$12,500 multi art scholarships up for grabs

Carclew Youth Arts are offering four scholarships, each worth $12,500, to young artists working across a number of disciplines.
$12,500 multi art scholarships up for grabs

Carclew Youth Arts are offering four scholarships, each worth $12,500, to young artists working in performing arts, visual arts, creative writing, and film and new media.

Carclew Youth Arts is a multi-artform and cultural organisation in South Australia that facilitates events, workshops, arts projects, funding programs and skill development opportunities. The Carlew Youth Arts scholarships have been devised to support dedicated artists aged 26 and under who demonstrate talent in their artform or practice and are ready for further artistic development opportunities. The money can be used by the artist for self-proposed professional development either in Australia or abroad.

'Our annual scholarships can be truly life-changing for artists who have already demonstrated commitment and success early in their career,' said Chief Executive Tricia Walton. 'The money allows them to experience things, meet people and go places they would not have been able to otherwise. Their eyes are often opened to a whole new array of possibilities,' she said.

Scholarships on offer include the Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing, the BHP Billiton Scholarship for Film and New Media, the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for Performing Arts and the Ruth Tuck Scholarship for Visual Arts.

Jazz guitarist Quentin Angus received the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship in 2013 and described it as a life-changing event. 'It’s been a catalyst in providing me the opportunity to pursue my dreams,' he said. 'It’s helping me get on my feet here in New York and helped fund a mentorship with John Abercorombie and Gilad Hekselman, two world-renowned jazz guitarists who live here. It really did mean a lot.'

Michael Richards, who received the BHP Billiton Scholarship for Film and New Media in 2012, likewise described it as a step forward. 'It has allowed me to pave my own creative path. I was given a rare opportunity to undergo niche training in 3D and motion control camera systems and bring this back to be used in my own creative work. It’s helped propel me on a fast track.'

Both Quentin and Michael went on to receive the Coffee Club Arts Award as part of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards after being nominated by Carclew.

Applications for the Carclew Youth Arts scholarships close at 5pm, Monday 15 July 2013. A free information session is being held on Tuesday 30 April, 5.30-6.30pm at Carclew Youth Arts, 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide. One-on-one consultations with a funding officer will be available 30 April to 5 July. 

For more information, visit carclew.com.au.

Melanie Sano

Monday 29 April, 2013

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Melanie Sano is an ArtsHub writer.