RAF Quick Response Grant Recipients

RAF Quick Response Grant Recipients

The following recipients successfully received funding through the RAF Quick Response Grant.

Quick Response Grants are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development opportunities, or respond to small project opportunities that arise at short notice.

2022 Recipients


Michael Cannon | $1,685.00 | Mid West

Michael Cannon will be travelling to the East Coast to participate in a mentor program with Burleigh Board Makers. During the mentorship he will develop his surfboard shaping skills and learn the latest surfboard art and design trends and techniques.

Miranda Free | $2,826.80 | South West

Miranda Free will mount a solo exhibition of printed and drawn works relating to the theme “Water Play” at Studio 11 in the City of Fremantle Bathers Beach Arts Precinct. 


Paupiyala Tjaritja Aboriginal Corporation | $5,000 | Goldfields-Esperance

The world’s most remote rock band The Desert Stars will perform at the Australian premiere of documentary The Gravel Road. Premiering at Cinefest Oz in Margaret River, the documentary follows their outback tour through remote WA. Audiences members will include film distributors, promotors and music industry representatives


Bree Bannister | $2,041 | Kimberley

Bree Bannister will attend the 2022 Australian Ceramics Triennale in Alice Springs including participating in Greg Daly’s masterclass.

Codee-Lee Down | $3,000 | South West

Off the back of winning four WA Country Music Awards and receiving a WAM Song of the Year nomination, musician Codee-Lee Down will host two live performances in the South West at premier arts venues, Maker and Co and the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, to launch her new EP.

Elizabeth Ottey | $951 | South West

Elizabeth Ottey will undertake a two week residency at Ellenbrook Arts, including attending a workshop with Leanne Raccanello, one of Australia’s best floral sugar artists, and giving an artist talk to a group of artists with disability, who will be exhibiting in the main gallery.

Georgia Deguara | $3,000 | Kimberley

Having been invited to be an Advanced Pitching Artist the Australian Performing Arts Exchange (APAX),Georgia Deguara will travel to Sydney to attend the gathering as part of Local Giants Regional Producer Platform.

Taalinup Augusta Paint by Numbers Public Art Group | $1,000 | South West

Guided by local artist Rebecca Cool, a community paint-by-numbers mural, depicting local underwater creatures and the maritime history of Taalinup Augusta, will be painted onto the ship-shaped ablutions block, complete with a rooftop lookout, located in the Ellis Street Jetty precinct of Taalinup Augusta.


There were no successful applicants in this round. General feedback to applicants was supplied as followed:

Overall, applications were missing information. The Investment Subcommittee encourages the applicants to address the need to provide extra information and resubmit in the next round of QRG.


Blackwood River Arts Trail Inc | $2,291 | South West

In June and July 2022, A Glimpse of Blackwood River Valley Art exhibition at the Collie Art Gallery will feature a selection of 15 participating artists from the 2022 Blackwood River Arts Trail.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council | $5,000 | Goldfields-Esperance

This funding will contribute towards the Distributed 15 project, and is an opportunity to host, and hear from respected First Nations Elders. This process will increase awareness and inclusivity in a culturally sensitive way and is one of many steps towards truth and reconciliation.


Shire of Gingin | $1,000 | Wheatbelt

The Shire of Gingin will host an evening of music featuring local acoustic artist Savanah Solomon, multi-award-winning duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, and Fremantle-based folk musician Jack Davies, as part of the 2022 Autumn Festival of Small Halls. To emphasise the value of this event, the Shire will pre-purchase tickets to gift specifically to volunteers, youth and seniors from across the Shire.

North Midlands Project | $5,000 | Mid West

Funds will assist printing, mounting and exhibition costs for a joint exhibition that is the result of the 15 month long Ebb+Flow project. Artist residencies from each region of Western Australia created new works in collaboration with the local community that will be presented in the joint exhibition.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah | $3,000 | Peel

Artist Abdul Rahman Abdullah will travel to Bowral NSW for the installation and opening of his collaborative exhibition ‘Lands Abound’ with brother Abdul Abdullah and First Nations artist Tracey Moffatt.

Kimberley Arts Network | $4,055 | Kimberley

Kimberley Arts Network will support three remote Indigenous communities to participate in the Broome Fringe Festival Art Trail. The program ensures equity for remote communities to share and sell their artwork by hosting their own spaces in Broome and engaging in the cultural economy.

Jon Veitch | $2,876 | South West

Country/blues band Jon Vee and the Rescue Specials will send four original pre-recorded singles to be mixed and mastered by Matt Fell and William Bowden. The finished singles will be used in a marketing campaign to apply to play at regional festivals and tour WA.


Martine Perret | $3,000 | South West

Martine Perret will work with Roly Skender on a collaborative, digital multimedia arts experience celebrating the Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032. Using existing and new portraiture of Wardandi Elders, a new 3D video work will be projected against an old peppermint tree at the Farm, Margaret River during the Margaret River Open Studios.

Shire of Nungarin | $5,000 | Wheatbelt

The Shire of Nungarin will create a series of free art therapy classes using the talents of a local artist Natalie Veal to deliver a different art form each month, over a period of 8 months, which will run one day a week for 3 weeks. The project arose from an identified need to support people affected by COVID and the recent devastating bushfires.

Brenton Meynell | $3,000 | Mid West

Barefoot Bands will work in collaboration with Perth artists Injured Ninja to bring their performance Epic of Gilgamesh to the Coolgardie town centre in May 2022. A multi-faceted live art event that residents will be invited to participate in through music and skill sharing workshops including sculpture, art, make-up and technical production.

2021 Recipients


Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Emily Barker | $3,000 | South West
Emily Barker has planned an Australian tour where she will perform songs from her new album – A Dark Murmuration of Words. 

Jacky Cheng | $3,000 | Kimberley
Jacky Cheng has been invited to engage in an artist residency at Fremantle Arts Centre, exploring weaving techniques for her next project Honour and Love – Chapter II.

November 2021 Quick Response round was assessed externally by two members of the Investment Panel.


Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Donnybrook Arts & Crafts Group Inc | $1,096 | South West
Members of Donnybrook Arts & Crafts Group Inc will be travelling to and attending the Creative Leadership Program in Manjimup. They plan to bring their new skills and learnings back to share with other organisations in their community.


Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Rose Bennett | $3,000 | South West
Rose Bennett will be publishing her second novel in early 2022. Funding will go towards the professional editing, cover design, and publication of this novel.

Ku’arlu Mangga | $5,000 | Mid West
Ku’arlu Mangga textile designers have been invited to be a feature organisation for Eco Fashion WA in 2022. They will be participating in a professional photoshoot that will provide them with an opportunity to raise their profile, work with professional models and photography, and have a new design portfolio created for their textile range.


Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Denmark Baroque Inc | $1,600 | Great Southern
Denmark Baroque will be delivering a concert Performance of the Baroque Opera, The Fairy Queen. Funding will go towards artist and technician fees.

Robert Castiglione | $3,000 | Great Southern
Documentary filmmaker Robert Castiglione was engaged to document the production of community-engaged opera project ‘La Traviata in Concert’. He will now be turning this footage into a documentary film exploring the themes of the opera as paralleled by the performer’s themselves. 

Alisa Blakeney | $2,500 | South West
Alisa Blakeney will collaborate with Tina Stefanou on translating the participatory, durational performance work ‘The Longest Hum’ into a format appropriate for presentation online. Together they will design and script an interface that will allow visitors to participate by uploading the sound of their own humming voices to an online network.

Kerry Juhren | $1,000 | Wheatbelt
Kerry Juhren was invited to participate in the annual Art Upmarket at University of WA. She will be developing new artworks and fine art prints that will need to be safely transported to Perth for the event. She will also be taking on opportunities for marketing during this period.


Please note: Grant rounds will be delivered monthly from July 2021.

Rose Barton | $3,000 | Pilbara
Rose Barton was invited to curate HERENOW21, an annual exhibition featuring regional artists. This provided an invaluable opportunity for the emerging curator to work with a mentor in the presentation of the exhibition.

Neil Turner | $2,956 | South West
Woodworker Neil Turner will be working with sandalwood and Indigenous timbers in a series of workshops and demonstrations to be held in the small Aboriginal community of Cosmo Newbery (Yilka).

Shire of Broome | $2,044 | Kimberley
The Shire of Broome and Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl are collaborating to celebrate the multicultural community of Broome through a newly erected public artwork, ‘Fusion’ by Safehaven Studios. In a once-a-year event, when the full moon rises above Chinatown it will sit perfectly atop the artwork.

Round 4

Broome CIRCLE | $4,000 | Kimberley
Broome CIRCLE engaged Camera Story to run a series of photography workshops in Broome for First Nation women to build capacity and confidence amongst women in the community. This will provide the women with a safe space where they can explore their creativity, culture and identity through a camera lens.

Eleanor Davies | $1,624 | South West
Eleanor Davies is working with Wajarri and Yawuru writer and director Ngaire Pigram in the development of the script for tragic comedy ‘Servo’, which will be presented at WA Showcase 2021.

Jacky Cheng | $1,624 | Kimberley
Jacky Cheng will be travelling to Karratha to present at Short and Sweet for Artlands 2021. Her presentation will focus on identity and awareness through cultural activities and memories of home, country and personal/community relationships. 

Martumili Artists | $3,500 | Pilbara
A group of Martumili Artists will be travelling to Karratha to present for Artlands 2021. This session will focus on the story behind a large-scale collaborate canvas that a group of Martu artists have painted, and will discuss the artwork, the process behind it, the Martu practice of ‘marlpa,’ and the significance of this work as a political statement.

Round 3

North Midlands Project | $2,952 | Mid West
Collaborating with Carnamah Museum, North Midlands Project will be transforming Wheat Convoy, an agricultural-themed board game, into a large community artwork that becomes two versions of the game. Two community art workshops will enrich the canvases, which will then be used as giant board-games during World Heritage Day events.

Dowerin Community Resource Centre | $4,000 | Wheatbelt
Dowerin Community Resource Centre are collaborating with the Shire of Dowerin to deliver the Dowerin Do Over, a part conference, part hands-on placemaking event including interactive activities and projects along Dowerin’s main street.

The Junction Co. | $4,000 | Pilbara
The Junction Co. will be engaging former Bangarra dancer Tara Grower in creating video to document The Art of Everyday, a collection of Aboriginal stories told through garments and jewellery. 

Round 2

Felicity Brown | $1,512 | Kimberley
Hats by Felicity was invited to showcase a collection of millinery as part of the annual Broome Mardi Gras Pride Festival. Felicity Brown will be creating a collection of head art millinery designed specifically for the event.

Wheatbelt Arts & Events Inc | $4,000 | Wheatbelt
Merredin-based puppeteer Chloe Flockart will draw on her puppetry skills to work with the York community over two days of workshops to create emu parade puppets for the March Mini-Fest. 

Annie Kavanagh | $1,848 | Wheatbelt
With an innovative photographic technique using iPhoneography and photo manipulation, Annie Kavanagh was invited to show her “Dutch Masters” style photographs at a group exhibition at Gallery 152. For this exhibition she will be printing and mounting a series of six images on Hannemuhle rag paper.

Shark Bay Arts Council | $4,000 | Gascoyne
Shark Bay Arts Council will gather as two groups within the Shark Bay region for a series of workshops presented by Perth Art Glass teacher Claire Emery. A completed collaborative art piece will then be exhibited at the inaugural Seagrass Festival.

Round 1

Annette Carmichael Projects | $4,000 | Great Southern
In partnership with STRUT dance and Gondwana Link, Annette Carmichael Projects will provide a live-in masterclass in Porongurup. Working within a recovering and revegetated landscape, dancers will be immersed in an experience of climate action and ultimately hope. 

Nathan Gardiner | $2,000 | South West
Nathan Gardiner will be participating in Perth Festival Lab, an opportunity for emerging practitioners to get stuck into the big ideas in the festival program and reflect on their own artistic practice. Participants are invited to see performances, attend workshops and connect with artists working in different ways.

Emma Davis | $2,000 | Great Southern
Emma Davis was invited to participate in the Creativity and Innovation Leadership Program, created in partnership with Dr. Shona Erskine and Circuitwest. This unique leadership program will be delivered through a series of face to face programs in Perth and one to one zoom meetings. 

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