The future of the arts on the Sunshine Coast is looking brighter with the launch of SCAF on Friday, 21 February at The Events Centre Caloundra attended by 140 supporters of the arts in the region.

Chair, Professor Jennifer Radbourne said the Foundation’s purpose was to promote the development and prosperity of the arts on the Sunshine Coast.

“We are about place, about community, and about the arts,” she said.

“Here on the Sunshine Coast we have significant arts resources – the Events Centre, the Caloundra Gallery and galleries across the region, talented artists, festivals and events such as our Horizon Festival, spaces for artists to create and work, an inspiring landscape from the coast to the mountains, a great lifestyle, and a very supportive local government.”

The Sunshine Coast Council has provided three-year funding to establish the Foundation, which is an initiative of the 20-year Arts Plan for the region developed by the Arts Advisory Board.

Pictured is Professor Radbourne hosting an In Conversation with local artist, the renowned cellist Louise King, Ferre De Deyne, local tourism business operator and arts donor, and Kenneth Watkins, Director of Philanthropy at The Australian Ballet, who is acknowledged as the most successful performing arts fundraiser in Australia. (Image: Ben Vos Productions)

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson spoke at the launch and Louise King also performed for the guests.