October Newsletter

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October is bringing some warmer days, explosions of flowers and birds, fresh optimism and some staff changes at Murray Arts.

As most of you know our Executive Director Alyce Fisher is going on parental leave as of today and Susan Reid has slid into the drivers seat. We welcome Susan to the team and big love and best wishes to Alyce for the imminent arrival of her first child!

There continues to be a steady stream of grants available on both sides of the border and we want to see our local artists benefit from these grants. We know grant writing can be daunting however we've got a few opportunities coming up to make the process less overwhelming.

And as we all start to emerge from COVID and winter, there's a rich offering of exhibitions and events in our region which we are excited about experiencing in real life !

Looking forward to seeing you!

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

Welcome to Susan Reid !

As Alyce heads off on parental leave we welcome Susan to the Murray Arts team.
Susan has a vast and varied career in the arts (and bloody impressive but I don't think she'll like me gushing over her in this newsletter...)- from working in government, to being a practicing artist and running a gallery. You can Read about Susan here 

Big love to Alyce and Seth- we can't wait to meet baby!
Tallangatta Mural Project

Congratulations to Chiltern-based artist Kirrily Anderson and Towong Shire on two new murals in the Tallangatta town centre.

With perfect weather and easing of restrictions, now is the perfect time to take a drive and check these amazing murals out!

And if you happen to be in Chiltern over the next few weeks check out Kirrily's WIP mural in partnership with DELWP.


What's On

COLLECTION: Live painting restoration | MAMA
2 & 3 October

In a two day LIVE event in the museum, conservator Emily Mulvihill will repair a painting from the MAMA Collection by Norma Bull. Visitors are invited to watch Emily work and interact with her as she restores this 70 year old painting for future generations. The conservation will take two full days in the Paul Ramsay Galleries, and visitors are welcome to drop in any time over the course of the conservation.
More info

CONNECT RELATE CREATE | Idea’s Lab | HotHouse Theatre
6th October

Have a seed idea that has been swirling around in your brain for the past few years? Drawn to an image that you’d love to make a work about one day? Wrote something in this program that you’d like to explore further? Idea’s Lab is a space for 5 creatives to share their ideas through a short, 6 minute 40 second visual presentation. Unformed ideas are encouraged, and this is your chance to put your create thoughts out into the world, and who knows – even find yourself some collaborators.

More info

RAV Creative Recovery Small Grants Q&A
 7 October 6pm

Unsure about the The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program? Are you eligible? What does bushfire impact mean? How do I complete an application? Join Kellie Sutherland from RAV and Murray Arts Director Susan Reid in this FREE interactive zoom session.

The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program will support individual artists and organisations based in six local government authority areas of Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta.
More info in grants section of this newsletter.

Zoom link 
Meeting ID: 845 4795 9152
Passcode: 944686

Exhibition | Women of Our Land | Wangaratta Visitor Info Centre
10 October- 31 December

Women of Our Land is an exhibition by female artists from NE Victoria showing at Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre Gallery. Due to current COVID 19 restrictions, this exhibition will also be shown online through their Facebook page.
More info

Landscape Printing & Editing Workshop | Turks Head Gallery
11 October 1pm

This workshop will show you the editing techniques from John Wallace using Adobe Lightroom, and Charlie Brown with Adobe Photoshop. Printing on one of your final images will be on Ilford fine art photo papers, by Master Printer Dirk Wallace from Create Network.
More info

CONNECT RELATE CREATE | Zoom Choir | HotHouse Theatre
13 October

The workshop will delve into vocal warm ups, the reasons behind it, and basic vocal anatomy. Then a song in three (or more) parts. Sadly, its not possible to sing together over the inter-net, but you can raise the roof in your house! We will learn a simple folk song with all of its parts and, if you feel so inclined, you can record your part and Chris will create a video of our work to share on line with your mates.
More info

Grants info session | Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program 
6 October

The Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program offers grants to Victorian-based contemporary music industry artists, workers, businesses and organisations who have been impacted by COVID-19, and will help the industry respond to the changing market and restricted environment.
More info

Strategic Creativity : Thinking Outside the Square | Start up Shake Up
7 & 14 October 

Good ideas are great, but how do you make them come to life and bring success?

There are many methods to assist our brains to think strategically ‘outside the square’, and these workshops will help you to create innovative ideas for your business that will lead to future-focused strategic thinking that can drive your business forward.
More info

Grant Writing Webinar | RANSW
9 October

Regional Arts NSW, with the support of Business Connect and Creative Plus Business will be delivering Grant Writing Webinars to help artists, organisations and arts workers construct applications that stand out from the crowd.

With the recent opening of applications for the 2020-2021 Regional Arts Fund and the additional RAF Boost program, RANSW wants to ensure that all applicants are equipped with the opportunity to learn grant writing skills that will help them to prepare and deliver a successful application.
More info

Couch Sessions | The Cube
9 October 7pm

Join the Cube for the Cube Couch Sessions, showcasing some of our amazing local talent in your own home.
Taking the stage this month is Ciqala, Boss Squad, Dean Haitani, Marcela Scheuner Hula Hoops and This Way North.
More info

Bush Fire Recovering | Art Partners | Albury
9 October

A series of photographs by David Taylor and Prue Barclay depicting bush fires - highlighting recovery and regeneration after welcome rain. All proceeds of this exhibition will be donated to Meg's Children Nepal.
More info

Until 12 October

Some of our favourite pieces in the permanent collection are on exhibition in COLLECTION, alongside new acquisitions and commissioned works. Featuring artworks by Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Russell Drysdale, Tracey Moffatt and more.  
More info

Federation Photo Prize | Corowa
9-18 October

The Federation Art Prize Committee is proud to host the second Federation Photography Prize. The exhibitions pens 9 Oct with drinks and announcement of winners and photographic works are for exhibition and sale.
More info

Wonga Wetlands Photo Walk | Turks Head Gallery
10 October 2pm

Join landscape photographers Charlie Brown and John Wallace on a photo walk around Wonga Wetlands. John and Charlie will guide you through how they approach creating an image including composition and camera settings during this casual photo walk.
More info 

Federation Art Prize | Corowa
23 October - 3 November

Opening evening drinks will be held on the 23rd October with announcement of the winners. The exhibition includes works across multiple categories including 3D and youth.
More info



EOI | Artwork and Text for Interpretive Signage | Parklands
Closes 30 October

Parklands Albury Wodonga are seeking Expressions of Interest from local Aboriginal storytellers and artists to contribute to banner artwork and text for interpretive signage across the regional bush parks. This includes text/stories and banner artwork for the Kiewa River Cultural Trail storybords at Killara, and themed banner artwork for 9 other parks.
 More info

Besen Family Foundation
Closes 9 October

The Foundation seeks to nurture the creative talents of Victorian artists and is deeply aware of the significant contribution that can be made by a dynamic and well-resourced arts sector. 

The Foundation supports projects in Theatre, Dance, Music and Visual Arts with a focus on the role of arts and culture as a vehicle for strengthening and enriching community.
More info

Festivals Australia
Closes 16 October

Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.
More info

Magabala Fellowship
Closes 30 October

The Fellowship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers and writers of junior, YA and adult fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir (please note children’s picture book manuscripts are ineligible). To enter you must have previously published at least one book. This can be in any genre or category, but it must have been traditionally published. Self-published works are excluded.
More info 

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) | Create NSW

Small Project Grants (Quick Response) support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. This quick response grant mechanism offers grants from $500 to $5,000 towards projects.
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

The Pride Events & Festivals Fund | Vic Gov
Closes 23 October

The Pride Events and Festivals Fund (PEFF) 2020-21 connection and accessibility grants will support delivery of online, accessible LGBTIQ+ events and activities to stay connected and address social isolation.
More info

Creative Recovery Small Grants Program | Regional Arts Victoria
31 October

The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program supports community connection, engagement and resilience for communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires in regional Victoria. The program will focus on the creative activity that assists these communities with short and long term recovery.

The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program will support individual artists and organisations based in six local government authority areas of Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta.

Up to $5,000 is available for individuals and organisations. In limited circumstances, applicants may be invited to apply for funding above this threshold after consulting with Regional Arts Victoria.
More info


Career Pathway Programs | Screenworks
Closes 2 November

Screenworks launched its 2021 Career Pathway Programs and is now calling for applications from early-career screenwriters, directors and producers who are living in regional NSW.  The three programs - Inside the Writers Room, Director Pathways Program and Regional Producer Elevator Program will provide opportunities for early-career practitioners to observe, connect with and learn from industry professionals in order to enhance their skills and build their career potential. Deadline for applications is Monday November 2nd.
More info

Sole Trader Support Fund | Business Victoria

The $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund provides support to non-employing Victorian sole traders operating out of commercial premises or locations within specific sectors.

Victoria’s roadmap for reopening outlines steady, safe and sustainable steps towards a COVID Normal. Through this program, eligible sole traders who are impacted by the restrictions will receive a grant of $3000 that can be used towards their overhead costs.
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

Call for Entries | M16 Drawing Prize
Entries close 22 October

The M16 Drawing Prize invites works from artists in either traditional drawing media and techniques, or non-traditional works that extend understanding of what drawing may be within contemporary art practice. Prizes include the $5,000 M16 Drawing Prize, the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, the $500 Delta Cleaning Services Prize and the $500 voucher Framing Store Braddon Prize. 
More info


Lake Art Prize | Museum of Art & Culture Lake Macquarie
Closes 23 October

The Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie is thrilled to announce the Lake Art Prize, a new biennial National Acquisitive Prize for Contemporary Australian Art - valued at $25,000.

Australian artists, aged 18 years and over, are invited to submit works which reflect on the theme 'Where There is Water'.

There is a total acquisitive prize pool of $25,000 (ex GST), with the funding made available by the generosity and support of Lake Macquarie City Council.
More info


Call for Entries | The Horn Prize
Closes 9 November

This year’s prize will be presented in early December for an essay of up to 3000 words addressing some part of the theme ‘Australian life’ – shining light on a particular aspect of who we are, from a contemporary perspective.
More info

Nominations | Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards 2020 | AMaGA
Closes 23 October

The Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards recognise outstanding achievements and service in the museum, gallery, and collecting sector. This prestigious event celebrates organisations and individuals whose passion and work build a strong Victorian museum and gallery industry. 
More info

Call for Entries | Carstairs Prize
Closes 25 October

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.

The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.
More info


Ramsay Art Prize | Ramsay Foundation
Closes 11 December

The Ramsay Art Prize is for Australian artists under 40 years of age.

The Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian contemporary artists under 40 working in any medium. Held every two years and presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the Ramsay Art Prize is an ongoing acquisitive prize. Finalists will be selected by an international judging panel. The selected work will be included in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.


Murray Arts is Reading

Someone once told me that books come to us when we are ready for them and in this case it's true! - but in this case, also influenced by an observant, intuitive and thoughtful friend.

A casual conversation where I flippantly mentioned about enjoying writing resulted in this book arriving in the post packaged up with some other goodies!

Writing is something I've loved but not fully explored after being told over the years that I wasn't a good writer, but this book is changing my view on my writing.

Beautifully written (duh of course it is!) but with humour and strong simple tips it's found me smiling and even laughing out loud as well as new-found confidence to whack a keyboard to write..... although there's something so magical and cathartic about writing with pen and paper.

Have you read this? What did you think? Got any hot writing tips for me? Wanna publish my work and give me a big fat advance? Tell me here!


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