November Newsletter

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Hello November!

Spring rains and news of opening borders have the team at Murray Arts excited! 

Last week saw us attend the 20:20 opening night at MAMA- the first exhibition we could physically visit since B.C (before COVID). It was wonderful to see so many people come out for the launch of their Summer Program.

Some other exciting news is that Alyce our Executive Director welcomed a baby girl into the world. Congratulations to Alyce and Seth on the safe arrival of baby Elora!

We hope you're all feeling the optimism that Spring promises.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

NAIDOC WEEK 8-15 November

The Albury Wodonga NAIDOC Committee are pleased to announce an exciting animated artwork projection installation for NAIDOC 2020,  Always Was, Always Will Be.
Artists from the local region will have their largely unseen artworks animated and projected from 6 locations across the border for NAIDOC Week 2020. Between the 8th and 15th of November, you will be able to view these projections from 5pm-10pm at the following locations.
  • 551 Dean Street, Albury
  • MAMA Screen, QEII Square, Albury
  • Retro Lane Café, Albury
  • Corner Stanley and High Streets, Wodonga
  • Corner South and High Streets Wodonga – Albury Wodonga Community College
  • The Cube Café, Hovell Street, Wodonga
Take a walk and support the amazing talents of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists.
In addition to this, the flag raising ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook through the Wodonga Council Facebook from 10am Sunday the 8th.
The flag lowering ceremony will be at 10.30 am on the 15 November, 2020 in QEII Square.
Keep your eyes out for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag colors projected on to the Wodonga Water Tower during NAIDOC Week.

ON AIR! with ABC Goulburn Murray

We wanted to remind everyone that we have a fortnightly chat with Sandra Moon promoting the region's creative events and opportunities. Since Alyce has gone on parental leave our Comms Officer Nat has taken over the creative shoutout over the airwaves so make sure we know about your creative news by emailing 

We'd like to thank ABC Goulburn Murray for their continued support of local creative events. If you don't have a wireless you can listen live on their website  or the ABC Listen App

Survey | Creative State 2021-2025 | Vic Gov

In March 2020, just before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted our lives, the Victorian Government was finalising its next four-year creative industries strategy, having undertaken extensive industry and community consultation.

As a result of the pandemic and the shut-down of much of the local and global creative sector, the development of the strategy was paused to focus on the acute and immediate impacts facing Victoria’s creative workers, businesses and organisations.

As Victoria takes important steps toward COVID Normal and beyond, and as we look to the recovery, reopening and rebuilding of our creative industries, the development of a bold, sector-informed, state-wide strategy is more vital than ever.

 You are invited to contribute by sharing the impact COVID-19 has had on your work, your needs, priorities and concerns, and your ideas for the future via the surveys below.

More info & surveys
Know Your Rights
Murray Arts staff recently undertook an online workshop with Arts Law Australia hosted by Arts Access VIC.

COVID times have seen a lot of us move our practices online but what are the implications for Copyright with online platforms including social media ?

As so many of us showcase our work on social media, enter competitions and exhibitions, it's a really great time to remind everyone to read the terms and conditions. We know that sometimes the T&Cs can be confusing so Arts Law have some great resources and are on hand to help out creatives. 

For more info and resources head to
20:20 Opens at MAMA

20:20 brings together twenty contemporary Australian artists, commissioned at the beginning of the pandemic to create work for our major Summer exhibition. Never before will our museum have had every space, inside and out, presenting new work.

The twenty new works in 20:20 share visions of a changed world, a more just society, critiques of environmental policy, and the fight for racial justice. 20:20 witnesses our current calamity and seeks insight, kindness and hope.

Congratulations to all of the artists involved with extra special shout out to our local artists Ashlee Laing, Mary Jane Griggs, Rita Wenberg, Robert Hirschmann and Susie Losch.

20:20 is on until 31 January 2021.


Congratulations to Local Author Jane Downing

Albury local Jane Downing has just had her book 'The Sultan's Daughter' published!

The novel is set in 1866 and Zanzibar is momentarily quiet after a rebellion against the Sultan. Sayyida Salmé waits in the harem hoping to be forgiven for her part in the uprising against her brother. When she hears merchant Heinrich Ruete singing from across the narrow Stone Town street, Salmé lifts her veil to possibility.

More info on book here
and find out more about Jane here

What's On

Victoria Reads 2020 | The Dressmaker's Secret | Online
12 November 7:30pm

After months of reading alone it’s time for Victorians to read together! 

Join readers across Victoria online for an exciting reading from The Dressmaker’s Secret, the long-awaited sequel to the best-selling novel and award-winning film, The Dressmaker. Let author Rosalie Ham bring 1950s Melbourne to life with help from a fabulous supporting cast. See Libbi Gorr, Jacinta Parsons and Brian Nankervis voice the characters you love (and a few new favourites) in this state-wide event hosted by Public Libraries Victoria’s Angela Savage, then stick around to share your thoughts on this new chapter in Tilly’s life.

More info 

Resin Cheeseboard Workshop | Art Starts Here | Albury
19 November

Make your own resin cheeseboard! Art Starts Here is running this workshop where you will get to make and take home your creation. All materials, tuition and afternoon tea included. Art Starts Here also have other regular creative workshops.

More info

Endangered Species | The Flying Fruit Fly Circus
3-5 Dec & 10-12 Dec

Wild children are becoming an endangered species! Natural habitats are making way for urban development, having a significant impact on the populations and habitats of the wild children. 

Deep in Albury’s Wonga Wetlands in a unique and highly secretive child led conservation effort, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus has established a sanctuary which provides a natural environment for wild children to live and play in their natural state.  

More info

Book Wreaths | Craft-a-noon Wednesday | Quercus Beechworth
18 November


This session will focus on making some gorgeous wreaths from books. These can either be Christmas themed or a beautiful art piece that graces your wall all year round. All ages welcome.

These free, fortnightly sessions are aimed to bring people from our community together, to socialise, create and maybe even learn something new.  Donated materials will be used to upcycle and repurpose into something new.

More info

2020 Powerhouse Regional Stakeholder Forum - Online Event
27 November

How have NSW cultural organisations overcome the unprecedented challenges of 2020?

This year for the annual Powerhouse Regional Stakeholder Forum will unpack the theme Resilience and share inspiring projects from galleries, museums and cultural organisations across regional NSW. After a season of devastating bushfires followed immediately by the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts and culture sector has faced a challenging period of change and endurance.
Hear from leading organisations who have adapted to these changing circumstances and have put forward innovative and creative ways to support community, protect cultural heritage and find innovative ways to engage with audiences.

More info

Shibori Dyeing Workshop | MAMA
15 November

Learn the ancient Japanese dyeing technique of Shibori with textile artist, ceramicist and painting conservator Emily Mulvihill.

This workshop will familiarise you with the core techniques and materials used in Shibori so that you can begin to understand the creative possibilities that this medium can yield.

More info


Street Mural Artist | City of Wodonga
Closes 13 November

This role will be responsible for designing and executing various large scale artworks throughout the City of Wodonga to add to the existing vibrant arts scene. The role will provide opportunity to provide socially safe access to creative cultural experiences and enhance the public realm.
More info 

City Art Laneways EOI | City of Sydney
Closes 16 November


The City of Sydney is seeking temporary art projects for selected laneways in the Sydney CBD.

Soundscapes, film projections, installation, mixed reality, plant-based projects – the brief is very open.
More info

EOI- Wodonga Gallery-Library Exhibition Program 2021-2022
Closes 13 December

In 2021, we will see the completion of the redevelopment of Wodonga’s gallery and library and there's a callout for artists to express their interest in one or more of the four opportunities:
  1. Immersive Space Opening Program - Winter 2021 - Open Call
  2. MAP Gallery Opening Program - Winter 2021 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists
  3. Immersive Space Program - 2021-2022 - Open Call
  4. MAP Gallery Program - 2021-2022 - Local Artists
More info 

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.
More info

Quick Response Grants | Regional Arts VIC
Open 1 October


Quick Response Grants are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.

This program has been set up to be responsive to projects that fall outside the scope of other funding opportunities. Applicants must clearly explain why there is no other suitable funding program for their project.

The Quick Response Grant program is open to applications on an ongoing basis by financial quarter. There will be up to four allocations per year. They will be open on an ongoing basis.
More info

Arts project for Individuals & Groups | Australia Council
Closes 2 March 2021

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.
More info

2021 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Commission 
Closes 10 November


The ACTF continues to be a strong supporter of theatre for young children across Victoria and will be commissioning or supporting the creative development of a new performance work, up to the amount of $20,000.

In addition to the monetary support, the successful applicant will also be given the opportunity to tour the new work as part of Regional Arts Victoria’s 2022 Arts & Education Program.
More info

Frequency Podcast Program
Closes 12 November

Applications are now open for Frequency Initiative for Arts and Culture – a new $240,000 podcast program from Create NSW and Screen NSW in partnership with Audible.

Recipients will be supported with up to $30,000 each towards the development of a podcast, and will have the opportunity for their projects to be considered for Audible’s original content program.

Frequency is open to original, unpublished English-language works of fiction and non-fiction, and NSW-based writers are encouraged to submit their best audio ideas.

More info 
Write It Fellowship | Penguin Random House Australia 
Closes 15 November

This exciting fellowship aims to engage with new writing talent who have interesting and diverse stories to tell.

The successful applicants will be mentored by Penguin Random House Australia editors with the hope of publication. Additionally, as part of the fellowship, the winners will participate in a PRHA Open House Day during which they will have the opportunity to learn about the various facets of publishing and what goes into acquiring, editing, marketing, publicising and selling a book.
More info

Public Art Opportunity | City of Melbourne 
Closes 20 November

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for new static 2D artworks that embrace a sense of optimism, celebration or hope for the future.

A selection panel, chaired by the City of Melbourne, will choose one artwork to be fabricated and installed on the facade of the Hero Apartment Building located on the corner of Russell and Little Collins Streets, Melbourne.

The selected artist will receive $5000 for their artwork.

This EOI is open to residents of Victoria.

More info

Call for Entries | Unprecedented |  The Flying Fruit Fly Circus
Closes 20 November


Calling all young photographers! UNPRECEDENTED is a paste-up photography exhibition for young photographers documenting your 2020.

First drought, bushfires, then a global pandemic, lockdowns and online learning – it has been a crazy year. Amongst all the bad news, there have been many examples of resilience and hope. Submit a photograph that sums up your 2020. A collection of photographs will be exhibited in an outdoor gallery in Albury during December and January.

More info

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2021 | Wangaratta Art Gallery
Closes 31 March 2021

The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award is a biennial acquisitive award & exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry.
More info 

Call for Entries | National Photographic Portrait Prize
Opens 1 December

To mark how extraordinary this year has been, the NPPare inviting photographers to consider the concept of Living Memory with a special focus on 2020. This doesn't mean that you can't enter something that you don't think fits with this theme, 'cause if it was taken during this period, then it's still of this period.
More info

Call for Entries | Muswellbrook Art Prize
Closes 31 January

In one of the richest prizes for painting in regional Australia finalists of the 48th Muswellbrook Art Prize in 2021 will vie for a total of $71,000 in prize money across four prize categories. 

More info

Call for Entries | Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize
Closes 12 Feb

Arts Rutherglen would like to extend an invitation to artists to submit works of art for exhibition and sales in the 2021 Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize, 5-14 March 2021. There are multiple prize categories.

More info

Murray Arts is Reading

I love this book because it has a beautiful mix of technical information and emotion which are the key ingredients for powerful, beautiful and evocative photographs.

Easy to read and filled with stunning imagery from all times in history it's the perfect book for beginner and intermediate photographers.

In a nutshell, the title says it all!

Got any great people photography tips you'd like to share? Write to us.

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