Projects including workshops, music and opera are among eight projects in the latest Regional Arts Development Fund grant round from Bundaberg Regional Council.
Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor, Cr Mal Forman said this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, we will see projects totalling over $50 000.
“This will include funding for Bundaberg and District South Sea Islanders to host workshops on traditional skills as part of OLGETA – Blackbirding Blong Bundaberg event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival in Queensland of the first South Sea Islander workers.
“The Bundaberg Region has many talented artists, musicians and groups who’s professional development will be key in their continued success.”
Arts Minister Ros Bates said the Regional Arts Development Fund supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across the state.
“The Newman Government allocation in 2012-2013 is $2.083 million on top of another $1.5 million from Queensland councils. This means more than $3.5 million is available for arts projects across the state.
“The Regional Arts Development Fund is a state-wide partnership between the Queensland Government and local councils, and shows our support for local arts and culture,” Ms Bates said.
“Regional Arts Development Fund projects are local projects selected by communities in line with their cultural priorities.
Ms Bates said the Regional Arts Development Funding delivered on the Newman Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders election promise to ensure that all Queenslanders have access to arts by bringing it to the regions.
Round 1 2012/2013 RADF Funding Recipients:
- Rod Ainsworth will develop the libretto for a new opera for young people, based on the adaptation of his successful stage play ‘Roland Thring and the year all his Christmases came at once’.
- Artist Julie Appo will study printmaking through a series of one-on-one ‘master class’ studio workshops with a professional printmaker.
- Childers based Pilotlight Productions will begin script writing and song writing for the creation of a unique musical production.
- Central Queensland University will host a week long Choral and Orchestral ‘boot camp’ for musicians and music teachers with renowned conductor and educator Richard Gill.
- Bundaberg and District Historical and Museum Society will undertake a professional assessment of their collection to identify items of local, regional or Australian significance.
- Gidarji Development Corporation will invite artists from Aboriginal and South Sea Islander communities in our region to participate in workshops to collaboratively develop a suite of prints celebrating their relationships.
- Workshops will be held during Bundaberg’s Chinese New Year celebrations to learn how to use traditional Chinese symbols to decorate paper umbrellas. Participants will be able to display their work during the event.
- Bundaberg and District South Sea Islanders will host a series of professional workshops and demonstrations in traditional skills as part of the OLGETA – Blackbirding Blong Bundaberg event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival in Queensland of the first South Sea Islander workers.