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Sharing Victorian stories: Home is where the hall is

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I’ve been driving around country Victoria a lot of late. Many trips to visit staff, to be thrilled by Small Town Transformations and to talk about the serious matter of disaster recovery. I don’t so much love the driving but as a country girl, I do enjoy getting out...

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Advocacy Breakfast Skillshare #raasummit

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Unsure how to respond when the arts nay-sayers nay-say? Keen to embark on some arts advocacy? At the recent Regional Arts Australia biennial summit, Arts & Edges, Regional Arts Victoria presented a Breakfast Skillshare on arts advocacy. Regional artists and artsworkers from across the state and across the country...

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Celebrating five Small Town Transformations

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“This project is all about the creative power of art to make place. It invites you to be ambitious in imagining what transformation might mean for your town – now, and into the future.” This was the challenge we posed in late 2012, inviting small towns from all across Victoria to...

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Seven years and still thirsty!

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For my manager’s report this quarter, which is distributed across the industry, I thought I’d offer up a few personal reflections on a series of strategic changes I’ve been part of. This August I celebrated my seven-year anniversary working here in Regional Arts Victoria’s touring department. Seven years! Some...

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REVIEW Astrojet: My Personal Excursion to the Space Centre

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  I really enjoyed excursions in primary school. Even when I had no idea where we were going, or why, I just wanted to break up the humdrum of the school-week. I trusted entirely when I boarded transport toward far away locations, listened eagerly to the crackly speakers of...

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Finding the arts in the Federal Budget

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The winners! The losers! The cheering! The booing! The analysis! Is there a more exciting event in our domestic political calendar than budget night?* Once you’ve stripped back all the glitz and glamour, though, it can be tricky to navigate your way beyond the headlines and determine how exactly...

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Reflections on 2013

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Across 2013, everyone at Regional Arts Victoria was focused on the question: How best can we inspire art across the state? We covered 256,380 road kilometres to share in your creative perspective, engaging with 190,515 more of you online, and supporting 4,618 artists through our work. Through such consultation,...

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A Festivals Network for Victoria

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How many arts festivals are there in Victoria? When are they on? What kinds of work do they present? How can artists have their work considered? What’s their production and publicity cycle? When do they employ people? Who are their audiences? And if all those festivals could come together...

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16 years of Showcase Victoria – got me checkin’ in my rear view mirror…

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Some background… Showcase Victoria, Victoria’s premier performing arts touring market-place, will celebrate its sixteenth birthday this May. Commemorating this milestone seemed somehow important to me so I began, channelling Indiana Jones, trawling through ancient files, dusting-off long forgotten surveys and uncovering ancient wisdoms and wealth regarding our state Showcase...

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"Proudly reclaiming my country boy identity": Malcolm's back!

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Thirty years ago arts enthusiasts couldn’t wait to leave regional Australia. Now some are going home. If you had told the 18 year old me, bags packed and on the V/Line train to live in Melbourne forever that I would be returning to live and work in the country...

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Every arts festival in Victoria

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Regional Arts Victoria is leading the formation of a festivals network for Victoria. Help us create a comprehensive list of every arts festival in the state? If your favourite festival isn’t in this list, please let us know in the comments below? January Peninsula Summer Music Festival Falls Festival...

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Creative professional development

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Because I’m an introvert by nature (no, really!), every now and again I need to retreat into my own space to reenergise. I write, or swim, or ride my bike. Once a year I make a week-long writing retreat in regional Victoria, and the new energy and vision this...

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Working on the edge

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Recently I was among a group of people gathered in Jaara Country, the land of the members and Elders of the Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung community, to open an exhibition by Ash Keating, The West Park Proposition, at the Latrobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo....

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Regional creativity crucial to cultural growth

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“I see the artist as central to us as a nation,” the former Arts Minister Simon Crean had said on launching the National Cultural Policy, “and to securing its future.” Will Australia’s next arts minister share this vision? Artists compel us all to open our minds to more confident,...

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National Cultural Policy: new questions

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The National Cultural Policy Creative Australia is an important milestone for Australia. Several years in the making, its development has been the work of an enormous number of people who have given it creative, scholarly, consultative, financial and political attentions. It’s a rare and important thing that this much...

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On the road for Small Town Transformations

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“How can art transform your town?” is a question that’s inspiring communities all across our state right now. It began as Regional Arts Victoria’s provocation for the Small Town Transformations initiative, but as our recent road trip showed us, it’s inspired a lot more than expressions of interest for...

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How can art transform your town?

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What if art could transform your town? How would you start? What artform would you choose? Who would you collaborate with, and how would you do it? What if you had $350,000 to spend over a year developing and presenting an artistic project that would bring people together and...

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Uncurated spaces for uncurated communities

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“This is a very special occasion. Welcome back to Hamer Hall,” said Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu on the occasion of that great hall’s reopening in July. “More importantly, in the spirit of that magnificent project undertaken last year by Regional Arts Victoria, which celebrated in almost every regional town...

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