November Newsletter

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As I write this, I'm feeling pretty grateful.

While pulling together this monthly newsletter I get to see a lot of the art events, artists and opportunities available in our region and it's wonderful to see how vibrant and cohesive our communities are because of the arts. And last night at burraja gallery's opening of kangwano where we came together to celebrate work of young indigenous artists in our region,  I felt a sense of pride to be part of such a diverse and dynamic community. 

As always there's so much going on in our region! HotHouse Theatre launched their 2020 Season, local filmmaker Helen Newman in conjunction with Border Trust is presenting the documentary Solstice and the new Murry River Social Dance Club is kicking off!

Next week sees the Murray Arts team travel to the South East Aboriginal Arts Market in Sydney to showcase, sell and promote the work of our local indigenous artists, so if you're nearby swing by and say hi! Can't make it to Sydney but keen to purchase local Aboriginal art? Well we have a small shop at burraja gallery and you can also buy online.

Remember to let us know about art happenings in the region and drop us a line if you have any content or ideas for our newsletter.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

kangwano | burraja gallery
31 October- 16 December

This exhibition provides an important opportunity for the young voices of our Aboriginal community to be heard; and for our wider community to engage with the thoughts, feelings and identities within this vibrant group of local First Nations youth.

For many of the students involved it will be their first time exhibiting their work in a public gallery space and an opportunity for them to view and applaud their work outside the classroom.

This exhibition is part of our commitment to provide greater opportunities for local Aboriginal youth to be supported and a sense of belonging to our region. It also assists in creating pathways for the sharing of ideas, stories, knowledge and culture amongst our community.

kangwano translates to "state/time of being young" in Dhudhuroa language.

On The Couch presents Solstice | Regent Cinemas Albury
23 November 

‘Solstice’ is a hopeful, determined and positive story of change that can come out of a most heartbreaking tragedy. Beginning with the story of Mary’s parents, Annette and Stuart Baker, the film expands out to journey across Australia documenting the stories of those who are daily on the frontline in the battle for better mental health care - the survivors of suicide.
More info
HotHouse Season 2020 

HotHouse Theatre have launched their 2020 Season and we are excited!
Get in quicky for their Early Bird subscription and check out the great offers for fulltime students
More info
A huge thank you to burraja gallery's new wine sponsor Elura Wines. Situated in Gundowring in the picturesque Kiewa Valley, Elura Wines have come on board to support burraja gallery opening events with their stunning wines! If you weren't able to make it to our kangwano opening night never fear- Elura have a special offer for the duration of kangwano. Jump on their website here and use code 'burraja10' to receive 10% off your order. This offer is only available during the kangwano exhibition until 16 Dec

 Local Cast in Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play

Rabbit Hole | HotHouse Theatre | Wodonga
26,27,28 November, 7:30pm

Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning play and the first of the Celcius 19 productions at HotHouse Theatre. With a local cast including Rachel McNamara (All Saints), Ben Tari (All Saints) and Gretchen Prowse.  Celsius 19 is a pilot program supported by HotHouse Theatre and Australian Council for the Arts.

More info & tickets

What's On

Stillness | Alan Phillips | Old Stone Hall | Beechworth 
2-10 November 

Alan Phillips presents large scale oil on canvas works from the deserts of Central Australia In his new show, Alan explores the relationship of the landscape to the horizon, the long view, braided creeks, strange erosions, deep shadows and the serenity of the night sky.
More info

Murray River Social Dance Club | Commercial Club Auditorium
3 November 12:30pm-5:00pm

The new Murray River Social Dance Club is having a kick-off event with the afternoon featuring salsa, tango and swing dance workshops, as well as provide music for social dancing. 
Following the launch event, the Murray River Social Dance Club will have regular social nights at a local venue, featuring a brief workshop followed by lots of dancing.
More info 
Sunset Strip | HotHouse Theatre
5-9 November

At Sunset Strip the only people left are those who couldn’t leave. Arriving home after a round of chemotherapy to this once thriving summer hot-spot, Caroline finds the lake completely dried up, and the holiday-makers long gone. With Emma Jackson, Simon Lyndon, Lex Marinos, Eloise Snape.
More info 
Consequences Launch | Albury Library Museum
Launch 12 November 11:00am

The First World War – often called The Great War or ‘the war to end all wars’ – had a huge impact across the globe. Consequences is a new exhibition that explores the aftermath of this global conflict and the impacts it had on Albury and surrounding regional communities – impacts which are still felt to this day.

The exhibition explores the stories of those returning home from the war and their families, and the industrial, commercial and agricultural developments that occurred as a result of the war. It also uncovers some lesser-known stories including the post homecoming lives of Aboriginal service people.

The Quest | Mad As Productions | Bright
9, 10, 14, 15, 16 November

With a liberal sprinkling of “The Neverending Story”; some comical flavouring of “Labyrinth”; just a hint of “Dark Crystal”; generous pinches of poetic power and poignancy from T.S. Eliot and Kahlil Gibran; tantalising titbits of Ancient Mythology; the gentlest squeeze of “Children of the Rainbow” and “Alice Unplugged”;  a dash of “Monty Python”; and lovingly decorated with fabulous music!

A fantasy adventure steeped in mystery, mythology and music.  With a cast of 25 (kids and adults), “The Quest” will amaze you with its emotional shifts, stunning music and positive, life-affirming message for 7 – 107 year olds!

Tickets and Country Collectables 24 Ireland St, Bright. More info
Prime Your Portfolio & Writing and Exhibition Proposal | Madé Spencer-Castle |Wangaratta Art Gallery
15 November, 12pm-4pm

Portfolio review- A wonderful opportunity for photographers, from entry-level through to established, to gain valuable feedback and constructive critique on their portfolio of work.

Writing an Exhibition Proposal - Interested in submitting an application for an exhibition or art prize, but don’t know where to begin? Come and gain expert tips and tricks to make your proposal stand out from the crowd. Free but bookings essential
More info
Consequences Exploring the Aftermath of the First World War Bus Tour
16 & 25 November 

The First World War, often known as The Great War or ‘the war to end all wars’ had a huge impact across the globe. Consequences: Exploring the Aftermath of the First World War is a new exhibition that explores the impact of this huge global conflict on Albury and surrounding regional communities, impacts which are still felt to this day.

Join a tour to each of the museums involved in the Consequences: Exploring the Aftermath of the First World War exhibition and experience the full impact of this collection.
More info

Beechworth Spring Music Festival | Beechworth
16 November
From Little Things is a festival that offers something different in the crowded festival scene of North East Victoria. A truly family friendly festival that promises good times for all, from the youngest amongst us to the youngest hearts among us!
More info
Producing 101 | HotHouse Theatre
18 November 6pm-8pm

An introduction to independent theatre producing for new producers, and self-producing artists.  
This two-hour session will focus on ‘getting your ducks in a row’. Develop your understanding of producing models relevant to independent practice, of contract negotiation and relationship-building, and budgeting to maximise your resources. T This workshop is for actors, writers, directors, musicians, circus artists and theatre-makers eager to self-produce an independent production.

RSVP for this free workshop here
Epilogue : a culmination of a journey | GIGS Gallery
29 October - 23 November 

Group exhibition by Tamara Opie, Shirley Hall, Janet Grealy.
Opening night 8 November 6:30pm
More info 

Linking Artists with Regenerative Farmers | Earth Canvas Inc | Multiple locations
multiple dates from 9 Nov - 1 Dec

6 artists and 6 regenerative farmers will work together and produce a body of artworks to be displayed at the open days on the SW Slopes between Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers. Talk to artists, farmers, scientists, educators about their view of the landscape, producing food and building health ecosystems.
More info
Georgie Currie at the Burke | Burke Museum | Beechworth
21 November 7:30pm

Albury-bred, Melbourne-based, singer/songwriter, Georgie Currie brings her debut EP ‘Flowers for Your Worst Days’ to the Burke Museum. Familiar to audiences as the lead singer of ten-piece outfit, The Northern Folk, Georgie’s songs blend the broken, intimate fears of youth with a vocal intensity beyond her years. This two hour show includes intermission with canapés and features bar by Billson's 1865.  Amongst the intimate setting of the Burke Museum at Beechworth, it is an event not to be missed.

More info
Aboriginal Acquisitive Art Prize | TAFE Space Wodonga
18-22 November 

The 2019 Local Acquisitional Art Prize will be a cross-border partnership between North East Water, North East CMA, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, City of Wodonga, AlburyCity, Murray Arts and burraja gallery.

These organisations recognise the strong cultural connection that First Nations people have to the land and water within its region and acknowledges the traditional history, culture, stories and songlines connected to place. The Local Aboriginal Acquisitional Art Prize is an opportunity to engage with local Aboriginal artists and to showcase the strong creative community existing in our region.

By The Banks | Albury
30 November

By The Banks Music Festival is Albury's unique festival experience, held on the banks of the Murray River. Now in its third year, By The Banks is held over 12 hours at Willowbank, Albury, featuring 15 acts across two stages. 

The festival is centred around the showcasing of talented independent artists. As well as the music, By The Banks also features a dedicated workshop space, a kids space, circus activities, market stalls, five food vendors, four market stalls, a fully licensed bar, and a coffee van, all run by local community members.
More info
Music Production Workshops
multiple dates from 30 November 2019 & into 2020

Have you ever thought about having a career in Music Production? Over four workshops in 2019 and 2020, the Cad Factory and Music NSW are running free music production workshops for women, non-binary and trans folx at the Cad Factory Recording Studio in Narrandera NSW.

More info
Yack Station Arts Hub Open Weekend | Yackandandah 
7 & 8 December

Visit Yack Station for their Open Weekend and enjoy a number of creative activities happening including weaving, clay modelling, woodworking demonstrations, calligraphy workshops. Indigenous artist Stephen Berger will be painting over the course of the weekend.

More info
ZER0 | Flexible Learning Centre | Wodonga Plaza
Opening event 3 December 12pm

Students from the Flexible Learning Centre are presenting an exhibition on themes of anti-violence. Opening event includes music from musician/student Lochlan Canty and special guest anti-violence campaigner Angela Baker. Artworks created by students from Benalla, Shepparton, Seymour and Wodonga Flexible Learning Centres.



Executive Director (Temporary) | Eastern Riverina Arts
12 Months Full Time

Eastern Riverina Arts are seeking the right person to step into the role to effectively lead Eastern Riverina Arts for the next twelve months. Not only will you sustain our current activities but we want you to explore and create new opportunities to further our reputation as a leader in Regional Arts Development.
More info


Australian Children's Theatre Foundation Fellowship
EOI opens 11 Nov, applications close 31 January

The Trustees of the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation (ACTF) and Regional Arts Victoria are delighted to announce the 2020 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Fellowship. This Fellowship will support the development of the artistic practice of an artist to the amount of $20,000 and is open to emerging or established artists working in children’s theatre and to those wishing to diversify their practice into and across the field of theatre for young audiences.

For more information contact Pippin Davies, Arts & Education Manager at Regional Arts Victoria (

First Peoples Investment Program (Pilot)
Applications close: 31 December 2019

The program is for emerging through to established creative practitioners and people working in the arts and creative industries, as well as individuals who do not formally identify as creative practitioners. First Peoples organisations in Victoria are also encouraged to apply for creative and cultural support activities.
More info
Community Presenter Mentorship
Applications close: 12 November 2019

Regional Arts Victoria are offering five community presenters a 12 month mentorship to help further their presenting practice. Community presenters wanting to expand their skills will be matched with experienced presenters and other professionals as mentors.
More info 

Public Art Applications | City of Parramatta
EOI closes 15 November 2019

The City of Parramatta invites artists and artist teams residing both domestically and internationally to submit their qualifications to be considered for the Parramatta Square Public Art Projects.

This opportunity is for two large-scale sculptures in the Parramatta Square public domain, which is currently under construction.
More info

Bill Kell Memorial Scholarship
Applications close: 15 November

The Bill Kell Scholarship is awarded annually by the Murray Conservatorium Choir to encourage young people to participate in the choir. The Scholarship was set up under a Trust established by the family of local Solicitor, Bill Kell, a foundation member of the choir, who died in 2004.
More info
The Dreaming Award 
Applications close 4 November

The Dreaming Award was established in 2012 to support an inspirational young First Nations artist aged 18-30 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships. Award recipients receive $20,000 in financial support and are honoured at the Sydney celebration. The mentor/partner will be another established professional nominated by the artist who will guide and mentor the applicant to assist in the development of work. More info
Regional Stakeholder Forum | Powerhouse Museum | Ultimo
29 November

The Regional Stakeholder Forum is a day of presentations and breakout sessions dedicated to topics of interest for Regional and Western Sydney collecting organisations.

Presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW and Regional Arts NSW. The forum is free, but booking is essential.  See the full-day program. Tickets include complimentary morning tea and a light lunch.
More info
Grant for Artists & Photographers | The Hopper Prize
12 November

The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is to advance artists' careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call.
More info
Custodianship- culture strengthening culture | Australia Council
4 November 

The Custodianship program is designed and delivered by First Nations leaders for First Nations leaders to transform sustainability in culture, practice, community and the arts.
The Custodianship program will unearth First Nations leadership by developing different ways of knowing, being and doing.
Cultural practitioners, artists and arts workers from across art forms and career levels will explore what custodianship and leadership means in diverse contexts. They will learn from self, from others and with peers.
Over 12 months, participants will join three residentials, online/phone sessions and on-country learning. These will be guided by role models, cultural teachers and Elders. 
More info

Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture
Closes 22 November 

This important and prestigious Prize is a celebration of the human form and its influence on today’s sculptors and is an acknowledgement of the influence Bass had as one of Australia’s pre-eminent public sculptors.
More info
Boundless Indigenous Writer's Mentorship
Closes 25 November

Applications are now open for Text Publishing and Writing NSW’s 2020 Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship.

The mentorship was established in 2019 to discover and nurture a powerful new Indigenous voice in Australian literature. The mentorship was welcomed by the Indigenous writing community and submissions were received from all over the country.
More info

Murray Arts is Reading

Bethany Thornber (Aboriginal Arts Curator)
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe 
“I am long overdue to read this book, it has been recommended to me numerous times by various people, and so I have begun reading it. What I have gathered thus far are convincing arguments by Pascoe against the well-established belief that Aboriginal people lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle before white colonisers arrived here. Through examining the diaries of colonial explorers, Pascoe points to an intelligent agricultural system used by First Nations people to cultivate the land and store food.”

Have you read Dark Emu? Thoughts? Write to us.
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