If you haven't noticed yet, we've had a makeover! What do you think of our new look? We've also updated the way we communicate with you – by creating more targeted ways of getting the very best of the Murray Arts region and opportunities to you.
NAIDOC Week celebrations will commence next week. Murray Arts will be celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year's NAIDOC theme is VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. acknowledging that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
burraja gallery will have a stall at the NAIDOC 2019 Main Event at QEII Square – as the square comes alive with a celebration of local and national Aboriginal music, food, art, and culture.
Celebrate and join us at burraja gallery's VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. Opening, week Thursday, 11 July. This group exhibition will showcase 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.
This week we created an important survey that we would love for you to fill out, whether you do or don't engage with Murray Arts or the arts in general. The 'Strategic Planning Survey' will help us gauge what we need to improve, plan for or focus on more. It'll take less than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. You can fill out the survey, here. We'll forever be thankful!
Did you attend Limelight: Art. Science. Light. last year? Then we've got some fantastic news for you! 'The Pygmy Perch 360' projection is touring in August – to Holbrook, Tumbarumba and Corowa.
Come in and say "hello" very soon, Julianna & the Murray Arts team
Albury/Wodonga Consultation Workshop
Saturday, 20 July | LibraryMuseum
Community Music Victoria is designing a new statewide community music leadership program to provide support and skill development to the wonderful people who devote their time to leading community music and singing activities. In this workshop, they want to know what you think about how this program should be designed.
Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
Closing: Monday, 29 July
If you're located in NSW and have an amazing project you want to get off the ground, you have until the 29 July to apply. To be eligible, you have to run your idea by us, we've helped with many successful Murray Arts CASP projects and initiatives. So, please get in touch with us and we can help you – either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (02) 6021 5034.
Marketing Strategy for Creatives
Saturday, 10 August | Retro Lane Cafe
For anyone working for themselves in the arts or creative industries. 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.
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.
VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. Group Exhibition Opening
Thursday, 11 July | burraja gallery | 5:30-7pm
Join burraja gallery for the VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. Opening, a group exhibition from local First Nations artists who have dissected and rebuilt the 2019 NAIDOC theme. In this exhibition, there will be contemporary reflections on colonisation, dispossession and how we got to where we stand, are presented through painting, drawing, ceramics, artefact-making and film.
Workshop: Textile Printing Workshop (Adults)
6 July | Commonwealth Growth Centre, MAMA
Inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants as part of QEII NAIDOC celebration 2019. Celebrate NAIDOC, Voice, Treaty, Truth 2019 by exploring your creativity through lino printing! Inspired by the Wiradjuri printmaker, poet and activist Kevin Gilbert, this workshop will guide you through the print processes to create your own personalised calico bag. More info.
Wagarra dance troupe performance
11 July | Art Space Wodonga
Join Arts Space Wodonga during NAIDOC week for the inaugural performance by a local mixed mob dance troupe, Wagarra. The performance will be a celebration of local tradition, language and story through dance and will not only celebrate NAIDOC week but also recognise that 2019 is being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. More info.
The Last Boy on Earth
9-13 July | Butter Factory Theatre Wodonga
The year is 2043 and the world has ended. Eight billion humans have disappeared … except for one. Sprout. The last boy on Earth. The Last Boy on Earth is a funny and gutsy play about sustainability, humanity, and the future of our planet performed by an awesome cast of talented young people from the Yackandandah Young Players, in collaboration with musician Ben Gallagher. More info.
The Baranduda Moonshot
16 July | The Barandude Community Centre
Local artist Lyn (Lynno) Wallis (formerly Artistic Director, HotHouse Theatre) and her mini-Schnauzer Pablo, will launch The Baranduda Moonshot from The Baranduda Community Centre at 6pm on 16 July, and then broadcast from space across the next five days via Facebook Live. They will make a daring attempt to land and walk on the moon on 20-21 July. More info.
Blind and Low Vision Workshop
26 July | Butter Factory Theatre Wodonga
Join Description Victoria Lead Describer Will McRostie, Orientation & Mobility Specialist Penny Stevenson, and local theatre-maker Micalea Schmidt for a day-long workshop on strategies for effectively working with people who are Blind or have low vision in arts and cultural environments. More info.
Top Ten Tips for Creative Business
10 August | Retro Lane Cafe
For anyone working for themselves in the arts or creative industries. 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 workshop is for you. More info.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GRANTS & FUNDING
Youth Opportunities Grants Program Applications close: 16 July 2019
The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus. More info.
Community Impact Grants Applications close: 22 July 2019
The Community Impact Grants program aims to empower community organisations and community groups to grow ideas in an innovative and creative way, as well as looking to improve the city. 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.
Writing NSW July Grants Program Applications close: 28 July 2019
A total of $27,000 in funding is available across the three categories and there are grants reserved for applicants in regional NSW and/or Western Sydney. 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.
PAX Rising Grants Applications close: 30 August 2019
The PAX Rising Grants program offers support to Victorian-based games businesses that have been accepted into PAX AUS 2019 in either the PAX Rising Pod for small studios and individuals or the PAX Premium Booth which is aimed at larger studios (with more than five full-time employees). 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.
2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards Applications close: 12 July 2019
The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across the country. Finalists are invited to the Gala State Ceremony in Sydney to announce the final winners and overall NSW Volunteer of the Year. More info.
Toolkits: Poetry & Digital Storytelling! Applications close: 14 July 2019
Express Media, Australia’s peak youth literary organisation, is excited to open applications for the final two streams of Toolkits for 2019. Toolkits is a rigorous 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment. More info.
2019 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship Applications close: 15 July 2019
This Fellowship is aimed at providing early-career artists with an opportunity to undertake a program of professional development supporting personal and career advancement. More info.
Create NSW Artform Assessment Boards EOI Applications close: 19 July 2019
The purpose of the Artform Assessment Boards is to assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program and to provide recommendations for the Minister’s approval. More info.
Call for Artists Applications close: 22 July 2019 The Other Art Fair are calling for artists for their Sydney 24-27 October fair, taking place at The Cutaway (Barangaroo). More info.
AlburyCity Short Story Award Applications close: 24 July 2019
The annual AlburyCity Short Story Award is open to entrants throughout Australia. There are no thematic restrictions this year. Our judges simply want to see a well-written story, regardless of genre, subject or theme. So polish that short story you've been working on and enter our competition! More info.
River of Stories Applications close: 24 July 2019 River of Stories is a writing competition for primary and secondary school students who reside in the AlburyWodonga region. It has been brought to the region by the Albury Hume Rotary Club since 2003. 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.
Event Officer | The Cube Wodonga Applications close: 5 July, 5pm
An exciting opportunity exists to join The Cube Wodonga as a part-time event officer. The role of event officer is a great opportunity to showcase your talents in building relationships to pitch, attract and develop events, conferences and weddings to achieve great outcomes for the venue. More info.
Program Manager | Theatre Network Australia Applications close: 21 July, 5pm
We have recently been contracted to deliver a major new program designed to build capacity for the independent sector in Victoria. Program Producer will be responsible for curating, administering, running, and managing all aspects of this new program and be the key point of contact. More info.
Murray Arts is Reading
Cities launch new arts and cultural festival
AlburyCity and Wodonga Council will host a new four-day arts and cultural festival that will span both cities in March next year.
Upstream will be an arts and culture festival that will give everyone a chance to explore an immersive experience of nationally acclaimed artists and local performers across four days, two cities and one amazing festival.
It will be held over the Victorian long weekend from March 6 to 9, 2020.... Read more.
Murray Arts contributes directly to the arts and cultural lifeblood of the NE VIC/ Border region by working directly with individuals, communities and local government to assist them in developing the arts and cultural life of their communities.
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Murray Arts acknowledges the traditional custodians and caretakers of the land and waters on which we are privileged to work. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and encourage everyone to champion our emerging leaders of the future.