Granite Belt Arts and Craft Trail receives funding

Artwork by Ballandean artist, Emily Coelli.

By Dominique Tassell

The Federal Government is supporting the Granite Belt to reconnect through the Arts.

The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail is back for another year to showcase local artists on the Southern Downs, thanks to the support of $25,500 under the latest round of the 2021 Regional Arts Fund.

The event will be held over one weekend, from Friday 29 October to Sunday 31 October, where you can “immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of culture, talent, history, and artefacts in the region”.

You can attend workshops on everything from making your own candles to making your own mozzarella, and the Granite Belt Rotary Club will even be offering picnic baskets complete with vegan and gluten-free options for GBART enthusiasts to collect every morning every morning before they set out on their creative adventure for the day.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the grant will provide an opportunity for regional artists to cultivate creative community engagement with art and culture, helping to reconnect our regional communities.

“I am pleased to announce that $25,500 under the Regional Arts Fund will go towards the 2021 Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail, showcasing all things creative,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The event will highlight the ever-growing talent of artists and artisans across the region, providing engaging art and cultural experiences to visitors and local artists.

“This is a major boost for Maranoa, and is part of the Government’s investment towards a sustainable, thriving and diverse arts sector across regional and remote communities.”

Each year the Government provides around $3.6 million through the Regional Arts Fund, supporting sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities.

Under the latest round of the 2021 Regional Arts Fun Project grants 76 arts projects across Australia will share in almost $1.2 million.

For more information about the Regional Arts Fund and to view the full list of Project grant recipients visit: