Fellowships offer new horizons to regional arts

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant with Sarah McEwan, Dr David Burraston and Lee Pemberton. Photo: Alex Wisser courtesy Regional Arts NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant with Sarah McEwan, Dr David Burraston and Lee Pemberton. Photo: Alex Wisser courtesy Regional Arts NSW.

The NSW Government awarded three $50,000 NSW Regional Arts Fellowships to three artists at the ARTLANDS conference Big Shed Dinner in Dubbo.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant congratulated this year’s recipients, Bega choreographer Lee Pemberton, Sandigo artist and curator Sarah McEwan, and Muttama-based electronic artist Dr David Burraston.

The Regional Arts Fellowships support self-directed professional development programs involving local collaborations and international residencies and mentorships.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said there are very talented artists in regional NSW, and these fellowships are just the thing to take their careers to the next level.

“These artists will come out the other end of their fellowships with more knowledge and experience and I hope that they share it with the next generation of regional artists,” Mr Grant said.

“Our Government is proud that these fellowships are building on the strength of our vibrant arts and cultural hubs across regional NSW and helping some significant artists to innovate and reach new audiences.”

Ms Pemberton, a former director of fLING! Physical Theatre, will use her fellowship to connect emerging dancers with experienced dancers from the Bega Valley and create new choreographic works that explore a local sense of place and history.

Artist and curator Sarah McEwan will undertake mentorships and a residency in North Carolina and Los Angeles and will create three new works to be exhibited in Dubbo Regional Gallery, Wagga Wagga and the Cad Factory, all in regional NSW.

Dr David Burraston will take up mentorships with internationally renowned artists and sound designers in Britain, Europe and Chile, producing new recordings and artworks to be exhibited in Hull, Britain, and in Cootamundra, NSW.

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Published: 4 November 2016