FOLK BLUES: Siskin River front-women Shalane and Tullara Connors. Tullara was a recipient of the young artists funding.
FOLK BLUES: Siskin River front-women Shalane and Tullara Connors. Tullara was a recipient of the young artists funding. Contributed

Young artists are encouraged to develop talent and skills

YOUNG artists in the Richmond Valley are being encouraged to apply for a $10,000 scholarship available under a major new scheme to develop emerging artistic talent, Clarence Nationals MP, Chris Gulaptis announced last week.

Mr Gulaptis said the aim of the NSW Government's Young Regional Artist Scholarships was to foster the next generation of arts professionals in regional NSW.

100 scholarships available

"There are a number of talented artists in the area who could benefit from the scholarship program, which includes 100 scholarship grants available valued at $10,000 each for regional artists over the next four years.

"The scholarship program helps our young regional artists aged between 18 and 25 develop their careers and pursue their dreams by connecting with arts organisations and training opportunities," Mr Gulaptis said.

"I'm proud of the investment our government is making to help young regional artists nurture their skills and future careers."

Mentors, interns and residencies

The scholarships are available to fund activities including mentorships or internships, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, art related travel and the creation of new work.

The first 16 inaugural scholarships were awarded in August, and applications are open until 1 February 2016 for the remaining nine for 2015/16. 

Local musician, Tullara Connors of Ramornie was a previous recipient of the scholarship, who planned to work with and be mentored by some of Ireland's best tenor banjo players.

For the purpose of this scholarship, regional NSW is defined as Local Government Areas outside the metropolitan areas and fringes of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

More details

For more information or to apply, visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au.        



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