Young gun

Nar­ro­gin artist Casey Thorn­ton is one of four young re­gional artists to re­ceive a WA Coun­try Arts grant.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Nar­ro­gin artist Casey Thorn­ton is one of four young re­gion­ally based artists to have re­ceived a grant worth up $5000 from Coun­try Arts WA.

Coun­try Arts WA’s in­no­va­tive Next Level Y Cul­ture Re­gional pro­gram pro­vides emerg­ing WA artists aged 18 to 26 years with grants to pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties, gain rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence and build pro­fes­sional net­works early in their ca­reers.

With the grant Ms Thorn­ton will put her skills un­der a new level of pres­sure as she works to­wards her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion.

She will work closely with Karen Kee­ley, an ex­pe­ri­enced vis­ual artist, ed­u­ca­tor and men­tor to pre­pare and host a 30-piece ex­hi­bi­tion at Nar­ro­gin Ex­hi­bi­tion Space in May.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion will mostly be oil paint­ings, but I do plan on us­ing other ex­pe­ri­en­tial medi­ums such as 3D print­ing, pro­jec­tion and an­i­ma­tion,” Thorn­ton said.

“This grant will be a great step­ping stone and a push in the right di­rec­tion to have a ca­reer in the arts.

“If it wasn’t for the grant it would take me a lot longer to get a whole port­fo­lio of work to­gether which I will present in Nar­ro­gin. I’m re­ally hop­ing it also presents fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Coun­try Arts WA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Paul MacPhail em­pha­sised the value gained by cham­pi­oning early-ca­reer artists from re­gional WA.

“Th­ese young artists are ex­press­ing the sto­ries of re­gional WA through their cho­sen art forms and are look­ing to share both their skills and the joy their art brings to wider au­di­ences,” he said.

Pic­ture: Den­nielle Mas­sang

Artist Casey Thorn­ton has re­ceived a Coun­try Arts WA grant to fur­ther her ca­reer.

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