Regional Arts Development Fund Round Two Recipients Announced

A diverse and exciting 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 statewide.

Council has approved eight projects from across the region which will benefit from nearly $26,000 in funding under the RADF Program for 2017/18.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said Council had once again received applications for projects of a high standard.

“Council continues to receive well developed and diverse 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 provide opportunities for local residents to participate in the arts. “From enjoying local artists to participating in workshops and conferences, these projects offer a terrific chance for residents to learn more about pottery, digital art, live performance, and writing,” said Cr Kelly.

2017/18 successful RADF grant recipients for Round Two are:

Warwick Art Gallery – To create a yarn installation in collaboration with contemporary textile artist Jessica Thompson for the Gallery’s program of exhibitions during the 2018 Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival: $5,240.

Glengallan Homestead Trust Ltd – To re-create the orchard and vineyard which provisioned the kitchens of Glengallan homestead, workers' cottages and far-flung shepherd's huts, guided by late 19th century photographs and a 1858 watercolour by Charlotte Marshall, wife of the third owner of Glengallan: $5,000.

Stanthorpe Pottery Club Inc – To engage artist Dr Cathy Franzi to conduct a two day ceramic workshop, exploring new ideas and techniques: $1,274.

Leah Kelly – To host three creative workshops and a pop up gallery in Allora during the 2018 Jumpers and Jazz Festival, promoting local artists and providing a new experience for visitors to the region: $2,770.

Stanthorpe Agricultural Society Fine Arts Sub Committee – To engage local digital artist Natalie Burton to conduct two workshops for youth and other interested people on the techniques, technology and outcomes of digital arts practice: $600.

Topology Incorporated – To deliver Queensland at Home, a tour of regional Queensland intertwining contemporary live music performance with footage and oral histories dating back to the early 20th century. In addition to performances in Warwick and Stanthorpe, three workshops will be held to empower participants with the skills to create, produce and showcase their own new work: $5,000.

Maryvale Progress Association Inc – To host the ‘Festival of Small Halls’ tour at the Maryvale Hall in November 2018. The tour, produced by Woodfordia Inc, provides rural communities access to high quality folk and contemporary music, including International artists and provides opportunities for local artists to join the event: $3,000.

Michelle de Rooy – To attend a national writer’s conference for professional development opportunities including workshops on writing and publishing provided by industry professionals. Knowledge gained to be shared locally with writers groups: $2,178.

Round Three will open for applications on Monday 18 June 2018. The closing date for applications is midnight, Friday 6 July 2018, and it is important for applicants to note that projects for which RADF grant funds are sought must not start before 27 August 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

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

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