2017 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists increases to $10,000 award

Media Release

Today the Windmill Trust announced an expansion of their Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists award, administered by The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). It recognises and rewards the high quality of art practice coming out of rural and regional areas.

Primrose Moss founder of the Trust said, "2017 is the 20th anniversary of the Scholarship and represents a milestone for the Trust. We are delighted to announce the program for 2017 includes a doubling of the award to $10,000 and a 20th anniversary retrospective exhibition in 2017 of the works of the past winners.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition to be held September – October 2017 at MAMA, Albury has received funding from Arts NSW and is being supported by both MAMA and NAVA.

Tamara Winikoff OAM, Executive Director of NAVA said, “This prestigious award has a tremendous impact in providing career changing opportunities to regional NSW artists. In its 20th year we have been enormously proud of the outcomes. Now these can be greatly expanded. The additional funding will further inspire and recognise the excellence of regional NSW artists’ work. It enables artists to realise their dreams for exhibitions, residencies and research undertaken both locally and internationally. The Windmill is a fitting memorial to the artist Penny Meagher in whose name it was established.”

Duke Albada winner of the 2016 scholarship said, “The scholarship enabled me to undertake a project on the Apollo Estate (in Dubbo) that connected with community, fostered pride and had positive and long lasting social impacts. The Windmill Trust Scholarship enabled me to investigate and begin this community art project. It wouldn’t have been possible without it.“

Applications for the 2017 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists is now open and closes on Saturday 10th June 2017. 1 x $10,000 scholarship will be awarded. Applications can be made online at visualarts.net.au/nava-grants

For further information on the Windmill Trust and previous winners of this award visit windmilltrust.org.au.