Funding for Artists in Western Sydney

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams and Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor announced funding for an innovative project for artists to work in the Western Sydney community.

Artists will spend two-weeks in Western Sydney in late 2017 and early 2018 and work with youth from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds as part of St Vincent de Paul’s ‘Druitt Summit’.

“The Western Sydney area is made up of an incredible array of diverse cultural and religious groups and we are lucky to have so many stories to tell through art,” Mr Taylor said.

“This outstanding project will especially engage young people aged 12 to 25, from all backgrounds, including newly arrived refugees.”

Mr Williams said the project demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to promote the common links that bind our community.

“The NSW Government is proud to support Vinnies Western Sydney with its vital work in helping the most vulnerable people in our community,” Mr Williams said.

“This project is just another example of how we are investing in meaningful grassroots initiatives that will make a positive difference to young people’s lives.”

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Parramatta Central Council spokesperson Anna Ashenden said the grant was an opportunity for artists to work closely with young people in the local community.

“Artists will work with diverse cultural and faith groups, empowering participants as they collaborate in shaping and presenting a contemporary art project through a process of genuine exchange,” Ms Ashenden said.

“We are grateful to the NSW Government for supporting us with this grant, and thrilled to be working in partnership with C3West and the Museum of Contemporary Art to bring The Druitt Summit to life.”

The outcomes of the residencies will be presented on Harmony Day 2018 at a public location in Western Sydney.