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Frost Over Barraba New Acquisitive Prize

Over 37 years, Frost Over Barraba has grown to a significant Regional Art Exhibition with the loyal support of the region’s extraordinarily gifted artists. Exciting changes are happening this year with the event expanding to a community wide Arts Festival with multiple venues and activities. The Frost Over Barraba Arts Festival will be held 28 June – 1 July 2012. The Art Exhibition will be located in the RSL Memorial Hall, with the Preview Night on 28 June. Of major interest this year is the new Acquisitive Prize of $2000 for the Best Painting Exhibited in addition to a number of other prizes for multiple categories. Schedules and entry forms can be downloaded from the Barraba Community Website. Read more

2012 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award

The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) is a premier biennial arts event of Grafton Regional Gallery. The JADA aims to promote excellence and innovation in Australian drawing. The major award of $15,000 is acquisitive, along with further acquisitions to value of $15,000. Acquisitions from the JADA enter the Grafton Regional Gallery’s nationally recognised collection of Australian contemporary drawing. The 2012 JADA entry form is available now for download. Click here to visit the Grafton Regional Gallery’s website for further details. Read more

2012 Australian Stencil Art Prize

Entries for the 2012 Australian Stencil Art Prize are now open. The Australian Stencil Art Prize is an acquisitive prize and the winner will receive a $2000 cash prize. An exhibition of finalists and winning works will exhibit at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown, Sydney from 21 November – 2 December 2012. Information about how to enter can be found here Read more

The Wilson Visual Arts Award

The Wilson Visual Arts Award is a non-acquisitive art prize and exhibition in its inaugural year. It is open to all Australian artists and all forms of visual arts media will be accepted. The award is organized under a committee composed of working artists and art enthusiasts. Drawn together by their vision to increase cultural opportunities in Lismore their stated purpose is to “promote and celebrate the vibrant arts and cultural precinct in Lismore and the Northern Rivers through the encouragement of knowledge, appreciation and practice of contemporary visual arts.” The winner will receive $10,000 prize money, The People’s Choice award will receive $1,500 prize money. Further details available on the Wilson Award website: Read more

2012 Sculpture in the Gaol

Sculpture in the Gaol is a public sculpture competition held in Trial Bay Gaol in South West Rocks on the mid coast of NSW. This year the works will be exhibited from 18 August – 9 September with the winning sculpture receiving the competition prize of $2,500 donated by the Heritage Guest House.
Visit the Sculpture in the Gaol for entry specifics. Read more

Responsive Program, Critical Path | Accepting proposals now

Critical Path will be accepting proposals for the 2013 Responsive Program from June 2012. This program responds to choreographers’ proposals to conduct practice-based research. Research projects reflect the applicant’s interests and are individually devised to support the pursuit of the project goals and dimensions through a competitive peer-assessed funding. Critical Path provides substantial financial support for artists, as well as space, equipment, technology and advice to NSW choreographers. This program is extended through a partnership with the Creative Practice and Research Unit (CPRU) at the School of the Arts and Media (SAM), University of New South Wales. For further details, check the Critical Path website. Read more

Author Anthony Hill Enthralls Audiences in Bega

As part of Bega Valley Shire Library’s National Year of Reading program, visiting author Anthony Hill enthralled his audiences across the Shire’s libraries last month with true-life stories about the war experiences of Australian soldiers. Anthony Hill is an award-winning author of numerous books for young adults, including the well known Soldier Boy. A public talk was held at Bega Library generating discussion on the effect of war on soldiers returning to Australia and how they adapted to ‘normal’ life again. Mr Hill’s visit was part of the Bega Valley Shire Library’s National Year of Reading program and was made possible by funding from the Country Arts Support Program. To find out more about upcoming National Year of Reading events visit the Council’s website
The Country Arts Support Program is funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Boards throughout NSW. Read more

Heaps Decent in Wilcannia

Music initiative Heaps Decent has begun its Wilcannia workshops in North West NSW as part of a two-year project funded by the Department of Human Services. Read more

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