Arts and racing enthusiasts alike are in for a treat at the USQ Artsworx ‘Tracking the Arts Race Day’ in March. A popular favourite in the Artsworx season, Race Day is not only a great day out, but also an important fundraising event for the University’s production house.
Artsworx Manager, Rebecca Scollen said, “a flourishing arts scene is the sign of a healthy community. “We strive to deliver accessible arts experiences to the local and wider community and in doing so, contribute to the fibre of our community’s cultural well-being.”
“Community engagement is a vital aspect of our core business – and it is the support of our audiences, participants, sponsors and partners which in-turn plays a key role in enabling us to continue to deliver into the future. Race Day is our only fundraiser for the year and we put a lot of effort into making it a real showcase for our products and students.”
Billed as an ‘arty day at the races’, the program will show-off the skills and wares of USQ Creative Arts staff and students. Guests will be serenaded by USQ singers and musicians; a fabulous range of artworks by USQ Visual Arts Lecturers feature in the silent auctions; and Australian artist and McGregor School tutor, Don Milner will paint a masterpiece throughout the afternoon, with the final piece included in the live auction.
Also on the program will be a live auction of collectable items including a stylish armchair reupholstered by local artisan, Laurens Otto. “Laurens is a wonderful craftsman who is one of our most popular tutors at the McGregor Summer School – and we are especially pleased to be able to share his extraordinary skills.
“He has taken a tired old armchair and transformed it into a stylish, one-off piece of furniture which is sure to be much admired and sought after.”
True to race day tradition, the event will include a full afternoon of racing; fashions on the field with prizes awarded to best-dressed lady, best dressed man and best hat; and a fashion parade featuring garments, hats and fascinators by local emerging designers.
“And to finish the evening, we have a DJ to spin some retro vinyl to get our guests up and dancing. Proceeds from the day will go directly towards the 2013 season assisting in the production of events that involve USQ Creative Arts students, such as the Shakespeare in the Park Festival, Children’s Theatre Week, concerts and visual art exhibitions.”
The ‘Tracking the Arts Race Day’ commences at 4pm on Saturday 9 March in the Grand Marquee at Clifford Park. Tickets are $65 each (with tables of ten available) and include complimentary drink on arrival, delicious 2-course meal and a ticket in the lucky door prize.
Bookings close on 1 March and can be made through the USQ Artsworx Box Office on 07 4631 1111 or online at www.usq.edu.au/artsworx