Cairns projects share in arts funding

A series of workshops and group installations celebrating ‘artwork as activity’ is among the successful projects in the latest round of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Building Bridges engages children and their families in the construction of both physical and artistic bridges, exploring environmental, structural, and social connections and will culminate in the public artworks being on display at Cairns Children’s Festival 2020.

Seven arts projects in the Cairns region will share in $61,328 in funding under Round One of RADF 2019/20 grants.

Mayor Bob Manning said the latest round of funding will assist a broad array of creative projects from performing arts, film and dance to public art and cultural material conservation.

“Hundreds of local projects have over the years been assisted by RADF grants, which deliver positive outcomes for communities across the region,” Cr Manning said.

“These successful projects represent a chance for people to engage with the vibrancy and depth of our arts community.”

The latest round of funding will deliver a range of creative opportunities to the community, including a suite of workshops delivering training in best practise in caring for heritage material, by conservator Melanie Sorenson.

The grants will also assist UMI Arts in the creation of a DVD on the life of renowned artist, indigenous role model and wood carver Kel Williams.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government is proud to continue its RADF partnership with local governments with an investment of $2.08 million, through Arts Queensland, for the 2019-20 fund.

“This investment will support the delivery of hundreds of arts experiences and professional development opportunities across the state,” Ms Enoch said.

“Projects funded through RADF provide pathways for learning, contribute to the creation of jobs, foster creativity and boost cultural tourism.”

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