NSW Government scholarships for young regional artists

Sixteen young artists from across regional NSW have been awarded $10,000 scholarships under a major new Government scheme to develop emerging artistic talent.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said the annual NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships for people aged 18 to 25 will help foster the next generation of arts professionals based in regional areas.

“We are training our regional artists so they can develop their careers and connect with arts organisations,” Mr Grant said.

“This innovative new program is supporting young regional artists aged between 18 and 25 to develop their careers and connect with arts organisations and training opportunities.

“I am very proud of the investment the NSW Government is making to strengthen the artistic talent of our regional future.

“The inaugural funding program will showcase our youth locally, nationally and globally with exciting projects including circus training, experimental photography and debut music albums.”

The $10,000 scholarships, available for all art forms, fund activities such as mentorships or internships with arts organisations, short-term courses and other training, national and international travel and creation of new work.

The first round of applications under the program attracted a competitive field covering dance, music, visual arts, theatre, literature and screen production.

Supporting artists in regional NSW is a key part of our Government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework that guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.

The program will provide 25 $10,000 scholarships each year with eligible youth able to apply for the second round later this year.

The successful applicants are:

  • Jarrod Takle of Albury: a 12-month performance skill program at the National Circus School in Montreal, Canada. The program will involve working with some of the world’s best circus coaches.
  • Bethany Thornber of Corowa: Aboriginal arts and culture mentorship with artist Treahna Hamm. The mentorship will cover traditional Aboriginal art making and contemporary art practice.
  • Jordan Bos of Coolamon:  Entering the Fold paper sculptures mentorship with artist and curator Sarah McEwan to develop a body of new sculptural work for a solo exhibition in a local gallery.
  • Jacob Raupach of Wagga Wagga: a series of professional development and research trips in Australia and Europe to meet with artists, publishers and galleries and attend one of the world’s largest photobook festivals. The visits will lead to the production of an artist’s monograph.
  • Rosslyn Wythes of Orange: professional dance development in Australia and Europe. The scholarship will include a mentorship with Dirtyfeet, workshops with Strut (Perth), Ted Stoffer (Brussels) and Shai Faran (Berlin) and company placements in Sweden and Germany.
  • Claire Leske of Wagga Wagga: a dance project to develop and teach a cerebral approach to movement. The project will involve workshops, a mentorship and skill development with regional NSW dancers.
  • James Farley of Wagga Wagga: an arts residency at Broken Hill Art Exchange to create works on Broken Hill’s environmental regeneration using experimental photography.
  • Tullara Connors of Grafton: professional music development mentorships including working with some of Ireland’s best Tenor Banjo players.
  • Zachariah Johnson of Albury: a professional artistic development program in circus and physical theatre. The program will include visiting circus schools in Europe and an internship with Circus Oz.
  • Ashley Hansell of Dundee: a professional design development program to expand a fashion label and create workshops. The project will help develop a handmade fashion business in Glen Innes and provide workshops on making recycled wearable art.
  • Amos Wilksch of Culcairn: a six-to-eight week residency at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre for the rehearsal and bump-in of a 2016 production, and dramaturgical support for a new work.
  • Nathan Wood of Byron Bay: screen project A Timelapse Journey Through the NSW Wilderness. The project will involve time lapse photography and video of NSW national parks and wilderness areas.
  • Connor Coman-Sargent of Dubbo: design and digital arts project Second Sojourn: Extending the Journey. The project will include travel to Berlin and Barcelona to attend workshops by internationally renowned photographers.
  • Sophie Payten of Canowindra: a project to record and release a debut full length music album. Ms Payten will work with producer Ben McCarthy to make a folk/pop album with alternative and experimental elements.
  • Matt Ortiz of Albury: a 12-month program that includes workshops, a mentorship and song writing and recording to create an EP album.
  • Heidi Maree Francis of Dubbo: a project to record an original full-length album in the indie/pop genre. The album will be recorded at a local studio with all music written and played by Ms Francis and her band.
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Published: 14 August 2015