$10,000 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists now open for applications

Media Release

Image: Portrait of Harrie Fasher, Windmill Trust Scholarship 2015 recipient. Photo by Silversalt.

The Windmill Trust, together with the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), is pleased to announce that the 2020 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists worth $10,000 has opened for applications.  

“NSW regional artists have faced overwhelming challenges with drought and more recently bushfires and COVID 19 affecting their practices and opportunities, making the Windmill Trust Scholarship now more important than ever,” said Windmill Management Committee representative Julia Harvey. 

“This is a unique opportunity for artists in regional areas throughout New South Wales and could be a career-changing move for many artists.”

This award opens up avenues for regional artists seeking to further their professional development, exhibition opportunities or deepen research with a $10,000 scholarship.

"At this difficult time, artists across regional NSW are thinking very carefully about the future of their practice,” said Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director of NAVA. “It can be so difficult to find the headspace right now to imagine the future. The Windmill Trust Scholarship invites artists to plan that future confidently and adventurously.”

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the Windmill Trust Scholarship was born out of a desire to offer support to Australian visual artists living outside metropolitan areas to advance their careers. This will be the 23rd year of this unique opportunity for artists in regional areas throughout New South Wales.

“The Windmill Trust Scholarship provides a great opportunity for regional artists,” said Oberon-based NSW sculptor and 2015 scholarship recipient, Harrie Fasher. “This year, with the rough ride rural communities have endured, the award seems even more pertinent;  generating space for geographically isolated artists to develop their studio practice. In time this knowledge will be redirected back into their communities, strengthening arts in regional areas.”

Applications for the 2020 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists are now open and close 23:59 AEST Sunday 20 July 2020. 1 x $10,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Applications can be made online at:https://visualarts.net.au/nava-grants/ 

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

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