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The Hon. Simon Crean MP continues investment in regional arts

Delegates of last week’s Regional Arts Australia conference, Kumuwuki/Big Wave, were lucky enough to have the Hon. Simon Crean MP present the opening address. The Minister reinforced the importance of the arts in communities and the government’s continued investment in them. Read his opening address by clicking on Read More… Read more

RANSW to deliver ACCESS ALL AREAS project this November

Regional Arts NSW is presenting a number of workshops across regional NSW during November to assist arts organisations and disability services organisations to develop great arts projects for artists of all abilities. TheACCESS ALL AREAS, A Passport to Partnerships for Artists of All Abilitiesworkshops will be facilitated by Anne Dunn, a highly experienced mediator, facilitator and organisational developer in the corporate, government and community sectors… Read More Read more

Kumuwuki / Big Wave is fast approaching

Don’t forget to register before October 12 to Kumuwuki / Big Wave, the 2012 Regional Arts Australia National Conference. Attendees have access to more than 80 sessions, panel discussions, workshops and special presentations plus the artistic program. Highlights include programs exploring art, culture and resilience, with keynote Mark Robinson to discuss the role the arts can play in the social wellbeing of Australian rural communities and notions of resilience in organisations and artists. More details about transport and accommodation in Goolwa have been released; visit the Kumuwuki / Big Wave website to find out. Read more

Secret Places closes city and country student gap

Griffith and Wade High School students in South West NSW have remotely collaborated with Fairfield High School students in Western Sydney for Secret Places: The Connections project. Since October 2011, sixty students have embarked in a form of theatrical pen-palling bridging geographical, cultural and social divides. The performers used Skype to connect and plan their production, wrote letters, postcards, sent photos and exchanged objects and video messages, before meeting face-to-face in Sydney in May 2012. Two simultaneous productions were shown at the Griffith Regional Theatre and Casula Powerhouse in late June. A creative partnership between Outback Theatre for Young People and Powerhouse Youth Theatre, the Secret Places story will air on ABC Open, ABC News 24 on Tuesday September 25 at 9.55am and later at 8.55pm. See a summary of the project here. Read more

Four Winds scoops AbaF Award 2012

Regional Arts NSW congratulates the Four Winds Festival on winning the AbaF Giving Award for 2012. The AbaF Awards are a chance for business to show innovative thinking and best practice through their support for the arts. Four Winds collected the award at the early September ceremony in Sydney. For 21 years, Four Winds has presented world-class performances and commissioned Australian music and world premieres, all from temporary facilities. A successful fundraising drive led to the construction of Nature’s Concert Hall, an open-air venue which incorporates a sound shell (opened in 2012) as well as a performance pavilion and supporting infrastructure to be completed in 2013. Find out more about the awards on the AbaF website. Read more

One River project - Expressions of interest from Murray-Darling Basin

The One River project presents an opportunity for the Centenary of Canberra and the project team to collaborate with skilled and innovative regional artists and communities from across five states and territories and to hear and appreciate their stories and experiences. One River will support art projects in 8-10 Murray-Darling Basin communities, leading primarily to local presentation outcomes and then also to re-presentation of artwork in Canberra. The appointment of local artists will be via expressions-of-interest which will include a proposal for a local project. Read more

Greg Withers moves to Arts NSW

Former head of Queensland Office of Climate Change, Greg Withers, will take up a role at Arts NSW from September 3. Withers, who is married to former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, joins the arts body as director of strategy and government relations. Read more

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