2019 RADF grant recipient Adam James

RADF Quick Response Grant Round Now Closed

The current RADF Quick Response Grant Round will be open from 10am on Friday 13 May and close at midnight on Friday 10 June. These grants are available for professional development/quick response funding for individuals or groups ($2,000 or $4,000 respectively).

Submit your application via SmartyGrants via the button below.

Further information about this grant is also available below.


About the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

RADF is an annual partnership between the Queensland Government (ARTS Queensland) and Redland City Council. This partnership has been operational for over 20 years. During this time the arts and cultural life of the Redlands Coast has grown exponentially.

The RADF grant is seen as seed funding to kick-start and assist new and emerging artists and creatives in the region. The funding cycle is available for two rounds a year as well as a RADF Quick Response round which is open all year depending on the funds available.

There are two types of funding available with community project funding (up to a maximum of $10,000) and professional development/quick response funding for individuals or groups ($2,000 or $4,000 respectively).

Below are the dates for the 2022-23 RADF grant rounds.

  • ROUND 1 Quick Response Round opens on the 1st September 2022 and closes at midnight on the 17th October 2022
  • ROUND 2 Quick Response Round opens on the 16th February 2023 and closes at midnight on the 31st March 2023

To find out more about RADF grants and the next fund round, click on the 'More Info' button below.

Successful RADF Grant Projects

  • Macleay Island Arts Complex Inc
    Love Our Islands – Children’s Art Exhibition and Workshops
    Artist Beatrice Sheehan will run 3 workshops for a total of 300 children from Russell Island State School and Macleay Island State School, on the theme of the Natural Environment of our S.M.B. Islands. This event is inspired by Contemporary Aboriginal & European Artists, to explore cultural fusion & expression of individual creativity that is open, without formulas endorsing the love for their immediate environment, a sense of cultural identity, pride & belonging, celebrating the concept that diversity and inclusion emblematic of a united Australian culture is our strength.

  • Ms Maria Belle Isle
    Music, Markets and Lawn Bowls on the Green 4183
    Music, Markets and Lawn Bowls on the Green will deliver a free community event, featuring live music performances and workshops by regional artists, local arts and crafts markets and lawn bowls. To be held at the Point Lookout Bowls Club, over the first weekend of the June school holidays.

  • Glass Engine
    House Detective
    A 10 part historical-genealogy television series, House Detective investigates the history, architecture and former residents that once dwelled in everyday homes uncovering touchstones of our past with intriguing, fascinating and surprising results. Glass Engine are excited to feature at least two episodes exploring Redlands and Quandamooka's proud historical connections to the past with global audiences.

  • Donna Cameron
    To write a novel set in contemporary Redlands which incorporates the rich farming history of the area and highlights the importance of community. Bloomfield is set in a new housing estate on what was once prime farming land and is the story of old Albert Bloomfield, the last remaining farmer in the area. Bloomfield is an exploration of our need for connection within the suspicion and loneliness created when six-foot fences demarcate boundaries and hide secrets.

  • Storytowns Pty Ltd
    Redland Podcast Tour
    Storytowns create immersive podcasts that reveal the interesting stories of people, lifestyle, history and experiences of places, towns, groups and activities – often uncovering the untold hidden gems. The Geo-locator feature automatically plays before visitors drive near the featured markets, thus ensuring they are primed and more likely to stop, explore and stay (and spend) in the town. Other features allow visitors to select and listen, or scan a QR code on location. Many users also listen whilst at home, which prompts interest in an area and entices people to actively be part of the market.

Five projects were successful in applying for RADF grants in the latest round. The projects were:

  • Karen Drukakis – Reflections in the rear view mirror - the panoramas and the potholes (A modern twist to the ancient practice of sharing life lessons of the Elders): For tens of thousands of years, at the heart of Aboriginal culture, Elders pass on their life lessons and experiences to the next generation through spoken stories. The sharing of these stories is as critical today as it has ever been. But, how young people communicate now is very different, even compared to the previous generation. Therefore, Elders from Minjerribah would like to use modern multimedia techniques to share the stories of their lives in their own shows. Live and recorded traditional and modern music, singing, dance, artwork, images, films and spoken stories would be used. The performances would be yarning circle-based shows that encourage the audience to ask questions and have discussions with the Elder during the show itself about issues raised. John Parke would assist the group to produce their shows. These shows would be performed on Minjerribah and multimedia materials presented at RPAC.

  • Fiona & Siobhan Wilson – Minksy the Meltdown Pixie:This project will involve the writing, editing, illustrating, book design and publishing of a children’s picture book called Minksy the Meltdown Pixie. The book will then be shared with children in schools, day care centres and libraries in the Redlands and other regions of Queensland. Copies of the book will be donated to State Library of Queensland, local special schools and the Redlands Libraries. 

  • Redland Sinfonia Inc. – Redland Sinfonia Recording: Provide a professional recording experience for aspiring local professional musicians. Produce a recording for use as promotion for the orchestra via social media. Make the recording available for participants to add to their CVs. Use the recording as a source of future income through sales of CDs/DVDs. Showcase local award winning composer.

  • Island Art Collective-Eve Newsome – SMBI Mural:The project is proposed by four established and emerging SMBI visual artists who are part of the recently formed Island Art Collective, co-ordinated by Eve Newsome. The Island Art Collective aims to enliven island public spaces with outdoor murals and other art work based on SMBI environment and history. The project involves planning and painting a mural on the Kitchen Garden Shed in the Karragarra Community Garden, Karragarra Island. The Garden Shed measures 3 meters by 3 meters and is located within the Community Garden itself and in view from main access road. The mural will be designed with creative input from four Island Art Collective artists and the Community Garden members and painted in outdoor paint on all suitable external shed surfaces. The project will develop the creative skills of the artists and Community Garden members resulting in an inspiring art work visible to both locals and visitors.

  • Bradford Walton – Strategic Development of Cleveland Film Company (CFC) - A sustainable & independent regional film industry in the Redlands: This strategic initiative will encourage and develop creative and logistical skills within the arts and cultural life of Redlands. The further development of CFC as a local production company will create employment opportunities for a wide range of creative artists, technicians, and third-party associated support businesses, such as catering, construction, accommodation, and so forth. The initiative will strengthen existing CFC partnerships, forge new ones, and will stimulate cultural innovation within the regional communities of the Redlands, Quandamooka Country, and commercial ventures. CFC will support the capacity of local partners and supply chain businesses and assist them to understand and develop and cater to the needs of a local film production industry. The fiscal consequence of the initiative will support a robust culture in the Redlands, build local cultural capacity, sustainability, and community pride.Screen QLD has identified Cleveland as a region of strategic importance for film production, particularly feature films, in the next 10 years, and Redland City Council has identified film and TV production as a key propulsive sector for the local economy in relation to job creation and economic contribution. Film contributes to the community's cultural and artistic fabric & Redland City Council has been active in courting major productions that capitalise on our beautiful natural environment for location shooting. CFC identified a gap in the Redlands regarding this sector and intends to capitalise on the attractiveness of the region as a site for feature film production.

For more information about these projects and the grant recipients read the Redland City Council media release by clicking on the button below.

RADF into the future

What's next for our previous RADF grant recipients and what advice would they like to give other RADF grant applicants ... watch the videos below to find out.