26 September 2023

Arts Program a boost for new talent

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The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) has received funding to support 36 new and diverse arts and cultural experiences across the State, from roller skating musical theatre to traditional songs from Moa in the Torres Strait.

The latest round of QASP funding is enabling new work, engaging audiences, activating communities, growing creative employment and capacity-building across Queensland.

The Immerse 2023 Installation project, part of the Great Barrier Reef Festival in the Whitsundays, will engage seven local artists and a composer to produce new work, mentor young musicians and share skills.

On the Sunshine Coast, Kabi Kabi artist, Lyndon Davis will lead the development of a unique immersive event, the Dawn Awakening ceremony, as part of the Horizon Festival.

The Queensland Writers Centre will take its community-based Writing Friday program on the road to rural and remote areas.

Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch said funding through the QASP was helping to realise the priorities of the 10-year Arts Strategy, Creative Together 2020-2030.

“For the first time through the QASP, two-year funding is providing artists and arts companies with the critical time and funding certainty to support the creative development of new work through to the production and presentation of high-quality and larger-scale work,” Ms Enoch said.

“Support for industry placements will help boost Queensland’s creative workforce, with 11 new employment opportunities growing the capacity of the State’s arts sector.”

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