MARS exists thanks to the generous support and shared vision of some amazing organisations and funding bodies. While it’s difficult to mention everyone on this page, we’re grateful for everyone who’s contributed their energy, information, contacts, energy and finances to furthering the development of contemporary culture in south-east Queensland through their involvement with MARS.
MARS began as seasonal group shows above Metro Cafe at 15 Railway Street, Toowoomba. Owners Jake and Dan Stewart took a gamble on the abilities of director Alison Mooney in organising these shows which began in September, 2009.
They offered their venue for free and the momentum these shows gathered resulted in MARS as is exists today.
The Regional Arts Development Fund has supported MARS applications since February 2011.
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a Queensland Government and Toowoomba Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
MARS explores, our five-part professional development series, was funded by RADF in 2011, as is our 2012 project: MARS International Art Swap.
These guys do amazing things by way of financially supporting projects that facilitate artistic growth and opportunities available for both creatives and locals within our region.
The University of Southern Queensland made our 2011 MARSalive sessions possible thanks to the generous use of their easels.
These seasonal life drawing sessions were well received and are now monthly installments on the local scene as a result.
Partners in our MARS International Art Swap + Exhibition, Artwork Exchange is a fantastic project based in Germany. Founder Michael Paulutz has been amazing in the formative stages of this project, set to show in September 2012.
Our new home is an exciting addition to the cultural offerings of regional Queensland: theGRID: hybrid arts collective is home to 17 creatives across ten artistic disciplines.
We’re thrilled to be a part of something not done in these parts before and excited to be sharing it with some amazing people