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Whitsunday Regional Council today approved nearly $40,000 in Regional Arts Development Fund(RADF) grants for local artists and community organisations.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said this is the largest ever amount of funding approved by Council underthe long running RADF grants program.
“RADF is a highly successful state and local government partnership that supports professionalartists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland to develop quality art and arts practicefor, and with, regional communities,” she said.
“Art Whitsunday Inc. will receive $4,780 to be used towards the costs of workshops for a variety of subject matter and media, including an art exhibition and professional critique by the Director of Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Mr Chris Saines.
“Latin Madness will receive $5,000 to be used towards the costs of bringing professional Latindancers to the Whitsundays to teach workshops, up-skill local instructors and enhance community dance level and involvement.
“Heartists Arts Cooperative will receive $1,670 to be used towards the costs of preparing andstaging a visual art exhibition of varying media by the artist cooperative Heartists.
“Whitsunday Regional Libraries will receive $3,516 to be used towards the costs of engagingprofessional artist Pam Finlay and materials to deliver Mosaic Art Workshops for members of thecommunity.
“Dee Jays School of Dance will receive $2,380 to be used towards the costs of providingprofessional choreographers and teachers for dance routines.
“Bowen Shire Festival of Murals Inc. will receive $6,500 to be used towards the costs of paintingmurals of Dalrymple St Station in the1920s and Don St Station in the 1960s.
“Bowen Quilters & Needlecraft Group Inc. will receive $1,550 to be used towards the costs of using fabric and paints to define movement and contrast in the contours of our beautiful sunburnt country to create a visual art quilt.
“Elizabeth Long will receive $1,560 to be used towards the costs of mounting and promoting the 10 x 8 photographic exhibition at the Whitsunday Regional Gallery.
“Arts & Culture in the Tropics Inc. will receive $5,000 to be used towards the costs of bringingauthors to the Whitsunday Writers Festival including Jessica Watson, Ryan Campbell and Blanche D’Alpuget.
“Jennifer Wood will receive $2,500 to be used towards the costs of attending various workshopson Genealogy at University College Cork, Dublin “Research and 1798 Rebellion Re-enactment”and to work with local Whitsunday Family History Groups to improve their skills in family historyresearch using the latest electronic resources and acquisition of the latest resources.
“Neil Thompson will receive $5,000 to be used towards the costs of collating, writing, type-setting and publishing 500 hardback colour books of past and present Bowen.”
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between Whitsunday Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture.
The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape theirown arts and cultural priorities
For more information please contact RADF Liaison Officer Jacqui Neave on 4945 0277 or visit the council’s website.
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