February Newsletter

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Welcome to the first Murray Arts newsletter for 2020!

It's been a rough start to the year for many across the Murray Arts region with the devastating fires and smoke choking the region. Murray Arts are
 working with agencies to assist our creative community with bushfire recovery. If you are professional artist, a creative business, museum, gallery or collective living or operating in the Murray Arts footprint, Towong Shire Council, Greater Hume Council, Indigo Shire Council, City of Wodonga, AlburyCity and Federation Council and have suffered direct impact from the bushfires we want to hear from you. You can complete the Bushfire Impact Survey  HERE

February's newsletter is loaded with opportunities - grants & funding, call for entries and artist residencies, so get cracking to make the most of these exciting opportunities! We'd love to know what opportunities you're interested in as it helps us curate future opps. And make sure you keep us in the loop with the outcomes of your applications- win or lose!

There's also a heap of exciting events on to entertain and inspire you and remember if you've got an arts event or opportunity make sure you share them with us either on social media or flick them through to comms@murrayarts.org.au 

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News


Congratulations to Anni Davey and Carly Findlay on receiving an Order of Australia!

Artistic Director of Flying Fruit Fly Circus Anni Davey was acknowledged for service to circus performance and physical theatre while Carly Findlay blogger, speaker, writer and appearance activist was acknowledged for work in increasing awareness of disability.

Photo of Anni Davey by James Wiltshire
Photo of Carly Findlay by Kristoffer Paulsen
burraja gallery exhibition | not a MYTH | Rita Wenberg | 22 February

We are excited to announce our first exhibition of 2020 will present the work of Bundjalung/Gumbayngirr artist Rita Wenberg.
‘not a MYTH’ chronicles the impacts of the forcible removal of First Nations children from their families through a lifetime of Rita’s poetry and painting.
The exhibition will juxtapose the truths of Rita’s experiences alongside the writings about Cootamundra Girls Home as published in the June 1953 issue of Dawn Magazine.

We welcome you to join us for the opening of this exhibition on Saturday 22 February at 2pm.
Refreshments will be provided.


There’s more than 100 things to see, do and enjoy as part of the Border’s newest arts and cultural festival to be held in March. 

Born under the banner of Two Cities One Community, Upstream - Festival of Art + Culture embodies the theme of partnership which makes Albury-Wodonga unique.

Across four days there will be a host of activities which celebrate our rich art and cultural fabric and place a spotlight on creativity.

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

The festival is family-friendly, has lots of free activities and is accessible to all, creating experiences that people can share across generations.

Four days. Two Cities. Immerse Yourself.
See the program here.

Connect + Weave - March Workshop- 2nd workshop added!

Our first Connect + Weave workshop has SOLD OUT so we've added a second workshop. As part of the Upstream Festival, Local First Nations weavers will host an intimate weaving workshop with local community. This hands-on weaving workshop will guide you through the contemplative weaving process. Led by local First Nations weavers Marg Murray (Barkindji) and Valda Murray (Yorta Yorta) on the banks of the Murray River on Gateway Island. Sit by the river. Listen and share. Weave your story.

All materials, a weaving starter kit and afternoon tea will be provided.
This workshop is for everyone.
The workshop is suitable for ages 12+
Maximum group size is 12 people and bookings are essential.

Monday 9th March 2020

Tickets prices $60 Bookings through eventbrite

What's On

Glenda Mackay: Detritus | MAMA Albury
6 Feb- 22 March 

Detritus: A Journey Through Memory and Loss is an exploration of grief and loss through collage, sculpture and installation. Glenda Mackay is an artist based in Rutherglen, Victoria. Her exhibition is presented as part of Murray Art Museum Albury’s Open Call program. More info
James Tylor: Economics of Water | MAMA Albury
6 February - Sunday 17 May 2020

Tylor’s recent photographic series Economics of Water highlights the environmental damage to the Murray Darling River system from poor water management, historically and ongoing. This series of photographs of a distraught Murray Darling river system are overlaid with gold geometric shapes that symbolise the human infrastructure of water diversion for commercial agriculture and settlements. More info

Cube Sessions | The Cube Wodonga 
14 February

Cube Sessions are music and performance enjoyed in a pop-up bar style event in the main auditorium.  Enjoy the relaxed vibe and free nibbles, giant games, funky décor and talented local artists for a great evening of entertainment.  
More info
Summer pArty Series | romantic | Liv Cartledge + Benny Williams | Wangaratta Art Gallery Lawn
14 February 6pm

This summer, the Wangaratta Art Gallery is spilling outside of its walls and onto the Gallery Lawn for the Summer pArty Series. Expect a heady mix of food, music and art happenings at the three carefully curated event experiences, during February and March. Themed to delight and entertain, these Friday night pArties will have something to suit every palette. Be inspired, all summer long.
More info
Opening Event | Turks Head Gallery | Albury
14 February, 5:30pm

You're invited to the official opening of Turks Head, Albury's new photography gallery, studio and darkroom.  The event will also celebrate the  opening of our first exhibition, the Albury Wodonga Photography Group Exhibition 2020. Please join us in opening the new gallery, and the wonderful exhibition from over 40 local photographers from the Albury Wodonga Photography Group. Entry is free of charge and drinks and nibbles will be provided on the night. Please get a free ticket here (for catering purposes) 
18 February to 15 March 2020

Nature & Us. Marta Lett, Pat Welch, Tracie MacVean, Judy Balfour, Marie Van Lint . Includes Presentations by local community groups on how we can protect our native plants and animals. Official opening 21 Feb.

Ecletic Anew! An exhibition by local artists Terri Friesen, Nia Jenkins and Kim Nelson-Thomson- Triple Impressions. Meet the artists 7 March.
More info
Content is King! Social Media Content Strategy workshop | The Old Stone Hall Beechworth 
20 February

Do you manage your organisation’s social media accounts? Are you scrambling to come up with quality content on a regular basis? Or looking for more order and creative ways to engage your tribe? Birgit Schonafinger from Fishbowl PR will guide you in researching and planning content that it is true to your brand, so you have your year mapped out and audiences engaged. You will leave this practical session having made a start on your strategy.
More info
The Bible in Australia | Author Talk | Library Museum | Albury
21 February

Author Meredith Lake explores how in the hands of zealots, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, writers, artists and Indigenous Australians, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in this country. In this surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia, Meredith Lake gets under the skin of a text that’s been read, wrestled with, preached and tattooed, and believed to be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God.
More info
Closer | PROJECTion Dance | The Cube Wodonga
22 February

With five incredible dancers performing Tim Podesta’s physically demanding style of contemporary ballet, this one-off performance is not to be missed. Accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful neo-classical score, Closer is a highly charged, thrilling dance work brilliantly hovering between classical ballet and contemporary dance.  
More info
The Royal High Jinx | Albury Entertainment Centre
23 February

Melbourne’s mesmerising contemporary world music band The Royal High Jinx have burst onto Australian festival stages with originality, virtuosity and theatricality. Their songs & tunes are inspired by European traditions, peppered with Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Balkan & Swing grooves with a pinch of Folk.
More info
Gala Bar | HotHouse Theatre | Gateway Island
28 February

The first Galah Bar for 2020 is coming this month. And, it has a different focus. We'll give you a hint. It starts with music. It definitely takes gumption stepping up on stage. And each and every time it's different. That's why we call it an arts practice, not an arts perfect. Coming to Galah Bar is a really great way to back your mates, and see them doing what they love in a way that you maybe haven't seen before.
More info
Jazz at the Museum | Pioneer Museum Jindera 
29 February 6:30 pm

Dinner and dancing with live music from Stephen O'Connell Trio will entertain you and your group while you enjoy a 3 course dinner and drinks at bar prices. $65/$75 per person. Contact: Margie Wehner on 0408 409 842
Workshops with Robert Kleinboonschate | Art Partners Australia | Albury
6-9 March

A series of workshops run by Walla Walla artist Robert Kleinboonschate.
  • Drawing Workshop - 6 March 10am-4pm materials and tools provided $240
  • Still Life Workshop- 7 & 8 March 10am-4pm materials provided $500
  • Modelling for Bronze Workshop - 9 March 10am-4pm materials and tools provided $320
More info
Art Classes for Children and Teens | The Artspot | Gateway Island, Wodonga

Let your young artist blossom in these fun Art Classes for all age groups. Exploring a variety of art and craft activities including painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media.
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 download position description here  or for more info email director@murrayarts.org.au
Regional Arts Funding ( Quick Response -VIC)
Closes 30 June ( or when funds expended)

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
Small Project Grants (Quick Response- Create NSW )
Closes 30 June (or when funds expended)

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. Apply now until the end of June 2020.
More info
Community & Cultural Grant Program | AlburyCity
Closes 12 February

Applications for round two grants for eligible not for profit community organisations and individuals for grants under AlburyCity's community and cultural grant program are now open. Funding will be offered in the following categories:
  • Community Programs, activities or initiatives that develop community capacity and/or services that meet identified community needs. This could include dance groups, community-based groups and sport and recreation groups.
  • Cultural Programs, activities or initiatives that provide art/cultural experiences and programs for the local community.
More info
Small Regional Presenters | Creative Victoria
Closes 13 February

Small Regional Presenters provides funding for regional communities to program and present shows in their area. It also supports skills development and capacity building by encouraging presenters to develop long term plans and audience development strategies. Regional presenters with a history of presenting professional performing and live arts events in their local community.  Applicants must be: Regional community presenters that are current members of Regional Arts Victoria and do not receive organisational or multi-year funding through Creative Victoria; or Local Government Authorities that do not receive organisational or multi-year funding through Creative Victoria.
More info

The Community Impact Grants | City of Wodonga
Closes 22 February

The program aims to empower community organisations and individuals to grow ideas in an innovative and creative way, as well as looking to improve the city.

Community organisations, workplaces and individuals auspiced by a community organisation can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $3000.

The grant program links to the outcomes and key priorities in the Council Plan. The program provides funding to support projects/events under the categories listed below:

All events, activities and projects must be held in the Wodonga municipality. More info

National Regional Arts Fellowship Program | Regional Arts Australia
Closes 24 February

The Australian Government has announced a National Regional Arts Fellowship Program for 2020. The program is designed to elevate the practice of artists and practitioners across regional, rural and remote Australia, raise their profile and provide professional development opportunities. Artists living and working in drought and/or bushfire-affected areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals that consider climate, landscape, land practice, community and the impact of, or response to, drought and/or bushfire are also encouraged. More info

Creative Koori Projects Funding | Create NSW
Closes 2 March

Creative Koori Projects funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. This will be done through embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity. Your intended projects may cover the following elements: NSW Aboriginal cultural development contemporary practice sharing NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way promoting NSW Aboriginal culture strengthening the NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural sector. More info

Community Grants & Fellowship Grants | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 2 March

Community Grant- The Regional Arts Fund Community Grant Funding is now open and will close at 5pm on Monday 2 March 2020 for projects starting after 1 July 2020.
  • Cultural Projects & Skills Development (Up to $15,000)
  • Small Festivals Grants (Up to $6,000)
Fellowship Grants- The Regional Arts Fund Fellowship Program is intended to assist artists to undertake a self-directed program that builds their capacity to sustain a career in regional Victoria.

One $20,000 fellowship is available per year for an individual artist or group living and working in regional Victoria. More info

CELSIUS: Independent Theatre | HotHouse Theatre
Closes 10 February

CELSIUS 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 2019/20.
More info
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
Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize | Call for Entries
Closes 14 February

Arts Rutherglen is proud to host its third Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize and would like to extend an invitation to you to submit your works of art for exhibition and sales. Once again, we will include our Youth Award for artists up to 18 years of age. This year we have extended the exhibition, commencing Friday 6th March (Opening Night) and finishing Sunday 15th March 2020.
More info
Head On Photo Awards | Call for Entries
Closes 16 February

Now open for entries! We want to see your knock-out images whether contemporary, classic or experimental; shot on a camera, phone or made using an alternative process. Enter your best work for a chance to share a $70,000 prize pool and be part of one of the Festival’s most prominent exhibitions that also tours internationally. More info
The Fivex Art Prize | Call for Entries
Closes 16 February

A new and unique annual award in Australia for digital billboard art, highlighting the dynamic relationship between contemporary art and urban street culture. Sponsored by Australia’s leading digital billboard company, QMS Media, the Fivex Foundation invites artists to submit one or more works specially created for two LED advertising billboards – a horizontal corner ‘wrap’, and a vertical ‘podium’ – located at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets in the centre of Melbourne, Australia. More info
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
Border Pride Fair Day  | EOI Performers
Closes 25 February

Border Pride Fair Day returns for the third time to Albury Wodonga, and will coincide with International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This is an outstanding, family-friendly, fun, and community-based event that will bring together local community, businesses, artists, and community services to provide entertainment for all who attend. The Border Pride Fair Day Working Party is seeking expressions of interest from performers who would like to be involved in this fabulous event. More info
School Drama 2020 | EOI & Workshop
EOI Closes 27 February

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

Screen Composing Bootcamp | Screenworks
Closes 1 March

Designed to support the professional development of four regionally-based composers. Now in its 3rd year, this is the first time the program has been opened to composers from anywhere in regional Australia. The program is delivered By Screenworks with support from APRA AMCOS. More info
Call for Entries | Mayday Hills Art Society 
Closes 6 March 

'Arts of Gold' is the theme for this exhibition. A celebration of goldrush era in any medium. Entry forms and more info
Petite Miniature Textiles | Wangaratta Art Gallery
Closes 13 March

2020 marks the tenth anniversary of this very popular accessible exhibition. Showcasing the best small textile artworks from around the nation, Petite has become a highlight of Wangaratta’s program and focus for contemporary textile art practitioners. This exhibition continues to grow in popularity with artists from around the country participating and displaying contemporary textiles of a small scale. Applications for Petite Miniature Textiles 2020 are now open. All applications MUST be submitted online. More info
2021 YIRRAMBOI Commissions | Expressions of Interest
Closes 27 March

Calling emerging to mid-career artists, collectives and creative communities with a First Nations background – we want you at YIRRAMBOI Festival 2021. Apply now for YIRRAMBOI Commissions for up to $18,000 plus support and resources to present your performance work with YIRRAMBOI. Whether you make music, theatre, dance or work way outside the box, we want to hear about it.  More info
Drought Subsidy Program | The Wired Lab

The Wired Lab's drought subsidy program will continue to help those who’ve been affected by drought by offering FREE places in our workshop, and assistance to attend. It allows people to do something they otherwise could not do, along with the opportunity to learn a new skill, socialise and have some respite from the drought – at least for a few hours. More info
PICTURE BERLIN 2020 | Artist Residency
Closes 29 February & 5 March

Sessions are open to artists, educators, architects, performers and curators, working in all mediums Spring — 21 - 31 May 2020 — MASH-UP > Artistic Practices & Methodology of Collage Deadline: 29 February 2020 Summer — 30 June - 9 July 2020 — RE-IMAGINING WANDERS > Exploring Art & Activism Deadline: 5 March 2020. More info
2020 Art & Photography Exhibition and Elyne Mitchell Photo Story Award Competition | Man From Snowy River Bush Festival

With exhibitors submitting from all over Australia and the world, the MFSR Art and Photography Exhibition boasts international standards with a local community heart. More info

Murray Arts is Reading

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear | Elizabeth Gilbert

Last year I was talking with a friend about rediscovering my creativity and working on personal projects but feeling a bit stuck. She said she had a book she thought I'd find helpful. She lent me her copy and I had a quick flick and put it on my bedside table. There it sat for a few months. I like the idea of reading but life got busy. Surely if it sat on my bedside it'd just be absorbed into my brain while I slept? I finally picked it up and from the first page, I was hooked. I was ready to take in the magic! Easy to read, and full of stories and examples of living a creative life. 
Most of the ideas and concepts I'd heard before but Gilbert presented them in a way that had me going 'ah, ha' and scribbling* across the pages points that motivated and inspired me. My big takeaways - I loved reading about her perspective on how ideas and inspiration come to us; how we are all creative; not censoring your work when you're worried it's cliched or it's been done before. I spent a couple of summer days reading it and now have a list of 12 creative projects that have been milling around in my head for a while.
So give it a crack- you'll love it. It's magic. Thanks to my friend for suggesting and lending me the book.
*for those of you horrified that I wrote in a book that was not mine, scribbling was done at the suggestion of said friend and what a top tip!

Do you have a book that's sparked your creativity, got you out of a slump or blown you away? I'd love to hear about it! Tell me about it !

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