Two bodies of work highlighting Logan’s natural beauty receive arts funding grants

Painted human bodies photographed in locations around Logan, and 10 paintings on canvas portraying the beauty of and nature of the Logan area are among five successful submissions to receive funding from the latest round of Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants.

Chair of the Sport and Community Services Committee, Councillor Steve Swenson, said the projects were selected by a local RADF committee after submissions were called in March.

“Since its inception in 2001 Logan City Council has provided funding and conducted 37 RADF rounds of grants – generating employment opportunities and enduring local artworks reflecting Logan’s social, cultural and natural environment,” he said.

“In Logan more than $31,000 will be invested in the five projects approved in this round, which will employ arts and cultural workers and produce uniquely local works of art which will be displayed in our galleries and hosted in sites around the city.”

The successful grant recipients this round are:

• Sandra Temple – who will produce a limited edition hardcover book, with body canvases photographed by Logan photographers in Logan locations
• Aaron Pocock, who will produce a series of ten paintings on canvas portraying the beauty and nature of the Logan area, culminating in a gallery exhibition at Able Gallery.
• Sylvia Nakachi, who will promote, enhance and educate the community of Logan, using various art forms and mediums to capture Torres Strait history, culture and Victorian Era influence in an exhibition at Logan Art Gallery.
• Logan Village Community Centre, which will host a series of free exhibition development and production workshops at the Logan Village Museum for museums, historical societies and keeping places in the Logan area.
• Joan Mcnaught, who will produce 24 artworks for an exhibition at Logan Art Gallery in 2017.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.

“The $2.08 million will leverage approximately $1.8 million from local governments, and means an anticipated total of $3.9 million will be available for arts projects across the state,” the Premier said.

“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members, helping to ensure that Queenslanders can engage with arts in their local community.

“In 2016, RADF celebrates 25 years of partnership to promote the role and value of arts, culture and heritage.

“RADF supports arts, cultural and heritage projects throughout Queensland, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists,” she said.

Main Image: Sandra Temple has been granted Regional Arts Development Funding to produce a limited edition hardcover book featuring body canvases, photographed by Logan photographers, in Logan City locations.

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