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Regional Arts Development Fund Recipients 17/18 Announced

A diverse range of creative arts and cultural projects will unfold around the Southern Downs as part of one of the State’s most active arts programs, the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million to the 2017-18 RADF partnership across 59 councils state-wide. 

Council has approved seven projects from across the region which will benefit from nearly $68,000 in funding under the RADF Program for 2017/18.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said Council was pleased with the high standard of applications received.

“Council continues to receive well developed and exciting applications for projects which will continue to strengthen the important arts and cultural fabric of our region,” Cr Dobie said.

Portfolio Councillor Regional Promotion, Tourism and the Arts Rod Kelly said that the projects awarded funding this year will delight local residents and tourists alike. “These projects support local artists, beautify our region, celebrate our history and attract new visitors to the Southern Downs,” said Cr Kelly.

2017/18 successful RADF grant recipients are:

Amiens History Association – To create a book and exhibition forming “The Guardians: Western Front to Resettlement” visual story telling project with the including photographs and interviews which explore the cultural links between the Pikedale Soldier Settlement community and the European sites of the WW1 Western Front Battles: $9,855.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Inc. – To engage an artist to create a street art mural in the Stanthorpe CBD which will celebrate the culture and history of the region: $6,500.

Jumpers and Jazz in July – To engage jazz musicians for the 2018 festival, conduct workshops, and support the coordination of the jazz program: $21,560.

Anglican Parish of Warwick – To develop illuminated artwork display screens which will provide opportunities for emerging and experienced artists of the Southern Downs to sell their artwork in various mediums in attractive pop up galleries throughout the year: $3,378.

Stanthorpe Festival Association Inc. – To engage a variety of cultural artists and entertainers whose performances reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural qualities which are specific to the Southern Downs region and other communities throughout Australia: $21,000.

Warwick Artists Group – To conduct a two day workshop to develop printmaking skills and prepare a large scale collaborative installation for an exhibition at the Warwick Art Gallery: $1,420.

Linda Stewart – To paint a mural on the Queens Park toilet block, working alongside Githabul artist Kim Rush and clients from SDIEA: $3,865.

Round Two will open for applications on Monday 12 March 2018. The closing date for applications is midnight, Friday 6 April 2018, and it is important for applicants to note that projects for which RADF grant funds are sought must not start before 28 May 2018.

Applications will need to be made online via SmartyGrants and a link to the form will be available on Council’s website closer to the round opening date. The RADF program guidelines are available on Council’s website http://www.sdrc.qld.gov.au/doing-business/grants-to-community.

For further information, please contact Council’s RADF Liaison Officer, Zoë Dunlop, on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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