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Published on 21 June 2012

An educator and futurist from the University of the Sunshine Coast will address a Gympie gathering of local government and cultural and community groups next week on how to build regional creativity.

Lecturer in Future Studies and World History Dr Marcus Bussey plans to highlight the importance of art in regional Queensland at the Arts Matters workshop at Gympie Civic Centre on Friday 29 June.

It will be part of a two-day event in Gympie that has been jointly organised by USC and Artslink Queensland.

Dr Bussey said his workshop would examine ways to use art to create a town’s character.

“Art is related to identity,” he said. “Art often builds a bridge between individual and collective awareness of ones’ environment, whether that’s an urban environment or a rural one.

“So for me, art is very important for building a common language that people can share from all walks of life.”

Dr Bussey said it was important to highlight the creative resources that already exist within communities to build regional creativity.

“I think there needs to be an increased awareness of the importance of art community spaces which are used to support and promote local artists,” he said.

“Beyond that, there are collaborative engagements around urban space, and that brings a new awareness to the broader public of what artists are doing.”

A second Arts Matters workshop, to be held on Saturday 30 June, will explore the practical project management requirements for local arts and cultural initiatives.

A panel of three regional artists – Corey Wright of Maleny and Tony Kishawi and Dion Channer of Gympie – will discuss their views of the pros and cons of being an artist in this area.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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