DEMAND FOR ARTS FUNDING HITS NEW HIGHTS

March 21, 2017

 

The second round of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) has been awarded with six projects throughout the region sharing in $16,295 of funding.

 

The RADF committee received an enthusiastic response, with more funding requested than was available, leaving the committee with some tough decisions to make.

 

Rather than turn down applications outright, the committee sought to award part funding to as many submissions as possible. Applicants are being encouraged to secure the balance from other funding sources or apply for the remainder in round three if necessary.

 

RADF committee chair, Fiona Owens, said the second round of funding had been much more competitive than the first. "The committee was thrilled to see so many worthy applications submitted in this round. It’s such a change to the previous round, where we received so few applications that we actually had money left over.

 

"That money was carried over into this round – and we still didn’t have enough to fully fund every application.

 

"Hopefully the great response this time means we’ll get a bigger allocation in future."

 

The fund is a partnership between state and local governments that promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage. It offers training, education and employment opportunities to local artists across Queensland.

 

The projects successfully funded in this round of RADF were

- Acrylic Painting Workshop - Longreach Arts and Cultural Association Inc. - $3,640

- Paper Piecing Workshop - Ilfracombe Craft Group - $3,620

- Longreach Show School of Dance Performance - Longreach School of Dance Inc. - $4,500

- Sidonie Carpenter Gardening Workshop and Consultation - Kimble Thomas  - $1,900

- Building on Regional Opportunities Workshop - Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Ltd - $1,100

- Wendy Britton Pit Firing Workshop - Longreach Arts and Cultural Association Inc. - $2,535

 

Round three of the Regional Arts Development Fund opens on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

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