More Regional Arts Development stories unfolding

RADF or the Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government initiative through Arts Queensland in conjunction with the City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture.

Through the RADF program, Council is calling for big, creative ideas. The first round of RADF funding for 2015-16 closes 11 September. The call for applications comes on the back of an announcement of the successful recipients of RADF funding from the last round. Those recipients include:

  • Suzanne Howard for Regions of Alienation/Satellites of Love, an inclusive visual arts collaboration between local artists and community groups
  • Kate Harman for the first development stage of The Drowning, a new production integrating live music and contemporary dance
  • Joel Rea for a New York residency to coincide with a month-long solo exhibition at the Jonathon Levine Gallery in Chelsea, New York
  • Josef Ruigrok for The Beach Project, an extensive residency of research and development on the Gold Coast working with local artists, communities and businesses
  • Sam Foster for Shock Therapy Productions in collaboration with Zeal Theatre and Arts Centre Gold Coast for their new version of The Forwards held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in July.

Emily Craven (pictured) will also receive a grant for a digital storytelling project which utilizes cutting edge app technology. Story City – Gold Coast will take the reading experience from the traditional printed page and deliver it to smart devices. Through a locative app, readers will be guided on a trail to unravel and explore a story of their own choosing – it’s an interactive Choose your Own Adventure narrative through Gold Coast suburbs.

The project recently advertised for expressions of interest from musicians, writers and illustrators whose work will be showcased through the project. You can download the Story City app now but the Gold Coast project is still in development.

With these RADF recipients set to make an impact on the local arts and culture scene, the City is now calling for applications for the next round.

Applications close 11 September 2015, with the next round opening in February 2016. That round will also include competitive funding, a mentorship opportunity and triennial funding.

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