Emergence Creative Festival scholarships open

For art's sake: Niomi O'Hara, Ian Earl, Jodie Berry and Erin Molloy with this year's Emergence Creative Festival artwork. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre
For art's sake: Niomi O'Hara, Ian Earl, Jodie Berry and Erin Molloy with this year's Emergence Creative Festival artwork. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

Two scholarships are on offer for local creatives keen to experience the excitement and inspiration of the annual Emergence Creative Festival, which kicks off in the region at the end of next month.

Artists, writers, film makers, photographers, innovators and designers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship spots, which will allow the two recipients the attend the festival conferences, lectures and creative workshops.

Graphic designer Jodie Berry, who was awarded an Emergence scholarship last year, said the opportunity gave her the grounding she needed to take a leap of faith with her business.

“It was reassuring, hearing these incredibly talented people standing up there revealing their own insecurities and hesitations with their work,” Ms Berry said.

“Creative pursuits can be tricky to turn into business, because there is no right or wrong – you’re putting your emotions and your inspiration into real world scenarios and hoping that people like what you have to offer.

“It can be very scary, so to be amongst successful people who feel the same way and have overcome some of those roadblocks was so inspiring.”

Augusta Margaret River Shire chief executive Gary Evershed said the Shire had decided to extend the scholarship to two positions this year to encourage more locals to pursue their creative passions.

“We’ve had an enthusiastic response to this scholarship program since it started four years ago, with applications from a range of creative disciplines,” he said.

Mr Evershed said there was no minimum level of experience or skill required to apply for the opportunity.

“We are looking for someone who we believe will value the opportunity for self-development and upskilling rather than looking for applicants with the best portfolio.

Winners will be entitled to participate in all sessions, covering topics such as communications, film, photography, digital space, music, innovative design and technology.

For information and to complete an application, visit www.amrshire.wa.gov.au. Applications close 5pm Monday February 20, 2017.