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2012 Australian International Animation Festival Success!

Wagga Wagga’s Australian International Animation Festival (AIAF) has celebrated its ninth birthday this May attracting entries from filmmakers in 30 countries. 3D artist Rowan Karrer says the power of animation to tell any story may be what attracts international artists and believes the festival holds just as much prestige as Cannes film festival, held in the same month. Although the festival has passed for this year, the AIAF offers a touring program driven by quality programming and a passion to challenge and inspire audiences with thematic, visual and technical diversity. At the moment there are two programs available: the International Showcase and the Australian Showcase. Visit the AIAF website to find out more. Read more

2012 Spirit of Community Leadership Award

In early May, the inaugural Spirit of Community Leadership Award was presented to Christine Weston from regional NSW for her tourism initiative Animals on Bikes, a 120km sculpture tourist trail intended to attract people to visit and stay in the central NSW region. Christine was one of three finalists selected from over 50 applicants nationwide for their outstanding and lasting contribution to their communities. The Spirit of Community Leadership Award was created by Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to highlight and promote the amazing achievements of regional and rural women. To read more, visit the Arts OutWest website here. Read more

2012 National Indigenous Arts Awards Recipients

Arts Minister Simon Crean and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin congratulated recipients of the 2012 National Indigenous Arts Awards announced in late May. Presented by the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, the awards showcase the breadth and vibrancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture in Australia. Singer, musician and songwriter, Warren H Williams, was awarded the $50,000 Red Ochre Award for his outstanding contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. The National Indigenous Arts Awards also recognised young Gamilaroi and Torres Strait Islander playwright Nakkiah Lui, who was presented with the inaugural Dreaming Award for young and emerging artists aged 18-26 years. Two fellowships of $90,000 over two years were awarded to world-renowned musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and contemporary visual and digital artist Jenny Fraser to produce major cross-artform projects. Click here to read more about the announcement. Read more

Festivals Australia Announce Grant Recipients

Five NSW festival arts projects have landed funding through round 34 of the Festivals Australia program. The funding support aims to assist festivals to showcase arts activities that have not yet been presented to the public. Moorambilla Festival received a $21,970 grant to develop multimedia installation Projection Positive, while Albury City Council will use its $22,150 funding for the Bundyi Circus Project at the Bundyi: Come Share with Us Festival. Ukitopia Arts Collective will put its $8,705 grant towards local artist-facilitated community workshops on bamboo installations at the Ukitopia Festival. Southern Cross Soloists will use its $10,000 grant for its Little Green Road to Fairyland composition, featuring Katie Noonan on vocals, at the Bangalow Music Festival. Arts Council of the Dorrigo Incorporation received $9,980 for their We Are workshops exploring agriculture, water and health themes though song sculptures at the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival. Opening dates are still to be confirmed for the next Festivals Australia applications round later this year. For more on the winning NSW festival projects, click here. Read more

2012 Australia Council Review Report Released

Last month, Arts Minister Simon Crean released the results of an independent review of the Australia Council as part of the development of the National Cultural Policy. Mr Crean said the Review makes 18 recommendations for reform of the Council and provides an opportunity to reflect on its success and to consider the major challenges ahead. The review was conducted by Angus James and Gabrielle Trainor. Read the 2012 Australia Council Review Report here. Read more

SBS Unveils Free-to-Air Indigenous channel

SBS will launch an Indigenous TV channel later this year as part of a $158.1 million funding injection from the Federal Government. The Government has transferred annual funding from National Indigenous TV Limited (NITV) to SBS to develop the new free-to-air channel dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content. Read more

Eddy Harris scoops Pro Hart award

West Darling Arts Aboriginal Arts and Enterprise Officer Eddy Harris on 21 May claimed the $3,000 Pro Hart Prize for Hanging Art in the annual Art Unlimited competition. Read more

Regional Arts NSW welcomes Communications Coordinator

Regional Arts NSW is delighted to welcome our new Communications Coordinator Heather Jennings. Heather has held journalist and editor roles reporting on the advertising and media industry, while also producing freelance writing on the arts, music and creative sectors. Read more