A diverse range of creative arts and cultural projects will unfold around the Southern Downs as part of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million to the 2017-18 RADF partnership across 59 councils state-wide. Council has approved seven projects from across the region which will benefit from nearly $68,000 in funding under the RADF Program for 2017/18.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said Council was pleased with the high standard of applications received.

“Council continues to receive well developed and exciting applications for projects which will continue to strengthen the important arts and cultural fabric of our region,” Cr Dobie said.

Portfolio Councillor of Regional Promotion, Tourism and the Arts Rod Kelly said that the projects awarded funding this year will delight local residents and tourists alike.

“These projects support local artists, beautify our region, celebrate our history and attract new visitors to the Southern Downs,” said Cr Kelly.

Successful grant recipients of the program include the Amiens History Association is one of the successful grant recipients, gifted with the intention to create a book and exhibition forming The Guardians: Western Front to Resettlement visual story telling project with the inclusion of photographs and interviews exploring the cultural links between the Pikedale Soldier Settlement community and the European sites of the WW1 Western Front Battles.

Another successful grant recipient was the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Inc. to engage an artist to create a street art mural in the Stanthorpe CBD which will celebrate the culture and history of the region.

Jumpers and Jazz in July received a grant to engage jazz musicians for the 2018 festival, conduct workshops, and support the coordination of the jazz program, and the Anglican Parish of Warwick received an allocation to develop illuminated artwork display screens for emerging and experienced artists.

Stanthorpe Festival Association Inc. was successful in receiving an allotment, to engage a variety of cultural artists and entertainers whose performances reflect diverse ethnic and cultural qualities of the region, with the Warwick Artists Group bestowed a grant to conduct a two day workshop developing printmaking skills and large scale collaborative installation for an exhibition at the gallery.

Linda Stewart also received a grant to paint a mural on the Queens Park toilet block, working alongside Githabul artist Kim Rush and clients from SDIEA.

Readers also enjoyed socials on the McGregor Art Exhibition