February Newsletter

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Welcome to our first newsletter for 2022.

We hope you're all having a great start to the year and we are looking forward to making 2022 a great year for arts and culture across the Murray Arts region. It's been a tough few years for the arts and while there are still many challenges for our creative communities, we're hoping things will be a bit easier !

There's lots of events and opportunities coming up for February. We've had some events postponed due to the crazy storms across the region but most of the events have been rescheduled so keep an eye out for their new dates.

In this newsletter you can read about (and watch) the lastest episode of a web series by a local filmaker; the next steps for Burraja Gallery and a new project in the Federation Shire region that needs your input.

We'd love to see what you've been creating over the Xmas/New Year break so pop up pics of your work either complete or in progress and tag us on Instagram. And you can always email us info@murrayarts.org.au  with news and updates about your creative practices.

Here's to a happy, healthy and creativeFebruary,

Nat & the Murray Arts team
What's Next for Burraja Gallery?

 The time has come for Burraja Gallery Pop-up at 560 Olive St to come to a close. It has been an outstanding opportunity to test out a CBD location for the gallery, we have connected with so many new people and are moving forward with the new ventures for the regions only dedicated local First Nations gallery.  

Murray Arts wants to hear from the local First Nations community about the future direction of Burraja Gallery and has scheduled consultation sessions over the coming weeks:

Thursday 10 February 4pm – 6pm
Saturday 12 February 10am – 12pm.
The sessions will be held at the Pop-Up gallery, with snacks and drinks provided.

During the next phase of development, the gallery will continue to operate as an online store at burrajagallery.org.au, so you can still support the artists and buy amazing art, jewellery and artefacts.  Read the report on the business model for Burraja Gallery.

The last day at the 560 Olive Street is Saturday 12 February.  

Latest News

Ep3 of The Renegades is 'Unlocked'

Renegades is a web series created by local filmmaker Alison Plasto and starring a wonderful cast of local actors inspired by the impact of COVID-19 on Australia's alpine resorts and their beloved guests on social media.

Alison was a recipient of our micro-funding 'Unlocked' and used her funding towards The Renegades project.

Episode 3 sees Xanthe and Edwina trying to get in to the snow resort without legit covid tests. When they make it up to the gates of the snow resort it looks like they’ve been sprung with their fake covid test results but it turns out they’ve also got a golden ticket...

Watch Episode 3 (and the first two eps)
Riverina Ramble

Riverina Ramble is project exploring local, places off the beaten track places within the Federation Council LGA through creative storytelling and place making.

For this event, a series of performance and visual experiences with creative professionals will be comissioned. The intention is that creatives will develop artworks and performances that take inspiration from community stories or histories. 


To do this, Riverina Ramble wants to hear from you! Do you have a story, a venue or place that you would like share? If so, please complete this survey.
Vale Dirk Wallace, Director of Turks Head Gallery 
A passionate photography educator who inspired, nurtured artistic curiosity and learning in the Border region and beyond.

Director of Turks Head Gallery and photography educator Dirk Wallace died on 27 November 2021 at the age of 53 after a battle with cancer.

Dirk loved everything about photography. He was an exceptional photographer undertaking commercial, event and fine art photography but Dirk's passion was teaching photography. Dirk taught photography at MAMA, ran workshops in studio and in the field, was a mentor to many and one of the driving forces in the Albury Wodonga Photography Group.

Dirk took over the Turk's Head building in Wodonga Place in Albury with a dream of having space to exhibit, teach and celebrate digital and film photography. Turk's Head Gallery opened in February 2020 but sadly only a few weeks after opening COVID hit and the Border closures directly impacted the gallery with the police blockades set up on the gallery's doorstep.

Dirk undertook community arts projects including "This is where we live" which was a photo series by children aged between 4 and 12 that live in a social housing estate in Springdale Heights which was exhibited at MAMA Albury;  a NAIDOC photography project with Westside Community Centre and the Mirage project which involved local photographers capturing disused and abandoned buildings in Albury inspired by the 'Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan' exhibition at MAMA.

We'll miss Dirk's enthusiasm, generosity and dedication to photography, education and community.

Photo: Jesse Hartwig
Murray Arts Strategic Plan 2022-2024

Our brand new, shiny and long time coming Strategic Plan is complete and is on our website. It outlines our direction & vision for the next three years and reiterates the role that Murray Arts deliver's as the regions Regional Arts Development Organisation.
Read it here.

What's On

Breakwater -Staged Reading | HotHouse Theatre | Free
5 February 

Breakwater, shortlisted for two playwriting awards, is a fresh, feminist, theatre-in-education play wrestling with the ups and downs of adolescence, shining a light on the importance of friendships with humour and heart. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the very first audience of this new Australian play. Part of the GreenHouse Artist in Residency Program delivered in partnership by HotHouse, Murray Arts and AlburyCity.

More info

Open Studio with Pinky Wittingslow | Hyphen- Wodonga Library Gallery
5 February

Pinky Wittingslow is Hyphen's Artist in Residence in the Creative Studio from January 10 to April 10, 2022.
Pinky is a potter, woodworker, seamstress, spinner, painter and engineer. Having grown up in the bush, Pinky has always been heavily influenced by nature, the preservation of it and how we can use natural materials sustainably. Pinky’s work further investigates this deep tie to our natural environment and connection to each other as humans through historical research into the art practices of our distant ancestors. Pinky works with a broad range of materials with environmental sustainability always in mind.
Meet Pinky and explore her art and art-making techniques during this Open Studio.
More info

After the Fact | Glennys Briggs | Beechworth Contemporary Art Space
Opens 12 February

Exhibition featuring artwork of  First Nations artist Glennys Briggs. Event launch 11 February 5:30pm-7pm.
More info

Hyphen Kids- Stop Motion Stories | Hyphen Library Gallery
15 February

Discover a space to learn and explore in after school workshops. Each term features a different theme where children will work through activities designed to build creative thinking and technology skills.
In term 1, learn how to create a stop motion movie and explore creative storytelling and dynamic LEGO building to create a short film exploring the ways humans, plants and animals can live together. Run over six weeks with a showcase presented in the final week.
More info

Opening | National Photographic Portrait Prize | MAMA
25 February

12 artists have been shortlisted to present a small series of works each. On opening night we will announce the winner of the $30,000 first prize, and the $5000 John & Margaret Baker Memorial Award for an emerging artist.
The artists selected for the 2022 finalist exhibition represent a breadth of Australian photographic practice. Their concerns encompass First Nations relationships to Country and storytelling, artists’ personal histories, families, communities and languages, environmental and climate action, the history of photography and agitations for the medium’s future.
More info

Jersey Boys - The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons | Albury Entertainment Centre
11 February

Livid Productions Inc proudly presents "Jersey Boys - The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons".
Featuring classic hit songs "Sherry", "Walk Like a Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" - this story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time will absolutely captivate.
Dine & Discover NSW vouchers expire 31 August - why not redeem your voucher for this wonderful performance, and support our local talent.
More info

Under the Pines, Music Festival | Beechworth Town Hall Gardens

19 February
Amazing line up of emerging artists, including Asha Bright, BAD IBIS, Arwen, Toby Mobbs, Nick Keogh, Maya Humphreys, Tahlia Brain. Free entry. BBQ, Refreshments, Games. Bring your own rug or bean bag.
Drug/Alcohol/Smoke Free Event. Hosted by Indigo Shire Youth Event crew. 
More info

Baroque Music for Harpsichord and Saxophone | Christ Church Beechworth
20 February

While saxophone has not been traditionally coupled with harpsichord and baroque music, this exquisite combination highlights the expressiveness of saxophone and how in some instances it closely resembles the cornetto an early baroque instrument much valued for its closeness to the human voice. Under Niels Bijl’s musical mastery the subtler capabilities of this instrument emerge like you have not heard before.
The program will include Handel, Vivaldi, De Fesch, Sammartini and Telemann.
More info

Famuary | Albury Skate Park
26 February

JAMUARY, now in Feb, so! FAMUARY? Well it is going to be great.
Join your community in all the extreme fun for the whole family. Celebrate the start of the year right with FREE live music from Maryrollband, Barr-Nun Boygraduate, Tyfendi and more.
Enjoy a jam-packed day full of music, food, skating and riding.
More info

Riverside Vibes | Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk | Albury
27 February

Riverside Vibes is set to highlight the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk plus so much more.
Grab your family and friends, and head under the gumtree canopy along the banks of the mighty Murray River as our local bushland bursts with amazing entertainment and unexpected artwork rich in culture.
More info


Position Vacant | The Cube Wodonga
Closes 21 February

The Technical Coordinator will coordinate the provision of technical design and execution (audio, audio visual and lighting installations), OH&S procedures, risk assessments, event bump in and bump outs and will ensure the smooth operation and successful execution of performances, functions, exhibitions and events hosted by both Council and external hirers at The Cube Wodonga. 
More info
Community Impact Grants | Wodonga Council
Closes 22 February

The grants provide opportunities for community organisations to apply for funding to support them to lead projects and initiatives that benefit the community and contribute to making Wodonga a vibrant and thriving city.
  •  Community Impact Grants aim to empower organisations to grow ideas and are up to the value of $3000, This program provides funding to support projects/ events under four categories: Building Stronger Communities, Environmental Sustainability, Community Events and Arts & Culture.
  • Community Impact Partnership Program is to support start-up initiatives up to the value of $10,000 per year for a maximum of 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. 
Local, not-for-profit organisations who have their own bank account, ABN, are incorporated or have an auspicing organisation can apply.
More info

Cultural Tourism Accelerator | Regional Arts Australia
Closes 8 March

The Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program is a $5 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government as part of the Regional Arts Tourism package, which will enable arts organisations to promote and develop cultural events for tourists across regional Australia.

The program will increase tourism visitation in regional, rural and remote communities across Australia by providing financial support for arts and cultural activity. The program recognises that the cultural and creative industries play a critical role in contributing to the creativity, diversity and prosperity of Australia’s regional and rural economy.

The Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program aims to:

  • Support place-based programs to increase visitation
  • Build consumer confidence and activate engagement
  • Drive engagement across communities and between regions
  • Support sector-led responses. 

There are three types of grants open. Please note there are separate Application Forms for each of the three grants.
More info


Quick Response Grants | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes last day of every month

The Regional Arts Fund is part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program that supports participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression. The Regional Arts Fund is managed by Regional Arts Australia on behalf of the Australian Government, and managed in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria. 

For small arts projects, professional development for artists and arts workers, and community capacity building projects. $3000 individuals, $5000 for organisations.
More info

Event Saver | Create NSW
Closes 30 September 2022
The purpose of Event Saver is to provide financial support to organisers of Major Events scheduled to be held between Wednesday 15 December 2021 and Saturday 31 December 2022 where an event is cancelled or Significantly disrupted as a direct result of Public Health Orders (PHO).

Event Saver is one of several investments the NSW Government is making as part of its NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and is intended to boost event organiser confidence to allow for continued planning and staging of Major Events across NSW over the year ahead.
More info

Acclerating Change | Creative Victoria
Closes 7 February

Accelerating Change is a pilot grants program that provides grants to Deaf and Disabled creatives at all stages of their careers, while researching ways to make the grant application process accessible for Deaf and Disabled people.

Delivered by Arts Access Victoria with support through the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, the Accelerate pilot will enable applicants to submit a written, video or audio application. Applicants or their access support workers can also book a phone or video consultation where the Arts Access Victoria team will work through the application form and record their responses live.

In addition to grants, access funding is also available.
More info

Creators Fund | Creative Victoria
Closes 3 March

The Creators Fund helps 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.

Time to research, innovate and take risks.

The program supports creatives to undertake a sustained period of intensive research  and development or experimentation of new ideas and concepts.

The program's focus is not on supporting full concept realisation and presentation, or audience engagement activities.  Instead, it allows creatives to focus on the initial exploratory stages of new ideas that includes testing, deep research and development, and experimentation.

It's open to individual creative practitioners and collectives across all disciplines, and at all career stages.  The program provides financial support for up to six months to creative practitioners, allowing them to explore new ideas and ways of working that will provide career advancement and innovation within the creative industries.
More info


Regional Access Collections Program | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 24 February

Regional Arts Victoria is proud to be working with Creative Victoria, the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria), Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) and the National Gallery of Victoria to deliver the Victorian Government’s Regional Collections Access Program.

The Regional Collections Access Program (RCAP) is a new program to enable equipment and infrastructure upgrades at galleries and museums. The Program will support collections care and storage and facilitate the loaning and touring of collections items from Local, State, National and International lending institutions in regional and Interface Local Government Areas (LGAs). The Program aims to enable more visitors to access more collections in more locations across Victoria. Three Tiers of funding are available through RCAP.
More info

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups | Australia Council for the Arts
Closes 1 March
This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.
More info

Contemporary Music Touring Program | Australia Council for the Arts
Closes 1 March
The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.
More info

Playing Australia Project Investment | Australia Council for the Arts
Closes 1 March
Playing Australia Project Investment supports performing arts tours to reach regional and remote communities across Australia.

The program supports net touring costs and other designated costs associated with tours. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.
More info

Project Grants | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 15 March

The Regional Arts Fund is part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program that supports participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression. The Regional Arts Fund is managed by Regional Arts Australia on behalf of the Australian Government, and managed in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria. 

There is up to $30,000 for arts projects, professional development for artists and arts workers, and community capacity building projects.
More info

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) for Individuals | Create NSW
Small Project Grants (Quick Response) funding aims to:
  • Enable artists and arts/cultural workers (including museum workers) to participate in outstanding and relevant time-sensitive opportunities
  • Contribute to the creation, development and/or presentation of new work
  • Improve the capacity of professionals working in NSW to become arts and cultural leaders.

Funding of between $500 and $5000 is available to support NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers (including museum workers) to build their capability, portfolio of work, audience and/or market.
More info

NSW Performing Arts Relaunch Package | Create NSW
Open now

The aim of this package is to relaunch the performing arts sector in line with the NSW Government roadmap to recovery.

This package is an extension of the original Performing Arts COVID Support Package that was designed to support the sector while in lockdown.

This new package is designed to assist the sector to relaunch by providing certainty and confidence as audiences return to theatres and other performance venues.
More info

Building Audiences Fund | Creative Victoria 
24 February

Applications are sought from Victorian independent professional creatives and micro-to-small Victorian organisations (no more than 10 FTE staff). Applicants can apply for marketing projects operating between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.

Applications must clearly identify the marketing challenge faced by your creative business and demonstrate how the new marketing activity will address or remedy the issue.

The program has two streams:

1. First Peoples stream
Applications by Victorian First Peoples creative practitioners or First Peoples-led micro-to-small organisations will be assessed by a First Peoples Assessment Panel to ensure Aboriginal self-determination.2. General stream
All other applications will be assessed by a panel made up of a diverse range of marketing experts across the creative industries.
More info


Call for Submissions | Head On
Closes 20 February

Head On are looking for diverse, engaging, quality work in all genres across still photography, multi-media and video art. Applications are welcomed from individual artists, curators, groups and exhibition spaces.
More info

Call for Entries | Ravenswood Australin Women's Art Prize
Closes 23 February

The Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. It is the highest value professional artist prize for women 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. There is also a Peoples’ Choice Award of $2,000.
More info

Call for Entries | The Lethbridge Landscape Prize
Closes 25 March

The award invites all artistic interpretations of the Australian landscape, from conventional to the unusual, and from monumental to intricate. The definition of ‘landscape’ has been extended to include urban-scapes and interiors. All mediums are welcome.
More info

Call for Entries | Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize
Closes 25 February

Artists of any age, nationality and experience who create art relating to the natural world can enter the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

The prize was established in 2003 and is named after the first curator of the South Australian Museum, Frederick Waterhouse. Any form of visual fine art that relates to the natural world is eligible for the Waterhouse Prize, with the exception of photography.
More info

Murray Arts is Reading

How To Be An Artist by Jerry Saltz

The question I hear the most is how do I become an artist? My response is 'you already are one' and 'you need to practice'.  I think it's interesting that generally people think that being an artist is a magical gift that is bestowed upon us and we either are an artist or we're not. All the successful* artists I know just do the work. They dedicate time to their practice and when they don't have time to physically create work, they think about the work.

All the books I've read so far on being an artist have that common theme- just do the work. But where do you start? How do you start? 

I listened to this book read by the author, and it has 33 great lessons on how to be an artist. My creative practices focus on photography, writing and woodwork but I've also longed to be able to draw and paint, so while I feel comfortable with my current practices, starting a new practice scares the bejesus out of me. I freeze. This is where this book is useful. It's broken up into short lessons which is why I would have preferred a hardcopy as opposed to audio so I could concentrate better on the lessons and exercises. I always feel the need to rush through audiobooks.

The lessons that resonated with me were about:
  • finding your own voice
  •  embedding thought in material
  •  start with a pencil (scary!)
  •  develop skills. 

Have you read this book? Do have some tips on being an artist? Let me know.

*my definition of success is making work that makes a contribution / influences / comments on humanity or feeds the artist emotionally or makes them a living. Your definition is probably different.

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