Sunshine Coast Council helps to bring arts to all Queenslanders
  • Friday 16 November 2012

Projects including visual arts, an online walking tour, indigenous weavery workshops and acting masterclasses are among 19 projects in the latest Regional Arts Development Fund grant round from Sunshine Coast Council, announced Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay.

"In this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, we will see projects totalling $92, 751," said Cr McKay.

The funded projects include:

Singer/songwriter Ange Takats received funding for the marketing and promotion of her second album, a fusion of vocal harmonies, full-band instrumentation and the blended sound of 60s folk and 30s jazz.

Artists Corrie Wright and Tamara Kirby received support for the Green Art project Nature’s Dialogue – niche –patterns in environments. They will research & plan ideas, methods and working processes for a commissioned art installation at the Floating Land event in 2013.

The Eumundi Historical Foundation received funding to develop the Eumundi Heritage Walking Tour Online. The grant will be used to research and produce a suite of nine digital audio visual stories about aspects of Eumundi history – an interactive addition to the recently produced self-guided Eumundi town walk leaflet.

Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc received funding to help commission professional artists to produce banners for display at events such as Floating Land, World Environment Day and the Bringing Noosa’s Native Plants to the Surface: Design for Place exhibition.

"The successful applicants are a great reminder of the many talented people we have on the Sunshine Coast and it’s great that many of their funded projects will benefit a range of people."

Arts Minister Ros Bates said the Regional Arts Development Fund supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across the state.

"The Newman 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," Ms Bates said.

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

Ms Bates said the Regional Arts Development Funding delivered on the Newman Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders election promise to ensure that all Queenslanders have access to arts by bringing it to the regions."

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