Sunshine Coast Council helps bring arts to all Queenslanders
  • Thursday 23 May 2013

Projects including visual arts, theatre, music, workshops and short film productions are among 18 projects in the latest Regional Arts Development Fund round from Sunshine Coast Council, announced Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay.

“The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, and in this round, projects will receive a total of $97,421,” Cr McKay said.

The funded projects include:

  • Cartelux Pty Ltd received funding for the television production of The Music CafĂ©, a multi-platform music series showcasing emerging musicians, which will promote the region as a place where the arts are celebrated. RADF funding will facilitate the employment of a local postproduction supervisor, television producer/director, and lighting/technical supervisor.
  • Motoyuki Niwa received support for the Satoyama Arts Exchange Research Project, which will involve business planning and project development for an interdisciplinary collaboration project between the Sunshine Coast and Japan.
  • The Buderim Men's Shed received funding for six leather craft workshops, focusing on embossing and flat plaiting projects, to be delivered by two professional tutors.
  • The Maleny Celebration of Books festival received funding for its Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse, which will include a workshop for teachers, librarians, early childhood professionals and parents to improve creative storytelling technique.
  • The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Open Studios 2013 was funded to create an adventure trail through the Blackall Range, as participating artists open their studios for three weekends in September.

Sunshine Coast Council’s current round of RADF, offering individual grants of up to $2,000 to help local artists develop their skills, closes 5pm Saturday 1 June.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Regional Arts Development Fund supports more than 3,000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across the state.

“The Queensland Government allocation in 2012-2013 is $2.083 million on top of another $1.5 million from Queensland councils. This means more than $3.5 million is available for arts projects across the state.

“The Regional Arts Development Fund is a state-wide partnership between the Queensland Government and local councils, and shows our support for local arts and culture,” Mr Walker said.

“Regional Arts Development Fund projects are local projects selected by communities in line with their cultural priorities.

Mr Walker said the Regional Arts Development Funding delivered on the Queensland Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders election promise to ensure that all Queenslanders have access to arts by bringing it to the regions.

For further information about RADF go to the website.