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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 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

2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers

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

2012 Mortimore Prize

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

2012 Bellingen Art Prize

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

Outback Archies 2012

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

Second Tamworth Textile Triennial | Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest for artists wanting to partake in the second Tamworth Textile Triennial to be held in August 2014 are now open. The Triennial showcases contemporary textile artists and promotes the unique cultural heritage associated with textile practice. Expressions of interest are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, age groups, emerging artists and established practitioners. Details are available on the Tamworth Regional Gallery website. Read more

ATYP Scholarship for South West Arts region

South West Arts, in conjunction with Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) are offering a regional scholarship for a young person from the South West Arts region aged 12-18 years. The scholarship will enable the recipient to attend a week long school holiday workshop in Spring 2012 at ATYP in Sydney from 24 – 28 September or 1 – 5 October. To find out more, including application details, visit the South West Arts website. Read more

Price's Cafe project launched in Moruya

In late July, South East Arts proudly launched Price’s Cafe – a living exhibition that will celebrate Moruya’s social hub for Aboriginal people in the 1950s & 60s. The Price’s Cafe project is an original idea by leading South Coast Indigenous artist Cheryl Davison and will recreate a section of this iconic cafe in a compelling exhibition for the 2013 Eurobodalla River of Art Festival. Price’s Cafe is the first project as part of the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Action Plan 2012-15 developed by South East Arts to provide a strategic approach to the development of Aboriginal arts and culture in the region. South East Arts is calling for donations from businesses and members of the community to broaden the reach of the Price’s Cafe project. For further information, visit the South East Arts website.
Price’s Cafe project is supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Culture Support program and the NSW State Government through Arts NSW.
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Sweet Dreams for Arts OutWest

Arts OutWest has received funding for Sweet Dreams, a workshop program designed for the participation of people with a disability. Facilitated by arts professionals and open to people with mild to moderately severe disabilities, both physical and intellectual, the workshops incorporate music, dance, physical theatre, visual arts and multi‐media. Sweet Dreams will be hosted in collaboration with local disability service organisations in the Central West. The project will highlight the benefit involvement in the arts can contribute to developing the potential of people with a disability. To find out more visit the Arts OutWest website. Read more