Mar 12 2009


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Welcome to YASSarts

The Yass Valley region, just north of the Australian National Capital, Canberra, boasts a remarkable variety of talent in the field of arts, either in people who choose to live here or who have been raised in this region

YASSarts is a not for profit incorporated organization run by volunteers with the aim of celebrating arts & culture in the Yass Valley region. The website’s purpose is to be that of an inventory – a kind of listing of all individuals or groups working within the arts, whether professional or amateur, within the Yass Valley.

The website also provides other facilities for your benefit such as an ‘Calendar’ of events, a ‘News’ section and links to various related points of interest

Through the website and YASSarts’  associated activities, we also attempt to provide a platform and profile for those who may not be career arts practitioners, but whose work is no less noteworthy.

Concurrently, we hope to assist and encourage local government and the community in harnessing the cultural tourism potential of our regional arts through events and, where possible, to be supportive of and provide assistance for, our local arts community.
Homepage banner: Anne Hind (artwork) Kim Nelson (concept design & photo)

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Windows-to-the-Sacred_MorningtonYass Valley artist Kim Nelson featured on ABC Radio National on Rachael Kohn’s ‘The Spirit of Things’ program on 24th May 2015.  Nelson who’s work is part of a travelling exhibition ‘Windows to the Sacred’ discussed the exhibition theme alongside the exhibition’s curator Robert Buratti.

The exhibition opened at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in Melbourne on 15th May. The interview will be broadcast again nationally on Wednesday evening at 9.00pm. Equally, it can be downloaded via the ABC website at this address. <<Click here>>


NSW-Govt-logo_smallThe NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has created a new scheme to develop young artistic talent through a regional scholarship program.  Member for Goulburn Pru Goward said they were proud the NSW Government has invested in 100 scholarship grants valued at $10,000 each, available for 18-to-25 year olds living in the regions.

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Lugh-Damen-thumbnail_webThe Yass Valley Shire is fast becoming a recording music hub with the recent release of Cub Callaway’s new album and now multi instrumentalist/singer/ songwriter Lugh Damen.  Lugh is launching his new album, “Cry for my Country”, at the YAZZBAR in Yass, on Friday 24th April @ 7:00pm.

In honour of the centennary of WWI “Cry For My Country” delivers a stirring and thought provoking collection of original songs.  Find out more about Lugh << here >>


Binalong Mural advertWith the upcoming commemoration of the death of bushranger Flash Johnny Gilbert on the 16th May 2015, the good citizens of Binalong have decided to repaint the Johnny Gilbert mural in Binalong. (The old one, painted, in 1983 for the Binalong Centennary, had become too deteriorated to restore).

Binalong Arts Group is collecting donations for a wonderful new mural telling the story of Johnny Gilbert and it will be painted by some ‘infamous’ Binalong artists. Please drop into the Post Office or send to Binalong Post Office, Binalong NSW 2584. (Cheques to Binalong Arts Group.)

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Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today encouraged local visual artists embarking on their careers to apply for a $30,000 NSW Government Visual Arts Fellowship.  “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is providing this funding as part of its commitment to supporting the professional development of artists in our State,” Ms Goward said.
“The fellowship is open to visual artists at the beginning of their careers and will support a self-directed program of professional development that might include travel, a mentorship or internship, residencies, courses, workshops, research or the creation of new work.
“This is an excellent opportunity for emerging visual artists to gain recognition for their work, exhibit in an internationally recognised arts centre, and receive support for their professional development.
“I encourage visual artists from across the Goulburn Electorate to apply for this fellowship: it would be great to have a  young artist from our region take up an opportunity like this.

A shortlist of up to 12 artists will be selected by an independent panel of peers managed by Arts NSW. The artists’ works will be exhibited at Artspace, Sydney from 12 November to 18 December 2015.

Applications for the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) close on 18 May, 2015 with the successful candidate expected to be announced at the exhibition opening.

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