Young Regional Artists from Country NSW visit Parliament House

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant met young regional NSW- based artists who have been awarded $10,000 scholarships under a new Government scheme to nurture creativity

The 2016 batch of NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) scholarship recipients visited Parliament House as part of a two-day professional development event.

Young artists met with the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, ARIA acclaimed musician Megan Washington and Archibald winning artist Ben Quilty.

Mr Grant hosted a morning tea to congratulate the artists on their success in the competitive program that offers 25 $10,000 scholarships annually to emerging artists aged between 18 and 25 based in country NSW.

“Each recipient presented creative and inspiring professional development plans and the experience gained from those activities will be complemented by the knowledge of industry professionals,” Mr Grant said.

The new art scholarship program covers all art forms “to help young regional artists develop their careers and connect with arts organisations and training opportunities.”

Minister Grant said: “I’m exceptionally proud that despite the program only in the second year, the YRAS Alumni are already standing out as the next generation of regional arts professionals – we have seen them record albums, undertake international research and take up residency opportunities amongst much more.”

The two-day specialised development event run by Arts NSW will connect the scholars with key people in the arts sector and include performances and visits to arts venues and organisations including Carriageworks in Eveleigh and the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.

Applications for the remaining scholarships for 2016 will open on Monday 5 December 2016 and close on Monday 20 February 2017. For further information about the application process go to

Supporting artists in regional NSW is a key priority of the NSW Liberals & National Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework that guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.

Attendees to the 2016 YRAS Professional Development Event:

Here is the list of 2016 and 2016 art scholars:

2016 round one scholars:

Tyler Grace of Albury: Undertaking a photography mentorship with internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Andrew Pearce and a solo exhibition at the Murray Art Museum Albury. Tyler will also undertake a series of short courses to improve his skills in photography, lighting and composition.

Diella Wade of Albury: Undertaking professional development with leading ballet dance companies Ballet Wales and the Covent Garden Dance Company in the United Kingdom. Diella will also undertake a mentorship with Principal Artist of the Royal Ballet, Mara Galeazzi to gain invaluable experience as a performer and choreographer.

Emily Imeson of Lismore: Undertaking a painting residency at Hill End and research across regional NSW to develop landscape painting skills. Emily will also undertake a mentorship with painters John Smith and Stephen Garrett and present an exhibition.

Amy Flannery of Forbes: Undertaking an intensive professional dance program at the Broadway Dance Centre, New York City to further Amy’s skills in dance and musical theatre training and teaching methods. Amy will then develop a workshop series as part of her role on the Forbes Aboriginal and Community Working Party to benefit the development of other artists in her community.

Sarah Leete of Narrabri: Completing a mentorship with acclaimed country music artist Catherine Britt at Beverley Hillbilly Studios in Newcastle. The mentorship will assist Sarah to record an EP and release a single to radio with accompanying video clip to develop skills in recording and marketing country music.

Millan Pintos-Lopez of Palerang: Undertaking a professional development program at the Bauhaus Archive and Bauhaus School in Berlin and research on Dada in Europe. This will enable Millan to establish connections with curators and other artists internationally and present a new exhibition, a blog and talks in Braidwood and Canberra.

Nicholas Cummins of Port Macquarie: Undertaking several music production internship programs at leading recording studios in the United Kingdom and Norway to learn how music labels and production studios are managed. This will develop his business skills and networks in order to record and produce regionally based artists.

2015 round two scholars:

Stephanie Sim Brummell of Glenn Innes:  Working with metropolitan and regional-based textile mentors as part of a local museums research project and project inspiration

Christopher Burton of Braidwood: Undertaking a mentorship with Owen McFadzen from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in processing programming and robotics to further existing practice in Drawing and Print-Media

Freyja Hooper of Rosebank: Attending the renowned Berklee music school in Boston, USA to study drums through private lessons an ensemble and master classes

Michelle Ryan of Harwood: Undertake professional development program in opera singing and performing, including language classes and vocal technique lessons in Munich, Germany and an opportunity to perform in Salzburg, Austria with the American Vocal Academy and Orchestra.

Loren Ryan of Tamworth: Undertake program to further Australian pop and mainstream music career, including creation of a music video clip with local Aboriginal dancers and engagement with promotional activities for her EP, featuring songs in the traditional language Gamilaraay.

2015 round one scholars:

Jacob Raupach of Wagga Wagga: a series of professional development and research trips in Australia and Europe to meet with artists, publishers and galleries and attend one of the world’s largest photobook festivals. The visits will lead to the production of an artist’s monograph.

Connor Coman-Sargent of Dubbo: design and digital arts project Second Sojourn: Extending the Journey. The project will include travel to Berlin and Barcelona to attend workshops by internationally renowned photographers.

Amos Wilksch of Culcairn: a six-to-eight week residency at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre for the rehearsal and bump-in of a 2016 production, and dramaturgical support for a new work.


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