2012 Creative Arts Scholarships awarded

Sep 18, 2012 by

The 2012 Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships have been awarded to ceramicist Sandy Lockwood and tenor Richard Lane.

The scholarships were presented by Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship Founding Patron Jennifer Lamb and Veolia Mulwaree Trust Chairman Paul Stephenson recently.

The Program of Arts Practice Scholarship valued at $3,000 was presented to Sandy Lockwood of Balmoral Village for her program of arts practice in ceramics. Ms Lockwood proposes to produce a body of work for the National Ceramics Conference in Adelaide this year.

 The Program of Arts Study Scholarship, also valued at $3,000, was presented to tenor Richard Lane of Moss Vale. Mr Lane has proposed to pursue voice studies in Europe this year.

 Nineteen quality applications were received from throughout the region for the scholarship, demonstrating the high calibre of creativity in the area. Ms Lamb (pictured centre) was very pleased with the response and number of applicants as well as the broad representation from all seven eligible Local Government  Areas and fields of creative arts practices.

 Ms Lamb said communities, and the nation as a whole, are enriched by the work of creative artists.

 “They play our music, tell our stories, stimulate and reveal our emotions, visualise our world; they give us pleasure, they educate and entertain us.  Ultimately, they enrich our community and our community cannot be without them,” Ms Lamb said.

 “While there are grant programs dedicated to creative artists, such as through the Australia Council for the Arts, it is incredibly difficult to obtain funding, especially if the artist is from a regional area. This is why the Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship is such a valuable opportunity.”

Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships will be offered again in 2013. Applications will open early next year and further information and application forms will be available on the Veolia Mulwaree Trust website www.mulwareetrust.org.au