December Newsletter

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Wow, can you believe it's December? What have been some of you arts highlights for the year? We'd love to hear!

This week we said farewell to our inaugural curator of burraja gallery Bethany Thornber.  Bethany’s knowledge, passion for Aboriginal art and enthusiasm for building community capacity will definitely be missed both in the Murray Arts office / burraja gallery and the greater arts community. We wish Bethany all the best in her overseas adventures and continuing her arts practice  If you'd like to check out some of Bethany's work she has a solo show on now  'Parks & Wreck' at MAMA.  We are still looking for burraja's new curator- could it be you or someone you know? Here's more info & a PD

With Christmas only weeks away, arts and crafts make the perfect gifts and as well as supporting our local artists. Not sure where to get some local gift goodness? Well, there are lots of markets and galleries in our region or you could even make your own gifts- who doesn't love a handmade gift? I know I do ( hint, hint).

Over the Christmas break, the Murray Arts office will be closed from Friday 20th December through to Monday 13th January 2020.

From all of us at Murray Arts stay safe and we hope 2020 is totally rad for you all. We're excited about 2020 and look forward to championing arts in our region.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

School Drama 2020
EOI & Workshop

School Drama is a professional learning program that partners Primary School teachers with professional performing artists for 7 weeks, across one school term – inspiring a passion for reading, critical thinking, performance and oral literacy.

A partnership between Sydney Theatre Company, Murray Arts and HotHouse Theatre, School Drama has a dual focus. The primary focus is on the individual teacher’s professional learning. With this in mind, a Teaching Artist will model how to use process drama-based strategies with quality children’s literature to improve teaching and learning. The secondary focus is on improving student literacy and engagement.

Expression of interest for the 2020 School Drama program is now open. Please fill out the form HERE.

Workshop- All teachers are invited to attend a professional development workshop with Director of Education, John Nicholas Saunders from Sydney Theatre Company, 4pm-7pm on Monday 16 March 2020 at The Studio, HotHouse Theatre. The workshop will include practical approaches to using drama to improve literacy in your classroom. Book workshop HERE

Limelight 2020!

Murray Arts is thrilled to receive nearly $33,000 from the Regional Arts Fund to present Limelight next year! Limelight features Art Science and Light and was last held on Gateway Island in 2018. Watch this space for more info about Limelight 2020!

Until 26 January

Consequences is a major exhibition exploring the far-reaching effects of the First World War on Albury and surrounding communities. 

The exhibition explores the stories of those returning home from the war, of their families, and of the industrial, commercial and agricultural developments that occurred as a result of the war. It also uncovers some lesser-known stories including the post-homecoming lives of Aboriginal service people.

This project is a collaboration between AlburyCity, Greater Hume, Murray Arts and six regional museums: Jindera Pioneer Museum, Headlie Taylor Header Museum Henty, the Woolpack Inn Museum, Holbrook Pioneer Museum, Wymah Museum, and Culcairn Station House Museum. More info

Upstream | Festival of Art & Culture
6-9 March 2020

The Upstream Festival program has launched!

This inaugural event will feature diverse art forms in prominent central and natural public locations, bringing art to the people in unique settings.

Upstream gives everyone a chance to experience it all across four days, two cities and one amazing festival.

Immerse yourself.
More info

TAFE NSW announces Innaugural Bachelor Creative Practice at Albury Campus

Starting February 2020 the Bachelor of Creative Practice is designed to help you hone your creative skills in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media, while at the same time, developing your skills in the areas of business and entrepreneurship. 

There's also the Diploma of Creative Practice is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for a career in the arts, as well as serving as the first year of the Bachelor of Creative Practice.  More info

Congratulations !

AImee Chan | Grandma is 100
7 December | Dymocks Albury

Congratulations Aimee on publishing 'Grandma is 100'!  Aimee will be signing copies at Dymock Albury on 7 December from 10:30am to 12pm.
Racheal Oak Butler | The Next Chapter | The Wheeler Centre

Congratulations to Wodonga local, Racheal on being a recipient of The Next Chapter 2019!

The Next Chapter recipients are matched with a mentor who will work with them over 12 months to help connect them with publishers and readers, and will also participate in a three-day writing retreat at Varuna, the Writers House, in Katoomba, New South Wales.

Proudly Gamilaroi, Racheal Oak Butler is a writer, performer, musician and self-defence teacher. Racheal has been writing for many years and has amassed a significant body of work including poetry, short stories, songs, performance and spoken word pieces.

Racheal recently toured a spoken word piece, ‘My Calling’, as part of the Queerstories series of performances throughout Victoria and NSW. Racheal also worked with Ilbijerri Theatre Company as a performer in Scar Trees.

What's On

Seasons Greetings | Murray Conservatorium
7:30pm 6 December, Zion Lutheran Church, Walla Walla
7:30pm 7 December, St Matthews Church, Albury
2:30pm 8 December, St Johns Anglican Church

Murray Conservatorium presents Season's Greetings - a wonderful selection of sacred and secular carols. Tickets available Regent Cinemas Albury and Murray Conservatorium cnr Dean & Olive Sts

Tom Strachan Ceramics Pop Up Exhibition | Creators Artspace | Gateway Island
6 December opening event 6-9pm
7-8 & 14-15 December 10am-4pm

Annual pop up exhibition of ceramics by Tom Strahan. Open over two weekends in December with works available for purchase.
Gather + Create- Festive Wreath Workshop | Old Stone Hall | Beechworth
7 December

Join Issy from Scout’s Garden to make your own Christmas wreath or garland, inspired by the colour and texture of the Spring flower patch. Using local and Australian sourced ingredients and foraged treasures, learn to create a wild and wonderful eco-friendly piece to adorn your home. To book contact Erin at the Old Stone Hall on 0419 390 088 or email
The Syncopators | JAZZ Basement | Gateway Island
8pm, 13 December

With their versatility (the guitarist plays banjo, the bassist plays tuba, the clarinetist plays alto and tenor sax and the trombonist plays bass), The Syncopators cover a wide range of styles and material. all or text Graeme on 0438 623 462 for performance seating reservations.
Edlmayr | The Reginas | HotHouse Theatre
11,12,13 December 

Edlmayr by The Reginas is a personal story about a woman caught in war-torn Europe in the 1940s, as told by her granddaughter. Drawing on a mix of contemporary musical styles, we are invited into a loungeroom parlour. What unfolds through banter and song is a exploration of the resilience and resourcefulness of women in peace and wartime. More info
Understanding Social Enterprise | Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau | Albury
12 February 2020

People, planet, and profit –the three elements at the heart of all social enterprises. 

On this one-day workshop you will be introduced to the objectives, purpose, theories and practice of social enterprise. More info


burraja gallery

burraja gallery is seeking applications for the position of Aboriginal Arts Curator. The Aboriginal Arts Curator will be responsible for burraja gallery, the regions only dedicated local Aboriginal art gallery. The Aboriginal Arts Curator is an established position which is funded by the Creative Koori Employment Fund from Create NSW, until 31 July position description here  or for more info email
Executive Director | Southern Tablelands Arts | Goulburn
10 January 2020

Southern Tablelands Arts is seeking to employ a dynamic and suitably qualified Executive Director to lead and continue the transformation of the organisation through its next chapter of growth, with a focus on harnessing the collective strength of a small team of employees to drive outcomes for communities and creatives. More info

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) Funding | Create NSW
Until 30 June 2020

Do you need funding for a time-sensitive opportunity that will help you to develop your skills or create, present or tour new work?

You can apply for a Small Project Grant between $500 and $5,000 until the end of June 2020. New guidelines are available for Small Project Grants (Quick Response). If you're looking to apply – we recommend that you review these carefully before starting your application. You can read the full guidelines & apply here

Generations Fellowship
Closes 16 December 2019

Early career contemporary musicians, music producers, songwriters and composers will be supported through a new partnership between Create NSW, the Powerhouse Museum and Australian music management and touring company, Astral People, valued at $100,000.
The Generations Fellowship will support three early career solo artists or groups to carry out six-months of professional development during 2020-21. The Fellowship will connect artists with established industry experts, support intergenerational knowledge and create career pathways within the music industry.
More info

Incubator Fellowship | Create NSW & Griffin Theatre Company
16 December 2019

Emerging theatre practitioners looking for a break in the industry have the opportunity to be mentored by staff at one of Australia’s most dynamic theatre companies through the Incubator Fellowship, valued at $50,000 (including in-kind support), emerging playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, designers and composers are encouraged to apply to spend a three-month residency working with Griffin Theatre Company artistic staff on the creative development of new works as well as being supported through professional mentorship from the company. More info
Regional Arts Funding ( Quick Response -VIC)
Opens 13 January

The Quick Response Grant program has been set up to be responsive to exceptional cultural opportunities that may be on offer to artists or community groups. These grants are available throughout the year and applications can be submitted any time between 3 to 12 weeks prior to the activity commencing. 

  • Organisations can apply for up to $3,000 for small-scale cultural development and arts initiatives. Organisations must be incorporated and not-for-profit.
  • Individuals can apply for up to $1,500 for for professional or skills development of small scale project opportunities
More info
Public Art – Call for Expressions of Interest  | Wangaratta
Closes 23 December 

The Rural City of Wangaratta is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified artists or groups of artists to develop artworks specifically intended to integrate with the new Wangaratta Railway Precinct Enhancement Project. EOI open from 28 November, 2019 and close 2pm (EST) December 23, 2019. All applications will be assessed by Council’s Public Art Acquisition Committee, Expressions of Interest can be made through eProcure, which can be accessed here

Public Art Commission | Shellharbour City Council 
Closes 10 January

Shellharbour City Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists to create public artwork for Reddall Reserve, a significant regional destination in the Illawarra. The artwork will extend the Lake Illawarra Art Trail, a public art project which responds to the lake, its history and its people. Expressions of interest are due by 4pm, January 10, 2020. More info & apply here

Call for entries | The Art of Dogs | Creators Artspace | Gateway Island
Closes 20 February 2020

 A celebration of our canine companions and the special place that dogs have in our hearts and lives. Their endearing quirks and role as faithful friends will be playfully interpreted through a variety of mediums in six different categories as part of Upstream Festival of Art + Culture. More info  or call Creators Arts Space on 02 60413086
New Dimensions – NSW Visual Arts (Established) Fellowship | Museum Contemporary Art Australia
Closes 19 December 

New Dimensions is delivered in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to support the ongoing professional practice of visual arts practitioners in NSW. More info 
Beyond the Studio – NSW Dance Fellowship for Emerging Leaders | Create NSW & Sydney Dance Company
Closes 19 December

Beyond the Studio is a fellowship program delivered in partnership with Sydney Dance Company to support the development of emerging leaders in dance in NSW. A dance practitioner will be selected to undertake intense periods of engagement with the company over a 12-18 month period, supporting their career progression towards a future leadership role in the industry. More info
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