ART'S SAKE: Regional Arts Development Fund grant recipient Leah Kelly has some very arty plans for the money.
ART'S SAKE: Regional Arts Development Fund grant recipient Leah Kelly has some very arty plans for the money. Jonno Colfs

Pick up tips from artistic talent at new workshops

ART lovers from across the Southern Downs are to benefit from an influx of new and exciting talent, thanks to the plans of Allora artist Leah Kelly.

Miss Kelly has gained a Regional Arts Development Fund grant and will use the cash injection to promote local artists by way of an exhibition and workshops.

During the 2018 Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival, Allora RSL will become home to Miss Kelly's Hidden Visions exhibition, which will feature Southern Downs artists.

Three workshops will also run in conjunction with the exhibition.

Painting with Louise Tait, drawing with Nola Sidel and glass fusing with Leah Kelly.

Miss Kelly said the grant had made life much easier.

"I would have had to fund this all myself, and that way it may not have been possible,” she said.

"This way we can expand on what we're already doing in an attempt to bring something new to the area, and entice more visitors over the festival.”

Miss Kelly said from idea to completed grant application took nine days.

"It was a very quick process and a little stressful, but it all came together nicely,” she said.

"Now I know how to do it, it's very handy.

"These grants can be such a lifeline to art and artists in the region.”

Miss Kelly received $2775 in the round of funding announced this week.



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