New Opportunities for NSW Creatives

AAR SDC New Breed 2019 - photo by Pedro GreigFunding of nearly $1 million from the NSW Government will support a suite of new fellowships, small project grants and professional development opportunities for artists across the state.

Aimed at boosting local and international development opportunities, partnerships have been formed with leading cultural organisations including the Powerhouse Museum, Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, to provide fellowship opportunities for musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the new fellowships will nurture artist development while boosting exposure both in Australia and internationally. “With the help of some of our largest cultural organisations, we’re building on existing talent, teaming emerging creatives with peers and leaders and even finding new creative spaces to build the careers of NSW creatives who I’ve no doubt will go on to garner international acclaim,” said Minister Minister Harwin.

“We have also made a commitment to ongoing Small Project Grants funding of between $500 and $5,000 for time-sensitive national and international opportunities that fall outside of scheduled funding rounds.”

“This funding means that creatives don’t have to miss out on opportunities that don’t fit neatly into our timed funding rounds. Be it mentoring, residencies and exchanges, or touring new works – these grants ensure we have the agility to respond and support as many opportunities as possible,” added Mr Harwin.

“Sydney Dance Company is thrilled to partner with Create NSW to provide the invaluable opportunity for future artistic leaders,” said Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela. “We are grateful for the support of Create NSW in helping to create pathways for the next generation of dance industry talent.”

“Creating new opportunities for young artists to grow is an investment in the imagination capacity of the nation,” said Lee Lewis, Artistic Director Griffin Theatre Company. “This fellowship will support talented and driven artists who will go on to lead the country. Watch this space!”

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Image: Sydney Dance Company New Breed 2019 – photo by Pedro Greig