The Central Highlands and Isaac councils have announced the latest Regional Arts Development Fund recipients, with a Heinz Variety of projects getting support including choral singing, quilting, children's literature, and the Country Women's Association.
Isaac Shire projects
- The Queensland Music Festival's The Power of Song is bringing Emma Dean and Leigh Carriage to Isaac communities for choral and songwriting workshops in June, July and August.
- Clermont Artslink are hosting a workshop by cabaret performer Nadia Sunde on August 18, and participants will be part of Nadia's show 1971 The Music that evening.
- Flaggy Rock Quilters will be hanging out with textile artist Stephanie Allen for a two-day bag making workshop in June.
- Leathercraft artisan Mary-Ellen McEvoy from Nebo is heading to a Brisbane conference to learn from the best, with instructors from around the world.
Central Highlands Region projects
- The Blackwater International Coal Centre's HIstory and Heritage celebration in August will include local bands and dancers and art workshops as well as mining history displays.
- Children’s author Frances Underhill and illustrator Helen Killian are collaborating on a children’s book.
- The Emerald Art Group is planning a workshop with artist (and former Duaringa resident) Erin Dunne.
- The Miner’s Common Museum, Arts and Cultural Centre's annual folk festival is coming up in June. This year’s theme will be Taste of Africa Experiences.
- The Springsure Branch of the QCWA and the Emerald Photographic Club are teaming up to run children’s photography workshops in Springsure.
- Emerald's patchwork and photography clubs are also working together, to deliver artist development workshops.
- The Astronomical Team from Townsville are bringing their performance art and astronomy show to the region.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and local councils across the state to support local arts and cultural projects and professional development for regional artists and creatives. The state government is putting $2.08 million towards RADF in 2017-18, across 59 councils.
In the Rockhampton region, RADF round three closes on May 28.