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MEDIA RELEASE - Local artist represents Glenelg at national conference

29 October 2018

Emerging artist Kya Duro has networked with more than 500 leading industry professionals and gained a valuable insight into the creative art industry thanks to the support of the Glenelg Shire Council and Regional Arts Victoria.

Miss Duro was the successful recipient of the Artlands 2018 Travel Grant, a funding program offered by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of council to provide financial assistance to local artists to attend Artlands Victoria, the national conference for regional arts.

Held during 10-14 October in Bendigo, Miss Duro has returned home from the five day conference full of enthusiasm and inspiration to pursue her artistic ambitions.

“Returning from Artlands I am now more eager than ever to continue with my artistic endeavours, in particular I feel more excited and better prepared to commence my Bachelor of Contemporary Visual Art degree next year at Federation University,” she said.

“I was by far the youngest person who attended the Artlands, however many of the conference topics were relevant for young artists like me, such as the keynote session Regeneration – some much needed youthful perspectives. During this session six young speakers discussed the importance of art and its ability to change the lives of young people; it was definitely a highlight of the conference.”

Miss Duro is already making tentative plans to attend Artlands when it returns in 2020.

“I really enjoyed the conference and I hope to once again attend in 2020. I’m keeping out a keen eye for when they announce the location, which could be any regional township across Australia,” she said.

Glenelg Shire arts and cultural manager Susie Lyons said council was proud to assist emerging artists.

“The Artlands Travel Grant program is a great opportunity for council to support local artists by allowing them to attend a national arts conference, develop skills and create broader connections with other likeminded regional artists,” she said.

“I commend Kya for her initiative in applying for the program and I look forward to seeing her continue to grow and develop as an artist thanks to the newfound knowledge and skills acquired from Artlands.”

Celebrating twenty years in 2018, Artlands is the biennial event that shines a national spotlight on Australia's regional arts.

For further information on Artlands 2018 please visit their website at

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