Sunshine Coast Council funds 18 projects with Queensland Government Regional Arts Funding
  • Friday 15 June 2012

Projects including shadow theatre, arts publications, choirs and clay workshops are among 18 projects in the latest arts grant round from Sunshine Coast Council, announced Executive Director of Community Services, Coralie Nichols.

"In this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, we will see a range of high quality cultural projects totalling $85,117," she said.

Some of the recommended projects include:

The Suncoast Clayworkers Association Inc received funding for a series of workshops to be facilitated by Chinese master ceramic artist, Jackson Li.

Buderim Male Choir received support to research local libraries, historical societies, newspaper archives, music, legends, poetry and prose for material to be used developing a Cantata for a four part mixed choir and orchestra.

Hamish Sewell received funding to produce The Blacksmith's Song, a creative montage on artist Steve Weis and his sound garden in Kin Kin.

Florence Teillet received funding to produce Out of the Shadow a celebration of cultural personal and community stories via the medium of storytelling, shadow theatre and music.

Peter Rowe received support to develop a book concept, Josh Goes to the Library. Peter, who has Down syndrome, will work with a graphic designer to transcribe his story and line drawings into colours, backgrounds and a book layout ready for print. This is a truly innovative and uniquely collaborative arts project.

Three ‘Green Art’ projects received funding, including a publication called ‘Weave Heal Connected...to our local ecology’. Rene Bahloo will research and plan this publication about the ecological and cultural knowledge of native and exotic weaving and dye plants found in gardens on the Sunshine Coast.

Arts Minister Ros Bates said RADF is 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. This means more than $3.5 million is available for arts projects across the state," Ms Bates said.

From its beginnings in 1991, RADF now supports more than 3,000 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 more information on RADF go to council's website.