RASN empowers regional communities through:

  • connecting Artists and Arts workers across Qld
  • consultative engagement
  • creating cross-regional networks
  • supporting community-led projects
  • brokering opportunities and partners

CONTACT Regional Arts Officers

Waratah Nicholls – Cape York and Torres Strait Islands

Phone: 0436 806 343 Emailwnicholls@cook.qld.gov.au 

See more + here

Jenuarrie – Far North Qld

Phone: 0417 708 392 Emailrasn@artsnexus.com.au 

The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) is a network of regional arts service providers who, work together to deliver on-the-ground arts services in communities across the state. Driving regional development across regions and working with the local arts sector, the community and key stakeholders, they help to determine key arts and cultural priorities for specific regions. + Here

Waratah Nicholls is an artist, teacher and community worker. Through her work, her passion and her kindness, Waratah has left her mark in art galleries, communities and hearts across Cape York Peninsula.

The identified priorities for the Cape York and Torres Strait Islands RASN region are:

  • Cultural Tourism
  • Indigenous and youth engagement
  • Collaboration and communication to improve resource sharing and efficiencies


The Cape York and Torres Strait Islands Arts Showcase is a major component of the Cooktown and Cape York Expo 2021.

40 artists will be selected to be a part of the program that includes:

  • Skills and professional development workshops on arts businesses, pitching and skills development
  • Mentoring opportunities from key industry professionals across a variety of artist genres, mediums and performance types
  • Support and the opportunity to showcase your unique talents and culture during the Reconciliation Rocks Festival

Applications extended to 14 December, 2020.

Find out more here and download the application form here.

Jenuarrie is well known in Australia and throughout Far North Queensland for her active involvement and leadership in community capacity building, promoting and developing arts business, art production, presentation and the promotions of creative merchandise in urban, regional & remote Queensland communities for our First Nations People. 


WHALE SONG FESTIVAL – First Nation Commission through Arts Qld Backing Indigenous Arts fund.

Initially a collaboration of five coastal First Nations communities, showcasing their Country’s Whale Song, this event will grow as new Communities join the celebrations.

Visiting filmmakers Darryl and Leonie from Creative Kiwi Nomads, working with Mala and Amy Neal

FNQ COMBINED COUNCILS NETWORK. Croydon, Burke, Cairns, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Doomadgee, Douglas, Etheridge, Mareeba, Mornington, Tablelands, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah 

Quarterly meetings of the Combined Councils Network with Arts&Cultural Officers from each of the 13 Councils, gathering regularly to share news, date claim, look for opportunities, profile their projects and support each others aspirations.

The online exhibition and series of panel discussion were hosted in partnership with the Australia’s Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (CIAF), ArtsFront and Arts Nexus. A celebration of our First Nation Peoples during NAIDOC Week, Australia’s yearly celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. + here

Panelists from Australia and India

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND – captured moments