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Artist furthering craft

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

Local artist Blake Griffiths has won a Young Regional Artist Scholarship. This will go towards helping him further his craft. PICTURE: Supplied Local artist Blake Griffiths has won a Young Regional Artist Scholarship. This will go towards helping him further his craft. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily Ferguson

Local artist Blake Griffiths has won a Young Regional Artist Scholarship to further his studies. 

Mr Griffiths, who received a $10,000 helping hand from the state government’s Create NSW fund, has worked at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery for a year and a half and is now its public programs officer. 

He moved to Broken Hill in mid-2016 to do an art teaching placement at Broken Hill High School after studying at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney.

When asked how he felt to win the scholarship, he said; “So good. It’s nice to have your practice acknowledged.

“There are many expenses that come with being an artist and it is so humbling that big bodies such as the State Government support my art, just the support to continue to make stuff,” he said. 

“I’m excited to do it, get making - it’s fun, I really love doing it.”

The grant was announced by local MP Kevin Humphries who said the money would allow Mr Griffiths to work with master weavers Kay Faulkner and Liz Williamson to create a new body of work for an exhibition at the Penrith Regional Gallery in December.

“Nurturing young artistic talent will ensure a vibrant cultural life for Broken Hill long into the future,” Mr Humphries said.

“I’m thrilled and intrigued to hear about what Blake Griffiths has in store for his scholarship program in the year ahead. This is a great initiative and I’m thankful of the support from the NSW Government,” he said. 

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