Archive for February, 2015

Feb 27 2015


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Crisp Pots_Anne Hind_Photo Jessica ColeYASSarts is lending its support to assist local horticulturalist Sandy Crisp in beautifying the main street of Yass.  Essentially, the concept involves an interactive pot plant display bringing individuals and the community together for the benefit of the Yass Valley. Local artists are beginning to design their own pots in preparation for the unveiling in September.

Read the Yass Tribune story << HERE >>  Photo of artist Anne Hind courtesy of Jessica Cole (Yass Tribune)

Feb 23 2015


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NGA projectionA call to artists interested in having their artwork showcased, digitally mapped and projected onto key buildings in the city of Picton as part of the IlluminARTe Wollondilly Festival (April 11).  No absolute guarantees but if you send an image/s, they will be forwarded to the Digital Projection team for their further consideration. You may choose to photograph a section of your artwork that you find interesting or send a pic of the resolved works and let the team decide what works best for the digital mapping and projection.

Timeline: You have until Thursday 26 February 2015 to provide your images.
Contact Rob Moran, Community Projects and Events Team Leader, Wollondilly Shire Council for further details  P:  (02) 4677 8211   E:

Feb 20 2015


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The 152nd Yass Show is rapidly approaching. This year will feature a Just-for-the-fun-of-it Poets’ Breakfast plus a Junior Written Competition.  The Poets’ Breakfast is 8.30 – 10.30am, Sunday March 15, 2015 at the Shearing Pavilion, Yass Showground. Open mic. All welcome.

Students once again have the chance to extend themselves, write and perform poetry and be acknowledged for their efforts. Some may even win cash prizes, but that’s not the point of it. The idea is to extend the poetic range of students, whether they are starting from zero or higher up the tree.

Details and entry form click here:  Junior Entry Form Yass Show 2015
Deadline for Junior Written entries Monday 2nd March. We’d love to have your school represented at the Yass Show.

Feb 15 2015


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Australia coverThough it is great news when a writer gets a first time publishing deal in Australia, this doesn’t automatically mean they will get published internationally. Yass Valley writer Robyn Cadwallader hasn’t only managed to get a publishing deal for her first novel ‘The Anchoress’, with  published giants HarperCollins, Australia but with Faber & Faber in Britain, Farrer, Straus and Giroux in the US and Gallimard in France!

Harper Collins press release had this to say:
‘An intense, atmospheric and very assured debut, this is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of the year … This one will appeal to readers who loved Hannah Kent’s bestselling Burial Rites.’

‘The Anchoress’ is out this month.  Check out Robyn Cadwallader’s YASSarts page <<here>>

Feb 10 2015


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Yass Valley artists Lorraine Blackwell & Graham Cossey will be part of a mixed exhibition at the Belconnen Art Centre in the ACT.  The exhibition entitled ‘Place: spaces & beyond’ will run from 20th February until the 15th March and will feature a ‘Meet the Artist’s’ afternoon on March 1st March from 3.00pm

Feb 05 2015

2015 Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

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Aboriginal Arts FundingRegional Aboriginal artists are being encouraged to apply for funds from the Arts NSW 2015 Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF).  For the purpose of the fund, regional NSW includes the Central Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong and is defined as the areas or regions outside of Greater Sydney.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
Workshops | arts activities as part of festivals or events | artist-in-residence programs | public art and design projects | performances | exhibitions | other local arts initiatives | professional development

Past recipients include Outback Arts for small arts business coaching sessions to build the capacity of Outback Arts Aboriginal cultural staff and practising Aboriginal artists in the region, and South East Arts for the Grow the Music – Wallaga Lake music and performance training program for the Aboriginal community at Wallaga Lake.

Applications opened on 27 January and will close at midnight, 9 March 2015.
Full details are available << here>>     Read more << here >>

Feb 04 2015


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Yass Show Society Inc is proud to present the Yass Show Poets’ Breakfast and Junior Written Poetry Prize, to be held in conjunction with the 152nd Yass Show.

Following the success of the 2013 and 2014 Poets’ Breakfasts at the Yass Show, we are delighted to announce that this year the Poets’ Breakfast will be a non-competitive, open microphone event in the Shearing Pavilion on Sunday 15th March  8.30-10.30am. All poetry lovers and supporters are welcome to either perform or listen.

The Junior Poetry Prize will continue to offer prize money in for written poetry, to encourage youngsters on their poetry journey. The winners will be announced at the Poets’ Breakfast. There will also be a $20 local encouragement award for a local junior poet who performs at the Poets’ Breakfast. Come and support our junior poets!

The Yass Show Junior Written Poetry Prize 2015 will offer $70 in prize money:
1st: $40 | 2nd: $20 | 3rd: $10.

The program is designed for maximum enjoyment and to include poets at all ages and stages.  Come and enjoy the eclectic open mic sessions (all styles of poetry and juniors welcome).  Monday February 23.

Entries close Monday February 23   *This is the deadline for junior written entries*.