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  • Vibewire e-festival online forum: How to get your arts project funded
    16 – 21 April, online
    Are you looking for a few tips on how to write a good grant application for an arts project? Do you have a great idea for an arts project and don't know where to start? Would you like to
    know what funding bodies look for in a grant application? This online panel forum is a great place to start.

  • Free Youth Workshop
    12 – 13 April, Oberon
    Help to create designs, models and drawings for the common at these free workshops at the Oberon Library (with visits to the Common) conducted by Gabriella Hegyes and assisted
    by Mary Douglas, an experienced visual artist who has been selected for the artist in residence at Hill End. The workshops prepare for the Youth Week exhibition at the Oberon
    Library and are the first stage of our Common Community Art/Cultural project sponsored by Council & Youth Week. Contact Celia Ravesi Tel 02 6359 3109.

  • Disability-Arts workers network
    Disability-Arts workers network, call for expressions of interest: Accessible Arts has been collecting profiles and contact details from disability arts workers from around NSW: people
    who work with people with a disability on arts or culturally related activities, such as art/craft/performance workshops and training, recreational services etc. We are interested in
    developing a disability-arts workers network that would help promote the work of arts-disability workers and provide a space for the sharing of interests and inspirations. Please send
    us your profile and contact details by visiting:

  • Animals in Art
    14 April – 10 June, Dubbo
    Animals in Art in the Children’s Gallery featuring a series of works representing the variety of animal-inspired works from the Dubbo Regional Gallery collection. Contact Tel 02 6884

  • This month at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
    Until 16 April
    Lloyd Rees, painting and printsfrom the permanent collection. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery holds a significant collections of works by Lloyd Rees. This exhibition features paintings
    and prints by the artist including his major work May Morning No.2, 1981 and the new aquired painting A South Cost Canal.

  • Minutes to Midnight
    Until 29 April, Dubbo
    Australian photgrapher Trent Parke's dark, sensual and apocalyptic vision of contemporary Australia that began as a road trip which he embarked on with his partner in 2003. This is
    an Australian Centre for Photography touring exhibition at the Dubbo Regional Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre. Contact Tel 02 6801 4444

  • Quilt Exhibition
    14 – 15 April, Dubbo
    Presented by the Dubbo Patchwork and Quilters’ Group Inc. Experience an array of fine quilts and craftwork showcasing the textile artists from the region. Entry $5. Tel 02 6884 5406
    The Bald Archy Prize – The Alternative Archibald

  • 5 – 22 April, Coffs Harbour
    Created in 1994 as a spoof of that more serious competition, the Bald Archy provides artists of all styles and standards with a genuine opportunity, ranging from the hilarious to the
    bizarrely vulgar, to create portrait paintings of humour, dark satire, light comedy or caricature. Website

  • Grafton Gallery Postcard Show
    Until 15 April, Grafton
    The 2007 Postcard Show is a major fundraiser for Grafton Regional Gallery. It offers postcard-sized artworks, from local and national artists for sale through a silent auction. This is
    the first year the postcards have been displayed online and browsers are able to bid via email.To view the artworks and make a bid: Go to Contact 02
    6642 3177

  • Arts figures honoured with Tas awards
    Distinguished artists have been honoured for their contributions to shaping Tasmania's cultural landscape.
    Ten artists, including composer Peter Sculthorpe, painter Max Angus and Aboriginal shell necklace maker Dulcie Greeno, were awarded Tasmanian Government Art Awards as part
    of the Ten Days on the Island Festival.

  • Artstart Youth Arts and Skills Festival
    Arts Mid North Coast has been the successful tenderer for this years North Coast Artstart Youth Arts and Skills Festival, awarded $51,000.
    The funding will be used to run a youth and arts related small grants program over the North Coast from Great Lakes to the Tweed.

  • Artist Margaret Olley has donated four works by artists including Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
    Olley said the value of the works in monetary terms is meaningless.
    "I don't think of it like that because you just start with one thing and once you've given it, I've forgotten about it," she said. "I never sit down and tally anything - it's never about the money, it's about giving. I've been given so much through life, so it's a natural thing to give back."
    Since the 1980s, Olley has donated more than 125 works worth a total of $7 million.

  • THE Australian art market is running white hot, with buyers outstripping sellers and bidders splashing up to $50,000 simply to get a foot on the ladder. "There is a lot of confidence, and a lot of good, new, solid money around, plus a lack of quality works," said the general manager of Savill Galleries. "And there are a lot of new people willing to spend 30, 40 or $50,000 just to enter the market.

  • A painting by Aboriginal artist, Rover Thomas, sold at auction in Melbourne last night for $660,000.
    The work, which depicts a premonition of cyclone Tracy, sold to a telephone bidder from London. It was the second highest price paid for a painting by an Aboriginal artist. The highest was another work by Thomas that sold for $780,000 five years ago.

  • The Museum of Brisbane (MoB) delves into the world of childhood with their current exhibition, Sharper than a serpent’s tooth: Van Sowerine. Brisbane-based Van Sowerine explores the magical, vivid and sometimes painful world of an eight-year-old girl with a 40cm plasticine subject, Sophie, as well as photography, animation and instrallation. This exhibition is the second in MoB’s Here and now: Contemporary Queensland artists on show series.

  • Paris is set to introduce millions of people to the wonders of Australian Indigenous art. On June 23, President Jacques Chirac will open the city's newest museum, the Musee due Quai Branly. Tucked away near the Eiffel Tower, it is a multi-million dollar monument to non-Western art and it will permanently pay homage to Australia's Indigenous culture.

  • Brisbane artist Carl Warner has been very busy. After just completing a solo show at Jan Manton Gallery in South Brisbane, he jumps across to the University Art Museum at the University of Queensland to offer the first major survey of his practice entitled Carl Warner – Sensing the surface: A survey of the photo-media work of Carl Warner, 1995 – 2005. Curator Dr Sally Butler is also author to a major publication of Warner’s work to be launched with this exhibition. Dr Butler will also lead a curator’s talk through a guided tour of the exhibition on 8 July at 2pm. Until 23 July.

  • A Supreme Court judge in Sydney was asked to decide if the winning entry in the 2004 Archibald Prize was actually a painting. In 2004 the Sydney artist Craig Ruddy won the national portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, for his depiction of the actor David Gulpilil. But his win is being contested in the Supreme Court by another artist, Tony Johansen, who claims that Ruddy's work is a drawing, rather than a painting. The verdict was in the affirmative!

  • The Papunya Tula Artists of the Western Desert in central Australia are holding an art exhibition and sale in London this month to raise money for a dialysis project in Alice Springs.The Indigenous artists raised more than $1 million at a previous sale to launch the Western Desert Dialysis program which provides renal dialysis for patients from remote regions.Paul Sweeney from Papunya Tula says the London sale will provide bridging money for the program until shared responsibility agreements are confirmed and deliver additional money.

  • Former QANTAS chief James Strong has been named the new head of the Australia Council for the Arts, replacing David Gonski, who has resigned. The Minister for Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, says Mr. Strong's background and experience make him the ideal candidate.


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  • About 300 people  filled the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in far western New South Wales  for the landmark Brushmen of the Bush retrospective. The two living Brushmen - John Pickup and Jack Absalom - were guests of honour at the event to be opened by Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer. Gallery manager Rebekah Butler said the night was  an opportunity for Broken Hill to thank the Brushmen of the bush to celebrate their achievements and also to recognise and honour the contribution to Broken Hill's cultural history

  • prestigious art competitions, the Cossack Art Award. When the event began in 1993, there were only 40 entries. Last year, there were more than 300. The shire's manager of marketing and promotions, Nan Rickards, says the top prize winner will get $10,000. Ms Rickards says the two judges, Robert Birch and Sieglinde Battley, are well-known for their works. The exhibition will be opened on Jul 16th.

  • A 33-year-old Sydney man has won Australia's richest annual art prize for young painters.
    Tamir David won the Metro 5 Art Award Judges Prize for his work Earth, a painting on cardboard of an Aboriginal woman.

  • Women who have had experiences with cancer are being invited to express their feelings artistically for an international competition. The Oncology on Canvas competition is open to women with cancer, their friends and families, health professionals and artists from 38 countries including Australia. Cancer organizations say the idea is aimed at recognising the life-changing journey that cancer involves. All Australian entries will be displayed at the Royal College of Art in London and the winner will receive more than $16,000.

  • The quality of air at the Burrup Peninsula, on the north-west Western Australian coast, will be examined for another two years to see if industry emissions are affecting the area's Aboriginal rock art. The monitoring program, conducted by the CSIRO, has been running for nearly two years and local companies have given $400,000 to continue it. Preliminary data from the first year of air quality monitoring showed pollution levels were considerably lower than concentrations measured in cities around Australia and the world.

The exhibition is open to professional and amateur photographers from the Blue Mountains Region. 







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