June Newsletter

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Well, the start to winter has been very bright - not only with some with crisp sunny days but seeing our arts venues start to reopen! Many creative and cultural spaces including (but not limited to) MAMA, Gallery 294, Satch & Co are opening to the public but please keep in mind that social distancing measures are still in place and it's best to hit up websites/social media of venues before you visit to see how they are operating at this time.

And while some places are starting to open there are still a multitude events available for you to access online including exhibitions, performances, workshops and talks. Keep an eye on our socials for these opportunities!

This morning
 ( Friday 5 June) at 11am Murray Arts and HotHouse Theatre are activating IDEA GENERATOR - an online workshop for local artists across disciplines to connect, collaborate and create. Book your free ticket here before 10:30am

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

Congratulations to all the finalists of the National Photography Prize 2020! 

Debra Phillips took out the MAMA Art Foundation $30,000 award for her series 'The Good. The Just. The Beautiful' and Hayley Millar-Baker is the 2020 recipient of the $5000 John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship for 'A Series of Unwarranted Events'.

The exhibition is open until 14 June or you can visit virtually here.
More info


UNLOCKED JUNE 2020 Update:

We have been completely overwhelmed with applications since the inaugural micro-funding round opened Thursday 28 May 2020, from across the Murray Arts Footprint and from a wide range of artforms. At this stage due to the volume of applications received and all applicants being deserving, we have exhausted our allocation of 30 funded individual artist for the month of June 2020. But we can confirm that we will be doing all we can to ensure that UNLOCKED JULY 2020 goes ahead and first preference will be given to those who were unsuccessful in the inaugural JUNE 2020 round. Please keep an eye out for updates on the Murray Arts website, newsletter and socials. 

Beechworth Courthouse Reopens!

The Historic Courthouse will be reopening and the walking tours will be restarting Friday 5 June at 12 pm.

The Burke Museum continues renovations and is reopening on the 1 July. The Telegraph Station and Ned Kelly Vault are continuing to be assessed and will not be open at this time.

During this time, please be kind and understanding to staff and other visitors and respect people's right to social distancing. 

The health and safety of visitors and staff remain a priority so social distancing and cleaning measures are in place and there will be a limit of 20 people in the Courthouse at a time and encouraging cashless payment. 

More info

Top 10 Tips for Making Your Online Event Accessible

With so many arts and cultural organisations providing online programs and services during the COVID crisis, accessibility has never been more important. Accessible Arts have put together some FREE hot tips to help you make your digital content and online events more accessible and inclusive.
Check them out here

What's On

Steinway on Stage | WPACC Live | Online
10 June, 6pm

The Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre's second Steinway on Stage at Home performance is with Ruby Lowe.

These performances are the perfect opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the WPACC  Steinway Grand Piano from the comfort of your home broadcast live via our Facebook page.
More info 
Disability Inclusion Training | Accessible Arts | Online
17 June 

If you and your team members are currently working from home and thinking about undertaking some learning and development, now is the perfect time for you all to get more disability confident. The training includes a much stronger focus on making online content and services more accessible for people with disability – so relevant for these COVID times as we all move online to engage with our audiences. There's currently a 2 for 1 special for June & July workshops.
More info
Meet the Artist: Lorraine Connelly-Northey | Regional Design Service Gallery | Corowa
18 June 10:30-12:30pm

Morning tea and conversation with the artist and closing event of the exhibition 'Narrbong-Galang'. Free event but tickets limited.
More info 

Exhibitions | Turks Head Gallery | Albury
20 June

Turks Head Gallery is reopening with two new photographic exhibitions.

John Wallace's exhibition 'Monoliths' and Charlie Brown's 'Mountains and Me' will feature in the first exhibitions since the gallery opening in February.

More info

Winter Solstice 2020 | Online
21 June, 6.00pm

Winter Solstice is an annual community event supporting those affected by mental illness and suicide. Due to the COVID - 19 restrictions, Winter Solstice will be a virtual online event, so this year you can help us to shine a light on the darkest night from any part of Australia or the world.

Hosted by Survivors of Suicide and Friends, Winter Solstice is in its 8th year and will feature keynote speakers including Olympic basketballer Lauren Jackson (AO), British mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin (MBE) and mental health expert Professor Patrick McGorry (AO). There will be musical performances by Liv Cartledge and The Northern Folk and the entire line up will be streamed on the Winter Solstice Facebook page.

Light a fire or a candle and join in online.
More info 

Portrait Workshops with Tim Bauer | Turks Head Gallery | Albury
21 June

Portrait Foundations In this 1 hour Portrait Foundations workshop Tim will run you through his work and artistic vision, plus show you the camera and lighting gear he likes to use, and how he uses it.

This will give you the opportunity to learn the technical and inspirational foundations of Tim’s photographic practice.

This part of the workshop is open to everyone at no charge.

This workshop will be at Turks Head Gallery in Albury, and places will be limited. More info

Portrait Workshop with Tim Bauer & Hasselblad This workshop is where you get to actually shoot portraits in the Turks Head studio. Tim will instruct you with a hands-on workshop covering topics like lens selection, flash & natural light, directing and post-production. You will come away with images to help build your portfolio.
More info

Galah Bar On Air | HotHouse Theatre | Online
26 June 7:30pm-8:30pm

HotHouse’s GALAH BAR is an eclectic mix of local talent drawn from across the Border region, a perfect event for our time. GALAH BAR ON AIR is an online version produced by HotHouse Theatre with support from Murray Arts and Nomad Films and live streaming from multiple locations: Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury LibraryMuseum, The Cube Wodonga, Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).
You can sit at home by the fire and enjoy a great a line-up of indie music, storytelling, circus, comedy and more with Alyce Fisher as MC. Galah Bar ON AIR is the best of the Border’s talent all flying in to your small screen.
Tickets here
Border Music Camp | Online
5 July - 11 July

Border Music Camp has been operating for 46 years, is usually a week-long residential camp based in Albury, NSW for around 230 musicians of all ages, from beginners to advanced students. Musicians play in one of six large ensembles, experiencing rehearsals and tutorials each morning under the guidance of the Camps skilled Conductors and Tutors. Musicians travel from across Australia and overseas to take part in Border Music Camp’s unique opportunity in music education.  
This year we invite musicians and anyone with an interest in music to join us online and experience Border Music Camp for themselves. There is no charge for this week of music-making and fun. Musical opportunities will run in the same period of time as the annual Border Music Camp. You will have the opportunity to meet Alastair McKean, Border Music Camp’s Director as well as a variety of the Camp’s staff.
More info


Casting Call | OGA Creative Agency 

OGA Creative Agency have an opportunity for an experienced actor to be a part of a large local business advertising campaign in the Greater Hume region. The campaign will involve several shooting locations and days. Acting experience is necessary. 
More info

Military Services Theme Tree Trunk Sculptures | Towong Shire 
Closes 18 June

Expressions of Interest are requested from experienced public art sculptors to:
1. Liaise with major stakeholders in determining final details and layout of four tree trunk sculptures with a military services theme, and documenting these details for approval
2. Sculpt the four tree trunk sculptures and prepare them for storage.
The sculptures will be constructed from pine tree trunks from a commemorative tree avenue at Tintaldra. The avenue was severely damaged as a result of the 2019-20 bushfires and subsequently felled. Tintaldra lies 22 km north-east of Corryong in North East Victoria. It is anticipated that the sculptures will take 12-18 months to dry before final installation at Tintaldra. More info


Closes 10 July

Born under the banner of Two Cities One Community, Upstream – Festival of Art + Culture embodies the theme of partnership which makes Albury-Wodonga unique. In its second year, this is a festival of regional significance, a collaboration and connection of art and culture with local food and beverage. The 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.   Expressions of interest are invited from artists to create immersive and exciting festival experiences which stimulate curiosity, creativity and a vibrant community spirit.

More info
Level Up Grants | Triple J Unearthed
Closes 7 June

If you’re an Aussie artist wanting to take your career to the next level, we’ve got some massive news for you.
Introducing triple j Unearthed’s Level Up Grants. As part of ABC’s Fresh Start Fund,  we’re offering fifteen different financial grants to help you level up your music career. The ABC’s Fresh Start Fund provides urgent and critical support to independent Australian producers and safeguards local content and creativity in response to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.
More info
Regional Arts Fund BOOST

Regional Arts Australia are proud to announce The Recovery Boost — a one-off targeted investment provided by the Australian Government. The funding recognises that the creative industries are central to thriving and healthy communities across regional, rural and remote Australia and that arts and culture activities are vital in the recovery and renewal process. 

The Recovery Boost grant program will be implemented in three stages moving from Relief to Recovery and Renewal.

Please check your relevant Regional Program Administrator’s website for further information towards the end of June.
Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grant Program | Create NSW
Closes 30 June or when funds expended

Funding supports Creative Kids Providers to transition their programs and business models from in-person to online and digital delivery while continuing to meet the objectives of the Creative Kids Program.

Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.
More info

Applications for Small Project Grants (Quick Response) | NSW
Closes 30 June 2020 or until grant allocation is 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.
More info


Small Business Bushfire Support Grant
Closes 30 September 

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have announced Small Business Bushfire Support Grants of $10,000 to support small businesses (including primary producers) who have experienced a significant loss of income due to the Victorian bushfires that commenced 21 November 2019.
More info



The Joyce Spencer Fellowship | The CAD Factory
Closes 19 July

The Joyce Spencer Fellowship is to support a regional NSW textile artist or collective to deliver a new artwork or exhibition. Named after the textile artist Joyce Spencer (1928 – 2019), the fellowship is made possible with funds from the Spencer family and Western Riverina Arts, in partnership with the Cad Factory. 

​The Joyce Spencer Fellowship will be administered over two years; with applications open in June 2020 and June 2021. Each year, one fellowship of $4000 will be awarded. 
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Bowness Photography Prize | MGA
Closes 8 July

The MGA Foundation is proud to announce the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize will proceed this year. In 2020 the prize will continue to grow and adapt as it responds to COVID-19 and the significant impact this is having on artists. The MGA Foundation recognises the importance of supporting practicing artists at such a challenging time, and the heightened impact the $30,000 Bowness Photography Prize and $5,000 Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award will have on the recipients.
More info
National Works on Paper | Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Closes 19 July

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. 

In 2020, as part of MPRG’s 50th anniversary celebrations, MPRG will hold the prestigious biennial National Works on Paper (NWOP) acquisitive exhibition. With a long and rich history, NWOP attracts leading artists from across Australia working in the fields of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture.

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2020 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Closes 17 July

Woollahra Council invites emerging and established artists from around the world to enter the 2020 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Over its 20 year history, the prize has featured some of the world’s most exciting contemporary sculptures and continues to promote and celebrate artistic excellence. The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is hosted by Woollahra Council.
More info

Nat is Reading

The Artists Way

I first came across The Artist Way in my early 20s. My mum suggested I read it. I did read it but back then I thought my mum was pretty out there with her 'alternative' therapies and thought it was another of those hippy trippy woo hoo things and I was honestly more concerned with enjoying my youth. While I did read it, I didn't really take it in. The only thing I remember from it is the Morning Pages exercise. So for 20-odd years it sat on my shelf with the occasional glance and thinking I must read it again.

That time is now. 

I have only just started it - a few chapters in but I'll be working on it for the next 12 weeks. I'm looking forward to revisiting it with my more mature perspective ( yes I can hear my friends laughing at me when I say mature !).

So while I'm in the process of working through the book, I'd love to hear about your experience with The Artists Way. Have you read it? How did it change you? Have you revisited it? Thoughts? Write to me.


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