Supporting local artists with new grants program
  • Tuesday 28 July 2015
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Sunshine Coast Council’s new Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program is officially open for applications.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland local councils and offers funding for the development of local artists and local artists’ projects.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the new, simplified RADF process is flexible, responsive, and ensures that the focus remains on developing outcomes for local artists and arts organisations.

“The new process will be open year-round, with four assessment periods, to ensure applicants have time to provide quality, considered applications that better meet the needs and priorities of the arts community,” Cr McKay said.

“And I think the community will recognise that the changes, including new categories and broader, less restrictive guidelines reflect the feedback they provided throughout the extensive community consultation process.”

A good example of how the new RADF process will assist local artists comes in the shape of Mic Black and his idea for what would become the collaborative digital art project, Pixel Mosaic.

Pixel Mosaic is an interactive LED-based display, inspired by Coast students who participated in arts and self-discovery workshops held by artist Mic in schools, social clubs, public spaces and galleries.

The installation featured in the Digital Disruption exhibition at Caloundra Gallery this year and has since been taking bookings to tour schools and events.

Mic said in addition to the Pixel Mosaic project being a strong vehicle for storytelling, the development of Pixel Mosaic in itself is a story.

“The making of Pixel Mosaic was very collaborative – everyone believed in the idea, first being enthused by my excitement then finding their own sense of purpose throughout its development,” he said.

“I hope other makers and artists still yet to emerge will engage with the community and be supported to collaborate and make memorable artistic experiences.”

Mic said the Pixel Mosaic project had provided a life changing experience of unforgettable memories and new connections as he is now actively involved in the community as a practicing artist.

“Council’s RADF program and the incredible support by the grants team were a significant enabler of the Pixel Mosaic project and the assistance I needed to pursue the idea. It is an invaluable program supported by some great people,” he said.

For further information about RADF, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au .  For further information about Pixel Mosaic, visit www.pixelmosaic.com.au .