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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

Queer Fruits Film Festival | call for entries

Queer Fruits Film Festival festival is seeking films which uplift and inspire – films which explore the serious realities and issues that confront the GLBTIQ communities. The festival was established to provide a vital regional screen culture event to enable the GLBTIQ communities and wider community to participate in the celebration and innovation of international queer filmmaking culture. More information at www.queerfruitsfilmfestival.org Read more

2012 Fresh Ink National Studio | call for young writers

Fresh Ink is the development program for emerging playwrights from Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp). The 2012 Fresh Ink National Studio will take place on the 3 – 8 September at Riversdale NSW. Sixteen young writers and theatre-makers will join the 3 ‘Love Bytes’ competition winners and Fresh Ink tutors for a week of playmaking. The focus of this year’s studio will be the monologue, and across the week participants will work toward producing a fully-realised piece that will receive feedback and support from peers and Australian theatre practitioners. For more information, head to the Fresh Ink website. Read more