Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, hosted Minister for the Arts Ian Walker at a breakfast forum in Maleny over the weekend to celebrate the diverse Glass House arts community.
Attendees engaged in open discussion about furthering the education in and promotion of the arts in Glass House and the wider Sunshine Coast. Minister Walker also took the opportunity to announce the renowned artist Kevin Oxley as a Glass House Culture Champion.
Mr Powell was pleased to see a range of topics discussed during the forum including the establishment of a “hub” for the arts on the Sunshine Coast.
“The forum provided a platform for open discussion with many excellent ideas being put forward on furthering the arts in our Glass House community.
“The Hinterland is well known for its connection to and appreciation of the arts so to get a likeminded group of people together in one room to discuss the future growth of this creative industry was a real delight. If there is one thing you can say about people in the arts community, it’s how passionate they are about their work.
“Furthermore the Minister and I were pleased to announce Kevin Oxley, a well-known Hinterland artist, as one of the Glass House Culture Champions. Culture Champions is a Queensland Government initiative that celebrates and recognises people who are shaping arts and culture in Queensland and Kevin Oxley is certainly worthy of this recognition. For more information on the initiative please see http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/culturechampions/.
Mr Powell said that he also enjoyed the tour of the Sculptures on the Edge exhibition which showcased unique pieces of art by artists from around south east Queensland.
“The arts forum and tour of the exhibition allowed me to demonstrate to Minister Walker how diverse the Glass House arts community really is and how important continued engagement will be to the growth of this sector.” Mr Powell concluded.