2016 YOUNG REGIONAL $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Monday, 18 April 2016

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is encouraging local youth aged 18-25 years to apply for the NSW Government’s Young Regional Scholarship program.

Mr Marshall said the program was enabling the next generation of arts professionals based in country NSW to fulfil their creative ambitions.

“Our community has a fantastic array of young artistic talent and I urge people to apply now for this potentially career-changing opportunity,” he said.

“I want our young artists to connect with arts organisations and seek training opportunities so they can reach their potential and develop their careers.

“Last year, Dundee’s Ashley Hansell was successful is winning one of these $10,000 scholarships and it has changed her life and her creative clothing business – this year I want another local to have the same experience.

“The state government is committed to supporting art and culture throughout rural and remote NSW and I urge local young people to take full advantage of this opportunity.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said he was proud the NSW Government had created a scheme exclusively for regional youth.

“The 2015 successful recipients showcased the innovative and vibrant artistic talent of young people in regional NSW, and their activities will inject new skills back into the regions,” Mr Grant said.

“I have great confidence in the 2015 scholarship alumni developing their talent and I look forward to hearing first-hand from this year’s recipients how they intend to reach their career goals with this support.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing in artistic talent throughout regional NSW to ensure the community is supported with a diverse and thriving arts and cultural scene.”

Local artists and arts workers can apply from any art form, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts.

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

Applications close on 27 June 2016. For more information or to apply for a NSW Young Regional Artists Scholarship visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au

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