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
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
Part of Tulgeen Disability Services located in South East Arts, Art in the Garage provides supported art making for 29 artists with disability. Read more01.09.2012
This August saw Arts Northern Rivers recruit two new staff members. Visual artist, musician and composer Anthony Walker has been appointed to the role of Indigenous Arts Development Officer. Read more01.09.2012
Applications for the 2013 round of the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) are now open. The RAF supports arts and cultural activities in regional NSW that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities. Read more23.08.2012
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
The National Farm Sculpture Award is calling for entries. Hosted by the Spirit of the Land Festival Lockhart held from 12 – 14 October 2012 in the Riverina NSW, the award is for art created from scrap metal, recycled farm materials and elements of the land. This year’s first prize is $10,000 and the Spirit of the Land can assist with transport to any participating artist who registers for the festival exhibition with a CountryLink return ticket from a CountryLink station to the festival. Check the website www.spiritofthelandlockhart.com.au for more details. Read more
Nominations for M&NSW’s 2012 IMAGinE Awards are open. Public museums and galleries in NSW, Aboriginal keeping places and cultural centres, not-for profit organisations such as artist-run initiatives and volunteer run museums and galleries are welcome to nominate. The Awards acknowledge exhibitions, programs and projects that occurred in the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. For more information, click here.
The IMAGinE awards, an initiative of M&G NSW, have been developed in collaboration with the LGSA, R&PG NSW and MA NSW. The IMAGinE awards are made possible by the support of the NSW Government through Arts NSW, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council. Read more
Entries for the 2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers, the country’s foremost literary competition for young writers, are now open. Young writers under the age of 25 are urged to enter the competition to share in $5,500 in prize money and have the opportunity to be published online and in the December issue of Voiceworks, Express Media’s literary quarterly. The prize is judged by Express Media and celebrated author John Marsden, author of the Tomorrow When the War Began series. For further details click here. Read more
The Mortimore Prize is back for 2012 with the following categories open for entry: surrealism, drawing, figurative, smalls (subject can be anything provided the artwork is a true representation), landscape, waterscape and still life. This year there is $52,000 worth of prize money to be awarded with the winner of best in show receiving a prize valued at $16,000.
Exhibition details: 30 September – 21 October 2012
St Brigids Hall, Dubbo
Opening night: 29 September 2012, 6pm
For more details on the 2012 prize, click here. Read more
The Bellingen Community Arts Council invites all regional artists to participate in their annual event, the Bellingen Art Prize, celebrating its 10th birthday this year. The categories for the prize are works on paper, painting, 3D, photographic and digital, members prize and people’s choice with the winning artist being awarded the $5000 prize.
On exhibition: 28 September – 6 October 2012
Bellingen Memorial Hall, Hyde St Bellingen
Opening night and presentation: 28 September at 5.30pm
For further details click here. Read more
Established last year, the Outback Archies is an exhibition aimed at providing artistic opportunities for artists living in rural, regional and remote NSW. Outback Arts, in coordination with Orana Arts, West Darling Arts and the Moorambilla Festival, works to showcase the contributing artists to both a local and visiting audience through the exhibition. Prizes will be given in the categories of photography, 3D (sculpture and ceramics) and open art (painting, etching, drawing, sketching) with entries and prizes assessed by a panel. Further details available on the Outback Arts website.
On exhibition: 17 September – 1 October 2012 Read more