Tuesday, 20 April 2021 @ 6pm (QLD time): CELEBRATING ARTS OUTSIDE

The April ARTS DINNERS Live and Online will be held at Goondiwindi Civic Centre at Goondiwindi, from 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April and livestreamed from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Public art is a part of our public history, part of our evolving culture and our collective memory. It reflects and reveals our society and adds meaning to our cities. As artists respond to our times, they reflect their inner vision to the outside world, and they create a chronicle of our public experience (Association for Public Art, 2021).


Hosted by Scenic Rim Regional Council in partnership with the South West Queensland Regional Arts Service Network, this free evening event on Tuesday, April 20, will bring together panellists to discuss the impact and importance of public art being a part of our communities in the South West.

  • Tickets to the event will be available by contacting Michelle Blair at or 0488 289 405.
  • To register for the livestreamed discussion, head over to the ARTS FRONT website.


The Scenic Rim ARTS DINNERS project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Speakers for April (confirmed so far):

  • Lesley Hawker - Artist, secondary art teacher, Lanescape committee member
  • Councillor Phil O'Shea - Councillor, musician
  • Liz Rivers - Awards Director, Australian Street Arts Awards
  • Sarah Sculley - Artist, Lanescapes (2019)

Celebrating Arts Outside


Lesley Hawker

My work explores personal narratives depicting my connections to place across time as a regional woman, artist, mother and teacher. Local histories and cultural stories contextualise contemporary responses as metaphors of the familiar ground of ‘my place’. 

My career as an arts educator, spanning several decades, has aligned my passion for youth, culture and community. I have found a balance between, coordinating and teaching Secondary Visual Art in a regional high school and creating my own predominately contemporary work.

Lesley Hawker

Councillor Phil O'Shea

Councillor Phil O’Shea has lived, worked and raised his family in Goondiwindi for 24 years where he operates his electrical contracting and retail business.  He is very active in the community, volunteering his time for young people, the elderly, arts groups, and sporting organisations and has a keen interest in the economic progress of the region.

This is Councillor O’Shea’s first term as an elected member of Goondiwindi Regional Council and he currently holds the Portfolio for Health, Ageing, Arts and Culture.

Cr. Phil O'Shea


Liz Rivers

Liz Rivers is an Awards Director for the Australian Street Art Awards. Managing and marketing these tourism awards for public art is a task that sees her travelling throughout the country to experience awesome artworks firsthand. Nothing escapes her attention, from silo art to farm sculptures to inner-city laneways encased in murals. Liz has watched the Goondiwindi Lanescape evolve over the past three years and understands why there is so much to celebrate in art of this nature.

Liz Rivers

Sarah Sculley

Sarah Sculley is a Sunshine Coast-based urban artist who creates colourful, feminine, layered work. She is inspired by personal events, emotional pitfalls and the constant need to find the positive in every situation. Sarah studied a Bachelor of Design Studies majoring in Graphic Design and Visual Culture at the Queensland College of Art and received a scholarship from Griffith University to study abroad at the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.

Sarah Sculley

The Scenic Rim ARTS DINNERS are a professional and community skill development series which combine great speakers, networking, facilitation and workshops with great food and entertainment.  Each Arts dinner addresses a theme identified as significant for the Arts Sector across our regionsThis project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.