RADF grants to help bring artists’ ideas to life

Date published: 19 January 2023

Council is calling on Townsville artists to apply for a grant through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) to help bring their artistic dreams to life.

Townsville City Council partners with Arts Queensland to deliver the grants, which support local arts and culture in regional Queensland

Round 2 of RADF grants for 2022-23 are open to all arts practitioners in Townsville, with applications opening on January 29 and closing on Sunday, February 26.

Applications for over $1000 and up to $10,000 per project are invited and you can only receive one RADF grant per financial year.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said RADF grants are open to any and all art practitioners in Townsville who want additional support to bring their art to life.

“Townsville is the home of a wealth of talented individuals and passionate artistic groups who help make the city vibrant, exciting and colourful,” she said.

“RADF grants are all about giving local artists the opportunity to pursue their art in their hometown and I can’t wait to see these initiatives brought to the Townsville public in the next few months.”

Some of last year’s successful applicants included former Townsville Fire star Nadeen Payne for her Kenzie and Her Curls children’s book, Laura Shum for ‘Support for Local Artists at NAFA 2022’ and Sarah Mathiesen for her Class of HUX Writers Workshop.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said as part of this successful, long-term collaboration, the Queensland Government will provide $2.13 million for RADF 2022–2023 to a total of 59 local councils.

“Established in 1991, RADF is a long-standing success story between the Queensland Government and regional councils, enabling local artists and arts workers to tell their rich and unique stories, boosting regional employment opportunities and other positive economic outcomes”, Minister Enoch said.

“For 31 years RADF has provided a legacy of creating new art and cultural experiences for Queensland audiences and communities, and a platform for professional development and growth across the regional arts sector.”

Council will also conduct an information session at 9:30am on Saturday, January 28 at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery to help guide applicants through the process and answer any questions they may have.

Anyone interested in applying for the RADF grant can visit the applications page on Council’s website here.