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 an initiative of Redland City Council introduced in 2022 and is 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.

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

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

PASSAGE 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.

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 Redland City Council's 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 PASSAGE Artist Development Program and begin your application.

Step 4 – Ensure you have provided as much information as possible and contacted Redland Creative Arts team 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

PASSAGE 2024-25 funding dates will be announced soon.

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.