Well, there's only been a few sunny days so far but we are into the swing of Spring and it's not only the flowers that are blooming across our region!
We've got a bunch of great events and opportunities including author talks, music, theatre, workshops and exhibitions.
burraja gallery's newest exhibition in touch is now open. This group exhibition showcases local First Nations artists and celebrates the textural and tactile nature of artefact making, sculpture and weaving. The exhibition features works such as didgeridoos, woven baskets and emu callers.
Word up! September also sees the most welcoming literary festival in the country! Write Around the Murray features author talks, conversations, workshops and events to inspire and grow your reading, writing and storytelling.
Opportunity knocks with funding and grant opportunities for artists and calls for entries for awards and prizes. Most of these opportunities close in September - some in the next few days- so get cracking on those applications!
Got a story for us? We always love to hear about artists success stories, exhibitions, events and opportunities so make sure you keep in touch.
We hope your arts in September flourishes!
Nat & the Murray Arts team
For five days in September, Write Around the Murray (WAM) brings people together in Albury Wodonga for a festival of storytelling unlike anywhere else.
Readers, writers, artists and storytellers, both high profile and emerging, gather to share stories, ideas and skills as part of a diverse and invigorating program.
There is something for everyone with author talks and conversations, workshops, foodie events, exhibitions, a poetry slam, writing competitions, WAM4Kids children's events, a schools program, events by the Murray River, and our highly anticipated Saturday night celebration with authors and festival goers.
Strong representation from regional NSW on Create NSW Artform Advisory Boards
Create NSW has unveiled its new Artform Advisory Boards, with regional NSW well represented on nine of the 10 Boards.
The Artform Advisory Boards will assess applications made to the Arts and Cultural Funding Program to provide recommendations and advice to the Minister on strategic directions for the sector.
The newly constituted Boards will begin to consider funding applications from October.
Hidden Cinema Call for Actors Info Session
Back for its 3rd year running, and to bring the world of our secret film alive we're once again seeking actors to lead audiences through this exciting, immersive theatre experience!
A single line, representing the thread of consciousness, weaves in and out creating the detailed drawings of Chiltern-based artist Beth Peters.
Mapping the movement of thought from the artists internal world to the external, Peters threads together images inspired by textiles, repetitive woven works that speak to the complexity of being neither wholly present or absent in any moment.
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.
Harpist Marshall McGuire
8 Sept | St Matthews Albury
Marshall has performed as a harpist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Australia Ensemble. He has appeared at international festivals including Aldeburgh, Melbourne, Milan, Geneva, Brighton, Moscow, Vienna, Huddersfield, Huntington and Adelaide. More info
Zac & Eliza Spalding
20 Sept | Galah Bar | HotHouse Theatre
Local country music artists Zac & Eliza Spalding will perform at Galah Bar More info Tickets
Mamma Mia! by Albury Wodonga Theatre Company Oct 4-Oct 12 | Albury Entertainment Centre
The worldwide phenomenon comes to Albury Wodonga! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people around the world and is one of the top 5 highest-grossing Broadway musicals of all time! More info
Author Talk: Kon Karapanagiotidis
12 Sept | The Cube Wodonga
In The Power of Hope, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis describes how he prevailed over a childhood of racism, bullying and isolation – and went on to create one of Australia’s largest and most influential human rights organisations. More info
Falls Creek Photography Workshop
6 Oct | Create Network | Falls Creek
Capture beautiful images from the High Country of Victoria by one of Australia’s leading landscape photographers, Mark Gray & supported with professional photographers from Phase One & Create Workshops. Explore Falls Creek, Rocky Valley Dam & Wallace’s Hut throughout the day & learn about editing your images with Capture One software. More info
Picasso And His Dog
6pm 20 September | Mount Beauty Community Centre
From the award-winning Lemony S Puppet Theatre, comes Picasso and His Dog -
a beautiful work for children and their families. This performance in the Mount Beauty Community Centre will delight children and adults alike. Tickets are available from Mount Beauty Hardware and Drapery, or at the theatre door: Adults $25, Member $20, Youth and Children $5
TROPFEST JNR Short Film Workshop | Off The Beaten Track
30 Sept, 1 & 2 Oct | South Albury
Students will work together as a team with Daniel Haritos a Melbourne based Director/Actor/Film maker, to create a short film for Tropfest Junior. Students will be in charge of creating the whole short film, including writing, directing, acting, costume.
Object Significance Assessment workshop & storage tour
25 September | Museum Discovery Centre | Castle Hill
This workshop has been designed for museum staff and volunteers, the collecting sector and interested members of the public. The workshop will provide a detailed overview of the process of assessing objects and writing significance statement and will include in-class exercises in writing statements and discussions on the specific needs of the variety of institutions involved. Audience and researcher needs will also be discussed. More info
Cartooning Workshop | Splatoons
2 October | Beechworth
During the school holidays artist & Caricaturist, OZ from SPLATOONS Beechworth, will share his drawing techniques in this interactive workshop at the Burke Museum. Students will be invited to share their work afterwards, with a display at the Beechworth Library! Suitable for ages 8-12.
A Ballet Story - The Sleeping Beauty | Holbrook Library
The traditional story of the Sleeping Beauty is brought to life by the dancers of the Allegro Youth Ballet Company. A show for all ages, featuring beautiful dancing music and costumes. You will also have a chance to meet the dancers after the show and see their costumes up close. More info
Calligraphy Workshop with Marta Lett | Yackandandah
Come an join in on a Calligraphy Workshops with Marta Lett, an accomplished calligrapher, designer and tutor. Lett will hold monthly workshops at Yack Station Gallery in calligraphy, Celtic art, Illumination and Gilding. More info
The Identity Project | Tallangatta Community Theatre | Tallangatta Memorial Hall
Oct 4 & 5
Written and directed by Jai Butler and Evelyn Deery, this original play dives into the difficulties of modern teenage life. More info
Kids Workshop - Make Your Own Wall Hanging | Arcadia Beechworth
Up for a morning of crafty fun? Make a cool wall hanger with leaves, flowers, Pom poms and tassels.
All materials and snacks included. Suitable for ages 8 - 12. More info
Digitisation Officer | Australian Museums & Galleries Association Victoria
The Australian Museums and Galleries Association is the national professional body for the museums and galleries sector. The Regional Digitisation Project is supported by Creative Victoria and delivered by AMaGA Victoria with an aim to digitise and provide public access to Victoria’s distributed state collections. More info
Assistant Curator, Creative Business & Operations Co-ord, Business & Visitor Officer| MAMA Albury
Do you love contemporary art? MAMA is looking for three new people to join their team! If you're interested in helping MAMA thrive, check out these current opportunities. More info
GRANTS & FUNDING
Title Ruth Whyte Memorial Bequest Grant
Applications close: 8 Sept 2019
With grants of up to $5,000 available to community groups and individuals. Grant applications should demonstrably be for the advancement of music within the Albury-Wodonga region. More info
ILC Individual Capacity Building (ICB) Program Grant Opportunity 2019-2020
Applications close: 30 Sept
The grant opportunity will fund activities that align with the following two activity types: Activity type 1: Individual Capacity Building, which are activities that build the capacity of people with disability by ensuring that they have the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals. Activity type 2: Organisational Capacity Building, which are activities that improve the ability of Disabled Peoples Organisations and Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) to deliver their organisational purpose and to deliver ILC in the community. More info
Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups | Australia Council
Applications close 1 Oct
The Australia Council arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. More info
Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups | Australia Council
Applications close 1 Oct
If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, this grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career. Grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. 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
Quick Response Grants | Regional Arts Victoria
The Quick Response Grant program has been set up to be responsive to exceptional cultural opportunities that may be on offer to artists or community groups. These grants are available throughout the year and applications can be submitted any time between 3 to 12 weeks prior to the activity commencing. More info
Performers' Trust Foundation | Phonographic Performance Company of Australia
Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust. More info
Community Presenter Touring Grant | Arts on Tour
The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions. More info
EOI Memorial Mural | Federation Council Applications close: 12 Sept 2019
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are being sought from professional mural artists or teams experienced with community engagement to create a mural in collaboration with local youth (ages 15-25). More info
Open for Entries | National Photographic Portrait Prize Closes 21 October
Get your entries for the National Photographic Portrait Prize! Over $50,000 in prizes goes to the creator of the most outstanding photographic portrait. There will also be prizes for Highly Commended as well an Art Handlers’ Award, and the ever-popular People’s Choice Award! More info
Open for Entries | Queensland Premier's Drama Award Closes Sept 15
If you have an idea for a show that Australian audiences need to see on our stages now, we want you to enter. This national award is open to individual artists and collectives of all levels of experience, working across different performance practices. More info
Open for Entries | Federation Art Prize, Corowa Closes 20 Sept
Running for close to 20 years, the Federation Art Prize has grown to exhibit the work of artists from across Australia. It brings enjoyment and interest to residents and visitors to the wider Corowa Region. More info
Open for Entries | John Fries Award Closes 30 Sept
The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists.
The Award has established itself as a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary artists from across Australia and New Zealand. More info
Open for Entries | National Photography Prize | MAMA Art Foundation Opens 16 Sept
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
2019 Local Aboriginal Acquisitional Art Prize | North East Water
Closes 4 October
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.
For my 40th Birthday, I wanted a Sally Mann print. Needless to say, I'd have to sell my firstborn to buy one, and since I don't have firstborn my kindred spirit gifted me the next best thing- Sally Mann a thousand crossings
Emotional, intellectual, raw. Perfect to curl up with for your artist date.
For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (b. 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work—portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and other studies—is that it is all “bred of a place,” the American South. Mann, who is a native of Lexington, Virginia, uses her deep love of her homeland and her knowledge of its historically fraught heritage to ask powerful, provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries. Organized into five sections—Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains—and including many works not previously exhibited or published, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievements.
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Murray Arts contributes directly to the arts and cultural lifeblood of the NE VIC/ Border region by working directly with individuals, communities and local government to assist them in developing the arts and cultural life of their communities.
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Murray Arts acknowledges the traditional custodians and caretakers of the land and waters on which we are privileged to work. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and encourage everyone to champion our emerging leaders of the future.