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Announcement Post – A change of release times for courses and workshops


We’re about to make a change to the date and time of our course and workshop releases, and we wanted to give you the heads up!

Normally, courses and workshops are released four times a year: January, April, July, and September. The quarterly release in January, April, July and September align with the monthly e-newsletter for those months, which is published on the third Tuesday of the month at 10am.

We’ve taken on board feedback from our community regarding accessibility to book at 10am, and have made a change to the release schedule.

From next month, when we release our third round of courses and workshops for the year, the e-newsletter will be published on Tuesday 18 July (the third Tuesday of the month), with a full list of new offerings, and then courses and workshops will open two days later, on Thursday 20 July, at 6pm. Moving forward, this will be the new release timing.

Inductions. We haven’t forgotten about them! Inductions are released on a different schedule to courses and workshops, as the offering is different. Currently, Inductions are released monthly, in-line with the e-newsletter, on the third Tuesday of the month at 10am. This excludes the months of July and December when we don’t run inductions.

From next month, inductions will be released, still monthly, but two days after the e-newsletter and at 6pm. For example, the e-newsletter will be published on Tuesday 18 July, and inductions will open for bookings on Thursday 20 July, at 6pm – the same as the example above.

Below is a draft schedule, which explains the dates and timing above. Please keep in mind that this may change, as dates may be tweaked and circumstances change. During the year, if you’re unsure when the next release of courses, workshops or inductions might be, please give us a call on 07 3842 9400.


If you have any feedback on this change, we would love to hear from you – post below or send us an email at


Month E-news published Inductions Courses/Workshops
June 2017 20/6 Nil Nil
July 2017 18/7 Released at 6pm on 20/7 for offerings in August Released at 6pm on 20/7 for offerings in August and September
August 2017 15/8 Released at 6pm on 17/8 for offerings in September Nil
September 2017 19/9 Released at 6pm on 21/9 for offerings in October Released at 6pm on 21/9 for offerings in October and November
October 2017 17/10 Released at 6pm on 19/10 for offerings in November Nil
November 2017 21/11 Nil Some Christmas workshops may be released on  23/11




Not your average book club

Book Club

The Edge hasn’t ventured into book-club territory before, but we thought it was about time that we did – with an Edge spin, of course!

The Edge book club will be more than turning pages. Over three Monday nights in the month of July (and one Wednesday in August!), we’ll discuss song lyrics, a well-known novel, an award-winning graphic novel, and a film, through the lens of Apocalypse.

But, that’s Apocalypse in the true sense of the word.

Wikipedia“an uncovering” – a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities”

Kicking off the limited-run series is the songs and lyrics book club, on Monday 10 July. There will be live music, recorded music, snacks, conversation and YOU!

Come and join in on the conversation! There is no pre-requisite to play until the end. Join us for one meetup, or all four, and see what comes of a community-led, apocalyptic showcase to be revealed later in the year.


BOOK CLUB 1: Song Lyrics

  • Monday 10 July
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • The Edge
  • Free, but tell us you’re coming!

Check out our Book Club Spotify playlist, and if you feel so inclined, create one and share it with us on Facebook


BOOK CLUB 2: Graphic Novel – Maus

  • Monday 17 July
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • The Edge
  • Free, but tell us you’re coming!

BOOK CLUB 3: All the Pretty Horses

  • Monday 24 July
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • The Edge
  • Free, but tell us you’re coming!

BOOK CLUB 4: Avengers

  • Wednesday 2 August
  • 6pm – 8.30pm
  • GOMA & The Edge
  • Tell us you’re coming!


A moment of revelation… 



Aartwork by Rachael Bartram

Flying Car



Flying ArtsThe Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland. The program aims to provide a platform for further professional development.

In 2017, the QRAA theme is ‘Iconic Queensland’. Queensland is rich with iconic structures, people, locations, events and lifestyles that shape the State’s identity. Artists are invited to consider the unique and iconic elements within their own regions, to produce works that reflect our diverse Queensland communities.

The theme is to be addressed in an accompanying artist statement of 100 – 150 words. All entries are eligible for the $10,000 Flying Arts ‘Art for Life’ Award and for selection in the touring exhibition.



Award Name Award Prize
Flying Arts ‘Art for Life’ Award $10,000 cash, acquisitive
The Annie Tan Memorial Watercolour Award
Thanks to Annie Tan
$2,500 cash, non-acquisitive
Betty Crombie Young Artist Development Award
Thanks to Betty Crombie
$2,000 cash, non-acquisitive
Textile Art Award
Thanks to Janet de Boer and Art for Life donor
$1500 bursary to attend Blue Mountains Contextart
People’s Choice Award
Thanks to Ironlak Art and Design
Adult – $1250 Ironlak art materials voucher
Youth – $750 Ironlak art materials voucher
Digital Art Award
Thanks to SLEEP & CO and The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Fully funded one week residency at The Edge, SLQ valued at $4,000
Regional Artist Award
Thanks to The Johnson (Art Series Hotel Group) and Jugglers Art Space
Fully funded one week residency at Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane valued at $2,500
Remote Artist Award
Brought to you by USQ Artsworx
Fully funded one week residency at McGregor Summer School (Jan 2018) valued at $2,500

Flying Arts is a partner of Sate Library of Queensland.

#MADETODAY – Re-making Mega Fauna

Guest post by, Joseph Burgess

For me, The Edge is the Swiss-army-knife of creativity agency. Aside from having hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, soldering irons and above average coffee, there is a community that is thriving on creativity.

Everybody is doing their own unique thing and it’s always cool to see what people get up to. I’ve met some really good friends through The Edge and I have learned heaps in the time I’ve been going in. It started off as once a week and has steadily progressed to nearly every day. Most of the time I sit there smashing out editing videos and animation.

Since they’ve recently updated to using the newest version of Premiere, I’ve been getting into splicing some 360 footage and making my first VR videos. It’s interesting to work with footage that is spherical. I’m developing a VR project to show people what Australia looked like through the ice age because it wasn’t actually very icy here at all and it was actually a really crazy hyper rainforest. Think of the arid center for a second… Now imagine lakes big enough to support crocs, turtles, and all kinds of aquatic life that need lots of water to survive. The videos will be long meditative shots where you can experience the complete brutal nature of ice-age Australia without a time machine.

I had a couple of months of just getting really into the 3D printers and making replicas of fossils for reference. A few of them have come out really well and I’d like to cast them in copper someday when I can get my hands on a smelter. Between Brisbane Hackerspace and The Edge I’d have to say Brisbane has all the other major Australian cities beat on creative resources available to the public. In the four years that I was travelling around, working as a creative, I feel really fortunate to have my feet on the ground in Brisbane and be able to rock up to The Edge nearly any day of the week.

Thylacoleo Necklace


Obdurodon Skull Necklace

For now I’m just slicing and dicing my way through all the footage I captured for The Australian Mega Fauna Project and putting out a small line of shirts, hats, and mega fauna jewellery. It has taken a long time because I’m a perfectionist and I wanted to do the first few shoots with black and white film photography. The truth is I got really and deeply side tracked when I realized you could develop 35mm film with coffee, Panadol, vitamin C, and wine to name just a few. The Edge is the confluence of all the things I’d like to have in a workspace and I’ll definitely keep coming back.


A little bit about The Australian Mega Fauna Project.

My original goal upon arriving here in 2012 was to make The Australian Mega Fauna Project, a stop-motion animated documentary concerning the lack of mega fauna in popular Australian culture. I felt that if I could reintroduce these species as giant puppets into contemporary urban settings, people might pay a little more attention to one of the most unique stories in all of natural history. I threw myself into the project and chased the story around the continent.

It started with making animations and doing field work in remote areas alongside some of Australia’s top palaeontologists and ancient DNA researchers. It then progressed to holding exhibitions internationally and launching public arts initiatives that not only allowed me to realise the visuals for the project but also gave me the chance to share it with school children.

Walking Chicken

Walking Chicken

Thylacoleo dreaming

Thylacoleo dreaming

Thylacoleo in Fitzroy

Thylacoleo in Fitzroy

Thylacoleo Wooly's Brunswick

Thylacoleo Wooly’s Brunswick

Procoptodon Parliment station

Procoptodon Parliment station

Now, five years later, I have a body of work that is rich in character and has some of the key ingredients to a story just as Australian as ANZAC biscuits, Victoria Bitters, and Vegemite.

The next chapter of the project will be launched in Brisbane and concerns the lineage of the living koala. Similar to the Tasmanian tiger in that it is the last living member of its taxonomic family, the koala has a diverse lineage that includes many distinct species ranging in size from the miniature litokoala and perikoala up to the robustly built phascolarctos stirtoni.

‘Stirt’ weighed in at approximately 30kg and fossil evidence suggests that it existed alongside the extant koala phascolarctos cinerus. Due to climate change and inadequate legislation to protect them, the living koala is in a perilous situation.

As an artist with a passion for Australian animals, I feel it is my role to tell the story of the koala’s prehistory and to highlight the urgent need to work together to ensure the future of this iconic native species.

If you’re in Brisbane, keep a lookout in the tree tops of your community – the original ‘drop bears’ are coming back!



Would you like to know a little more about Joseph and his work on The Australian Mega Fauna Project? Check out his website:


A week in the life of an Edge Resident

Guest post by, Donna Davis, recipient of the Flying Arts 2017 Digital Art Award

Winning the ‘The Edge Digital Art Award’ as part of the Queensland Regional Art Awards meant that I could undertake a one-week residency at The Edge. I had previously undertaken some short courses at The Edge so knew that this residency would present some valuable opportunities and skill development for me as an artist.

Once the residency dates were set I began researching equipment, programs and projects that The Edge had to offer. I was spoilt for choice, however as a multi-discipline artist decided that working in the Fabrication Lab and learning how to use the Laser Cutter and the 3D printers was of most interest to my arts practice.

I am intrigued with the idea of connection, and work across a range of media including sculpture, installation and digital media to explore networks and relationships within the natural world. My most recent body of work, ‘Unseen’, explores symbiotic connections between plants and fungi, so I used this project as a muse for creating and trialling new works during my residency at The Edge.

My first day in the Lab involved inductions on the Laser Cuter and 3D printer, and also a tour of the facility. Then, thanks to the wonderful team at The Edge, began to learn new skills in Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Draw in order to design works that could be processed by the laser cutter. Whilst I am quite familiar with Adobe Photoshop, I found Adobe Illustrator quite challenging, but persisted and was able to create a few designs, based on fungal root systems, which were then etched and cut using the laser cutter.

Donna Davis  


I also trialled a number of materials in the laser cutter to explore creative possibilities; these materials included acrylic, cardboard, plywood and vinyl. All produced very different results, however, the works that were most successful for my practice was the acrylic etchings and the intricate plywood design cut-outs. I spent many hours cutting and etching to create a series of multiples that could then be incorporated into new works once back in the studio, these are still in development.

Donna Davis

Overall, the residency provided me with valuable skill and professional development, allowing me to understand the capabilities and limitations of this type of equipment and opportunities available to do further work at The Edge through their public Lab program.

If you’d like to learn more about Donna and her practice, visit

Stranger sounds – Subtractive synthesis

Anyone who has seen the award-winning, science fiction series ‘Stranger Things’ will have observed the soundtrack is dominated by synth sounds of the 80s. Canadian group Survive composed the soundtrack almost exclusively using vintage ‘subtractive’ synthesizers (e.g. Korg Mono/Poly, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Roland SH-101).     

So what exactly is a subtractive synthesizer?

Subtractive synthesis is arguably the most commonly used form of synthesis in modern music. The best analogy for how the sound is shaped is to think of a block of stone a sculptor chips away at to arrive at their desired shape. Depending on the artist’s choices the outcome can be extremely varied.

With a subtractive synth you commence with one or more oscillators creating a raw sound (saw, sine, square are examples of the waveforms an oscillator can produce). From there you have a myriad of choices in terms of modifying the sound but an obvious technique is to adjust the filter cut-off. As with our sculptor analogy, reducing the filter cut-off removes some of the audio signal and can transform our bright, raw sound into something more smooth and mellow.

Now if we delve deeper, most subtractive synths have a ‘low frequency oscillator’ (LFO) we can assign to the filter cut-off. It’s low frequency because, generally speaking, the oscillator is below our level of hearing and is used for modifying the output of the oscillator/s that do produce a sound.

Sinewave LFO image (from Synthquarium

Sinewave LFO image (from Synthquarium)


Just as the name suggests, the LFO ‘oscillates’ up and down (think of a series of waves in the ocean rippling in succession) and, if assigned to the filter cut-off, will cause our waveform to cycle between the raw, bright sound and more mellow, softer tone. The ‘wob’ bass sound in dubstep is an extreme example of this particular technique.

If you’ve stuck it out this far, chances are you may be interested in trying to create your own sounds using a subtractive synth. The good news is The Edge’s Digital Media Lab provides free access to music production software such as Logic Pro X (you can even borrow a midi keyboard and headphones). Within Logic Pro X there are several ‘virtual analogue’/digital emulations of a subtractive synth such as ‘Retro Synth’.

subtractive synthesizer

Screen Shot from Logic Pro X


In addition to The Edge’s Media Lab, State Library offers free access to (a comprehensive video tutorial site) that has a number of courses covering the fundamentals of synthesis and electronic music production. Producing Electronic Music in Logic Pro is well worth checking out.

QMusic’s Industry Connect – A free program for emerging musicians

Industry Connect is a new music program bringing music industry professionals from around Australia to regional Queensland (and The Edge!) to help anyone interested in building a sustainable career in the music industry. 

QMusic’s Industry Connect program is designed to help early/intermediate career musicians and workers get the knowledge, relationships and opportunities they need to succeed!

Industry Connect provides showcase opportunities throughout the year, for musicians within the program. While travel grants can help to bring you to BIGSOUND in September 2017.

Did we mention it’s FREE?

Over 13 sessions you’ll learn how to:

  • Take your song-writing to the next level
  • Successfully promote your music on digital music platforms like Spotify and Pandora
  • Run a successful tour
  • Build a team around you or manage your own career
  • And much, much more…..

It’s also a great chance to meet other people in your local area that can help you get ahead.


Some of the music industry professionals confirmed for the program include:


Huw Nolan – Director of Artist Management and Record label, Good Manners Music (VIC)
clients include Banofee, Kilo, Lucianclomkamp, Planette

Jackson Walkden – Brown – Music lawyer, Chris Chow Creative Lawyers (NSW)
clients include Eskimo Joe, Wolfmother, MGM, Ministry Of Sound 

John Mullen – Head of A&R at Dew Process (QLD)
working with Bernard Fanning, Circa Waves, Last Dinosaurs, Mumford & Sons, Kingswood

Joe Alexander – Director / A&R, Bedroom Suck Records (VIC) 
working with Totally Mild, Blank Realm, Terrible Truths

Ali Tomoana – Director & Artist Manager, Soul Has No Tempo (QLD)
clients include Sampology, Jordan Rakei, Tiana Khasi

Sarah Chipman – Publicist, Title Track (QLD) 
clients include Sticky Fingers, Cub Sport, Tired Lion, West Thebarton Brothel Party

Tim Price – Publicist/Director, Price War/ Collison Course (QLD)
clients include Sydonia, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dead Letter Circus

Tyler McLoughlan – Music license broker, The Sound Pound (QLD) 
Plus many more to be announced.


Whether you want to be touring musician, artist manager or understand how to book a venue, be a music publicist or start your own record label, Industry Connect is all about arming you with the knowledge and resources to make the right decisions and connect you to the right people.


Upcoming Workshops


QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Get Good

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Home Town Heroes

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Is This Even Possible?

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // It’s a Business

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Know Your Product

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // I Get Around

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Click Here

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Getting It Out There

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Meet Your Maker

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // I Heard It On The Television

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Building a Team vs. DIY

QMusic Industry Connect Workshop // Why Should I Give You Money?


Upcoming Masterclasses


The Masterclass series is a condensed format of the full Industry Connect program with four intensive sessions throughout the year.

QMusic Industry Connect Masterclass 1 // The Basics

QMusic Industry Connect Masterclass 2 // Skill Up

QMusic Industry Connect Masterclass 3 // Plug In

QMusic Industry Connect Masterclass 4 // Amplify



Industry Connect Brisbane is delivered at The Edge, by QMusic, Queensland’s music industry development association. QMusic creates pathways to music industry success.

Plug in. Skill Up. Amplify. 

QMusic is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland.



#MADETODAY: Dog tags

#MADETODAY Dog tags, by Talia Yat

Dog tags

Toshi, the doge model


What did you make?
Dog tags

What inspired you to make this?
Dogs who are escape artists!

What Fabrication Lab resource did you use?
Laser Cutter

Where’d the design come from? 
Designed this myself using Adobe Illustrator.

Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to tell us about what you’ve made?

Although the wood tag looks cool, it’s not practical. The wood tag lasted about 2 weeks (her friend kindly chewed it off). The acrylic tag has lasted a lot longer.


Dog tags

Toshi’s tags, including the timber tag, that didn’t last long


Dog tags

The reverse side of Toshi’s tags


Have you made something in the Fabrication Lab today? We’d love to hear about it and share it with The Edge community.

Submit your entry here:

More inductions, more access and the highly anticipated CNC

We’ve added 30 more seats to our Laser Cutter inductions for March, set new ‘Open Lab’ times for 2017 giving you more access to the equipment, and we’re launching the CNC inductions! It’s a good month!

First things first. More Laser Cutter inductions! We’ve added an extra three inductions into the March schedule – that’s an extra 30 seats than normal, and we’ll continue to add more inductions each month while the demand is there. If you miss out this time, please let us know, so we can make an assessment on how many more to run in the coming months. Send us an email here.



Next on the list, is access to the Fabrication Lab through our scheduled hours of Open Lab. After a trial-run of new hours late last year, we’ve reviewed the use and feedback and have set new hours for 2017.

Weekly Open Lab hours

  • Tuesday 12-8pm (drop-in use only, no online bookings)
  • Wednesday 12–6pm
  • Thursday 12–6pm (Hack the Evening commences from 5.30pm)
  • Saturday 12–6pm

If Open Lab is new to you, let’s take a step back…

What is Open Lab?

Open Lab at The Edge is when the Fabrication Lab and Makerspace is open to the community. We offer set times each week, where you can access quality, professional equipment like a Laser Cutter, 3D printers (we have many and in different formats), CNC Router, Sewing Machines and Overlockers, Soldering Stations, Tool Shop and general work benches.

The space is fit for all types of projects, assignments, prototypes, experiments, business ideas and any creation that needs space and/or access to professional equipment.

Along with the equipment and space we also offer great minds! Whether it’s chatting to the experienced Lab staff to obtain a cleaner etch on the Laser Cutter, or troubleshooting a poor cast from a 3D printed model – we have great minds and we like to share what we know.


Read more about the Fabrication Lab online, call The Edge on 3842 9400 or drop in during any Open Lab session or Hack the Evening meetup and chat to the staff – we’re more than happy to introduce you to the space.


And lastly… the CNC Router.

After some testing and training, the CNC Router is up and running! From today we open bookings for the CNC Router inductions, and then add it to our list of equipment available to book during Open Lab. You don’t need any prior experience on a CNC to attend an induction, we’ll run you though the safety requirements and how to use the software. Each time you book the CNC thereafter, there will always be a Lab Supervisor right there with you.




Two New Playlists for Your Spotify Account

Do you ever wonder who curates the music at The Edge? You’re sitting there working on your project in the Window Bays when suddenly your favourite band starts playing through the PA system. Well, let’s meet two of the team that pick your Edge soundtrack and peer into their eclectic mixed tape.

Here is some music inspiration and two playlists to add to your Spotify account.



Sunny Bankrupt Billionaires

Sunny mid-gig with the Bankrupt Billionaires


For those of you familiar with The Edge, you know we aren’t a quiet space and we play music over the course of our opening hours. As one of the Visitor Services Officers who curates the musical content, I’ve put together a playlist of songs/artists that I get inspiration from as a musician and, more generally, in my day to day life. I picked out a few of the tracks below and provided a brief run-down as to why they made the list:

J Dilla – Gobstopper

J Dilla is probably the single greatest influence/inspiration to me in terms of my music practice. As Questlove (The Roots) recently noted, he was the “paradigm shift” that changed hip hop and electronic music production forever. Gobstopper is from his final album Donuts shortly prior to his untimely passing. On the face of it it’s an extremely simple song; a loop lifted from a 70s soul record and some drums. Yet it also displays Dilla’s impeccable ear for melody and demonstrates his command of groove that many musicians/producers (myself included) strive to channel in our own compositions.

David Axelrod – Songs of Innocence

I discovered this artist when I was sampling vinyl for my hip hop group in the early 2000s. The marriage of heavy drums, guitars, organs, vocals and orchestral instruments was a revelation; I realised the music I loved was not bound by a particular era and you don’t have follow many genre-specific rules when writing music.

Mndsgn – Alluptoyou

Mndsgn is an artist on one of my favourite and eclectic record labels, Stones Throw. This particular track has a dreamy, ethereal quality to it and, as with most of Mndsgn’s catalogue, makes me want to stop listening and sit myself in front of a keyboard and start writing.

In terms of my musical practice, I describe myself as a producer/beat maker/synth nerd. My roots are in hip hop (The Optimen) and spent many years collecting and sampling vinyl records. I’ve since been involved in a soul outfit (Bankrupt Billionaires) and released solo electronic/synth based music under the moniker ‘Exploko’. Most recently I’ve scored an ABC iView documentary featuring street artist Amok Island.

Check out Sunny’s playlist on Spotify



Here’s a mix of around 20 songs from classic rock, heavy metal and a lot of funk.

What can I say? As a musician, primarily drummer and guitarist, I am driven towards big sounds or sounds that really make you get a groove on.

I’ve been on a self-taught musical journey for about 10 years (composing and producing for around three) and there have been a few standout tracks I can pinpoint as key to my musical development.

Dr. Funkenstein

This track by Parliament showed me a couple of things about composition that I’d been ignorant of until the point of hearing it. The first is you don’t need a fat guitar tone and lots of notes to make your guitar sound really good in the mix. The other is you can break from the standard rock formula of guitar, bass, drums and vocals and add other instrumentation (notably brass in this track) to really compliment the song.

Black Dog

This song, if I can remember correctly, was my first introduction to syncopated drums. Now up until this point (and partly due to my lack of formal music education) I had been a strictly 4/4 player. I couldn’t really wrap my head around how to play this track for a while and it opened a huge door of ideas and ways of making my playing sound interesting.

American Ghost Dance

Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers Fan. It’s not unique for the Peppers to sing about sensitive or important issues. The issue being addressed in this track being the slaying of native American people and the claiming of their sacred lands. This song showed me that you can write about melancholic material while still being uplifted. This song jams and you can really get down to it.

The rest of the music in my playlist follows similar inspiration and I’m sure that at the end of the list you’ll be bobbing your head or tapping your foot in time.

Check out Will’s playlist on Spotify