‘Interim Arts’ now showing in the North Burnett
‘Interim Arts’, funded through North Burnett Regional Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), aims to revitalise the CBDs of each town in the North Burnett. The project, developed by North Burnett Regional Council and delivered by a local project coordinator Rachel Koster, encourages partnerships between store owners and local artists / community organisations to fill as many empty shopfronts as possible with art / creative work / displays to showcase both the creative talents of our community members and highlight events such as local festivals. The project looks to entice locals and visitors to the region to stay engaged and utilise the main streets more fully as well as beautify each streetscape.
Throughout the duration of the displays, an ‘Interim Arts’ poster will be placed in participating windows with a contact number for anyone wanting to lease the premises (alongside any other leasing details/real estate signage).
Already displays are starting to appear in the towns of Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Mundubbera, and soon Monto, with great community spirit being shown from shop owners and creatives. Mt Perry artists are invited to display in other centres as there is currently no suitable stores in their CBD.
So far photographers, painters, poets, writers and textile artists have registered to participate, and even a pony club…
One of the benefits of this kind of collaboration is the potential for new businesses to emerge through the process. Eidsvold has seen one of its new residents rent the entire building he was looking to display in, to base his inspirational poetry business and create an eye catching tourist stop.
Interested shop owners are encouraged to contact Council’s Community Development team on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) to find out which artists are wanting to display and vice-versa. Although not every store owner is able to take part due to pending rentals for their store, repairs being needed and plans to sell, there is a growing amount of business owners taking part.
For further information on RADF contact Council’s Community Development staff on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC), email Council or download an application form and guidelines from Council’s website here.
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and North Burnett Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.