Outstanding regional artists and arts workers in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Midwest and Northern Wheatbelt are invited to apply for up to $30,000 to develop professional skills and experience in the broader arts landscape, said Melissa Price, the Federal Member for Durack
This is an chance for regional artists to work in other regions, cities or overseas with experienced artists and I encourage local artists and arts workers to consider applying,” Ms Price said.
“There is so much artistic talent in Durack, and we lead artistic development in many ways that I’d hope we manage to be successful in applying for these great fellowships.”
The Australian Government announced funding for five Regional Artist Development Fellowships in October last year, to support professional regional artists and promote a vibrant, creative life in Australia’s regions. The five fellowships are:
- The International creative development fellowship ($30,000) open to regional artists to support a placement or experience outside Australia to develop creative practice.
- The Indigenous creative development fellowship ($20,000) open to Indigenous regional artists to support a placement or experience outside their region (including international, metropolitan or other regions) to develop creative practice.
- The Young artist creative development fellowship ($15,000) for regional artists aged between 18 and 26 to support a placement or experience outside their region (including international, metropolitan or other regions) to develop creative practice or support their career path.
- The Institutional fellowship and Indigenous institutional fellowship ($30,000 each) will each support a placement for a regional artist or arts worker at an Australian arts institution. The placement could include formal training, mentoring with institutional leaders or a work placement.
“These fellowships will help overcome barriers that our regional artists encounter compared to city-based artists in accessing opportunities to develop their arts practice on a professional level,” Ms Price said.
“These fellowships will provide artists and arts workers with new and valuable experiences that not only support their career but also deliver long-term benefits to the cultural life of their communities.”
Regional Artist Development Fellowships are administered by Regional Arts Australia. For more information visit www.regionalarts.com.au.Applications close at midnight on Friday 17 April 2015.