Prominent artist Khaled Sabsabi awarded inaugural Western Sydney Arts Fellowship

Deputy Premier Troy Grant awarding the 2015 NSW Western Sydney Fellowship to artist Kahled Sabsabi

Deputy Premier Troy Grant awarding the 2015 NSW Western Sydney Arts Fellowship to artist Khaled Sabsabi

Khaled Sabsabi, a prize-winning artist who specialises in multi-media and site-specific installations, has been awarded the NSW Government’s inaugural Western Sydney Arts Fellowship, Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant announced today.

Mr Sabsabi, of Bonnyrigg, has led efforts to develop Western Sydney’s arts and cultural sector through initiating local projects and mentoring artists. The $50,000 fellowship will enable Mr Sabsabi to create five new pieces of art, catalogue his entire works and publish a digital artist’s monograph.

Mr Grant said the creation of the new fellowship complements a range of Government initiatives to grow Western Sydney’s art community.

“Having lived and worked as a leading artist in Western Sydney for the past 28 years, Khaled Sabsabi is a highly accomplished and worthy recipient of this inaugural fellowship,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support talented and committed local artists as part of our renewed focus to grow Western Sydney’s thriving arts and cultural sector.”

The annual fellowship allows a Western Sydney-based artist or arts worker to engage in a self-directed program of professional development with activities such as mentorships, research and short courses and is open to practitioners in all art forms.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals 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 $7.5 million funding boost in local arts organisations.

Investing in arts and cultural opportunities in Western Sydney and regional NSW is a key part of the Government’s new Create in NSW: 10-year policy framework.

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Published: 27 November 2015