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QASP - round 3 recipients

25 new arts and cultural projects across all artforms will share in more than $925,000 in Arts Queensland funding through the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) – round 3.

Projects include Beyond The Bars to educate prisoners in art and design in an effort to break the cycle of re-offending.

Restless Dream is an immersive performance by Digi Youth Arts, in collaboration with Kamilaroi elder Uncle Bob Weatherall blending cinematic musical scores, dance and stunning visual elements of country that reflect Uncle Bob’s efforts to repatriate Ancestral remains.

Acclaimed music group Topology will partner with the Winton Outback Festival to present Top Up Winton Outback Festival, which will see composers and musicians work with the local Winton community to present a multi arts performance work.

In Cairns, Mezmerize Production will engage First Nations artists and arts workers to develop the project ‘Shine’, an immersive, audio-visual experience that will illuminate the culture and stories of Cairns First Nations peoples in a public art installation in October 2021.

Plastic Boutique 3: Health Planet Regional Workshop Program will offer over 50 community workshops across Mackay, Dysart, Bowen, Glenden, Moranbah, Clermont and Flaggy Rock culminating in a large sculptural installation at Caneland Central in Mackay.

An interactive digital map of rural art galleries, open studios and local businesses in Woodford, Ocean View, King Scrub, Clear Mountain and Samford will be created as part of the Tawny Trails – The Creative Living Experience all-immersive arts experience.

QASP funding helps artists and organisations bring their projects to life and provide immersive arts experiences for Queenslanders.


Recipients of Queensland Arts Showcase Program – Round 3 funding – total $925,134:

  • Karul Projects - $30,250 for the premiere of Karul Projects’ new work, produced by BlakDance. (Burleigh, Gold Coast, Brisbane)
  • DE BASE PRODUCTIONS ASSOC INC - $16,300 to adapt and remount the work Leotard, a two-woman comedy for a season at Metro Arts. (Brisbane)
  • Playlab Theatre - $59,941 to produce ‘Face-to-Face’ by Emily Wells a new work that explores traditional and contemporary First Nation’s identities through connection to country and community. (Brisbane)
  • Mr Paul Bai - $14,400 to produce new works that will consist of a suite of three gallery-based works, as well as a multi-location performance work and an academic essay for the exhibition ‘Round About or Inside’. (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville, Cairns, Rockhampton, Ipswich)
  • Dots and Loops - $55,000 to produce a 20-episode podcast and video tutorial series, a fellowship program and a live music and arts festival in Brisbane in December. (Brisbane, Online)
  • Griffith Review - $45,000 for eight Fellowships awarded to Queensland writers. (Brisbane).
  • Book Links QLD Inc. - $5,420 to produce a two day festival for writers, illustrators, teachers and teacher-librarians focusing on excellence in children’s literature (Brisbane)
  • Red Chair - $49,394 to develop The Keeper Activation participatory public art project engaging 11 Queensland artists and delivering arts engagement with 1200 locals and visitors. (Coolum Beach)
  • Mr Nathan Sibthorpe - $59,755 to develop Counterpilot as part of a program of performance activities including two world premieres of new works, a remount of an acclaimed existing work, assorted creative development processes, and a responsive residency. (Brisbane, Darwin)
  • Ms Danielle Latta - $9,279 to develop Tawny Trails, an interactive digital map of rural art galleries, open studios and local businesses, showcasing arts in the local area year-round as an all-immersive arts experience. Utilising a promotional website, promo video, art workshops, demonstrations and launch events. (Woodford, Ocean View, King Scrub, Dayboro, Clear Mountain, Samford)
  • Ms Margaret Burgess - $54,471 to develop the proposed project Plastic Boutique 3: Healthy Planet – Regional Workshop Program featuring 50 community workshops and producing a large installation in Mackay. (Mackay, Dysart, Bowen, Glenden, Moranbah, Clermont, Flaggy Rock). 
  • Mx Stace Callaghan - $27,526 to develop Stace Callaghan’s uplifting, autobiographical solo show Queer as Flux at Brisbane Powerhouse’s LGBTIQ+ MELT festival and produce a short stand-alone digital version. (Brisbane).
  • Centre for Australasian Theatre - $29,200 to develop The Gathering – Everything Standing Up Alive in three culturally and geographically diverse regional environments inviting audience and artist engagement. (Cooktown, Julatten, Rossville)
  • Mezmerize Production - $60,000 to develop “Shine”, an immersive, audio-visual experience on the Cairns Esplanade, illuminating the culture and stories of Cairns’ First Nations peoples. (Cairns)
  • Logan City Council - $54,000 to develop Logan Live Music 2021 and offering professional development sessions, live music activations, and a music action plan to ensure the future direction of live music in Logan. (Logan)
  • Briefs Factory International - $29,000 to develop and deliver the next stage of BRED, a new First Nations focused physical theatre production.
  • Outback Festival Inc. - $49,370 for Topology to partner with The Winton Outback Festival for “Top Up Winton Outback Festival” featuring a multi arts performance work created by the Winton Community under the mentorship of Topology composers, musicians and arts workers. (Winton)    
  • Digi Youth Arts - $30,000 to develop Restless Dream, a collaboration between Kamilaroi elder Uncle Bob Weatherall, Brisbane band Halfway, Digi Youth Arts and Alethea Beetson to create an immersive performance. (Brisbane)       
  • Jugglers Art Space Inc - $59,200 to develop The Stairwell Project which will create employment for musicians through interactive, quality performances at Brisbane Hospitals, with the aim to bring social and health benefits. (Brisbane)
  • Momentum Arts pty ltd. - $60,000 to develop The Big Anxiety Brisbane which will bring together artists, mental health professionals and the public to participate in world-class arts/well-being experiences. (Brisbane)
  • Mr David Atkins - $31,000 to develop a music mentoring program that will guide three young First Nations musicians (16-23 years old) through the writing and production of an EP and supportive visual assets. (Brisbane)
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland - $17,240 to develop The Variety Kids Choir which is successfully enriching lives of people living with a physical and/or intellectual disability through quality engagement in fun and creative expression. (Brisbane)
  • Mr Oliver Hetherington-Page - $24,177 to develop The No Bang Theory, an autobiographical cabaret about artist Oliver Hetherington-Page’s autism diagnosis. (Brisbane)
  • Green Fox Training Studio Limited - $19,846 for the not-for-profit graphic design studio to operate a training facility inside a Queensland prison. (Brisbane)
  • Metro Arts Ltd. - $35,365 to develop The Mechanics of Adaption, a collaboration between Metro Arts and Traction will involve skill-sharing between artists and young people and a collaboration to develop new work from decommissioned City Cycles. (Brisbane)