CQU reselected as a provider for Regional Arts Services Network

04 April 2022

CQUniversity has been reselected as a service provider for Queensland's Regional Arts Services Network (RASN)' with the role of hosting the CQ region's share of the initiative.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch named CQU as one of four service providers to lead the way in delivering local arts services across the state through the RASN' boosting opportunities for regional Queenslanders to access high quality arts and cultural engagement' and supporting employment opportunities for artists and arts workers state-wide.

"RASN has an important role in growing Queensland's cultural vibrancy and regional development' helping to lay solid foundations for the arts sector and communities to work together to realise economic and social recovery and embrace the future opportunities of Brisbane 2032'" Minister Enoch said.

"The evolution of RASN will position the network to harness the power of the arts to grow opportunities for artists and organisations in regional communities and drive strategic arts-led initiatives resulting in new investment and employment outcomes."

CQUniversity Deputy Dean of Research' Dr Liz Ellison is leading the initiative' building upon a life-long engagement with the arts in regional Queensland.

She said the University would continue to work with the councils of Fraser Coast' Bundaberg' South Burnett' Cherbourg' North Burnett' Gladstone' Banana' Central Highlands' Woorabinda' Rockhampton' Livingstone' Mackay' Whitsunday and Isaac.

In addition' the new catchment includes Gympie' Moreton Bay' Noosa' Somerset' Sunshine Coast' Barcaldine' Barcoo' Blackall-Tambo' Diamantina' Longreach and Winton.

"CQUniversity is thrilled to be returning as a RASN provider for 2022 – 2025'" Dr Ellison said.

"Over the last iteration of RASN' our team was so lucky to work with amazing artists' artworkers and local councils – and we are excited to branch out into new communities over the next three years.

"We know that the expanded catchment brings established talent' networks and opportunities' and we are looking forward to supporting these communities in realising their vision for the arts in the region."

This service delivery approach will build high quality arts experiences across regional and remote Queensland' enhance collaboration in the brokering of partnerships and support new touring circuits.

The Regional Arts Services Network is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Central Queensland University is serving as the Catchment Three RASN Provider from 2022 to 2025.