Sunshine Coast Council funds 15 projects with Queensland Government Regional Arts Funding
  • Saturday 26 November 2011

Projects including visual arts, theatre, music, dance and multi media are among 15 projects in the latest arts grant round from Sunshine Coast Council Division 5, Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils.

"In this round of funding from RADF we will see projects that are excellent in quality and diversity employing artists in cultural activities across the region."

Some of the recommended projects include:

‘Epiphany II - A Transmedia Storytelling Project’, will engage professional artists to mentor young people in live performance, storytelling, drawing, animation, video production and photography.

BalconyTV Sunshine Coast will provide a distinct international platform for local film industry professionals and showcase twenty four local independent music acts to world.

‘Level 6’ an Indigenous dance crew, ‘Reality Writes Non-Fiction Literary Festival 2012’ and rising band ‘The Floating Bridges’ have received funding to develop professional marketing materials.

Three local theatre groups have received support for productions, ‘Through the Mill’, ‘Travelling North’ and ‘An Afternoon with Jane Austen’.

‘Let Me Sea’ is an image reel that will showcase an emerging arts subculture on the coast.

A ‘Green Art’ project called ‘Green the Colour of Heaven’, will also explore concepts to bring together traditional Persian Islamic art and contemporary Australian green art.

Local craft groups have also received funding to support skills development workshops in paper making and beading.

Minister for the Arts Rachel Nolan said RADF was Australia’s only locally-delivered regional arts grants program.

"In 2011-2012, the Queensland Government allocation to RADF is $2.047 million with another $1.5 million from 55 Queensland councils, meaning more than $3.5 million is available for arts projects across the state," Ms Nolan said.

"From its beginnings in 1991, RADF now supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across Queensland."

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

The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape their own arts and cultural priorities.

For the more information on RADF go to council's website