The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Banana Shire Council.

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities as determined by local communities.





RADF grants aim to display the creative spirit within the community.


Objective: To nurture the creative and talented individuals in the Banana Shire and encourage growth in their practice. A total pool of $8000 in funding is available.

These grants are to support individual professional and emerging artists or arts and cultural workers living in the Banana Shire to undertake professional development activities located within Australia. These activities will support the participant to grow and excel in their chosen field of practice.

Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Attendance to professional development seminars, conferences, master classes or workshops
  • Mentorships or organised activities with industry professionals
  • Placements with recognised arts and cultural organisations
  • Travel, accommodation and associated costs with attending your activity

Grant Amount: $500 or $1000

Funding Round

Closing Date
(Last day of the month)

Council Approval

30 September 2016
extended until 31 October

26 October 2016
23 November 2016
2 31 October 2016 23 November 2016
3 30 November 2016 25 January 2017
4 31 January 2017 22 February 2017
5 28 February 2017 22 March 2017
6 31 March 2017 26 April 2017
7 30 April 2017 24 May 2017
8 31 May 2017 28 June 2017
9 30 June 2017 26 July 2017

Please Note: in the event that funding is expended there may be less fund rounds offered.
2017 dates may be subject to change following confirmation of Council meeting dates.



Objective: To display the creative spirit within the community. A total pool of $20,000 is available.

RADF grants are available to eligible individuals, groups and organisations, the funding categories below outline the eligible activities and projects. Your application must align with one of these categories.

1. Supporting our Community
Objective: To support and strengthen the cultural capacity of our community.

2. Local Storytelling
Objective: To facilitate and support local storytelling and encourage the display and celebration of the diversity within our community.

3. Visible Cultural Life
Objective: To showcase the creative spirit of our community and encourage cultural tourism.

4. Small Towns, Big Ideas
Objective: To foster significant arts and cultural ideas and help them move towards reality

Grant Amount: Variable 

Funding Round Closing Date Council Approval

30 September 2016
Extended until 31 October 2016

20 October 2016
23 November 2016
2 31 January 2017 22 February 2017
3 31 May 2017 28 June 2017




Banana Shire Council is proud to sponsor two Banana Shire students in grade 10-12 to attend the ARTiZ PUBLIC Contemporary Street Art Program held in Toowoomba during September 2017.

26 September: Travel to Toowoomba

27 – 29 September: Attend ARTiZ PUBLIC

29/30: Travel back to Banana Shire

Sponsorship Includes:

  • Program fees valued at $330
  • Contribution towards travel costs
  • Organising travel arrangements and liasing with Flying Arts

Applications are due: 23 June 2017, 5pm. Download the form and submit to

More information about Artiz Public

A Tribute to Modern Pioneers is a Banana Shire Council project to celebrate the innovative people contributing to the fabric of our community and the regions diverse industries.  We want to capture local achievements and stories and share them with the broader community. 

Queensland based emerging photographer Rachael Baskerville is being engaged to take portraits of selected local Modern Pioneers in-situ at their place of work, property, home or an important place linked to their story. The portraits will be developed into a local touring exhibition and publication. The exhibition will tour throughout local venues and events during 2017, with a full scale exhibition at Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery in November/December 2017.

Rachael Baskerville, a Brisbane based editorial and lifestyle photographer has been selected to work on the Modern Pioneers project. Read more about Rachael at her website.

"I love to work with anyone who creates, innovates, or has a story to tell. Integrity is undoubtedly the most photogenic quality".


Left: Rachael Baskerville, 2017. Right: Workshop, 2016.
Images courtesy of Rachael Baskerville.

We are very excited to announce those selected as Pioneers for the 'A Tribute to Modern Pioneers Project'!

David Trevilyan: Agricultural Machinery
Myles Breitkreutz: Recreational Flying
Fiona Hayward: Landowner Rights & Local History Preservation
Auda Maclean: Visual Arts and Cultural Heritage Conservation
Burnett & Louise Joyce: Cattle Genetics, Sustainable Property Management and Distance Education
Debbie Elliott: Rural and Regional Healthcare
Hazel Mann: Visual Arts Community
Jane Parker & Local Herb Farmers: Organic Herb Industry

Congratulations to all who were nominated, there certainly are fantastic people contributing to the betterment of our local community and industries.



The Creative Life Project has been developed in response to local arts priority one, to celebrate creative life by supporting local events and festivals. Banana Shire Council will work with one community group or organisation to deliver a project that will value add to an existing community event or festival by providing an arts and/or cultural activity.

Eligible groups and organisations that organise local events and festivals were invited to submit their ideas in an application form.

Culture and Arts Banana Shire (CABS Inc.) was selected as the sucessful applicant.



The Banana Shire Council invites community members to jon the RADF Assessment Panel. Applications are assessed via an online process following each grant round. Download an application form in the panel to the right or contact the RLO for more information.



RADF in the Banana Shire operates with a combination of RADF grants and strategic initiatives developed by Council in response to the following local arts and culture priorities:

Priority 1: Celebrate Creative Life

  • Celebrate the creative life of the Banana Shire by supporting a wide variety of artforms and activities with particular focus on adding value to existing arts and cultural events and festivals.
  • Encourage local artists, artsworkers, groups and organisations in their work within the community and collaboration and building of partnerships to deliver inclusive and accessible arts and cultural activities.
Priority 2: Young People
  • Support inclusive arts and culture which foster the diverse groups within our community and build new audiences, particularly with focus on encouraging arts and cultural activities by, with and for young people (13-30 years).
  • Encourage young artists to pursue creative development opportunities and youth organisations in their work.
Priority 3: Display of creative spirit within the community
  • Display the creative spirit within our community by encouraging activities which strengthen community pride and liveability of our towns.
  • Encourage local storytelling and celebration of our diverse communities and public display of local community spirit through public art and placemaking.
  • Increase the number and quality of arts and cultural activities and opportunities.

Touring exhibition A Sense of Wonder was funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund.



RADF Liaison Officer (RLO): Shanna Muston
Post Banana Shire Council
PO Box 412
Phone (07) 4992 9500
In Person Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery
62 Valentine Plains Road
To ensure availability call or email to make an appointment
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