Fiona Elisala and Kara Bosun attended the Arts Ablaze festival in Koorabyn Valley this year, to find out what's been happening in the regional arts network in Queensland. Part conference and part festival, Arts Ablaze was hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council - just inland from the Gold Coast - where Fiona and Kara were able to combine professional development and networking opportunities with a bit of creative practice, participating in shibori and silversmithing workshops.
The conference themes this year included discussions about how to build and support creative communities, and the role of art in creating change and healthy communities. These topics were relevant to the work that both Fiona and Kara do at Moa Arts and they gained a lot from the experience, personally and professionally. The organisers said it was great to see some participation from artsworkers in the Torres Strait.
The exhibitions, public art and workshops brought some creative balance to the conference program, reminding the delegates why they do the work they do. With natural dyeing and silversmithing workshops scheduled for Moa Arts early in 2020, the women will have a lot of hands-on experience to share with the Kubin and St Pauls communities on Mua Island.
Fiona and Kara's attendance at Arts Ablaze was supported by Arts Queensland, Flying Arts Alliance, Regional Arts Australia and the Federal Ministry for the Arts.