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Young Grafton musician to be mentored by Ireland’s best banjo players thanks to $10,000 scholarship

Capture   The Clarence Valley has a diverse range of local talent and 21-year-old Tullera Connors of Ramornie is another rising star who has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship under a major new Government scheme to develop emerging artistic talent. Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis was delighted to have the opportunity last week to meet Ms Connors and congratulate her on winning the scholarship at an event hosted at NSW Parliament by Deputy Premier and Arts Minister, Troy Grant. Tullera is one of 16 young regional artists who have been awarded the inaugural scholarship under the first round of the Young Regional Arts Scholarships program. “Tullera is a very talented musician, singer and songwriter who plans to use the scholarship to work with and be mentored by some of Ireland’s best tenor banjo players. The $10,000 scholarships are open to performers aged between 18 and 25 from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts. Activities could include travel (international and/or national), mentorships or internships with recognised arts organisations, residencies at institutions/organisations, short-term courses, workshops or other training, creation of new work or any combination of these. Applications will open for the next round of scholarships year on 1 December 2015. Further information can be found by visiting