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Regional Arts Services Network

Background and Goals

The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) is about empowering regions to realise arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives. Our RASN providers lead and support projects that enhance cultural vitality, create thriving communities and advance regional development and social priorities.

RASN works in partnership with local councils, artists and arts organisations, and communities to foster, facilitate and promote the sustainable growth of regional arts across the state. 

Backed by an initial $6.5 million (2017-18 to 2020-21) investment by the Queensland Government, support for RASN will continue with $6 million over four years from 2021-22 to 2024-25.

Since its establishment in 2018, RASN has:

  • Provided employment opportunities for artists.
  • Connected more than 800 Queensland-based artists to arts industry experts through Creative Business Champions with a focus on supporting employment pathways and career sustainability for regional artists, arts workers and organisations
  • Invested in signature cultural tourism projects such as Trailblazing the West in Western Queensland and the Savannah Way Art Trail in Far North Queensland

RASN is about empowering regions to realise arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives. RASN leaders create value and support projects that enhance cultural vitality, create thriving communities and advance regional development and social priorities and align with Creative Together.

arTour, Queensland’s contemporary touring service, provides services that grow opportunities for communities across regional Queensland to access high quality arts and cultural engagement.

Read the RASN and arTour performance summaries to learn more about the history and outcomes of these two initiatives.

Download the RASN summary (PDF) (113.99 KB)

Download the arTour summary (PDF) (72.55 KB)

RASN 2022-25 is Coming

Working in partnership with the wider Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) network, RASN providers BEMAC (Access Community Services)Arts NexusCook Shire CouncilCentral Queensland UniversityCreative Arts Alliance, Red RidgeEmpire Theatre Projects and Queensland Music Festival have made a major contribution to the strengthening of regional networks and the celebration of local art, culture, and identity.

This phase of RASN is coming to an end in 2021. The Queensland Government is continuing its support of RASN with further funding of $6 million over four years from 2021-2022, reinforcing the Queensland Government’s ongoing commitment to support regional arts delivery and leverage the significant outcomes already achieved through RASN.

Preparations for the next generation of RASN are now underway. During this time, we encourage followers to keep checking this web page and follow RASN Queensland on Facebook and Instagram.

Creative Business Champions Webinar Series

The Creative Business Champions Free Webinar Series is proudly brought to you by the Regional Arts Services Network. View all the webinars on the Regional Arts Services website.

The 7 P's of Arts Marketing

Grant Writing - The Basics

Working on your business, not in it

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EOI Regional Arts Services + Touring Services (arTour) 2022-25

Closed 18 October 2021

Arts Queensland is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organisations to lead regional arts service delivery across the state in the next exciting phase of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) and Queensland’s regional touring service.

Organisations with proven capability in regional development and a strong track record in bringing together, and working collaboratively with, diverse stakeholders, including the arts sector, industry, community and government within and across regional locations, are encouraged to submit an EOI.

2018 Regional Arts Services Network Expressions of Interest

Through a two-stage EOI process, the regional arts service providers across the state and the State Coordination Office provider were secured to form the Regional Arts Services Network. Find out more about the 2018 two-stage EOI process.


RASN Case Studies

Artists share their creative journeys and challenges in the face of COVID-19

Local artists in Central Queensland respond to the pandemic, creating new work in challenging times.

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Arts Ablaze conference and regional arts festival

Part conference and part festival, Arts Ablaze 2019 attracted delegates from across Queensland and the Torres Strait and featured a free community celebration, creating a legacy for future arts conferences

Colouring NQ

When COVID-19 hit, Queensland’s arts companies got creative. Townsville-based Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts developed Colouring NQ, a digital colouring book featuring artwork from emerging North Queensland artists which engaged children and the young at heart.

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