North-west and New England artists aged 18-25 urged to apply for $10,000 scholarships

ARTISTS and arts workers aged 18-25 years in the Northern Tablelands are being urged to apply for a $10,000 Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) to help reach their career goals.

Local State MP Adam Marshall said the YRAS program would invest in 100 scholarships to the value of $1 million in total over four years, and hoped to see the initiative unearth talent in his region.

“This scholarship program provides an enormous leg-up to talented youth who are dedicated to their art and want to connect with renowned art organisations and training opportunities,” Mr Marshall said.

“This program is fostering the next generation of regional artists and helping them to develop their career path.

“We have some vibrant and energetic arts communities across the Northern Tablelands – and there’s plenty of artistic talent when it comes to our young people – the past two weeks have seen me attend plenty of end-of-year presentations and school graduations and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing young people present exceptional performances so I would encourage our young artists to apply for this career-changing opportunity.”yras-jpeg

Mr Marshall said the program was designed to cover all art forms to help young regional artists develop their careers through skill development opportunities.

Local artists and arts workers can apply from any art form, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts to apply for this terrific opportunity.

The scholarships are available to fund activities including mentorships or internships, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, travel and the creation of new work.

Round Two of the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships for 2016-17 is open until Monday, 20 February 2017.

For more on the application process, assessment and eligibility criteria, go to or email

Media Release December 12, 2016