For artists and art-loving communities in regional and remote Queensland, practicing visual arts often means having limited access to experiences and resources that city counterparts take for granted.
Flying Arts Alliance began in 1971 with one man’s vision to teach art in isolated communities. Today, in response to expressed needs of regional and remote artists, arts workers, young artists and educators and creative communities, we annually deliver over 200 demand driven art workshops and projects.
We provide important professional services, such as access to affordable insurance, to our members. Our extensive annual exhibition program attracts recognition for Queensland artists and grows networks outside their own communities. Our signature Queensland Regional Art Awards receives over 200 yearly entries and offers outstanding touring opportunities across the state.
But our impact reaches further than this.
Our visionary past and plans for the future will continue to enrich the lives of young and old because we know that enabling access to art builds thriving, connected communities, reduces isolation and creates vibrant social capital.
In Ravenswood, 1,444 km from Brisbane, Flying Arts will soon work with a school of 24 children to create a mixed-media commemorative book to mark their 150th anniversary- at no cost to the school. Participation in art enables ‘stealth learning’ beyond the project itself. “The workshops will directly lift the level of numeracy in the lower grades and give the children the opportunity to show off their skills, improve self-respect and give school purpose.” – School Educator
Recently, at a Toowoomba cafe, 12 women from 80-88, gathered to celebrate the art and friendship Flying Arts brought to their lives. Decades have passed since they last connected, yet they all agreed that attending monthly art classes flown in by Flying Arts was “a highlight of their lives.”
Two stories out of hundreds. Art for Life.
Funding to support organisational capacity is hardest to achieve, but it is critical to growth and sustainability for any not for profit.
With your donation we can build enriching partnerships with remote Indigenous communities, expand our reach to more regional and rural towns across Queensland, support our programs for young people and grow our exhibition capacity.
You can ensure that Flying Arts Alliance’s impact will continue to be felt across the state.
Please make a tax deductible donation today. Be a part of our work – harnessing the power of visual arts to ignite imagination, spur spirited dialogue and collaboration, and advance an ever-blooming visual arts landscape across Queensland.
Visit us at www.flyingarts.org.au to learn more or get involved.