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Regional Arts Services Network

Queensland regions are extremely diverse, and those regional differences, shaped by First Nations history, culture, and distinctive and varied natural geography, have led to unique experiences and cultural products across the state, which all contribute to Queensland’s rich culture. A vibrant arts and cultural offer in regional Queensland contributes to liveability, local identity and what makes communities different and exciting.

Background and Goals

The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) is about empowering regions to determine arts and cultural priorities and drive change through arts-led initiatives. Our eight RASN providers lead and support projects that enhance cultural vitality, create thriving communities and advance regional development and social priorities. Backed by an initial $6.5 million (2017-18 to 2020-21) investment by the Queensland Government, 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.


Attracted new resources and investment to regional arts in Queensland.


Provided greater employment opportunities and increased the skills of artists and arts workers in regional Queensland.


Driven strategic arts-led initiatives to attract visitors, strengthen individual and community wellbeing, foster social cohesion and build community resilience.


Collectively improving the delivery of arts services to regional Queensland.


Created opportunities for regional Queenslanders to engage in the arts and culture, reflecting the diversity of our communities.


Empowered First Nations cultural workers and communities to lead significant new projects.

Employment image: Colouring NQ digital book. Image courtesy Umbrella Studios Contemporary Arts.
Empowerment image: Red Ridge The Label. Lorraine Kath Outback Photography
Collaboration image: My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes. Performer Justin Tamblyn at the Oakey Library. Salt Studios.
Drive image: Work by artists Anna Nicholsen (Left) and Noel Brady (Right). Image courtesy Central Queensland University.

What RASN can do for you

Whether you are an emerging or established artist, a government or non-government organisation, your local RASN provider can partner and grow with you to deliver local art and culture-led initiatives in your region.

Connect with your Regional Arts Officer to find out how they are creating arts engagement for communities, what networking and development opportunities are available, or how you can partner to contribute to regional social, economic and cultural development.

Service Providers

Following a robust two-stage EOI process, regional arts service providers across the state and the State Coordination Office provider have now been secured to form the Regional Arts Services Network.

RASN was developed in response to consultation with more than 330 stakeholders and addresses the consultation’s key findings for regions to prioritise local needs and build networking and collaboration across regions and between artists and companies.

The model focusses on highlighting the value of the arts in delivering social and economic benefit that ultimately works to deliver regional development outcomes.

Eight service providers form the network:

Access Community Service
Ipswich and Logan

Arts Nexus
Far North Queensland 

Arts Nexus in Partnership with Cook Shire Council
Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands

Central Queensland University
Central Queensland

Creative Arts Alliance
South-East Queensland North

Empire Theatre Projects
South-West Queensland

Red Ridge
Western Queensland

Queensland Music Festival
North Queensland


Connect with RASN

Queensland Music Festival, in their role as RASN coordinator for the service provider network, keep the network informed of RASN news and activities.


RASN Case Studies

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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Dress the Central West – telling the region's stories with wearable art

Central West residents and artists create works of art and connect regional communities in an ambitious project for the Regional Arts Services Network.

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My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes

A new theatrical and musical performance provided much-needed creative engagement for young Queenslanders.

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