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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
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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
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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

Public art unveiled in Lismore

Lismore City Council and Lismore Regional Gallery last month erected two new public works of art in July - a large mural by Aboriginal artist Karla Dickens will overlook Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre plus the skatepark and an intricate mosaic by Scott Harrower in Spinks Park pays tribute to the rich traditions and contributions of local Italian migrants. Read more

Stocktake of regional research by Regional Australia Institute

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is undertaking a stocktake of regional research to catalogue existing research on regional issues. The research is being gathered to build an information database that will connect policy makers, researchers, community leaders and other stakeholders with research on regional Australia. Read more

2012 SIPCA Winner Avan Yu to headline this year’s Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music

The 21st anniversary Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music will be held from 7 – 9 September 2012 and will open with a performance by Canadian pianist Avan Yu, winner of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition with audiences having the opportunity to meet Avan following the Friday night concert. Only in The Tyalgum Community Hall has excellent acoustics that will enable audiences to experience his recital with intimacy, immediacy, warmth and richness of sound, thanks to the venue’s perfect acoustics. For more information and booking details click here.
This was project was made possible through the support of the Country Arts Support Program funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Boards throughout NSW Read more

Regional Arts Australia Awards 2012 winners announced

Regional Arts Australia has announced the seven National RAA Award winners for 2012, including Forbes writer and cultural development practitioner Merrill Findlay, who has won the award for New South Wales. Merrill Findlay conceived and developed the inaugural 2011 Kalari-Lachlan Arts Festival held in Forbes. She was nominated for this award by her community, who praised her for her hard work, vision, creativity, inclusiveness and community spirit. The recipients of the seven state awards will be presented at the RAA National Conference Kumuwuki / Big Wave in Goolwa South Australia on Sunday 21 October 2012. To find out more, click here. Read more