February Newsletter

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Welcome to the first Murray Arts newsletter for 2021.

It brings me such joy in creating the newsletter each month because it's chance to hunt and gather funding and grants, professional development opportunities for creatives in our region and see what our artists are creating and achieving.

We were excited to announce last week 6 projects that received Create NSW CASP funding. Congratulations again to all the successful artists we can't wait to see these projects come to life.

Across the region we've seen a return to live performance with various music gigs and theatre performances planned throughout there year. Some of these performances will be limited ticketing due to COVID restrictions so make sure you get in early to secure your tickets. We can't wait to feel that magic of experiencing a live show.

Do you have something to tell me? I'm always on the search for event, exhibitions, news, professional development opportunities to include in our newsletter and social media so email me comms@murrayarts.org.au so Murray Arts can share the love.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

HotHouse Announces Season 2021 : Part One

Three uniquely Australian stories that will uplift, inspire and motivate audiences to find their way home to HotHouse. Covering March through to June, SEASON 2021: PART ONE sees HotHouse return to live performances after an absence of over a year. It includes a new main stage production by HotHouse, featuring incredible local talent and two shows from our 2020 Season, finally arriving for audiences on the border.

With socially distanced restrictions reducing capacity in the Butter Factory Theatre, tickets for these shows will be at a premium. HotHouse has also introduced allocated seating allowing patrons to choose their seats at the time of purchase. 

Subscribers will have first access to available seats with a priority period from 3 February. They can lock in their dates and time to secure their seats. Single tickets will be on sale from 1 March. 
Book online https://hothousetheatre.com.au/

Farewell Tiffany Ward

In December we farewelled our Aboriginal Arts Officer Tiffany Ward.

Tiffany started with Murray Arts back in January 2018 and has worked on many projects including the popular Kinder Kulture series online and in person, assisted with Burraja Gallery and play reading 'Then He Came Home' and Stolen Production.

Tiff leaves to take up role as Assistant Producer with HotHouse Theatre. Congratulations on your new role.

Glennys Briggs will be taking over the role as Aboriginal Arts Officer and can be contacted at aao@murrayarts.org.au

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

All teachers are invited to attend a professional development workshop with Director of Education, John Nicholas Saunders from Sydney Theatre Company, 4pm-7pm on Thursday 25 March 2021 at HotHouse Theatre. The workshop will include practical approaches to using drama to improve literacy in your classroom. Book workshop by emailing info@murrayarts.org.au

EOI for School Drama is also open. For more info and to submit an EOI https://murrayarts.org.au/2021/01/18/school-drama-2021-eoi-now-open/

Photo: Manifeasto Photography
Limelight Segment to Continue in 2021

We are excited to be continuing our fortnightly art chat segment 'Limelight' with Sandra Moon.

Limelight is a chance for us to plug your creative events and news so make sure we know about them.

A huge thanks to ABC Goulburn Murray for their continued support of artists and creatives across our region.

Tune in at 7:15am each Friday fortnight. You can listen on 106.5FM or online or via the ABC Listen App

New Book Congratulations

Local author Alan Phillips has released his new book Either Emperor or Nothing' which refers to Julius Cesar's motto and later taken up by Cesar Borgia. The book is a collection of experiences, diary notes and essays on Florence in the 15th century and tracks the beginnings of the Renaissance and the artists, philosophers and patrons who embraced it. Alan has made commentaries on specific buildings and artists and their work and how humanism played an important part in this extraordinary period. It also included some of Alan's drawings made over the years during his visits to Florence. If you would like a copy of Alan's book you can email him here.
Local author Aimee Chan’s second book, The Very Hungry Reader, has just been released. The book is a whimsical tale of how stories can help kids get through the day and contains lots of references to classic children’s literature for kids to find making it very interactive. 
You can grab a copy at Dymock's Albury or online .


What's On

Monk | Art Partners
Closes 19 February

Art Partners Australia's new exhibition, Wanderings of a Prairie Monk showcases works by Australian-born but US based artist, activist, environmentalist and educator David Monk.

Monk works in photography and silk screen printing, a technique requiring patience and skill that often results in seemingly simple but bold and precise images. 
More info

Image Ecologies | James Farley & Jacob Raupach | Turks Head Gallery
Opening 13 February

Image Ecologies is a photographic enquiry into the post-industrial condition of one of New South Wales’ most iconic and remote cities Broken Hill.

Drawing from images created between 2015 and 2018, Image Ecologies attempts to grapple with these complexities of place; unfolding as an observation of how these overlapping histories are woven into the surfaces and environments of Broken Hill.
More info

Summer Silks | Gallery 294
Closes 28 February

“Summer Silks”, the exhibition now on show at Gallery 294 in Corowa, displays a range of classically simple and beautiful silk garments that have been naturally dyed using Australian flora with a technique called eco-print or contact printing. Corowa Arts Cooperative member Barbara Pritchard makes and dyes each garment individually in her studio and sources botanicals from her property in the Upper Murray, the result being unique and eco-sustainable fashion.
More info

The Merchant of Venice | The Other Theatre Company
26,27 Feb & 5, 6 March

The Other Theatre Company proudly presents a retelling of William Shakespeare's play, the raucous comedy The Merchant of Venice in the beautiful Albury Botanic Gardens.
More info
Regional Originals
Fortnighly from 3 Feb

Celebrating and showcasing rural and regional music this festival will host 24 artists across 8 shows.
More info

Community Music Yack
6 February

Yack is blessed with having some of the countries best musicians calling this town home.  And after a year of limited performance opportunities, they are ready to get out and play.

So, grab a group of friends and spread out on the lawn at the Yack Community Garden for this not-for-profit, free event and support our performers get back into the swing of performing in public.

Multi Golden Guitar winner, Pete Denehy will kick off proceedings with this, the first of three community picnics.
More info


Tom Roberts: Shearing the Rams. The artist, the painting, a moment in time | Wangaratta Art Gallery
Closes 28 February


A National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Collection favourite, Tom Roberts’s Shearing the Rams, 1890,  is at Wangaratta Art Gallery to coincide with the 130th anniversary of the work’s execution near Corowa, NSW.

The single display of this key work will occur for a limited period of four weeks until late February 2021 and is exclusive to Wangaratta. ‘Shearing the rams, the artist, the painting, a moment in time’ is delivered in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and is fitting that, in the 130th year since Roberts laid down his last brushstrokes, the painting is to return to the area where it was originally conceived.
More info

Galah Bar TV @ The Cube Courtyard | HotHouse Theatre
5 March

Round up your friends, pack some snacks and head on down The Cube Courtyard to enjoy GALAH BAR TV on the big screen as part of UPSTREAM Festival of Art+Culture.

Take a late-night talk show, mix it with HotHouse's legendary cabaret, and you get the fabulous new GALAH BAR TV. 

Expect the unexpected as our host interview local personalities, polies and artists plus a weirdly wonderful line up of home grown comedy, circus and music.
More info


Regional Music Development Program | RAV, Music Victoria & Creative Victoria
EOI Closes 11 Feb


Delivered in partnership by Music Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria, the Regional Music Development (RMD) program will support the employment of three Regional Music Workers for 12 months in three regions across the state.

These local music workers will work to develop projects and initiatives to support local music networks and activity as well as act as broker to establish connections with music representatives in other parts of the state, local governments, arts bodies and other relevant stakeholders.
More info

EOI | Artist Call Out | Creative Recovery Network
Closes 12 February

Express your interest to join part of a Creative Recovery program across the Corryong, Khancoban and Walwa school communities. This program is the first stage of what is planned to be a longer-term creative recovery strategy for the schools, their families and communities.
More info


Creative Workers in Schools - Mentor Positions | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 12 February

Mentors for the Creative Workers in Schools (CWS) initiative will support Creative Workers with coaching, feedback and guidance on the development of their creative projects. The network of Mentors will facilitate regular individual and group conversations and plan and deliver professional development workshops in their chosen field. The Mentors will work with Regional Area Managers to identify and address learning and growth opportunities for Creative Workers, both in person and remotely.  
More info.



Creative Workers in Schools | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 22 Feb

Creative Workers in Schools (CWS) provides the opportunity for 150 creative industry workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools, including special schools. Creative workers and Schools will be supported to work together to codesign and deliver an educationally valuable project or set of activities that supports learning across the Victorian Curriculum F–10 over 6 months.

The CWS program offers creative learning opportunities for students that highlight the value of the arts at a time where creative expression, hope and the sense of community are needed more than ever, and provide schools with an alternative approach to address learning objectives through creative projects or activities.  The program will also provide a platform to build relationships and employment opportunities between creative workers and schools.
More info

EOI | Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk | AlburyCity
Closes 26 February

AlburyCity is calling for suitably experienced local Aboriginal artists to create two new, permanent, outdoor, public art pieces along the established Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk. The selected artworks will complement the existing works on the trail and provide additional interest and value to the rich cultural experience the trail provides our local community and visitors to the area. Artists with connection to the area through bloodline, song line, kinship or traditional association are encouraged to submit. Other Indigenous artists who feel they have a strong connection to country are also encouraged to apply, but must consult or collaborate with local traditional owner groups, to maintain the integrity of the cultural information they wish to represent and ensure local cultural protocols are followed and strengthened.
Site walkthrough and Q&A 11 February 10:30am Horseshoe Lagoon

More info

Music Works Grants | Creative Victoria
Closes 15 Feb

The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria's contemporary music artists and music industries. It provides support for projects and programs that will sustain, develop and grow Victoria's contemporary music sector, increase employment and build cultural and economic outcomes. The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to the delivery of contemporary music that will build on Victoria's position as a world famous live music capital and Australia's contemporary music hub.
More info

Creative Workers Fund | Creative Victoria
Closes 18 Feb

The Creative Workers Fund supports projects led by Victorian professional creatives across all creative disciplines. Projects can include collaborating with creative and non-creative personnel (such as technicians, publicists etc).
More info


Regional Arts Fund, Quick Response Grant | Regional Arts Victoria

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

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

NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship | Create NSW & Hayes Theatre Co
Closes 1 March

The NSW Musical Theatre Fellowship (Established) is a fellowship program in partnership with Create NSW, Hayes Theatre Co that will provide an opportunity for an established composer and/or writer and/or team of devisors to write a new work for musical theatre.

The successful applicant or group will be awarded $25,000 and professional support with industry mentors from Hayes Theatre Co to deliver a full musical and work towards potential development and presentation opportunities.

The established composer and/or writer or creative group will be selected for the fellowship which will be undertaken from April 2021.
More info

Creative Koori Project | Create NSW
Closes 1 March

Creative Koori Project funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. Funding is available up to $60,000 towards arts and cultural activities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts and cultural workers.

More info

Creators Fund | Creative Victoria
Closes 22 Feb

Creators Fund paves the way for independent creatives to take their practice and their careers to the next level by providing them with one of the most important and scarce creative resources – time – to research, innovate and take risks.Open to individual creative practitioners and collectives across all disciplines, and at all career stages, the program supports artists and creatives to undertake a sustained period of intensive research and development or experimentation.
More info

Community Impact Grants | Wodonga Council
Closes 22 February

These grants aim to help to make Wodonga a better city, and are split into three categories:
  • Community Impact Grants aim to empower organisations to grow ideas and are up to the value of $3000;
  • Community Impact Partnership Program support start-up initiatives up to the value of $10,000 over two or three years;
  • Community Infrastructure Grants are focused on supporting any recreational, sport or cultural activities that require capital renewal and upgrades, such as extending a community hall or installing portable wheelchair ramps or equipment for new initiatives to assist with start-up costs, such as team uniforms or balls for a newly-forming team or program - this grant is also to the value of $10,000.
More info

Building Audiences Fund | Creative Victoria
Closes 25 February

The Building Audiences Fund provides one-off support for new marketing projects designed to build or re-establish audiences following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Who can apply:
  • Independent professional creatives/artists and partnerships working in the creative industries, including sectors such as arts, music, design, screen and digital games.
  • Micro to medium sized organisations (less than 10 FTE staff) within the creative industries.
  • Regionally based creative industries organisations owned and operated by local governments are eligible to apply.
More info

Individual Funding | Create NSW
Closes 1 March

Project funding supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. It aims to deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW, contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers.

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity.
More info

Regional Arts Fund | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 18 March

The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. The program is managed nationally by Regional Arts Australia and is delivered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Project Grants have three categories:

1. Project and Skills Development Grants– maximum amount $30,000

2. Small Festivals Grants – maximum amount $6,000

3. Regional Arts Fund Fellowship – maximum amount $20,000
More info


Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize
Closes 12 February

Call for entries across multiple categories including painting and mixed media, photography, works on paper, 3D and youth Awards. Opening night 5 March.
More info

Nature Writing Prize | Nature Conservancy Australia

Closes 19 February

The winner of this prize will get $7,500 for their essay exploring a relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape. Essays are to be between 3,000-5,000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. The winning entry will also be published in Griffith Review online as a multimedia essay. 
More info

Ravenswood Women's Art Prize
Entries close midday, 3 March, 2021

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize, which was launched in 2017 with the vision to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. There are three prize categories – the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000, the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000. Artists are invited to enter work in any medium that best reflects their art practice, in any theme they choose.
More info

Southern Buoy Studio Portrait Prize 2021
Closes 27 February

The Southern Buoy Studio Portrait Prize 2021 is an annual art prize open to all emerging and establish Artists across Australia.

The SBS Portrait Prize celebrates the tradition of portraiture painting in a contemporary context that welcomes appreciation, open interpretation and further understanding of the Arts within our community.
More info.

National Photographic Portrait Prize | National Portrait Gallery
Entries close 2 March, 2021

In a first for the National Portrait Prize’s history photographers are invited to consider the concept of ‘Living Memory’ with a special focus on 2020. The 2021 edition of the Prize will offer the four usual prizes, including the Winning Prize, Highly Commended, Art Handlers’ and People’s Choice Awards. Additionally, the Gallery will be offering a professional development opportunity to an emerging photographer.
More info


Hadley’s Art Prize
Closes 6 April

Presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel, the Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart is an annual, acquisitive Australian landscape prize, which offers $100,000 to the winning entry. Dating back to 1834, Hadley’s Orient Hotel has a rich and fascinating history interwoven with art, particularly landscape art.

The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart seeks to contribute to the Tasmanian and Australian art scene, generating interest in cultural tourism and promoting the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists. Judged by a panel of art specialists, the prize is open to Australian artists over the age of eighteen working in two-dimensional media.
More info.

Murray Arts is Listening

Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Episode Seth Godin

I love a good podcast but struggle to listen to them unless I dedicate active listening time. My mind likes to wander and I find I've heard chunks of words but not listened to any. That's why I mostly listen to podcasts in the car. 2020 didn't see a lot of driving for me until late in the year when a podcast recommendation coincided with a big road trip. 

My friend recommended Design Matters with Debbie Millman Episode Seth Godin. I'd not heard of either or these people but turns out, I'm glad we were introduced.

I only want to make good work all the time, and what ends up happening is I'm not practicing my craft enough for fear of it not being good enough (can you relate?). But Seth and Debbie talk about how being able to create good work requires you to create bad work first and if you do enough bad work you'll eventually make something good. Make sense? 

Seth and Debbie also talk about being in a state of flow and my fav takeaway quote is  "No one starts working in a state of flow the only way to enter a state of flow is to begin working when you're not in a state of flow".

If you're feeling in a bit of a creative rut or want to invest more into your creative practice this episode and perhaps even this podcast series might be helpful to you.

You can listen free online or via Stitcher App

Do you listen to podcasts? Where do you listen to them? Got a favourite creative podcast to share? Write to us.

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