April Newsletter

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As I watch the leaves on the trees start to turn and fall it makes me think about cycles of renewal.

And with that we see a new home for Burraja Gallery. COVID saw the gallery shut for a year and the former gallery space is undergoing renovations so for the time being Burraja Gallery has a new home. Read more about it in this newsletter.

We'll also be running workshops for Smart Arts to get your skills and knowledge in tip top order!

As the Murray Arts office is undergoing renovations we are still working offsite so best way to reach is by contacting Murray Arts staff directly or you can still call our landline number.

Happy April,

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

New Location for Gallery

After the covid-forced closure of Burraja Gallery for the best part of a year, we are thrilled to let you know Burraja Gallery is again open and at a new location.

You can now visit Burraja Gallery at the corner of Swift & Olive Streets, Albury in the old Abikhairs building.

The gallery will be open from Tuesday- Friday from 10AM to 4PM and Saturday 10AM- 1PM
Smart Arts 2021

We are excited to be able to run a series of workshops and webinars as a part of the Smart Arts program.

This year we have two online sessions by run by Arts Law and supported by Create NSW.

Artist Run Initiatives with Arts Law - webinar
14th April at 5pm

Session is free but you must book. Limited to 30 places
Book here

Copyright for Artists with Arts Law- webinar
15th April 5pm

Session is free but you must book. Limited to 30 places
Book here

Writing for the Web with Dan Kauffman - In person workshop
Half day workshop – Saturday 17th April 9.30am – 12.30pm at the Cube Wodonga
 $20 limited to 15 places.

Supported by Wodonga Council. 
Book here

Wodonga Council Want to Hear From You

Arts and culture positively affects the way we experience our city by providing diverse opportunities for community expression, aesthetic dialogue, the exchange of ideas, unique and stimulating experiences, entertainment and visitor attraction. These experiences are facilitated across a range of venues, public spaces and programs.

The draft Cultural Services Plan sets the vision and strategies for council’s cultural services over the next five years. The plan demonstrates the council’s ongoing commitment to develop and deliver innovative, entertaining, educational and diverse arts, events and cultural programs across the city.

The plan is now on public exhibition and the council is inviting feedback on the draft.
Submissions can be made online or post by 14 April 2021

What's On

Antelodic – Australian Tour with Spartacus Collective | Turks Head Gallery | Albury 
8 April

Antelodic are Touring Nationally through April & May, with their Albury performance at Turks Head Gallery on Wednesday the 8th of April 2021.
Antelodic is a contemporary chamber jazz ensemble based in Melbourne, Australia. Antelodic perform elegant, finespun music, with a confidence and ease that comes from a deep understanding of, and commitment to, the music and each other
. More info

Creative Drawing for ages 6 – 9 | Kirrily Anderson | Chiltern
14 April

Fun and fast drawing games, collaborations and creative thinking, details and destruction! This workshop is all about inspiring young minds to think creatively when it comes to making a masterpiece. Participants will leave with a number of finished artworks and an abundance of inspiration!
More info

Collage and Drawing | Kirrily Anderson | MAMA Albury
16 April

Scissors! Paper! Glue! Markers! Pencils! Making a mess is half the fun!

This school holidays spend a morning in MAMA Studio with Chiltern-based artist Kirrily Anderson learning the art of collage.

Aimed at primary school age kids, during this workshop each participant will cut and paste images sourced from magazines and old books to create a dynamic A3 sized artwork.

Participants will exercise skills in scissor use for accurate cutting, artwork composition and colour use and have an artwork to show off and take home.
More info

Skywhales at Sunrise | Lavington Sports Ground
Saturday 17 April 2021 5:00am – 7:30am

Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhales: Every heart sings is coming to Albury. Skywhale, Skywhalepapa and their nine babies will begin their national tour in April, with a magical school holiday event.
Every heart sings is a project that talks about nature, family, evolution, care and wonder. They float into our lives to make us smile and think.” – Patricia Piccinini
More info

Around the Campfire | Jindera Pioneer Museum
17 April 

A night of camp oven cooking, spit roast, campfire and music in the nostalgic grounds of the Jindera Pioneer Museum. Cost inclusive of food - drinks at bar prices. Gate open at 6pm. No BYO.
More info

Music in the Gardens: Vardos
18 April 

Vardos - an all-female band known for their electrifying live performances joins us for the next installment of Music in the Gardens.
Led by violinist Alana Hunt, and learning their craft from folk and Roma musicians in Eastern Europe, Vardos combines accordion, double bass and violin in performances of stirring compositions that draw on gypsy form and melodies.
More info

PrintEx5 | GIGS | Gateway Island
Now until 18 April

PrintEx5 is the fifth annual exhibition by the Artists Print Exchange.
This year there is a total of 11 artists participating who are all practicing printmakers.
On show and available for sale will be a series of prints in varying media including etchings, monoprints, digital and solar. More info.

Lines of the Muselet | GIGS | Gateway Island
Now until 18 April

Lines of the Muselet, is a collaboration between Anne Nolan and Terri Friesen.
The inspiration for this collaboration initially came from some rusted wires. After searching for a way to develop this idea we found the wire and shape of the muselet engaging and saw this as an opportunity to repurpose this everyday object.
The lines and shapes have been reimagined, reflected and revealed in paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures. More info
Rock 'n' Roll with Johnny Rockers | Walla Walla Celebrations at Walla Walla Hall 
6 PM, 22 April

Rock 'n' Roll with Johnny Rockers. The workshop will be 50 - 60's Rock 'n' Roll and will finish with a fantastic floor show with a team of Johnny Rocker's dancers. More info contact 02 6036 0100.

Junkyard Beats - The Box Show | Albury Entertainment Centre
23 April

In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into extraordinary musical instruments and unwanted junk comes alive in exciting and surprising ways!

With a language of gibberish and rhythm, this show is accessible to any age and nationality. You won't look at a cardboard box the same way after watching this show! Learn about creative recycling, sustainability and thinking outside of the box with this high energy, imaginative music-in-education performance combining drumming, dance, theatre and comedy. More info

The Mount Beauty Music Festival 2021
24 - 26 April

Come along to the beautiful part of the Kiewa Valley in Mount Beauty and enjoy a full weekend jam packed with music. This years even is free but you need to register. 
More info

Across the Arts Forum | Goulburn & North East Arts Alliance | Wangaratta
29 April - 2 May

The Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance will host the biennial Across the Arts Forum – Elemental - which will be held at GOTafe Wangaratta from Thursday 29 April – Sunday 2 May 2021.  It is a unique opportunity to learn, and be inspired, by artists and presenters through workshops and discussions over four stimulating days.  This theme for this year is Elemental - Connect, create and reconsider the Earth and her limits. Creative work is elemental to a sustainable future.

There are many workshops.  They include:  Charcoal Making and Drawing, Elementary Pottery, Mullinmur Linocut Project, Weaving Birds and Platypuses, Life Portraiture, Community Singing, Mural Workshop, Textile Upcycling, Stick and Twig Sculpture, The Sound of Big Band Jazz, Illustrating with Recyclables, Ukulele, Found Object Jewellery, Creative Laser Cutting, Bring Dancing Back and Koorie Cooking Class.
At the Across the Arts Concert, which will be held on Saturday 2 May, 6.30pm,  at The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta, you will be entertained by Jazz Legend Dan Barnett with Jazzaratta and Sweet Buzz, The Stranded Assets starring Penelope Swales, Kylie Morrigan and Mal Webb. More info


Wiradjuri Astronomy Night with Trevor Leaman
| Albury Entertainment Centre
30 April 

See the stars through a cultural lense. ASAW is excited to announce guest speaker Trevor Leaman, member of the Australian Indigenous Astronomy team.

“Indigenous astronomy” is the first astronomy – the astronomy that existed long before the Babylonians, Greeks, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment.
The First Nations cultures of Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – stretch back for over 65,000 years. This makes the First Australians the oldest astronomers. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the Sun, Moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, and predict weather. They assign meaning and agency to astronomical phenomena, which informs Law and social structure. 
Gold coin donation
RSVP essential
More info



Business Manager | The Cad Factory | Remote Work
19 April

The Cad Factory are looking for someone who can help them diversify  funding streams, develop business operations, nurture cross-sector partnerships, and help with the development of artistic programming. 
More info

Technical Officer | The Cube | Wodonga
Closes 11 April

This position provides technical, occupational health and safety, furniture distribution and general staffing support to activities occurring in The Cube Wodonga to ensure the smooth operation and successful execution of performances, functions, exhibitions and events hosted by both the council and external hirers. This includes implementation and delivery of technical and physical components for events, functions, conferences and performances; including set-up, pack down, operation of audio, projection, lighting and camera equipment.

More info
Public Art EOI - Lost Lanes 2021
Closes 19 April 

Wagga Wagga City Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from artists to create a temporary, site-specific artwork or intervention within the Wollundry Lagoon Cultural Precinct. The project will launch at the 2021 Lost Lanes event on Saturday 26 June and remain in place through the June/July school holiday period.
More info

Curator | Wodonga Gallery Library | City of Wodonga
Apply Now

This position has been created as part of the Working For Victoria program using funds provided by the State of Victoria to create short term employment opportunities during the COVID19 Pandemic. The curator will be responsible for the procurement, design, management and installation of the exhibition program in Wodonga Gallery Library. The curator will liaise with artists, arts organisations and the wider community and be responsible for curatorial content, condition reporting and installation of art works. The curator will also be responsible for the design, development and execution of accompanying public programs, with a focus on young families.
More info

Community University Partnerships Grant Program | Charles Sturt University
Closes 28 April

In 2020, CSU offered more than $48,000 for funding for local non-profit community groups and education institutions as part of their Community University Partnership (CUP) grant program.

They are focused on developing individuals who help their communities grow and flourish. The Community University Partnerships Grant program is a small grants program (maximum project value is $1,000) designed to support the development of our regions through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and build higher education aspiration and awareness particularly among young people in rural and regional communities. More info

Music for Victoria Fund | Arts Centre Melbourne
Closes 30 June 

The Music for Victoria Fund has been established to reinvigorate the once vibrant live music scene by providing live music venues across Victoria with grants of $2,000 to pay bands or artists to perform.
More info

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) | Create NSW

Small Project Grants support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. 

You can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards your project.
More info


Regional Arts Fund, Quick Response Grant | Regional Arts Victoria
Opens 1 April

Quick Response Grants are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.

This program has been set up to be responsive to projects that fall outside the scope of other funding opportunities. Applicants must clearly explain why there is no other suitable funding program for their project.

The Quick Response Grant program is open to applications on an ongoing basis by financial quarter. There will be up to four allocations per year. They will be open on an ongoing basis.

Up to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for groups or organisations.
More info


First Stage | Melbourne Theatre Company & Emerging Writer's Festival
Closes 6 April

Melbourne Theatre Company and the Emerging Writers’ Festival are thrilled to continue the First Stage writers program, supported by The Vizard Foundation, providing creative and professional development for four new voices in Australian theatre. More info

2021 The Fineman New Photography Award | Ballarat Foto Biennale
Closes 23 April

This award places the focus on photographic artists working throughout the Asia Pacific region; seeking to find those whose work is beginning to receive critical attention and deserves to be seen by international audiences. A selection of up to 6 artists will receive an exhibition within the 2021 Biennale Core Program alongside other finalists, and receive support from BIFB curators in the realisation of their exhibition.
More info
The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing | Text Publishing
Closes 6 April

Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the $10,000 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing aims to discover incredible new books by exciting authors. The prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning books and launched international publishing careers. More info

Still: National Still Life Award | Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Closes 12 April 

Still: National Still Life Award takes a fresh and contemporary approach to still life and its themes; memento mori, life and death, observation of and reverence for everyday objects, their meaning and memory.
More info

Murray Arts is Reading

National Portrait Gallery
The Companion

The Murray Arts team recently participated in a curating workshop with the National Portrait Gallery. As a bonus of participating in the workshop (which was pretty bloody great) we got a copy of this book.
It was the best day ever.

I've been to the NPG many times over the years and even been fortunate enough to exhibit there so to be gifted this book which highlights their collection is an absolute delight.

The book features hundreds of portraits which are accompanied by information on the history of the work.

Having seen some of the portraits in the gallery, it's a different experience to sit with the book in your lap and absorb the portraits at your own pace.

Have you been to the NPG? Or do you have this book? Tell me your favourite portrait and why?

Read more

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