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Art reflects life experiences in latest round of regional grants

Published: 7 December 2015

Art reflects life experiences in latest round of regional grants

An art exhibition that reflects on the experiences of an asylum-seeking refugee in Logan–and a project to teach refugees the skills to photographically capture and share their experiences of their new city–are two of five successful submissions to receive funding from the latest round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants.

More than $33,000 will be invested in the five projects which are designed to promote the professional development and employment of arts and cultural workers in Logan City.

Chair of the Regional Arts Development Fund Committee, Councillor Jennie Breene, said the projects were chosen in the recent RADF grant round by the local RADF Committee, comprising of advisors from the arts community and Council.

“The committee assesses applications on the basis of one-off short term projects that offer arts, cultural and heritage development opportunities that contribute to the development of sustainable cultural industries in Logan,” she said.

“The successful projects will all develop creative artists who will in turn contribute to the local arts community in the form of works, exhibitions and mentoring and development of local artists and art workers – with a total value of almost $160,000.”

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

“The $2.08 million will leverage approximately $1.8 million from local councils, and means an anticipated total of $3.9 million will be available for arts projects across the state,” the Premier said.

“RADF supports around 3000 arts, cultural and heritage projects annually, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists.”

“This year will see a revamped RADF program developed in consultation with local councils which opens the way for more arts at a local level with public art commissions, access to touring productions and more training opportunities on offer,” she said.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a joint funding partnership between the Logan City Council and the State Government through Arts Queensland.

Since its inception in 2001 Logan City Council has conducted 36 funding rounds. Approximately $32,000 remains in the budget for another round this financial year.

The grant recipients for this round are:

* Rachael Lee who will undertake a residency and mentorship at Megalo print studio with renowned artist G.W.Bot. The project will produce prints to be exhibited at the Logan Art Gallery

* Lecia Louise McPhail-Bell will produce and market a film clip using modern technology

* Vanghoua Anthony Vue will mentor and undertake workshops with local youth to develop art installations for the Logan Central and Logan Hyperdome libraries

* Sha Sawari  will exhibit works in the Logan art Gallery that document his experiences of identity and place as a refugee; and

* Richard McLaren will introduce refugees to digital photography so that they may capture develop creative skills that allow them to access other community activities.

Members of the community are invited to attend the Regional Arts Development Fund annual showcase and cheque presentation on Saturday 5 December 2015 at 2pm at Logan Art Gallery. For further information phone 3412 5519 or email artgallery@logan.qld.gov.au.