July Newsletter

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Since our last newsletter, we've again seen the resilience and adaptability of our creative community. We've watched as entertainment, learning and connection have been moved to an online platform and we've enjoyed and connected over events such as Galah Bar ON AIR and the Winter Solstice. And while online is not as good as being there in person, this has given us the opportunity to showcase and share our knowledge, talents and successes well beyond the Murray Arts footprint.

There's been funding successes in our region with local creatives being supported via a variety of government and philanthropic initiatives as well as our own UNLOCKED micro-grant. There are lots more funding opportunities emerging and we'll be keeping you up to date on those via our monthly newsletter and social media. We'll also be running online funding forums in the coming weeks so stay tuned for those!

Stay warm,

Nat & the Murray Arts Team


Latest News

Regional Arts Fund National Fellowship Success!

Congratulations to former Murray Arts Executive Director, Vanessa Keenan for being awarded one of five Regional Arts Fellowships!

Vanessa’s fellowship centres on creative development and artist engagement, working with five professional artists directly impacted by the fires, exploring the impact of bushfires on professional artists and the landscapes they use for inspiration. The fellowship will result in the development of a curatorial rationale and a series of curatorial statements that will inform the development of an outdoor arts event, incorporating work by the impacted artists and others in response to the changing landscape.

Photo: Nat Ord/Headshot Honcho
More Funding Success!
Congratulations to Yackandandah duo This Way North on receiving funds from the Victorian Government's Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative. They'll be using the funds to release and promote their new EP which was recorded in Nashville in January, at a time when they are unable to tour.
Above: This Way North.
Photo: Nat Ord/Manifeasto Photography

Three more local artists Ashlee Laing, Kirrily Anderson & Nat Ord received a one-off grant from Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network who created their National Assistance Program for the Arts, collectively donating $1.4 million worth of support for individual artists and arts workers left behind by government funding. 

The program distributed nationally 1,400 one-off grants of $1,000 on the basis of need, experience, and talent with the alumni of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship program to assessing applications. 

And through the NSW COVID-19 Initiatives two local organisations recived funds; the Flying Fruit Fly Circus will present Borderville 2020, celebrating the resilience of our cultural community with a festival over two weekends presenting circus from artists of all ages, music, theatre and art; and Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (in partnership with Murray Arts & burraja gallery) received funds for April Phillips (Wiradjuri), a digital media artist, to host a series of digital workshops for local Koori youth/young people, to design face filters for Instagram and other social media platforms.
burraja gallery Secures Funding to Support Local First Nations Artists

burraja gallery was also successful in receiving funds from the Victorian Government's Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative.

burraja gallery will support local First Nations artists who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The artists will be provided with financial assistance to create new work(s) in response to the themes of isolation and mental health. These commissioned works created by the artists will be shared with our community via an online platform as well as to include them in an exhibition at burraja gallery once it is relaunched following pandemic restrictions being eased. The funding will be vital in assisting members of our First Nations artist network to continue connecting to culture and sustaining their creative practice during these challenging times.

What's On

Dear Australia | Playwriting Australia
3 & 5 July

Dear Australia… is a direct and urgent response to the COVID-19 crisis. Presented by Playwriting Australia in partnership with HotHouse (and 24 other companies!). Local playwright, Brendan Hogan was one of 50 Australian writers from across the nation to be commissioned by PWA to write a two-minute monologue in response to the lived experiences of the nation around Covid-19. These 50 snapshots will be a unique account of these times – a national, creative conversation led by our playwrights and performed by 50 actors from around the country. Brendan wrote a beautiful piece called SPIDERWEB, a great new young regional talent, Connor David Skillicorn who at 12 yrs old, will perform alongside some of the nation’s best. Put it in your diaries for early July – congrats Brendan and Connor!

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Monthly Meet-Up & Artists Talk | Turks Head Gallery

5 July

The meet up will also coincide with an artist talk by photographer Charlie Brown, you can check out some of his beautiful images of the mountainous areas of Victoria including Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buffalo. Charlie is currently exhibiting at Turks Head and you will be able to see his large scale canvas prints and fine art prints, and ask any questions about how he captured these.
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Winter Ukulele Picking Ensemble | Online
16 July- 19 July

Joyous, uplifting, fun and meditative tunes arranged in 3 parts for ukulele. Each song will have a Beginner, Easy and Intermediate part, so whatever your skill level, there should be something for you to play. Thursdays via Zoom: Beginners-Easy 5.30-6.45pm, Easy-Intermediate 6-7.15pm. Sundays in Beechworth: Beginners-Easy 9.30-11am, Easy-Intermediate 10-11.30am. Includes play-along recordings for home practice.
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Social Media for Creatives Workshop | Online
7 July

Social media is a complex and challenging marketing tool for a lot of creatives, who find it hard to strike the balance between constantly talking about themselves and ignoring the platforms entirely!
This friendly and up-to-date workshop covers the basics of how to kickstart marketing using social media, with a focus on the main tools at your disposal and the strategy behind the socials. It will cover:
- Understanding your Brand online
- Understanding your Tribe
- Choosing the right platform for your clients
- Tips and tricks on staying up to date ... and much more!
Social Media for Creatives is tailored specifically to creative people who want to make the most of their marketing, for themselves and their professional practice.
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Psychogeography: Walking & Writing | Write Around the Murray | Online
12 July

Urban and suburban environments contain intriguing features that can be the starting points for stories. Hone your eyes to old signage, details of architecture, traces of the past, and the poetry of the everyday. Inspired by the Situationists and the ideas of psychogeography, we will investigate how ordinary places are rich source material. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction or memoir, insights from this workshop will stimulate ideas.

The workshop is targeted to residents in and around the Albury Wodonga region. An outcome of the workshop will be the development of a local psychogeography wordpress blog for the publication of photography and writing prompted by participation in the workshop. Please contact us if you wish to do the workshop but live beyond the catchment area for this session (i.e. you live further than 150km from AlburyWodonga) and we'll add you to a waiting list.
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Hume Weir Photo Walk and Printing Workshop | Turks Head Gallery
25 July & 26 July 

Join landscape photographers Charlie Brown and John Wallace on a photo walk around the Hume Weir near Old Tallangatta. John and Charlie will guide you through how they approach creating an image including composition and camera settings during this casual photo walk.
Sunday 26th July - Meet at Turks Head Gallery for a workshop on post-production of your landscape images in Lightroom and/or Photoshop, and then print one of your images to take home. 
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The Kerferd Oration | Online
26 July

The 2020 George Briscoe Kerferd Oration,  "The Australia We Want", will be delivered by Cathy McGowan AO on Sunday 29 July 202 at 11am.  
In order to protect everyone's health, this year's event will be offered as a livestream event only.
You can watch the Oration live - and send in any questions you may have -  during this special event. 



General Manager | Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance
24 July

SWFWAA are looking for an excellent communicator who is able to build and maintain strong relationships with government, funders, the community and other stakeholders. A key imperative will be to source, develop and generate the financial income and revenue streams required to support current operations and to create a sustainable future for the SWFWAA.
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Celsius: Independent Theatre | HotHouse Theatre

Closes 31 July


HotHouse Theatre is pleased to invite submissions from local independent artists and artistic teams to be part of the second round for the 2020 CELSIUS: Independent Theatre program.

CELSIUS: Independent Theatre 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 partnership with HotHouse Theatre.
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Project Officer | Darling Baaka Arts
Closes 10 July

Darling Baaka Arts are seeking a Project Officer to join their small team to oversee and deliver a wide range of art and cultural projects throughout the region, including the commissioning, planning and installation of public sculptures as part of the Sturt’s Steps project. Other projects will include community events and collaborations with various organisations and stakeholders in accordance with our strategic direction. 
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EOI Upstream Festival of Art + Culture
10 July

AlburyCity and Wodonga Council are calling for expressions of interest from artists and cultural organisations for Upstream – Festival of Art + Culture 2021.

In its first year, the festival attracted more than 16,000 people who took part in a range of art and cultural performances, programming and activities across the two cities and over four days.

Upstream - Festival of Art + Culture will reflect the high calibre of our creative community through a carefully curated program of events, workshops and cultural experiences for all. The festival will offer a stage for professional creative artists and organisations to demonstrate the very best of their artistic ability.
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Artists' Benevolent Fund | NAVA
No closing date

The renewed Artists’ Benevolent Fund hopes to provide modest but useful one-off financial assistance to Australian visual artists in crisis as a result of fire, flood, storm, serious illness, major accident, declared state or national emergencies, or some other unexpected catastrophic experience.
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Windmill Trust Scholarship | NAVA
19 July

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the Windmill Trust Scholarship was born out of a desire to offer support to Australian visual artists living outside metropolitan areas to advance their careers. This will be the 23rd year of this unique opportunity for artists in regional areas throughout New South Wales. 

The Windmill Trust, together with the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), is pleased to announce that the 2020 Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists worth $10,000 has opened for applications.  
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Small Business Recovery Grant | NSW Government
Closes 16 August

Under the new Small Business Recovery Grant, small businesses will be able to apply for funding up to $3000.

The grants can be used to cover marketing and advertising expenses, make fit-out changes and train staff in how to work safely under the current COVID-19 health conditions.
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Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost | 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.

Streams include:
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.
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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.
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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.
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Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants
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.

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The Bowness Photography Prize | MGA
Closes 8 July 

The Bowness Photography Prize is an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian artists with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia's leading public galleries.
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Portia Geach Memorial Award | S.H Ervin Gallery
Closes 10 July

The Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30,000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female resident who was born in Australia or was British born or has become a naturalised Australian and whose place of domicile is Australia.’

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The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting | Griffith University
Closes 17 July

This non-acquisitive prize is open to all Australian artists over the age of 18 years. Selected finalists will be exhibited in the Grey Street Gallery, located within Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art at South Bank, Brisbane.

The overall winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize generously donated by Elaine Bermingham. Two highly commended prizes of $5,000 each will also be awarded, a substantial increase from the previous time the prize was awarded in 2017.

Part of Elaine Bermingham’s generous donation will be dedicated to restoring, conserving and researching watercolour artworks held in the Griffith University Art Museum Collection.
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The Next Chapter | The Wheeler Centre
Closes 10 August

Each year, the Wheeler Centre selects ten outstanding writers and gives them $15,000 each to develop their work. Writers are matched with a mentor and work closely with them on bringing their writing to life, connecting them with other writers, publishers, booksellers and readers – and guiding and training them through that experience. 

This is for the stories that aren’t being told, the voices we’re not hearing, and the ideas that need patience, care and work to introduce to the world. It’s for writers. Welcome to The Next Chapter.
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AlburyCity Short Story Award
Closes 23 July

The annual AlburyCity Short Story Award is open to entrants throughout Australia. Stories can be up to 3000 words. The judge this year is Lucy Treloar, author of critically acclaimed novels Wolfe Island and Salt Creek.

Winners will be announced on Thursday 10 September, 2020, during the Write Around the Murray Festival.
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General Auditions | HotHouse Theatre
23-24 July

Coming up in late July, HotHouse will be hosting two days of general auditions. This is an open audition for professional, independent and emerging actors who live within the broader region of Albury Wodonga and have a relevant training and/or professional or independent experience. With a growing body of locally produced works in development and production, HotHouse is seeking interest from actors who are committed to or aspiring to professional practice in the theatre. Works in the pipeline cover a broad scope of characters across all genders and ages. HotHouse encourages performers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and performers with disabilities to audition. Please email your interest to ad@hothousetheatre.com.au

Sculptures in the Garden 
Closes 21 August

Sculptures in the Garden is an annual two-day sculpture exhibition. It takes place in the Rosby Vineyard gardens in Mudgee and draws established and emerging sculptors from across NSW to display their work.

The inaugural Sculptures in the Garden event was held in October 2011 and attracted 130 sculptures and more than 1000 visitors over the weekend. The event now brings around 2000+ visitors to the region and showcases more than 250 artist’s work.

The objective for this event has always been to showcase sculpture as an artform, curate the work of some of the most interesting sculptors currently working in NSW, and engage the local community in the appreciation of – and education about – these works.
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Indigenous Talent Creative Incubator 
31 July

Screen NSW, in partnership with Bunya Talent, are seeking up to eight Indigenous producers, writers, writer/directors or director/producers to take part in a three-day Creative Incubator, featuring a bespoke program of masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring with experienced industry practitioners.  

The Creative Incubator will identify and develop indigenous talent for film, TV and digital outcomes, and aims to advance the story ideas and skills of emerging and mid-career Indigenous practitioners in NSW. 

This intensive three-day workshop will take place in Sydney, from 21st - 23rd Oct 2020.
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Murray Arts is Looking

I love photography and I love birds so when I was gifted this book for Christmas, my heart pretty much exploded.

Birdland by Australian fine-art photographer Leila Jeffreys is a collection of portraits of birds which Jeffrey's has managed to capture their personalities as well as creating stunning, technically superb photographs. The birds featured in the book are part of animal rescue & conservation work and each bird has a story.

I love looking through the portraits and seeing the beauty in each of the birds, with some of the most beautiful being the typically 'ordinary' ones.

Have you seen Leila's bird portraits? Do you have a favourite bird? Tell me about it.

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