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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Moreton Bay Grants

Ten applications valued at more than $68,000 have been granted to Moreton Bay residents and organisations under the latest round of the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said 15 applications were received for the latest round.

“The RADF has set many local residents on artistic and cultural career paths while also helping to promote the works of individuals and community groups to a wider audience,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“It’s an important initiative of the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council that’s helping to build a strong arts culture in the one of the nation’s fastest growing urban areas.

“Ultimately, the big winner is the community.”

The Mayor said the successful applicants were selected by an RADF advisory committee made up of community members with diverse arts and cultural interests.

Some of the funding recipients for the latest round of RADF grants include:

• David Fanning of Bribie Island ($19,000) towards a film project “A Day in the Life” to be directed and filmed in Queensland.

• Upatree Arts Co-op of Highvale ($10,000) towards producing giant puppets and engaging professional artists for printing and costume construction workshops open to the general public.

•North Pine Historical Society ($10,000) to produce two memorial and historical information plaques at the Lawnton Cemetery.

•Aspire Foundation of Kippa-Ring ($7700) towards the cost of producing a woven cloak and to deliver eight developmental weaving workshops.

•Rope Inc Pty Ltd of Scarborough ($3500) for a series of visual arts workshops for people with a disability resulting in an exhibition.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture.

Minister for the Arts Rachel Nolan said RADF was Australia’s only locally-delivered regionalarts grants program.

“In 2011-2012, the Queensland Government allocation to RADF is $2.047 million with another $1.5 million from 55 Queensland councils, meaning more than $3.5 million is available for arts projects across the state,” Ms Nolan said.

“From its beginnings in 1991, RADF now supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across Queensland.”

The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape their own arts and cultural priorities.