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Welcome to the November edition of the Arts South Australia Bulletin. This month, we celebrate the achievements of many at the South Australian creatives in the current awards season as we get ready for the South Australian arts and culture sector’s night of nights – The Ruby Awards.
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Minister for Arts Andrea Michaels against a blue background

November’s Awards season is well and truly underway. What a terrific celebration at the SA Music Awards last week - congratulations to all the recipients. Anticipation is certainly building for the Ruby Awards this week; further congratulations to all the nominees and I look forward to the event.  In other awards news, I was thrilled to see that South Australian Emily Steel received national recognition from Australian Writers’ Guild at the AWGIES for her work Euphoria, which was developed in collaboration with Country Arts SA and State Theatre Company; and our own Restless Dance Theatre has won a CINARS International Collaboration Award for its collaboration on Ècoute Pour Voir – Listen To See. All these awards are a tremendous way to acknowledge the contribution and achievements of our wonderful artists and the sector that enables them.
In recent weeks, Adelaide has played host to significant national forums, including the first face-to-face meeting of Australia’s Cultural Ministers in three years, and the Australia Council’s Purrumpa - First Nations Arts and Cultural National Gathering. As principal partner of Purrumpa we were proud to put the spotlight on South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers, including Carclew’s youth program of music, visual arts, podcasting and more throughout the event. First Nations artists, organisations and communities are invited to keep up to date and follow the journey to Purrumpa by joining Australia Council for the Arts dedicated mailing list.
We are delighted that the next round of See it LIVE vouchers is now open, driving more opportunities for live music. Read on for more detail, as well as other news and opportunities for artists and creatives.
Andrea Michaels
Minister for Arts


Heather Croall, CEO and Director, and Ella Huisman, Executive Director Audience, Adelaide Fringe accepting their award. Photo: Joel Roosa Photography  

Arts excel at state tourism awards

Congratulations to the arts and cultural organisations that were successful category winners in the South Australian Tourism Awards, announced on 3 November.

Delivered annually by the Tourism Industry Council South Australia, the Tourism Awards recognise those businesses and individuals who have demonstrated business excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in the South Australian tourism industry.

Well done to the winners and medallists from the South Australian arts sector:

  • Category winner Adelaide Fringe and silver recipient Illuminate Adelaide 2021 in the Major Festivals and Events category
  • Category winner, The Cedars, Hahndorf, in the Cultural Tourism category
  • Category winner, Sky Song, Adelaide Fringe, and silver recipient Adelaide Guitar Festival in the Festivals and Events category.

Arts South Australia continues to engage and support arts and cultural tourism, through its partnership with the Tourism Industry Council of South Australia, to deliver a pilot Arts and Cultural Tourism Business Capability Program which addresses strategic goals from the state government’s South Australian Arts and Cultural Tourism Strategy 2025.

Warlpiri men gathered at Yuendumu for the return. Photo: Courtesy of South Australian Museum.

Sacred objects returned to where they belong

The South Australian Museum has returned 15 sacred objects to the Warlpiri people of Yuendumu in the Central Desert Region of the Northern Territory.

The museum worked collaboratively to bring sacred cultural materials out of its care and back into the care of their true custodians – a process that has involved two and half years of consultation and visits from the Warlpiri community to the museum.

Warlpiri elders visited the cultural collections five times working alongside Jamie Jungarrayi Hampton, Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Officer and John Carty, Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum to identify and research the objects. 

The return of sacred objects to Country is important for knowledge sharing with young people and future generations of Warlpiri.

Read more about the repatriation program at the South Australian Museum website.

Photo: Courtesy State Theatre Company South Australia

AWGIE win for South Australian playwright

Congratulations to South Australian playwright Emily Steel who was recognised at the 55th annual Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE Awards last week, winning a prestigious AWGIE in the Community and Youth Theatre category for her work Euphoria.

Developed through Country Arts SA, Euphoria brings to life a South Australian regional community, full of love, pain, complexity and humour, with two actors playing a range of idiosyncratic characters. A nuanced depiction of regional life, the show is embarking on a national tour in 2023.

The AWGIE Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of Australian screen and stage writers and their contribution to Australia’s cultural landscape – and are the only industry awards given by writers to writers.

For full details of all of this year’s award winners, visit the Australian Writers Guild website.

A musician sits in a blue-lit room watched by a crowd of people
An audience at MOD listen to Chamber Music Adelaide performer. Photo: Claudio Raschella 

Chamber musicians unite on the terrace

Did you miss Chamber Music Adelaide’s incredible takeover of North Terrace earlier this month? Audiences were treated to more than 36 performances in nine of North Terrace’s most beautiful cultural and creative spaces over the weekend of 12 and 13 November.

Despite the looming thunderstorms on Saturday, patrons participated in a moving feast of chamber music, making their way through the Samstag Museum of Art, JamFactory, Nexus Arts, ACE and MOD. Sunday saw audiences visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Migration Museum and State Library of South Australia.

The weekend included a fusion of Persian, jazz and western traditions from The Crossing, being transported to 19th century London by the Adelaide Baroque Trio, and the first public performances of five new chamber music works in response to MOD.’s INVISIBILITY exhibition.

On the Terrace is a free public event offering the chance to hear performances by Adelaide’s most-loved chamber musicians, rising stars and special guests, and was supported in part by a grant from Arts South Australia.

View highlights from the event at the Chamber Music Adelaide website.
Programs and opportunities

Register now for See it LIVE e-vouchers to host live music

Eligible businesses across the state can register for $400 e-vouchers to host live music performances, as part of the South Australian Government’s $10 million See It LIVE package.
The new round of the See It LIVE voucher program will kick-start our summer of music and help get more local music acts get back into pubs, clubs, small bars, restaurants and cafes.
Registrations are now open and close on 16 April 2023, for activity between 1 December 2022 and 16 April 2023.
A wide range of businesses looking to host live music acts may be eligible for this support. To find out more about how the e-vouchers can help you host a South Australian band or artist at your premises, visit the See it LIVE website.
A range of mental health support services and wellbeing programs for those working in the SA music industry are also available through a $250,000 grant provided to Support Act as part of See it LIVE. Learn more at the Support Act website.

Entries open for Ramsay Art Prize

Contemporary Australian artists under the age of 40 are invited to enter the Ramsay Art Prize 2023. 

Held every two years, the $100,000 acquisitive prize invites submissions of new or recent work by artists working in any medium, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation and time-based art.

Shortlisted works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 27 May to 27 August 2023. The winner is announced on opening night and their work will be acquired for the Gallery’s collection.  

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia, the prize is supported by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation to support contemporary Australian artists at a pivotal moment in their careers. A People’s Choice Prize will also be selected by public vote during the exhibition period.

Entries close Friday 16 December 2022. For all the details, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia website.

Public galleries summit seeks presenters

Individuals and groups from the gallery and visual arts sector are invited to submit proposals to present at next year’s Creative Spaces: National Public Galleries Summit, to be held in Adelaide from 18 to 20 July 2023.
The National Public Galleries Summit is a biennial event designed to bring together artists, arts workers, volunteers, academics and other professionals working in the gallery and visual arts sectors.
To be hosted by the Regional Art Galleries Association of South Australia, the 2023 Creative Spaces summit is designed to interrogate the role of galleries as spaces for community activation, contributing to economic growth, education, social connectedness, tourism, and health and wellbeing.  
Presenters from the gallery and visual arts sector – as well as from other sectors including placemakers, venue managers/developers, academics and those who have experience in cross-industry partnerships – are invited to submit proposals that respond to the summit’s themes and encompass traditional presentations, workshops, participatory activities or panels.
Submissions close 22 January 2023. For all the submission requirements, please refer to the Creative Spaces information sheet.

Mental health coaching available for small business

Small business owners can now access a free and confidential mental health program, under the NewAccess for Small Business Owners program. Developed by Beyond Blue, the program offers sole traders, or those with 20 or less employees, the support they need to get through tough times. Participants of the program are guided through a tailored program, working with a coach who has a small business background and has been trained to deliver mental health support by phone or video call.
For more information visit the South Australian Government Healthy Workplaces website.

Calling nature photographers

Entries are now open for the South Australian Museum’s 2023 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.

Professional, emerging and junior photographers are encouraged to submit their photos of natural fauna, flora or natural land/sky formations taken in Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region.

There are ten competition categories – Animals in Nature, Urban Animals, Macro, Landscape, Threatened Species, Monochrome, Our Impact, Astrophotography, Portfolio, and Junior.

Competition entries close Friday 27 January 2023. For the full competition details, visit the South Australian Museum website.

Last chance for quick response grants

There are only a few days left to get your applications in for the latest round of the Country Arts SA Quick Response Grant program. The program supports regional artists to access professional arts development and training opportunities, or organisations/community groups with small project opportunities that arise at short notice. Applications close 30 November 2022 for the final round for 2022, covering projects taking place from January to mid-March 2023. More details and eligibility requirements are available from the Country Arts SA website.
Did you miss?
Unveiling The Ruby Awards 2022 Shortlist

If you missed our 2022 Ruby Awards shortlist announcement earlier this month, there’s still time to view the honour roll before this year’s awards are announced. 

Congratulations and best of luck to all of the talented artists, creatives and arts organisations who have been nominated!

We look forward to celebrating the outstanding work and contributions of South Australia’s arts and culture sector with you at tomorrow’s invitation-only event.
Coming soon
Keep an eye out for all the excitement and action from The Ruby Awards 2022.   

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