November Newsletter

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It's hard to believe that it's been 19 months since the effects of the pandemic hit and in that time we've seen multiple lockdowns, border closures and restrictions. Now we are into the first weeks of both States 'opening up' and while many are still quite rightly cautious we are seeing our creative events return, albeit in a different way.

 Live music is back with many local pubs and clubs hosting bands, so if you're able to get out and about, check out our great local musicians. Speaking of great music, Music NSW has created a cracking playlist of bands from our region. Check out the playlist link in this newsletter.

As I look out my window while writing, it's a stormy, humid day. Deep purple clouds filtering the light and emphasising the many hues of green, yellow and red of the vegetation. Colour is an amazing thing that many of us take for granted. This month's book review is all about colour.

Remember we are here to support all artists so keep in touch with us on socials and keep us in the loop of what you're up to.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

New Episode of Kinder Kulture
Episode 5 of Kinder Kulture is now on YouTube.

Aunty Yawana Fork (Wiradjuri) reads you the story ‘Coming Home to Country’ By Bronwyn Bancroft”.

View episode 5 here
Tell Your Story: Aboriginal Families Resettlement Scheme

In 2022 we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Albury becoming a Resettlement area for First Nations Peoples coming off the Missions, Reserves and smaller communities. We are currently looking for families who moved to Albury through the Resettlement Scheme to share their stories with us. If you are interested, they would love to hear from you. Please contact Tiffany Ward on or call her on 0481 173 241 or Valda Murray on
Collecting COVID-19

Albury LibraryMuseum would like to hear from individuals, families, critical workers (doctors, nurses, freight drivers, police officers, ambulance officers, fire officers, emergency service volunteers) and business people.

Albury LibraryMuseum are already doing some targeted collecting but they are also looking for photographs, art projects, journals, and any other objects that represent your experience of the pandemic and the lockdown in your bubble.

They are interested in items from March 2020 to the present day.
More info

How's this for a playlist?

Music NSW have created a Spotify playlist which features local musicians from across the Albury, Wagga and Snowy Valleys regions. You can add the playlist to your Spotify account and if you are a musician in these regions and want you track listed hit up  Pheobe Pinnock at Music NSW 


What's On

Emu Feather Beading Workshop | Burraja Gallery | Albury
6 November

Learn to make jewellery using native beads and emu feathers with local weaver Valda Murray (Yorta Yorta, Duduroa Dhargal Aboriginal Corporation TO).

Fee includes all materials and tuition - plus morning tea and great conversation!

You will leave with a unique piece of jewellery and new skills.

In accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the NSW State Government, masks must be worn indoors, participants must sign in, and those aged over 16 are required to show proof of their double vaccination status.

A full refund will be issued if the event is cancelled.
More info

Writing Workshop with Playwright Mary Rachel Brown | Hyphen, Wodonga
11 November

Mary will be delivering a creative writing workshop focusing on character-driven narrative.

Mary Rachel Brown is a Sydney-based playwright and will be taking up residency at Albury-Wodonga’s GreenHouse in November. As part of the GreenHouse national residency program, Mary will be delivering a creative writing workshop focusing on character-driven narrative. This is a practical workshop where participants will learn how to build characters and walk in their shoes. If you have ever struggled to marry your character's motivations to a story structure, then this is the workshop for you. This workshop is suitable for experienced writers and anyone who is interested in human nature and what makes us tick.
More info


Joan Mullarvey: Impressions | Art Partners | Albury
Closes 18 November

Creating bold and distinctive images, Mullarvey captures the beauty, harshness and fragility of our natural environment. Self-described experimental printmaker,
Mullarvey uses the printmaking medium to express lived experiences and interests for which there are never the right words. Using both relief and intaglio methods, Mullarvey often overlaps images and cultural themes, allowing her to capture formal, representational and expressionist images.
More info

Workshop | Yidaki Didgeridoo | Burraja Cultural Centre
20 November

In this two hour workshop by the banks of the Murray River, you will learn the basics of traditional methods of the craft of making and playing the instrument with Phil Murray (Yorta Yorta). Each participant takes home their own Yidaki at the end of the session. For cultural reasons, this workshop is only open to men and boys.
More info

Reveries | Christ Church Beechworth 2021 Concert Series
21 November

French music by Debussy, Faure and Saint-Saëns. Peter Hagen – Piano Sam Goble – Cello
Bookings are essential.  Call Kate on 03-57281893 to book.

Regional Stakeholder Forum | Webinar
26 November 

Over the past year the way we connect to people and place has changed. Almost overnight, museums shifted their collections, exhibitions, and programming online. Working from home became the norm and, as a result, creative ways of communicating emerged. During a time when we were physically restricted to our local environment, technology provided opportunities to connect us to people and organisations across the world.

Connection is the theme of the Regional Stakeholder Forum 2021. Across two sessions, we will focus on how cultural organisations from Western Sydney and across regional NSW connected with their communities and audiences, and how they envisage connecting when returning to onsite programming.

This is a free online forum for museum volunteers and professionals. Tickets are limited so register below to secure your spot. Just prior to the program date, a link to join the online forum will be sent by email.
More info

Kids Gift Wrap Workshop | Border Retreats | Albury
4 December

Join artist Felicite Grogan as she teaches a variety of techniques you will then use to create unique gift wrap, tags & cards to pop under the Christmas tree this year. You will create 3 gift wraps, 3 gift tags & 3 cards.
Guaranteed fun, Christmas carols & a yummy afternoon tea is also included.
Suitable for ages 8-13 years.
More info

Not a Dress Rehearsal ATYP Masterclasses | Orana Arts | Online
3-24 November

We know regional NSW has a wealth of young creative talent keen to learn and experience the performing arts in all its facets. We also know that everyone is a little weary of online delivery. We've kept all that in mind putting together these Masterclasses with Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Their tutors are generous and experienced creatives who love to share what they know about life as a performing artist. If you are or know of a young person aged 12-24 ANYWHERE in regional NSW who would love this opportunity to pick the brain of a professional in the performing arts — these Masterclasses are a must!
More info 



CEO | Regional Arts NSW
Closes 7 November

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for RANSW’s staff, partnerships, programs and growth to ensure that they continue to be the loudest voice in the room as the peak body for artists and arts and cultural organisations located in regional NSW.

RANSW’s CEO will lead the Organisation’s vision, purpose and strategy. The CEO’s experience and knowledge will guarantee that RANSW remains a leading peak body, while building new cross-sectoral partnerships and retaining and growing those they already have.
More info

Urban & Public Art Officer | AlburyCity
Closes 21 November 

How would you like to be a key player in creating vibrant and engaged spaces and experiences, that inspire creativity and cultural vitality for Albury?
This exciting position will create public artworks that may be seen by generations to come, as well as working on temporary projects and events that allow AlburyCity to respond flexibly to the innovations of artists and our local community
More info 
Performing Arts Relaunch Package | Create NSW
Now open

The $50 million Performing Arts Relaunch Package is an extension of the existing $75M Performing Arts COVID Support package and will provide certainty and confidence for arts companies as audiences return to theatres and other performance venues. 
More info 

Festival Relaunch | Create NSW
Now open

Festival Relaunch is a $25 million package to assist established festivals to relaunch after almost two years of major disruption brought about by COVID-19.

The package has been developed in recognition of the significant economic stimulus festivals bring to the NSW economy, particularly to regional NSW, and will help to stabilise these businesses and organisations, ensure employment opportunities remain for key personnel, and to ensure future festivals can be planned and delivered with confidence.

The package is open to both for-profit and not-for-profit music, screen, and arts festival companies.
More info

Quick Response Grants | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 30 November

Quick Response Grants will fund professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers or small project opportunities. The program supports immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example taking up professional development, skills development or small project opportunities at short notice.  

You can apply for Quick Response Grants up to $3,000 for individuals and $5,000 for organisations. There is no minimum grant amount. Funding applications are assessed against other applications on a competitive basis. To remain competitive, all applications for funding must include realistic budgets and represent value with money.  
More info

Quick Response Grants | Regional Arts NSW
Closes 30 November 

Quick Response Grants will now be delivered monthly from February to November and all applications will be competitively assessed at the end of each month, you will not be advised about your grant application until five days after the end of each month. There are also changes to the amount you can apply for under this program. Individuals can apply for up to $3000, organisations can apply for up to $5000. There is no minimum grant amount.  There is a limited amount in this funding pool, so please ensure your budgets are accurate and you are only applying for the amount that you actually need.

The Quick Response Grants will continue to support immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds, for example taking up professional development, skills development or small project opportunities at short notice.
More info


The Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative | Regional Arts Victoria
Closes 22 November

Regional Arts Victoria is proud to be working with the Victorian Government and industry partners to deliver Sustaining Creative Workers - response funding to support Victoria’s independent creative practitioners impacted by COVID-19 in 2021. This is the second stream of the program, following an initial round of support offered in 2020.
Sustaining Creative Workers will deliver quick-response funding of:
  • Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers; and,
  • Up to $10,000 for collectives, groups and micro-organisations/businesses (micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff). 
  • Plus, up to $2,500 in additional access funding is available for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers, and disability-led organisations/businesses
More info

Youth Engagement Grants | Crime Prevention Victoria
Closes 13 December

Small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to support young people make positive life choices and reach their potential. The Youth Engagement Grants are an initiative under the Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy. The grant provide funding to support projects that use cultural connection, sport, arts, music or other creative activities to engage young people between 8-24 years old. The program will involve an initial expression of interest (EOI) process, followed by support for selected organisations to plan activity and develop a quality grant proposal which will be assessed for funding suitability.
More info

Music Works | Creative Victoria
Closes 25 November 

Applications are sought from Victorian based contemporary music artists and industry professionals across all genres and career stages. Applicants can apply for funding for projects with creative and commercial outcomes, commencing from 1 March 2022.

Project proposals must demonstrate impact both for the applicant and the broader Victorian contemporary music sector and may include activities such as collaboration and partnerships, the creation of new works, audience engagement and exploring opportunities.
More info

Accelerating Change | Creative Victoria
Closes 6 December


Accelerating Change is a pilot grants program that provides grants to Deaf and Disabled creatives at all stages of their careers, while researching ways to make the grant application process accessible for Deaf and Disabled people.

Delivered by Arts Access Victoria with support through the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy, the Accelerate pilot will enable applicants to submit a written, video or audio application. Applicants or their access support workers can also book a phone or video consultation where the Arts Access Victoria team will work through the application form and record their responses live.

In addition to grants, access funding is also available.
More info

Leadership Program | Australia Council for the Arts
Closes 30 November

The Australia Council Leadership Program is dedicated to transforming the cultural and creative industry’s knowledge, skills and capabilities by investing in emerging, mid-career and established leaders.

The program recognises the diverse nature of leadership and builds on the rich knowledge and experience across the industry.

As a participant in the program, you will share experiences, form new connections, develop skills and build confidence in your own capabilities. You will benefit from longer-term outcomes for yourself, your practice, organisation and community.
More info

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 | National Portrait Gallery
Open now closes 31 January 2022

The call for entries for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 is open! One of the most popular annual events promotes the best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.
More info 

Call for Entries | The Beechworth Contemporary Art Award
Closes 22 January

The Beechworth Contemporary Art Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive prize, and an opportunity for artists on the national stage, regional and remote artists to exhibit in a unique historic and culturally significant village setting.

The first art award of its kind, this national award is to be held within the streets, alleyways, parks and buildings of the small Victorian community of Beechworth. Audiences will have opportunities to engage directly or incidentally with the ideas, techniques and entertaining ways of Australia’s contemporary artists.
More info

Call for Entries | Rutherglen Tastes of Art Prize 2022 
Now open closes 11 Feb 2022

Arts Rutherglen is seeking artists for its 5th Tastes of Art Prize to be held 11th-20th March 2022.
The Tastes of Art Prize is a highly regarded exhibition that showcases local, regional and national artists and is warmly supported by an art-loving community.
More info

Call for Entries | Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture
Closes 19 November

The Tom Bass Prize, the first national Australian prize for figurative sculpture. This important and prestigious Prize is a celebration of the human form and its influence on today's sculptors. This important and prestigious Prize is a celebration of the human form and its influence on today’s sculptor. The Prize is an acknowledgement of the influence Tom Bass AM had as one of Australia’s pre-eminent public sculptors. We invite artists to submit works that interpret ‘figurative’ broadly, however the inspiration must come from the figure

The judges will be looking for sculptures which have been inspired by the human form. Representational as well as abstract, innovative and contemporary interpretations are welcome.
More info


Murray Arts is Reading

Edited by Helen Varley

At first glance, colour is a pretty simple thing. Well that's what I thought a few years back until I started learning about colour when printing my photographic work. After going to a presentation on colour in inkjet printing I soon figured out colour is complex and since that presentation I realised how much I don't know about colour and how amazing colour is.

I was gifted this book recently and even though the first edition is as old as I am, it still managed to captivate and educate me on the wonder, beauty and science that is colour. 

The book covers the technical aspects of colour including wavelengths of light and how the brain sees colour, to how colour influences and communicates viscerally as well as analysing history of colour. The book brought together contributions from opthamologists, psychologists, designers, archologists and colour specialists.

The book appears to be out of pritn but there are second hand copies online and your local library might just have a copy. Here's the ISBN 0950790117.

How does colour influence you work? What's your favourite use of colour and why? Write to us.

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