RADF Grants give arts projects a boost

Date published: 27 April 2017

The first round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants have been allocated for 2017.

Townsville City Council this week allocated funding to six individuals and groups to facilitate projects for the community.

RADF recipients and their projects are:

  • Katherine Bailey – Raw Children’s workshop
  • Sheree Kinlyside – to host two international artists at the Red Reg Press Open Day
  • Northern Australia Primary Health Limited – Shedspace artist in residence programs
  • Townsville Music Performing Arts Space – open mic nights
  • Townsville Arts Society Inc – community art project
  • So Brave Limited – body painting workshop and demonstration

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the RADF committee assessed applications against the guidelines and eligibility requirements.

“The RADF Grant Program provides support for arts and cultural groups and community members to pursue creative ideas and projects that enhance community vibrancy, training and development opportunities and create cultural tourism opportunities,” Cr Doyle said.

“A total of $25,592 in funding has been allocated in this round.”

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.

“The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to leverage up to $1.92 million from local councils resulting in up to $4 million available to support arts and cultural activities throughout the state in 2016–17,” the Premier said.

“This funding promotes promote the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members.”

RADF is a partnership between Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland.