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Open Air - funding outcomes

Open Air will support the activation of outdoor and non-traditional settings and the production and delivery of a program of works by artists and arts organisations in these spaces.

Objectives of the fund included:

  • Support employment opportunities for artists and arts workers across Queensland communities
  • Support the activation of outdoor and non-traditional settings that can be effectively and efficiently utilised to showcase a program of new and existing works by artists and arts organisations
  • Support the development of partnerships and networks which encourage collaboration on future opportunities for new approaches for the delivery of arts
  • Support the engagement of local communities in arts and cultural experiences
  • Support the use of Queensland based companies, suppliers and services firms.

Open Air is part of is part of the Queensland Government's Arts and Cultural Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences.



Funding of $$1,049,832 to support the activation of 16 projects:

  • Queensland Music Festival $80 000 - The Long Sunset (30 April 2022)
  • Museum of Brisbane $80 000 - Brisbane Art Design 2021: Studio City
  • Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival Ltd $23 120 - Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival Open Air Celebrations
  • Sunshine Coast Council $80 000 - Open Horizons (working title)
  • La Boite Theatre Limited. $68 719 - La Boite – Placemaking & Outdoor Activation 2020-21
  • Backbone Youth Arts $80 000 - Backbone's Neon Green Season
  • Cairns Regional Council $80 000 - The Court House Lawn ALIVE
  • Brisbane City Council $70 000 - Outdoor Gallery diversified engagement: 'Sunny Side Up' exhibition
  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council $60 000 - Yarrabah Music & Cultural Festival 2021
  • Vulcana Women's Circus $22 022 - Rear Vision
  • Circa Contemporary Circus Ltd $80 000 – Torus
  • Surat Aboriginal Corporation $74 471 - Bamba Gii Festival
  • Cook Shire Council $36 500 – Warrma
  • Shakespeare Under the Stars Inc trading as TheatreiNQ $55 000 - Through the Looking Glass in the Park
  • Tom Oliver Productions Pty Ltd $80 000 - Wynnum Fringe Festival


Information about the fund

Applications opened: 17 August 2020

Applications closed: 10 September 2020

Open Air provided funding of up to $80,000 (co-funding) to support the activation of outdoor and non-traditional external spaces and the programming activities and performances to be delivered in these spaces for activities between 2 October 2020 and 30 December 2021.


Eligibility criteria

Presenting venues, arts organisations, and local councils. We cannot support applications direct from artists under the Open Air program

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See Open Air guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.


Supporting documents

Open Air support documents: guidelines (DOCX) (336.38 KB) and frequently asked questions (DOCX) (326.88 KB)  


Facebook Live

Date: Thursday 20 August, 2020

Time: 10.30am - 11am

Link: Arts Queensland Facebook Page