Event :: Arts Ablaze

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Arts Ablaze

Arts Ablaze was a conference and celebration of regional arts in Queensland taking place at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley on Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 October 2019.

Oct 02 2019 To Oct 04 2019

Arts Ablaze was a conference and festival of regional arts in Queensland. 

Managed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, the event focused 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.

As part of our Arts Front project, Feral Arts partnered with the team at Scenic Rim to provide event organisation, management and documentation tools to support the event. As well developing the Arts Ablaze website and supporting a state-wide EOI process for presenters and performers we delivered a multi-venue live streaming program in collaboration with CQU (Central Queensland University). We also successfully trialled a number of in program documentation tools. A live chat system enabled comments and questions from an online audience across the state to mix with questions and feedback coming from inside the conference venue as shown in this excerpt of one of the conference streams. 

The Arts Front platform supported the collection of an extensive photo and video conference documentation and now post the event it provides a host that content that is accessible to organisers of the future Queensland regional arts gatherings. 

Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley

Arts Front @ Arts Ablaze - Documentation Project and Photo Competition

The Arts Front @ Arts Ablaze photo competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

The votes are being checked and the winner will be announced on Monday 14 October. 

The wider documentation project is still open for contributions.

Click here to view the competition entries or add more Arts Ablaze photos to the event archive. 


  • + - 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 will the Arts Ablaze program be released?

    The full program will be released in July.

  • + - 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.


Give us your feedback and ideas about how we can improve the Arts Front platform. We are working towards a formal public launch in mid 2020 and we'd love make sure the features you need to support your arts practice are included. If you would like to propose a new testing and development partnership (like we've been doing with the team at Arts Ablaze) just let us know. 


  • More Mapping tools
    by Leah Barclay, Friday 27 September 4:46pm
    27th September, 2019

    Hey the new platform is looking awesome! It would be great to see more support for mapping - like the tools the PlaceStories platform supports. 

    Comments (1)
    • Feral Arts Fri 27th Sep, 4:48pm
      Thanks Leah - we are on it - is there anything specific you need? We are in the process of supporting map view of media files - so you could potentially view a map of sound files you upload.