Hundreds of potters to converge on Howard in October

HUNDREDS of amateur and professional potters will be heading to Howard for the 39th Annual Potters Convention from October 17-19. 

Councillor Darren Everard said more than 80 families from across the Wide Bay as far north as Sarina and Charters Towers and as far south as Brisbane would make their way to the Fraser Coast for professional development, demonstrations and open discussion.

The event will be hosted by the Wide Bay Burnett Potters Association and will be held at the Burrum and District Community Centre in Steeley St.

"The organisers used the grant to engage a number of high-quality professional tutors for the convention," he said. 

"The invited artists include Ann O'Connor from Mt Glorious, Peter Harris from Gympie, Evelyn and Nick Riphagen from Hervey Bay and Eva Nieminen from Maryborough.

"It's going to be a fantastic event and a real boost for the Fraser Coast."

Cr Everard said the event was made possible thanks to a Regional Arts Development Fund grant.

The RDAF is a partnership between Council and the Queensland Government to support local arts and culture.

Applications are now being accepted for RADF grants round 1 2014-15 for projects starting in mid-December or later.

Applications are available from www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/grants#Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the RADF supported more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year.

"In 2013-14, the Queensland Government will provide $2.037 million, with another $1.49 million coming from 55 Queensland councils," he said.

"This means $3.5 million for arts and cultural projects across the state, enabling communities to choose projects to meet their own needs and opportunities.

"Partnerships like this are a primary focus in the way the Newman Government invests in the arts."