Creative people in the City of Logan are being urged to chase their artistic dreams.

Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct artist-in-residence Dr Karen Lonsdale said many local creatives have great ideas but often don’t apply for available grants to bring them to life.

Dr Lonsdale encourages those who fall into that category to get involved in Logan City Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant program.

The singer and flautist will share her story alongside those of other successful former RADF grant recipients at a special event in October.

The RADF Showcase and Round 50 launch is between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, October 1 at the KBF Cultural Precinct.

Anyone interested in seeking funding for their next creative arts project is invited to attend.

Dr Lonsdale will perform her solo flute piece After the Rain.

She said RADF funding had helped her further develop as an independent performing artist and educator.


Dr Lonsdale took part in a series of professional development sessions in jazz singing and accompanying, composition, arranging and recorder playing as well as business marketing and promotion strategies with renowned Australian ensemble Topology as well as other specialists.

She has also created some short pieces for beginner to intermediate ensembles as well as a piece for a beginner concert band.

Dr Lonsdale said the RADF application process was straight-forward and applicants could receive feedback on their ideas before putting in a submission.

“Like any other grant, it is imperative to stick to the criteria when completing the application form,” she said.

City Lifestyle Chair, Councillor Laurie Koranski said the RADF Showcase would feature successful recipients and allow people to learn more about RADF.

“This program acts as a support mechanism for local creatives,” Cr Koranski said.

“They are our creative heart and soul, and we are keen to support all art forms.”

Grants are available in the areas of dance, music, design, new media, visual arts, writing, theatre, performing arts, museum and cultural heritage.

Light refreshments will be available so bookings are essential and can be made online at

Insights will also be given by the following presenters into their RADF supported projects:

  • Lark Lee, who developed materials on a Korean-Australian mixed culture feature film Street No. 4. The trailer will screen at the showcase.
  • Aaron Dora, from Opera Queensland, who completed a mentorship with Goat Track Theatre from Mt Tamborine.
  • Louis Lim, who led and mentored local photographers to capture the street fashion style of City of Logan residents in the Snapshots exhibition currently on display at KBF.

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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