Local artists funded

TWO northern Illawarra residents are among 30 artists to recieve almost $80,000 in NSW Government funding to help their careers through professional development programs, research, residencies and the production and promotion of new work.
Michelle Elliot of Coledale will recieve $2,500 to travel to Ararat, Victoria, to install a number of site specific artworks in a survey exhibition, while Lisa Maris McDonell of Woonona was granted $1,700 to research the notion of personal and internal paradise as part of Tasdance’s TRIP residency dance program.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Andrew Gee said the Government is developing the state’s dynamic creative industries and supporting artists to expand their skills and reach new audiences.
“Our state has a wealth of rising artistic talent and the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to helping artists develop excellence, diversity and innovation in their chosen fields,” Mr Gee said.
“I congratulate the artists and wish them every success to progress their careers, which will no doubt be enjoyed by the wider community.”
The funding programs include NSW Artist Support, NSW Artists’ Grants and Music NSW Quick Response.
The NSW Artist Support program funds professional development activities for artists across all art forms with grants up to $5,000. 

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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