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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

Crean consolidates philanthropic bodies

NSW Minister for the Arts the Hon Simon Crean yesterday (1 August) announced a new institution to drum up more private support for the arts would launch by July 2013. The Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Australia Council’s Artsupport Australia program will merge to create the new institution promoting philanthropy. Both the Australia Council and media agency owner and philanthropist Harold Mitchell in recent reviews have recommended a single body be established to drive private giving. Crean said: “It will join the dots between facilitating private giving and philanthropy, encouraging sponsorship and corporate giving, building partnerships between artists, business and private donors, and recognising the contribution of philanthropists and the business sector in supporting the arts.” Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AM and AbaF Chair Terry Campbell AO will form part of a steering committee establishing the new body over the next 11 months. Campbell will continue as AbaF chair until 30 June, 2013. In the 2012–13 budget the Government allocated $3.2 million over two years supporting the continuation of AbaF and its amalgamation with the Australia Council’s Artsupport program. Further details available here. Read more

2013 Country Arts Support Program Now Open

Applications for the 2013 round of Regional Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) are now open. The CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated arts projects. Grants of up to $3,000 are available to groups and organisations based in regional NSW for projects occurring between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. The outcome of applications will be advised on 30 November 2012. The Country Arts Support Program is devolved to Regional Arts NSW by the NSW Government through Arts NSW. Visit the CASP page on our website for further details about the grant. Read more

Quick Response Grants announcement for January - March 2012

Regional Arts NSW is pleased to announce seven new projects funded in the January to March 2012 quarter of the Quick Response grant program. The Quick Response Grants once again assisted regional artists and cultural workers to develop invaluable skills for their work in regional communities through engagement in various professional development opportunities. Artforms represented this quarter included dance, craft, music, performance and visual arts. Funds assisted artists across the state from Bega in the south to Byron Bay in the north. The Quick Response Grants program provides assistance for regional NSW artists, arts organisations and communities to take advantage of professional and project development opportunities that present themselves at short notice. The funds are provided through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund which is administered by Regional Arts NSW in New South Wales. Read the full list of recipients here. Read more

Portia Geach Memorial Award

The Portia Geach Memorial Award celebrates Australian female artists as the most prestigious portrait prize exclusively open to women. Over the years the prize has greatly contributed to the development of female artists in Australia. The 2012 award is valued at $18,000. Click here to find out more. Read more

2012 Norvill Art Prize for Australian Landscape Painting

The Murrurundi & District Arts Council are calling for paintings of Australian Landscape in any medium or style to be entered into the 2012 Norvill Art Prize. Artists are invited to submit a . The Prize is worth $21,000 and is one of the largest privately funded art prizes in Australia. Since its inception, the Norvill Art prize has rapidly become one of Australia’s most prestigious landscape prizes, attracting entries of exceptionally high standard both locally and nationally. The exhibition will run from 13 – 28 October 2012. Visit www.norvillartprize.com for details. Read more

The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award

The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award is a $20,000 award for the creation of a new play by an Indigenous playwright. This national award will be presented for the next three years. The award comprises $7,500 prize money and a $12,500 commission for a new play each year. Applications will be accepted from writers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. They will be assessed by a panel including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. Click here to find out more. Read more

2012 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize

The Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize 2012 is an acquisitive prize that recognises the achievements of NSW Aboriginal artists. The exhibition will take place at Parliament House 4 – 25 October 2012. Entries are to be submitted to Cambelltown Arts Centre via their new online entry system. Visit the Campbelltown City Council website for more information. Read more

National Association for the Visual Arts | call for petition signatures

NAVA is calling for signatures on a petition intended for presentation to federal Arts Minister, the Hon. Simon Crean MP. It calls for the mandating of payment of artists’ fees for art work exhibited in public galleries either on loan or commissioned from artists, at the rate recommended in NAVA’s Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector. The petition also calls for the Government to provide small to medium galleries and other exhibition spaces with adequate additional financial support to meet their obligations. Visit the petition at www.change.org/petitions Read more

Imprints 2012 | expressions of interest from artists

Imprints is a contemporary art project designed to create and exhibit an innovative collection of thought provoking, interdisciplinary work that embraces the Central Coast community. Connecting place and identity; individual stories from today and yesterday, telling the stories, memories and oral history that defines our region in a contemporary way. Art Central are looking for two artists, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, to participate. Further details are available here. Read more