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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Sculpture-in-the-Paddock_Sophie-PeerSubmission for the annual, ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ are now open.  Applications are welcome from both regional and national artists.

Within it’s first two years, ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ has been hugely successful and garnered media attention nationally via television, radio, press and social media. Both newcomers and award winning sculptors have taken part and this year the event is exploring new avenues whilst still being located in the pastoral splendour that is the historic National Trust property, ‘Cooma Cottage’.

Major Prize of $2,000 and a People’s Choice Award of $500 as well as a Tuggeranong Arts Centre Prize.

Applications close 7th August 2015.  Artworks will be selected by 21st August.

Go to the Sculpture in the Paddock website to download entry forms (Photo by Sophie Peer)


Emerging musicians and composers in the Goulburn Electorate are being encouraged to apply for the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship in honour of the internationally renowned composer.

For more information click here: Musician Fellowship_Pru Goward


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 >>

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