Valley artists can apply for a grant.
Valley artists can apply for a grant. Adam Hourigan

Grants available for Valley artists

A GRAFTON Regional Gallery Travelling Fellowship for 2015 is now open for applications from visual artists living and working in the Clarence Valley.

This inaugural $10,000 fellowship is dedicated to Clarence Valley artists wanting to travel to locations in Australia or overseas in order to develop ideas, skills and contacts and explore and experience creative and innovative visual arts.

Gallery director, Jude McBean, said the Fellowship, supported by the Yulgilbar Foundation, was open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, groups and individuals and was only limited by the artist's imagination.

"We encourage applications from visual artists of all mediums and levels who reside in the Clarence Valley Council area. Our aim with this Fellowship is to allow the successful applicant to explore what is important to them, their work and career," she said.

"This is a significant opportunity for Clarence Valley artists to have experiences that they couldn't ordinarily afford and to be paid for their time in committing to such an opportunity. Applications could include meeting or visiting inspiring artists, galleries or regions, to participate in workshops, residencies, visual art festivals biennales or conferences."

Meanwhile the Federal Government is encouraging our outstanding artists and arts workers in Page to apply for up to $30,000 to develop professional skills and gain experience in the national and international arts scene.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for regional artists to work in other regions, cities or even overseas alongside experienced artists and I encourage local artists and arts workers to consider applying," Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan said.

"These fellowships will provide artists and arts workers with new and valuable experiences that not only support their career but also deliver long-term benefits to the cultural life of their communities."

There are five fellowships available and details are at Applications close at midnight on Friday 17 April 2015.

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