Artist Opportunities :Unlocked and Celsius

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Murray Arts in partnership with the Cultural Round Table of the Border North East are very excited to announce our second round of UNLOCKED, open. UNLOCKED is a micro funding round designed to acknowledge, support and encourage the independent creative industry practitioners, who live work and connect with the Murray Arts footprint during the age of COVID-19; AlburyCity, Greater Hume & Federation shires in NSW and City of Wodonga, Indigo & Towong shires in Victoria.

For the month of July 2020, we will pay one independent creative practitioner, per day, a fee of $333. That means 30 individual artists, across the month of July 2020 will be a part of this program. Why $333 per day? Well if you divide $10,000 by the 30 days, you get $333. Murray Arts, Flying Fruit Fly Circus & HotHouse Theatre have reworked our 2020 budgets, shifted things around, had some wins qualifying for government COVID-19 support, cut back were we could and want to inject the funds we can, directly into our region’s creative economy. We researched many different quick response micro funding programs, analysed your responses from the recent Border North East Independent artist survey and the UNLOCKED program is how we feel we can best support a cross section of our creative community immediately.

Recipients might use the funds/time to:
  • Work on their skills
  • Create new work
  • Develop existing work
  • Develop/refine their creative business
  • Work on a grant application
  • Work on a Upstream 2021 EOI submission
  • Purchase material or equipment
  • Collaborate
  • Think, breath, pay some rent or purchase some food.

How to apply:
Follow link to fill in the online form.
If the online form does not meet your access needs, please reach out to Murray Arts for a word document version.
Please note as this is a Quick Response Micro-Grant program, applications are encouraged to be submitted ASAP, but the second round July 2020 will officially close on Wednesday 1 July, or until all funds are allocated.  



CELSIUS: Independent Theatre supports the development of local, independent theatre practitioners through the creation and presentation of theatre works that ignite and inspire regional audiences.

This is a pilot independent performance development initiative for the Albury-Wodonga region, which resources artists to engage in creative development or present locally produced independent productions in partnership with HotHouse Theatre.


CELSIUS is open to individuals or groups with an independent arts practice, primarily in the broad definition of theatre. Applicants must live and work in the Albury-Wodonga region or be an ex-pat with a family home base here, who returns frequently to be active in the local arts community.

We welcome submissions from Independent artists across disciplines and forms.

We encourage submissions from:

- Emerging, pre-professional and professional arts practitioners
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse artists
- Artists who identify as LGBTQIA+
- Artists living with a disability

Artistic teams may include artists from beyond the region, but the lead artist/s applying for the program must be local. Please note – Lead artist status does not extend to artists living in major neighbouring regional centres such as Wagga Wagga or Wangaratta.
Closes 31 July 

More info and apply here


Due to COVID-19 restrictions Merv the Galah has taken the Galah Bar ONLINE with some help from his friends!

Six local cross border venues are collaborating to bring the popular Galah Bar to your loungerooms. LIVE streaming from multiple locations you’ll be able to sit by the fire and enjoy incredible local acts from the Albury Wodonga region. Indie music, circus, comedy and more all flying in to your small screen!

Mistress of Ceremonies, Alyce Fisher will keep you informed and on track for an hour of exceptional talent, stories and music, thrills and spills including the super shiny Shampagne Supernova and aerial beauty from Seth Sladen. Full line up to be revealed… 😉

Streaming from Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury LibraryMuseum, The Cube Wodonga, Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).
Produced by HotHouse Theatre with support from Murray Arts and Nomad Films.

Tickets at
Single $10
Household $25
The link will be emailed to you on the day
All Ticket sales are paid to the artists.
Murray Arts contributes directly to the arts and cultural lifeblood of the NE VIC/ Border region by working directly with individuals, communities and local government to assist them in developing the arts and cultural life of their communities.

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