Thursday, 27 March 2014

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP, today called on local visual artists to apply for the NSW Government’s $30,000, 2014 Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), offered by Arts NSW.

Mr Coure said, “There are many talented artists in our community and I encourage all of those interested in advancing and strengthening their professional practice to apply for this outstanding fellowship program.”

“Applicants will be selected from across NSW and must be within the first 8 years of their professional practice. They also must have had one solo show and group show completed.” 

The funding of $30,000 will support self-directed programs of professional development that might include travel within Australia and overseas, a mentorship or internship, residencies, courses or workshops, research, or the creation of new work.

Mr Coure said there will also be a shortlist of up to 12 artists selected to participate in an exhibition at Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Woolloomooloo from 24 October to 16 November 2014.

Minister for the Arts, George Souris, said the NSW Government is offering this fellowship as part of its commitment to supporting the professional development of artists in NSW.

“This is an excellent opportunity for NSW’s emerging visual artists to gain recognition for their work, exhibit in an internationally recognised arts centre, and receive support for their professional development,” Mr Souris said.

“I encourage visual artists from across the State to consider applying for this fellowship.”

The winner of the 2013 Fellowship, Sydney-based sculptor, Jamie North, is using the funds to explore new sculpture techniques in Sydney and travel to Pittsburgh, USA, to undertake a residency creating work with newly acquired technology and materials.

The Fellowship will be available through Arts NSW. Applications open on 24 March 2014 and close on 5 May 2014. The applications will be assessed by an independent panel.

Arts NSW is the NSW Government's arts and culture policy and development body, providing support to artists and key arts and cultural organisations through its infrastructure and funding programs, and targeted strategies.

For more information and to apply, visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au or www.artspace.org.au