Council awards RADF grants to five local art projects

Redland City Council has awarded grants for five local art projects through the 2021-2022 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Mayor Karen Williams said the successful first round recipients would undertake projects that creatively explored stories of people and place on Redlands Coast.

“These grants promote the role and value of the arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities,” she said.

“Funding allocated in this round will help local musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers and Quandamooka Elders share their stories to entertain and inspire our community.”

The RADF provides grants of up to $10,000 for professional and emerging artists based on Redlands Coast and up to $20,000 for strategic initiatives.

RADF Assessment Panel co-chair Cr Paul Bishop (Division 10) said the funding underscored the importance of arts and culture on Redlands Coast.

“We are fortunate to have a thriving arts community and this funding will support projects that reflect the distinctive people and places of Redlands Coast and its communities,” Cr Bishop said.

“Our RADF committee members are all great volunteer ambassadors for the creative arts who also deserve our respect and thanks.”

Panel Co-chair Cr Lance Hewlett (Division 4) said another round of RADF grant applications would open on 16 February 2022.

“These grants support activities that encourage creative and skills development within the arts and cultural life of Redlands Coast,” Cr Hewlett said.

“They cater for a wide range of initiatives, with grants available in nine categories – community arts and cultural development, multi-arts, music, theatre, writing, dance, developing regional skills, heritage, and visual arts, craft and design.”

Recipients of 2021-2022 Round 1 RADF grants:

  • Cleveland Film Company (CFC) – $20,000 for the development of a sustainable and independent regional film industry on Redlands Coast. The further development of CFC as a local production company will create employment opportunities for a wide range of creative artists, technicians and third-party associated support businesses such as catering, construction and accommodation.
  • Karen Drukakis – $10,000 for Reflections in the Rear View Mirror – the panoramas and the potholes (A modern twist to the ancient practice of sharing life lessons of the Elders). In this project, Elders from Minjerribah will use modern multimedia techniques to share the stories of their lives; shows will be performed on Minjerribah and multimedia materials will be presented at Redland Performing Arts Centre.
  • Our Pixie Friends Pty Ltd – $4400 for the publication of a children’s picture book, Minksy the Meltdown Pixie, with copies to be donated to State Library of Queensland, Redland City Council Libraries and local special schools.
  • Redland Sinfonia Inc – $7200 for a professional recording experience, which will be used to promote the orchestra of aspiring local professional musicians to a wider group.
  • Island Art Collective/Eve Newsome – $3600 for a mural on the kitchen garden shed in the Karragarra Community Garden, painted by four established and emerging Southern Moreton Bay Islands visual artists.

The RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Redland City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

For more information, including how to apply for a grant in Round 2, visit