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Queensland Government provides certainty for regional arts delivery

The show will go on for Queensland artists and thousands of children in the wake of Artslink Queensland’s recent decision to enter into voluntary administration thanks to action from the Queensland Government, announced Premier and Minister for the Arts, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“My Government, through Arts Queensland is working closely with the administrators to reduce the impact of Artslink Queensland’s closure,” the Premier said.

“We are ensuring continued regional service delivery for audiences and artists.

“My Government has stepped in to reduce any impacts to Queensland’s arts sector.

“This includes securing art on loan to Artslink from regional artists for display in their Brisbane-based gallery.

“Arts Queensland will now take possession of this art, and return it to the artists.

“For Queensland’s network of approximately 50 Local Arts Councils, Arts Queensland has established a dedicated email,, for any queries.

“Young people will continue to experience arts programs in their local schools with Queensland Music Festival taking on the long-running Schools Touring Program across the state for 2016.

“This program for state-wide primary and secondary students is linked to the Australian Curriculum and brings creativity to Queensland’s youth, exposing them to a wide range of performing arts.

Arts Queensland will advise all those impacted to let them know that Queensland Music Festival will be in contact.

“Arts Queensland will also take on the responsibility of delivering the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) for the remainder of 2016.  RAF is a Federal Ministry of the Arts program formerly delivered by Artslink.”

“The Queensland Government will continue to work to identify solutions and models for delivery of Artslink’s forward program,” the Premier said.

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government was committed to supporting regional arts in Queensland.

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