Tanya Brown by Stefan Gosatti.

One of the brightest artistic talents in the Cootamundra electorate will receive a significant boost to their career with a grant announced today by Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke.

Cowra’s Tanya Brown, 24, will receive $10,000 to develop her solo dance practice through collaborations, mentorships and community performances in Greenethorpe.

The funds have opened up opportunities globally and in Tanya’s backyard.

“I’m still a bit in shock and working out exactly how to fit everything in, but I have a former teacher and mentor currently working with the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel,” Ms Brown said.

“I’m looking at heading over there, doing some dancing with her – she really challenges my movement – and seeing and learning from the Israeli dancers.”

The contemporary dancer is also planning a solo show in her hometown of Greenethorpe and possibly a class for the small community of just over 300.

“I never really thought this would happen and financially I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the grant. It’s just crazy to think someone’s actually investing in me and believes in me,” she said.

The program selected young artists who show exciting promise in extending the appeal of arts across the state.

“Nurturing young artistic talent will ensure a vibrant cultural life for Cootamundra long into the future,” Ms Cooke said.

Each year, the Young Regional Artist Scholarship initiative rewards 25 artists aged 18-25 across the state, with the initiative covering a wide range of art forms. The current round will fund 13 artists sharing $130,000 for self-directed career development.

Recipients will also get the chance to attend a two-day professional development training program run by Create NSW later this year. Visit www.create.nsw.gov.au for further information.

To arrange an interview with Tanya please contact Maddie Clarke.