April Newsletter

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Well what to say?

It's been a trying time for all and the arts have been especially hit hard with gigs, exhibitions, workshops postponed or cancelled. But if it's one thing I know it's that our creative community is resilient and together we'll get through this. I've already seen examples of this where I've seen a remarkable coming together of support online. I've seen concerts, workshops, catch-ups (a euphemism for drinking in my experience!) and exhibitions. And if people didn't realise how much they engage with the arts in the past they sure as hell realise it now with people turning to film, music, making art, reading, writing to entertain themselves and stay mentally and physically well.

If you're one of those people that hate optimists, then you probably won't like what I'm going to say, but I know most of you will agree that this is a chance to change how we work, create new work and connect in a different way and when this is over we will have changed for the better. I truly feel that. So it's a good time to look at your arts practice. Can you upskill? Learn a new skill? How's your social media account and websites looking ? And we've got some great workshops and some are even FREE coming up which will help with valuing your work, time-management or diversifying your income ( I feel like we should call our Executive Director Alyce 'Nostradamus' for foreseeing the extra relevance these workshops now have in this climate!).

We at Murry Arts want to help our community through this time so we'll be searching for ways to further support, inspire and engage with you. We shot out a Stop Press last week about Covid-19 impacts and opportunities. You can access that here but please keep in mind there is a huge amount of ever-changing information and we're doing our best to keep up. It's also on our website and we'll be popping up other info as it comes to hand.

But most importantly we want to hear from you! We want to hear and see what you're creating during physical distancing (we don't believe in social distancing, just physical !). Make sure you're following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and tag us with what you're up to. And if you've got any ideas or suggestions make sure you share them with us. Our office may be unattended but we are all still working remotely to support our vibrant creative community.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

FREE Workshops x2
Monica Davidson from Creative + Business is delivering two free workshops. Delivered online so you don't even have to get out of your PJs! Places are limited so get in NOW! Heads up you'll need to enter a NSW address to register. 

Time Management for Creatives 
4 April 10am- 12:0pm
This workshop answers the age-old question – how are we supposed to find the time to run a creative career, pursue our arts-based practice, and have a life as well? Time Management is a fun and informal workshop that discusses practical strategies to help you keep all the juggling balls in the air. Book here

Diversify Your Creative Income

How many ways can you think of to make money?
Creative businesses often need help to brainstorm all the possible ways to diversify their income streams and become more financially sustainable.
Diversify Your Creative Income is an interactive workshop that allows participants to discuss the various general ways that creatives can make money (including services, goods and passive income), and includes practical exercises to help brainstorm those ideas. Book here
Valuing Your Work
18 April | 10:00am | Online
Murray Arts in conjunction with City of Wodonga, present Smart Arts, a series of professional development workshops for those in the Creative Industries. This workshop covers the fundamental principles in valuing and pricing your artwork. We will cover best-practice standards in pricing structures, payment schedules and artists' rights in this interactive workshop focused on building professional practice and sustainable careers for Australian artists.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR: Creatives and Freelancers.
COURSE TYPE: Interactive training workshop – delivered via Video Link
Book here

Federation Arts & Cultural Survey | Federation Council
Closes 30 April 2020

Federation Council has recently established an Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee which will provide Council with strategic advice and informed feedback about arts and cultural development in the Federation Council area.

The Federation Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee invites everyone who lives, works and connects with arts and culture in the Federation Council to help us rank priorities and shape the future of arts and culture in our communities.  The information will be used to inform the development of an Arts and Cultural Strategy for the Federation Council area. Compete survey here.

What's On

Albury Wodonga Photography Group Exhibition 2020 3D Walkthrough

Missed the AWPG 2020 Exhibition at Albury's newest gallery? 'Walkthrough' Turk's Head Gallery to see each of the photos from the exhibition. View here
Turk's Head Virtual meetup | Turks Head Gallery
5 April

Join Dirk Wallace from Turk's Head Gallery for a meet up to talk all things photography. This will be a weekly event.
Join meet up here
Living Room Dance Party | Common People Dance Project
Weekly online

Common People! Let us gather online, stay fit, continue community and share our videos.
Here at Common People there are two things that we take seriously - Dance and Social D i s t a n c i n g.
So here's the plan - we are going to be releasing online classes and asking for your videos in response so that we can edit up and share our amazing living room creations to the world.
Bring cats! Kids! Family! You name it!
They'll be more details coming later today but for now get ready, limber up and wash your hands!
More info
Creative Connections | Australia Council
Starts 1 April weekly sessions

Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.

As a direct response to the current challenges faced by the arts sector, we acknowledge the isolation felt by artists and practitioners at this time, and the impact that temporary closure of many arts organisations is having on our collective wellbeing.

The series is focused around the theme of adaptation, and sessions will explore digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Sessions will be facilitated by experts in specific topic areas, with over thirty sessions available.

More info
Talk #2: Music Production | Creative and Design Ideation Skills Point | TAFE NSW
8 April 

The Creative and DesignIdeation Skills Point is pleased to present a lunch time talk featuring Drew Parsons, Audio Solutions Specialist, From AVID Australia.

Open to the TAFE NSW Staff and Students and anyone interested in the creative industries. This is the second of a series of lunchtime creative industries events.

In this online presentation, AVID will demonstrate the new AVID S1 control surface
and provide an update on Pro Tools 2020.
More info 
HeadOn Festival Launch (online)
1 May , 6pm

Times are challenging and we are all adapting to a more confined way of life. Head online for our Festival Launch and find out who are the winners of the Head On Photo Awards 2020.  As we all become used to the new 'social distancing' environment, we are looking forward to presenting an exciting and engaging online festival. From 2-17 May, we will host free artists talks, conversations, panel discussions and webinars to brush up on your photography skills. More info 


EOI | Chiltern Mural | DELWP
13 April

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking a suitably qualified artist to design and install a mural of Chiltern’s Box-ironbark forest on the tallest wall of the Chiltern Recreation and Sports Reserve. This artwork will contribute to community awareness of Box-ironbark forests and the many species it provides habitat for. DELWP is working in conjunction with partners to raise community awareness of the Regent Honeyeater and the Chiltern Box-ironbark forest, which is an important habitat site for Regent Honeyeaters and many other species. More info
EOI | Public Art & Design Features | Wodonga Council
24 April

CoW is seeking expressions of interest from an experienced artist who lives, works and connects with the Albury-Wodonga community to develop an artwork/artworks and/or design features for the new gallery and library building. The chosen artist will design and construct a public art artwork in a high visibility area connected to one of the city’s most prominent and significant new public buildings. More info
Resilience Fund | The Australia Council
Opens 3 April

The Australia Council has today announced a Resilience Fund of approximately $5M for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Resilience Fund includes three streams:
  • Survive - small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup financial losses due to cancelled activity.
  • Adapt - grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new operating models.
  • Create - grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and develop creative responses in a time of disruption.
Organisations that currently receive multi-year funding from the Australia Council are not eligible to apply. This includes National Performing Arts Partnership organisations, Four Year Funded organisations, and organisations funded under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.
More info
CSU Community- University Partnership Grants
6 April

If you’re a community group, school, sporting club, Indigenous group or cultural organisation, you can apply for a grant of up to $1000 to help boost and support your project.

CUP grants are available in all Charles Sturt University campus cities:
Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and
Wagga Wagga.

You can choose from six categories:
• Art and culture
• Education
• Indigenous engagement
• Health and wellbeing
• Environmental Sustainability
• Sport
More info
14 April

New collaborative works commissioned by Speak Percussion for Victorian independent artists undertaken whilst observing Social Distancing. Artists are offered $500 each, with commissions for a total of 12 individuals. Speak Percussion will curate the participating artists into collaborative partnerships based upon submissions made.
More info
Write From Home Screenwriting Workshop | Screenworks
1 May

An 8-week online series of development workshops designed and hosted by Screenworks and the Australian International Screen Forum in association with Patricia Beaury, former Managing Director of the Meryl Streep/Nicole Kidman supported The Writers Lab. This program will connect 8 regional Australian screenwriters with New York-based screen industry professionals through screenwriting skills, sessions and networking opportunities. The program will run for 8 weeks and will be conducted entirely online with weekly interactive webinar sessions hosted by AISF via ZOOM. More info
Skip Ahead | Screen Australia and Google Australia
7 May

Applications are open for the sixth instalment of the Skip Ahead initiative. The initiative is targeted at creators who have a track record of reaching an audience on YouTube and are ready to ‘skip ahead’ their careers in terms of creative ambition and production values. Up to $150,000 in production funding will be available per project, with up to five projects to be funded. Screen Australia and Google Australia are jointly funding the initiative. More info
Indigenous Language & Arts Program | Aus Gov
30 June

The overarching outcome of the ILA Program is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through Indigenous languages and arts activities. Grant funding allocated through the ILA Program supports three key outcomes:
  •  the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to preserve and teach their culture through languages and arts
  • a strong sense of cultural identity and wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which contributes to sustainable and strong communities
  • celebration and increased recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and arts in the wider Australian community. More info
Call for Entries | Kilgour Art Prize
3 May

Since 2006, the Kilgour Prize has encouraged innovation within portrait and figurative painting. In 2020, the prize is now in its tenth year.

The KILGOUR PRIZE 2020 will award $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, and a People’s Choice of $5,000 to the painting voted most popular by the general public. Every year the Gallery receives hundreds of applications from artists across every state and territory of Australia. Applications are submitted online using a high quality jpeg of the work.

The name of the artist is not revealed to the judges during the selection process for the finalists for exhibition, or for the winner of the prize - making the Kilgour Prize an equitable prize for artists at all career stages

More info 
Call for Entries | Lethbridge 20,000 Small Scale Art Award
15 May

This art competition is open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks. Entrants may submit paintings, drawings and 2D artworks up to 60cm in any direction. The judging criteria is based on three equally evaluated criteria of creativity, originality and skill. $20 000 will be awarded to the winner. More info

Murray Arts is Listening

Sometimes I like to give my eyes a rest ( some say I should give my mouth a rest but that's another story) and listen to a podcast. There are thousands upon thousands of podcasts so it's hard to find a goody so I love it when friends suggest one I'd like. I love it even more when I do actually like them and I'm not left wondering if my friends really know me...

Last year my kindred (thanks lovely for another great suggestion!) suggested ArtCurious. I was painting my house so it was a perfect opportunity to give it a crack. Think of art history meeting your favourite mystery show ( I'm torn between Miss Fisher and Scooby Doo). Each episode looks at a particular artwork or artist and challenges rumours, investigates conspiracies and you learn more about the art/artist along the way. Examples are 'Was Van Gogh accidently murdered? and is the Mona Lisa a fake? There's also a few episodes on famous rivalries like Raphael vs Michelangelo ( no, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter wouldn't put up with a rivalry down in the sewers). 

I'm finding podcasts great to listening to when I'm doing housework or going for a walk. Do you have a fav podcast? Or want some suggestions? Let me know! Nat

Listen to podcast here

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