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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.

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 investment by the Queensland Government, support for RASN continues with a total investment of $7.8 million over four years from 2021-22 to 2024-25.

This investment includes arTour, Queensland’s contemporary touring service, which provides services for communities across regional Queensland to access high quality arts and cultural engagement.

Between 2018-2020, RASN delivered:

  • Over 220 regional arts project
  • Over 160,000 attendees and participants at RASN supported activities
  • 1,189 artist employment opportunities created, 16% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers
  • $1.16m paid to Queensland artists and arts workers through RASN programming
  • Over 250 capacity-building and training sessions and regional forums
  • 75% Queensland LGAs partnered with RASN
  • $5.9m new investment (81% cash)

2022-25 Regional Arts Services + Touring Services (arTour) Expressions of Interest

Through a two-stage EOI process, Arts Queensland selected four RASN Providers to lead regional arts service delivery across the state in the next exciting phase of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN).

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, were encouraged to submit an EOI.

Discussions on the state-wide coordination of RASN and Queensland’s touring service are continuing and will be announced in the coming months.

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.