Grants support artists and art workers on Redlands Coast

Applications are now open for round two of Redland City Council’s 2022-2023 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the program, a partnership between Council and the Queensland Government, aimed to support new and emerging artists and art workers on Redlands Coast.

“Council is looking for projects that focus on accessibility, sustainability and growth,” Cr Williams said.

“We are especially looking for projects that creatively explore these themes through stories of First Nations people and places on Redlands Coast.

“The grants can be used to offset the costs of attending a workshop or classes, a mentorship or passing on skills to the community.”

RADF grants are available for community-based projects.

Previous RADF grant recipient, North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah, applied their funding towards the project, Getting Equal: Australia’s First Successful Aboriginal Wages Case. The exhibition recently won a 2022 Gallery and Museum Achievement Award in the category of Project: Organisations Volunteer Run.

RADF assessment panel co-chair Cr Paul Bishop (Division 10) said the grants could help turn artistic dreams into reality.

“We invite the many creative innovators on Redlands Coast to consider new projects and collaborations that can help build creative capacity and remind us of the important connections between people and place,” Cr Bishop said.

“Whatever your area of interest – music, theatre, visual arts, craft, design, writing, dance, multi-media or digital content – there are so many areas to explore.

“Whether your proposal relates to heritage, environment, our unique and diverse culture or your own personal journey, our stories shape our imagination and create our future reality.”

Assessment panel co-chair Cr Lance Hewlett (Division 4) said there was a wide scope of opportunity for artists and art workers to apply.

“Previous successful applicants were extremely varied, ranging from colouring books and creative workshops for children through to album launches and photography workshops, as well as writing mentorships and a pottery exhibition,” Cr Hewlett said.

“I encourage all applicants to make contact with Council officers to discuss their proposal.

“Individual artists and groups can apply for funding up to $10,000 to undertake community-based projects.”

Applications close at midnight on Friday 31 March.

Within the RADF program, Council has introduced PASSAGE, a new year-round artist development program.

PASSAGE offers support for emerging and established artists and creatives through opportunities to develop skills alongside industry professionals and access to Redland Performing Arts Centre’s arts and cultural resources.

For more information on RADF, visit Council’s Grants and sponsorship webpage and, for more information on PASSAGE, visit Redland Performing Arts Centre’s webpage.