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Riverina Artist Receives Arts NSW Regional Fellowship

Vic McEwan, artistic director of the Riverina arts organisation, The Cad Factory, was announced as the inaugural Arts NSW Regional Fellowship recipient at Regional Arts NSW’s Annual Dinner last month.

Vic McEwan was selected from “a robust field  of 58 entrants with a strong showing from the Visual Arts,” said George Souris, who made the announcement while still the Arts Minister for NSW .

“The awarding of this Fellowship demonstrates government recognition of Vic as a regional artist, who has already contributed much to the cultural fabric of the Riverina through community arts projects and collaborations with business, and is an outstanding achievement,” Mr Souris said.

“Living and working in regional Australia, there are many peak bodies and organisations that promote our work, but we also work in isolation,” said Mr McEwan. “This [Fellowship] gives us the opportunity to learn from an exchange with national and international arts communities, and to share that outcome with our community.”

This exciting opportunity will see Vic spend the next 18 months creating a number of opportunities that will contribute towards the cultural vibrancy of Australia.

Vic will make several trips to the United Kingdom to work with world leaders in the area of Arts and Health and will conduct research and create projects to bring back to Australia about the value of contemporary artists working in the health sector.

In 2015 Vic will be an Artist in Residence at The National Museum of Australia in Canberra. The purpose of this residency to be mentored by Senior Curator, George Main, about the NMA’s focus and research into the historical and cultural dimensions of human engagement with the landscape of Australia.

Vic will create a case study of his successful SunRice and The Cad Factory Contemporary Arts Partnership to document the benefits that contemporary artists can bring to business. The Fellowship was offered by the NSW Government to enable an artist living in regional or remote NSW to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.

Vic says, “During my fellowship I will be developing new work and new ideas and all of these new skills and achievements will be brought back to the Riverina to share with our local communities… This fellowship puts a spotlight on Regional Australia and identifies that in a place far away from the perceived art centers, there is experimentation and creative art-making happening that is of a world standard.”