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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.

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 www.donnadavisartist.weebly.com

Residency Journal: Linda Clark

Guest post by, Linda Clark

As the winner of the Gray Puksand Digital Art Award in the 2015 Queensland Regional Art Awards, Linda Clark received a fully funded two week residency at The Edge. Here she talks about her experiences at The Edge, where she developed the conceptual basis of a new body of work.

Initially I was impressed by the range of art making resources that hide within The Edge! My goal during the residency was to learn as many new processes as possible. Within The Edge, the instructors helped me to learn 3D printing and laser cutting techniques, and I completed inductions on those machines so that I can access them in the future.  I also chatted to Edge staff about sound recording, and about what technology I would actually need for installation work. My approach to digital recording is quite basic, which suits my work, and the staff helped me with tips to improve sound recording in everyday settings.

The venue is in a perfect location for artists, because of its proximity to GOMA, QAG, the Museum, State Library and QPAC, and enables immersion in culture. The Edge is a great venue whether you are ready to make work (because there is plenty of room and facilities to do so), or whether you are researching and experimenting because of the space to work that is available, and the facilities that surround The Edge.

After many learning experiences, I took advantage of the cultural precinct that surrounds The Edge. During the residency, I was developing the conceptual basis of a new body of work, and was able to spend time within visual research and exhibitions within the State Library, GOMA and Queensland Art Gallery.

Laser Cutting Induction at The Edge

Laser Cutting Induction at The Edge

This residency impacted my arts practice in a positive way. I was able to document my artistic process/development with intention, and recognized patterns within my practice that I can build upon in the future.

The residency helped me to recognize that I have a specific way of working that begins with a question, and is developed through visual research of images, artworks and concepts, as well as a lot of journal writing and sketching. It is only after this process that I can begin to make the work through focused experimentation with materials.

Collage Experiment,  Linda Clark

Collage Experiment, Linda Clark

Before the residency, I had tried to force myself to make work without going through this process of conceptual development, for example, I tried to collect materials and just make a work. This residency helped me to recognize that I need the conceptual development phase first!

While I definitely produced new work in the form of laser cutting, 3D printing knowledge, and sound recording, which I’m sure I will utilize in future projects, I think the most significant new work was the development of my creative process.

The Edge residency, offered within its surrounding precinct, afforded me the space and time to develop this artistic process, and intentionally work within it. This has led to a more focused way of art making for me.

Over the Boundary Exhibition Architecture Forum State Library

Over the Boundary Exhibition Architecture Forum, State Library

The residency created a space for me to be alone with my own thoughts, and to focus solely on my practice. I am rarely alone because I have a family, so the week of the residency was challenging in terms of being solitary. However, this solitude led to personal growth, not only in terms of my recognition of my specific art making process, but I now recognize the value of having a period of time in which to focus solely on a conceptual premise, with no distractions. While this experience was intense for me, it was invaluable because it forced me outside of my comfort zone and into real practice.

Over the Boundary Exhibition

Over the Boundary Exhibition

Since the residency, I have been conducting further research and development of the concept that I was working on during the residency, as part of the first semester of my Doctor of Creative Arts research project. This research has included thinking, reading, writing, sketching, video documentation and journal reflection. I am now beginning to make a new video and textile installation work that is based on the concept of exploring cultural identifiers for young/teenage Australian women.  I now have a more refined direction of my arts practice, so in this way it has changed the direction to a practice based research model. This is definitely helpful because I will be conducting practice based research for the next three years.

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ArtizDIGITAL – program for high school students

It’s not often that high school aged artists get to engage with cutting edge technology to produce their art – especially if they come from regional and remote Queensland. Flying Arts is excited to extend that opportunity to students for the third year running in partnership with The Edge.

ArtizDIGITAL will provide students from near and far with an immersive and innovative arts program over the June/July school holidays. They’ll explore new areas of critical artistic practice, learn new skills and experiment with fresh approaches to art making.

Have you ever wondered how new media sculptures can tell if somebody has entered a room, or when to play a sound? Daniel Flood, The Edge’s own Creative Manager will introduce students to interactive media, and teach them how to create artworks that interact with the world around them.

Practicing artists, designers and scientists will take students through how to create textiles grown from microorganisms, design fashion with a technological twist, and how to hone their observational skills and focus their creativity.

Feedback from previous participants of Flying Arts’ programs at The Edge have been overwhelmingly positive, with many students excited about the new skills learned. “The workshops were amazing. I have learned so many new things regarding the application of technology and art.”

The program will run from 29 June – 1 July with options to register as either a day or residential participant. A number of travel subsidies are available to remote and regional students to attend as residential participants, with fully supervised accommodations available.

Places are limited. Registrations close 5pm, June 10.