Saturday, August 20, 2011

Just Ask

I remember a few years ago listening to an Australian film producer talking about the process for reviewing new scripts. While thousands were posted to his office and sat piled up on his desk, it was very rare for him to receive any calls from writers. He was obviously astonished by this.

Today I cheekily requested Reg Mombasa as my friend on Facebook. What the heck I thought. I love his paintings, he's a fascinating individual-what do I have to lose? Nothing-because within a few minutes he had responded. (mind you, I think he befriends everyone who requests-so give it a go) 

After two years writing alongside other volunteer Tasmanian writers on the writeresponse reviewing blog we have developed a track record of reviewing a number of festivals, performances and events and are now confident to approach others. Following an exciting discussion about the possibility of having a team at the Sydney Biennale 2011, we wrote a basic but friendly email directed to the right person and within a few hours we had confirmation...'yes, they would love to have us there'. Brilliant! Now we just have to find some money to cover the trip, but brilliant. 

Obviously what we were offering was worth something. It reinforced the need for us all to value the work that we do in the arts and to step out there and ask for what we want or need. We may not always get it, but it's worth the risk don't you think?

Opportunity to ask...anyone who wishes to support us in getting to Sydney next year please make contact and we can list you as a sponsor. Cheers

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Mentorships are offered for artists aged 18 - 30 and within the first 5 years of their professional practice.
Find out about upcoming grant workshop dates and more information at:
ArtStart  and JUMP

2012 Artist Residency @ UTAS Cradle Coast campus – Apply Now!

Open to artists working in visual arts, design, craft and literature and community cultural development …

The Cradle Coast Campus is offering a residency opportunity in 2012. Artists interested in exploring new perspectives on North West Tasmania’s

• cultural and industrial heritage

• relationship with the landscape

• emerging industries are invited to apply.

Up to $5000 will be provided to support artist fee, travel, accommodation, living expenses and the production of work. Artists may choose to work from the Cradle Coast campus (Burnie) or at a self-initiated location in the North-west region. Preference will be given to proposals that engage in some way with the campus and the regional community.

The residency is open to local, interstate and international artists. Applications close: Friday 28 October 2011.  Artists will be notified in November 2011.

Download the Guidelines and Application forms 
Interested? To discuss your ideas or for more information, please contact:
Nicki Fletcher    Email: Telephone: (03) 6430 4924

Sunday, August 14, 2011

“To write it took three months; to conceive it, three minutes; to collect all the data in it, all my life”,
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Art is like a staple, like bread or wine or a warm coat in winter. Man's spirit grows hungry for art in the same way his stomach for food."
— Irving Stone, writer

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