CQ Shopfront is a 2-year project that aims to build the business capacity of Central Queensland artists and makers and assist in finding pathways to product development. There are 17 project partners assisting with the project's delivery and over 400 participating artists. The project is due to be completed at the end of June 2021.
Open to the public
Partners for this 2 day event are:
CQ Makers Forum, Trade Fair & Market
A two-day event showcasing Central Queensland artisan makers to industry peers and trade representatives.
The program begins with a Forum for creatives to network and learn through presentations, panel discussion and the chance to pitch their business models for feedback prior to showcasing their product for wholesale and retail opportunities.
The following day a Trade Fair provides a unique opportunity for makers and buyers to meet. Trade representatives from the retail, agency and gallery sectors are invited to register and attend as scouts to experience exclusive access to a wide range of local creative businesses with wholesale ready products. Stallholders of artists and creative organisations can connect with potential retailers one on one, to promote their wares to companies dealing in homeware, giftware, fashion, accessories, fine art trade, interior decorating and tourism. Participants from the Central Queensland Shopfront program, mentorships and residencies are urged to apply.
After the invited trade guests have their opportunity to connect with stallholders, the stalls will be open for a public market event with products available to purchase direct from the makers.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - ARTISAN IN RESIDENCE MENTORSHIPS
CQ Shopfront Artisan in Residence Mentorship Program
Applications are open to apply to participate in the CQ Shopfront Artisan in Residence Mentorship Program. There are 6 remaining programs being delivered in 2021 in the Banana Shire, Bundaberg Region, Fraser Coast, Gladstone Region, North Burnett and Rockhampton Region. Artists, designers and makers are eligible to apply for this opportunity within the region they reside in.
Notification has gone out to all of the artists and makers who successfully applied to the CQ Shopfront Artisan in Residence Mentorship opportunities in Biloela, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gladstone, North Burnett and Rockhampton through Round 1 and Round 2.
POSITIONS ARE NOW ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE NORTH BURNETT AND GLADSTONE REGION RESIDENCIES.
We are now opening up for Round 3 of Expressions of Interest for these remaining spots.
These are great opportunities to build your practice in a collaborative manner. Your art form can be applied to any one of these opportunities and now we are opening it up beyond your local government border. If you live in one of the CQ Shopfront regions, you can now apply for any of the remaining mentee opportunities. Please note that travel costs are not covered by CQ Shopfront.
Download the form with information on each residency at the links below.
Applications close on Friday 12th March at 5pm or when positions are filled.
You can download the 2021 CQ Shopfront Date Claimer Calendar by clicking hon the button below.