Artists in Residence funding a breath of fresh AIR for students

The Palaszczuk Government’s Artists in Residence (AIR) program will partner with Earnshaw State College in 2019.

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said the school would receive $5 000 to have artist Jacqueline Scotcher work with students to help them improve their skills.

“The school is so lucky to have someone as talented and well known as Jacqueline coming to the school to share her expertise,” Ms Linard said.

“Jacqueline is well known for her work in depicting landscapes and will be workshopping with the students to find new and unique ways to best capture some of our great local backdrops in their art work.

“I am excited to see what the students will produce and talk to them about how Jacqueline was able to help them go to a whole new level.”

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said this investment of more than $200 000 state-wide will connect professional artists with school communities to boost engagement with arts and culture.

“This year there has been a particular focus on school communities experiencing disadvantage as the arts is a great way to engage students and get them excited to come to school and kindy,” Minister Enoch said.

“Arts education in schools and kindergartens increases confidence and develops creative thinking.

“The Palaszczuk Government is serious about nurturing innovation and creative thinking and recognises the important role of the arts in supporting life-long learning.

“Schools and kindergartens from Mornington Island to Townsville, and Brisbane to Birdsville will engage artists and arts companies next year and place a greater emphasis on creativity in education.

Minister Enoch said this year’s AIR program attracted more than 40 submissions.

“Each year we’re impressed by the quality of the submissions from all corners of Queensland, across all art forms,” Ms Enoch said.

The 2019 Artists in Residence program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. For more information visit

2019 AIR program funding recipients:

  • Birdsville State School, Drama in the Desert Camp – $10,000
  • Bray Park State High School, Art of Experimentation – $11,597
  • Charleville State High School, Zen Zen Zo School Residency Program – $19,850
  • Churchill State School, Limitless Leaps – $15,454
  • Clifford Park Special School, Twelve Movements – $20,000
  • Earnshaw State College, The Local Landscape: Nudgee Beach – $5,000
  • Heatley Secondary College, People, Culture and Country 2019 – $20,000
  • Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre, The Importance of Me – $12,000
  • James Nash State High School, Gympie Artist in Residence – $11,900
  • McDonnell Creek State School, Art across the curriculum – $20,000
  • Mornington Island State School, MSS Culture Program – $5,000
  • Mitchelton State High School, Our Places, Our Stories, Our People – $20,000
  • Pine Rivers State High School, Classical Meets Contemporary – Engaging Youth – $19,365
  • Sandgate District State High School, Emily McGuire Artist in Residence – $5,000
  • Sunshine Kindy Christian Education and Care Service (South Pacific Education Company Pty), Indigenous Arts Experiences for Kindy – $5,880

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