Of Art & Artists


Scholarship recipients in the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) program visited Parliament House as part of a two-day professional development event, to meet with the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, ARIA acclaimed musician Megan Washington and Archibald winning artist Ben Quilty.

fiji-parMr Grant hosted a morning tea to congratulate the artists on their success in the competitive program that offers 25 $10,000 scholarships annually to emerging artists aged between 18 and 25 based in country NSW. “I designed this scholarship program to cover all art forms to help young regional artists develop their careers and connect with arts organisations and training opportunities,” Mr Grant said.

“Each recipient presented creative and inspiring professional development plans and the experience gained from those activities will be complemented by the knowledge of industry professionals.

“I’m exceptionally proud that despite the program only in the second year, the YRAS Alumni are already standing out as the next generation of regional arts professionals – we have seen them record albums, undertake international research and take up residency opportunities amongst much more.”

The two-day specialised development event run by Arts NSW will connect the scholars with key people in the arts sector and include performances and visits to arts venues and organisations including Carriageworks in Eveleigh and the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.

Applications for the remaining scholarships for 2016 will open on Monday 5 December 2016 and close on Monday 20 February 2017. For further information about the application process go to www.arts.nsw.gov.au.

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