The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a highly successful state and local government partnership that supports professional and emerging professional artists and art practitioners living in regional Queensland. Established in 1991, the RADF program focuses on the development of quality art and arts practice for, and with regional communities. RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Councils to support local arts and culture.
The program funds one-off, short term projects that offer professional arts, culture and heritage opportunities. Our local Council bids for an annual allocation of funding for the region from arts Queensland which is managed by Council and a committee of Community volunteers.
Over the past twenty years workshops and projects have been supported by this program in many areas of skill development and art forms including; Painting in differing media, Lead-lighting, Hat Making, Photography, Furniture Restoration & Woodwork, Theatre, Music, Silver-smithing, Glass fusing, Pottery, Sewing & Quilting, Hebel Sculpture and Resin craft.
For further information about the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council's RADF program contact:
0428 546 107
- BTRC 2016-2017 Application Form
- BTRC RADF Guidelines
- BTRC RADF Committee Protocols
- BTRC RADF Eligiblity Checklist ProEmerging artists
2014 Projects & Activity Highlights:
In 2014 Blackall-Tambo Regional Council supported a diverse range of community projects and activities in partnership with Arts Queensland through the Regional Art Development Fund.
To commemorate 150 years of racing the Tambo Race Club Committee installed a barb wire race horse and jockey sculpture supported under the Cultural Tourism category. Under category 5, Contemporary Collections the Race Club received funding to develop a pop-up banner exhibition, ‘Racing on the River’ detailing the history of the Tambo Race Club.
Cultural Tourism was also supported by Council’s Strategic Initiative whereby the Blackall Cultural Association received funding to engage a project officer and market the Association’s ‘Out There’ workshops and tourism residencies.
Workshops developing a range of skills and abilities; furniture restoration, fabric painting, quilting and shadow puppetry were all delivered by community volunteer organizations supported financially by the RADF program.
The committee provided an interest free loan to enable the printing of ‘Beyond the Dust’ garden journal, a popular ‘bible’ for western gardeners. And supported the QWRRRN (Qld Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network) to bring a range of artsworkers to Blackall as part of the creative stream at the annual conference on Blackall.
RADF banners are available for loan at the Grassland Art Gallery and Blackall Neighbourhood Centre to promote your funded project and activity.