September Newsletter

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Spring is here and with it brings bursting flowers, crisp sunny days filled with the sweet smell of wattle and birdsong flying through the air! As I write this a Grey Shrike-thrush is singing, beckoning me outside but I've got too much good news and opportunities to share with you all!

And speaking of good news, we have just been informed that the 'Border Bubble' will be extended so that means a lot more of us can connect and work cross-border which I know will improve our lives emotionally, financially and creatively.

Nat & the Murray Arts team

Latest News

Local Artists Announced as part of the 2021-2022 Open Call Program MAMA

A huge congratulations to the 9 artists that will be preparing a solo exhibition for the 2021-2022 program:
Julia Roche
Kirrily Anderson
Trevor Orford
Shivanjani Lal
Mary-Rose Riley
Julianne Piko
Otis Burian Hodge
Vicki Luke
Gillian Kayrooz

These artists will follow local artists Ken Raff and Barbara Strand in 2021, whose exhibitions were originally slated for 2020 and postponed due to COVID-19.

Read more about all the selected artists and their projects here

Write Around the Murray

For five days in September, Write Around the Murray (WAM) brings people together in Albury Wodonga for a festival of storytelling unlike anywhere else.

The 2020 theme, Past Lives/Present Tense, explores voices and stories from the past, together with contemporary storytelling, to ask questions about where we are, what we know and how to live in times of crisis and transition.
There's author talks, workshops, projects and performances and you can access this years festival online! 
More info

Artstate Launched!

Regional Arts NSW has launched the program for the fourth and final iteration of Artstate – an arts showcase and conference to be held in Wagga Wagga from 5 – 8 November 2020.  

The Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre hosted the small, Covid-safe launch event that was livestreamed so that those who wanted to join the conversation and celebrate the launch could do so under the current restrictions.

An exciting program celebrating regional arts with tickets on sale from 7 September

More info
Tallangatta Author's New Book!

Congratulations to Tallangatta author Ian Trevaskis on his newly published book 'Of Boys and Boats'!

Described as a  fast-paced, dramatic and humorous story, exploring the friendship that develops between Jack and 'Mad' Mick as the boat slowly takes shape and an old man, shattered by the horrors of WW1, is welcomed back into the world. 

'Of Boys and Boats' will take the reader back to a time of youthful innocence and hope, tempered by heartache and loss. A story that promises laugh-out loud joy and a celebration of life itself.

More info


Recipients Announced for Celsius: Independent Theatre Development Program 

Congratulations to the successful applications to the second round of Celsius: Independent Theatre funding for 2020!

  • Rachel McNamara
  • Alyson Evans and Michelle Fracaro
  • Grace Rouvray
  • Mitchell Wayne Hibbens 
  • Clancy Hauser
  • Alyce Fisher 
  • Lucy Tan

These seven creative developments will take place over the next twelve months. Read more about their creative developments here.

Single Launch | This Way North | Online

Local band and recipients of UNLOCKED This Way North are launching their new single 'Driving Roads' streaming live from the Star Hotel in Yackandanadah.
Tickets & info

What's On

Creative in Confinement | Art Partners
3 September - 1 October

Creative in Confinement by Chris Ellis contains a collection of work completed by Chris during the Covid19 shutdowns of 2020. Chris has taken this unexpected opportunity to explore new subject matter and experiment with new styles. Chris particularly loves to work in oils, the viscosity, the vibrant colours and the beautiful lustre of the medium hold immense appeal.       

Shake it Up Australia Foundation, the leading funder of Parkinson’s Research in Australia, will receive 10% of proceeds from this exhibition and local group “Monkey Mia”, who raise funds for Parkinson’s research, will open the exhibition. 

More info

Indy Theatre Forum - Theatre, Touring & the Environment | Critical Stages Touring
7 September 


Critical Stages Touring is hosting a FREE theatre forum. One of the biggest opportunities 2020 has presented is the time to critically analyse the impact live entertainment, theatre and touring has on the environment. The future must be kinder on the environment, so how can theatre-makers contribute in positive ways through their work, practice and administration. 
More info

Write Around the Murray | Online
9 September - 13 September

For five days in September, Write Around the Murray (WAM) brings people together in Albury Wodonga for a festival of storytelling unlike anywhere else.
More info

CONNECT | RELATE | CREATE | HotHouse Theatre
multiple dates in September


Connect | Relate | Create is a FREE online creative program that connects and supports Border and North East’s arts community.

Over six weeks, you are invited to participate in a range of creative workshops via Zoom to enable connection, encourage creativity, and boost well-being.

The program not only aims to increase the mental health of our hard hit arts community, but encourages the development of new ideas and skills through a range of art forms.

The program kicked of ealier this week with  off with an artist well-being workshop led by psychologist Dr Louise Cooper (Talking Emotions/Arts and Wellbeing Collective), and the following weeks will include a writing workshop with Alyson Evans, a drawing workshop, a movement workshop with Jodie Farrugia, and Chris Pidd will lead a Zoom Choir. The project culminates with IDEAS LAB, a space where artists of any art form can self-nominate to present a short visual presentation on a seed ideas they are exploring.

More info

Kids Workshop: Magiclay Dioramas with Kate Rohde | MAMA
27 September

This school holidays, Primary School students are invited to join artist Kate Rohde for a 3-hour MAMA Studio workshop. Kate is the colourful and clever artist behind our current Wonder Cupboard installation, Little Gems.

Kate will lead children through the process of creating their own colourful, creative diorama, using simple craft materials. Kids will be inspired by Kate's creativity and enthusiasm to experiment with sculpture, painting, and magiclay, and other materials to create their own wonder world.

A great way to spend an afternoon next school holidays, getting crafty in MAMA Studio. All materials are provided.
More info

Capturing History – Bruarong Stories Remembered Project Launch

The Bruarong Community Centre Committee are delighted to announce the launch of their project. The research team are keen to hear from;

  • Residents of the Bruarong Community, past & present to tell their stories
  • Anyone with a connection to Bruarong who may have photographs or documents relating to the villages of Bruarong, Hillsbrough and Sutton
  • People with any information about Bruarong History that might help add to the research
    More info
Online Community Drumming Classes | In The Groove

Join In The Groove's online drumming community! 
  • Learn West African rhythms. 
  • Connect with great people. 
  • Experience the wellbeing benefits of drumming.
  • No experience necessary (beginner/open & intermediate classes)
  • Trial your first class for free!
More info

Ask a Curator Day | Burke Museum | Beechworth
16 September

Are you interested about what it is like to work in a museum? The day encourages the general public who are curious about museums to question the keepers of cultural heritage about the objects in their care and what it is they do with them.  The Precinct team are asking for questions to be sent in to them by Sunday 13 September. Not just about curators - you can ask about their collections, research, events, tours and more! 

Send your questions directly to or via the Burke Museum and Beechworth Historic Precinct Facebook page

Adaptation Online Workshops with Goldberg Aberline Studio & AlburyCity
10 & 17 September

Together, we will create one work for Sydney’s Tamarama Beach, in the heart of Sculpture by the Sea, 2020, and it will tour to Albury’s QEll Square to be shared with the whole community in June next year.

Join a series of free, online workshops to develop the fabrics and prints, which will create part of the structure of “Adaptation”.

These workshops are for anyone who would like to expand their creativity.

The "Adaptation" project, created by Maurice Goldberg and Matthew Aberline, of Goldberg Aberline Studio, explores how collaboration in the age of COVID can happen online in new and amazing ways.
More info

Live@TheCube with Matt Ortiz | Online
18 September

Join Matt Ortiz and the Cube Team for Live@TheCube on Friday, September 18.
Jump online either on your own or with family and friends, and enjoy some amazing local entertainment for free in your very own home. 
More info

Developing Display Themes: webinar | Powerhouse Museum
24 September

Join curator Anni Turnbull in a 45-minute FREE webinar which will focus on different ways to select and develop themes for a display. Anni will look at simple techniques that help with selecting objects in a collection in order to form well developed themes ready for display or online purposes. This session has been designed for staff and volunteers of small museums, the collecting sector and interested members of the public. When booking your ticket there is an opportunity to register your questions.
More info

Kate Rohde: Little Gems | MAMA
Until October

When natural history specimens, decorative art design and intense colour arrangements collide you will discover the magical world of Kate Rohde. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) at the Victorian College of the Arts, 2001, Rohde has become widely known for her extremely detailed and colourful sculptural objects and immersive installation practice.
More info

Split – October Holiday Workshop | HotHouse Theatre
28-29 September

SPLIT - Stories from the Border Bubble 

No one could have predicted the many challenges 2020 would present to our community. In this two- day intensive, participants will generate, write, direct and perform their own pieces inspired by the experiences of those living in the Albury– Wodonga area during the COVID-19 pandemic this year. These works will be filmed and then streamed via zoom for family and friends to see.  

This is a drama workshop designed for story tellers interested in exploring the process of generating material for new work.   

Participants would need to provide their own lunch and snacks, plus a drink bottle, and are encouraged to bring hand sanitiser and a mask.  More info


EOI | Ephemeral Art Christmas Project | Wodonga Council
Closes 14 September

The 2020-2021 Ephemeral Art Christmas Project aims to create an unexpected and inspiring, temporary art installation within central Wodonga, during the Christmas period.

Wodonga Council is calling on artists to express their interest for a one-off, Christmas-themed installation which incorporates the steel arbours at Junction Square. The installation will complement the city’s Christmas decorations.
More info
Gateway Island Tracks and Trails- Aboriginal Sculpture Trail | Wodonga Council
Closes 14 September

The Gateway Island Tracks and Trails project invites Aboriginal artists to create public art that honours the rich Aboriginal history of the Gateway Island precinct while embracing the Murray River environment.
More info

EOI | SALON | Arts on Tour | Wagga
Closes 30 September

SALON is an initiative to build relationships between NSW artists/producers and presenters: it is a small-scale, lo-fi conversation starter without the bells and whistles of a full-blown showcase. Artists/Producers may apply to present a short pitch about their work at the event. There are also facilitated networking opportunities and you will hear from selected venues about their programming streams.
More info

Create Grants | The Copyright Agency
Closes 14 September

The Copyright Agency’s Create Grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work. The grants provide a living allowance to a writer or a visual artist to write or create a new work for publication or exhibition.
More info

Annual Organisation | Create NSW 
Closes 23 September

Annual Organisation funding is provided on an annual basis to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities to diverse audiences throughout a single calendar or financial year.
More info

Country Arts Support Grant (CASP)
Closes 29 September

Funding is available to support regional NSW community arts and cultural development through grants of up to $5,000, for projects including arts activities as part of community festivals or events, performances, exhibitions, workshops and other local arts initiatives.

The Country Arts Support Program is administrated by Murray Arts in partnership with Create NSW and assessed by a local panel. To be eligible you must give Murray Arts a call and discuss your project idea. Chat with Alyce, our Executive Director on 0407 213 034 or flick her an email

More info

Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost | RAV | Australian Government
Closes 30 September

The Recovery Boost is a $10 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government in 2020 as part of the Relief and Recovery Fund. It responds to the difficulties experienced by regional artists, arts organisations and communities who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Relief (up to $5,000): Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities.

Recovery (up to $30,000): Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5,000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.
More info

Creative Koori Project | Create NSW
Closes 23 September  

Creative Koori Project funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. Funding is available up to $60,000 towards arts and cultural activities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts and cultural workers.
More info 

Project Funding | Create NSW
Closes 23 September

Project funding supports innovation, vibrancy and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. Funding is available up to $60,000 towards a range of arts and cultural activities such as new project development and/or presentation, research, professional development, community and audience engagements.
More info


Creative Activation Fund | Creative Victoria
Closes 24 September

Creative Activation Fund seeks to support the development and delivery of creative projects that can increase visitation and have strong potential to become cultural tourist attractions.

Creative activation projects that can be supported include, but are not limited to, public art that responds to the natural landscape, creative interventions that breathe new life into buildings, creative reimagining of silos or unused sites, large-scale murals or sculptures as well as digital activation that could bring sites to life using cutting edge technology through VR or AR.
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

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

Audition | Second Age Project | Sport for Jove Theatre Co
Closes 7 September


Following the success of it’s first 7 seasons, the award-winning theatre company Sport for Jove invites high school age students to be a part of their youth theatre productions – The Second Age Project Summer Shows 2020. 

This year they are also developing an ONLINE Second Age Project Performance via Zoom, for regional young actors or those unable to participate in their in-person production for other reasons. 

SFJ is now offering 5 scholarships for young BIPOC, First Nations and CALD background actors.
More info

Call Out | Sharp Short Dance | Form Dance
Closes 14 September

FORM Dance Projects is calling dancers, choreographers and film makers 21 & under to register for Sydney’s most exciting youth festival.
This year, Sharp Short Dance is going digital! Get your camera and be ready to show the world your best moves, choreographic and cinematic ideas!
More info


Call for Entries | The Paddington Art Prize
Closes 27 September

The Paddington Art Prize is a $30,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. This National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.

More info


Federation Photo Prize
Closes 28 Sept

The Federation Art Prize Committee is proud to host the second Federation Photography Prize and would like to extend an invitation to you to submit your photographic works for exhibition and sale.

This year we have expanded the categories and introduced Junior awards for artists under 15 years of age.
More info 

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize
Closes 2 October 
More info
The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.

Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program 2021
Closes 20 September

The AVCLP is a professional development program that is both challenging and inspiring. It develops participant’s leadership skills, regional knowledge and networks of professional and community contacts, in a learning environment that is safe, supportive and enjoyable. The AVCLP is an intensive experiential learning program, where ‘learning by doing’ is at the core of the course.
Each year they seek applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, genders, age, abilities and industries. The primary eligibility criteria is a demonstrated eagerness to contribute to the community and develop your personal leadership skills and networks.
More info

Auditions | Flying Fruit Fly Circus
28 -30 September

Fruities are auditioning extraordinary young people who are looking for an adventure. Come and be part of the best creative education in Australia
More info

Koorie Art Show | Koorie Heritage Trust
Closes 18 October

The Koorie Art Show is an annual open-entry, non-acquisitive award exhibition for all emerging, mid-career and senior First nations Victorian artists, designers and crafts people.

All skill levels and visual mediums are eligible, and previous shows have featured works ranging from paintings to drawings, photography, etchings, sculptures and jewellery. Artworks that explore the use of digital technology are also encouraged.
More info

Residency at Home | Emerging Writers Festival 
20 September

In 2020, EWF is proud to announce the launch of the EWF At Home Residencies, a program that supports emerging writers by offering time and financial assistance to work on their craft.

The EWF At Home Residencies will see four emerging writers spending a fortnight working on their writing craft remotely at home, supported by the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The opportunity is open to writers of all genres and styles, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, YA, essays and short stories.
More info

Call for Entries | The Burnie Print Prize | Burnie Arts & Function Centre
Closes 9 October

The $15,000 acquisitive prize is open to artists from Australia and Oceania.

The Burnie Print Prize is an initiative of the Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) in northwest Tasmania.

The Burnie Print Prize was established in 2007 to:

  • Develop the Gallery's print collection
  • Present the best of contemporary printmaking
  • Support artists who work with the print medium
  • Foster innovation in the print medium
  • Promote an appreciation of the fine art of printmaking
  • Recognize and celebrate craftsmanship
  • Explore possibilities of the medium in contemporary practice
More info

Murray Arts is Reading

The Eleventh Hour-Graeme Base

What ? Nat's reading kid's books? Yep sure am.
Why? She's in her 40's! She's lost it! 

Well apart from being sentimental and nostalgic and for also research purposes, reading and looking at kids books reminds me to be playful and look at the world through a child's eyes.

The book came out in 1988 and I remember sitting in the school library being totally absorbed and amazed at the illustrations. I'd stare at each one soaking up the detail. And when I cracked the code at the end of the book- whoa did I feel a sense of achievement!

I have a copy that was from my childhood which I stole from my brother who was gifted it but he didnt give a rats about it (that's a hint!).

I sat by the fire reading and looking at it and begin amazed how art can impact us for a lifetime.

I have other kids book treasures but I wont share them with you just yet because I'd love to hear your most memorable kids book ? And did you figure out who the culprit was in the The Eleventh Hour? Tell me here
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