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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

2013 Regional Arts Fund | Regional Arts NSW

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 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

National Farm Sculpture Award | Spirit of Lockhart

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

M&G NSW IMAGinE Awards 2012

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