Western Sydney Arts Fellowship Funding Open

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott is urging local artists and art workers to apply for the NSW Government’s $50,000 Western Sydney Arts Fellowship.

The 2016 Western Sydney Arts Fellowship will provide a Western Sydney based art practitioner with a unique opportunity to further develop their talent.

Mr Elliott said the fellowship is open to all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts.

“Our community has a wealth of talent and I hope many people take this opportunity to apply,” Mr Elliott said.

“The successful recipient will complete a self-directed program, which could include activities such as an internship with a recognised arts organisation, enrolling in a short-term training course or creating new work.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is investing in art and culture in Western Sydney with a range of initiatives.

“This fellowship will allow a Western Sydney-based artist to engage in a self-directed program of professional development with activities such as mentorships, research and short courses. It is open to artists in all art forms including dance, design, digital arts, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.

“Western Sydney’s arts and cultural sector continues to thrive on the back of the hard work and vision of the local community and the NSW Government is committed to ensuring it grows,” Mr Grant said.

Last year’s Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi of Bonnyrigg, used his funding to create five new pieces of art, catalogue his entire works and publish a digital artist’s monograph.

Applications close on Monday 19 September 2016.

For further details, including eligibility criteria, visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@arts.nsw.gov.au.

The NSW Government has committed $7.5 million over four years to boost Western Sydney arts and cultural opportunities and support local artists and arts organisations.