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Murray Arts is ON AIR! Keep an ear out for our Executive Director Alyce Fisher who will be chatting with ABC Goulburn Murray every fortnight on a Thursday morning about creative industries and arts events across the ABC listening region. You can listen live and online via ABC app or website. The next segment will be on the 10th of October.

Are we following you on social media? We're keen to showcase the amazing work and achievements of our local artists, so in November we'll be starting a weekly feature on Instagram. We want to feature all art forms - visual arts, performance, 2D, 3D, digital art etc!  So now's a good time to spring clean and update those social media accounts!

 And remember to swing by and check out the current burraja gallery exhibition 'in touch' which is on until 15 October.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

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in touch
5 September – 15 October | burraja gallery |

in touch rejects the artificial divide between fine and applied art.
This exhibition celebrates the reimagining of utilitarian and ceremonial objects traditionally used by First People over millennia. The hands which continue to weave and wrap and carve and cut, are strengthened by the ability to pass on these practices whilst also remaining ‘in touch’.  
Featured are local First Nations artists working in weaving, sculpture and artefact-making.
Wodonga Children's Fair | Wodonga Racecourse 
27 October 10am-3pm

This annual event celebrates families and young people. There will be plenty of activities, entertainment, food, an animal nursery as well as arts and crafts.
More info

Kinder Kulture | Library Museum
Tuesday 8 October, 10.30am - 11.30am

A very special holiday session delivered by Kinder Kulture – a group of local Aboriginal artists who have developed a program to give children a better understanding of Indigenous culture – it’s creative, fun and interactive!
More info

Congratulations Aimee Sluga!

Congratulations to Yackandandah's Aimee Sluga for receiving a GOLD award in the Silk Road Youth Photographic Competition held in China!
Aimee's beautiful and sensitive portrait of her grandmother 'the last goodbye' won the Student Photographic Prize in the Head On Photo Awards earlier in the year. Aimee is the only person to win a Gold award outside of China and will be travelling to Beijing.

What's On

Quietude | Alison Percy | GIGS Art Gallery and Studios
1 October - 27 October

Inspired by natural forms, this exhibition reflects a continued fascination in the balance and sensitivity of fluid line- painting in the studio and from the live model.
More info

Mamma Mia! | Albury Wodonga Theatre Company
4-12 October

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away.

The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. 
More info

Splinter | HotHouse Theatre
15-19 October 

Hilary Bell’s disquieting and downright chilling thriller Splinter channels tabloid news and primal fears alike. A couple are reunited with their missing daughter. Fierce love has sustained them through her unbearable absence. But now she’s home…something just isn’t right. How do they stop their imaginations running wild? Maybe if they return to the beach house where they spent their happiest summers, they’ll return to their old selves.
More info
Personal Branding | Young Business Edge Professional Development Series | Thurgoona
17 October

An evening of networking and learning about our personal brand with guest speakers Peta Steward, Jamie Cunningham & Nicky McMillan.
More info
Reflections of Home | GIGS Art Gallery & Studios
1 October - 27 October 10am-4pm

Group exhibition featuring Felicite Grogan, Vickie McLellan, Karen Brown, Maria Bruckman, Kelly Dwyer.

Opening event Saturday 5 October 10am-12pm
More info
Vintage Fashionista | Tallangatta Memorial Hall
12 October 2pm-5pm

Fashion from the 60's, live music, dress in your Sunday best! All proceeds go toward the purchase of an electric scooter for Tallangatta Health Service.
Tickets $5 includes afternoon tea. Tickets from Tallangatta Library & Tallngattta Health Service Reception.
eMerge | Flying Fruit Fly Circus | The Cube Wodonga
19 October 6pm

An exciting performance collaboration between dancers from the Projection Dance Junior Artists Program and senior students from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
eMerge explores the space between two artforms, the athleticism of dance and the artistry of circus, and what happens when they are combined. 
More info 
Springboard | Fruit Fly Circus | The Cube Wodonga
Saturday 19 October 8pm

Created and performed by the graduating class of 2019. Working with Brisbane based performer and director Alex Mizzen, these emerging artists are showcasing their skills and exploring their craft.
Experience our brightest young talent in this unique performance.
More info
Federation Art Prize Awards Night | Corowa Memorial Hall
18 October | 5:30pm - 8pm

Enjoy art from entrants Australia-wide, complimentary wines by St Leonard's Vineyard, fabulous grazing table from Green Bean and entertainment by local pianist, harpist and jazz performers. All guests go into the running to win one of two lucky door prizes which includes a one night stay in a luxury suite for two adults at Circa 1936. 
More info
The Art of Bookbinding- the Coptic Stitch with a Nat Twist | Natalie Malseed | Wrenwood Gallery
19th October 10.30am - 3.30pm

In this bookbinding workshop all materials are supplied including papers, waxed cotton and take-home instructions. The finished product is a take-home journal that opens flat every page.
More info
EastWest Landscapes | Abi Thompson | Staghorn Flat
19-20 October 

392 Wodonga- Yackandandah Rd Opening 12pm-5pm
A Long Way to the Shop | This Way North | Tuck Shop Ladies
13 October 3PM, Osbornes Flat Hall

Award winning pop rock duo, This Way North and their best mates, Tuck Shop Ladies, takeoff in search of a good vegan, gluten-free chico roll. 
More info
Whitebox Wanderings
19 October | Chiltern

Join Chiltern artists Kirrily Anderson (visual artist) and Nat Ord (photographer and environmental scientist) for a creative wander along the White Box Walk in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park.

The walk will include stops along the way to sketch and snap inspirational elements of the park with tips and tricks from the artists, concluding with a delicious catered picnic lunch. No experience necessary. Bring your own phone camera and sketchbook.
More info
Hidden Cinema
25, 26 & 27 Oct, 1, 2 & 3 Nov
Where: Shhh it’s a secret!
Can you keep a secret? Hidden Cinema is back in 2019 with a new secret film in a new top-secret location. Hidden Cinema is an immersive and interactive experience where cinema and theatre collide.
Genre: A fantastical adventure with your friends (PG rated)
Ticket Prices: Adults $17 / Children & Students $12 / Family (2 ad & 2 child) $48
More info
Whispering Woods- a conversation between trees | Natalie Malseed | Wrenwood Gallery Bungowannah
Until 31 October

Inspired by the work of ecologist Susanne Simard who's 30 years of research led to her astounding discovery....trees talk. This exhibition features new works in both Textiles and Encaustics. 
More info

Creative Conversations: The Process of Design | Kindred | Albury
7 November 6pm

 Kindred will be hosting a night of connection, conversation and ideas to inspire and power your own practice.  

Local architect Phillip Nielson of Regional Design Service will talk about his experience on the Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour 2019 —reflecting on the lessons learnt from leading international architects and design professionals.
More info 

Singing Camp | Community Music Victoria | Lower Plenty
18-20 October 

Recharge, relax, renew your repertoire and unwind with like-minded folk. Swap songs, develop your skills, network and chat. Come for a day; come for the weekend!  Choose from a range of comfortable accommodation options including camping and self catering, or enjoy the option of home-cooked food to sustain you while you feed and nurture your soul. ‘Amberley’ is a beautiful venue, situated on a peaceful tree-lined bend in the Yarra River making it a perfect retreat away from the real world for a couple of glorious song-filled days.
More info
Creators Photography Festival | Creators Art Space | Gateway Village Wodonga
25 September- 3 November

A range of exhibitions and workshops celebrating 180 years of photography.

More info Paul 0401 950 273


Co-ordinator Recreation, Arts and Culture 
Towong Shire | Tallangattta

The role will provide programs and projects that increase community engagement, and contribute to social wellbeing and review, improve and develop recreational, arts and cultural facilities within Towong Shire communities
More info 
Gallery Officer & Gallery Technician | Rural City of Wangaratta
Applications close 15 October

Two positions at Wangaratta Art Gallery part-time and casual
More info
Quick Response Grants | Regional Arts NSW

Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice and could not be planned for.
More info
Indigo Shire Community Event Grants
Applications close: 11 November 5pm

Indigo Shire Council has a new grants program specifically supporting local, grassroots events aimed at encouraging local participation, celebrating local communities and focusing on promoting social inclusion and community wellbeing. 
$15,000 has been allocated for the new program and organisers can apply for funding from $200 to $2,000. Applications will only be considered from locally based groups and organisations or those meeting a demonstrated need within the Shire.

More info
Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship
Applications close: 30 October

The Meg Viney-Bell Fellowship nurtures fibre artists in Gippsland practising with at least two years experience in fibre art. In the context of this fellowship, fibre arts is defined as materials consisting of natural fibres. It focus on the materials and on the manual labor on the part of the artist as part of the works significance and priorities aesthetic value over utility. Work coming from a Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship must be a personal concept coming from within with a genuine place of interest.
More info
Festival Travel - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 
Applications close: 17 October

Grants of up to $3,000 to attend the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 

Festival dates: 20 November - 1 December 2019
More info

Bill Kell Memorial Scholarship
Applications close: 31 October 

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

Artwork & Writing Commissions | Runway Journal
Applications close: 14 October

Call out for a paid opportunity for arts writing and artworks. Runway Journal commission works which you might not find elsewhere - they champion voices, experimental works and unique ideas + we need more regional and remote artists represented in this space!
More info
2019 Local Aboriginal Acquisitional Art Prize | North East Water
Closes 11 November

North East Water is calling upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who live, work or connect to the Border/North East region to enter an artwork which responds to the 2019 theme of WATER.
More info
Open for Entries | National Photography Prize | MAMA Art Foundation
Closes 14 October

Every two years the National Photography Prize offers an opportunity to consider the vital role of photography in contemporary art in Australia. The National Photography Prize brings together artists from across Australia who are developing and challenging photographic language and techniques
More info
HomeGround19 | Western Plains Cultural Centre
Applications close: 18 October

The program provides emerging artists with the opportunity to work with a professional curator to extend their practice and benefit from mentoring sessions on a range of possible areas with the end result being an exhibition of their work in a high profile exhibition space. HomeGround is limited to emerging artists from NSW only. 
More info


Environmental Justice Seminar for Artists | The CAD Factory
EOI close 7 October

There are  $100 bursaries for regional NSW people to travel to Narrandera to attend the seminar on 16 & 17 November. An interactive workshop exploring how the concept of environmental justice relates to art practice in our time of ecological crisis. Engaging complex issues such as the role of different knowledges, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous systems, in environmental decision-making and how we might understand and respond to non-human needs and rights, this seminar is a unique opportunity to investigate how art might contribute to creating a more equitable, joyful and flourishing future. 
More info
Call Out - Young Aboriginal Artists
This exhibition provides an important opportunity for the young voices of our local Aboriginal communities to be heard – and for our wider community to engage with the thoughts, feelings and identities within this vibrant group of local Indigenous youth.
If you are a young local Aboriginal artist and are interested in showing your work please get in touch with Bethany Thornber ASAP - Curator at burraja gallery at curator@murrayarts.org.au or on 0260215034.
Exhibition dates Thursday 31 October – Monday 16 December.

Murray Arts is Reading

Ahead of the Kinder Kulture School Holiday Program at the Library Museum, Tiffany Ward our Aboriginal Arts Officer has been busy reading kids books. Tiff's favourite is No Way Yirrikipayi! She loves it because it uses traditional language and has great illustrations by kids from Milikapiti School, Melville Island.

Thoughts? Write to us.
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