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A NEW mentorship program will help First Nations artists take the next steps in launching a successful creative business. Tamworth-based 2 Rivers Pty Ltd, in partnership with Arts North West, is offering free virtual workshops for artists at all stages of development to build their business skills. The program begins on Monday and 2 Rivers general manager Lorrayne Fishenden said it will take emerging and debuting artists to the next level. “It leads them to create art in their dining room to display in exhibitions and have it in big markets,” she said. “One of our goals is that five of these artists can apply to the SOUTH EAST Aboriginal art markets in Sydney. “But it is to try to get them into some of the biggest metropolitan or regional galleries if that’s where they want to go and that gives them the skills and the ability to be able to do that. The mentorship opportunities are run in partnership with the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program and will take place over six sessions from February 14 to May 9. Participants will also display and sell their work at the Gather and Trade Aboriginal Artisans Market at Bicentennial Park in Tamworth on April 23. “If we get 30 people in and we can make a difference in their practice and take their $30 painting and make it a $100 painting, then that’s a win for us,” she said. “We cover the whole region – 13 cal government areas. That’s a pretty big footprint that we cover – 94,000 square kilometres.” international scale. In the North West it’s also growing, but Ms Fishenden said there’s a steady stream of up-and-coming artists coming out of Moree in particular. “We see drop-outs and we see revivals, we have towns that have numbers really solid all the time like Moree because they have the TAFE course and they always have really good numbers,” she said. “We’ve been in this position since 2012 and we’re most definitely focusing on emerging artists, but the region has now grown and we have some who are moving from emerging to established. “It’s great to see this progression grow. “Those interested in the mentorship program can sign up on the Arts North West website. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our content from confidence :


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