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Regional Arts Services Network

The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) is about empowering Queensland’s regions to realise arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives.

RASN service providers deliver local arts services across the state that enhance cultural vitality, create thriving communities and advance regional development and social priorities, aligning with the State Government’s Creative Together 2020 – 2030 Roadmap.

RASN investment of $7.8 million over four years (2021-22 to 2024 - 25) represents the second iteration of the Regional Arts Services Network.

Through the new model of RASN, four Queensland-based service providers, Empire Theatres, Regional Development Australia Tropical North in consortium with Cook Shire Council, Topology and Central Queensland University will help to broker partnerships and empower regions over the next four years to realise arts and cultural priorities.

The evolution of RASN from its establishment in 2018 positions the network to harness the power of the arts to grow opportunities for artists and organisations in regional communities, and drive strategic arts-led initiatives resulting in new investment, employment outcomes, and boosting opportunities for regional communities to access high quality arts and cultural engagement.

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

RASN 2022-25

Queensland-based service providers:

  • Regional Development Australia Tropical North in consortium with Cook Shire Council
  • Topology
  • Central Queensland University
  • Empire Theatres

are delivering RASN from 2022 - 2025, working in collaboration to deliver regional arts outcomes.

Background and goals

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. Find out more about the background and goals.

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Find your RASN Provider

Regional Development Australia Tropical North
Aurukun, Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Cook, Douglas, Etheridge, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Mareeba, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area, Pormpuraaw, Tablelands, Torres, Torres Strait Island, Weipa Town Authority, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah. Contact:

Boulia, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Croydon, Doomadgee, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Mornington, Mount Isa, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville. Contact:

Central Queensland University

Banana, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Cherbourg, Diamantina, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gympie, Isaac, Livingstone, Longreach, Mackay, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Rockhampton, Somerset, South Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Whitsunday, Winton, Woorabinda . Contact: or

Empire Theatres
Balonne, Bulloo, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Redland, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Western Downs. Contact:


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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