August Newsletter

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On Thursday I woke up to -5c and version 2.0 of Victorian lockdown but thankfully news of more funding success in our region and seeing the achievements of our local creatives is totally HOT! It's especially important to celebrate these successes given the current situation with the Border Checkpoint further reducing our capacity to create, collaborate and work. We hope the newsletter gives you some inspiration during these challenging times.

We've got lots of opportunities for creatives - funding, call for entries and activities but take heed  - funding streams are very popular and we are seeing these become exhausted before their closing dates so get onto them now!

We hope you are keeping warm and hope you enjoy the newsletter

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

Former Murray Arts Comms Queen Announced as RAV Creative Recovery Coordinator!

We are super excited that Kellie Sutherland will work as the local Creative Recovery Coordinator. Kellie has constructed an impressive body of work over her 20 year career, having dedicated herself to various roles within the creative industries. Primarily, as a founding member and creative co-director of maverick musical group Architecture in Helsinki, where she delivered umpteen, outside the box campaigns, albums, concerts and events. More recently she has worked in arts communication and cultural partnerships roles in the North East and Border region, forming a strong understanding of community-led activities and engagement practices. Kellie is driven by a desire to inspire people to strive and thrive in a (creative) life beyond the conventional and moved to Beechworth in 2016 where she likes to spend her spare time connecting with the natural world with her young family.
You can contact Kellie & RAV here
More Funding Success!

Congratulations to Wodonga artist Micaela Schmidt and Upper Gundowing artist Susie Loche on receiving funds from the Victorian Government's Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative

Susie will be using funds to collaborate with a graphic designer to develop a digital archive and website, while Micaela will be undertaking a mentorship to develop skills and support her to use more accessible tools, equipment and spaces.                        

Murray Arts are currently seeking assistance to fund the August and September rounds of UNLOCKED, a micro-grant scheme for local creatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund has already assisted 60+ artists in the North East Border region from across all 6 local government areas in the Murray Arts footprint, to collaborate and create during June and July.  We are asking our community to recognise just how much the people who work in the creative industries enable our leisure time. If you have binge watched Netflix and online content during isolation, or you attend live music at the SS&A, theatre at The Cube Wodonga, or exhibitions at MAMA in your leisure time (when we are not locked down), please support the work you love by paying the people that made it. It is more important now than it has ever been. 

UNLOCKED has been funded primarily through Murray Arts for the first 2 months, with assistance from HotHouse Theatre, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Towong Shire Council and private donations, but in order for it to continue help is needed. If you are an art-loving member of our community please consider donating the money that you may have saved on creative activities during isolation (e.g., movie tickets, a weekend to Melbourne to see a show) or what you pay in monthly in subscriptions to creative content (Netflix/Disney+/Spotify) to the UNLOCKED fund.  

Donate here
Multi-year Arts Funding Announced

The NSW Government has announced the recipients of a $10 million multi-year arts funding boost to support 58 small to medium independent arts organisations for up to four years. 

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin recently announced the funding recipients and cited the industry has struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020/2021Independent Arts and Cultural Organisations (Multi-Year Funding) provides a future-proof plan for the revival of the arts sector.

Congratulations to local arts organisations who received unds: The Fly Fruit Fly Foundation, HotHouse Theatre,  Outback Theatre for Young People.

Congratulations Dr Treahna Hamm !

The Cad Factory, Western Riverina Arts and the Spencer Family are delighted to announce that Dr Treahna Hamm has been awarded the 2020 inaugural Joyce Spencer Textiles Fellowship. 

The Joyce Spencer Fellowship is a new initiative that supports textile artists based in regional NSW to develop and present new work. The $4000 fellowship will be used for Dr Hamm to present a new exhibition of work in 2021 at Burraja Gallery in Albury, before touring to Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the Narrandera Arts and Community Centre. 

“As an artist and teacher, I am very honoured to receive the Joyce Spencer Fellowship in its inaugural year. I was first drawn to Joyce's art and story which highlighted many parallels of my own life experiences - being a regional artist, connecting with my culture through my arts practice and having a love for the environment, wildlife and learning. I was inspired by Joyce's openness for sharing personal and artistic skills through teaching, and, the many people who benefitted from the encouragement that Joyce gave during her lifetime,” reflected Dr Hamm. 

Photo: Kelli Cole

Dr Treahna Hamm has been a practicing visual artist for over three decades. Her career began at Wangaratta TAFE in 1982, before completing five degrees in Visual Arts, Teaching and Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy (School of Education) at RMIT University in 2008. 

Dr Hamm’s artworks are composed with multiple-layers of storytelling garnered from her Yorta Yorta upbringing by the Murray River in Northern Victoria and Southern NSW. This, along with contemporary practices such as printmaking, painting, photography, public art, sculpture, possum skin cloaks, murals and fibre weaving, allows for diverse artwork creation. 

Treahna has exhibited in New York, South Korea, Hawaii, New Zealand, Paris, Belgium, Germany and the United States. Her vibrant works are in national and international collections. 

Photo: Jules Boag

What's On

Marg's Weaving Circles | Albury
11 August 

Come along and learn how to weave from Barkindtji woman Marg Murray. These weaving circles are for all community to join in. Drinks and nibble provided.
More info

PR I DE project and exhibition launch | Albury
12 August

A series of artworks created by seven young people are being exhibited in the exterior facing Lightboxes at Albury LibraryMuseum, leading down the Laneway to Retro Lane Café. This CASP funded project brought together young people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer community (LGBTIQ+). Through a series of workshops with Tallangatta based artist, Ashlee Laing, participants developed works in reflection of their experiences and expression of their identity.
Online launch Zoom here  Meeting ID: 837 6972 2117

Grant Writing Success Workshop for Murray Art Museum Albury | NAVA | Online
12 August 

This workshop provides an introduction to funding bodies, tips for researching the right grant for your needs and an outline of professional support material. Writing grants can be a challenging process and through this workshop you will learn the skills of matching your idea with the appropriate grant, writing and collating support material and understanding application guidelines to gain a clearer understanding of funding criteria.

You will also learn a bit about NAVA and be introduced to the Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector. The Code is both a record and a benchmark of best practice across the contemporary arts including legal, ethical and financial business practices, as well as thorough arts industry guidelines. More info

Exhibitions | ArtPartners Gallery | Albury
Open throughout August

Christine Upton
Inspired by Life is a selection of works from Upton’s journeys in life. Christine uses lino block and monoprint to create works which are informed by her life experiences and explore: the relationship she has with her children who inspire and challenge her creativity, the difficulties of loss after the death of her husband in 2011 and the beauty and inspiration of Australian flora and fauna. 

Robert Kleinboonschate
These paintings were created in a place called Walbundrie, a name that means “a home” and it certainly is a place of shelter and wild food. Above all, Walbundrie is a place that calms the soul and stirs the imagination. The colours are winter and the mosses and lichens are on everything. Amongst ancient granite boulders, in fantastic configurations, stand very old bleached and contorted trees. Murray pines and eucalyptuses drip with dew on foggy winter mornings. Billabong creek snakes it’s way lazily through the rock-strewn hills. Walbundrie is a place that challenges one’s orientation in time and space.

Creating Digital Country | 2 Rivers | Online
18 August

2 Rivers are very excited to deliver a new program called "Creating Digital Country", thanks to Create NSW Creative Koori Digital funding with support from Outback Art and Arts North West. 

This FREE online conversation is about the rights of Aboriginal artists.
Including copyright, free resources and information on where to go for help, with some deadly opportunities that will follow this 'Conversation" which are only available to those that attend this session. 
More info 

Lorraine Connelly-Northey | MAMA
Until Sept 2020


Lorraine Connelly-Northey's On Country is a nuanced consideration of the Murray River, and maps the path of one of this country’s most vital waterways as it courses through the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga.

This epically scaled work was commissioned by the MAMA Art Foundation in 2017, in a site-specific installation for MAMA's foyer. The work is made entirely of materials found on the country of Connelly-Northey and her mother, Waradgerie (Wiradjuri).
More info


Powerhouse Museum webinar
19 August

Join visual artist Kate Scardifield in conversation with Katie Dyer, Senior Curator, Contemporary, at the Powerhouse Museum for a 45 minute webinar.

Gain insight into Kate’s contemporary art practice and her unique method of working. The relationship between practicing artist and curator will also be teased-out along with Kate’s experience working with the Powerhouse Museum as a Visiting Research Fellow in 2017. This webinar is particularly suited to Tertiary visual art students, artists, and interested members of the public. On booking, participants can register their questions prior to the webinar.

More info 
Write Around The Murray Online
9-13 September

For five days in September, Write Around the Murray (WAM) brings people together in Albury Wodonga for a festival of storytelling unlike anywhere else. Author talks, performances, workshops are just a few of the features of this festival!
More info

Face filter Workshop for Young Local First Nations | burraja gallery
Flexible workshop spots across Aug & Sept

Thanks to Create NSW Creative Koori Digital funding and in partnership with AWAHS, burraja gallery is super excited to team up with incredible artist April Phillips to deliver online workshops in which you create your own face filter!!
We are reaching out to local young First Nations people to get involved!
Check out April’s insta to see her deadly work! @_aprilphillips_
If you’re interested in participating or know someone who might be, please email us


Livestream Entertaining EOI | The Cube
Closes 9 August

The Cube Wodonga are looking for art forms including but not limited to performance, music, performance art, projection, sculpture, visual art, circus, physical theatre, dance, spoken word and literature. And if you think you would be able to be an entertaining Master or Mistress of Ceremonies for these events, and glue that ties them together, please place your hat in the ring for that as well.
More info 
Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee | Indigo Shire Council
Closes 28 August

Indigo Shire Council's Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee is now seeking skilled and motivated persons to join the committee. Dedicated to cultural heritage, this committee will meet once per quarter to provide advice and recommendation to Council on policy and strategy matters relating to our cultural heritage.

For the purposes of this committee cultural heritage includes tangible and intangible cultural heritage, built and moveable heritage, natural landscapes and cultural heritage tourism.
More info


Community and Cultural grant program | AlburyCity
Closes 12 August

Applications for round one grants for eligible not for profit community organisations and individuals for grants under AlburyCity's community and cultural grant program are now open.

Successful applicants are to use funds to implement community or cultural programs, services or events during 2020/21 financial year. Funding is not to be sought for projects that have already commenced.
More info

2020 NAIDOC Local Grants 
Closes 17 August

The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants funding round aims to support activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2020 (8-15 November) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society. Activities should align with the National NAIDOC Theme for 2020, ‘Always was, Always will be’

This grant round provides funding to organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia.
More info

Platform LAB | Platform Arts
Closes 28 August

The Platform LAB supports emerging artists to develop their practice, test ideas and engage in contemporary dialogues. This new program champions the creative development process; supporting and encouraging artists to experiment within their practice, undertake research and initiate collaborations that will strengthen the future of their arts careers.

Platform LAB offers time, space, mentorship and financial investment for up to four individuals or collectives to undertake new works, research, experiments and collaborations.
More info

Quick Response Grants | Regional Arts NSW
Open 1 July 2020 closes 30 June 2021

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding for up to $2,000 are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.
More info


Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost | RAV | Australian Government
Closes 30 September

The Recovery Boost is a $10 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government in 2020 as part of the Relief and Recovery Fund. It responds to the difficulties experienced by regional artists, arts organisations and communities who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Relief (up to $5,000): Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities.

Recovery (up to $30,000): Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5,000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.
More info
Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants (NSW)
Open 29 June 2020 – 21 August 2020

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. It meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts; and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts.

The objectives of the Fund are to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.

More info

Upstart Singer Songwriter Award | Upstart Foundation
Closes 31 August 

The UpStart Award is an annual grant of $10,000 to an emerging Victoria singer-songwriter. The award is funded by a music-loving family in Melbourne and the winner will be decided by a panel of local artists and music experts.

You might still be busking, you may have recorded a few tracks  or you might be playing pub gigs; but you’re not on the map yet.

The award will be adjudicated by a panel consisting of Victorian artists Rebecca Barnard and Charles Jenkins, and a range of industry experts from community radio, retail, and streaming services.
More info


Let's Stay Connected | Victorian Government
Closes 31 August

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond with the Let’s Stay Connected Fund. The fund provides grants between $5,000 and $200,000 to support community-led initiatives.

The program will support innovative, community-led and community-based initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and can be implemented quickly – providing much-needed support across the state. It will also support existing initiatives that can be rapidly scaled up to a local, regional or state level – delivering innovative and practical solutions that will benefit communities as soon as possible.
More info

VicArts grants | Creative Victoria
Closes 3 September

The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria's artists and smaller arts companies.  It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's arts sector.

The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery of the arts that will build on Victoria's position as a cultural leader.
More info

Business Support Fund- Expansion | Business Victoria
Closes 14 Sept

Changes to restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 are now in place. These restrictions mean that many businesses will have to operate in a limited capacity or can no longer operate.

To support businesses impacted by these restrictions, one-off grants will be made available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program:

  • $10,000 for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in recognition of spending longer under restrictions
  • $5,000 for employing businesses in regional local government areas (except Mitchell Shire)
More info 

Creative Activation Fund | Creative Victoria
Closes 24 September

Creative Activation Fund seeks to support the development and delivery of creative projects that can increase visitation and have strong potential to become cultural tourist attractions.

Creative activation projects that can be supported include, but are not limited to, public art that responds to the natural landscape, creative interventions that breathe new life into buildings, creative reimagining of silos or unused sites, large-scale murals or sculptures as well as digital activation that could bring sites to life using cutting edge technology through VR or AR.
More info

Creative Recovery Small Grants Program | Regional Arts Victoria
31 October

The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program supports community connection, engagement and resilience for communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires in regional Victoria. The program will focus on the creative activity that assists these communities with short and long term recovery.

The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program will support individual artists and organisations based in six local government authority areas of Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta.

Up to $5,000 is available for individuals and organisations. In limited circumstances, applicants may be invited to apply for funding above this threshold after consulting with Regional Arts Victoria.
More info


Call for Submissions | Ash Dust Air
Closes 14 August

 Submissions of original writing from young people aged 15-25 to be published in the anthology ash dust air.

Ash Dust Air is interested in finding out how you are responding to these 'unprecedented' times.  Regional NSW  is still in drought, devastated from the summer bushfires and now dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. What is making you laugh? What's making you cry? What's keeping you grounded in all of this chaos and change? What's keeping you hopeful? What's keeping you going? What future do you imagine?  Are you able to conjure a little bit of truth and beauty out of all this ash, dust and air.
More info

Online Directing Intensive | Screenworks 
Closes 17 August

Screenworks, in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild, is offering regionally-based screen directors an opportunity to connect with and learn from two of Australia’s most accomplished screen directors in an online workshop intensive on the craft and skill of screen directing.

Applications are now open for screen directors living in regional Australia to apply to attend the online Directing Intensive which has been designed to further develop their screen directing skills and increase their career potential.
More info

Residency | Prelude | Bundanon Trust
Closes 23 August
If you're an Australian composer who wants to work on new material in one of three heritage-listed homes then Prelude will be of interest to you. Now in its fifth year, the Prelude program offers long-term residencies which allows composers to focus on their craft giving them the  time and space to create new work by providing accommodation and a generous stipend.

The residencies are located in the Barossa Valley (SA), Perth (WA) or Sydney (NSW) and the program is open to composers from any genre and at any stage of their career. 
More info

Federation Art Prize
Closes Oct 12

The Federation Art Prize Committee would like to extend an invitation to submit your artworks for exhibition and sale into this years Federation Art Prize 2020. Two-dimensional, Three-dimensional and young artist categories.
More info

Federation Photo Prize
Closes 28 Sept

The Federation Art Prize Committee is proud to host the second Federation Photography Prize and would like to extend an invitation to you to submit your photographic works for exhibition and sale.

This year we have expanded the categories and introduced Junior awards for artists under 15 years of age.
More info 

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship
Closes 2 October

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded annually to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.
More info

KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program | Kill Your Darlings
31 October

The KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program is open to writers living in regional Victoria. Submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir and fiction to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine. 

KYD and Writers Victoria defines regional Victorian writers as those who live more than 50km from the Melbourne GPO.
More info


Murray Arts is Reading

The world of poetry is somewhat new to me. I've always had a favourite poem but it wasn't until I spent time with and photographed Australia's most prolific contemporary poet Les Murray that I started being drawn in. This is book is nothing to do with Les Murray but I thought I'd just share that little story with you.

Have you ever read a book of poems and loved so many of them? I hadn't until I was given this book by my kindred called Kindred (was that confusing?!). 

This book of beautiful, evocative and soul-full poems are by Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman. Once I started reading, I wanted to devour the whole book at once, like a packet of salted-caramel Tim Tams. But I forced myself to read only a couple at a time and let them permeate through me. Then I would read them in different places- bed, by the fire, sitting in the ironbark forest after a barefoot walk, in the bath. I could go on...

I reckon you'd love this collection of poetry and if you don't, you're not my people.

Read more about the book here

PS where's your favourite place to read poetry? Tell me
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