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Regional Arts Development Fund

The Ipswich City Council Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state. The RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. The fund invests in local arts and cultural priorities as determined by local communities across Queensland and its flexibility enables local councils to tailor RADF programs to the specific needs of their communities.


The RADF objectives are to support arts and cultural activities that:

  • Provide public value for Queensland communities.
  • Build local cultural capacity, cultural innovation and community pride.
  • Deliver Queensland Government’s objectives to the community.
  • Support local artists and arts and cultural activity to deliver value for local communities.
  • Provide opportunities for local communities to participate in arts and cultural activities.
  • Invest in locally-determined priorities delivered through arts and cultural activity.
  • Contribute towards current government priorities.

Funding Priorities

  • Collaborative projects which celebrate creative partnerships across the Ipswich region.
  • Skills development and mentoring for artists and arts-workers, which may include arts workshops and marketing and media workshops to support the promotion and showcasing of projects.
  • Building community participation and engagement through arts and cultural activities.
  • Applications which increase participation of priority community, including children and young people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disabilities.

Assessment Process

RADF applications are considered by the Ipswich RADF Committee, a local advisory group to Council. The committee assesses the applications against RADF objectives and assessment criteria outlined in the RADF Guidelines.

The Ipswich RADF Committee comprises:


Areas of Interest/Expertise

Previous RADF Committee Experience

Cr Charlie Pisasale

RADF Chair

Chair of Arts and Social Development Committee, Ipswich City Council

Ipswich City Council

Cr Andrew Antoniolli

RADF Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair of Arts and Social Development Committee, Ipswich City Council

Ipswich City Council

Rebecca Lewis

Craft and design

Ipswich City Council

Benitta Harding

Visual arts and design

Deannah Vieth

Museums, collections and cultural heritage

Ipswich City Council

Di Johnston

Dancing, speech and drama and theatre

Donna Davis

Visual art

Ipswich City Council

Felicity Bubb


Ipswich City Council

Glen Smith

Visual arts and crafts, community arts and cultural development

Lowana Moxham


Richard Rawcliffe

Heritage and marketing

Paroo Shire Council

Sue Basu

Music, dance, community arts and development


Please refer to the RADF Guidelines, RADF Eligibility Checklist and RADF Online Grant Application form below:

RADF Eligibility Checklist (PDF, 152.6 KB)
RADF Online Grant Application

All applicants are required to contact the RADF Liaison Officer on (07) 3810 6657 or prior to submitting their grant applications.

Quick Response Grants

Individuals may submit Quick Response Grant applications for opportunities for professional development that unexpectedly become available out of the normal RADF rounds.

The objective of this category is to enable individual professional artists and artsworkers living in Ipswich to attend professional development seminars or activities, master classes, mentorships with recognised arts and cultural peers and placements with recognised arts and cultural organisations.

  • Quick Response RADF grants may support intrastate and interstate activities only (overseas travel is ineligible).
  • Assistance of up to $2,000 is available towards registration, accommodation and travel costs for activities in Queensland and up to $3,000 for activities in other states.

Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before the activity.

For further assistance and advice and access to the application forms for RADF Quick Response Grants, please call the RADF Liaison Officer on (07) 3810 6657 or

Recent Grant Recipients

Three Ipswich initiatives have received grants under the latest round of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF):

  • Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network to launch an exhibition of work by illustrator/author Narelle Oliver, as part of the 2017 StoryArts Festival Ipswich.
  • Jagera Ganay-Magil Aboriginal Corporation to undertake a project to record, document and preserve Jagera Elders’ stories.
  • David Paterson to attend a masterclass of the acclaimed plays of Edward Albee, one of the foremost playwrights of the 20th century.