Funding available for diverse range of art projects

16 January, 2014
Author: Charles Hodgson

Calling on all professional and up-and-coming Sunshine Coast actors, producers, musicians and artists.
Are you interested in applying for a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant to help with your artistic venture that will benefit the Sunshine Coast?
Then make sure you apply in the latest RADF round – open from 16 January to 1 March 2014 – for a minor grant of up to $2,000 or a major grant of up to $10,000.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council encourages artists from a broad range of disciplines to apply for RADF funding towards concept, skills and career development.
“The incredible, high quality, unique work developed and produced by our local artists and community groups never fails to amaze and inspire me,” Cr McKay said.
“With the assistance of RADF funding from the Queensland Government, I’m proud council can help boost the careers of Sunshine Coast artists through skills development or support of their latest creative projects.
“Projects previously funded by RADF include album recordings, arts festivals, sound-story development, dance workshops, pottery classes and a children’s fantasy musical to name a few.
“As always, our wonderful council staff can help you develop your project funding application so it has the best possible chance of success.”
Previous Sunshine Coast Council RADF recipient Emma Ferris said the funding had helped to grow the profile of the 1 + 100 green arts project.
“RADF helped us to teach people sustainable green art practice and showcase the collaborative 1 + 100 exhibition, as well as raise awareness with the local community about important environmental issues,” she said.
The 1 + 100 project included workshops run by local artists Emma Ferris and Julie Weatherill and practising papermaker Pamela Walsh.
Participants were provided with the skills to create unique artworks through printmaking, weaving, construction and papermaking, using recycled materials, all aimed at sending the message, ‘Let’s Care for Our Dunes and Wildlife’.
All of the artistic creations were assembled to form large collaborative artworks and then displayed at the 1 + 100 exhibition held last weekend at the Coolum Community Centre.
RADF is a Queensland Government partnership through Arts Queensland and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture.
Applications for RADF close 5pm Saturday 1 March 2014.
Visit council’s website for eligibility criteria or contact a RADF liaison officer for assistance – call 5475 7272 or email