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Regional Arts Services Network

Background and Goals

The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) is about empowering regions to realise arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives. Our RASN providers lead and support projects that enhance cultural vitality, create thriving communities and advance regional development and social priorities.

RASN works in partnership with local councils, artists and arts organisations, and communities to foster, facilitate and promote the sustainable growth of regional arts across the state. 

Backed by an initial $6.5 million (2017-18 to 2020-21) investment by the Queensland Government, support for RASN will continue with $6 million over four years from 2021-22 to 2024-25.

Since its establishment in 2018, RASN has:

  • Provided employment opportunities for artists.
  • Connected more than 300 Queensland-based artists to arts industry experts through Creative Business Champions with a focus on supporting employment pathways and career sustainability for regional artists, arts workers and organisations
  • Invested in signature cultural tourism projects such as Trailblazing the West in Western Queensland and the Savannah Way Art Trail in Far North Queensland

RASN is about empowering regions to realise arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives. RASN leaders create value and support projects that enhance cultural vitality, create thriving communities and advance regional development and social priorities and align with Creative Together.

arTour, Queensland’s contemporary touring service, provides services that grow opportunities for communities across regional Queensland to access high quality arts and cultural engagement.

Read the RASN and arTour performance summaries to learn more about the history and outcomes of these two initiatives.

Download the RASN summary (PDF) (113.99 KB)

Download the arTour summary (PDF) (72.55 KB)

What RASN can do for you

Whether you are an emerging or established artist, a government or non-government organisation, your local RASN provider can partner and grow with you to deliver local art and culture-led initiatives in your region.

Connect with your Regional Arts Officer to find out how they are creating arts engagement for communities, what networking and development opportunities are available, or how you can partner to contribute to regional social, economic and cultural development.

What is RASN?

The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) is about empowering regions to realise arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives. Our RASN providers lead and support projects that enhance cultural vitality, create thriving communities and advance regional development and social priorities

Creative Business Champions

The Regional Arts Services Network’s new Creative Business Hub connects arts industry experts with Queensland artists and arts workers, creating meaningful professional development opportunities that support emerging and established artists to progress sustainable careers in the arts through the Creative Business Champions program.

Connect with RASN

Connect with RASN online.

Service Providers

Following a robust two-stage EOI process, regional arts service providers across the state and the State Coordination Office provider have now been secured to form the Regional Arts Services Network.

RASN was developed in response to consultation with more than 330 stakeholders and addresses the consultation’s key findings for regions to prioritise local needs and build networking and collaboration across regions and between artists and companies.

The model focusses on highlighting the value of the arts in delivering social and economic benefit that ultimately works to deliver regional development outcomes.
 

Our service providers form the network:

Access Community Service
Ipswich and Logan

Arts Nexus
Far North Queensland 

Cook Shire Council - Hosting the Regional Arts Officer in Cooktown
Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands

Central Queensland University
Central Queensland

Creative Arts Alliance
South-East Queensland North

Empire Theatre Projects
South-West Queensland

Red Ridge
Western Queensland

Arts Queensland (temporary)
North Queensland

 

EOI Regional Arts Services + Touring Services (arTour) 2022-25

Closed 18 October 2021

Arts Queensland is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organisations to lead regional arts service delivery across the state in the next exciting phase of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) and Queensland’s regional touring service.

Organisations with proven capability in regional development and a strong track record in bringing together, and working collaboratively with, diverse stakeholders, including the arts sector, industry, community and government within and across regional locations, are encouraged to submit an EOI.

RASN Case Studies

Artists share their creative journeys and challenges in the face of COVID-19

Local artists in Central Queensland respond to the pandemic, creating new work in challenging times.

Download the PDF (PDF) (289.14 KB)

Arts Ablaze conference and regional arts festival

Part conference and part festival, Arts Ablaze 2019 attracted delegates from across Queensland and the Torres Strait and featured a free community celebration, creating a legacy for future arts conferences

Colouring NQ

When COVID-19 hit, Queensland’s arts companies got creative. Townsville-based Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts developed Colouring NQ, a digital colouring book featuring artwork from emerging North Queensland artists which engaged children and the young at heart.

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