Local artists like Malki Studio will gain more opportunities to create and showcase their work thanks to an investment into the Regional Arts Development Fund.
The RADF is a grants program that offers funding for initiatives and projects while helping to support local art and culture in communities across the state.
A RADF investment of more than $4 million over the next financial year has recently been announced by the State Government in collaboration with 59 local government areas, including Bundaberg Regional Council.
The collaboration aims to continue the initiative in order to strengthen community-led arts and cultural experiences while creating industry-based job security in regional areas.
Local jeweller Ariella Anderson was awarded RADF support last year on behalf of Malki Studio.
The newly established family business based in Bargara applied for a Quick Response Grant through the local RADF program and was successful in receiving the maximum amount of $2000 in April this year.
The funding was sourced for the production of new work and engagement with new audiences.
“Malki Studio was invited to be the first showcase in Artisan Collects, a new format event in Artisan Brisbane with the objective of presenting a selection of high-end work by a select group of artists, that are unique, invested and collectable, hence attracting new audience and art-collectors,” Ariella said.
“Artisan collects is an initiative intended to support emerging artists, encourage art collection and advocate the value of fine crafts.
“With the importance of this invitation and the potential of a month-long exposure, Malki Studio was determined to create a new body of work, using the best materials, and committing wholly to creating new work that was distinctive, fresh and challenging.
“Bundaberg Regional Council, through their RADF funding, has partnered in showcasing, in this Brisbane premier location, not only Malki Studio but the calibre of Bundaberg Region art and its artists.”
Ariella said the funds received facilitated the purchase of production-materials and the attendance of Malki Studio for the opening night in Brisbane.
“Without this funding Malki Studio would not have been able to produce such a large and impressive body of work that was very well received by peers and clients alike, and went on after the completion of Artisan Collects to be displayed in Queensland Government House aimed at demonstrating Queensland’s cultural excellence,” she said.
“The RADF funding is an initiative that allows artists to expand and thrive in their practice, allowing them to dream bigger, taking them to a new level of practice and career.”
Council helps to foster art and culture through Regional Arts Development Fund
Bundaberg Regional Council's Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the RADF was an important initiative in fostering local, creative work.
“We have such an array of creative skills, right on our doorstep here in the Bundaberg Region and the Regional Arts Development Fund is one way that Council can assist in uncovering emerging talent and providing support for our artists,” he said.
“I would encourage anyone with an arts activity or project in mind, to find out how the RADF can help you.”
Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Alison Smith agreed and said RADF was a vital program enabling councils to help celebrate the cultural and artistic fabric of their local communities.
“Every Queensland community deserves to be a liveable one, and programs like RADF help local communities promote and enjoy what makes them unique, which helps create vibrant places to live, work and play,” Ms Smith said.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said as part of this successful, long-term collaboration, the State Government would provide $2.13 million from RADF 2022–2023 to a total of 59 local councils, who would contribute a co-investment amount of almost $2 million.
She said RADF projects continued to bolster regional access to rich arts and cultural experiences.
“For 31 years RADF, established by the Goss Labor Government, has provided a legacy of creating new art and cultural experiences for Queensland audiences and communities, and a platform for professional development and growth across the regional arts sector,” she said.
“There have been hundreds of successful RADF recipients over the past year, each benefitting their local communities,” the Minister said.
“RADF 2022-2023 will support our 10-year roadmap, Creative Together 2020 – 2030 to deliver on key priorities to strengthen Queensland communities, activate local places, drive social change across the state, share our stories and celebrate our local storytellers.”
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