New green arts grant to unearth local talent
  • Tuesday 03 August 2010

Sunshine Coast Council, together with Arts Queensland, recently announced special funding for green arts projects across the Coast.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program has set aside $37,000 of grants funding especially for art-in-nature works.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder, Councillor Jenny McKay, applauded the RADF green arts grant and the success of council’s other eco-aware programs.

“Council recognises the region's unique environment and the valuable role the arts can play to raise environmental awareness and action,” said Cr McKay.

“I encourage local artists to take advantage of this special RADF green arts grant and apply for funding for their art-in-nature projects.”

The announcement, riding on the recent success of council’s TreeLine initiative, adds to the suite of green projects run by council, including:

  • Floating Land, a biennial sculpture festival which commenced in 2001
  • the opening of Queensland’s first Arts and Ecology Centre in Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, and
  • the visit and installation for the Conondale Range Great Walks by UK artist Andy Goldsworthy

Cr McKay said TreeLine had set the bar high for showcasing green arts in the region, with a highlight being Art on the Wind - a kite painting event to show an ecologically sustainable alternative to using balloons for celebratory and memorial purposes.

“TreeLine and Floating Land are perfect examples of how art can send a powerful message about the environment to the community, and the new RADF green arts grants will build on its success,” Cr McKay said.

For the first time RADF grant applications are available online.

To find out more about applying for a RADF grant, or attending a free information session, visit councils website or phone (07) 5475 7272. Applications close 15 September 2010.