Applications for the second round of the 2018/19 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) are now open until 1 July.
RADF is a partnership between Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and is designed to invest in arts and cultural experiences based on community needs.
RADF Committee Chair Cr Margie Ryder said the RADF grants provide crucial support for local arts and cultural groups.
“The RADF grants allow the community to explore and pursue their next creative project,” Cr Ryder said.
“The key criteria we look for in any RADF applications is how the funding will support and benefit the Townsville community.”
Previous projects funded by RADF have included art exhibitions, skills workshops, script development, short films and documentaries, and professional development activities.
Local actor and playwright Michael Sams utilised RADF to expand one of his existing short plays into his first full-length script, employing the dramaturg services of experienced local playwright Terri Brabon.
“It took a year, but I’ve written a full-length play – several drafts of a full-length play, actually – that my professional dramaturg is happy with,” said Michael. “I could keep tweaking it until I’m 90 so I need to have something other than my mind as the stop point and having Terri say ‘this is good’, says to me that I can stop tweaking now.”
Michael said the collaborative process and professional feedback afforded to him via the RADF Grant resulted in a much better end product and significant growth for him as a writer.
“There were a couple of points along the way where Terri would say ‘Michael have a look at this section here. What do you say we just shelve that and start that part again?’ She did that a couple of times and she was right to do so because her observations and her suggestions where always right on the money.
“I must admit a couple of times Terri would give me feedback and I thought ‘you’re right, but I don’t know how to make that come alive’ and I was really worried. But I sat down and thought about it, and reworked ideas until I found something that worked in line with what she said. I’m the kind of person who thinks about a lot of things before I put it to paper, but once the fingers hit the keyboard, I tend to just write and write and write. Finally, I sat back and thought ‘I think I’ve done it’. Terri agreed and that was good enough for me – when she said she was happy with it, I just said ‘thank you’.”
While there are no current plans for Michael’s script to be brought to life on stage, he hopes that step will follow in time.
“I would like to hope that at some point in the future there exists the opportunity to either have a production of it and/or have a publication of it. That’s a little way down the track while we all take a breather from the last process,” Michael said.
Townsville City Council will hold community workshops for organisations and individuals interested in applying for the current RADF round.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in the RADF grant to come along and find out about the criteria and get assistance planning their application,” Cr Ryder said.