Aerial photo of the 2022 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair taking over Darwin Convention Centre on Larrakia Country. Photo by Michael Jalaru Torres.
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Annual Report 2021-2022


Delivered in partnership with Creative Partnerships Australia’s Australian Cultural Fund, the Resilience stream supports Queensland and Northern Territory organisations working in, or delivering programs in, regional and remote areas with multi-year general operating support funding.

The figures in the infographics below refer only to funding approved in the 2021/22 financial year


new approvals


total approved


organisations supported

Crossroad Arts Spotlight

Throughout Crossroad Arts’ 20-year strong history the company has established itself as a leader in inclusive arts practice in Queensland, co-creating new narratives with artists with disability that aim to change perceptions and shape the sector of the future. Working across three pillars of activity – artistic development, community development and regional outreach – Crossroad Arts’ covers everything from the development and staging of new performance work, to afternoon workshops in drama, movement, film and radio production, and the presentation of visual art exhibitions in their street front gallery space.

Major achievements in the Crossroad calendar for 2021 include:

Presenting An Unexpected Tour
Crossroad presented the third and final instalment of its four year UNCOVERED project as part of Mackay Festival of Arts. An Unexpected Tour invited audiences to prepare themselves for the unknown as they were guided through an outdoor beachside location uncovering local stories. Through projection, music and performance each storyteller brought to life their personal ‘unexpected’ story creating an intimate, immersive and sensorial experience. Across four evenings there were 283 people in attendance, with many new faces in the almost sold-out crowd.

Attending Undercover Artist Festival and
Meeting Place Forum
Artist in Residence Brenden Borellini travelled to Brisbane in September, with Artistic Director Alison Richardson and Artistic Associate Autumn Skuthorpe, to participate in Undercover Artist Festival and Meeting Place as both audience and facilitator. Brenden was a contributing artist to the Disability Pride Wall installation and taught workshops on his tactile photography practice and the deafblind alphabet.

Facilitating C.R.U.S.H
Community. Regional. Up Skill. Haven
The annual three-day intensive program delivered in partnership with La Boite Theatre (Brisbane) and Dancenorth (Townsville) brought together 28 artists with and without disability to develop skills and make new connections. Battling border restrictions, Crossroad was thrilled to host artists from Tasmania, Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

Establishing the
Inclusive Arts Advisory Group
Looking to increase leadership opportunities for artists with disability, Crossroad Arts’ established its first Inclusive Arts Advisory Group. This paid opportunity is part of Crossroad’s commitment to further embedding disabled voices in its decision making, as well as providing local professional development pathways.

“I have really been struggling to find the words to describe my thoughts about the weekend I spent at C.R.U.S.H with Crossroad Arts. But then I realised it wasn’t about what I thought of the weekend, it was more about what I felt. When you find a place of comfort, of safety, a place where you can express yourself with no judgement or expectations, then you are free.”

Sacha Davis
C.R.U.S.H participant

Where We Fund - Resilience

Resilience Organisations

Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra Multi-year General Operating Support for Regional Touring Initiatives

$120,000 ($360,000 over 3 years)

As a Queensland ensemble, Camerata provides career and performance opportunities for string players who wish to build a professional, international career from Brisbane. Camerata’s primary aim is to empower artists, inspire audiences, and enrich communities through music. Camerata performs a variety of styles of music in traditional and non-traditional spaces throughout the state and delivers workshops, school talks and concerts to support the education of young string players.

Crossroad Arts Multi-year General Operating Support Towards Staffing and Resident Artists

$100,000 ($300,000 over 3 years)

Crossroad Arts is an inclusive arts organisation in Mackay with the vision of ‘Arts for All.’ The company works with artists and community members with a disability, or experience of being marginalised, to co-create new thought-provoking performances, as well as providing a workshop program to learn skills across different disciplines in the arts and entertainment industries, and outreach programs for regional schools.

Dancenorth Australia Multi-year General Operating Support Towards Community Experience Program

$250,000 ($750,000 over 3 years)

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, Dancenorth Australia balances a dynamic regional presence  in Townsville with a commitment to creating compelling contemporary dance that tours the globe. Alongside its professional ensemble and touring productions sits an equally vital pillar of focus, the Community Experience Program. Driven by a dedicated team, Dancenorth works with diverse and minority communities across Queensland using dance to support, enhance, inspire and heal.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) Multi-year General Operating Support Enabling DAAF Delivery and Development Programs

$220,000 ($660,000 over 3 years)

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair provides a unique opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design lovers, to purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated art centres. To date DAAF has: brought together over 70 Indigenous owned & operated art centres, showcased over 2,000 artists, generated more than $17m in sales in 7 years, and ensured 100% of sales go directly to art centres and their First Nations artists.

Flying Arts Alliance Multi-year General Operating Support for Regional Touring and Artist Development Services

$100,000 ($300,000 over 3 years)

Flying Arts Alliance (FAA) is an arts and cultural development organisation which has been delivering visual arts projects and services to regional and remote Queensland since 1971. The Alliance has played a significant role in inspiring artists and communities, as well as helping to overcome the impacts of regional isolation and remote living.

Opera Queensland Multi-year General Operating Support for Learning, Regional and Community Activities

$300,000 ($900,000 over 3 years)

Opera Queensland (OQ) is the state opera company for Queensland, bringing the joy of opera to all Queenslanders. Recently celebrating its 40th anniversary, OQ has been central to the evolution of the art form in Queensland and nurtured the careers of some of the country’s most renowned artists.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Multi-year General Operating Support for QSO Connect Programming and Activities

$200,000 ($600,000 over 3 years)

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is Queensland’s flagship symphony orchestra, celebrating 75 years in 2022. QSO’s vision is to be a great orchestra on and off the stage that entertains, inspires and educates Queensland. QSO Connect umbrellas education, community and regional activities and offers tailored learning experiences and teacher professional development designed in collaboration with the Department of Education.

Youth Service Providers (Youth Link) Multi-year General Operating Support for Youth Cre8 Kuranda

$100,000 ($300,000 over 3 years)

Operating since 1990 as a response to youth homelessness, Youth Link provides a ‘One Stop Shop’ of services that support at-risk young people from 12-24 years of age. These services include the Youth Cre8 Kuranda Initiative (Cre8).  Established in 2013, Cre8 is a place-based response to a range of youth concerns and issues in the Kuranda community on the Atherton Tablelands.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation is based in Meanjin (Brisbane).