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HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development

The HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development program provides five new or emerging writers each year with the experience of working closely with a senior in-house editor from HarperCollins Publishers to develop a book-length manuscript. All the details about the program are available on the Varuna Writers’ House website. Read more

WetlandCare Australia’s 6th annual National Art and Photography Competition

WetlandCare Australia’s 6th annual National Art and Photography Competition is offering a range of prizes for works exploring Australia’s diverse wetlands and waterways. Winning works will be displayed in an exhibition and awards night at the Hunter Wetlands Centre, Newcastle on World Wetlands day, February 2 2013. Entry forms and information can be found here. Read more

Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize

The Goulburn Workers Club Annual Art Prize is on again for 2012 with four categories open to the public: oil and acrylic; watercolour/ pen and wash; other media and non-traditional. Up for grabs is the $1000 first prize open to all sections (acquisitive) and a $500 prize for each section (non-acquisitive).
Exhibition: 2 – 4 November 2012, Goulburn Workers Club Auditorium
Opening event/winners announcement: 1 November 2012, 6.30 pm
Further information available on the entry form. Read more

Circus Oz: Blackrobatics Masterclass 2012 | Call for entries

With generous philanthropic support, Circus Oz has established their Blakrobatics Program: Masterclasses and Internships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing artists. Circus Oz is calling for interested performing artists to be a part of the Blakrobatics Masterclass to be held from October 29 – November 2 2012 in Melbourne. Six to seven emerging or mid-career Indigenous performing artists will be selected to participate in the introduction and orientation to circus skills training and performance. From its beginnings, Circus Oz has been visibly and vocally committed to the cause of land rights and reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples. Further details including how to apply are available on the CircusOz website.
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Rylstone Sculptures | Call for sculpture submissions

Rylstone Sculptures is calling for artists to propose for one or more works to be included in an exhibition of sculptures at the Rylstone Kandos Show in February 2013. This exhibition will be a stand-alone event in conjunction with Rylstone Kandos Show Society. The long term goal of Rylstone Sculptures is to oversee multiple and diverse installations of permanent and site specific sculptures along the banks of the Cudgegong River at Rylstone and in and around the environs of the towns of Rylstone and Kandos. Visit their website to find out more. Read more

Balranald & Murrumbidgee Shire Councils | Expressions of interest for public art projects

Balranald Shire Council in partnership with South West Arts is seeking expressions of interest from artists to design and create a public artwork for the soon to be launched visitor information and interpretive centre in the Heritage Park precinct in Balranald CBD. Read the brief here.
Murrumbidgee Shire Council in partnership with South West Arts is seeking expressions of interest from artists to design and create a public artwork to replace the former town clock in Darlington Point and maintain the ‘keeping of time’ for the community. Read the brief here. Read more

One River project | Expressions of interest for art projects

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 the re-presentation of artwork in Canberra. Local projects will take place throughout the Basin during the first half of 2013, with the overall project culminating in Canberra in August 2013. The appointment of local artists will be via expressions of interest which will include a proposal for a local project. One River will be launched in Goolwa on 20 October 2012 as part of the Regional Arts Australia national biennial conference. Find out more about the project here. Read more

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