Council delivers the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) in partnership with the Queensland Government to promote the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.

Council acknowledges the effects COVID-19 is having on the arts sector and has identified a need to reassess the RADF priorities to ensure they align to the needs of the arts community.

The priorities for the Ipswich RADF program are:

  • Increased Opportunities – Providing opportunities for art and cultural experiences and participation throughout the Ipswich region, across all sectors of the community
  • Coordination and Partnerships – Encouraging arts and cultural practitioners and organisations to collaborate across the Ipswich Region
  • Connected Community – Supporting projects that foster engagement
  • Image and Identity – Promoting Ipswich’s rich and unique cultural heritage and thriving arts and culture sector
  • Mentorships and Skills Development – Providing knowledge, support and guidance to arts and cultural practitioners focusing on strengthening skills.

Please take a few minutes to contribute your thoughts and ideas on the following questions.

Question 1

How has your arts practice been affected by COVID-19?

22 June, 2020

MSG says:

“All live performance events cancelled. No DJ/soundtech work - because no events or functions. No rehearsals during full lockdown.”

21 June, 2020

Larry says:

“Cancellation of a number of exhibitions this year. I just move to an online medium. ”

9 June, 2020

timothywynn says:

“All theatre work for 2020 has been cancelled or is in doubt.”

9 June, 2020

nigel_lewis says:

“My associations have ceased to function however with assets comes liabilities. Fees and charges were not suspended during Covid - no income”

9 June, 2020

chris_gronberg says:

“ILT has no income, no funding or financial support and are bleeding out money in bills, charges and wages. We have no money in only outgoing”

9 June, 2020

Andrea says:

“Competitions/exhibitions cancelled or online only. Solo exhibition postponed, limited visitor numbers, no opening events. Lost income.”

8 June, 2020

LRM says:

“Scheduled exhibitions/awards cancelled, postponed TBA, or forced online. F2F engagement & workshops cancelled or online. Practice disrupted.”

4 June, 2020

AndrewSpark says:

“Restrictions have affected the physical displaying of artwork and limited my professional abilities to engage with other artists.”

3 June, 2020

IpswichCityArt says:

“1.Cultural tourism offer on hold/lost over a year of a business 2.Workshops on hold 3.No sells due to financial constrains”

3 June, 2020

AmandaLyn says:

“I am a live performance artist. All our contracts, events and performance engagements have been cancelled. ”

Question 2

How are you adapting your arts practice to current changes?

22 June, 2020

MSG says:

“Being entirely centred around performing to a live audience - and a volunteer DIY operation - we chose to just close & not continue online.”

21 June, 2020

Larry says:

“ Physical venues being unavailable it was an opportunity to stage an online visual exhibition . Continue working on new material.”

9 June, 2020

timothywynn says:

“Spending more time in the development of new work or larger scale projects.”

9 June, 2020

nigel_lewis says:

“As restrictions are lifted, we are moving to online concerts before resuming in person performance. We can’t afford Council facilities now.”

9 June, 2020

Andrea says:

“Online promotion of art. Online professional development. ”

8 June, 2020

LRM says:

“Scoping alternative opps & $. Attend online workshops/sector offerings. Improving biz/digital processes. Experimenting & creating new works.”

4 June, 2020

AndrewSpark says:

“Online work and sales enable local artists to remain engaged.”

3 June, 2020

IpswichCityArt says:

“Will be looking at expanding and branching out art practice; also, will need to enhance digital presence and some digital services.”

3 June, 2020

AmandaLyn says:

“Using the time to train new skills, to explore new work, to create better business systems. ”

Question 3

What kind of support do you need to be able to adapt your arts practice to these challenges?

22 June, 2020

MSG says:

“Financial assistance to pay the rent for the venue would be a start, then shows to limited covid-legal audiences would be more feasible.”

21 June, 2020

Larry says:

“Maybe we need to look at more public art space for presentations of work. The reliance on venues is our downfall.”

9 June, 2020

timothywynn says:

“More engagement in the professional arts sector and funding form ICC. Job creation in the professional industry. ”

9 June, 2020

nigel_lewis says:

“Permission to resume rehearsals for a start. Then capital to pay the Covid bills period. Relief from fees and charges.”

9 June, 2020

ShaneM says:

“ICC needs to support me and others like me in booking us for local events and not bring in outside talent as has often been the case.”

9 June, 2020

chris_gronberg says:

“Tangible support eg: if venue must have low numbers, assistance with outgoing expenses such as royalties. Encourage emerging playwrites”

9 June, 2020

chris_gronberg says:

“Financial assistance- eg Urban Utilities still charging pedestalfees of $1,240. Waste and cleaning still req'd, live theatre-cant't have aud”

9 June, 2020

Andrea says:

“Low cost exhibition space. Centralised arts hub for exhibitions, performances, professional development, networking, collaborations.”

8 June, 2020

LRM says:

“Digital support. Venue/exhibition support (like Studio188 but for visual arts). Indoor Artisan market opps. Collaboration & networking opps.”

4 June, 2020

AndrewSpark says:

“Tangible support from Council in support of local artists, both established and emerging.”

3 June, 2020

IpswichCityArt says:

“1. Assist migration into digital services 2. Assit creation of videos & digital content 3. Assist and guide with digital publishing ”

3 June, 2020

AmandaLyn says:

“Business support, creative development support, professional development support. Performance outcomes - events in the local area. ”