August 2019 Newsletter

Presidents Report

Hi Friends,

Since our last Newsletter the Friends held a very successful Morning Tea fundraising function on Monday 22 July which gave us the opportunity to present this years Friends of the Arts’ Griffith Queensland Collage of Arts Scholarship to the very deserving awardee, Kirsty Gordon.

Our Gift Fund Chair Tony Wilkins was also able to present the Friends of the Arts Gift Fund Beverly McIlwain Award to Jackson Smith-Leishman.

See more in this Newsletter about the event.

Don’t miss out on our next exclusive Friends event – Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing on Wednesday September 4th – Exclusive Rooftop event held at McLaughlins Lawyers rooftop with drinks and canapes beforehand. See the link to book tickets.

Remember – unless you want to be a voting member of the Friends for $20 (VIP – Voting Involved Priority) then you will remain a social member on our database for free and will still continue to receive our newsletters and information about events and opportunities.

We can’t provide HOTA benefits but we support our members exploring the membership offer at HOTA which provides some of the benefits we previously provided to our members. We continue to work with HOTA and others to connect you as arts supporters with ever growing opportunities to enjoy the arts on the Gold Coast.

Ian Kennedy,

Upcoming Events / Save The Date

Event Name: Friends Exclusive ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Rooftop Event  
Tickets for sale: 24
Cost: $75.00 each
Date: Wednesday, September 4th at 6pm.

Join like minded Friends for a pre show meet up Rooftop Experience at 6pm at our registered office McLaughlins. Enjoy welcome drinks, canapes and the Bright lights of Surfers Paradise, all included in your ticket price.

At 7pm we will walk over to HOTA (200m) to watch the contemporary comedy presented by the Sydney based Bell Shakespeare company where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusations, broken promises, and bumbling cops. Or is it?

Purchase Tickets Here

Previous Events

Successful event Friends of the Arts Foundation Morning Tea

The Friends ‘Exclusive Morning Tea’ was a successful sold out affair with all the guests asking when our next function will be.

The event consisted of various guest speakers and entertainment throughout the day including awarding the Beverly McIlwain Award and presenting this years Friends of the Arts’ Griffith Queensland College of Arts Scholarship.

Our first guest speaker was Alan McLardy from Griffith University whom spoke of the importance of nurturing young talented artists which was followed by a fascinating exhibit of ‘wearable art’ showcased by Griffith University students and graduates.

Our Friends of the Arts Foundation President Ian Kennedy presented the Beverly McIlwain Award to Jackson Smith-Leishman a talented young ballet dancer and the Friends of the Arts’ Griffith Queensland College Scholarship was presented to the very deserving awardee, Kirsty Gordon.

Our second guest speaker was Tony Wilkins, Chairman of the Friends of the Arts Gift Fund whom informed the guests of the earlier awardees of the Gift Fund and how they have progressed since receiving the award.

The Friends would like to thank all of the members and guests who attended our morning tea event and made it such an enjoyable morning.

We look forward to hosting another event soon. Keep your eyes out for details of all future Friends events in our monthly newsletters.

Update on previous Gift Fund Recipient: Nina Fan

Earlier this year, Nina Fan (pictured) a previous recipient of the Friends of the Arts Gift Fund was chosen as the 1st recipient of the Emily Reinhardt Piano Scholarship to study at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University as well as been invited to perform as part of the Brisbane 4MBS Classic FM Music Festival.

Nina Fan