A diverse and exciting range of creative arts and cultural projects will unfold around the Southern Downs as part of one of the state’s most active arts programs, the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

The Regional Arts Development Fund is 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 statewide. Council has approved eight projects from across the region which will benefit from nearly $26,000 in funding under the RADF Program for 2017/18.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said Council had once again received applications for projects of a high standard. “Council continues to receive well developed and diverse applications for projects which will continue to strengthen the important arts and cultural fabric of our region,” Cr Dobie said. Portfolio Councillor Regional Promotion, Tourism and the Arts Rod Kelly said that the projects awarded funding this year will provide opportunities for local residents to participate in the arts. “From enjoying local artists to participating in workshops and conferences, these projects offer a terrific chance for residents to learn more about pottery, digital art, live performance, and writing,” said Cr Kelly.

2017/18 successful RADF grant recipients for Round Two include the Warwick Art Gallery, Glengallan Homestead Trust Ltd, Stanthorpe Pottery Club Inc, Leah Kelly, Stanthorpe Agricultural Society Fine Arts Sub Committee, Topology Incorporated, Maryvale Progress Association Inc, and Michelle de Rooy. Projects to be undertaken by these recipients range from attending writing conferences to engaging local artists to conduct workshops, and creating large-scale installations and artworks.

Round Three will open for applications on Monday 18 June 2018.

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