Round four of the 2019/2020 Regional Arts Development Fund grants will fund a range of art workshops across the Central Highlands. Photo: file
Round four of the 2019/2020 Regional Arts Development Fund grants will fund a range of art workshops across the Central Highlands. Photo: file

Art sector to thrive under funding announcement

SIX artistic projects will receive funding through the final round of a local grants program developed to encourage and inspire creativity across the region.

A total of $61,354 will be released this month as part of round four of the 2019/2020 Regional Arts Development Fund grants.

The grants will fund a range of projects across the Central Highlands including comedy workshops, sculpting workshops and printmaking.

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said it was great to see a diverse range of projects put forward for local communities.

Councillor Gai Sypher wanted to congratulate all entrants and hoped others would continue to develop creative ideas to submit in next year’s funding.

“It was excellent to see the quality of applications that did come through,” she said.

“With COVID-19, the arts and cultural sector across Australia has suffered greatly.

“I hope we can get these projects up and running … and to actually see arts and culture thrive again.”

The six applications to receive funding are:

– Future Concepts Entertainment, Les Alberts ($3867) – Anthony Lamond to conduct a comedy workshop and performance.

– Emerald Pottery Club Inc ($1901) – for Garden Dwellers Sculptural workshop sculpting, mosaicking and painting to create sculptural works.

– Emerald Patchwork Group ($6020) – Patchwork and embroidery workshops with tutors Robyn Jones and Linda Nicastri.

– Kindness Rocks workshops ($5000) – Lisa Hodge will work with artists across the region to conduct Kindness Rock workshops.

– Community, connectivity, confidence – Part 1 Artist development and mentoring ($38,900) – Local artists development and mentoring and returning learnt skills to community.

– Jet James workshops ($5666) – Jet James printmaking workshops.

RADF is a partnership between Queensland Government and Central Highlands Regional Council.

The program’s aim is to invest in quality arts, cultural and heritage experiences in regional Queensland with a yearly grant program that supports local artists and art and cultural activities.


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