Nine young regional artists set to share $90,000 Create NSW Scholarship fund


Nine exciting young artists from across regional NSW will share $90,000 to undertake professional development programs in the first of two funding rounds from the Create NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship initiative.

NOTE: Applications for the Young Regional Artist Scholarship Round 2 are open until midnight, Monday 30 October June 2017.

Each year the initiative rewards 25 artists aged 18-25 across the state, with the initiative covering all art forms – from dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and curatorial to the visual arts.

The selected nine artists from the first round this year span a diverse range of artforms including circus, music, film, theatre and the visual arts, and will each receive a $10,000 grant to support a self-directed program.

The Scholarships will officially commence on 1 November when the group comes together for a two-day professional development training workshop at Carriageworks in Eveleigh curated by Create NSW, before they each embark on their own chosen programs.

During the workshop they will receive expert advice, business management lessons and networking opportunities with a range of leading industry figures, visit arts organizations and meet the Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin.

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey commented, “Supporting emerging artists is a vital step in building a stronger, richer and more diverse arts and cultural offering here in NSW, and we are always delighted to find such an incredible group of artists that we can help at the start of their artistic journeys.

“This Scholarship offers truly once-in-a-lifetime professional development opportunities that cross both international and national boundaries. We’ve seen from previous recipients just what is possible, and we’re really excited to welcome our new artists with this unique learning experience.”

Applications for the Young Regional Artist Scholarship Round 2 are open until midnight, Monday 30 October June 2017.

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The 2017/18 Young Regional Artist Scholarship recipients (Round 1, 2017) are:

  • Sophie Aked (Cooks Hill) will develop her songwriting skills by travelling to London to undertake poetry tuition and attend world-class music industry festivals and conference events in the UK and Europe.
  • Jesse Alston (Mitchell) will develop a unique artistic theatre practice and a new body of work through the study of practical animation and professional mentorship from modern theatre practitioner Nel Kentish.
  • Deni Davidson (Albury) will attend the Hoop Convention in Germany to learn from experienced hula-hoop trainers and undertake circus performance mentorships with artists in NSW to create new work for Australian Circus Festivals.
  • Timothy Eddy (Lennox Head) will undertake a three-month internship at Taxi Film Production in Brisbane to receive regular mentoring from their directors, leading to the creation of new work in Australia and internationally.
  • Rhiannon Ersser (Albury) will develop a new independent circus piece consisting of two performers aged 18 and 19 that will tour circus and fringe festivals.
  • Tyronne Hoerler (Mount Austin) will embark on a professional development program including studio visits with professional artists, a research trip on country, arts business development sessions and sustained curatorial support. His first professional solo exhibition will open at the Wagga Art Gallery in late 2018.
  • Tayla Martin (Nyngan) will carry out a professional development and mentoring program to develop a new body of work about her far-west hometown of Nyngan. The program will include a structured 12-month mentorship with photographer Lee Grant, portfolio reviews, workshop attendance and studio visits.
  • Ben Rodwell (Bathurst) will develop a directing practice through a week-long directing course and combine with knowledge from working with international and nationally based children’s theatre companies to create a short development with the support and mentorship of regionally based artists.
  • Johanna Williams (Bathurst) will develop her skills as a playwright/dramaturge through internships and attendance of arts festivals and conferences to develop new work that will involve creative development and mentorships in Bathurst.