Eight creative arts professionals get more than $62,000 collectively through the Regional Arts Development Fund

HELPING HAND: Karen Anne Lonsdale will host creative mentorship sessions thanks to a Regional Arts Development Fund grant from Logan City Council and the state government.
HELPING HAND: Karen Anne Lonsdale will host creative mentorship sessions thanks to a Regional Arts Development Fund grant from Logan City Council and the state government.

Poetry in the park, a live music performance, a short film and creative mentorship sessions are among activities backed by Logan's latest round of arts funding.

Eight creative arts professionals have been awarded more than $62,000 collectively through the Regional Arts Development Fund.

It gives them the chance to create new experiences in the City of Logan and we look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition in the coming months

Laurie Koranski

The funding is a partnership between the state government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Logan City Council City Lifestyle Committee chair Laurie Koranski said RADF funding allowed recipients to bring their ideas to life.

"It gives them the chance to create new experiences in the City of Logan and we look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition in the coming months," Cr Koranski said.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the long-standing RADF program would help to boost Queensland's plan for economic recovery, supporting artists and arts workers with employment opportunities through $4.2 million in funding for regional cultural projects.

"The Palaszczuk government is investing $2.08 million in RADF for 2020-21 and an additional $2.13 million will be contributed by 59 councils across Queensland," Ms Enoch said.

"Each year RADF showcases the extraordinary innovation of the arts and cultural sector in regional communities, delivers rich arts experiences and provides important professional opportunities for artists and arts workers."

Successful applicants

  • Michelle Kenney: For the filming of the Junk Shop web series for online publication.
  • Lark Lee: For the development of materials to pitch a potential Korean Australian short feature film.
  • Lamisse Hamouda from Southside Poetry Slam: For eight spoken word poetry events and two creative writing and performance workshops.
  • Dr Karen Anne Lonsdale: For creative mentorship sessions with Topology.
  • Kyra Mancktelow: For new works based on stories of Australian history through the lens of an Indigenous person.
  • Emma Bosworth and Jackie Marshall: For a 70-minute live music performance showcasing stories about Logan people.
  • Thomas Siru; For a 12-week mentorship project providing alternative pathways for at-risk youth.
  • Renee Dobbyn: For a new play which pays tribute to frontline healthcare workers.

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