Event :: Arts Ablaze

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we meet across the Scenic Rim. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future of Mununjali, Ugurapul and Wangerriburra community and all those of the Yugambeh and Jagera language groups.

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Oct 02 2019 To Oct 06 2019

Arts Ablaze is a conference and a celebration of regional arts in Queensland. Managed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, the event focuses on the TRANSFORMATION of regional communities and arts practice through ATTITUDES, ACCESS, PEOPLE and PLACE. These themes were formed through sector conversations to ensure that Arts Ablaze is relevant and a mechanism for change.

There will be a range of opportunities including presentations, panels, performances and site activations. The Arts Ablaze team are working with a group of partners to bring together a program and series of arts experiences that focus on solutions for the future of regional arts practice.

Expressions of interest are open and can be submitted until Monday 15 April 2019.

Submitting Your EOI

See the EOI tab online forms to submit your Expression of interest. Please also review the Arts Ablaze Themes and the frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Selection Process

A panel of voluntary members of the arts industry will assess and select sessions for the Arts Ablaze program. This panel will be meeting in late April with a final list of successful candidates announced in May.

The panel will assess based on:

For Mentors:

  • Demonstrated experience
  • Contributing to the diversity of the mix of mentors

For Presenters (Masterclasses and Presentations):

  • Thematic relevance
  • Contributes to a varied program
  • Demonstrated experience and capacity of the presenter
  • Demonstrated achieved outcomes on the topic being explored through case studies or experience

For Artistic Program and Site Activations

  • Thematic relevance
    Creative excellence, innovation and capacity for engagement
    feasibility/safety/cost

NB.  The pool of funds available for speakers, presenters, artistic program, site installations and  workshop presenters  is limited. Funds may be available to present at Arts Ablaze from other funding bodies. The panel may select keynote presentations from submitted EOI and will contact the submitter to discuss terms.

Assistance for Presenters

Flying Arts Alliance, through the Regional Arts Fund (RAF), is offering a travel subsidy for Queensland-based confirmed presenters at the Arts Ablaze conference. Presenters residing in an MMM 6 -7 location can apply for up to $1,500 towards their travel costs; presenters residing in an MMM 2-5 location can apply for up to $750 towards their travel costs. Applications open 9:00 am Monday 1 May 2019 and close 5:00 pm Friday 31 May. A letter of acceptance to the conference program from Arts Ablaze will be required to be eligible to apply for this one-off fund. Please visit the Flying Arts website for more information, or contact our RAF administrator at raf@flyingarts.org.au or 07 3216 1322.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

For frequently asked questions see the FAQ tab.

Kooralbyn Valley

16/3/19 Volunteering at Arts Ablaze.  If you would like to  be part of this five day eventAt Kooralbyn  October 2-6 2019  as a volunteer  there are many opportunities. Find out more here!


15/3/19 EOI now open!  Closing 15th April go to online EOI submissions page


7/3/19  Calling Queensland artists, photographers, digital media and filmmakers

Scenic Rim Regional Council is calling Queensland creatives to respond to the theme Celebrating Our Elders, with entries that will provide a positive perspective of ageing and break down age-related barriers that prevent community participation. 

20 artworks will be selected for exhibition at The Centre Beaudesert from July to September 2019 and a subsequent tour to regional centres.  Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley as part of Arts Ablaze.

DUE DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS  26 April 2019.   Click here for full details and how to enter

RAF Stream: Arts Ablaze Presenter Travel Subsidy Grants

For confirmed presenters for Arts Ablaze Conference Amount: Up to $1,500 for MMM 6 -7; Up to $750 for MMM 2-5 Opens: 9:00 am Monday 1 April 2019 Closes: 5:00 pm Friday 31 May  https://flyingarts.org.au/raf/



  • + - What is Arts Ablaze?

    Arts Ablaze is a conference and a celebration of regional arts in Queensland. Managed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, the event focuses on the TRANSFORMATION of regional communities and arts practice through ATTITUDES, ACCESS, PEOPLE and PLACE. These themes were formed through sector conversations to ensure that Arts Ablaze is relevant and a mechanism for change.

  • + - When and where is Arts Ablaze?

    Arts Ablaze will be held in and on the grounds of the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley. The Conference part of Arts Ablaze will commence Wednesday 2 October and conclude Friday 4 October 2019. The conference section of Arts Ablaze will be ticketed for delegates attending.

    The Celebration part of Arts Ablaze kicks off Friday afternoon and is a free event for all to enjoy.  Celebrations commence from 5 pm Friday night and conclude Sunday afternoon at 5 pm.

    Early bird booking for the Conference will open in June and close in August 2019.

    Final Program to be launched June/July

  • + - Where is Kooralbyn?

    Kooralbyn is approximately 22 kilometers south-west of Beaudesert just over an hour from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

    The Resort has its own airfield for private aircraft should you wish to fly in. Contact Ramada Resort Koorablyn Valley for more details.

  • + - Who will be attending the Arts Ablaze conference?

    Delegates will be attending from across Queensland. They will come from diverse backgrounds but will share the desire to build a stronger arts sector, network with other artists and art workers, access new opportunities and ideas.

    Attendees at the conference may include Local, state and federal government workers from the arts and community development, RADF committee members, community arts workers, members and representatives of arts organisations, festival organisers, artists, writers, performers, heritage workers, crafters, elders, youth programs.

    The external working party shaping the program of Artz Ablaze includes representatives from Flying Arts, Stage Queensland, Artour, Central Queensland University, the State Coordination Office (SCO) for Regional Arts Service Delivery, Feral Arts and Arts Front, RASN from across Queensland, local Indigenous elders, Blakdance, Creative Recovery Network, YRACA, South East Queensland Cultural Workers Network, Goat Track Theatre Company, Beaudesert and District Community Arts Project and Scenic Rim Regional Council.

  • + - What is the difference between the Arts Ablaze conference and the Arts Ablaze celebrations?

    The Conference will run from Wednesday 2–Friday 4th October and will be a ticketed event. It will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, mentoring sessions, industry displays, presentations, conference dinner and cocktail event, debates and industry sessions.

    The Celebrations will be available to all conference attendees but will also be open to the public.  The Celebrations will commence Friday night 4 and conclude Sunday afternoon 6 October 2019.  The Celebrations will include night markets, maker spaces,  a food and art market place, art workshops, food trucks, live performances, Arts Ablaze Spectacular , roving performances, film screenings,  arts walks and talks.

    As well as the resort accommodation there is a proposed onsite camping village at Kooralbyn with a range of camping options.

  • + - Who will be attending the Arts Ablaze celebrations?

    All are welcome and attendance is free.

    No pets permitted – Sorry! Ramada is home to resident kangaroos and other wildlife.

    Arts Ablaze celebrations will be a showcase of arts projects and activations from across Queensland so we anticipate attendees will come from all over Queensland to celebrate.

  • + - Why should I attend the Arts Ablaze conference?

    Queensland has not had a state gathering for the arts since 2013. We are the most decentralised state in Australia and access to arts opportunities, product and skills is difficult. We know that the arts are important to our individual wellbeing and education and to the vibrancy of our communities. Arts Ablaze will provide a platform to shape the arts sector, career paths in the arts and creative communities of Queensland.

    This is not  just another conference or festival.  Arts Ablaze will be a reflection of the Queensland arts scene. Your voice is important.  Your contribution is important and central to our objectives of transformation of attitudes, access, people and place.

  • + - How do I get involved in the Arts Ablaze conference and celebrations?

    There are opportunities to get involved in the following ways:

    • As a presenter – talks, presentations, master class (by submitting an EOI)
    • As a mentor (by submitting an EOI)
    • Artistic program – performers, musicians (by submitting an EOI)
    • Site activation – artists, sculptors (by submitting an EOI)
    • Showcasing your project in The Big Pitch Pecha Kucha sessions (by submitting an EOI)
    • Facilitator, panelist (by submitting an EOI)
    • Volunteer

    Submit an Expression of Interest form online detailing your big idea/project/artwork and how it relates to the Arts Ablaze themes. Online EOI forms will be available Friday 15 March 2019 and will close Monday 15 April 2019. Outcomes to be advised May 2019.

    The online EOI forms are open from 15 March 2019 and will close 15 April 2019.

    Volunteers can apply up until Thursday 15 August 2019. There will be an online induction followed by a volunteer info night prior to the event and an onsite induction prior to your first shift. Contact thecentre@scenicrim.qld.gov.au or visit liveatthecentre.com.au.

  • + - When do Expressions of Interest open and close?

    The EOI online form will be live from Friday 15 March 2019 and will close on Monday 15 April 2019. Outcomes to be advised in May 2019.

  • + - Who is funding Arts Ablaze?

    Arts Ablaze is funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and Scenic Rim Regional Council. Arts Ablaze is proudly supported by the Regional Arts Services Network, an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Scenic Rim Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland, Central Queensland University and the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley.

  • + - Is this an event for artists?

    This is an event for transforming the Regional Art scene in Queensland.  We have listened to requests from across Queensland to provide better opportunities for skill development, networking, places to exhibit, paid creative employment.  A big emphasis at Arts Ablaze will be on Arts Business.  How to get your product to market, how to promote your work, how to find a mentor, how to access funding, how to work in collaboration on projects with other sectors, opportunities for getting noticed.   We are particularly looking to match artists of all genres with mentors who can assist them in whatever stage of their career they are at.  

  • + - Under Artistic program are you only looking for performers?

    Creative works featuring music, dance, poetry, spoken word, circus and new media artforms may submit an EOI in this category.  How you might decide if this category is for you is does your work have a performative element? Does it engage and interact with audiences?

  • + - Do I need to have an ABN before I apply?

    You do not need an ABN at the time of submitting your EOI.  If you are selected we will be in contact with you to source any further information to progress a booking agreement.  (for example this might include ABN or statement of supplier forms)

  • + - I am confused about the audience question

    When we ask you who might be your audience and what is the intended outcome; what we are looking to find out is, who your performance or activation might engage with and what might they feel or experience.

    Eg- your audience might be young people, or poets, or people who are curious, or people who like to challenge and question. ( the sky is the limit , anything can be included... this is just an example)

    The outcome for the audience might be; Young people are able to be inspired and express themselves; or people who love poetry have an opportunity to get up and try poetry or appreciate poetry; or  a performance or activation which draws people in and encourages exploration;  or audience are able to express a range of opinions or participate in the debate.

  • + - When, where and how might artistic program or site activations occur

    The artistic program and site activations may be scheduled during the Conference or the Celebrations or both.

    These may be one off, repeated or ongoing during Arts Ablaze.

    The Arts Ablaze site includes 2 conference rooms in the resort that will be used for maker spaces, chillout, conference registration and 2 designated exhibitions already determined.

    The Main conference venue will be a Marquee with stage that will seat 300pax at tables.  There will be other marqees with stages that will seat 100pax.  There will be 2 small outdoor stages.  These will all be resourced with appropriate tech and tech staff as required.

    There will be market stalls (up to 40), food outlets, makers spaces and workshop spaces that are being managed through a separate process. 

    Site activations may occur throughout the Resort and event grounds.  Event grounds include the camping site and surrounding area, the main event site on the driving range and adjacent to the golf course, the resort itself and all surrounding billabongs, used or abandoned buildings ( exterior only).  There are spaces within the resort that may suit installation works or exhibition pieces.

    There is a walk of about 200 m from registration to the main event site and a walk of about 300 metres from the camp site to the main event site which could be activated through installations, roving theatre or other creative projects.

    The conference registration will commence Wed 2nd October at 8.30 am. There are opportunities for creative programming during the conference and in the evening at the opening cocktail function at Bromelton House and the Arts Dinner on the Thursday 3rd October.

    The Celebrations will commence 5pm on the Friday 4th October and will continue through to 5pm on Sunday 6th October.  It is envisaged there will be  performances and activations  across the Celebrations commencing a show on Friday evening with a culminating spectacle on Saturday night.  NB celebrations are free and open to all to attend. 

  • + - Volunteers- what's the deal?

    We love volunteers!  We will be calling people in the arts sector to volunteer as mentors, presenters,  in the Big Pitch PechaKucha,workshop facilitators, panellists and speakers.  Some of these roles are unpaid and we ask you to volunteer.  However we acknowledge artists/artworkers should be paid which is why we ask you if you are paid or self funded worker. Volunteers included in the program will receive free conference attendance.  This will be allocated through negotiation.

    We have a volunteer process for all event volunteers which you can access here.  The info includes what to expect, induction info etc. so that we match you to things best suited for you and ensure that you are insured while you volunteer for Arts Ablaze.

When you are ready to submit an EOI application please click the type of application you intend to make from the list below. This will direct you to the appropriate EOI form for your application type. Complete the form and submit your application. You can review your submission, or make changes to it, up until the closing date of Monday 15 April 2019.

The Arts Ablaze is funded by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, and proudly supported by The Regional Arts Services Network, an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Scenic Rim Regional Council to support local arts and culture in Regional Queensland, CQ University Australia and the Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley.