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Arts in August

Each year, the Arts in August campaign promotes the diversity of the region’s thriving arts and culture sector, supporting local community projects and their development.

The program offers an assortment of exciting events and workshops right across the Central Highlands. Keep an eye open for more details on council’s Facebook page, community newsletters and the CQNews.

With the Central Highlands events calendar experiencing technical difficulties at the moment, find all of the registered Arts in August events here.

DateTimeEventLocationTickets and more information
3 August7.00 pmEmerald Art Awards
Presentation and exhibition opening
Emerald Art GalleryClick here.
3 August6.00 pmBitter with a twist featuring Colette AndersenDingo Town HallClick here.
3-4 August9.00 am Watercolour workshop with Andrea ChapmanEmerald Art Group Inc roomClick here.
Telephone Sharon on 0409 820 790
3 August - 6 SeptemberEmerald Art Awards exhibitionEmerald Art Gallery
4 August10.00 - 11.30 amLight and colour workshop - STEAMEmerald ShowgroundsCHScience
4 August4.00 pmYamato - drummers of JapanCapella Cultural CentreClick here.
8-11 AugustGemfest - Festival of gemsAlan King Memorial Park, AnakieClick here.
9-10 AugustVariousGordon Elliot line dancing workshop hosted by Boots'n'AllEmerald Town HallClick here.
10 August 9.00 am - 10.00 pmCamp oven cook off - Springsure firiesSpringsure Lions ParkClick here.
10 August 6.00 pmAn evening with the dressmakerMcIndoe Park Function CentreClick here.
10-11 August9.00 amWatercolour workshop with Andrea ChapmanEmerald Art Group Inc roomClick here.
Telephone Sharon on 0409 820 790
12-23 AugustJourney into the unknown exhibitionSpringsure Art Gallery
16 August 6.00 pmJourney into the unknown - Exhibition opening nightSpringsure Art GalleryContact Sharon Kirk 0419 685 365
16 & 17 & 23 August7.00 pmA party to murder Emerald Little TheatreClick here.
17 AugustAll dayOne day in August - Emerald Photographic ClubVariousClick here.
17 August9.30 am - 12.30 pmEmerald Academy of Dance - Dance recitalEmerald Town HallClick here.
18 August9.00 am - 3.00 pmEliza's cottage craft fairBlackwater International Coal CentreClick here.
18 August10.00 amDecorative floral arrangement workshopOrion Community HallContact Alyce Tincknell 0427 610 848
20 August10.00 amCentral Highlands Seniors LunchSpringsure Bauhinia Memorial HallCall 1300 242 686
23 August5.30 pmBook launch:
A dam good story - 40 years of irrigation from the Fairbairn Dam
Emerald Art GalleryClick here.
24 August2.00 pmA party to murder Emerald Little TheatreClick here.
24 August3.00 pm - 10.00 pmEmerald Multicultural CelebrationEmerald ShowgroundsClick here.
31 August7.00 pm - 10.00 pmThe beauty within auction fundraiserSpringsure Art GalleryBlack tie event, 18+ only.
Get together for champagne and canapes and the chance to bid on a beautiful art piece. Funds raised will go towards the Ivy Anderson Committee to build an aged care village for the Springsure/ Rolleston area.
Contact Hanna Mayne 07 49844 070
7-8 September9.00 amOil painting workshop with Andrea ChapmanEmerald Art Group Inc roomClick here.
Telephone Sharon on 0409 820 790
14-15 September9.00 amOil painting workshop with Andrea ChapmanEmerald Art Group Inc roomClick here.
Telephone Sharon on 0409 820 790
14 September9.00 am - 3.00 pmCapella Pioneer Village Heritage DayCapella Pioneer VillageClick here.

Note: Not all of these events are hosted by council. For tickets and more information refer to the links provided and contact the event organisers.

Thanks for everyone that registered! Registrations have now closed.

Register your event to be part of 2019 Arts in August in the Central Highlands. 

Registered events will receive a digital promotions kit and be featured in our Arts in August calendar and included in promotions across council platforms.

Register your event by 30 June 2019.



Grant applications have now closed. 

Successful grant recipients are required to complete a Grant aquittal form at the completion of the funded program, project or activity.



We’re supporting up to eight events with a $500 Arts in August grant each. To be eligible, events must meet the guidelines and apply before 5.00 pm on 24 May 2019.

  1. Please read these guidelines before completing your application.
  2. Complete the application document.
  3. Return the application document to your local council customer service centre or via email to or via post to The Chief Executive Officer, Central Highlands Regional Council, PO Box 21, Emerald, QLD 4720

Application documents can also be obtained from your local council customer service centre.

Download our handy promotions kit guide here.

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