About Us
Vast Arts is a not for profit arts organisation based in western Queensland. It services an area over 600,000 square km in size; from the border in the south and west, east to Mitchell and Emerald, and north to Winton, the Vast Arts' area includes towns incluing Augathella, Barcaldine, Birdsville, Blackall, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Isisford, Longreach, Tambo, Quilpie, Winton and more.

Vast Arts is run by a volunteer Managament Committee that is voted in at each Annual General Meeting from amongst financial members of the organisation.

for the artist...by the artist

The aim of Vast Arts is to provide opportunities for artists in western Queensland. Opportunities that enable your career to be enhanced, your professional network increased, and your profile to broaden. We do this through projects which make the arts a viable and visible part of the community.

Vast Arts has been operating for over 40 years in western Queensland and has changed name and shape during this time. Our mission now focuses on the artist and how this person can make a contribution to their social and economic communities. 
Email us at admin@vastarts.net

Post to us at PO Box 121 Tambo Qld 4778
Make contact via our website here

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Who are we?
Alison Shaw, Tambo Queensland. Chairperson
Alison is the  Arts & Cultural Officer at Blackall- Tambo Regional Council in Western Queensland, where  she manages the Grassland Art Gallery working closely with the volunteers of the Tambo Arts Council to compile an exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions showcasing local western artists as well as introducing the community to differing art forms and media. Alison enjoys engaging the local community and tourists, developing visitor experience and  supporting and promoting regional artists. Originally from New Zealand, Alison has lived in Western Queensland for 25 years and spent her time working in the rural industry as a woolclasser before taking the position in Council. Alison's passion for glass has led her to develop her skills in fusing and slumping. 

Joanne Taylor, Barcaldine Queensland. Vice-Chairperson.
Joanne works in the mediums of sculpture, drawing, painting and print making, producing art works with a contemporary theme that challenge how the sense of distance shifts perceptions and behaviours.  Shehas a wealth of experience in art organisations and is Vice president of the Barcaldine Arts Council, Member of the Barcaldine Regional Council RADF committee, organiser of Barcaldine Annual Art exhibition and member of Barcaldine Gallery Committee.  Joanne has a strong interest in the development of Arts in the Central West, organising, running and sourcing funding for a number of art workshops and exhibition each year. She also tutors workshops in paper dying pulp sculptures and artist books. 

Jennie Bucknell, Tambo Queensland. Board Member.
Jennie lives on a cattle station in the Tambo district with her family. She is a avid photographer and published author and her focus is bridging the city/country divide through education about the country lifestyle. Jennie joined Vast Arts because it is a vibrant and proactive group that helps the many talented artists of the outback achieve, connect and be presented with opportunities otherwise not available. 

Nicole Harper, Gympie Queensland. Project Officer.
Nicole has been Project Officer with Vast Arts since 2012 while working as an artist from her home on a property in south west Queensland. She took some time away after moving to Gympie and now rejoins the orgainsation.
Nicole has had previous roles with galleries and community organisations which compliment her role in Vast Arts. She is inspired by her surroundings to create images depicting the vast and varied landscape of Australia.