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Arts on Tour rounds up another Drover Award

Regional Arts NSW congratulates Arts on Tour NSW (AOT) for receiving the Drover Award for Tour of the Year for the third year in a row. Riverside Productions and AOT collected the esteemed Award for Rainbow’s End at last week’s national award ceremony. Read more

Sydney Theatre Company debuts new Australian play

This year, Sydney Theatre Company’s Theatre in Communities program took playwright Jo Turner and director Susanna Dowling to Armidale in North West NSW, where they worked with five local schools and community members to create a new contemporary Australian play. At the core of the program were multiple artist residencies and mentoring for young people across the theatremaking process. The final production will be created and performed by STC artists in collaboration with locals involved as cast members in the final performance ensemble, costume designers, production managers, set constructers and lighting and sound technicians. The opening night of the play will be at the Hoskins Centre at The Armidale School on Tuesday, October 9. Click here for more information. Click here for more information. Read more

Finalists announced - Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2012

The Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2012 recognises the achievements of NSW Aboriginal artists. Regional Arts NSW would like to congratulate the following artists from regional NSW announced as finalists:
Albert ‘Digby’ Moran – Ballina
Aunty Joy Duncan – Bogabilla
Aunty May Hinch – Bogabilla
Christine Dumas – Bogabilla
Eddy Harris – Wilcannia
Glen Duffield – Shoalhaven
Lola Binge – Bogabilla
Mark ‘Punakirri’ Willers – Shoalhaven
Warwick Keen – Tamworth
Opening and Announcement of Winner: 17 October, Parliament House
Exhibition: 4 October – 25 October, Parliament House
More information on the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2012 is available here. Read more

Excellence in regional innovation awarded to Accessible Arts North Coast

On August 14, Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance congratulated Accessible Arts for receiving the Excellence in Regional Innovation Award at the NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards. The new awards program was presented at Parliament House with over 130 representatives from the NSW disability sector and recognises individuals and organisations doing things differently and thinking outside the box to achieve results for people with disability, their families and carers. The Accessible Arts North Coast three-year project won funding from the NSW Government Community Services, Dept of Family and Community Services and is the first of its kind in regional NSW, bringing innovative approaches to improving access to the arts for people with disability in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast region of NSW. Find out more about the award and the project on the Accessible Arts website. Read more

The Legendary: Pacific Coast Touring Route launched in Sydney

A new Culture and Heritage Trail designed to attract more visitors to the north coast of NSW was launched in Sydney on Thursday August 23. The first in a series of special interest trails along the iconic tourist drive, The Legendary Pacific Coast, highlights key locations from the Central Coast to Northern Rivers, incorporating everything from performance spaces to regional galleries, historic sites and art studios. Arts Mid North Coast Executive Officer Rod Howard spoke at the launch: “Arts Mid North Coast is delighted to have been engaged to deliver the Trail content from Terrigal to the Tweed, and we believe it will be of great benefit to our communities.“ For more information on the trail, visit the Legendary Pacific Coast website. Read more

Reform of the Australia Council begins

Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced the Australia Council for the Arts will have increased responsibility for a broader range of arts funding programs in the first steps of reforming the Council.

Speaking at the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association Conference, Mr Crean said that Playing Australia, Visions of Australia, Festivals Australia, the Contemporary Music Touring Program, Contemporary Touring Initiative and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy will transfer to the Australia Council from the Office for the Arts.

“The recent Review of the Australia Council recommended a number of significant changes to the structure and operations of the Government’s major arts funding body,” Mr Crean said.

“Today’s announcement is the first step in readying the Australia Council for the challenges of an arts sector that is transforming, and to help deliver on the goals of the National Cultural Policy. Read more

Public art unveiled in Lismore

Lismore City Council and Lismore Regional Gallery last month erected two new public works of art in July - a large mural by Aboriginal artist Karla Dickens will overlook Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre plus the skatepark and an intricate mosaic by Scott Harrower in Spinks Park pays tribute to the rich traditions and contributions of local Italian migrants. Read more

Stocktake of regional research by Regional Australia Institute

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is undertaking a stocktake of regional research to catalogue existing research on regional issues. The research is being gathered to build an information database that will connect policy makers, researchers, community leaders and other stakeholders with research on regional Australia. Read more

2012 SIPCA Winner Avan Yu to headline this year’s Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music

The 21st anniversary Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music will be held from 7 – 9 September 2012 and will open with a performance by Canadian pianist Avan Yu, winner of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition with audiences having the opportunity to meet Avan following the Friday night concert. Only in The Tyalgum Community Hall has excellent acoustics that will enable audiences to experience his recital with intimacy, immediacy, warmth and richness of sound, thanks to the venue’s perfect acoustics. For more information and booking details click here.
This was project was made possible through the support of the Country Arts Support Program funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Boards throughout NSW Read more

Regional Arts Australia Awards 2012 winners announced

Regional Arts Australia has announced the seven National RAA Award winners for 2012, including Forbes writer and cultural development practitioner Merrill Findlay, who has won the award for New South Wales. Merrill Findlay conceived and developed the inaugural 2011 Kalari-Lachlan Arts Festival held in Forbes. She was nominated for this award by her community, who praised her for her hard work, vision, creativity, inclusiveness and community spirit. The recipients of the seven state awards will be presented at the RAA National Conference Kumuwuki / Big Wave in Goolwa South Australia on Sunday 21 October 2012. To find out more, click here. Read more

Crean consolidates philanthropic bodies

NSW Minister for the Arts the Hon Simon Crean yesterday (1 August) announced a new institution to drum up more private support for the arts would launch by July 2013. The Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Australia Council’s Artsupport Australia program will merge to create the new institution promoting philanthropy. Both the Australia Council and media agency owner and philanthropist Harold Mitchell in recent reviews have recommended a single body be established to drive private giving. Crean said: “It will join the dots between facilitating private giving and philanthropy, encouraging sponsorship and corporate giving, building partnerships between artists, business and private donors, and recognising the contribution of philanthropists and the business sector in supporting the arts.” Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AM and AbaF Chair Terry Campbell AO will form part of a steering committee establishing the new body over the next 11 months. Campbell will continue as AbaF chair until 30 June, 2013. In the 2012–13 budget the Government allocated $3.2 million over two years supporting the continuation of AbaF and its amalgamation with the Australia Council’s Artsupport program. Further details available here. Read more