Grants offer career development opportunities for NT artists

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is supporting twelve young Territorians to launch careers in the creative industries through three-month paid work placements.

The NXT Gen Arts grants, worth $10,000 each, offer opportunities to artists and arts workers, aged between 18-25, seeking employment in the NT arts and culture field.

Offered through the 2021-22 Arts and Culture Grants Program, NXT Gen supports young early career artists in gaining knowledge, practical skills and hands-on experience in the arts industry, and to connect them with future employers in the sector.

Career development benefits and outcomes through this paid placement include:

three months paid employment while developing key skills as an artist or arts worker;

self-management as a professional artist;understanding arts management and the business of being an artist; andparticipation and contribution to creative industries and the next generation of arts professionals.

Grant recipients and host businesses are:

Caleb Shatz – Proper Creative;I Made Liam Budalasia – Skinnyfish Music;Isla Hooper – Central Craft;Jack Bradley – Corrugated Iron Youth Arts;Jasper Marshall – Australian Dance Academy;Kyemma Alice – Starwin Management;Millie Hunt – Darwin Festival;Nzolwelo Mkhwebu – Darwin Visual Arts;Sharniqua Oxtoby – Starwin Management;Skye Lavelle – NT Writers’ Centre;Stephanie Spillett – Tracks Dance Company; andSyarifatus Shiddiq – Darwin Visual Arts.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chansey Paech:

“The Territory Labor Government recognises the need to grow our next generation of Territory artists and arts managers.

“Our NXT Gen Arts grants assist young early career artists in gaining hands-on arts industry skills and knowledge relevant to the NT, and connects them with future employers in the arts sector.

“This program also enables arts industry businesses to become involved in mentoring and assisting our young people towards a thriving creative economy in the Territory.”

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