Page menu

Arts and community groups given funding boost

29 March 2016

One of last year's Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants enabled Curator Sandy Pottinger to be employed to select works for the Western Downs Regional Artists' Exhibition 2015, Connections. Sandy is pictured (left) with the Third Prize winner, Chinchilla-based artist Helen Dennis, and her work 'Organism'.

One of last year’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants enabled Curator Sandy Pottinger to be employed to select works for the Western Downs Regional Artists’ Exhibition 2015, Connections. Sandy is pictured (left) with the Third Prize winner, Chinchilla-based artist Helen Dennis, and her work ‘Organism’.

Six community groups from Bell to Wandoan, and Dalby to Hannaford, have been given a helping hand to deliver local arts and cultural programs and projects thanks to over $14,700 being awarded in Round 2 of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) for 2015/16.

  • RADF helps support and promote the value of arts, culture, and heritage in our local communities;
  • By investing in local arts and cultural priorities as identified by our local communities, RADF is providing residents and visitors with a more diverse and enriched cultural experience across the Western Downs;
  • This round has seen funding allocated to a range of programs, including photography, mixed media and quilting workshops;
  • Applications for Round 3 close 5pm, Tuesday 3 May 2016 for projects commencing mid-June 2016;

Western Downs Regional Council General Manager for Community and Liveability Jodie Taylor said the projects funded under RADF give local community and arts organisations the opportunity to provide programs of benefit and cultural significance to our residents and visiting public.

“This round has seen a number of exciting and diverse projects from across our region receive funding, and I’d like to congratulate this round’s recipients on their successful applications,” she said.

“If you love quilting, mixed media arts, photography, or are interested in learning a new skill, I encourage you to look out for these fantastic opportunities in your local area.

“I also urge individuals and community groups to apply for future funding, keeping in mind that out-of-round applications will no longer be accepted.”

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015/16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members, helping to ensure that Queenslanders can engage with arts in their local community,” she said.

“RADF supports arts, cultural and heritage projects throughout Queensland, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists.”

For more information on the next round of RADF grants call 1300 COUNCIL or visit Council’s Community Grants webpage.

Download the full list of Round 2 2015/16 RADF successful recipients to see the list of arts and cultural programs being delivered across the region.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland local councils.

— Ends —