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Three diverse projects receive arts funding grants

Published: 13 December 2016

Three diverse projects receive arts funding grants
The Animating Spaces Logan event that attracted 3,000 people to Logan River Parklands in September 2015 saw Logan Art Gallery also named the joint winner of the ‘Projects: Organisation with Paid Staff’ category.

Arts projects valued at more than $100,000 will be generated by three successful submissions to Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), which will receive a total of $23,836 in the latest round of grants.

Sport and Community Services Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson said RADF, jointly funded by Logan City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, had enabled hundreds of arts projects to go ahead in the City of Logan.

“Logan City Council has contributed funding to the RADF program since 2001 and we have administered 38 grants rounds to date – generating both significant employment in the arts sector and enduring artworks,” he said.

“This year we have invested more than $55,000 in eight projects, some of which will be showcased at Logan Art Gallery in January.”

The successful grant recipients this round are:

* Radha Pedersen, a noted local sculptor, will develop silver smithing skills to enable him to reproduce his works and to showcase this new collection at two key events in 2017.

* Chris Martin will be mentored by established artist James Guppy to produce an exhibition of paintings that depict current social issues.

* Creative Collective Cultural Community Inc will be funded to enable Alvin Rostant to tutor selected FIRST Services clients in weekly classes over nine months in preparation for PANZfest – a steel band festival – in Cairns, September 2017.

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.

“The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to leverage up to $1.92 million from local councils resulting in up to $4 million available to support arts and cultural activities throughout the state in 2016–17,” said the Premier.

“This funding promotes promote the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally,” she said.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members.”

Date claimer: Regional Arts Development Fund Showcase
Saturday 21 January, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Logan Art Gallery, Wembley Road Logan Central

Media are invited to attend a function at the Logan Art Gallery to meet artists, successful grant recipients Radha Pedersen, Chris Martin and Alvin Rostant, and previous RADF recipients Vanghoua Anthony Vue and Aaron Pocock who will talk about their RADF funded projects.

Light refreshments will be served so bookings are essential by Thursday 19 January via email artgallery@logan.qld.gov.au or phone 3412 5519.