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Western Downs Regional Council, Media Release, 7 April 2021

Western Downs Regional Council is supporting the region’s local artists to take part in a new three-day regional arts forum by offering a brand-new bursary program and presenting opportunities.

Hosted in May at the Bunya Mountains, the ‘Arts on Top’ Regional Arts Forum will draw together artists and industry experts from across Queensland to explore the role of arts in regional communities.

Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said opportunities would be offered to local artists and arts groups to ensure they are given every chance to be exposed to this cultural experience.

“This event is the first of its kind for our region and is about inspiring local creatives in a beautiful, regional location,” Cr Maguire said.

“It’s important for Council to make it as easy as possible for local creatives to get involved in the forum, whether it be through financial support or the opportunity to present at the event.

“The bursary program offers financial assistance to both individuals and organisations, where applicable, of up to $500, this includes the reimbursement of registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses.

“In partnership with SWQ Regional Arts Services Network, Council is also inviting local artists and groups to be part of the forum by applying to present on day three of the event, a community-based day which focuses on knowledge sharing across the industry.

“These initiatives allow our local creatives the chance to be involved and play a unique part in an event which will no doubt inspire attendees, leaving them with a new perspective on arts in regional communities.”

Arts on Top is being delivered in partnership with Arts Queensland, South West Queensland Regional Arts Services Network, and the University of Southern Queensland.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Western Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Call for Paper submissions are due Friday 9 April and Bursary program applications are due Monday 19 April.

To view the program guidelines and find out how to apply, visit


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