporting clubs: Rumbalara Football Netball club in Shepparton (Yorta Yorta country) and The Moree Boomerang Rugby League club on Kamileroi Land.

Previously he held a four year Artistic Directorship of Back To Back Theatre and ten years directing the majority of works at Snuff Puppets, where his productions travelled throughout the world. Ian has directed for The Business, MRPG, Barry Morgan, Polyglot Theatre and many others. Ian’s production of Men Of Steel’s Hard Rubbish was a popular and critical hit for The Malthouse in late 2013.

Ian has been the artistic director of festivals as diverse as Moomba and The Works (Glenorchy, Tas) and was for 6 years the Chair of Melbourne Fringe. For ten years he was co-artistic director of boutique festival The Village and was founding Artistic Director of Junction Arts Festival (JAF) in Launceston.

Ian has sat on the boards of Back To Back, Snuff Puppets, Arts Access, ASIALINK performing arts board, The Village Inc, Junction Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe (Chair), as well as five year stint on the City Of Melbourne’s Culture And Arts Advisory Board. He has sat on funding panels for the Australia Council, Arts Victoria (now Creative Victoria), City Of Melbourne, Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Tasmania.

See Ian and Everybody Now in Let's Dance Somerset Saturday 5th Oct 2.30pm at the Main Event Venue

Ian RT Colless

Ian is a member of the Dharabuladh (Therabluat) clan of the Gundungurra people, & a mixture of Irish heritage.

He is the Grandson of the late Aunty Dawn Colless who made many milestones, awarded the Australian Centenary Medal (a Federal award to honour people who have made a contribution to Australian society or government), & chosen to be a torchbearer for the 2000, XXVII Olympiad in the Blue Mountains.

Ian is the Artistic Director, Producer & Chief Choreographer of Untitled|Collective for over seven years. Untitled|Collective is a world unique multi-cultural, multi-discipline, and multi-national arts entity. The Collective fosters the opportunity for authentic collaborative exchange between cultures advocating a rare environment in international performance outcomes and artistic development. Pre-dominantly a dance community.

While running Collective he obtained funds from: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts, The American Australian Association, the Australian Consulate (NYC), Broadway (NYC), The Australian Embassy (DC), Summer Stage Central Park (NYC), National Dance Week (NYC), Brisbane Festival (QLD), Ars Musica Australis (NSW), The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia).
A graduate of NHSPA, QUT, WAAPA & NYU; he is the first modern choreographer commissioned by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, (NYC).
Ian's has worked for the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (Brisbane), WAAPA Aboriginal Theatre Course (Perth) & NYU. At NYU he completed an Independent Study and developed a personal ballet curriculum, through full-time study, coursework and participation with the American Ballet Theatre (America's National Ballet Company) and observation of The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, NYC.

See Ian at First Nations Led Approaches to Creative Engagement,

Indelability Arts

indelabilityarts is an inclusive theatre company that provides professional artistic and training opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Our professional ensemble creates original work that communicates the lived experience of each artist across a range of performance modes to challenge the perceptions of audiences and industry alike. We further nurture the social, personal, physical and mental well-being of participants through our workshop series that offer ongoing skills development and training for community members with a passion and interest in the performing arts. Through our inclusive practice we aim to foster acceptance and understanding for those who usually feel marginalised, discriminated against, or excluded from arts practice so that they can access and make work that both reflects their experience and caters to their needs.

You can see the Indelability pitch for Wilbur the Optical Whale at the Artour Showcase

and see the Indelabilityarts team in Love Me 11 am Sunday 6th October at the Main Event

Indy Clark

Indy Clark is a songwriter, singer, and musician. He has released four albums, a number of singles and EPs, and has played to a variety of audiences in the United Kingdom and Australia.

In his other life, Indy is involved with teaching and research in Literary Studies at the University of Queensland. His writing on poetry includes Thomas Hardy’s Pastoral: An Unkindly May published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. His poems have appeared in various publications including Poetry Now, Hardy Review, Hardy Society Journal, and Ink, Sweat and Tears. His current project, The Future in the Past: Garden City Poetry, 1885–1936, explores the representation of place, home, and community in lyric poetry.

See Indy at Poetry of Place Masterclass and performing at various locations across event site throughout Arts Ablaze

Jabu Birriny

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) is an exhibition that celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its importance to culture and people.

Located on the shore of Cape Grafton in Far North Queensland, Yarrabah is the traditional Country of the Gunggandji people. The original Jabu Birriny (land + sea) exhibition was co-curated by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct (YACP), a branch of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

Jabu Birriny (land + sea) is the first Flying Arts touring exhibition to exclusively feature Indigenous art produced in remote Queensland. The exhibition will travel across a deeply contrasting range of regions and galleries in Queensland.

In each tour location the artworks and digital stories in the exhibition will be enriched with a suite of public programs, designed to empower regional venues to strengthen ties to their own Indigenous Elders and community locally, while also encouraging dialogue regionally with the broader mainstream community.

Features work by Philomena Yeatman, Michelle Yeatman, Valmai Pollard, Edna Ambryn, Ruben Ambryn, Elverina Johnson, Eric Orcher.

See Jabu Birriny at the Ramada Conference Room Gallery

Jacques van der Merwe

Jacques van der Merwe has been practicing art from the age of 17. His preferred medium is sculpture. However, Merwe further works on paper and occasionally paints. After immigration from South Africa in 2008, he now lives and works in Queensland Australia. Van der Merwe is currently undergoing post-graduate studies at The Queensland College of Art.

His work currently investigates the importance of forgetting and explores topics such as self-portraiture, memory, loss and rituals. Van der Merwe’s practice presently utilises methods of entropy and the indexical trace.

Reading, observing, and experimenting makes up his creative process and seeking inspiration not only through personal experiences but also through books and connecting with people regularly. Merwe will continue his studies and develop his art practice into the future, in the hope to communicated his observations of the world through his art to a broader audience.

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See Jacques work on exhibition at Bromelton House and as part of the Elders exhibition

Jacqui Faulkner

I am a photographer based in Scenic Rim. My passion in photography stretches back many years, and more recently I have been making more time to get out and shoot again.

They say to never get too good at doing something you hate - or they will make you do it for the rest of your life. Well, here's to living a life I enjoy, while doing things daily that make my heart happy.

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See Jacqui's work in the Elders exhibition

Jarred Fogarty

Jarred Fogarty (Didgeridoo/Dance) Mununjali traditional custodian, Jarred Fogarty has danced and played didgeridoo from an early age. In 2018, Jarred made the Welcome Ceremony for all 71 Commonwealth countries and territories for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Along with his uncle and a representative from Cook Islands, Jarred represented Australia in Auckland where he danced and was welcomed by the local tribe of Maori to retrieve the Commonwealth Games baton. In 2017, Jarred also collaborated with Goat Track Theatre on the theatre production of “The Bunyip Story”. He has worked in cultural tourism and has performed for royalty all over the world.

Jarred has taught Aboriginal art, language, history and dance at pre-, primary and high schools across the Yugambeh region (Logan to Tweed). He is active in his community, a member of the Mununjali Men’s Group, and annually teaches dance to jarjum (children).

You can see Jarred as part of Fusion- Musical Cross Roads, part of Showcasing Queensland Saturday evening during Arts Ablaze Celebrations

Jazmyn Smith

Jazmyn Bowman is a film maker and dynamic young entrepreneur. Jazmyn has founded two distinct film and photography brands, both of which have garnered national and international clients.

She creates intelligent, dimensional art which draws upon inspiration from the quite, the tense, and the substantial. Jazmyn is enthusiastically collecting notable career events such as having her film clips rotate on both American and Australian television networks, receiving the Judges Choice award at the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, and being commissioned to create a short film for International Womens Week 2018.

Jazmyn is the founder and head film maker at Aesthete Film and Photography, her Wedding centered brand, as well as Jazmyn Produces, her freelance music and creative industries based brand. She is a founding co-director of Space Girls Festival, a100% female programmed music and culture festival based in regional South East Queensland.

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See Jazmyn with Cindy Vogels at Pecha Kucha and Breaking Down Barriers

Jeanette Wedmaier

Jeanette Wedmaier is a Stage Management trained Arts Administrator based in regional Queensland.

Jeanette manages the community engagement arm of the Empire Theatres including Empire Youth Arts, Education Liaison and community projects. As the contract holder, Jeanette also assists with the implementation of the Regional Arts Services Network in South West Qld. Jeanette has facilitated and produced community arts projects for the past 15 years with the Empire Theatres in Toowoomba and the surrounds. She has a vast knowledge and experience in the sector and established relationships with artists and networks nationwide. Jeanette is an experience grant writer and producer being able to recognise where arts practice can support and nurture community growth and development.

See Jeanette at the RADF breakfast and RADF forum

Jeff Crabtree

Award winning songwriter & producer. His keyboard playing can be heard on over 120 albums, TV commercials, films or videos. He has worked with such luminaries as David Moyse (Air Supply), Andrew James (Midnight Oil) Hugh Wilson (Vertigo) & legendary recording engineer

Keith Walker whose live recording credits include Midnight Oil as well as Elton John live. Jeff has composed and produced music that now travels the globe on every Royal Brunei Airlines aircraft, as well as music for the Network 7 coverage of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games & the theme for the 2007 Australian Design Awards.

He is undertaking doctoral research at UTS in issues of workplace health and safety in the contemporary music industry & has an MA (with honours) in Music and Cultural Studies and a BA Dip Ed (majoring in English Literature).

With Julie, he is the author of Living With A Creative Mind - an operating handbook for creative people, which is published in English and Japanese. He is the co-founder of The Zebra Collective: consulting on effective management and leadership of creative people. This has an online service delivering the latest from their on-going research, & exclusive interviews with world class creative practitioners including multi-platinum award winning music producer Charles Fisher (Savage Garden) veteran songwriter Chris Sester (Jet), Hollywood film director Alethea Jones, TED alumnus, MOMA exhibited artist and advertising executive George Lois (MTV, Tommy Hilfiger), independent artist Kimbra and luminary music producer Hank Linderman (The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Robert Lamm).

See Jeff with Julie Crabtree Keeping Creatives Healthy, Arts Role in Change and Healthy Communities, How to develop Creative Reslience

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Jennifer Wright

When sharing Arts Council Toowoomba's experiences and details of the process for Public Art Projects Avant Garden, Splashing Back and ACT Waterways, I will listen and learn from the response from other participants. I will most importantly develop partnerships and networks for future Public Art Projects planned for future years and learn how to better engage with local councils in a more cohesive way.

By linking with others at Arts Ablaze, I will learn about other projects being developed in the wider region and enhance prospects of further collaboration with other arts workers.

I value collaboration and hopefully my participation will enhance the cohesions in our wider regional arts community.

By learning from other participants, we can learn more about what a group of committed volunteers can plan (with assistance from Creative Regions), develop, collaborate with local businesses, go through best practice public art selection processes and deliver successful projects that are specific to place and respond to local events such as the droughts in the early 2000s and the 2011 Floods.

Our community benefits from the Arts but this is not reflected in local council priorities. .I hope that feedback from this conference can gather evidence of the importance of the Arts in community health and wellbeing.

Our Arts community is rather fragmented and ArtsAblaze will give us ideas to increase opportunities for local artists to work with the broader region to develop Public Art Projects with community consultation so that the works reflect our history and create community visions for the future.

Jennifer Wright is available as a Mentor at Arts Ablaze- see the registration desk on arrival

Jenny Stuart

I trained as a teacher and worked across a variety of educational fields throughout my career. There has always been a parallel universe of working with textiles - be it clothes and other wares for fairies and dolls, for myself, for family or for amateur theatre. A recent contract with Sydney Living Museums saw these skills blossom in the workplace and paved the way for sewing and creating to define my current working life. As such, I am an 'Elder' finishing my career - doing what I absolutely love doing and being well-supported by family, friends and the community in this endeavour.

See Jenny's work in Elders exhibition

Jenny Wynter

Funny Mummies is the creation of award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter. As a comedian and mother of six (three of her own plus three bonus kids), Jenny fuels her parenting pitfalls into her performances and is passionate about producing comic relief for mothers, by mothers!

Jenny has been a professional comedian for over a decade and has trained in improvised comedy in North America with Second City, Loose Moose Theatre and has performed at festivals and venues all over the world.

She won the ABC iView Pitch Perfect Award for her web series concept "Viking Mama!" (based on her live show of the same name), Best Variety Show at United Solo Festival NYC, the Award for Excellence in Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe and is a Green Room Award nominee for Best Cabaret Writing.

Her debut web series "How Me Parent Good: And You Can Too!" won Best Conceptual Web Series at the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival, Best Web Series at the Worldwide Women Film Festival and the AusMumpreneur Big Idea Award.

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See Jenny Winter pitch Funny Mummies at the Artour Showcase

Jodie van de Wetering

Jodie van de Wetering is a writer, performer, and generator of creative mayhem based in Rockhampton. For the last five years she has run Allsorts, an all-welcome, open-access event creating opportunities for new and emerging Central Queensland performers from stand up comedians to singer-songwriters.

She spent 15 years with the ABC as a reporter and broadcaster, and is also the editor of Rocky Street Press, a fledgeling online arts and culture magazine covering the CQ region and rural and regional Australia more broadly.

One of her projects with ABC Wide Bay in Bundaberg was Upson Downs, a five-part serialised radio comedy produced in collaboration with a local theatre company. That, combined with nerdy comedy interests like I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, planted the seeds for what's now become Rocky Radio: Live on Stage.

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You can see Jodie at Pecha Kucha

John Reeves

John Reeves (Accordionist / Pianist) is a jazz accordionist, piano player and Alexander Technique teacher.

As band leader, sideman, composer and teacher John has enjoyed a rich and varied career in music. Journeying from classical piano training at The Royal College of Music to playing jazz in London, moving to Australia in 2003 where he dived into the local jazz scene.

He later joined Aria Award nominee Mark Scholtez’s touring band performing all over the country including Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and Bennett’s Lane.

African music then captured John’s interest leading to a Queensland Sector Development grant to study drumming singing and dancing in Ghana, West Africa. On his return he began a collaboration with local African musicians from Ghana and Kenya leading to tours in Japan and Taiwan.

And now performing music from all over the world on piano accordion, he is a member of ‘Estampa’ a world/folk/jazz group based in Brisbane and various other French/Gypsy Jazz groups and Brazilian groups as well as a continuing development as a jazz pianist in a variety of ensembles and performances with visiting touring artists.

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You can see John as part of Fusion- Musical Cross Roads, part of Showcasing Queensland Saturday evening during Arts Ablaze Celebrations

John Waldron

John Waldron is Director of Blue Sky View, a company offering a range of arts research, planning, touring, programming and event management services for community, corporate and government stakeholders.

John has over thirty years experience in the arts and heritage sector and has worked as an education officer, gallery director, curator, producer and consultant.

Currently John is a Doctoral candidate with QUT undertaking the Makeway Lab project, a clinical trial to examine the impact of a digital-based art intervention (mobile makerspace) to improve the mental health of long-term patients in hospitals on the Sunshine Coast.

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see John at Transforming Attitudes through Digital

Joolie Gibbs

Joolie is the Gallery Director of the Gympie Regional Gallery and has been for 21 years.

The Gallery has a strong program of connecting with youth through the project connect program, and now the Curator’s Award for youth. Joolie feels strongly about involving youth and the community in gallery programming.

In 2014 she completed her Masters of Art in Fine Art (MAVA) at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, connecting once again with her own practice and taking it in new directions.

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You can see Joolie at Breaking Down Barriers

Jordin Steele

Jordin is a creative strategist and consultant, independent producer and transmedia artist. She holds a doctorate in Collaboration and Aesthetics and specialises in strategic vision, planning and evidence-based practice for government, arts and cultural organisations. Jordin has considerable experience working on local and national arts and cultural consultation projects and currently works in creative sector development.See Jordin Steele at: Rethinking Cultural venues and Speed Dating for the Arts.

Joshy Dredz

Josh Smith Aka Joshy Dredz starting in the music industry at the very ambitious age of 8 years old was what helped Joshy get a grip on what he really wanted to be as a person, flowing through life like a morning wave is how Josh lives, flowing but sturdy and strong to the cause.

At 14 the decision was destined, being spiritually and mindfully influenced by Xavier Rudd Josh took it on board to pursue this career in music with an open mind and a willing heart to share all these experiences through this powerful tool called music, at 15 he landed his first gig and it all started from than.

Born in Newcastle and raised around Clarence town Josh started making his way around NSW at the fruitful age of 15 Josh excelled for 3 years with his first punk rock band, with a heavy influence from Blink 182, NOFX and Penny wise Josh got his fundamentals and foundation of music, Josh felt his wings feather up as he made his way to Maroubra beach where he met his very first major inspiration Xavier Rudd, emotionally touched by this powerful meeting of two old musical souls speak for the first time sparked an inner course set for happiness, Josh strapped on his guitar and started his journey off veering away from the Punk scene to pursue what this new found feeling was, having an urge to spread happiness Josh followed the sun.

Writing originals on the way and sharing these experiences until he finally kissed the warm sun at sunny Gold Coast, meeting many musicians who shared this lifestyle josh molded his music from hard hitting punk to smooth flowing blues and roots , keeping the momentum Josh started networking and making a big push, sacrificing all to make music his life, Josh gave up playing music to listening carefully to the structure of how music is built obtaining a diploma in sound production expanding his experience, hitting multiple brick walls and roadblocks these experiences would eventually lead Josh to performing at the Hard rock, The loft, and many other venues across the Gold Coast and also touring across QLD and NSW with Jo jo beards, this is only the start of his career with a very big future coming Josh keeps his focus on the beat and follows the rhythm of life being sure to release his first debut album in the coming months you will witness all the experiences he has endured come at you through a powerful and life lifting album.

There is much more coming for Joshy Dreddz so watch this space and send some Happy rayz through the blue sky till you feel the connection with this beautiful spirit, the Australian Spirit.

Joshy Dredz will facilitate the Open Mic-connection through sound sessions in the Mununjali Hub

Joyce and Jean Crombie

Aulpunda Jean Barr-Crombie

Jean’s art tracks her journey through country as she weaves the old stories with colours of the land in a unique spirit of discovery. She finds beauty in the gnarled tree, and love in the sand against bare feet, a love for country that brings colour and life to her paintings.

For Aulpunda (Jean), a Wangkangurru/Yarluyandi woman, her works are inspired by knowing who she is and where she belongs, explored in her artistic journey. Through deep listening to the spirit of the land, a spirit that beats in her blood, Jean comes to her art as learner and teacher, bearing the gifts of an ancient culture to share with family, children and grandchildren, and those not yet born.

Anpanuwa Joyce Crombie

The gentle directness of Joyce’s art goes straight to the heart, beyond language and time. With a tender touch, Joyce reveals a vision of country with surprising glimpses of an ancient culture. For Joyce, the land is calling her to paint, evoking colours of earth and sky and wind. Her paintings catch the spirit of rock and tree speaking their dreamtime stories.

Joyce is from Wangkangurru/Yarluyandi country around Birdsville. An ordinary Health Worker, until one weekend in 2000, stranded at Winton in floodwater, she took up the brush and fell in love with painting the land.

See Joyce and Jean at Two Sisters Talking

Judy Gregory


Dr Judy Gregory is a Brisbane-based writer, editor and writing educator who works with government and community organisations to communicate complex messages in simple ways. She’s a long-term member of the Queensland Writers’ Centre and a current member of the Centre’s Management Committee.

See Judy at Access For the Regions

Julie Chenery

Julie Chenery is an educator, dance artist, counsellor and community development worker. After teaching at Kelvin Grove High for 5 years, she gained several years experience as a dance lecturer, performer and choreographer during studies at University of Utah Modern Dance Department; and co-ordinating and teaching contemporary dance for the Diploma of Creative Arts (BCAE); QUT; Sydney City Institute of Art; University of Queensland (Qualitative Bases for Human Movement); Blackwattle Artists Co-op, National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association; Contemporary Dance Theatre; and Expressions Dance Company. She created an adult community dance group that presented several original creations. Julie was the inaugural Executive Officer for Ausdance in Queensland from March 1992 to March 2002. During this time, her inclusive and collaborative approach created many community dance opportunities such as the ‘Make Your Move’ program of community dance classes at the Brisbane Powerhouse, ‘RiverScapes’ a promenade performance linking several community groups dancing in various sites around the City, “Trading Dance Backgrounds’ a 2001 opportunity for young high school students to share their dance cultures in a contemporary fashion. For Ausdance Qld, Julie produced the annual Dance Week celebrations which provided showcase opportunities for dance studios and community dance groups. Julie then produced the 2nd National Community Dance Forum for Ausdance in late 2002, ‘Multi Arts, Multi Skills for YAQ, ‘Shared Gift Dance’ with 10 community dance groups for the opening of the Rotary International Convention. With Scotia Monkivitch, as Helicon Dance, she produced the award-winning REMIX program with people experiencing serious mental health issues; and dance for people from supported housing for Micah and Seniors Cloudland reminiscence. In 2006 Julie was recognised by the Ausdance Educators Queensland, for her contribution to the development of dance education, with an Osmotherly Award. Her qualifications include a Masters of Counselling, Cert IV Career Counselling, Cert IV Trainer and Assessor, Diploma of Education and Bachelor of Science.

See Julie at Pecha Kucha and her work in the Elders Exhibition

Julie Crabtree

Psychologist in Private Practice. Julie has worked extensively with creative people. Her doctoral research into creativity and mental health at UTS places her at the forefront of our understanding of how to be both healthy and creative. She has two degrees MA (Counselling) and a BA Dip Ed. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, a Member of College of Health Psychology.

She was the first to develop and establish a hold up support program in a major Australian bank. In addition to this ground-breaking work, she established relocation programs and stress management training for bank staff. She later worked in the NSW health system as a staff psychologist for a major hospital in Sydney as well as for the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, establishing her credentials as an experienced practitioner of trauma related mental health issues.

Her work encompasses both private practice and consultancy. In her practice, she regularly sees creative artists and their partners who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and related issues. From this experience, she has developed the successful Building Mental Resilience group program and she trains, advises and mentors creative organisations and organisations that want to attract the creative, in how to retain and foster a healthy creative environment. This has included work with AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network through CONTROL), Waleed Ally interviewed her for the Melbourne based RN drive time program and more recently Triple M’s “The Grill Team” spoke with her following Robyn William’s death on the subject of “Living with a Creative Mind”.

See Julie at Keeping Creatives Healthy, Arts Role in Change and Healthy Communities, How to Develop Creative Resilience

Julie Robson

Julie Robson is an artist, educator, researcher and administrator in the fields of contemporary arts and creative learning. She is currently working for the Creative Recovery Network and is an adjunct Senior Lecturer with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University. Julie has recently taught Creativity and Pedagogy at the University of Queensland, and also worked as a freelance consultant for organisations such as The Dusseldorf Forum, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. For the past 15 years she has been co-director of Ladyfinger, a feminist company that perform, produce and publish on contemporary arts (www.ladyfinger.com.au).

Historically, Julie completed Bachelor of Arts at Queensland University of Technology, majoring in Theatre and Education with a minor in Visual Arts. Following her degree she initiated and toured regional Queensland, Australia and overseas with vocal, jazz and theatre ensembles, including a cappella troupe Sister Moon Ensemble, Tokyo-based jazz trio Honeybeeswing, and performance group sacred COW. She also co-founded Magdalena Australia, a network of women in contemporary performance linked to the international Magdalena Project. She completed her honours and doctoral studies in contemporary arts at Queensland University of Technology and was then appointed the course coordinator of Contemporary Performance in the School of Contemporary Arts at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Julie also became a postdoctoral fellow at ECU, deepening her work on innovation, arts learning and practice-led research, and co-founding two ongoing arts education programs, Spark_Lab and FirstHand. During this time, she was an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative industries and Innovation. She has served as a board member for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and for Perth City Farm. She has been a peer reviewer for the Australia Council for the Arts amongst other advisory panels across the arts.

Julie is available as a Mentor during Arts Ablaze. See Registration Desk for details

Kacey Patrick

Kacey Patrick (Vocals) is a unique and wondrous vocalist who has evolved her enigmatic sound over a variety of styles, including jazz, folk and world music. Presently based on the Gold Coast (Australia), her professional career has seen her performing at festivals and venues both internationally and throughout Australia.

Kacey’s three-octave vocal range is a rare instrument. A conduit for the voice and sound, Kacey uses her vocal range and abilities to their full, combining sublime vocal intuition and beauty, with instinctive risk taking and vocal soundscapes. Her voice is not merely a communicator of words and lyrics. It is an instrument, both melodic and percussive, with which she creates an evocative and unique musical experience. Her passionate expression, captivating performance, vocal intuition and profound understanding of her instrument, often leads her audience on a deeply connected and bewitching journey where the boundaries between sound and emotion became blurred and indeterminate.

Kacey is most well known for her work with guitarist Aaron Hopper in the guitar/vocal duo stringmansassy. From their beginning in 1996, stringmansassy evolved into one of the foremost independent performance duos in the country. Their repertoire, an evocative fusion of jazz and folk, expanded the expected realm of guitar and voice. As stringmansassy, Kacey and Aaron toured extensively throughout Australia, also touring to Germany, Austria, China, Japan, Singapore and New Caledonia. Highlights of their 12 year career included participation as members of the Australian Arts delegation to three World Expos (Hannover 2000, Aichi 2005, Shanghai 2010). After 12 years in the spotlight, stringmansassy ceased performing in 2008, but regrouped in 2010 for World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and the 25th Anniversary of the Woodford Folk Festival. They also graced the stage in 2012 for the National Folk Festival in Canberra. Over their 12 year career, stringmansassy released four recordings – ‘Persuasion’ 2000, ‘Beautiful Day’ 2002, ‘Dragonfly’ 2004 and ‘The Live Experience’ 2008.

Kacey made her solo debut at the QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) Playhouse in Brisbane Cabaret institution Women In Voice 11 and worked on a number of theatre productions in-conjunction with the Queensland Folk Federation. In recent years, she has pursued her passion for world music with acclaimed ensembles The Saruzu Quartet, FIJ (Flamenco Indo Jazz) and Dva (Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier).

In 2011, Kacey was invited to perform a specially commissioned work for the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music. Composer Ann Carr Boyd wrote the work ‘Tyalgum Dawn’ for Kacey and the Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. Kacey’s lyrics and text were also used for the composition.

In 2012, Kacey performed in the return season of Women In Voice and Women In Voice On Tour. She contributed her remarkable vocal skill to the world premiere of Linsey Pollak’s new work “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu” for the 2012/13 Woodford Folk Festival and has continued to feature as a guest vocalist for the annual Woodford Folk Festival Fire Event.

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You can see Kacey as part of Fusion- Musical Cross Roads, part of Showcasing Queensland Saturday evening during Arts Ablaze Celebrations

Karen Benjamin

Karen is a Brisbane-based artist who uses items which most people would discard.
Kids WORKSHOP:YOU ROCK
DURATION:AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 8 PER SESSION)
PRICE:FREE
DETAILS:Have fun painting rocks. It's called Rock Art and you can keep it, swap or hide your own art rock!

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Karen Lee Roberts

Karen Lee Roberts performs as an integral part of the IndelabilityArts ensemble including performing in the cabaret Look Mum, No Hands! and the show Love me

Karen has performed extensively in Australia and overseas, acting and singing at
the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Sherwoodstock; the West End musical
Hair at the Old Vic Theatre in London; her original works in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
She has been a part of various festivals all over Australia.
In 2013 Karen joined Performing Detention, a residency piece at the Metro arts
Theatre, also performing at the Brisbane Powerhouse. She worked in 2014 with
OzFrank Theatre Company and the Villanova Players.
Karen published her first children’s book, The Big Pineapple though Boolarong
Press and published another, Wilbur the Optical Whale through Amazon.
In 2015 she performed her cabaret It’s Not Easy Being Green at QTC; travelled to
Hawaii to perform and speak at the 2015 Pacific Rim International Conference for
Disability and Diversity, and joined indelabilityarts, performing in Look Mum...No
Hands!!!
In 2016 Karen performed her cabaret at Room to Play as well as Look Mum…No
Hands!!! (indelabilityarts); in 2017, her cabaret at the Anywhere Theatre Festival
and Love Me; (indelabilityarts) and then in 2018 she performed both her cabaret
and Look Mum…No Hands!!! at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and performed her
cabaret at the Anywhere Theatre Festival.
Karen has been a core ensemble member with indelabilityarts since its inception in
2015.

see Karen in Chameleon at Arts Ablaze Up Late Thursday 3 October 9pm

Kate Baggerson (McDonald)

Kate Baggerson (McDonald) is a producer of festivals, community cultural development projects and multi-art events. She has worked across Australia for leading arts organisations such as MONA FOMA, Salamanca Arts Centre, the Woodford Folk Festival and the Gold Coast’s Bleach* Festival.

She is the Co-founder and Executive Producer of Everybody Now!
As Major Projects Producer for the Woodford Folk Festival (2010- 2016), she was responsible for producing commissioned projects and large-scale collaborations, including the festivals the Opening and Closing Ceremonies presented to crowds of 18,000 and involving a cast of 1000.

Recently as Associate Director of the Gold Coast’s signature contemporary arts festival Bleach*, she oversaw many large scale, site specific projects and commissions which included significant community participation and complex stakeholder relations including being the principle staff representative for liaison with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Festival 2018 the official arts and cultural program.

Kate has a passion for site-specific works, spectacle theatre, community engagement and creating participatory and immersive arts where audiences are co-creators of their creative experience.

See Kate and Everybody Now in Let's Dance Somerset Saturday 5th Oct 2.30pm at the Main Event Venue

Katie Edmiston

Katie Edmiston is a leader in building the engagement, connection, capacity and revitalisation of local communities through arts and culture. Bringing with her almost 20 years of practice across arts and cultural organisations, state and local government, peak bodies, universities and creative businesses. She has taken on the role establishing and driving the new regional arts services organisation for South East Queensland the Creative Arts Alliance.

See Katie at Pecha Kucha, Transforming Attitudes Through Meaningful Engagement,

Katie Roberts

Originally a Drama teacher, Katie’s passion lies within applying the Arts as an effective tool for developing intergenerational literacy skills. From Brisbane to East Timor, Katie has worked on community-based projects focussed on improving outcomes for children and youth. After 10 years as an Early Childhood Officer with the Department of Education, Katie is now the Coordinator Library Operations for Mackay Regional Council .

Using multiple art forms to make meaningful community connections

In her role as Coordinator Library Operations for Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Katie Roberts will share the story of Mackay Early Years Language and Literacy Network’s Paint the Town REaD projects and how Mackay Early Years Language and Literacy Network (MEYLLN) utilised multiple art forms to harness a diverse range of community partnerships. The session will inspire and provide practical advice regarding the who, what, why and how for making meaningful connections with key community partners. The presentation strongly links with the Arts Ablaze key themes of transforming regional communities and art practice through access and people.

See Katie at Pecha Kucha

Kerbside Collective

Kerbside Collective exists to engage everyday people in accessible art that lives outside the walls of a theatre and connects us all.
​ We create shows that are full of heart and fun - Festival Shows & Interactive Community Spaces. Kerbside has a passion for connecting community and sharing stories, finding the joy in the everyday and most of all being silly and having a laugh again!
​ In “Vinnie” our House Truck built from recycled bits from the Darwin Tip Shop, we travel Australia collecting and sharing extraordinary tales from everyday people. We also love creating from recycled materials - at Kerbside we invite you to put down your phone, put your adult complexities in your back pocket and use your imagination again. ​ With over 10 years experience in performing, community arts and design builds, we are always eager to create something unique for your community, from productions, community engagement, workshops and artistic builds.

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See Kerbside Collective pitch Life on the Line at Artour Showcase

Kerry Saul

Kerry Saul loves working in theatre.

Kerry has been General Manager of the Empire Theatre for 8 years and has been part of the management team since the opening of the theatre in 1997. He has spent most of his working life in the theatre industry in various roles.

His current role includes the oversight of company finances, staffing, programming and the selection of suitable programs for the precinct venues, as well as the coordination of efforts to expand and introduce arts outcomes to the wider regional community.

He is also currently a Board member of Performing Arts Connections(PAC) Australia and a member of the executive Committee of Stage Queensland.

See Kerry at Rethinking Our Cultural Venues

Kerryanne Farrer

Kerryanne Farrer has enjoyed a 35 year career in the arts. Kerryanne is passionate about producing and facilitating contemporary arts and cultural experiences and enterprises. Kerryanne has been produced festivals, shows and events, directed cabarets and carnivals, chaired organisations, sat on panels, run creative enterprises and facilitated educative experiences and courses for children, young people and adults from diverse backgrounds and regions.

Currently in the pilot seat, as CEO of Flying Arts Alliance, Kerryanne has deepened her dedication for access for Regional Queenslanders to arts and cultural experiences equivalent to metropolitan counterparts. Charting new paths, Flying Arts under Kerryanne’s leadership has recently been given the responsibility for administering the Regional Arts Fund in Queensland. Previously as Regional Arts Development Officer for Artslink Queensland, she facilitated 15 communities across Queensland to re-invent their towns through arts place-making initiatives.

See Kerryanne at The Impact of Creative Placemaking, Show Me the Money, Access for the Regions. Kerryanne is available as a Mentor during Arts Ablaze. See the Registration desk for details.

Kim Brolga Williams

Kim Brolga Williams is a Kullilli/Wakka Wakka Woman

'I am a descent of the Kullilli & Wakka Wakka clan.

One of my biggest accomplishments was in 2016 when I completed my degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith University. This gave me the opportunity to produce over 20 gallery shows here in Australia & public art talks in China.

My practice includes sculpture, intricate culture weaving & Traditional & Contemporary Indigenous paintings and prints & public art talks.

My style reflects my heritage as an Aboriginal Woman.

My current work is about life & stories of my cultural journey. It is through my past & present elders that these historical, Traditional & Contemporary stories are told though my Aboriginal art practice.'

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See Kim's work on exhibition at Bromelton House.

Kim Houghton

Dr Kim Houghton is the co-CEO of the Regional Australia Institute and leads the think tank’s policy and research work. He has worked on regional economic development in Australia ad overseas for over 20 years.

See Kim at The QUT panel Social Impact Model of Evaluation Thursday 1-2pm @ the Main Event

Kim Walmsley

Kim has been painting and working within the Toowoomba community for the past 19 years. As a Mununjali woman, Kim’s culture and spirituality has always been a driving force in her artwork and a core to her existence. Finding her Mununjali family in 2000, Kim’s artwork represents a personal approach to art making that encompasses her personal stories and respectfully shares her ancestors’ stories for future generations.

Always seeking ways in which to grow as a person and as an artist, Kim uses her life’s experiences, culture, faith and the people, place, environment & space around her to help her artwork tell stories. She is passionate about supporting people to engage with their creativity and tell the stories important to them. Her favourite saying is ‘there is no right or wrong in art’.

We all have a fascinating story of hardship, survival, resilience & success. Sometimes it helps to not only scribe it but to create it in such a way that it becomes an emotional release for some. It is a healing process to support health and wellbeing of the mind and heart. It is a process of acceptance, forgiveness, gratefulness and letting go of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Kim’s workshops guide participants in their own creative expression and opens minds to other ways of making art. For Kim, making art is not just about painting a landscape or a flower itself, it is about connecting with the meaning behind each stroke, leaf or twig. It is about embracing the moments where we connect with our own histories and the natural world and using it to tell your own story.

See Kim at the SEED: Corroborate site activation

Kooralbyn

A new cross-cultural music production featuring Queensland artists Tenzin Choegyal (Tibetan musician/vocalist), Kacey Patrick (vocals), Jarred Fogarty (didgeridoo/dance), Andrew Veivers (guitar), Rafael Karlen (saxophone), Rebecca Karlen (violin/vocals) and John Reeves (piano/piano accordian).

Drawing on their personal cultures and unique artforms "Kooralbyn" features artists from across the globe including First Nation, Tibetan, Celtic and Northern European musicians. Artists shared compositions/songs from each of their homelands (Tibet, Sweden, Holland, Britain, Australia) and their musical traditions (flamenco, jazz, First Nation, Tibetan, African, classical) as a starting point for this unique collaboration. The resulting work is an exploration of the interconnectedness of their individual cultural backgrounds expressed through the textual possibilities and traditions of their instruments. Kooralbyn embraces a celebration and deconstruction of genre related technical and structural forms.....with the resulting new work bearing little sonic resemblance to the original traditional tune but maintaining it's integrity as a shared expression of collective cultural authenticity.

The development of Kooralbyn was made possible through an Artists Residency at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley and supported by Scenic Rim Regional Council. The resulting work is simply sublime!

Kris Kelly

Kris is an art teacher who has loves giving childrens' workshops.

Kids WORKSHOP:CRAZY BIRDS
DURATION:AM & PM SATURDAY (MAX 15 PER SESSION)
PRICE:FREE + $5 MATERIALS FEE
DETAILS:Great fun will be had transforming cardboard and coloured paper into your own "crazy bird".

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Kyle Walmsley

Kyle is a director, performer and theatre maker having worked with companies around Australia including Queensland Arts Council/ArtsLink, Darwin Community Arts, Brown's Mart Theatre Creative Regions and more. He was a national finalist in ABC's Raw Comedy Competition and state finalist in Green Faces Comedy Competition and has won Fringe Festival awards for one person shows at Newcastle Fringe Festival and Darwin Fringe Festival

See Kyle Walmsley in Blood Gravy at Arts Ablaze Up Late




Len Bytheway

I moved to Tamborine Mountain to focus on my love of leather art a few years ago. The rainforests and the creative artist community of the Mountain provide a stunning environment to reactivate my creative juices that had been suppressed for so long as I worked in the corporate world in Brisbane. Semi-retirement has allowed me to transform the Mountain experience into creative concepts that have lay as unfulfilled ideas for many years, waiting for an opportunity to be unleashed. I carried my dormant ideas, tools and leathers around for about 20 years - rarely accessed but always there as a promise for the future.

I started my leatherwork over 50 years ago, playing with scrap leather from the high school art store in Coonabarabran. The 1960s and the hippy movement were golden times for a budding leatherworker. Back then there was no internet or YouTube and scant ‘how-to’ books available. I learnt from traditional saddlers and leatherworkers converting their techniques to deliver my visions.

Often, I would reverse-engineer something I saw, thinking “Well I can see it, so it must be possible!” Thus, launching many experiments, often down dead-ends, until the desired effect was created.

This Viking horned helmet is a perfect example: the idea has been carried in the recesses of my mind for many years but had to wait for the horn forming technique to be resolved and perfected before it could be brought to life.

I am keen to share my work, pass on my skills and happy to consider commissioned works.

See Len's work in the Elders exhibition

Liesel Zink

ShortsLiesel Zink is an award-winning choreographer interested in the body in shifting landscapes. Seeking to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful arts experiences she creates large-scale dance and sound work in public space and uses her process as an opportunity for artistic, cultural and inter-generational exchange.

Liesel received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her public space work project ‘The Stance’ which has toured extensively around Australia as well as internationally at Sziget Festival (Hungary) 2017, Ansan Street Arts Festival (South Korea) 2017 and City Contemporary Dance Festival (Hong Kong) 2019.

2019 has seen Liesel choreograph a new site-specific work in Ukraine at their largest gallery Mystetski Arsenal and she will undertake a La Boite /MDH residency for development of a new project Shorts.

In 2018 Liesel premiered new dance and science collaboration Inter at Flowstate, and joined Force Majeure as a lead artist in development of their site-specific work FLOCK. She’s also been commissioned to create works for dance companies including Tasdance, EDC and LINK Dance Company.

Liesel is currently working with Performing Lines to produce Amrita Hepi’s national/international tour of A Call To Dance. She is also producing a Hong Kong / Queensland Independent Dance Exchange.

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See Liesel pitch SHORTS at Artour Showcase



Linsey Pollak

Linsey Pollak is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia since 1996.

He has performed at most major Festivals around Australia and recorded 36 albums (solo & with various groups). He has devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo!! (Woodford and Brisbane Festivals) and “Sound Forest” (Qld Music Festival) and also collaborated on many Music / Theatre projects around Australia.

He has worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia).

Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from found objects such as rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms and bins. First developed in his solo show “Bang it with a Fork” and further in the acclaimed children’s show “Out of the Frying Pan”, this line of musical inventiveness has ultimately led him to spearhead Live Looping and develop his solo shows such as “Knocking on Kevin’s Door”, “Playpen”, “The Art of Food”, "Making Jam", “Cycology” and “Live and Loopy”.

Artist Website

See Linsey pitch Paper, Scissors, Rock at Artour Showcase

Lionel Fogarty

Lionel Fogarty was born on Wakka Wakka land at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve near Murgon, Queensland. His traditional background is the Yoogum and Kudjela tribes and he has relations from the Goomba tribe.

After being educated to ninth grade at Murgon High school, he worked at a variety of local casual jobs, went ringbarking, worked on a railway gang, and came to Brisbane when he was sixteen.

In the early 1970s Fogarty became actively involved in Aboriginal politics after a realisation of the injustices experienced while growing up on the Reserve. His involvement in the political struggles of the Aboriginal people has been through various organisations including the Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Housing Service, Black Resource Centre, Black Community School and Murrie Coo-ee. As a legal and political activist, and as a community leader, his work has also been directed towards the reality of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Fogarty has travelled widely throughout Australia and the USA as an ambassador for Murri culture and Aboriginal causes. In 1976 he travelled to the USA to address a meeting of the American Indian Movement of the Second International Indian Treaty Council in South Dakota. Attending this forum furthered his commitment to fight injustice and gave him a broader perspective of international struggles. In 1993, in the International Year of the World's Indigenous People, he undertook an extensive reading tour through Europe.

Lionel Fogarty began writing poetry out of a commitment to the Aboriginal cause, a belief that land rights is the basis of Aboriginal people's hope for a future not based on racism and oppression, and as a way of expressing his Murri beliefs and continuing to pass on his own knowledge and experience.

See Lionel in First Nations Led Approaches to Creative Engagement

Lisa Beilby

Lisa Beilby works across the visual, new media and performing arts as an artist, curator, producer and designer - extensively in cultural development, touring, event and project management, applied in locations remote, regional and urban. Currently, Lisa is engaged as a Casual Academic in the Creative Arts Degree at CQU Brisbane and manages the Exhibitions Program for Flying Arts.

See Lisa at Jabu Birriny exhibition and as a mentor. See Registration Desk for details.

Little Match Productions

At Little Match Productions, we are passionate about exploring our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media - the voice. Our works traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s productions, delivering high quality entertainment enjoyed by audiences on many levels.

We are a collective of like-minded female arts professionals. Founded by Alicia Cush and joined by Penny Challen (Co-Artistic Directors) and Performer/Producer Bethan Ellsmore, we engage a variety of artists in rigorous collaboration for each project. Over the past six years, Little Match Productions has developed a reputation for its unique ability to present classical repertoire and vocal techniques in creative contemporary contexts.

Based in Brisbane, our primary focus is creating new, entertaining works for people across ALL of Queensland. We believe in making high quality work that is easily accessible to audiences. For our children’s shows, we pride ourselves on our hidden-vegetable art making skills that ensure ethical stories, told through excellent music, are wrapped up in joy and laughter.

Company Website

See Little Match Productions pitch Once Upon A Time...The Magic Flute at the Artour Showcase-

Lizz and Justin Hills

Lizz and Justin Hills are residents and program facilitators at Wild Mountains environmental education centre, a community led organsiation reconnecting people to nature. In 2018 they completed a community build of a straw bale house in the Scenic Rim. They did this with the help of over 280 volunteers, 70-80% recycled or waste materials, and off grid. Then were successfully part of Sustainable House day in 2019, a nationally recognised day running for over 19 years. The two of them started their adventure into sustainable building over 10 years ago touring all over Australia and then over to Europe learning and practicing different methods of natural home building.

Justin in his capacity as designer and co-builder, and Lizz in the role of volunteer co-ordinator created a community of like minded people. The build lasted 5 years allowing the time to hand sculpt this house, and complete it the passive solar design with an earth floor. At the same time they were part of the volunteer staff, that run the internationally recognised Earthkeepers, Shapers of Tomorrow and other community focused environmental programs at Wild Mountains. Their combined passion for the natural world, the people around them and new ways of approaching collaboration is contagious.

See Liz, Justin and Wild Mountain Volunteers at Pecha Kucha and Solastagia and Recycling

Louise Bahnson

Louise Bahnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Goat Track Theatre, a company that prides itself in community partnerships, relations and ongoing community development through the arts and in particular Theatre for young people. This has won the company two QLD ABaF Awards for Community Partnerships.

In her capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Louise has worked as a teacher artist, writer, assistant director, designer, actor, workshop leader, presenter and human relations.

She started her career in teaching with a Bachelor of Education (Hons) and has been nominated for teacher of the year NEITA in 2011/2012. Louise has led teams within her department and managed budgets on numerous occasions and is at her best when working with young people on artistic projects. She has won several awards for her writing and direction of student productions.

Artist Website

Louise will be found at the heARTh: Youth on Fire Space

Louise Campbell

Ms Louise Campbell is manager at Red Ridge Interior Queensland, servicing Central West Queensland for over 10 years since the formation of our organization. Living as a Blackall resident for over 20 years, Louise has continuously brought the arts to the Outback in a way that directly responds to the needs and demands of our communities.

See Louise at The QUT panel Social Impact Model of Evaluation Thursday 1-2pm @ the Main Event

Maki Horanai

Raised in small villages along the sea in Northern Japan, Maki has always felt a special relationship with nature. She has been painting since her high school days and attended art college and graduate school and studied with many fine Japanese teachers, all the time being deeply influenced by both European and Japanese artists.

Since coming to Australia in 2005, Makii has held twenty-two solo exhibitions and taken part in nine group exhbitions. Her work has been shown in New York City and sits in homes in America, Europe and Asia.

Her own Mountain Dreams Studio/Gallery has been operating on Tamborine Mountain since 2007, first on Gallery Walk and presently in her home/gallery/studio where her paintings and ceramics can be seen. Maki and her partner create handmade books and prints combining haiku poems with her paintings. Fine quality signed prints of all her work are available as well.

Maki strives to expresses something deeply unknown inside herself, and her paintings evoke strong feelings in people who take the time to enter into them. Some reactions: “Sublime”, “haunting”, “stunning”, “gorgeously warm, inviting and intricate”, “whimsical, delicate, quirky and delicious”; “I love your painting, not only the image that seems to transverse time and borders, not only the richness of the colours and the beautiful way of painting that is uniquely yours but for the depth of storylines that can be followed into the painting the intrigue and the gentle quality of your strong work”.

Margaret Burgess

Experienced Artist, teacher and project manager, Margaret Burgess focuses on giving the discarded value by recycling it into jewellery and sculptures. “My recent medium of choice is Marine Debris” I find using this helps to raise awareness of the plastic Pollution in our Oceans and the damage it is causing our marine life and sea birds.”

Participant’s in Rubbish or Resource Masterclass will use marine debris collected from the Great Barrier Reef to make either a pair of earrings or broach using techniques I have developed.

See Margaret at the Big Pitch and at the Rubbish or Resource Masterclass

Margaret Goldsmith

I have painted full time for over 30 years and my gallery has operated successfully for twenty five years. I have held numerous solo exhibitions and have won many acquisitions, awards and prizes.

My husband Neil and I have enjoyed working collaboratively for over 25 years. Together we have completed numerous large and small commissions for the Queensland Government as well as commissions for many corporate and private clients.

Artist Website

See Margaret's work at the Elders exhibition space

Marissa Ker

Marissa Ker is the founding artistic director of Lorikeet Players. She grew up in Gayndah and Bundaberg and completed a Diploma in Theatre at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in the French countryside. She is deaf and communicates using a cochlear implant, hearing aid, lip reading and Auslan.

Bouffon is a theatrical genre related to physical theatre and clown. Bouffon performers often have a distorted appearance. Bouffon is also a tool for examining social issues and showcasing the perspective of people on the margins of society.

see Marissa Ker is available as a mentor and for the Bouffon Master class

Martin Potter

Martin Potter is director the Big Stories Co. and creates transmedia and media for development works including Big Stories, Small Towns, the White Building project in Cambodia, Island Connect (Sri Lanka) and Stereopublic: crowdsourcing the quiet.

His projects have received over $8 million in competitive grant funding and won numerous international awards including SXSW Community Champion, TED City 2.0 and an Emmy for Digital Non-Fiction.

Martin also produces documentaries, including 20 hours of commissioned broadcast television and is a researcher and lecturer at Deakin University where he is a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute and investigator with the Centre of Excellence for Advancing Biodiversity and Heritage.

His focus is on facilitating work that supports marginalised groups and individuals to share their stories.

Artist Website

See Martin at Pechu Kucha. Martin is also available as a mentor see registration desk for details.

Matt Anderson

Matt has been holding Didgeridoo workshops at the Woodford Folk Festival and Planting Festival for many years.

WORKSHOP: MAKE A DIDGE

DURATION: FULL DAY SATURDAY & FULL DAY SUNDAY (MAX 15 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $100 + $150 MATERIAL FEE

DETAILS: Take home your very own didgeridoo.

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Melissa Robertson

Since beginning work with Arts Nexus in 2003 as the Community Cultural Development Officer, a board member and now Program Manager, Melissa Robertson shares her 30 years national experience in the Arts. An event manager, trainer, facilitator and project manager, Melissa shares insights into the success of the ARTS CONNECT region-wide program of pop-up Arts HUBS.

See Melissa at Transforming Attitudes through Meaningful Engagement

Metro Arts

Metro Arts is a unique and robust multidisciplinary organisation dedicated to professional independent artists and their work. Its practice is underpinned by comprehensive venue infrastructure – operations are housed across Metro Arts’ dynamic arts spaces at three locations, Brisbane city, Teneriffe and Norman Park.

A multi-artform incubator for independent practice, Metro Arts provides a platform of infrastructure, mentoring, development and producing support, networks and leadership for artists at all stages of practice, while concurrently promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the market.

Metro Arts supports the development of new performance work, and in turn has established a Producing Hub which elevates work to a local, national and international marketplace. The Producing Hub provides a unique support structure for creators of new performance works in theatre and dance, connecting artists and their work to the market through facilitating national and international touring. Metro Arts is invested in the development of new artists and new work, and the Producing Hub ensures that the stimulation and development of ideas within independent contemporary arts has an impact upon the wider arts community. Creative Director & CEO, Jo Thomas.

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See Metro Arts Pitch Magpie by Elise Greig at Artour Showcase

Michael Daly

Michael Daly lives at Mission Beach.

My dream in life was to sit around and draw. So now, every day I get to sit around and draw. I am living the dream. I am expecting at any moment something is going to happen to take that away, but at the moment I am just drawing and I will have it to remember if it [the dream] goes away.

Michael is a tutor for Flying Arts and will be documenting in illustrative form the Arts Ablaze Conference.

See Michael at Plaine Air Illustrations

Michelle Yeatman

Michelle Yeatman belongs to the Gunggandji people and was born and raised in the Yarrabah community. She is an artist working across the mediums of ceramics, painting and printmaking.

In the early 1970’s, pottery was introduced to Yarrabah as an initiative of the Queensland Government to provide skills development and job opportunities for local residents. In 1982,

Michelle commenced employment with the pottery studio as an apprentice, mixing raw clay, waxing and glazing ceramics.

Michelle’s experience at the studio incited a strong interest in ceramic work, and she has since developed a particular style that distinguishes her in the field of ceramics. She creates unique coiled pots that are carved and imprinted with natural materials collected from the beach, such as shells and seaweed.

Michelle’s work draws on her intimate knowledge of Country and reflects her relationship with Jilghi Beach at Yarrabah, where she has lived for over 25 years with her family.

Across her varied practice, Michelle continues to experiment with new techniques focusing on cultural expression and her deep love for the ocean, it’s creatures, and the beautiful lifestyle that surrounds her.

See Michelle's artwork at the Jabu Birriny exhibition

MILKE

MILKE is a Melbourne based producing company. MILKE represents a variety of performers across Theatre, Comedy & Cabaret. The nature of our business is to focus on producing high quality work that can tour within Australia.

Since establishing in 2008, MILKE has creatively developed and produced major work for Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Power House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, City Of Melbourne, Darwin Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Darebin City Council, Manningham City Council, Moreland City Council, Perth Fringe World, Ten Days on the Island, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, & Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Touring is one of our key factor of MILKE to ensure that the life of our productions reach as many audience members as we can and in turn make the show and artists more sustainable

Previous works have also toured to regional Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and New Zealand.

See Milke pitch Fringe Wives Club at Artour Showcase

Minnie Brechin

Mignone Brechin is a Digital Media student at CQU and one of the film crew for the Arts Ablaze live stream. Her most recent project was working with Feral Arts to make the promo videos for this event. She hopes to one day be a successful documentarian and to be known for her work regarding social, political and economical subjects addressed in her films. She also enjoys enjoys graphic art which you can find on her portfolio on

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Miriki Performing Arts

Miriki gives opportunity to Indigenous youth to create, choreograph & perform their Indigenous heritage through storytelling, drama, dance & song.

Miriki has captured a tapestry of Australia's Indigenous heritage and history by sitting with elders from the nations of Yidinji, Wiradjuri, Bundjalung, Arukubindi, Giddamay and descendants from Tafea Province who are now Australian South Sea Island descendants.

The stories we showcase are passed on from generation to generation. Miriki Performing Arts is truly honoured to be bearers of such intimate and personal stories which reflect our elders' storyline and cultural identity.

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See Miriki pitch Jina's Journey at Artour Showcase

Mitchell Currie

Professional Dancer, Choreographer, model and actor. I’m a passionate and proud Mununjali man with strong cultural connections to elders and country, specialising in genres of dance such as hip hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, aboriginal traditional and aboriginal contemporary fusion.

Choreography Mibunn - Story of land and sky Spirit- the black and white butterfly Sustainability- man and fish Advanced diploma in performing arts - (Dance) Commonwealth games opening ceremony Brisbane festival Australian dance awards opening Australian greats awards Qpac - performing “eclipse” Taught at Palm Beach Currumbin State High.

See Mitchell at First Nations-led approaches to creative engagement and at the Mununjali Space, From Empty Shops and First Nations showcase performances.

Mzaza

Award-winning, internationally-touring Euro folk group MZAZA weaves melodies that tap into the beating heart of humankind. Led by French vocalist Pauline Maudy, these well-loved musicians from Europe and Australia will give you an exclusive preview of songs from their upcoming Birth and Death of Stars show due to tour Queensland and Europe in 2020/2021.

The impressive musicianship of Mzaza – deftly realised with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and Flamenco guitar – embraces diversity, the old and the new, the familiar and the foreign, through timeless melodies. It is the timelessness of the music and story that fuels an intense live show, an unforgettable musical journey, that has enraptured audiences at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Cygnet, National and Woodford Folk Festivals, and visited airwaves internationally. Jaw-dropping technique, unique compositions and captivating shows have earned Mzaza supports for the likes of Yasmin Levy (Israel) and DJ Click (France).

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See Mzaza perform at the Conference Dinner Thursday 3 October @ the Main Event

Nadine McDonald-Dowd

I first joined Kooemba Jdarra in 1996 as a freelance workshop tutor working mainly in youth detention centres and schools, developing and facilitating workshops on theatre, music, reconciliation, performance and the educational arm of workshop programs.

In 1988, I left the company to perform in Jimmy Chi’s National Tour of Corrugation Road and in 2000, became the company’s Artistic Director. I have continued to work as a freelance arts consultant on developing projects, programs, event, workshops, policies and strategies. These have included California State University Summers Arts Indigenous Exchange program 2007 / 2009, ‘ The Clown from Snowy Riviere ( Cast) ‘Chasing the Lollyman’ (Dramaturg) , ‘Proper Solid’ and recently as co-writer for ‘The Longest Minute’. I continue to produce and develop arts based projects working with First Nation communities throughout Queensland, New Zealand and United States of America.

In 2010, I worked as Producer for the Brisbane Festivals Community Program, working collectively with over 20 diverse community groups in Brisbane presenting a program of events and projects including exhibitions, touring roadshow, installation, open air concerts, visual arts workshops, music therapy workshops, street performances and billboard projections.

I was employed as the Manager for kuril dhagun at the State Library of Queensland from 2005 – 2015 and recently worked as Creative Producer for ‘Festival 2018 – Commonwealth Games Arts & Cultural Festival – bringing together over 800 First Nations Artists in a diverse celebration of culture through the arts.

I have recently been appointed at Executive Producer, Learning and Engagement Program with a focus on First Nations Programming at QPAC.

See Nadine at First Nations Approach to Creative Engagement

Nalingurrie Dance

Nalingurrie Dance formed by choreographer Mitchell J Nalingu Currie (Mununjali/Gungarri). The focus of the collective is to convey Aboriginal stories of truth, through contemporary dance. Fusing modern dance styles and Aboriginal cultural dance elements Nalingurrie give voice to our people and keep our culture alive. Nalingurrie is led by Mitchell Currie and comprised of ACPA students Nic Currie, Jakarni Vea Vea, Misteria Towler, Angelique Giuffre and Zachariah Ketchup.

Nicole Crosswell

I am a Brisbane-based Interdisciplinary artist whose practice embodies the phrase ‘to draw’; from the manipulation of threads (via stitching, drawing and binding) through to more traditional methods of drawing, inscription and mark making. The use of line is a common feature and when used in combination with negative space captures sensitivity and expressiveness.

My practice is responding to stimuli; hence, my studio is filled with collected botanical samples, discarded objects, soundscapes, bones, random words, etc. I engage passionately with the research aspect, immersing myself in prior experience, linking knowledge, engaging the senses and the physical process. The act of observation and consciously being present conjures the concept of flow (work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) an optimal state of creative focus.

Central to my growing body of work is the raw and honest exploration of the human condition in contemporary times and its reflection alongside the natural world.

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See Nicoles work in the Elders exhibition space

Nicole Voevodin-Cash

Nicole Voevodin-Cash is a kinetic generative sculptor - walking, drawing, projection - based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

She uses ‘interaction’ as a sculptural strategy to encourage audiences to engage with her work. She presents her work across various gallery, public and social spaces. These presentations range in scale, medium and ephemerality. Voevodin-Cash has just completed a social public art commission for the Dalby Welcoming Community, collaborating with the local community in a walking, generating and creating artwork M.A.D.E Walking (Many Adventures Directly Experienced).

Voevodin-Cash is an experienced Curator and arts project manager previous roles include Sculpture by the Sea, Noosa; Strand Ephemera, Townsville; now she is the Arts Curator at MIC and Director of RUN an artist run initiative.

Voevodin-Cash has exhibited widely including Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018, Solo exhibition Lobby Play at the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane 2004, Wandering Patterns, Sydney Olympic Park Bicentenary 2013. In 2014, Voevodin-Cash was awarded an International Studio Residency in Liverpool UK from the Australia Council for her ongoing research into spontaneous sculptures and walking projects in large outdoor sculpture parks. She has been commissioned to create large LAND art works that engage their audience such as The Green Room for Kangaroo Point Park in Brisbane 2010. And various temporary public art projects that include her ‘pocket park’ series of works of Mountain Ranges of Lounges affectionately known as Mounges. Engaged as a activation artist and lead artist/kinetic artist across projects including Dalby Billycan Project supported by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Floating Land Noosa. Nicole has worked with community to create and present their stories.

Voevodin-Cash holds a Master in Arts, Visual Arts, Griffith University with distinction for her thesis work of the investigation of ‘interaction’ as a sculptural strategy. That includes walking to encourage people to see things anew notice and reflect on their own algorithms as art in turn as they slow strengthening their relationship with where they are in the world. A wondrous mind, body connection as social change.

See Nicole at Impact of Creative Placemaking and for Billy Can Walks

Nigel Lavender

Nigel Lavender was Executive Director of Queensland Music Festival 2008-2018, delivering five festivals with hundreds of events and dozens of long-running programs all over Queensland. He is now Director of Momentum Arts, a consultancy working in the space between arts, community engagement, government, and business, with clients including Arts Queensland, QPAC, Access Arts, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands and Cairns Regional Councils.

Nigel is available as a Mentor during Arts Ablaze See Registration Desk for details

Nika Norman

NAME: NIKA NORMAN

BIO NOTE: Nika has a studio at Rathdowney where she holds workshops in such mediums such as painting, mono-printing, lino-printing among others. She was an art teacher in Sydney for many years before coming to the Scenic Rim

WORKSHOP: CREATIVE PRINTING - LINO BLOCK

DURATION: AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 12 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $5 MATERIALS FEE

DETAILS: Learn how to transform a blank piece of paper into a unique print and to apply this print to other surfaces in a creative manner.

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Noel Dowling

Noel has been interested in flutes for 20 years and now, as well as doing workshops, he has a market for selling them worldwide.

WORKSHOP: FLUTE MAKING

DURATION: AM & PM SATURDAY & AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 15 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $10 MATERIAL FEE

DETAILS: Participants can make and play their own shukuhachi, native American or transverse bamboo flute.

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Opera Eagles Nest

When the hush falls over the crowd Opera Eagle’s Nest infuse their audience with their own electric current which makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and sends shivers down your spine, not once but regularly, throughout their performance. From Opera to Broadway OEN’s first-time audiences are shocked into silence by the depth of the emotional response and by the astonishing beauty of those pure voices of a quality rarely heard outside the great opera houses. Opera Eagle’s Nest boasts a cast with international experience, just one of their concerts leaves you on an all time high!

With over 300 performances in the past 10 years and 30 concerts already booked for 2016 it’s important that Opera Eagle’s Nest has an ethos of keeping its programs alive, fresh and vital.

Opera Eagle’s Nest performs in just about any setting, from concert platform, to intimate opera-cabaret, or on pontoons, on a lake under the stars! From Opening Ceremonies at World Conference s to 21st Birthdays.

From the spine-tingling harmonies and highly charged top ‘C’s’ of Opera to the sparkling humor of Operetta and the toe-tapping familiar tunes of your favorite Broadway hits, Opera Eagle’s Nest stirs deep emotions in its audience with its uplifting, inspiring and motivational performances that will have you calling out for more!

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See Opera Eagles Nest at Pecha Kucha and Conference Welcome Cocktail Function at Bromelton House

Paul Gurney

Paul is the Queensland State Manager for Creative Partnerships Australia (CPA). With extensive experience leading small to medium arts organisations, Paul brings first-hand knowledge and a passion for attracting support for unconventional and experimental artistic projects, and for establishing responsive and effective governance and organisational structures. Paul will be presenting a one-hour Masterclass on the essentials of attracting private support.

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See Paul at Show Me The Money and Basic Principles of Fundraising

Paul Osuch

Paul Osuch is the Founder of Anywhere Festival, a festival for performance anywhere but a theatre, holds (barely) a Bachelor of Business from QUT, completed the Playwrights Studio at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts and was in the second cohort of the Australia Council for the Arts 2012 Emerging Leadership Development Program. He was also selected for the inaugural cohort of the NIDA MfA in Cultural Leadership and turned it down to living in the Yarra Ranges instead.

see Paul at Festivals Transforming Everyday Spaces

Paul Stumkat

Paul is an award-winning natural history artist who has developed skills and received numerous qualifications in a broad range of artistic fields.

WORKSHOP 1: CLAY PORTRAIT

DURATION: AM & PM SATURDAY (MAX 8 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $30 MATERIALS FEE

DETAILS: Learn how to create a portrait in clay. Bring along a model or photo and Paul will take you through the process to make a life-like portrait.
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WORKSHOP 2: LIMESTONE CARVING

DURATION: FULL DAY SUNDAY (MAX 8 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $100 + $30 MATERIALS FEE

DETAILS: Using ancient sculpture techniques, this workshop will give you the skills needed to create your own sculpture using a block of limestone.
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Peter Fowler

Peter is an indigenous artist from Boonah and he loves sharing his passion for painting.

WORKSHOP: ABORIGINAL ART

DURATION: AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 12 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $6 MATERIALS FEE

DETAILS: In this workshop Peter will teach symbols, connection to country, history and culture - painting in acrylic on canvas and you will take home the artwork you create.

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Peter Law

Working as a professional photographer in many diverse fields over a period of 30 years, I am now retired and am enjoying exhibiting as a photographic artist. I am based in Brisbane.

I was formally trained in photography, graduating from the Seven Hills College of Art in 1977. I hold teaching qualifications and have worked as an instructor at the same School of Photography from which I graduated.

I'm now aged 70 and my passion for photography has never diminished. I work mainly in the genres of portraiture, street photography, still life and the human form.

See Peters work in the Elders exhibition

Philomena Yeatman

Philomena Yeatman is a Gunggandji and Kuku Yalanji woman, born and raised in the Yarrabah community. She began her art career in 1991 as a screen printer and jewellery maker, then later developing her skills as a weaver, producing table mats, fans and baskets. In recent years, she has also discovered her talent for painting, but her first love is working in the medium of fibre.
Renowned as an expert weaver, Philomena is passionate about maintaining the knowledge and techniques taught by her grandmother. Her practice continues the longstanding skills of weaving with pandanus and cabbage palm collected from her immediate environment. Philomena’s work is inspired by traditional forms used for food collection and gathering from the land and sea. Her techniques include the merging of dyed fibres, which she weaves into the baskets to create distinctive and vibrant designs.

Philomena is part of a group of women in the community who are dedicated to keeping Yarrabah’s basketry traditions alive. Alongside her weaving, she spends most days at the Art Centre painting and developing work for her next exhibition.

See Philomena's artwork at the Jabu Birriny exhibition.

Queensland Chamber of Arts & Culture

The Queensland Chamber for Arts and Culture is an independent, non-partisan voice for the arts and culture in Queensland, aiming for culture, arts, and creativity to be central to civic life, economic development and political priorities in Queensland.

Since it was established in 2015, the Chamber has been managed by a volunteer committee comprised of members of the Queensland arts and cultural sector. During this time, the Chamber has played an advocacy role, provided responses to government policy and, through the Regional Arts Working Group, played a significant role in the establishment of the Queensland Government’s Regional Arts Services Network.

This session will update on the formalisation stage of the Chamber which is currently underway and discuss future vision.

See presenters from the QCAC Norm Horton and Kerryane Farrer at Access for the Regions

RABKA Gold & Silversmiths

Rabka Gold & Silversmiths have over 20 years' experience and welcome you in a relaxed friendly environment to create your own textured silver ring.

WORKSHOP: SILVERSMITHING

DURATION: AM & PM SATURDAY & AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 12 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $35 MATERIAL FEE

DETAILS: Learn an ancient craft as you are guided hands-on to transform sterling silver into a stunning piece of jewellery.

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Rafael Karlen

Rafael Karlen (Saxophonist) is an award-winning saxophonist, composer and arranger and enjoys creating music for a variety of ensembles across a broad range of styles. Since releasing his debut album in 2008, Rafael has continued to build a reputation as one of the more creative, exciting and surprising musicians on the Australian music scene. Rafael’s music has been performed by small jazz groups, rock and pop ensembles, big bands through to chamber orchestras and string quartets. He has performed throughout Australia and New Zealand, and in Canada, England, Scotland and Sweden.

Following the release of Rafael’s first album which boasted his music for the 10-piece jazz ensemble, Rafael’s subsequent albums consisted of his music for string quartet with improvising pianist and saxophonist, intimate jazz trio and will soon release his fourth album as a leader in 2019, this time with his new Quintet featuring acclaimed musicians Kristin Berardi, Matt McMahon, Brett Hirst and Simon Barker. He is part of the Berardi/Foran/Karlen Trio with Kristin Berardi and Sean Foran and will release their second album in 2019 with special guest vibraphone player Pascal Schumacher from Luxembourg.

Rafael has received many awards and accolades and in 2015 he was awarded a renowned Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel to USA, England, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Holland to visit many of the world’s leading contemporary composers/arrangers, performers and ensembles. He was recently awarded the prestigious Prelude Residency and was the 2018 Composer in Residence at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Sydney which allowed him to focus on producing new work over the course of 12 months.

In addition to leading his own groups, as a performer, Rafael has worked with Soul, Jazz, Pop, Folk and Classical artists including Renee Geyer, Ed Kuepper, James Morrison, Megan Washington, Archie Roach, Tenzin Choegyal, Zac Brown (USA), Pascal Schumacher (Luxembourg), The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Expressions Dance Company and the Brisbane-based trio Trichotomy.

Rafael is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and from the University of York in England after receiving the Lord Mayor's Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists. Rafael was the Director of The Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band and has lectured at The Queensland Conservatorium of Music, The Jazz Music Institute and the JMC Academy. He is currently involved with The Queensland Music Festival where he spends time in remote communities in Far North Queensland as part of their Cape York Music Program.

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You can see Rafael as part of Fusion- Musical Cross Roads, part of Showcasing Queensland Saturday evening during Arts Ablaze Celebrations

Rebecca Alexander

indelabilityarts Co-Artistic Director, Rebecca Alexander leads a one-off Masterclass for artists and arts professionals, inviting participants to explore and discuss creative strategies for maintaining a healthy balance while on the road and in everyday life as an artist. This workshop will focus on practical exercises to support and enliven your creative journey, skills and strategies for creating and awakening individual needs, practicing inclusivity and strategies for supporting a healthy heart, mind and body.

See Rebecca Pecha Kucha and Healthy Hearts Masterclass

Rebecca Karlen

Rebecca Karlen (violin/vocals) is a graduate of the University of Queensland and has also studied both Western Classical as well as Swedish traditional music in her hometown, Stockholm, Sweden. Rebecca has worked in various ensembles and orchestras in Stockholm, and now regularly performs in different chamber groups in Brisbane and for the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Rebecca is currently a member of two successful ensembles, the world folk jazz band Estampa, and the contemporary folk collective, Mr Rascal.

Artist Website

You can see Rebecca as part of Fusion- Musical Cross Roads, part of Showcasing Queensland Saturday evening during Arts Ablaze Celebrations

Rebekah Butler

Rebekah Butler is the Executive Director of Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD), the peak professional body for public museums and galleries in Queensland – a sector comprising more than 400 public galleries, museums, Indigenous keeping places and heritage organisations.

Prior to her appointment at M&G QLD in 2007, Rebekah held positions including Manager of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW and Director of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville. With more than twenty years' experience in arts and cultural heritage, she is a passionate advocate for the sector, contributing to an extensive range of industry reference groups, publications, industry Boards and committees.

Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Monash University, and Graduate Diploma Art History and Curatorship, Australian National University.

See Rebekah at Access for the Regions

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Red Chair

Red Chair is a Queensland-based performing arts and event management company recognised nationally as a major producing and touring body for culturally diverse works. Red Chair was the winner of the 2014 Premier's Cultural Diversity Award - Small Business.

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See Red Chair Pitch Songs of Emzara and Kooralbyn at the Artour Showcase


Red Ridge Interior Queensland

Red Ridge Interior Queensland Ltd helps create healthy and resilient communities in remote western Queensland by bringing people together in art and cultural activities. We enrich their lives and we protect our heritage by working with our communities, government and donors. Our focus is the social and economic health of our own communities and all who live here.

See Red Ridge are presenters of Dress the Central West

Rick Heath

Rick has worked in the performing arts industry across Australia for some 30 years. As Director of Push Management Pty Ltd, he is proud to have been contracted to PAC Australia for over ten years. Rick occasionally undertakes strategic business planning for creative organisations and government agencies.

In 2014/15 Rick was Executive Producer for Perth International Arts Festival. He has fulfilled roles such as Events Operations Manager at the Sydney Opera House and General Manager of Buzz Dance Theatre. He has co-produced work with Black Swan Theatre Co and worked with companies such as WA Theatre Company, Dance North (Townsville), Chrissie Parrot Dance Company, Country Arts WA, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, and Australian Dance Theatre. Rick graduated from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in Stage Management and also holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).

Rick was Chair of Steps Youth Dance Company for eight years, he was also Chair of AusdanceWA, and in 2009 & ’10, was Project Facilitator for the Contemporary Dance Model Development project [Future Moves], a $1.6M state government initiative for the development of Contemporary Dance in Western Australia. Rick was a member and Chair of the Dance and Physical Theatre panel for the Helpmann awards from 2004 to 2013 as well as member of the Regional Touring panel for four years. He is currently Chair of the Helpmann Panel for Best Children’s Presentation.

Rick is an authority on performing arts touring in Australia, having been intimately involved in national touring through his work as a ‘Blue Heeler’, whilst Touring Consultant at Arts on Tour NSW and as both a Councillor and interim Executive Officer of the Performing Arts Touring Alliance [PATA]. Together with Harley Stumm, Rick wrote Australia’s first National Touring Framework for the Australia Council for the Arts. Rick recently delivered CircuitWest’s 5-year touring strategy and co-wrote Performing Spaces (A guide for Local Government) with Alison Dalziel.

Rick works and lives in Perth, Western Australia and is the proud parent of two young adults.

PACA Website

See Rick at Rethinking Our Cultural Venues

Rob and Jo Davies

Rob and Jo have been an integral part of many festivals over the years. They build instruments from unusual objects and recycled junk and encourage people to make their own instruments at home and to look for music lurking in unsuspecting objects.
WORKSHOP:JUNK ORCHESTRA
DURATION:ALL DAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
PRICE:FREE
DETAILS:All instruments are provided and children and adults are invited to join in with the music and experience being part of a musical performance which requires no musical background or training. Many people are unaware of their musicality and the junk orchestra can unlock their creative and expressive inner self.

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Ros Abercrombie

Ros is the Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia, prior to that she was the Director and Creative Producer for Artlands Victoria (Australia’s national regional arts event).

Ros has been working in the arts industry for over 20 years with experience across Creative Direction, Strategic Design and Arts management.

Ros is committed to the concepts of collaboration as vital to building arts and creative industries and believes in the need to be innovative, accessible and founded in a practice that is multidisciplinary and participatory. Ros works to provide engaging platforms for social inclusion, creativity and accessible cultural experiences.

A signature of her approach is to bring together emerging, established and community artists to stimulate dialogue and create new works in accessible public environments. Her cross-disciplinary approach blends practical and academic experience facilitating stakeholder engagement that stimulates a dialogue that supports and creates accessible arts and cultural environments. Ros considers art spaces as a cultural landscape to be more than their physical place and design programs for the spaces in-between crafting unique contemporary experiences

Working across the arts regionally, Ros is embedded in the national regional arts sector and has an understanding of state, national and international models and relations.

Recent projects have included, Creative Director for Moomba Festival, Festival Director and CEO Shepparton Festival, Creative Consultant Darebin City Council, Creative Director Illuminate Festival and Creative Director New Year’s Eve Melbourne. Prior to this, Ros completed a three-year contract in Hobart successfully directing and delivering the annual Taste Festival - Tasmania’s premier summer event. Other previous positions have included Artistic Director for On the Map, Festival Director for Mudfest10 - Melbourne University Diversity Festival, and the direction and delivery of three Moonee Valley Festivals (2005, 06 & 07). Prior to this Ros initiated and produced a multi arts venue ‘96F’ for the Centre for Adult Education.

Ros’s qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, BA Hons Social Anthropology and relevant industry certificates. A keen facilitator of knowledge Ros is currently completing a Masters in Applied Anthropology and has lectured for several years at Melbourne University.

see Ros at Transforming Attitudes through Meaningful Engagement, Access for the Regions

Ros Sailor

Ros Sailor was born in Cloncurry; relocating to Townsville nearly 40 years ago. Her mother’s traditional Country is Wanji on the border of the Northern Territory and Queensland and her father is Kuku Yalanji from Cape York Peninsula. Ros became involved in working with community in the early 90’s working in arts and crafts as well as founding the Jurragai Dance Group. She has also worked with the Townsville City Council; organising Family Fun Days in the parks and gardens throughout the city.

After the passing of one of the Elders involved in the company, the dance group decided to rebrand as the Big Eye Theatre. Big Eye Theatre a not for profit community organistation supporting and promoting Indigenous Theatre, Arts and Artists in North Queensland. The Big Eye Theatre focuses on performing plays in traditional language as a way to engage younger generations and pass on culture and heritage through performance. The theatre company has performed extensively as a part of the Townsville Cultural Centre program. However, The Cultural Centre site near the Museum of the Tropical North is currently under redevelopment.

See Ros at Indigenous Art Spaces : insight and experience

Rose Lawson

I started writing bits and pieces when I was about twenty-one. I found it was a good way of expressing myself and letting people see into my world especially when you have communication difficulties like I do from not be able to speak. Over the years I done some amazing projects with amazing people with my poems and pieces and those experiences have who I am today.

What do you most like about writing?

I love to write about how I see this reality and I love playing with words and putting them together to express whatever I want too in that time. I hope I give people another way of looking at things by my work.

What is it like to be funded as a professional artist?

Being paid for your work is amazing especially when its something that Comes easy to you and its something you enjoyed. It gives you a sense of self work which is something that we all require.

Lawson has Cerebral Palsy and has never walked or worn shoes very much.

Something In My Shoes is a collaboration between writer Rose Lawson with Choreographer Fiona Bryant .

You can see There's Something In My Shoes at the Ignite Space Friday 4th October 4.30pm

Roz Pappalardo

Roz Pappalardo is a musician, presenter, programmer and producer based in Cairns and Artistic Director for Cultural Services, Cairns Regional Council. She wears a number of hats including consulting on career pathways for regional Queensland artists, facilitating and project leading community arts projects across regional and remote Queensland and Northern Territory, she is on the QMusic board and works with Australian Women in Music Awards to embed regional artists in the event. Roz has developed a reputation for delivering creative, viable and responsible support and leadership in the arts in her cultural community.

See Roz at Rethinking Our Cultural Venues

Ruben Ambryn

Ruben Ambrym is of Kuku Yalanji and South Sea Islander heritage and has lived in Yarrabah all of his life. He is married to Edna Ambrym and is the father of Valmai Pollard – both practising artists at Yarrabah Art Centre.

Ruben spends most of his days at the Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct, in both his role as the carer for the grounds and as an emerging artist. When he is not at work, he is outdoors enjoying the scenery of Yarrabah, spending time with family and fishing and hunting at his favoured spots.

The influence from his creative family and employment as the groundsmen introduced him to art making when he undertook an etching workshop at the Art Centre over 3 years ago. Since then, he has continued to develop his creative practice in the mediums of lino printing, etching, painting, pottery and textiles.

Ruben’s work embodies the diversity of food sources from the land and sea and celebrates the uniqueness of the Yarrabah lifestyle and environment.

See Ruben's artwork at the Jabu Birriny exhibition

Ruth Atkinson

Ruth is a Co-Director of Curious Arts Inc. a not for profit organisation behind the development of the Curious Arts Festival, an initiative in collaboration with Kirsten Batholomew (Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane Writers Festival). The first Curious Arts Festival was presented in 2019 with the second in planning for 16-22 March 2020.

As a Creative Producer, she is a partner in RAVA Productions (with Alison Vallette) and has produced two successful seasons in 2018 and a 2019 tour of the children’s work Charlotte’s Web. She is Chair of the South-West Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) Advisory Group.

Ruth was Director at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (2008-2016), where she founded the Fresh Ground artist-in-residence program aimed at the development of contemporary performances by Queensland artists. Over 7 years, Fresh Ground supported more than 650 artists and 90 arts productions. Her career began in directing television productions and radio programming before segueing to performing arts tour management for the Northern Australian Regional Performing Arts Centres Association (now Stage Queensland). Her career continued in arts marketing, venue programming and event management with roles at Empire Theatre Toowoomba and at QUT Garden’s Theatre and Art Museum.

She holds an MBA and Post Graduate qualifications in Arts and Cultural Management from Uni SA and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from CQU.

Ruth is Managing Director/Owner of Visual Focus, an audio-visual integration and event production company based in Toowoomba.

See Ruth at Festivals Transforming Everyday Spaces, and Charlotte's Web

Sally Hart

Sal's vibrant graphic works explore the process of change in the natural environment and how we interact with it.

Using paint and paper to create her own interpretation of the local native environment the artwork is designed to focus the observer... recall memory of natural shapes, space and patterns.

Her work has an ephemeral fun quality, spontaneous, and full of movement and style. The repetitive nature of the works are evidence of a reflective process and solving the composition, a visual interpretation of her life here in Boonah.

"My work is a journal of ideas and plant pressings, writing and graphite drawings...notes"

She much of her inspiration and techniques have been developed through her travels and stints in Indonesia and more recently time spent in Mexico.

See Sal's installation work Shadows of Trees Lost around the Arts Ablaze event site on Wednesday 2 October, Thursday 3 October, Friday 4 October, Saturday 5 October and Sunday 6 October.

Sandy Collins

Sandy has over 25 years’ experience in the Performing Arts. She has been with the Australia Council for the Arts since 2013. Originally appointed as Program Manager for Dance then taking up the position in the Grants & Engagement division as Manager Outreach, Pre-application and Government Touring Programs.

She is a highly experienced Arts Administrator and Performing Arts & Tour Producer holding senior management positions with Bangarra Dance Theatre and version 1.0 Theatre.

The Australia Council grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity.

See Sandy at Speed Dating for the Arts: mentoring sessions and Show Me The Money!

Sarah Boon

Sarah has worked extensively across Australia, New Zealand and the UK in arts management, with a strong focus on audience development and regional arts. Part of the creative collective who launched the Sculpture Symposium in NZ and led the Creative New Zealand consortium in its first three years, working on professional touring and development of visual and performing arts. Sarah is also an independent theatre Producer and Director and currently works as Head of Programming, Thomas Dixon Centre for Queensland Ballet.

See Sarah at the RADF Forum

Sarah Sculley

Sarah Sculley is a Sunshine Coast-based urban artist who creates colourful, feminine, layered work. Inspired by the female form, typography and colour. Sarah mixes these elements to create her work on canvas, paper, surfboards, walls and skate decks. She is inspired by personal events, emotional pitfalls and the constant need to find the positive in every situation.

Sarah has now been in the creative art space for over 15 years. She studied a Bachelor of Design Studies majoring in Graphic Design and Visual Culture at the Queensland College of Art and received a scholarship from Griffith University to study abroad at the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Since starting to exhibit her work in 2005, she has held international solo and group shows in China, USA, Nepal and Indonesia, and has been regularly featured in Australian art shows. Sarah is currently a Sessional Academic at the Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Department, teaching Typography and Image Production.

See Sarah making a mural at Arts Ablaze and at the Big Pitch

Scotia Monkivitch

Scotia has a broad range of professional experiences in the community arts and cultural development sector, which have taken her throughout Australia and internationally. She has diverse experience in training, mentoring, strategic planning, project management, research and facilitation of community cultural development programs and strategies, specializing in working with people experiencing disability and disadvantage, mental health, creative aging and rural and remote communities.

Scotia is currently Manager of the Creative Recovery Network, advocating and supporting the role arts and creativity plays within disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The Creative Recovery Network aims to gather, critique, develop and share the knowledge gained nationally and internationally for engagement of the arts in disaster recovery, along with developing tools and support for artists working in this field.

Scotia has a performance background spanning 25 years in movement based theatre, devised performance, and coordination of projects and theatrical productions, performance crosses through traditional theatre forms, installation performance, film, live-art and on-line exchanges.

Scotia is committed to artistic and executive collaborations and partnerships which privilege the contributors to develop their vision, their art and the cultural and social relevance of their work – creating art and experiences that changes the way people see their own and others lives.

See Scotia at Arts Role in Change and Healthy Communities

Sean Mee

Sean has worked as an action, director, writer and teacher. He began his career at La Boite Theatre and was the Artistic Director of that company from 2000-2008. With the Queensland Music Festival, Sean worked on the creation of eight large scale community events throughout regional Queensland since 2003.

See Sean at Transforming Attitudes through Meaningful Engagement

Shelley Pisani

Shelley specialises in producing projects in the fields of community arts and cultural development, arts-led placemaking, visual arts, public art, interpretation and museum/ gallery practice, festivals and events. Shelley was Manager of the Bundaberg Arts Centre (now Bundaberg Regional Art gallery) for six years before becoming a founding director of Creative Regions. Shelley has managed everything from large-scale tourism projects and government funded strategic initiatives to small budget community arts initiatives. Her particular passion is artist development and transforming communities through engagement of people in place.

See Shelley at the Impact of Creative Placemaking

Shock Therapy Productions

Shock Therapy Productions is a Gold Coast born arts company founded in January 2015 by Sam Foster and Hayden Jones.

Shock Therapy Productions has quickly established itself as a leading company in the delivery of high quality, relevant, multidisciplinary performance, and a leader in the Arts and Culture sector on the Gold Coast and in South East Queensland.

Company founders Sam Foster and Hayden Jones have a wealth of industry experience, artistic vision and enthusiasm that drives the ethos of the company.

Shock Therapy Production’s vision is to create Provocative Arts Experiences, through story telling that explores what it is to be human - provocative, challenging, uplifting and impactful.

Shock Therapy have been awarded the Matilda Award for Best Independent Production for the last 3 consecutive years and have also been finalists in the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneurs Awards for the past 2 years.

The company received funding from the City of Gold Coast between 2015 – 2018 to assist with establishing the organisation and aid in the growth of the Arts and Cultural sector of the entire Gold Coast.

Shock Therapy’s work has been commissioned by major festivals, been published by Playlab, toured both nationally and internationally and been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

See Shock Therapy pitch Medea at the Artour Showcase

Sol Puppetman

Since 1996, self-taught puppet maker Sol has been touring Australia's most prestigious festivals, exhibiting hundreds of his unique brand of marionettes and interactive effigies. He now brings some of these basic skills to bear in a simple workshop designed to promote the creative inspirations at the heart of one of the world's oldest storytelling devices.

WORKSHOP: PUPPET MAKING

DURATION: AM & PM SATURDAY & AM & PM SUNDAY (MAX 15 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $100 MATERIAL FEE

DETAILS: Using pre-fired ceramic pieces, learn the basics of creating a simple, functioning marionette from up-cycled materials with Sol and Sara of the Squeaking Tribe! Experiment with a variety of textiles and materials to costume your very own colourful character and gain hands-on experience of what it takes to bring into being your own unique Festival Avatar!

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Sophia Hall

Sophia Hall is Director of Programming at Queensland Theatre. As the state theatre company, Queensland Theatre is committed to meaningful regional engagement. In 2017 and 2018, the company partnered with CIAF, CoCA, JUTE Theatre Company and Dancenorth to present MY NAME IS JIMI in Cairns and THE LONGEST MINUTE in Cairns and Townsville. THE LONGEST MINUTE tours again regionally in 2019. Accompanying these touring performances, the company offers a range of regional engagement opportunities. Further to regional touring, Queensland Theatre engages across the regions through the landmark education program, The Scene Project.

A theatre artist and producer for more than 25 years, Sophia has held positions at Ten Days on the Island, Artsource, ScreenWest, PICA, Performing Lines and Tasdance. Committed to the development of new Australian writing, Sophia served as Director of Stages WA from 2002-2007, and worked on the National Playwrights' Conference and with Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre. She has served on a range of industry panels including the Arts Development Panel and New Performing Arts Venue Advisory Pool (DCA); National Script Development Organisations; WA Theatre Industry Joint Vision Strategy (2006) and is currently on the Board of Directors for Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre.

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See Sophia at Access for the Regions

Soul Mechanics Featuring Master Wolf

The Gold Coast based Soul Mechanics released their debut EP “Explorations with Master Wolf” in early 2018 via Valley Heat Records and were finalists for best Hip Hop / Rap award at the 2019 Qld Music Awards. The EP is a collaborative effort with local MC and unquestionably dope freestyler; Master Wolf. The opening song “That’s How We Jam” tells the story of how the band and Master Wolf first met.

"I first heard Wolf rapping on a radio program late one night and was blown away by his freestyle skills. I thought that what he was doing would really compliment what we were doing. I literally tracked down his number the next day and called him to see if he wanted to collaborate with us." reflects bassist Brian L'Huillier (The Daybridges, Lovers of Modern Art, Dead Shades). He adds “We had originally planned to release an old school funk EP that echoed the old house band days at Gertie’s on Brunswick Street, then we met Master Wolf, a legend of freestyle and social commentary and we started doing these crazy shows together that
were completely improvised”

After doing a bevy of shows at venues as diverse as the Powerhouse Theatre through to the Flamin Galah Backpackers, the band holed up in drummer/producer Dave Kemp's Wandering Ear Studio in the Currumbin Valley to get that live energy and sound down on tape. The result is a 4 track EP that faithfully captures the hip hop / soul / funk concoction beautifully. As an added bonus the instrumental versions of the tracks have been reworked into all out funk jams with plenty of extra vintage keyboards and percussion added into the mix. Some would say some of Soul Mechanics finer moments are when they feed off Master Wolf’s energy during the live shows. They always have an idea on where they want the music to be but sometimes no one knows where it will end up. This is the beauty of trusting these amazing players with a musical idea and watching it evolve.

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See Soul Mechanics Featuring Master Wolf At Arts Ablaze Celebrations 3.30pm Saturday at the heARTh Space.

Stephanie Wernick

Stephanie Wernick is an artist and art educator based in the beautiful Scenic Rim, Queensland. Her practice explores our relationship with place- how our experiences of where we live and where we visit become memory and how we catalogue these. Her works reference place markers, our individual points of connection to our world. These might be minute, or monumental, artificial or ancient, the object or the vista. Drawing, stitching, collage, and painting are all vital components of Stephanie’s process and the works are as much about the exploration of the mark and colour in space as the evoking of inner and outer landscapes.
For twenty five years Stephanie’s practice has shared time and space with her work as an arts educator and has included time living in various rural communities in Queensland and also the Solomon Islands.

See Stephanie's work on exhibition at Bromelton House

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Stephen Wray

Mr Stephen Wray has worked for the Commonwealth Government’s Arts Division for twenty years in various programs and policy roles relating to international film, regional arts, Indigenous arts centres and arts philanthropy. Stephen currently oversees the operation of the Regional Arts Fund and provides advice on regional arts, arts tourism and multicultural issues.

See Stephen at the QUT panel Social Impact Model of Evaluation Thursday 1-2pm @ the Main Event and Show Me The Money

Steve Mahew

Currently Creative Broker at arTour, Steve Mayhew began as a freelance theatre director in the 1990s and quickly began leading and managing companies; Riverland Youth Theatre, Junction Theatre and Brink Productions. He has been Creative Producer for Adelaide Cabaret Festivals and Special Events Program Coordinator for the 2006 Adelaide Fringe. He guest curated the Hong Kong Fringe Club’s Australia On Stage program following his Asialink residency in 2008 and in 2014 he co-founded PADA (Performance & Art Development Agency) with Vitalstatistix’s Emma Webb to specifically present and commission new live art works and explore new organisational and producing models in Adelaide, South Australia.

Steve’s extensive work in regional Australia includes his influential role as Creative Producer at Country Arts SA between 2007-17 - commissioning many new works for touring and festivals across the country.

Steve was the Artistic Director of ‘Kumuwuki (Big Wave)’ 2012 National Regional Arts Conference and Festival and was more recently the Co-curator with Alexis West of the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum “About Time” for Theatre Network Australia.

Preferring to mine the areas where multiple art forms, communities and audiences meet, Steve has been involved in the development of new performances / installations as a director, writer, designer, composer, dramaturge and creative producer with many artists / festivals and organisations.

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See Steve at Access For The Regions and Queensland Touring Showcase

StoryProjects

StoryProjects is a creative production house specialising in connecting communities through storytelling. Founded by award winning author Johanna Bell, StoryProjects seeks to disrupt, surprise and connect. Since its inception in 2014, StoryProjects has worked with hundreds of creatives, artists and partner organisations to build creative teams who produce compelling projects highlighting incredible lives and often-hidden stories. We value diverse voices and authentic stories and constantly nurture our own curiosity and creativity to find new ways to get the stories of regional and remote Australia out in the world. We are ready to battle geographic privileging to take our projects beyond the borders of the Northern Territory.

Company Website

See StoryProjects pitch ATMOS:meat at the Artour Showcase

Sue Swinburne

Sue Swinburne is a platform-agnostic factual content creator with a passion for interdisciplinarity and innovation. Her work is driven by creating connections - between creative practitioners, and with audiences and communities. As head of producing at Griffith Film School at Griffith University, she teaches, mentors, and conducts research, as well as consulting with government and private enterprise around innovation and business development in the content and entertainment industries.

See Sue at Pecha Kucha and Transforming Access to the Arts through Digital Mediums

Sugarrush Records

SUGARRUSH Records is a 'digital' indie record label and music company based in Brisbane, Australia. We do a large number of projects and artist development including artist services.

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See Sugarrush Records pitch Banging on the Door at Artour Showcase

Susie Lewis

Susie Lewis is the Director of Fraser Coast Art Gallery and Academy, an organisation developed specifically to raise the profile and professionalism of artists and programs developing on the Fraser Coast and is home to both Fraser Coast Art Collective and the artist run initiative ELEVEN.

In her capacity as director, Susie has worked as an artist, curator, mentor and industry educator with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and has been nominated for an Australia Day Award for services to the Arts in her region. Susie has developed and co-ordinated projects that have led to record breaking numbers of viewers attending the opening of an exhibition at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery. Known for her relentless drive and determination to grow an industry that serves artists to develop sustainable careers, she has won several awards for her art work and contributions to her region.

See Susie at the Big Pitch on Thursday 3 October

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Suzan Williams

Suzan has worked as a performer, producer, and manager in the performing arts industry for 30 years.

With a background as a professional dancer and choreographer, Suzan has toured the state extensively and is passionate about providing communities, regardless of their location, with access to high-quality and inspirational arts experiences.

Previously, Suzan was Queensland’s Blue Heeler (national performing arts tour coordinator) and developed and delivered state and national tours for Queensland companies and independent artists. In this role, Suzan was a key advocate for performing arts touring and heavily involved in extending and refining touring networks and coordination mechanisms.

Suzan has served on numerous boards including a five-year term as a member of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board, and for almost two decades as a committee member of Cecchetti Ballet Australia - Queensland Branch. Suzan was Chair of Ausdance Qld from 2015-2017 and was an Ausdance Qld Management Committee member for almost ten years.

Suzan is currently the Executive Officer of Stage Queensland, the peak body for professional performing arts centres in Queensland.

See Suzan at Rethinking Our Cultural Venues

Teenie Wilton

As an Elder artist, I am grateful for the time my parents, particularly my Mother and other women Elders of my extended indigenous family, took to teach me about my culture, from a woman’s perspective. My education was such, that it gave me a deeper insight into our people’s interaction with the world around us, and that every story passed down to us, around the campfire or walking on the land, was for a greater purpose. The purpose was of teaching us the laws of the land, the laws of respect, marriage laws the laws of humility, wisdom and so much more.

See Teenie's work in the Elders exhibition

Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador. Born to a family of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin Choegyal was forced into exile in India as his family fled the repression in Tibet. As a child, Tenzin would listen to his mother singing in the nomadic style and he attributes much of his passion for that genre to her early influence. Tenzin channels the wisdom and traditions of his ancestors through his songs. Over the years, Tenzin has a successful international career as a musician, playing at such prestigious events as WOMAD as well as several Concerts for Tibet House at Carnegie Hall, New York.

In addition to his much loved solo performances of soaring vocals and circling rhythms, Tenzin is an avid collaborator with musicians from diverse cultures, traditions and genres. From classical western (with chamber orchestra Camerata of St John’s), contemporary (with Philip Glass) to ancient traditional (with didgeridoo master William Barton), Tenzin embraces opportunities to take his music to uncharted territory both in the studio and on stage. Tenzin has six independent album releases and recently collaborated with Philip Glass on the breathtaking score for the film ‘The Last Dalai Lama?’. With Laurie Anderson, Tenzin is now working on an interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead which is due for release by the Smithsonian Institution in the coming months.

In 2008 Tenzin founded the annual Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia, which showcases Tibetan culture through music, film, art and discussion. He was musical director for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2011 and 2013 and is artistic director of the Brisbane Himalayan Film Festival. In 2015, in his role as ambassador for the Australian Himalayan Foundation, Tenzin travelled to the border of Tibet on the Nepalese side, the closest he has ever come to his ancestral homeland.

Tenzin was musical director for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2011 and 2013 and has written and performed soundtracks for numerous TV shows, films and documentaries. Through his music and cultural activities such as the Brisbane Festival of Tibet, Himalayan Film Festival and Women with Wisdom concert series (Sydney Opera House, Federation Square) Tenzin shares the Tibetan story of what it really means in being human.

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You can see Tenzin as part of Fusion- Musical Cross Roads, part of Showcasing Queensland Saturday evening during Arts Ablaze Celebrations

Terina Smith

Terina loves to re-imagine, redesign, re-purpose, in short, recreate. Her catch phrase is “what can I make with this?”. What others deem useless, to her is creative gold. Anything from old electricity insulators, old hot water systems, old rusty anything, sticks, rusty cat body parts, old teapots or old copper pipe.

If it has a shape, or can be reshaped, it is collected and used. To create her concepts she has learned to solder, weld, plasma cut, and put holes in just about anything.

Her work is permanently exhibited at Entangled in the Dyaboro Butter Factory Arts precinct and at The Mezzanne. She has exhibited in the prestigious C Gallery and Jugglers Art Space in Fortitude Valley and she has recently been invited to be a member of the 1340Gallery online based in Holland.

Terina lives and works off-grid, and strives to create a carbon neutral footprint. Her work is an extension of her passion for Mother Earth and zero waste. It is all part of a vision she has to create spaces for women to explore their creativity and save the planet at the same time.

Through her work, she hopes to give people a new understanding of how something “broken” can be reused, and still have function, form and beauty.

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See Terina site activations around the event site during Arts Ablaze Celebrations

The Ironing Maidens

This Award winning duo (Patty Preece and Melania Jack) is live electronic performance as you have never seen before. It uses irons and ironing boards as electronic instruments, it is relevant and thought provoking, but at the same time wholly entertaining and funny. It's a mix of electronic music, projected visuals, costumes, lighting, dancing, heaps of energy and plenty of ironing puns.

This unique performance has toured festivals such as Germany’s infamous Fusion Festival, Berlin Performance Art Festival, Falls Festival Byron Bay, Jungle Love, Adelaide Fringe Festival (Winning John Chattaway Innovation Award) Woodford Folk Festival and The Planting. Last year it toured regional laundromats in NSW and QLD to rave reviews, sold out shows and so much media attention- even appearing on the Today Show.

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See The Ironing Maidens Thursday , Friday and Saturday Arts Ablaze Up Late

The Music Doctors

Versatile trio The Music Doctors comprises singer Margy Rose, keyboardist Sue Bell, and guitarist Dave Kennard, and is well known for its versatile and uplifting performances. The group specialises in a wide variety of music styles ranging from light jazz and classic nostalgia, vintage rock and roll, old time favourites, traditional and modern folk, songs from film and Broadway, and gentle rhythm and blues.

See The Music Doctors at the Opening Night Cocktail Function and at the Song Space

Therese Flynn-Clarke

Therese makes art inspired by, and created with, elements of nature. She creates a wide range of art works including wearable art, jewellery, mixed media paintings, ceramic work, eco-dyed paper and books, original plant fibre baskets and sculptural pieces.

See Therese's artwork in the Elders exhibition space

Workshops for Adults:
BASKETRY USING RANDOM WEAVING TECHNIQUES
DURATION: PM SATURDAY 1/2 DAY (MAX 15 PER SESSION)
PRICE: $50 PER HALF DAY + $15 MATERIALS FEE
DETAILS: Using natural fibres, Therese will teach you how to make a randon-weave basket to take home. This workshop will appeal to both males and females.

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Workshop for kids!
BASKETRY ANIMALS DURATION:AM SATURDAY (MAX 15 PER SESSION)
PRICE:FREE + $10 MATERIALS FEE DETAILS:See how easy it is to make an animal using straw and wrapping it up with wool. click here for more info

Tina Hill

Tina Hill is Senior Investment Manager, Arts Policy and Programs at Arts Queensland. She leads the team responsible for administering a broad suite of AQ’s contestable project funding programs available to Queensland artists, arts organisations and arts workers.

See Tina at Show Me The Money!

Topology

Topology works with rhythmic genius/drum-kit soloist, Grant Collins and tapdance

wizard Bill Simpson to create bold new territory in both music and dance.

Grant pushes all the artists to the edge of rhythmic possibility, never

compromising groove, and Bill dances on the precipice, creating new space with

his body and resounding shoes.

Three features new original compositions for drums and tap, and Topology’s

saxophone, strings and piano.

It’s a fearsomely energetic performance that brings together ideas and inventions

from 3 distinct genres to generate something both unfamiliar and intoxicating.

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See Topology Day 1 Arts Ablaze Celebrations Friday Showcasing Queensland @ the Main Event venue

Troy Casey

Troy Casey is a proud Aboriginal man from Kamilaroi country north-west New South Wales. Troy has a Bachelor of Journalism from QUT.

Troy has experience working for not-for-profits, government, tertiary education, private and corporate sectors.

He has a keen interest in business and advocating for self-sustainability and economic development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities.

See Troy at First Nations-led approaches to creative engagement

Trudie Leigo

Trudie Leigo is a Project Officer for the Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network.

Trudie has worked in the arts industry for over 17 years, as a curator and arts educator. Trudie is also the Vice President of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association – Queensland.

See Trudie talk about Transforming Central Queensland at Pecha Kucha

Uncle Steve Cora

Uncle Steve Cora is a traditional owner elder on Yugambeh lands. A visual artist, traditional fish trap weaver and cultural mentor adviser, Uncle Steve enjoys working with people from all walks of life. Currently working with Neville ‘Torri’ Torrisheba (Indigifusion/Gold Coast Indigenous Arts Collective), these two men are re-engaging youth through cultural practice and establishing protocols through creative projects.

Valmai Pollard

Valmai Pollard identifies as a Gunggandji woman and has grown up in Yarrabah. Valmai belongs to a large family of artists; her parents, Edna and Ruben Ambrym, are also members of Yarrabah Art Centre. Valmai joined them over four years ago in working at the Art Centre as a practicing artist. She is currently the youngest artist working at the Art Centre.

During the completion of high school Valmai undertook visual art classes, and has been involved in various workshops at Yarrabah Art Centre which have specialised in linocut, pottery, textiles and wood work. Through these activities and her family’s influence, she has developed a strong interest for experimentation within her practice.

Valmai’s favourite thing to do in Yarrabah is fishing or cracking oysters at the beach with her daughters. These experiences provide rich inspiration for her work, which often depicts

Yarrabah’s diverse animal life. Valmai’s art expresses her natural affinity for line, colour and pattern and she utilises her skills and distinct style to create richly storied representations of Yarrabah. Her work provides an important acknowledgement of the land and sea and its ongoing role in her culture and community.

See Valmai's artwork at the Jabu Birriny exhibition

Wendi Trulson

Wendi's love of nature and natural fibres has led her to the alchemy of natural dyeing using the technique of bundle dyeing, taught by her mentor India Flint.

WORKSHOP: ECO DYEING - THE SANDWICH OF CLOTH

DURATION: 1 DAY SATURDAY ONLY (MAX 8 PER SESSION)

PRICE: $100 + $20 MATERIALS FEE

DETAILS: Wendy's workshop is suited to those who are curious and open to the spontaneous serendipity that only nature can ensure. All ingredients and equipment will be supplied. This workshop is a great introduction to botanical and natural dyeing. The essence of natural print and resist dyeing on silk, wool and cotton cloth will be taught.

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Wendy Lohmann

Wendy has a love for sewing, particularly dressmaking and it is a passion that she likes to share. Wendy has been sewing since I was 10 years old. She enjoys many aspects of sewing including clothing, home decor items, costumes, patchwork and quilting, lingerie, and machine embroidery.

Wendy holds Diplomas in Dressmaking, and Pattern Making & Drafting with the Brisbane Dressmaking Academy. She is also a Palmer Pletsch Fit teacher.

Wendy is a member of the Australian Sewing Guild Scenic Sewers - Beaudesert group and in 2008 attended the National Convention in Brisbane. This wonderful experience was a great learning and networking opportunity week. There are groups Australia wide.

In October 2015 Wendy embarked upon a new venture and purchased The Old Laravale School in the picturesque Scenic Rim. Sewing With Wendy operates from a dedicated Studio, The Audrey Room, within the old school. The studio is also available for community groups and with accommodation in the pipeline, the School will be able to run artists retreats in conjunction with her workshops.

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See Wendy's work with local community throughout the event site

Wendy Mansell

Wendy Mansell is the Regional Engagement Director at Queensland Music Festival (QMF), a company that has been delivering state-wide programs that tell Queensland stories and build capacity through music, with an especial focus on regional and remote communities. In 2018, QMF was appointed as the State Coordination Office for the Regional Arts Services Network, and as the RASN Provider for North Queensland.

In her role as Regional Engagement Director, Wendy oversees the State Coordination Office and North Queensland RASN. After completing her studies in music and Japanese language, Wendy worked in gallery management and publishing in Toronto before moving to Brisbane in 1998, where she has served as General Manager of Institute of Modern Art and then Acting CEO of Artworkers Alliance, before joining QMF in 2008.

See Wendy at Access For The Regions

Works of Wild Mountains

“Works of Wild Mountains Songs”

Since 2016 songwriters from across Australia have headed to Scenic Rim gem, Wild Mountains, writing new songs with someone they’ve never written with before. For the first time, hear these songs live; a magnificent representation of what creating in pristine untouched nature can do to the creative mind.

Wild Mountains Songs, is a songwriter’s retreat on the “edge of the world”.

The retreat provides established songwriters with a with a peaceful and naturally beautiful, creatively nurturing and inspiring space to collaborate with new writers, and to garner new life-long relationships. This project was formed with community, the natural environment and artistic creation equally at heart.

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See Works of Wild Mountains performed at the Arts Ablaze Celebrations Sunday 6th October



Zane Trow

Zane Trow is a manager of arts centres, festivals and arts programs, and a composer/performer and live artist; a post-disciplinary arts worker with extensive experience in bridging contemporary sound art, community art and live art practice. His sound art and music is released internationally through the Room 40 Imprint and recent solo live art works have been presented in Australia, USA, Indonesia & Singapore.

Zane is the Creative Arts Manager at Redland City Council and has also, for the last 10 years, served as Chair of Media Arts Asia Pacific (MAAP), a Brisbane based not-for-profit organisation that develops critical exhibition and research initiatives to engage the region’s major practitioners and producers. MAAP is a platform for contemporary art development, presentation and critique and operates internationally as a team of agents, researchers, artists and curators. It is still the only Australian art organisation with an Asia Pacific focus specially dedicated to Internet, interactive, digital and screen-based art practices integrating new media technology. MAAP supports a community of visual artists with Media Bank equipment loans. Since 1998, MAAP has produced 7 international media art festivals across Brisbane, Beijing and Singapore.

Formally Professional Development Coordinator for Access Arts Inc., Associate Professorof QUT Performance Studies, Artistic Director of the South Bank Corporation, Chairman of Youth Arts Qld, Artistic Advisor at Metro Arts Centre & CEO/Artistic Director of the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts.

In Sydney – CEO/Artistic Director of The Performance Space.

In Melbourne – CEO/Artistic Director of the Next Wave Festival, Chairman of the Contemporary Music Events Company & CEO/Centre Director of the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

In London -Assistant Director and Musical Director of the Common Stock Theatre & co-founder of Theatre Image-in-Aire.

In Cardiff -founder member of Civilian Theatre based at Chapter Arts Centre.

Practice

  • Composer/Performer/Animateur
  • Live art, Sound art, Action art
  • Post-disciplinary project development
  • Artistic policy and artistic program development and implementation
  • International network development and arts exchange
  • Supervision of practice led research: Masters and PhD

Specialising In Not Specialising

See Zane at Rethinking Our Cultural Venues

Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre

ZEN ZEN ZO, founded in 1992 by Lynne Bradley and Simon Woods, is a Brisbane-based physical theatre company at the forefront of contemporary performance and training. Zen Zen Zo’s PERFORMANCE COMPANY has produced 27 years of potent, visceral theatre for local, national and international audiences. The company’s TRAINING CENTRE also offers a suite of internationally renowned actor-training programs which cater to professional performers, teachers, students, young people, and anyone with a sense of adventure! These include: The Actor’s Dojo (Weekly Physical Theatre Training & Acting Classes), Stomp Intensives (Stomping Ground, Perth Stomp, New Zealand Stomp), Schools Program (Workshops & Artists-in-Residence Programs).

Company Website

See Zen Zen Zo pitch The Tempest at the Artour Showcase

Zoe Hankins

Zoe is the Director of Videnda Arts Initiative, a peer-run collective of creative practitioners with a lived experience of mental health, chronic health and/or disability concerns. Zoe has tailored much of her community arts practice towards innovation in youth-lead spaces to work collaboratively and creatively with children and emerging adults.

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Arts Ablaze conference – 3-day packages

Arts Ablaze 3-day package (includes: 9am-4pm Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October conference days)

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arTour 3-day package (includes: 9am-4pm Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October + arTour Queensland Showcase Friday 4 October day)

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Arts Ablaze conference – single day

Arts Ablaze Wednesday 2 October

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Arts Ablaze Thursday 3 October

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Arts Ablaze Friday 4 October

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arTour Queensland Showcase Friday 4 October

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Arts Ablaze conference – optional events

Welcome Cocktail Event, Wednesday 2 October

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Conference Dinner, Thursday 3 October

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