When film producer, Laticia Gibson was asked to direct a television commercial in Lockhart she had no idea where it was on a map or where the shoot would lead her.
Now twelve months later the international journalist and filmmaker is officially calling Lockhart home.
Formerly a Today Tonight reporter, Ms Gibson moved to the United Kingdom when she was 25, where she reported for the BBC and ITN before returning in 2010 to open her own media company, Blue Clay Productions.
Having filmed several projects in the area, including a documentary called “Going the Distance’ , which was about city folk looking for love in the country, she decided to follow her own heart.
Originally from a beef cattle farm near Casino, northern New South Wales, Laticia has been encouraging local farmers to get creative – making films about farming life and agri-business.
Combining her skills as a journalist and her creative flair with a video camera, Laticia is set on showcasing the local wildlife, charismatic locals and the rich and diverse history of the Riverina.
She also works with various community groups to promote arts events, including the Spirit of the Land Festival, which was the first commercial she shot in the area – some might say it was the bait that caught the worm.
Inspired by her travels across the globe and her adventurous career as a television reporter, Laticia is also in the throws of writing a screenplay. Recently attending an AFTRS screenwriting course in Wagga Wagga through a sponsored place by Eastern Riverina Arts, she says her creation has been greatly inspired by her change of scenery.
Up-to-Date Exhibition Prize Winners
Congratulations to the following winners of this annual regional competition; Jordy Bos, Kylie Van Tol, Anne Mangan, Elaine Camlin, Julie Perri, Michael O’Neill, Lesley Looney. This was another successful exhibition and we look forward to the event again next year.
New Chair of the Australia Council
Following the recent Review of the Australia Council and the conclusion of James Strong’s tenure as Chair of Australia’s principal arts funding body, Rupert Myer will be the new Chair of the Australia Council and Robyn Archer AO as Deputy Chair, as announced by Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean. More HERE
Solid Arts: respecting & protecting Indigenous intellectual property
The Arts Law Centre of Australia has developed and launched the Solid Arts
website – an online resource with free legal tools, practical advice and links to other sites regarding Indigenous intellectual property. The site has been developed for Indigenous artists, art centres and commercial operators, creators who work with Indigenous communities, people who purchase Indigenous artworks and anyone interested in Indigenous issues. Visit the site HERE
Film Festival Fever in the Riverina
If you’re a budding film-maker, there’s plenty of opportunities for you to develop your skills and gain recognition in the industry with four film festivals accepting material for screening. These include; Wagga Waggafest run by Wagga City Council, Reel is Real a Wagga based festival, Woodland Film Festival in Tumbarumba and Colourfest Film Festival held across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart. More details on each event in Opportunities.
Spirit of the Land Opens
Lockhart is continuing to create a unique niche in the nation’s art world with Australia’s only National Farm Sculpture Award. The award is for art created from scrap metal, recycled farm materials and elements of the land. It offers a huge exhibition of Farm Art and a rare experience of a country community. With a $10,000 first prize, artists enter from around the country. More Details in Opportunities
Backyard Ashes The Movie – Filming in Wagga Wagga
Casting now open for Lead Roles, Walk On Speaking Parts, Featured Extras and Extras. For role descriptions go to www.backyardashes.com.au
Email photo and a short bio (a link to your show reel if you have one) to firstname.lastname@example.org
The screen tests will be held on Saturday August 4 commencing from 10am.
Once you have contacted us we will send you short scenes or dialogue to prepare. You will be required to read these scenes of dialogue on camera, opposite a professional actor, who we have arranged for the audition process.
Woodland Film Festival
Enjoy films submitted in the following categories; Best Film, Best Student Film, Best Film Shot on a Mobile Device, Audience Choice, Best Animated Film and Best Local Film.
When: 31 August – 2 September
Colourfest Film Festival
We are Australia's first and only multicultural film festival and this year we are looking for both short and feature films to showcase across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart. Films must be produced in the last two years (May 2010 onwards) and portray the lives of one or more culturally diverse Australians.
Prize: Best Short Film wins $2000 cash courtesy of AFTRS along with a host of other prizes.
for submission form and guidelines.
Closing: 10 August
Wagga Waggafest Short Film Competition
A screening night will be held in September where all the winners will be announced. Follow on Twitter for updates twitter feed
Closing: 10 August
Reel is Real Film Festival
The theme this year is ‘busted’. Films can be from 1 – 10 mins. Lots of prizes.
Closing: 21 September
Screening: 6 October
Bands for Tumbafest 2013
Applications for performers on the Main Stage at Tumbafest 2013 are now open.
Closing: Friday 31 August, 5pm
Spirit of the Land
Entries are now open for Spirit of the LandFine art, photography and a display of the international galley of Australia China Art Foundation, live entertainment, boutique markets, gardens food and wine will add to the ambiance of the festival. Something for everyone.
Call to actions to all artists, stall holders, musicians, buskers, food venders and visitors.
$10,000 First Prize
$2,000 Second Prize
$500 x 2 Highly Commended
$1,000 Local Artist Award
$500 Silhouettes Sculpture Award
$500 Garden Art Award
$1,000 Open First - any medium excluding photography
$50 Youth Award - any medium excluding photography
$500 Open Photography
$50 School Age
$1000 First - Purchase and reproduction on a GrainCorp locomotion engine. Canvas size 790 x 1305 wide
Year 11 - 12 Fine Arts $175
Years 7 – 10 Fine Arts $50
Primary Fine Arts $25
$250 Fine Arts
*The Spirit of the Land can assist with transport to participating artist who register for the festival exhibition with a CountryLink return ticket from a CountryLink station to the festival*
Mukurtu - new Indigenous minded content management freeware
is new content management freeware created with Indigenous protocols in mind. Ahead of M&G NSW workshops in Sydney and Wagga in August we asked Mukurtu team leader Kim Christen from the University of Washington how Aboriginal communities across NSW could apply this digital tool to their collections.
Bright Sparks – Bright Ideas for Your Creative Business
Are you a graphic designer, publisher, writer, photographer, film maker, fashion designer, visual or performing artist, musician or a ‘maker’ of beautiful things? Do you have your own business and would like to know how to make it bigger or better?
Be inspired by the brightest talents, learn from different creative industry practitioners and equip yourself with the skills to manage your success and grow your business to the next level.
Desire and Destination open for registration
The Arts Activated Conference: Desire and Destination, is open for registrations. Arts Activated brings together national and international leaders, artists and arts workers with and without disability, presenting to the broader Arts & Disability sector Australia-wide.
When: 30 and 31 October
Where: The Concourse in Chatswood
Cultivate grants now open
Now in its second year, Cultivate
provides seed funding to artists with a disability, who want to further develop their professional artistic practice. Grants of up to $8,000 will be available for skills or professional development opportunities, mentoring, training, travel and more. Arts Access Australia
accepts applications in any format including written, emailed, Auslan, audio, video or dictated.
Closing: Friday 31 August 2012
Collaborations with Partners in Europe: A new addition to the Australia Council for the Arts funding rounds
Artists and companies planning collaborations with partners in Europe to access a significant level of funding (between €50,000 and €200,000 per project). The fund supports projects across most artforms, and applications, which are quite an undertaking, are due 3 May 2013.
Keeping it Real
This conference is for regional cultural workers and volunteers and provides affordable access to current cultural practice, practical workshops and opportunity to engage, be inspired and be able to implement new practices in their own workplaces.
When: Thursday 13 September, 8.30am – 4pm
Where: Convention Centre, Albury Entertainment Centre
Cost: Cultural Paid staff, $99, Cultural Volunteer, $66
Delineate arts grant applications open
Delineate seeks to enrich the creative initiatives of the Don't DISmyABILITY campaign run by ADHC to celebrate International Day of People With Disability. The program, first presented in 2002, aims to develop a deepening of engagement for project participants and a focus on sustainable outcomes.
Delineate is open to
Disability services coordinating quality arts programs
Service providers working with people with disability in the arts
Individual artists with disability
and Applicants must be a NSW resident
More Details: Project Manager, Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, Arts Development Officer on Thursdays and Fridays on 9251 6499, ext 105 or email anytime email@example.com
Kumuwuki: Big Wave Regional Arts Australia National Conference
Kumuwuki is a survey of the nation’s latest regional arts practice and thinking informing us of where we are now and indicating signposts to the future. You will swap stories, exchange ideas, be refreshed and re-energised alongside the opportunity to experience some of the nation’s best work from regional artists, organisations and communities.
When: 18 – 21 October
Where: Goolwa, SA
Local Government Awards
Recognising outstanding council achievements in delivering arts & cultural initiatives.
New award categories have been introduced in 2012 and are now open to broader Arts and Cultural initiatives from across council. Each council can submit multiple nominations, each in up to three categories.
2012 sees the introduction of the Local Government Arts & Culture Summit 2012 where finalists will be showcased and winners announced. All councils will benefit from this professional development opportunity. Summit discussion and recommendations will identify trends and inform policy. As well as NSW council leaders and staff, participants include government and peak body representatives.
Through the LGSA website access full category descriptions, submit your award nominations and register for the summit.
Closing: 31 August
Call for Sculptors
Artists are invited to create one or more sculptures to be displayed in the garden of Kay and Gerald Norton-Knight, at ‘Rosby’, 122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee via Mudgee 2850. The Committee is particularly interested in sculptures appropriate for display in a garden.
Closing: 16 September
Dance Semken: Wagga Show Grounds
Auditions are on again for the all singing, all dancing musical showcase!
Singers, lead dancers and group dancers needed.
Auditions: 21 October
To book an audition, find out more details or receive your audition pack call Angela Burns on 0419213541
Australian Stencil Art Prize
Closing: 1 September
Second Tamworth Textile Triennial
Expressions of interest open for the the Tamworth Textile Triennial which showcases contemporary textile artists and promotes the unique cultural heritage associated with textile practice. Expressions of interest are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, age groups, emerging artists and established practitioners.
Closing: Thursday 31 January 2013
Artist Talk by Denis O’Connor
Denis O'Connor will present a talk on his arts practice in Gallery 43
When: Tuesday 7th August, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Where: Gallery 43, B Block, TAFE Wagga Wagga Campus
Art to Crow About
This exhibition celebrates the skills and artistic abilities of people with a disability. Now in its eighth year, this wonderful show is a tribute to the creativity of the participants across a wide range of different media, including paintings, drawings and printmaking. All works are for sale, and proceeds from this exhibition go directly to the artists.
When: Thursday 9 August 2012 from 5.30 - 7:00pm
Where: E3 art space, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Corner Baylis & Morrow Streets
The Bald Archy Prize
Official Opening: Friday 10 August, 6pm
On exhibition from 11 – 26 August, gold coin donation
Where: St Marys Hall, Church St, West Wyalong
Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat – Sun 10am – 5pm
Contact: Kirsty O’Meley on 6972 2266
Jazz Junction Live
Wayne Robinson & Friends
When: Sunday 12 August, 3-6pm
Where: Mirage Room at the RSL Club
Cost: $15/$10/U12’s free. Gold coin donation to Can Assist
The University Theatre Ensemble: Pool (No Water)
By Mark Ravenhill, Directed by Thomas Papathanassiou.
Inspired by a true story, this shocking new play exposes professional rivalry, jealousies and the innermost thoughts nobody wants to confess, combining physical theatre, music and projection in its almost philosophical examination of the nature of art, performance and morality.
Where: The Drama Studio, Performing Arts, Charles Sturt University
When: 7 – 11 August, 8pm during the week and 2pm and 8pm on Saturday
To Book: 69332589
Tony Curran: Face Value
Face Value is an experiment with the aim to understand the relationship between the face, and the phenomenon of being a self. It was produced as part of the artist’s PhD research exploring the notion of self and the role of the self in contemporary visual art. It responds to a variety of changes in how concepts of self have been constructed and represented, and the value of the face in representing self.
Where: Annabel Wallace Gallery, "Erinvale", Douglas Gap Road, Murringo
Opening: Saturday August 4, 4pm - 6pm
Infusion: Angela Coombs Matthews
Prints and paintings responding to Cataract Gorge and the Riverina with an infusion of the figure.
When: 10 – 26 August
Where: Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Dr, Holt, ACT
Opening: 12 August by Barak Zelig from The Print Council of Australia
Riverina Conservatorium Concert Series: Albury String Quartet
Based at the Murray Conservatorium of Music, the Albury String Quintet's program will include a newly commissioned work, The Song of the Forest by Bohdan Krowicki.
When: Saturday 28 July, 7:30pm
Where: Bannister Room, Riverina Conservatorium
20th C Music for Violin & Piano
Lauren Davis (violin) and Hamish Tait (piano) perform music by Granados, Cowell, Pärt and Stravinsky.
When: Sunday 22nd July, 3:00pm
Where: Bannister Room, Riverina Conservatorium
To Book: 6925 3522
Riverina Chamber Orchestra
Nocturnal Dances with flute and harpsichord
When: Saturday 11 August, 7:30pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Best Australian Pianist 2012 : James Guan
The winner of the Best Australian Pianist Award at the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition James Guan will present a recital of solo piano repertoire.
When: Sunday 5 August, 3:00pm
Where: Bannister Room, RCM
Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society: Lecture
The Art of the Magical Cave Churches of Cappadocia in Turkey by Dr Geri Parlby
Some of the most talented artists from the Constantinople were commissioned to decorate the churches, leaving fine examples of medieval Byzantine frescoes
When: Friday 13 July, 6:15pm
Where: Council Meeting Room, Civic Centre, Baylis St Wagga Wagga
Ariah Park Mary Gilmore Cultural Festival
Featuring Farmers’ Markets, Craft Stalls & Demonstrations, Vintage Car Displays, Antique Shop, Old Wares for sale, Quilt and Craft Shows, Live music
When: Friday 19 October – 21 October
Where: Coolamon St, Ariah Park and Ariah Park Hall
More Details: Chris Mutton 69278222 or Nigel Judd 69741026
Cootamundra Arts Centre
For the latest events
The Wong Family Recitals: featuring the family and their students
When: August 27, 5:30pm, $5/$2
Opera Australia performing Puccini’s La bohème; Film captured live in high definition at the Sydney Opera House. Saturday August 4, Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start.
La bohème stars beautiful young American soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart; South Korean tenor Ji-Min Park, winner of many European singing competitions; Opera Australia star Taryn Fiebig; young baritone Andrew Jones and Shane Lorenvec.
The romantic story of young bohemians living in poverty but believing in the power of love, was originally set in the Latin Quarter in Paris in the 1840’s. The new staging is set in Berlin in 1929. La bohème is the fourth most frequently performed opera worldwide.
Auditions for CCACC production of “MOLL”: Monday August 6 and Wednesday,August 8, at 7pm in the Tin Shed Theatre. Performances will be in September and October, combined with a Black Tie Irish Cocktail Party, on Sunday October 7, 5pm.
FLICS, (Film Lovers in Cootamundra): Friday August 17 Further details to be announced.
Wagga Wagga Cultural Precinct
For the lastest shows and to book tickets
Museum of the Riverina
For the latest exhibitions, events and workshops
ABC Open: Now and Then
is a photography project with a twist – an old photo is rephotographed in its current setting to create a window into the past and to show how times have changed. This multimedia exhibition revisits personal and community photographic collections to celebrate the rich history of the Riverina. Sonya Gee, ABC Open producer for the Riverina, has been working with high school groups, camera clubs and keen photographers from around the region in preparation for this exhibition.
On exhibition at the Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site until Sunday 14 October.
Sticky stories: the art and adventure of beekeeping is an exhibition that will reveal the history of beekeeping in the Riverina, as this rare trade is handed down to each new generation of beekeepers. Discover the life of bees and the many and varied landscapes local beekeepers and their families visit, to unlock the secrets of honey gathering.
On exhibition at the Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site until Sunday 14 October.
The Colourful Wonderful Universe: A Celebration of Science Week
Join Dr Graeme White, Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University for a one hour public presentation on new technology which provides some of the best astronomical photographs ever taken, followed by a stargazing session with Wagga Wagga Observatory project generously facilitated by Michael Maher.
When: Wednesday 15 August 6pm – 8pm. 1 hour presentation followed by a 30 minute outdoor stargazing session (weather and cloud permitting)
Where: Historic Council Chamber’s site
Cost: FREE - all children must be accompanied by an adult/carer. No bookings necessary
Wagga Wagga City Library
For the latest events and workshops
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
The gallery has many exhibitions, public programs, and is home of the National Art Glass Gallery
This is not what it appears is a collaborative, immersive multimedia installation featuring audio and visual work by artists with and without disability. These amazing artists have created a forest of moving and static images that transform the audience’s point of view.
When: Saturday 4 August – Sunday 30 September