Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced three fellowships for NSW regional artists at the inaugural Regional Arts NSW event in Lismore. Artstate is a new four-year project designed to shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice, and to explore the exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state. Each year, the event will move to a different regional location, building on the discussions in a new landscape and uncovering the artistic secrets of each region. In 2018, the event will be held in Bathurst.
Regional NSW artists Marley Dawson, Rowan Conroy and Cadi McCarthy have been announced as the recipients of this year’s three $50,000 Create NSW (Priority) Regional Arts Fellowships, at the four-day event. Albury-based Marley Dawson is a sculptor creating works with readily available hardware, electrical components and scavenged materials, Rowan Conroy from the NSW Southern Highlands is a visual artist and lecturer in Photography and Media Arts at the Australian National University, and Cadi McCarthy is a Newcastle-based dancer, choreographer, educator and director.
“I am delighted to be able to offer these artists this opportunity to further develop their careers,” Mr Harwin said. ‘’As well as providing even more great art for NSW, I know that their intended programs of development will prove a great inspiration to many other artists. “While each artist is diverse in their subject matter and form, Marley, Rowan and Cadi’s creativity contributes enormously to the combined strength of arts and culture across the state.” The three fellowships are part of a suite of 13 fellowships announced this year under the Create NSW Artform and Priority Fellowships that share over half a million dollars in funding for artistic, personal and professional development.