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$79,000 funding windfall for Arts North-West/ $30,000 Art and technology Fellowship opens

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MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has announced Arts North West has been successful in securing $79,500 in funding through the NSW Government’s Regional Partnership Grant.

The grant will support a two-year partnership with Arts Northern Rivers and Accessible Arts delivering arts programs and creative opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall met with the Arts North West team in Glen Innes last week. Pictured from left are Dr Jane Kreis, Adam Marshall, Stephanie Brummel and Nicci Parry-Jones

Mr Marshall recently met Glen Innes-based Disability Project Officer Stephanie Brummell who will deliver the program.

“This is a terrific outcome for the community and I congratulate the Arts North West team for creating this opportunity,” Mr Marshall said.

“I was pleased to catch up with Stephanie and the Art North West team in Glen Innes recently to learn more about the plans to work with Arts Northern Rivers and Accessible Arts NSW on this program.

“Creative opportunities are important to all in the community and I believe especially people with disabilities who may otherwise miss out – I am looking forward to following this program in the years to come.”

Arts North West Regional Arts Development Officer Dr Jane Kreis said Arts North West had been working with its Enable Arts network for five years to accomplish this support for the region’s arts and disability sector.

“Arts North West and its partners, Accessible Arts NSW and Arts Northern Rivers, are really excited about the potential of the project, not only for the New England North West but for regional Australian more broadly,” Dr Kreis said.

“This project is for all those dedicated, creative and hardworking artists and carers who know how important creative processes and outcomes are for enriching and strengthening our communities.”

Menwhile, Mr Marshall calls on local artists to apply for a new $30,000 Fellowship the NSW Government is offering in 2015.

Mr Marshall said the Art & Technology Fellowship is now open to all NSW artists at any stage in their career.

“I’m thrilled the NSW Government is offering a new $30,000 Art & Technology Fellowship to support artists working with technology or digital art,” Mr Marshall said.

“I strongly encourage artists in the Northern Tablelands to apply for this wonderful opportunity to be introduced or expand the use of technology in their work.

“This new Fellowship supports a self-directed program of professional development that might include travel, mentorships and internships with arts, technology or science practitioners, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, research, the creation of new work, and the cost of technological or other equipment to assist in the production of new work.

“The winner of this Fellowship will also have the opportunity to develop a partnership with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) that could include a residency at one of the Museum’s sites for up to six months, access to research and technical assistance,” he said.

Mr Marshall said the government was committed to supporting artists to develop their professional skills.

“The Fellowship is about encouraging our talented artists to delve into new technologies and raise the profile of their work by reaching new audiences,” he said.

“Arts NSW’s partnership with MAAS includes an information session, held both online and at Powerhouse Museum, for artists looking to find out more about using new technologies in their work.”