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DONOR NEWSLETTER

Christmas Issue 2011

FROM THE CEO It’s that time of year when our minds turn to giving. I know when I give, I like to make a difference. I know you feel that way too. At Queensland Arts Council we are very focused on making a difference in regional communities in supporting emerging artists and in providing quality experiences in the visual arts and especially for our young people in Queensland schools. Your support now will help us to achieve our mission and to increase opportunities for regional communities to engage in quality arts experiences. Queensland Arts Council has a number of core principles which underpin its operations. Areas where we focus our work, to leverage the best outcomes for the dollars you give, include; the Arts, Health and Wellbeing; Youth Engagement and Education; Community Resilience; and the Arts and the Environment. As a touring organisation travelling many thousands of kilometres a year, we, like many Australian organisations, are focused on reducing our carbon footprint and using recycled and environmentally friendly materials, whether it be our touring exhibition crates, props or scenery. In 2011, our 50th Anniversary year, we are committed to making a difference in this particular area, while maintaining the highest-level possible of regional arts experiences. I have been interested to read lately of the amounts of money absorbed in charity administration in fundraising. While all fundraising costs money for mail campaigns and events, and while such costs are quite legitimate, QAC is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated and committed team of volunteers on the Cultural Support Fund Committee. In addition, because the fund operates within QAC’s overall administrative operations, we have been able to ensure, in 2011 for example, that 94% of your gifts were directed towards the outcomes you want to achieve for regional Queenslanders.

Arthur Frame AM MFIA Chief Executive Officer

Music. Arts. Drama. Dance (M.A.D.) Camp by Johanna Searles, Education Liaison Officer, Queensland Arts Council

Queensland Arts Council’s M.A.D. Camp (Music. Art. Drama. Dance) is a multiarts residency program for 60 secondary school students in years 10, 11 and 12 from rural, regional, remote and urban Queensland. Held for the first time in 2011, M.A.D. Camp took place during the first week of the September school holidays. Following the January 2011 extreme weather events in Queensland, the camp inspired young people to think optimistically about their future through participation in a week-long program of multi-arts workshops, training and excursions. Left: Participants in 2011 M.A.D. Camp at The Powerhouse

QAC received a grant from The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation which significantly subsidised participation for young attendees in 2011. Other event partners were the City of Ipswich, Jani Haenke Charitable Trust and Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School. As such grants are competitive and are often one-off, we are seeking your support to present M.A.D. Camp again in 2012. * Johanna is seconded to Queensland Arts Council by the Department of Education and Training


ARTS EMPLOYMENT: A RICH LEGACY OF ENTERTAINMENT the David Poulton Story When donors support Queensland Arts Council they assist us to provide great arts programs and educational outcomes state-wide. They also provide enormous support for - and employment of - artists. Here is one artist’s story. It was an interesting day back in 1970 when my wife Sally and I met Dr Gertrude Langer at Cribb Island State School to audition for the Queensland Arts Council with the prospect of a short tour to some of the smaller towns in Queensland with our puppet theatre. Thirty-five years and approximately 3.5million young audience members later, the short tour became a lifelong career. Touring was hard physical work and had its challenges, without the luxury of good roads, air conditioning and decent cars. On our first tour, we were marooned between Winton and Cloncurry for 5 days on a black soil road due to rain, unable to move. We were also flooded from Cloncurry moving east one year and had to put our vehicle and caravan on a train so we could move on to our next performance. The outback people are the most accepting group of people and we have made many wonderful friendships over the years. We were also the first QAC artists ever to visit the remote Cape York Peninsula and Channel country. I obtained a pilot’s licence and self-flew tours for many years. Over the years we have trained many young Queenslanders in puppetry and many have made wonderful artistic careers. Today, we are running one of the world’s largest animation puppet companies from our Noosa Heads base. We create incredible animated window displays with all motions sequenced to music and have been contracted to make David Jones’ Sydney Christmas window display for the past 6 years. Our mechanical animation company has created 11 full time arts jobs in Noosa. The 35 years of touring with Queensland Arts Council taught us discipline, organisation and above all, the love of the arts by realising the affect one can have on people’s lives. It is an amazing feeling to know that about 25% of all people in Queensland have experienced and enjoyed our productions. Thanks Queensland Arts Council! David Poulton is Queensland Arts Council’s longest serving artist and in 2011 became an Associate Artist of the Company. He will present Wok and Wal in Queensland primary schools in 2012.

TIM FAIRFAX AM WINS PHILANTHROPY LEADERSHIP AWARD Queensland Arts Council is delighted to have successfully nominated Mr Tim Fairfax AM for the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Leadership Award, which was presented to Mr Fairfax at the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) National Awards on 11 October in Perth.

Right: The entire school population of 26 children from the El Arish State School thank Mr Fairfax for his support of QAC’s Small Regional Schools touring program Gina and Tim Fairfax AM at the Awards

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation has played a significant role in the delivery of quality live arts experiences to regional Queenslanders through the Queensland Arts Council, and through many other charitable contributions to arts organisations and the community. Congratulations Tim!


RECOGNISING OUR DONORS All donations small or large, made to Queensland Arts Council, are absolutely essential to the work of our organisation in communities and schools across the region. We are very appreciative of the support provided by the following donors and to the many friends and supporters who wish to remain anonymous. Adrienne McDonald Alison Baistow Allan Bruce Andrew Earle Angela & Webe Gertsma Ann & Roger Bowden Ann & Rollo Nicholson (BD) Arch Cameron Arthur Frame AM (CSFC) & Mae Frame ArtsMedia Consultants Bert Ealing Beverley O'Keeffe (on behalf of) Brisbane Valley Arts Council Inc Bruce Mellor Carmel Roden Carol Hyne Charles Russell Chinchilla Arts Council Inc Christine Webster Clinton Woodhouse (CSFC) Colin Brett Coralie Peterson Creighton Family Cyril & Shirley Golding Dana McCown Danuta Hunt Daphne Rich Dare Power (BD & CSFC) Dominique Tan Dr Cathryn Mittelhauser AM Dr Christiaan Willems (BD) & Christine Woods-Willems Dr Gilbert Burgh (BD) Dr James McCawley Dr Jennifer & Kevin Radbourne Dr Margaret Mittelhauser AM Dr Rebecca Scollen Drs HAB & AM Foxton Dysart Arts Council Inc Eileen Price Elisabeth Hindmarsh Elizabeth Auriac Fairlie Schmelzer Frank White Fraser Foundation

LM - Life Member

Gavin Brett Glenda Morris Gwen Lyons Gwendolyn Banks Happy Apple Resort Heather Hale (BD) & Family Heather Robertson (LM) Helen Kirby Helene Jones Charity Trust Henk Boevink Herman Miles Hon Justice J A Logan RFD Hughina Roche Ian Merritt IG & Mary Wilson InStyle Shoes & Accessories Biloela Irene Feltis Irene Meyer Jack Knights Jacqui Mott Jane Dixon Jane Frank (CSFC) & Peter Cummiskey Jani Haenke Charitable Trust Jean O'Connell Jennifer Commens Jennifer Eldridge Jennifer Suta Joan Needer John & Denise Christensen John Posselt (BD) John Teakle Joseph Morfea (BD) Joy Tabor Judy Chengody Judy Snelling Julie & Peter Dowd Julie Obst June Hoopert Karen Lane (in memory of Patricia Lane) Kathy Davis (CSFC) Katrina Paine Kay Mays (BD) Kazuma Maintenance & Engineering Ken & Teena Wilcock OAM (LM)

BD - QAC Board Director

L Lawton Lee McIvor Les Jones (LM & CSFC) Les Thornton Lillian McCombe Little Artists Moranbah Loretta Hyne (CSFC) & Richard Hyne Lyn Dorian M.R. & D.L Campbell Meryl Allen Michael & Rowena Stenner Michael Evans N&R Hughes Nan Dingle Nell Macqueen Paradies Family Patricia Mitchell OAM (LM & CSFC) Paul Moloney Priscilla Clare Raymond Smith Rita Cameron Robyn & Lindsay Creighton Robyn Perrett Rosemary Almberg Sally Charlton (BD) Sally Stacey Sandy Curtis Sara Bannon Sara Hughes Sharon Hogan Siganto Foundation Stephanie White Susan Lostroh Suzette Pill Terry Rayner The Swich Contemporary Art Space Tim & Tammy Stiller Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Tim Fisher Trevor Power Truda Landreth Valerie Stevenson Walter & Colleen Benham Yvonne Crossley

CSFC - Cultural Support Fund Committee member

The Board, staff and artists of Queensland Arts Council salute you, our donors and supporters and say‌ SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL!


QUEENSLAND ARTS COUNCIL TO LAUNCH NEW ARTSLINK WEBSITE As you may have noticed, Queensland Arts Council’s website has been featured as a temporary site for a little while now. We are very excited about the new site, which wi Thanks to your assistance – our new website, ArtsLink Queensland is now only moments away! It will provide visitors with a What’s On Calendar for state-wide arts events and will support the work of over 250 regional arts organisations, including our Local Arts Councils and our 200 strong network of Associate Member organisations, through our new powerful networking tools. The website would not have been possible without the support of our partners, Arts Queensland, Onion Creative, Zero Hour & Co and you, our donors, as the Cultural Support Fund has also invested in this excellent new resource for regional communities and all Queenslanders. QAC CULTURAL Watch this space! www.qac.org.au SUPPORT FUND

IN MEMORY OF JANI HAENKE Queensland Arts Council is proud and pleased to be able to honour the memory of Jani Haenke through the generous donation made from the Jani Haenke Charitable Trust this year. A renowned environmentalist with a lifelong passion for the arts in all its forms, Jani was a member of a long-established Ipswich family (and past-student of the Ipswich Girls Grammar School) and with a deep interest in the cause of endangered species, we believe Jani would have been delighted to have seen her gift supporting the following arts and environmental projects: - Music. Arts. Drama. Dance (M.A.D. ) Camp 2011 - 12 Touring Exhibitions to be presented with over 80 separate events across 50 communities in 2012 including; Ipswich Portraits, Objects and Mementos by artist Donna Davis; and Reeds Talking, Mountains Walking, an exhibition that celebrates the natural world, by artist Lin Martin - Three Little Pigs Endangered Species, a Primary School production that will tour to over 100,000 students in 2012 and 2013, that deals specifically with animals at risk, such as the bilby, the dugong and the cassowary

Queensland Arts Council looks forward to continuing these projects in the memory of Jani Haenke.

A DINNER DATE TO SAVOUR

Above: Image from Reeds Talking, Mountains Walking photographic exhibition touring with the support of the Jani Haenke Charitable Trust

Queensland Arts Council will celebrate the culmination of 50 years of great arts programs and services with a Golden 50th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner at the Tivoli Theatre in Brisbane on Friday 23 March 2012. We look forward to sharing this event with you! For more information or for how to pre-book your ticket email alana.jessop@qac.org.au or phone (07) 3226 4000

QUEENSLAND ARTS COUNCIL SELLS ITS PROPERTY IN DUTTON PARK QAC has made the decision to sell the Dutton Park property as the building is no longer suitable because of its size, and as a result of rising property management costs. The sale was confirmed last week and finalisation is expected to occur in mid-2012. This publication has been printed and distributed with the support of Momentum Print


Donor Newsletter November 2011