New partnerships to support visual arts excellence in NSW

Artbank Sydney collection store. Photo: Tom Ferguson.

Artbank Sydney collection store. Photo: Tom Ferguson.

Experienced visual artists are invited to apply for a $30,000 NSW Government fellowship accompanied by the commissioning of an artwork valued up to $20,000 under the Artbank national arts program.

Acting Executive Director of Arts NSW Michael Brealey today announced that Arts NSW will partner with Artbank – one of the world’s biggest collectors of Australian art – to offer this unique career opportunity for a talented NSW artist.

“The NSW Government’s 2017 Visual Artist Fellowship recipient will receive $30,000 for professional development, a regional residency at a leading NSW arts organisation and, for the first time, have an artwork commissioned and acquired by Artbank,” Mr Brealey said.

“Artbank is a Federal Government program that supports Australian contemporary visual artists by collecting and commissioning their works and leasing them to galleries and public and private organisations.

“We are delighted to have secured Artbank’s involvement in this exciting new initiative to reward visual art excellence in NSW.”

Under the partnership the fellowship recipient’s artwork, as well as works by up to six shortlisted fellowship applicants, will be exhibited at Artbank’s new gallery in Waterloo.

“This new initiative complements Arts NSW’s exciting partnerships with NSW regional arts organisations, with the fellowship recipient also undertaking a residency at either the Murray Art Museum in Albury (MAMA) or the Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre (TRGMOAC) on the North Coast,” Mr Brealey said.

The fellowship is provided through Arts NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, which will provide more than $51 million to NSW artists and arts organisations in 2016.

“I encourage established visual artists from across the State to consider applying for this fellowship. Arts NSW also provides the annual Visual Arts (Emerging) Fellowship for visual artists at the start of their careers,” Mr Brealey said.

NSW Visual Artist Fellowship applications close on Monday 22 August, with the successful recipient announced in November.

For more information about the Visual Artist Fellowship, please click here.

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Published: 14 July 2016