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Workshops that are sew amazing and to dye for set for Clermont and Nebo

The colourful worlds of machine embroidery, patchwork and tie-dyeing will energise Nebo and Clermont residents’ creative minds thanks to government funding.

More than $4,400 from round one of the Isaac Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) will benefit workshops happening in February and March following successful applications by Nebo resident Annette Newton and Clermont Artslink.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said Council is committed to arts and cultural development in the region.

“We’re powered by its people who through their hard work and ingenuity help to energise the world,” Mayor Baker said.

“Creativity connects and energises our people and powers our communities by improving our health and sense of wellbeing.”

Ms Newton’s efforts will see Greenhill artist Lori Gourlay hold a workshop at the Nebo Community Sports and Recreation Club on Sunday, February 17.

Participants will transform cotton fabrics into the colours of their choice using various tie-dyeing techniques.

Catering for beginners to advanced sewers, Clermont Artslink’s We’re Sewing Outback textile weekend on March 28-31 will bring together people from around Isaac and beyond who are interested in machine embroidery and patchwork. During three days of workshops, textile artist Jane Grove and her assistant Susan Nott will teach attendees techniques to use in machine embroidery, patchwork and general sewing. 

Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said investing in creative and cultural experiences through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) strengthened regional communities, boosted cultural tourism, and enhanced the quality of life in rural and remote towns and cities.

“RADF is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and Isaac Regional Council support local talent, unite communities and celebrate the arts across the state,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million in 2018-19 in partnership with 58 councils state-wide to help deliver cultural experiences which align with local priorities.”

Round Two of the RADF grants program closes on Friday February 8. To be eligible for consideration, applications must involve events, programs or activities happening from May 1 to August 31, 2019. 

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Isaac Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

For more information or to apply for a RADF grant visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au/isaac-community-grants and download an application form and the guidelines or phone 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27) to speak with the Arts and Cultural Development Officer.


Isaac Regional Council – Brand, Media and Communications   (07) 4846 3550


14 February 2019