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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

12th National Rural Health Conference | Call for presentation proposals

The 12th National Rural Health Conference is calling for abstract submissions for presentations for their conference in Adelaide next April 2013. The theme of the conference is Strong Commitment, Bright Future and while presentations on unmet challenges, hurdles and barriers will not be excluded, the program will emphasise the positive elements of life in rural and remote Australia and the unique services that can be found there. Abstracts can be submitted online where they will be made available for consideration by the Abstract Selection Committee. Visit the conference website here. Read more

Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship provides support for ballet artists ages 17 to 29 to help further their cultural education. It is awarded every two years for study, maintenance and travel either in Australia or overseas. The Trust Company as Trustee is offering three scholarships of $20,000 each for 2012 to be paid in four instalments of $5,000 over two years. For further information, including how to apply, visit the Trust Company’s website. Read more

Central West’s Look Art Talk project

Look Art Talk is the first Art and Alzheimers Program to be delivered in Central West NSW. The Look Art Talk pilot project will run for a six week period aiming to engage people with Dementia and their care-givers from the local Seymour Centre, Illumba Gardens, Macquarie Care Centre and St Catherine’s aged care facilities. The residents will undertake tours of the exhibitions and cultural activities Bathurst Regional Art Gallery providing social inclusion and intellectual stimulation which in turn act to promote wellbeing. Look Art Talk is based on a program that was developed by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York in 2006. This MoMA program was later taken up by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in 2007 through its Art and Alzheimers Program. Find out more on the Arts Out West website.
This pilot program is an initiative funded by the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and presented in partnership with Arts OutWest’s Arts and Health Program and Western NSW Local Health District. Read more

Digby Moran inspires with workshops

Bundjalung artist, Albert 'Digby' Moran, has led a series of painting workshops with local school students as part of his exhibition Bundjalung Dreaming at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina. Read more

Smashed Arts in Bathurst

A new Bathurst program, Smashed Arts, aims to circumvent the negative choices of young people by providing inspiration and opportunity to express themselves as well as entertainment options that don’t include drinking. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre’s (BMEC) Local Stages Program secured a $495,000 grant from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing for the two-year Smashed Arts program. The program began during the July school holidays with free workshops for young people in dance, circus, beat boxing and film making. Building on BMEC’s existing Aboriginal Performing Arts Program, these first workshops targeted young Aboriginal people through three days of activity at the centre. Read the full article from the Western Advocate here. Read more

Greg Withers moves to Arts NSW

Former head of Queensland Office of Climate Change, Greg Withers, will take up a role at Arts NSW from September 3. Withers, who is married to former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, joins the arts body as director of strategy and government relations. Read more

Arts on Tour rounds up another Drover Award

Regional Arts NSW congratulates Arts on Tour NSW (AOT) for receiving the Drover Award for Tour of the Year for the third year in a row. Riverside Productions and AOT collected the esteemed Award for Rainbow’s End at last week’s national award ceremony. Read more

Sydney Theatre Company debuts new Australian play

This year, Sydney Theatre Company’s Theatre in Communities program took playwright Jo Turner and director Susanna Dowling to Armidale in North West NSW, where they worked with five local schools and community members to create a new contemporary Australian play. At the core of the program were multiple artist residencies and mentoring for young people across the theatremaking process. The final production will be created and performed by STC artists in collaboration with locals involved as cast members in the final performance ensemble, costume designers, production managers, set constructers and lighting and sound technicians. The opening night of the play will be at the Hoskins Centre at The Armidale School on Tuesday, October 9. Click here for more information. Click here for more information. Read more