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Street art activates Parkes High School

Parkes High School’s previously bland stairwell leading to the library has had a make-over street art style make-over thanks to a project funded by the Country Arts Support Program. Renowned Sydney street artist Andy Jumbo made his way to Parkes for two days in August to help 28 students from years from 7‐12 activate the space. The first step in the project was for students to meet with Dubbo artist Brigid Palin to create designs based on the key words from the school’s vision, motto, behaviour and literacy focus. ABC Open Central West’s Luke Wong helped students make short films and take photos of the process. Check out the Arts OutWest website for more information and images. Read more

Kumuwuki / Big Wave is fast approaching

Don’t forget to register before October 12 to Kumuwuki / Big Wave, the 2012 Regional Arts Australia National Conference. Attendees have access to more than 80 sessions, panel discussions, workshops and special presentations plus the artistic program. Highlights include programs exploring art, culture and resilience, with keynote Mark Robinson to discuss the role the arts can play in the social wellbeing of Australian rural communities and notions of resilience in organisations and artists. More details about transport and accommodation in Goolwa have been released; visit the Kumuwuki / Big Wave website to find out. Read more

Secret Places closes city and country student gap

Griffith and Wade High School students in South West NSW have remotely collaborated with Fairfield High School students in Western Sydney for Secret Places: The Connections project. Since October 2011, sixty students have embarked in a form of theatrical pen-palling bridging geographical, cultural and social divides. The performers used Skype to connect and plan their production, wrote letters, postcards, sent photos and exchanged objects and video messages, before meeting face-to-face in Sydney in May 2012. Two simultaneous productions were shown at the Griffith Regional Theatre and Casula Powerhouse in late June. A creative partnership between Outback Theatre for Young People and Powerhouse Youth Theatre, the Secret Places story will air on ABC Open, ABC News 24 on Tuesday September 25 at 9.55am and later at 8.55pm. See a summary of the project here. Read more

Four Winds scoops AbaF Award 2012

Regional Arts NSW congratulates the Four Winds Festival on winning the AbaF Giving Award for 2012. The AbaF Awards are a chance for business to show innovative thinking and best practice through their support for the arts. Four Winds collected the award at the early September ceremony in Sydney. For 21 years, Four Winds has presented world-class performances and commissioned Australian music and world premieres, all from temporary facilities. A successful fundraising drive led to the construction of Nature’s Concert Hall, an open-air venue which incorporates a sound shell (opened in 2012) as well as a performance pavilion and supporting infrastructure to be completed in 2013. Find out more about the awards on the AbaF website. Read more

RANSW welcomes Anna Evans to Arts OutWest

Anna Evans has joined the team at Arts OutWest as Aboriginal Health Promotions Officer on the Spread the Word project. A Wiradjuri woman from Bathurst, Anna will work two days per week over the next nine months alongside arts workers and health staff. Spread the Word is a publicity campaign for prevention measures in chronic disease funded through the Department of Health and Ageing. The project will engage local Aboriginal people to generate work aimed at Aboriginal people. Activities will include graphic design, film-making and a continuation of the belly casting project. Many of the materials created will then become part of ongoing local health strategies. Find out more on the Arts OutWest website.
Spread the Word is a partnership between Arts OutWest, the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) Aboriginal Health Management Team. Read more

RANSW welcomes new RADO to Murray Arts

Elise Armitage has joined the team at Murray Arts as the Regional Arts Development Officer in the Albury Wodonga region. Starting in early October, while Karen Gardner is on twelve month maternity leave, Elise is experienced in event management, directing festivals, community arts project funding and facilitation. Read more

One River project - Expressions of interest from Murray-Darling Basin

The One River project presents an opportunity for the Centenary of Canberra and the project team to collaborate with skilled and innovative regional artists and communities from across five states and territories and to hear and appreciate their stories and experiences. One River will support art projects in 8-10 Murray-Darling Basin communities, leading primarily to local presentation outcomes and then also to re-presentation of artwork in Canberra. The appointment of local artists will be via expressions-of-interest which will include a proposal for a local project. Read more

2012 Hawkesbury Art Prize

The Hawkesbury Art Prize is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000. The prize is for a painting, photograph or collage that is inspired by contemporary Australian identity. This is a not for profit project run by Purple Noon Gallery, in association with Patron, Maggie Scott. Along with the first prize of $10,000, three additional prizes of $1,000 for ‘Highly Commended’ will also be awarded. For all the details, including entry forms, visit the Purple Noon Gallery website.
Exhibition details: 17 November – late December 2012, Purple Noon Gallery Read more

Batlow Apple Blossom Festival photography competition

The Batlow Apple Blossom Festival photography competition is a signature festival event, with the exhibition reflecting and celebrating the personality of Batlow and its surrounding region. There are a number of sections for entry with cash prizes awarded to each. As in previous years, the champion image from section one will be transformed into a festival street flag, as part of the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival’s photo story helping to bring an atmosphere of festivity to the township in the lead up to the big weekend. Entry forms and competition guidelines are available to download at the Visit Batlow website. Read more

2013 Macquarie Photography Prize

Entries for the 2013 Macquarie Photography Prize will open on September 1. The Macquarie Photography Prize is a global photography competition open to anyone from any country. Categories for entry are macro, nature, live action and arthouse. Pictured to the right is 2012 winner Best in Show for the Storms category, Luke Peterson ‘Divine Light’. Luke will now be the judge for the 2013 prize. More information is available on the Australian Art Sales website. Read more