NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Dalby's Gallery @ 107 volunteers Carolyn Tillman and Emily Wheelehen are pleased with the arts funding.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES: Dalby's Gallery @ 107 volunteers Carolyn Tillman and Emily Wheelehen are pleased with the arts funding. Michael Doyle

Arts funding a boost for region

FUNDING from the Queensland Government's Regional Arts Development Fund is tipped to boost cultural activities in the region.

On Wednesday, Western Downs Regional Council announced $25,000 in funding had been secured.

Public art spaces will benefit, with the council touting possible projects including digital artforms, sewing, mosaics, 3D and ceramics.

Councillor Kaye Maguire said the council was thrilled to have qualified for funding, and hoped the grant would be used to add popularity to the region's art spaces.

"This funding brings some much-needed financial support to our region, including our popular galleries and museums,” Cr Maguire said.

She said the funding might be used for events that brought the community closer to the arts and culture.

"I'd like to encourage both individuals and groups to consider applying for funding for their projects during the next round of council funding that will be opening in November and closing on February 5.”

Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said investing in creative and cultural experiences through the RADF strengthened regional communities, boosted cultural tourism, and enhanced the quality of life in rural and remote towns and cities.

"RADF is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and Western Downs Regional Council to support local talent, unite communities and celebrate the arts across the state,” Ms Enoch said.

"The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million in 2018-19 in partnership with 58 councils statewide to help deliver cultural experiences which align with local priorities.”


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