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NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship applications open

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant is calling on Aboriginal artists from across the State to apply for the $30,000, 2014 NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship.

The Fellowship is open to arts practitioners working in all art forms including collections and cultural heritage, community arts and cultural development, dance, literature, multi art form, music (including opera and musical theatre), theatre (including circus and physical theatre), and visual arts (including craft and design).

“This Fellowship is open to professional Aboriginal artists living in metropolitan or regional NSW, at any stage of their career,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government is offering $30,000 to support the Aboriginal Arts Fellow to undertake a self-directed program of professional development which might include travel, mentorships, residencies, workshops, research, and the creation of new work.”

Mr Grant said the NSW Government is committed to supporting Aboriginal artists to take up professional development opportunities.

“Aboriginal artists and arts groups in NSW contribute to the social and cultural richness of the nation as well as in local communities.

“As home to the largest Aboriginal community in Australia, NSW Aboriginal artists are producing high-quality works that fuse traditional stories and culture with contemporary art forms and media.

“This is an important opportunity for Aboriginal artists to gain recognition for their work and to further develop their artistic practice.

“I particularly encourage Aboriginal artists living in regional NSW to consider applying for the Fellowship,” Mr Grant said.

The NSW Aboriginal Arts Fellowship is offered by Arts NSW. Applications close on Monday 11 August 2014. The winner of the Fellowship will be announced later this year.

For more information and to apply, visit www.artsnsw.gov.au

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