Murray Arts August Newsletter

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Happy August!

We've got some great ways for you to stay warm and entertained in winter – listening to author talks, joining workshops and watching special movie screenings.

burraja gallery's newest exhibition VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. is now open. This group exhibition showcases local First Nations artists who have dissected and rebuilt the 2019 NAIDOC theme. Exploring contemporary reflections on colonisation, dispossession and how we got to where we stand, are presented through painting, drawing, ceramics, artefact-making and film. 

Don't forget the 'The Pygmy Perch 360' projection is touring in August – to HolbrookTumbarumba and Corowa. It's an experience that shouldn't be missed!

I have some sad news to share... I am leaving Murray Arts and Natalie Ord will be replacing me as the Communications Officer here. Some of you may already know Nat, as a talented photographer (Manifeasto Photography). Business will continue, as usual, Nat will be available at – so do welcome her and send her exciting things happening in the region.

It's been such a pleasure working with you and for Murray Arts. Good luck Nat!

All the best,
Julianna & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

Pygmy Perch 360 Tour
Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 August

Pygmy Perch 360 is an immersive, 5-minute, short film experience, developed to highlight the plight of the threatened local Pygmy Perch. Screened entirely in the round, using a KMART trampoline frame and rear projection technology, audiences will be inspired by the species struggle. Touring to Holbrook 14 August, Tumbarumba 15 August and to Corowa 16 August.

More info.
Regional Arts and Cultural Funding Program Information + Lab Sessions
Tuesday 6 August 2019 I HotHouse Theatre

If you’re looking to apply for arts and cultural funding, come along and learn more about our new guidelines. This session provides you with information to help you put your best application forward. In addition to presenting the new guidelines, we are offering artists one-on-one consultations with Create NSW staff about your application. These Lab Sessions will take place either before or after the presentations. Each consultation will be 20 minutes and bookings are essential. Book here

More info

SHIFT - create/change
Friday, 30 August | Coolamon Up-to-Date Store

SHIFT is a one-day event exploring the role that creative practice and industry plays in transition and transformation – be it the transformation of spaces, the transition to creative economies, or the power of art to transform lives and communities. SHIFT is a series of presentations and round table discussions with some of the country’s most interesting cultural leaders.

More info.

What's On

Top Ten Tips for Creative Business
Saturday, 10 August | Retro Lane Cafe | 10am-12:30pm

Ever wanted to turn your creative dream into a business reality? Are you already freelancing and want to know if you’re doing things properly? Are you an arts business and ready to move past "making it up as you go along"?

This fast, fun and information-packed workshop uncovers the ten worst 'pain points' on the road to a successful creative business, and gives practical guidance on how to manoeuvre past the pain and continue towards success.

More info.
BEE happy
1-20 August | Creators Artspace

Donna Caffrey's works include stitch, collage, print and outdoor-friendly fabric sculptures. She was inspired by her investigation into native bees. Garen Art Workshop, taking place Sunday 18 August, 10:30am-3:30pm.
More info.


6-31 August | GIGS Art Gallery and Studios


Paintings by Allan Wright. MEET THE ARTIST: Saturday 10 August, 10am–12pm. Allan’s latest paintings are an exploration of the Waratah species, with paintings on glass and canvas.
More info.

Jackie French
Wednesday, 21 August | The Cube Wodonga

Join The Cube Wodonga for an author talk with one of Australia’s most beloved authors – Jackie French. Jackie French AM is a writer, dinosaur wrestler and wombat tamer from the Araluen Valley NSW. 
More info.
Marketing Strategy for Creatives
Saturday, 10 August I Retro Lane Cafe

Marketing is one of the most despised and least understood aspects of running a creative business and being an arts entrepreneur. This fun and practical workshop explores the mystery behind the marketing magic: devising strategy, making measurements and meeting goals.

More info
6 August - 1 September | GIGS Art Gallery and Studios

By Cherie Medway. OPENING: Saturday 10th August, 2–4pm. A visual interpretation of our coexistence with nature.
More info.
Creative Learning Masterclass
10-11 August | Hume Bank Butter Factory Theatre

A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. Companies use rapid prototyping to quickly turn great ideas into great products. In this two day intensive workshop, playwrights will learn to work rapidly to develop a prototype or model of a new play.
More info.
The Murray Spring Tourism Campaign Briefing and Digital Marketing Tips
13-14 August | Mulwala & Moama

Join a free workshop in Mulwala or Moama in August to find out about the upcoming Murray tourism marketing campaign and hear practical tips for your business to get involved through digital promotion. The Murray Spring Tourism Campaign Briefing and Digital Marketing Tips workshops will take place in Mulwala and Moama.
More info Mulwala. 
More info Moama. 
Keeping it Real
12-13 August | Albury LibraryMuseum

Keeping it Real is a forum for regional cultural workers and volunteers, offering an eclectic mix of presentations and workshops. What makes Keeping it Real different is that it provides affordable access to current cultural practice, workshops and the opportunity to engage, be inspired and implement ideas in the workplace.
More info.
2040 Special
22 August | Regent Cinemas Albury

An aspirational journey to discover what the future could look like in 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions we have available today to naturally heal the environment around us. Proudly Sponsored by Albury Wodonga Farmers Market 
More info.
The Zoo Creations
24 August | The Cube Wodonga

The Zoo Creations is a contemporary dance work inspired by Edward Albee’s play The Zoo Story exploring the divide between society’s middle class and its outcasts. The ensuing drama ends in shocking tragedy.
More info.
Art Workshop on Farm with Idris Murphy
31 August - 1 September | East-West Tabletop Mountain

For practising artists! An opportunity to work and paint with one of Australia's leading contemporary landscape artists. $400 per person for 2 days, lunch tea and coffee included. 
More info.
Art Workshops
2-5 Septemeber | South West Rocks

Learn to paint from some of the best. There are skills that need to be learnt through brush stroke miles.
More info.
Three Choirs Festival
7-8 Septemeber | Albury & Wangaratta

A much-loved tradition of the musical landscape of the North-east and border region for more than 30 years, the Thre Choir Festival is a collaboration between three choirs – Beechworth Singers, Murray Conservatorium Choir and Vocal Dimension.
More info.
Trinity Anglican College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award 
13-15 Septemeber | Trinity Multi-Purpose Hall

The Trinity Anglican College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award is in its seventh year. This year welcoming Gardens Compounding Pharmacy as the naming rights sponsor of our feature prize, the Gardens Compounding Pharmacy Acquisitive Art Award worth $2500.
More info.


Create Grants
Applications close: 19 August 2019 
CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create. Amount of grant: $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000. 
More info.
Regional Arts Fund
Applications close: 19 August 2019 
The Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia. In Victoria, the Regional Arts Fund is administered by Regional Arts Victoria according to the objectives and general eligibility determined by the Australian Government.
More info.
VicArts Grants
Applications close: 22 August 2019
The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria's artists and smaller arts companies.  It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's arts sector.
More info.
Regional Arts Fund - NSW
Applications close: 25 August 2019
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia and meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts. 

More info.
Qantas Regional Grants
Applications close: 30 August 2019 
Be a champion for regional Australia and share in $5million in funding over 5 years. The Qantas Regional Grants program adds to our existing initiatives created to strengthen regional communities, drive local economic activity, stimulate tourism and support jobs. 
More info.
Arts and Cultural Funding Program Guidelines
Applications close: 2 September 2019
Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20 provides funding opportunities for arts and cultural organisations, professional artists and arts/cultural workers across a wide range of artforms and disciplines.

More info.
Creative Learning Partnerships
Applications close: 19 September 2019
Creative Learning Partnerships provides an opportunity for Victorian schools to partner with creative professionals or arts and cultural organisations.  It involves school communities in creative partnership projects while providing students, teachers and creative professionals with diverse and challenging learning experiences.  
More info.
Visions of Australia
Applications close: September 2019
The Visions of Australia program funds the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material of historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance. Tours must include at least three venues outside the organisation’s home state or territory. Regional and remote venues are a higher priority for funding.
More info.
Regional Youth Taskforce
Applications close: 5 August 2019
Have you ever been interested in having a real say in the things that matter to young people in regional NSW? Are you aged 12–24 and living outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong? NSW Government is offering regional young people the opportunity to share their voice on issues such as getting a job, mental health and wellbeing, getting around and having things to do.  
More info.

Murray Arts is Reading

Move over country music; Artstate Tamworth is capturing our nation’s ear

It’s not regional arts practice; it’s great art practice that happens outside our cities. Artstate Tamworth is cracking open thinking on one of Australia’s largest growing sectors – and it’s happening this October.

Four years ago, the NSW government under then Minister of the Arts Troy Grant, made a decisive choice in how it valued art practice in regional areas, committing $800,000 to promoting excellence in regional NSW.

The outcome was Artstate – part conference, part festival – which over the ensuing four years has been missioned to shine the spotlight on new work being produced outside our cities, but more importantly, to throw regional conversations on the national table.

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