New $50,000 fellowship for Western Sydney artists

Arts NSW is supporting the development of the arts in Sydney’s burgeoning west announcing a new $50,000 annual fellowship to support professional development of Western Sydney artists.

“We are developing arts and culture in this diverse and fast-growing region and this new fellowship will complement a range of Government initiatives to grow Western Sydney’s thriving arts and cultural sector,” said Deputy Premier and Arts Minister Troy Grant.

This fellowship will allow a Western Sydney-based artist to engage in a self-directed program of professional development with activities such as mentorships, research and short courses. It is open to artists in all art forms including dance, design, digital arts, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.

See fellowship guidelines for details.

Mr Grant said the Government is already working with local organisations providing practising and emerging artists with professional development opportunities.

“Creative industries are playing an important role in boosting Western Sydney’s economy as well as providing opportunities for artistic content designed specifically for the local community,” Mr Grant said.

The Government has committed $30 million over the next four years to grow Western Sydney’s arts and cultural sector, including relocating the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta and an extra $7.5 million to support Western Sydney artists and organisations.

Boosting arts and culture in Western Sydney is a key part of the Government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework.

Applications for the Western Sydney Arts Fellowship open on 3 August with the winner to be announced in November 2015. See Funding and Support for details on this and other funding opportunities.

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Published: 13 July 2015