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Byron artist wins NSW Government grant

A Byron Shire artist has been awarded $1,250 in funding from a NSW Government program to support visual arts, craft and design practitioners develop and showcase their work.

Laith McGregor of Ocean Shores was awarded the funding to present new works made in Indonesia and Australia at Station Gallery, Melbourne. The exhibition will include large-scale framed drawings, sculptures and a painting installation.           

North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin said Mr McGregor has been successful through the NSW Government’s Artists’ Grants Program, which supports visual artists in producing and promoting their work to wider audiences.

“Laith is an extraordinary local talent and I’m absolutely thrilled he’s getting support to promote his work,” Mr Franklin said.

“The Arts are so important to regional areas and if we can help local artists develop their work and get some wider exposure, then it’s all worthwhile.

“The Northern Rivers particularly has a wealth of artistic talent and our Government is ensuring creative talent is supported.

“The NSW Government is proud to offer grants of up to $1,250 for individuals and $2,500 for groups four times per year and I encourage other local artists to apply in the future,” Mr Franklin said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is committed to promoting a vibrant and lively arts culture in communities across the state.

“The grants enable artists to further develop their creative visions and give people who enjoy visual arts a chance to experience diverse new works,” Mr Grant said.   

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the professional development of artists.”

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