Australian Artists’ Grant

This grant provides assistance towards the costs of public presentation for professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. This includes, but is not limited to: advertising; promotional printing; mail outs; media photographs; media releases; equipment rental; framing; freight; installation costs; insurance; opening costs; space rental; technical assistance; travel. Please be aware that this grant does not provide assistance towards the production of artwork (materials, studio rental etc).

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $500 + GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,000 + GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding, but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition. The two group applicants will each be paid up to $500 + GST.

Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for the next round close on midnight Saturday 15 August 2015. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in November, December 2015 and January 2016 only.

Creative Victoria – VicArts Grants Round

Applications close 12 August 5pm

This VicArts round is for projects starting after 1 November 2015. The program guidelines and applications portal are accessible from Wednesday 15 July.
The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector.
Applications to the program are encouraged from a wide range of art forms and artistic activities. More info and previous rounds guidelines

Creative Victoria are running Information Sessions this July for artists and teachers regarding the Artists in Schools funding program.

Artists in Schools provides opportunities for Victorian professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. The program generates innovative ways to engage students across the curriculum from Foundation to Year 10.

The program provides funding of $10,000 for schools to engage an artist for approximately 20 days to work with students and teachers on a creative project in any art form. The program generates innovative ways to engage students across the curriculum and provides students, teachers and artists with diverse and challenging experiences.

These information sessions are being held across Victoria and online, on the following dates. Teachers and artists must book as places are limited.
Online 1:
Tuesday 14 July 2015 (4:00-5:00pm) BOOKED OUT

Online 2:
Wednesday 15 July 2015 (4:00-5:00pm)
Healesville – The Memo:
Friday 17 July 2015 (4:30-6:30pm)
Online 3:
Tuesday 21 July 2015 (4:00-5:00pm)
Melbourne – NGV:
Wednesday 22 July 2015 (5:30 – 7:30pm)
Benalla Gallery:
Friday 24 July 2015 (4:30 – 6:30pm)

Book here –

Applications for the Artists in Schools funding program are due Tuesday 8 September 2015 for projects starting after 10 April in 2016.

For video examples of a primary and secondary project – see links below.

Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll

Now in its fifth year, the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll formally acknowledges and celebrates the wide ranging achievements of Aboriginal Victorians past and present.

The 2015 Aboriginal Honour Roll Launch was held on the 22nd of April at the Wangaratta Library. Pictured left to right: Ms Jaclyn Symes MLC, Chief Administrator Ailsa Fox, inductee Uncle Wally Cooper and High Country Library Corporation CEO Jenny Wyllie.

So far 64 Aboriginal Victorians have been inducted in recognition of their important contributions to the Victorian community in fields such as health, education, sport, the arts, military service and social justice. Their life stories and achievements are recorded in the Honour Roll book which is on permanent display in the Victorian Parliament as a legacy for future generations.


The Wangaratta Heritage Festival- Anzac Centenary 2015


The launch of the Heritage Festival took place on the 17th of April at the Wangaratta Library with over 100 people enjoying music from the High Society Jazz Orchestra, Pianola music, high tea, games, activities of the era, a photo booth, period dress/costumes, displays and memorabilia.

The Heritage Festival is took place from 17 April- 24 May 2015. The aim of festival is to showcase and celebrate Wangaratta’s local heritage with the focus of the 2015 Festival on ANZAC Centenary Commemorations.

Events and activities that took place over this period focused on raising awareness about our local ANZAC history, and include: workshops researching military ancestry, Museum open days, photographic exhibitions, a theatre production of Gallipoli, torchlight tours, Author visits, and woodworkers display.




Let’s Talk Difference…

The Talking Difference Project is designed by the Immigration Museum and toured to the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre from the 7th- 27th of April.

The Talking Difference Booth is a multi-platform online social media project designed to facilitate dialogue around cultural difference and the promotion of diversity. The project aims to:

  • Help strengthen communities further by widening understanding and acceptance of cultural differences;
  • Build empathy, and provide the opportunity to understand and reflect on different perspectives of identity and diversity;
  • Facilitate intercultural contact and promote dialogue about race-based discrimination and the broader health implications for those affected within the community.

There were 2 community workshops delivered as part of the project; one to generate questions and the other to record responses as part of the Wangaratta Youth Summit.

The studio provided a number of options to create a response; participants could use video, create a drawing, record an audio track, or write a text response. Content created in the studio will not only become part of the studio but may also be used online or as part of a Museum Victoria exhibition.

Talking Difference Booth



Down By The River

Down By The RiverDown by the River is the point of difference in your social calendar this Autumn. Down by the River is the place for you to meet your friends and family and to indulge your senses in great food, artworks, fashion and handcrafted wares.As twilight descends after a busy day at the office kick back and relax to the sounds of indie, folk and pop musicians. Settle in an enjoy a range of local beers, wines, food stalls and live entertainment.
Friday 13 March 2015
5pm – 9pm
Ovens Riverside PrecinctDown by the River is proudly hosted by the Rural City of Wangaratta and sponsored by Tourism Victoria.This event is free for everyone to come and explore the Creative, Boutique and Sound.

Bring the New Year’s Eve in with a bang!

This New Year’s Eve, Apex Park will be filled with children’s activities, live music featuring George Kamikawa and an amazing sand sculpture demonstration and workshop for everyone to get their hands sandy. The celebrations will be on Wednesday 31 December at Apex Park commencing from 7pm.

Penny Hargrave, Manager – Arts, Culture and Events at the Rural City of Wangaratta, said, New Year’s Eve is a fantastic event for families and friends to bring a picnic or purchase food by one of the local food vendors, enjoy live music and come together to celebrate as a community”.

“This year we are incorporating a sand sculpture which is an amazing art form with the theme of the sculpture based on our beautiful Ovens River here in Wangaratta. This free event incorporates a community workshop for budding sculptors of all ages.”

“It’s truly breathtaking to watch 4000 people from the community come together to enjoy the fireworks display. The first fireworks show commences at 9.15pm, followed by the Moonlight Movie, Frozen that will take you through to the midnight fireworks show, welcoming in 2015. said Ms Hargrave.”

The New Year’s Eve Event is proudly hosted by the Rural City of Wangaratta and is free for everyone to attend, so come down and join in the celebration at Apex Park – it’s not one to be missed!,”

For more information on the planned festivities throughout summer contact the Rural City of Wangaratta on 03 5722 0888.