Yura, bunji. Welcome.

Redland City Council honours our global First Nations community by cultivating a shared sense of belonging the moment you set foot on country. We acknowledge the Goenpul [goorra-bal / goo-ren-pull], Ngugi [noo-ki / noo-gee] and Noonuccal [noo-na-gul / noo-knuckle] Peoples, the Traditional Owners of Quandamooka country and the land in which Redland City Council occupies. We wish to celebrate the richness and diversity of the world’s oldest living culture, continuing a legacy through ongoing storytelling and sharing through art.

What is PASSAGE?

One of our biggest priorities is to support artists.

PASSAGE is a new initiative of Redland City Council introduced in October 2022 which will be delivered as a year-round Artist Development Program. This program aims to:

  • Provide a professional incubator for emerging and established artists and creatives, providing opportunities to develop skills with and alongside industry professionals.
  • Support individuals and organisations working in the arts and cultural sector with in-kind and financial support, as determined by their specific needs.
  • Promote the role and value of creative expression and artistic development as key drivers of diverse, vibrant and connected communities.


Within the PASSAGE Artist Development Program there are four key initiatives:

| Channel | New work in Development

| Stream | Existing work in Development

| Skills Lab | Professional Development & Workshops

| Stage Sessions | Live Performance opportunity



PASSAGE is delivered by Redland City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

All applicants must read and understand the PASSAGE Artist Development Program Guidelines prior to submitting.


VIEW Guidelines


New Work in Development

2023/24 Applications now open!

Do you have an idea for a new artistic work, but need support to fully realise your idea?

Channel is a year-round development program for new works at the very beginning of an idea, concept or dream that provides an important platform for artists to engage in critical response and review. There is no pressure for a presentation outcome, simply come in and utilise our resources to help you realise your concept. Length of developments will vary depending on the individual or company.

Each year, artists and creatives can apply for in-kind venue support and a $2,000 stipend to fund artistic contribution for the duration of the development. The Creative Arts team will assist artists by providing time and expertise in the creative development process over the agreed period.

There are two (2) spaces available within Redland Performing Arts Centre that will be available for your development:

Auditorium: Venue specifications

Events Hall: Venue specifications

This program is a significant arts incubation and development initiative, encouraging and empowering artists to focus on process rather than outcome.

Watch this space for the next Channel funding round!

For further information about these and other opportunities, email 

Start Application


Existing Work in Development

2023/24 Applications now open!

Stream is a financially and creatively supported opportunity for artists to develop their practice through an existing body of work or concept. This is a development program for existing work that is ready to go.

Stream is an outcome-based initiative that recognises the need for more opportunities to present independent work with a shared risk. These works should be at a further stage of formulation – maybe you have run it up a couple of times and need to develop phase two. 

We are seeking to support projects that will engage audiences or the general public through art, working in any form. Proposed projects should have an intended outcome in RPAC’s Auditorium, Events Hall or Concert Hall (subject to availability). 

Each year, artists and creatives can apply for subsidised venue support up to $2,000 to fund internal hard costs including staff, technical equipment and staging. The artists and creatives will be given the opportunity to present the work to the general public in RPAC’s Auditorium whereby there is a shared risk and potential to take home Net Box Office (NBO) takings. The Creative Arts team will assist artists by providing time and expertise in the creative development process over the agreed period with the intention of developing outcomes that can be used as launch pads to secure new and exciting paths forward.

There are two (2) spaces available within Redland Performing Arts Centre that will be available for your development:

Auditorium: Venue specifications

Events Hall: Venue specifications

For further information about these and other opportunities, email 

Start Application

Skills Lab

Professional development workshop series

Artists, arts workers and arts educators are a vital part of Redlands Coast arts and cultural landscape, sharing their skills, knowledge, dedication and understanding with the community. Redland City Council is passionate about ensuring that there are opportunities for artists in our sector, teachers in our schools and members of the wider community to continue learning and up-skilling.

This program of workshops is designed collaboratively by Redland City Council’s Creative Arts team, Resident Artists, invited artists and Flying Arts Alliance. Other master teachers, artists and professionals from Southeast Queensland may join to help participants experience, and then build on, their own dynamic skills and practice.

Whether you are eager to learn something new, refresh your knowledge or simply explore different conventions with like-minded people, Skills Lab is your one-stop-shop for artistic professional development in the region.

These workshops are generally delivered as one day modules and can be paired to make a program of two or more days. Contact for more information.

Stage Sessions

Presentation opportunity for performing artists

2023/24 Applications Opening Soon

Stage Sessions is an exciting initiative providing an invaluable opportunity to performing artists and musicians to present on RPAC's state-of-the-art Concert Hall stage.

Performing in an intimate setting with your audience on-stage with you.

Full technical support will be supplied to artists including crew and available lighting and sound equipment.

Whether you're a cabaret artist, choir, acoustic singer/songwriter, spoken word poet or magician - we want to hear from you!

Artists have the power to alter our perceptions, provide alternate views and bring us together as a more connected community. RPAC holds artists and creatives in high esteem and is proud to deliver opportunities and programs to support the growing Redlands Coast and South East Queensland creative sector.

Watch this space for the next Stage Sessions concert series!

For further information about these and other opportunities, email 

All artists, creatives and companies are encouraged to apply, you do not have to be a resident of Redlands Coast. We are looking to program works that can demonstrate an empathy with the City’s goals and are viable in their development and presentation.


Applications will be judged by the following selection criteria:

  • Quality of the idea.
  • Proof of effective planning.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of the work’s artistic and cultural context.
  • Reflects current community ideas, concerns and/or celebrations.
  • Is logistically feasible to deliver in RPAC, program dependent.
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop or deliver the work in the timeframe required.
  • Evidence of confirmed artists and creatives via relevant support material including resumes, CVs and letters of confirmation.

How to apply?

Applications are submitted on-line using:

Step 1 – Access the SmartyGrants webpage

Step 2 – Log in (if you haven’t used SmartyGrants to submit an on-line application form before, you need to register. To do this you need to have an email address and set up a password.)

Step 3 – Select Artist Development Program, select Stage Sessions, Channel or Stream and begin your application.

Step 4 – Ensure you have provided as much information as possible and contacted Redland Creative Arts team via if you have any questions.

Step 5 – Submit application inclusive of budget and all relevant support material.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists at any stage of their career.
  • Groups of artists including project funded companies where the lead artists are residents of South East Queensland.
  • We encourage proposals from artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, people with disability, and LGBTQIA+ artists.

Applicants must:

  • Be a permanent resident or Australian Citizen.
  • Have an ABN or be auspiced by an individual or organisation.
  • Be over 18 years of age or have the application co-signed by a legal guardian confirming responsibility for the financial management of the funding.
  • Be individual professional artists, emerging professional artists, arts workers, cultural workers or project coordinators.
  • Must have met all acquittal conditions of previous Council grants.

PASSAGE provides opportunities for professional, semi-professional and emerging artists based in Southeast Queensland through in-kind support and funding in the categories of:

  • Community Arts and Cultural Development
  • Dance
  • Developing Regional Skills
  • Heritage
  • Multi-arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Craft
  • Design
  • Writing


  • Applications open: August 2023
  • Open year-round until funds have been expended


  • Applications open: August 2023
  • Open year-round until program and resources are at capacity

Stage Sessions:

  • Applications for the 2024 Season will open soon.

Applications for Channel and Stream will remain open until funds are expended. Successful applicants must expend funds prior to 30 June 2024.

The Bigger Picture by Sachém

For an example of how the PASSAGE Artist Development Program can help realise your creative dreams, click on the video to hear about Sachém's The Bigger Picture creative development and world premiere performance at RPAC.