Young artists from Collarenebri and Walgett have been awarded a $10,000 scholarship each under a major NSW Government initiative to develop emerging artistic talent, Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries said today.
The artists are two of 15 young artists from across regional NSW that have been awarded $10,000 scholarships under the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships program.
Sarah Dugan of Walgett will participate in an international program which will provide an opportunity to live and work in China and create a book composed of photography and drawings.
Michael Graham of Collarenebri will undertake a facilitator Internship mentorship Program with Desert Pea Media to gain the specialist facilitation and leadership skills required to develop, produce and deliver storytelling projects in regional and remote Indigenous communities around Australia.
Mr Humphries said he was thrilled to see the NSW Government fostering and developing emerging regional artists’ talent.
“This really does show the breadth of talent and creativity on offer here in Barwon and I am proud that such passionate young people are now being enabled to follow their dreams and passions,” Mr Humphries said.
A total of 25 $10,000 scholarships will be provided each year over four years. The program is aimed at fostering the next generation of arts professionals based in regional areas.
It helps young regional artists aged between 18 and 25 develop their careers and connect with arts organisations and training opportunities. The scholarships fund activities such as mentorships or internships with arts organisations, short-term courses or other training, national and international travel and creation of new work.
Scholarships are available to artists, performers and art workers across all art forms including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, screen and visual arts.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said regional NSW has a fantastic array of young artistic talent and the Government to have created these scholarships specifically for regional youth to develop their careers.
“The successful recipients demonstrated the innovative and vibrant artistic talent of young people in regional NSW, and their activities will inject new skills back into the regions,” he said.
“I congratulate these young artists on being selected from a strong field of applicants and look forward to seeing how the scholarships help progress their careers.
“I also encourage eligible youth to apply for the 25 upcoming scholarships for 2017.”
Sarah Dugan- Walgett