Funding available for diverse range of art projects
  • Thursday 17 January 2013

The Sunshine Coast is home to all kinds of actors, producers, musicians and talented artists – and council is calling for them to apply to the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) for help with their artistic ventures. The latest major round of RADF is now open and offers up to $10,000 in funding for concept, skills and career development.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay, who joined previous grant recipients today to launch this round of RADF, said the program encouraged a broad range of artists and community groups to develop their art careers and projects.

“Grants of up to $10,000 are available in this round of RADF, which can make a big difference to our local artists and organisations, helping them to develop or share skills, attend cultural conferences and produce great projects,” said Cr McKay.

“Projects previously funded by RADF include indigenous basketry workshops, digital walking guides and stories, theatre classes for people with disabilities, printmaking and album recordings – the list goes on.”

These recipients include:

  • Discover Eumundi, who will produce nine digital stories on aspects of Eumundi history, an interactive addition to the recently produced self-guided town walk leaflets.
  • Noosa Integrated Catchment Association, which will contract six local artists to develop a collection of print ready surface designs of local ecosystems, providing a greater 'sense of place', local pride and promotion of the region
  • Cindy Schwenn, a circus aerialist and dancer who received funding to choreograph a video and project quantity photographs to produce a creative promotional package.
  • Michael Ciavarella, creator of The Matchbox Show – a unique ceramic art installation project that has grown into a visual and tactile arts experience – who has been funded to prepare a catalogue and website to promote the show overseas.

“As always, our wonderful council staff can help you develop your project so it has the best possible chance at success,” said Cr McKay.

For more info call 5441 8385, email commcultural@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or visit Council's website.

Applications for RADF close 5pm Friday 1 March 2013.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Sunshine Coast Council partnership to support local arts and culture.