From little things, big things grow - International outing for local dance producer
  • Friday 18 March 2016
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Image: 'Vincent' courtesy of LissaJane Dance Pty Ltd

From small beginnings in Nambour to a full production on the world stage – that’s the success story for one of Sunshine Coast Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant recipients.

In 2013, dancer and choreographer Melissa Lanham applied for a RADF grant to help with concept development for a dance theatre work based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh.

Since that time, the production Vincent has gone from strength to strength. After two years of workshopping, show development, character analysis and exploration, the team kicked off a national and international tour at the Adelaide Fringe Festival last week.

“The RADF grant provided me with a launching pad,” said Melissa Lanham, director of LissaJane Dance.

“I was so moved and intrigued when I first saw the Vincent Van Gogh painting of sunflowers hanging on the wall of a London art gallery almost a decade ago that I began studying Vincent’s life in depth, which then became my inspiration for the show.

“The RADF grant helped me develop the concept that has now become an amazing production, and I can’t wait to share it with new audiences around Australia and the world.

“All of this, initially from the support of RADF, I can’t thank Sunshine Coast Council and Arts Queensland enough for their support.”

Council’s Director of Community Services Coralie Nichols encouraged anyone working in the arts to take inspiration from the success of Vincent.

“The success of Vincent is a fantastic outcome for the RADF program and is exactly why these grants programs were developed,” Ms Nichols said.

“I encourage anyone with a creative vision or project to apply, whether it be in dance, theatre, poetry, visual arts, wherever your passion lies, a RADF grant could help you to achieve your goals.”

Applications for the RADF grants program are always open, with assessments taking place four times per year.

For more information and to apply, visit the grants page or contact council's grants team on 5420 8616 and ask to speak with the RADF Liaison Officer.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, and Queensland local councils.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

“The $2.08 million will leverage approximately $1.8 million from local councils, and means an anticipated total of $3.9 million will be available for arts projects across the state,” the Premier said.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members, helping to ensure that Queenslanders can engage with arts in their local community.

“RADF supports arts, cultural and heritage projects throughout Queensland, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists.”

“The revamped RADF program developed in consultation with local councils has opened the way for an expansion of the arts at a local level with public art commissions, access to touring productions and more training opportunities on offer,” she said.