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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:
2012 Projects & Activities
In May the RADF program supported the Blackall Cultural Association’s ‘Living Artist’ project; an artist residency with Adriaan and Denise Van der Lugt from Proserpine.
During their stay they presented workshops in hebel sculpture, soap carving, basket making and drawing to the Blackall and Tambo communities.
Adriaan created and installed a public art work, the Bottle Tree located at the Living Arts Centre at 38 Rose Street (cnr of Rose Street and Hawthorn Street).
Under the ‘developing regional skills category’, Marie Messer and Alison Mobbs were assisted to attend the Sing Australia National Gathering in Sydney in September 2011. This opportunity assisted the development of choir leadership and conductor skills, professional development and support for the Sing Australia Blackall Choir.
Members of the Blackall Choir outside the Sydney Opera House.
In late October, the BTRC RDAF committee hosted Carrie Bies from Savvy Arts to deliver committee training and Community Grant Writing workshops. The workshops were enriching and lively conversations and debates were held.
Assistance is available from RADF Liason Officer: Alison Shaw