Four high profile American artists/writers will be visiting Toowoomba on Saturday, 22 April, to take part in a discussion on art and culture in the community.

The group, sponsored by the U.S. Ford Foundation, will be in Toowoomba as part of a world-wide launch of the book “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.”

The touring party will have previously been to the University of New South Wales

and will be continuing on to QAGOMA and other venues before leaving Australia.

The visit, which is being financed through a grant from the National Association of Visual Arts, is at the invitation of Dr. Tarn McLean and Dr Alexandra Lawson, who have the Raygun Gallery in Margaret Street, Toowoomba.

Sharon Louden, who will be leading the visitation, says that “by travelling to Toowoomba we will be sharing our stories and experiences with your local community

and in return will be inspired by discourse, which will lead to a measurable outcome for everyone who attends.”

Also in the group visiting Toowoomba is the highly regarded Hrag Vartanian, who is co-editor of Hyperallergic which is an online forum based in Brooklyn, New York that was established in 2009.

The discussion will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Free tickets can be obtained by registering on


Banner image: Sharon Louden