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Tamworth celebrates Country Art Escapes

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson MP, launched Arts North West initiative, Country Art Escapes on 1 June 2012 at Tamworth Regional Gallery. Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, and New England artist Angus Nivison were guest speakers. Country Art Escapes offers visitors a way to plan customised cultural tours or follow suggested trails. The site provides artists and venues with a platform to promote themselves and their events – invaluable for the region’s growing creative industries. The Regional Tourist Office (RTO) is among the supporters of the subscription-based art trail. For more details contact Arts North West on 02 6732 4988 or office@artsnw.com.au Read more

Arts OutWest secures Aboriginal arts program funding

Arts OutWest has gained a grant from the Federal Government through the Department of Health and Ageing to deliver a region-wide arts and health program, addressing issues of chronic disease in the Aboriginal community. Spread the Word will be delivered by working in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Unit and the Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Strategy (AMIHS). It will involve a variety of artforms to help educate people about chronic disease and encourage healthy lifestyles. The program will train Aboriginal artists in graphic design, film, animation and hip hop. It will also work with pregnant Aboriginal women and young mothers through belly-casting and other artwork. The project will operate in 10 centres across the Central West. Three feature events will bring the community together to share the work and further extend the messages about health. For more information visit the Arts OutWest website. Read more

fLiNG Physical Theatre represent Australia

Bega based youth dance company, fLiNG Physical Theatre, will perform at the annual Singapore Youth Festival this month. Singapore’s Ministry of Education invited the company to perform on International Night, 19 July 2012. fLiNG’s performers are aged from 14-18 years and come from three different secondary schools in the Bega Valley. Although in their teens, they are seasoned performers and have been working with fLiNG on an average of five years performing in a number of seasons and tours. fLiNG Physical Theatre will represent Australia and share the stage with other talented young people from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia. To learn more about fLiNg Physical Theatre, visit their website. Read more

Orana RADO advises artists on selling

Orana Arts Regional Arts Development Officer, Alicia Leggett, recently spoke to visual arts blog Where is the Art on how emerging artists can sell their art in the commercial market. Leggett, who previously sold art in the US through commercial galleries, art events and festivals plus hospitals and retail stores, said artists should have records of all the work they have created plus a collectors database in order to succeed commercially. “A picture of every piece created, dates, titles and any information on the sales of the work. This is a must, even if the artist is representing himself or is signed to a gallery,” Leggett said. Check out the full Q&A here. Read more

Yellow House finds Armidale home

The New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale has acquired the painting Yellow House Triptych (2007) by celebrated Australian artist Margaret Olley. Despite private offers of more than $700,000, Olley had envisioned the painting to be acquired by a public institution and enjoyed by a wide audience. Olley passed away last year aged 88. Valued at around $440,000, NERAM fundraising group Packsaddle initiated the acquisition for the gallery’s Howard Hinton Collection. About half of the funds are now secured for the painting. Donations towards the acquisition can be made here. Read more

Euraba Papermakers unveil Biennale work

Indigenous art collective the Euraba Artists and Papermakers from north west NSW features in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, running now until September 16. The collective has collaborated with artist Monika Grzymala on a site-specific installation, The River, in the Turbine Hall Workshop at Cockatoo Island. The River features oval-shaped parchments hanging on fishing line from the Turbine Hall ceiling. The Euraba collective began papermaking in 1998, working with cotton offcuts from the local clothing industry in Boggabilla. The 18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations is on exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, Cockatoo Island and Carriageworks. To learn more, click here. Read more

Page scores leadership scholarship

Saltwater Freshwater executive officer Alison Page was named overall winner at the University of Newcastle’s 2012 Leadership Awards this month. Page was recognised for working with Aboriginal communities to deliver culturally appropriate architecture and design, and received a $10,000 scholarship to further develop her leadership skills. Meanwhile, Page was among the 14 people shortlisted in the British Council’s Accelerate program. Now in its third year, Accelerate acts as a career-building experience for Indigenous Australians working in the creative industries. Read more

Kumuwuki /big wave early bird registration extended

The 2012 Regional Arts Australia conference, Kumuwuki / big wave, is being held in Goolwa, South Australia 18 – 21 October. The conference is for professional artists, arts workers, volunteers, local shire and council employees interested in fostering and maintaining their local arts and culture. Early bird registration for the Kumuwuki / big wave conference has now been extended until 17 August 2012. Read more

Regional Arts Boards around the state receive funding for Indigenous Arts

Congratulations to all our RABs that received federal funding for Indigenous arts, culture, and language programs in 2012–13 from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport:
South East Arts received $30,000 to celebrate the Aboriginal history of the Moruya region and engage the broader community.
Arts North West received $60,000 to employ an Aboriginal Officer to address the cultural and artistic needs of Aboriginal artists in the North West region of NSW.
Outback Arts received $30,000 to engage an Indigenous Art and Culture Development Officer to conduct art and culture activities in Walgett; $5,400 to improve the Outback Arts Indigenous website to better promote local heritage and culture, and assist artists in promoting their art; and $70,000 to employ five Regional Indigenous Cultural Development Officers to promote and support Aboriginal art and culture in western NSW.
West Darling Arts received $30,000 to maintain a sustainable arts and culture group that provides opportunities and support to Indigenous people in Wilcannia NSW.
Arts Northern Rivers received $88,000 to employ an Indigenous Arts Officer to develop a vibrant Indigenous visual arts and crafts industry in the Northern Rivers region of NSW; and $30,500 to carry out the Bundjalung project for research into traditional mark-making and symbols relevant to Indigenous visual arts in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Arts Out West received $79,900 to support and strengthen the Indigenous visual art and crafts industry in the Central West and Orana regions of NSW. Read more

RANSW Funding Manager visits regions

Regional Arts NSW Funding Manager, Ben Sibson, in May visited Southern Tablelands Arts, South West Arts, Arts North West, Eastern Riverina Arts, Arts Mid-North Coast and Murray Arts to deliver arts funding workshops. Read more