Sunshine Coast Council creates arts for all Queenslanders
  • Friday 15 November 2013

Projects on the Sunshine Coast will come alive as part of one of the State’s most active arts programs, announced Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay.

“The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, and the latest round of Sunshine Coast Council grants includes $84,550 in funding for 18 projects,” Cr McKay said.

“Projects range from design, new media and music to theatre, craft, writing and a festival.”

Funded projects include:

  • John Bradley received support to work with a group of professional arts workers on a children’s book called The Little {Caloundra} Lighthouse.
  • Sunshine Hinterland Writers' Centre Inc. received funding for the 2014 Reality Bites festival in Cooroy, which brings together professional and emerging authors, readers, publishers and retailers.
  • Musical act The Flumes received a grant to produce and promote a professional album.
  • Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Assoc. Inc. received support to develop a collaborative mosaic artwork project, which will engage a diverse group of locals.
  • Red Chair received funding to host a world class Flamenco Winter Workshop Series, which will attract dancers from around the country.

“The recipients are a group of really inspiring and dedicated artists and organisations who contribute greatly to the culture of our region,” Cr McKay said.

Applications for Sunshine Coast Council’s next round of RADF funding will open in January 2014.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Regional Arts Development Fund supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year.

“In 2013–14, the Queensland Government will provide $2.037 million, with another $1.49 million coming from 55 Queensland councils,” Mr Walker said.

“This means $3.5 million for arts and cultural projects across the state, enabling communities to choose projects to meet their own needs and opportunities.

“Partnerships like this are a primary focus in the way the Newman Government invests in the arts.

“The Regional Arts Development Fund also delivers on the State Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders strategy.”

Visit council’s website for more information about RADF.