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Street Art Festival 2021 is here!

With an upbeat and vibrant event schedule, the Alice Springs Street Art Festival (ASSAF) is right around the corner,  with dates set for July 23rd – August 8th! 

Alice Springs Street Art Festival 2021!

The Alice Springs Street Art Festival is back on and ready to make its mark for 2021! Join our opening celebrations this Friday night at the Westpoint Carpark for TRUCK-IN, a local food truck party featuring live music, art, and further info on this year’s Street Art Festival.

With an upbeat and vibrant event schedule in place, the Alice Springs Street Art Festival (ASSAF) will run from July 23rd – August 8th!

The festival will see four of Australia’s top street artists team up with local creatives to paint six new murals across the CBD. The artworks will add a splash of vibrancy and life to the town centre while paying homage to the stunning Red Centre landscape and the local community.

Artists involved in this year’s festival include Kaff-eine (Vic), Gus Eagleton (Qld), Brontë Naylor (Qld), Miss Polly (Darwin) and local artists Tamara Cornthwaite, Karine Tremblay, Mark Circus and Kim Donald.

Murals will be painted at Alice Springs Hospital on Gap Road, the YHA on Leichhardt Terrace, the Alice Plaza underground carpark laneway near Hartley Street, Minerals House and House of Tallulah on Hartley Street, and the Red Hot Arts wall on Stott Terrace.

ASSAF also includes a week of street painting with DJs and pop-up activities through the CBD, an arthouse film screening, a mural reveal tour and Street Art Celebration Party TBA.

Red Hot Arts Central Australia General Manager Jeanette Shepherd is excited for festivities to start taking place.

“We are excited for the Alice Springs Street Art Festival to return, and look forward to all the creativity and colour the artists will bring to town,” she said.

This event is being organised by Red Hot Arts Central Australia, and is supported by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company.

To find out more follow the ASSAF Facebook page and Instagram @Alicestreetart #ASSAF21

New Event Funding Grants Launched

Applications are now open for Northern Territory Major Events Company’s (NTMEC’s) latest round of Event Funding grants!

Applications are now open for Northern Territory Major Events Company’s (NTMEC’s) latest round of Event Funding grants!

This year’s program will include two new grant categories (Mass Participation Event and Major Event) to build on a hopeful and fruitful upcoming event season.

Minister for Major Events Natasha Fyles said that the last round of applications attracted incredible new ideas, and helped several established events develop in new ways.

“Territorians are ideas people and we look forward to seeing what this round brings,” she said.

This year will also see a return of the Event Development and Community Event grant categories.

Category descriptions are as follows:

Eligibility for the Mass Participation Event grant category requires events to attract 300 or more visitors who stay in paid accommodation for at least three nights. The Mass Participation Event category provides funding up to $40,000 for events held between October and March, and up to $30,000 for events between April and September.

Meanwhile, the Major Event grant category will support events that offer the Territory an exclusive or unique position, deliver significant visitor economy impacts and reach large audiences through broadcast opportunities. Funding through this category will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The Event Development category provides funding up to $100,000 to support events that engage new audiences, attract interstate visitation and take steps to connect audiences to tourism products and local businesses.

The Community Event grant category will provide funding of up to $30,000 to support events that make the Territory a better place to live, celebrate our culture and identity, and help create an exciting events calendar.

Applications open on 12 July and close on 9 August.

Funding guidelines can be accessed at: www.ntmajorevents.com.au 

Apply online here: https://ntmec.smartygrants.com.au/

Fresh Faces Appointed at Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts Central Australia is pleased to welcome three new faces to our current team here at Bath Street, Alice Springs/Mparntwe.

Red Hot Arts Central Australia is pleased to welcome three new faces to our current team here at Bath Street, Alice Springs/Mparntwe. New team members include Red Hot Arts General Manager Jeanette Shepherd, Red Hot Arts Media and Communications Officer Louise Horobin, and Desert Festival Creative Producer Mary Jane ‘MJ’ Warfield.

With the aim of developing the arts sector of Central Australia and fostering community art and cultural collaboration, Red Hot Arts welcomes the diverse perspectives that new members of the team will bring.

Jeanette Shepherd has been appointed as the General Manager, on a contract running until the end of January.

FRESHLY APPOINTED: General Manager Jeanette Shepherd.

Jeanette joins Red Hot Arts with a multitude of skills and experiences, including working internationally in Peru, Canada, China, and Ghana.

Having been employed in roles in arts, museums, community development, multicultural and international development and health, Jeanette brings a unique and eclectic perspective to Red Hot Arts.

“There is such a creative community here in Central Australia with so many stories to tell and share,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to being able to support local artists and creatives, and contribute to the continued development of our diverse arts sector.”

Her most recent role was Manager of Community and Cultural Development at Alice Springs Town Council.

Originally from Queensland, Jeanette has lived here, there, and everywhere, yet has called Alice Springs her home since 2016.

A fun fact about Jeanette is that in 2014 she completed the Mongol Rally across Europe.

“So, I’ve driven from London to Mongolia in a Nissan Micra through Europe, Turkey, Iran, the ‘Stans’, Russia and Mongolia,” she says.

Jeanette also plays the clarinet and piano, and is a keen hiker and player of squash and tennis.

Louise Horobin appointed as Red Hot Arts Media and Communications Officer

New to Alice Springs and Red Hot Arts, Louise Horobin joins the team as our newly appointed Media and Communications Officer.

NEW TO ALICE: Media and Communications Officer Louise Horobin.

Louise comes to Red Hot Arts with broad media industry experience paired with a passion for art, expression, and community collaboration. She has previously worked in festivals and events, print journalism, and community radio.

Before relocating to Alice Springs, Louise was up in Darwin, having travelled from her hometown Adelaide in her beloved Toyota Tarago, ‘Tara’. Before that, she was living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Louise is excited to discover and get to know the Alice Springs community. When she’s not working, Louise will most likely be playing the piano, hula-hooping or drawing.

Mary Jane “MJ” Warfield contracted as Creative Producer for Desert Festival 2021

Red Hot Arts is excited to announce Mary Jane “MJ” Warfield as this year’s Creative Producer for the annual Desert Festival.

BACK AGAIN: Desert Festival 2021 Creative Producer Mary Jane “MJ” Warfield.

With the help of a Board sub-committee, MJ will be putting together a program of local delights to suit this year’s theme Lovin’ Local.

Having previously been engaged in production and management roles for Desert Festival, MJ has learned the tricks of the trade, and is inspired to continue building the best Festival opportunities for local arts and culture to be showcased.

“For this year in particular, I want to bring a focus to unique and small-scale events that will be of interest to both locals and visitors,” she said.

MJ has worked in the arts since 2006, and specifically, has experience working in regional arts, community-driven festivals and projects. She currently works for Regional Arts Australia, managing the Regional Arts Fund on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

Originally from Melbourne, Victoria, MJ relocated to Alice Springs in 2013 and speaks highly of the local and welcoming arts community, “I felt instantly embraced, which has set the tone for how I treat other people who arrive and want to engage with the arts.”

Currently, MJ is collecting, cleaning, and sorting hundreds of plastic bottle caps to make murals on the walls of her house!

Quotes from Red Hot Arts Central Australia Chair Penelope McDonald:

“The Board is excited to welcome new staff to Red Hot Arts. Jeannette Shepherd brings a wealth of experience, including both local and international perspectives, to the role of General Manager. She has great skills to strengthen Red Hot Arts and both build on what it is, and take it in new direction.”

“It is terrific to have ‘MJ’ back working with Red Hot Arts in the role of Creative Producer for what promises to be an exciting 21st year of Desert Festival.”

“Louise Horobin will bring fresh perspectives to communications as she has recently arrived in Alice Springs to take on the role of Media and Communications Officer.”

“Red Hot Arts aims to make the arts part of our lives in Alice Springs and central Australia to help all of us to better appreciate and celebrate ourselves as a community and through that to enrich our lives.”

About Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts is a vibrant arts charity, fostering arts and cultural innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship to develop and profile the Central Australian arts sector and to contribute to the artistic, cultural, and economic development of the region.

Our artistic program includes creative industries and cross sector partnership development; advocacy, sector, and industry support; marketing and audience development.

As the unique regional arts body for Central Australia, we promote the region’s arts and cultural events across traditional, online, and digital poster platforms, activating community engagement and social well-being through the arts.

Media Contact: Louise Horobin | 08 8952 2392 | comms@redhotarts.com.au

Support for NT Arts Sector

A $150,000 support package has been announced by the Northern Territory Government for members of the arts and culture sector adversely affected by the most recent COVID-19 restrictions.

A $150,000 support package has been announced by the Northern Territory Government for members of the arts and culture sector adversely affected by the most recent COVID-19 restrictions.

Up to $1000 is available for individuals who were ineligible for the Territory Small Business Lockdown Payment program, and $4000 for organisations.

The Arts and Culture 2021 COVID-19 Interruption Support program provides quick-response grants to assist Territory artists, arts workers and arts organisations impacted by this week’s lockdown measures.

Funding will assist with losses – including income, venue hire, travel and accommodation – incurred by the cancellation of events. These include Darwin Fringe Festival shows, theatre productions, live music gigs, and arts and cultural workshops.

Grants are currently open and close at 2.00 pm Monday 2 August 2021.

Grant applications can be accessed here.

Applicants will receive notification within 10 working days.

The Arts NT team is available to assist with any queries. Applicants are encouraged to make contact before submitting via (08) 8999 8981, toll free on 1800 678 237 or email arts.office@nt.gov.au.

Coles Complex revitalised!

The Revitalise Alice Street Art project continued brightening the streets of Alice Springs this week with the launch of new public art in the Alice Springs CBD.

The latest development saw three artworks installed in the Coles Complex, which is the sixth location to participate in the project. A total of eleven artworks have been installed across the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project sites.

The work installed at the Coles Complex include a watercolour painting titled ‘Jessie Gap’ by artist Jude Mapleson, and two images by local photographer Oliver Eclipse.

Jude Mapleson with her work ‘Jessie Gap’ which has been installed in the Coles Complex for the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project. Photo: EMMA MURRAY

‘Jessie Gap’ is the third work Mapleson has contributed to the project after two of her paintings were installed at Eurilpa House for in December.

Having his work publicly displayed is just recognition for Eclipse, who has been a photographer in Alice Springs for over a decade.

Mapleson and Eclipse’s work joins the likes of Cecilia Price, Mervyn Rubuntja, Melanie Gunner and Alison Hittmann, whose art has added colour and character to the town.

The Revitalise Alice Street Art Project is due to wrap up at the end of June, by this time a further six artworks are scheduled to be installed in the Alice Springs CBD.

Artist Jude Mapleson said:

“I’m completely blown away. It’s totally unexpected to have a third images chosen for this project; I’m humbled.”

Artist Oliver Eclipse said:

“After 12 years taking photos in Alice Springs I feel very honoured to have my images displayed publicly.

Oliver Eclipse with one of his two images that have been installed in the Coles Complex for the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project. Photo: EMMA MURRAY

Red Hot Arts Chair Penelope McDonald said:

“Red Hot Arts is excited to continue to deliver the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project in 2021. The Coles Complex is the sixth location we’ve installed work in, with several more in progress.”

“These artworks invigorate our public spaces and contribute to our identity and pride as a community, and increase our sense of belonging.”

“We’re especially excited to see two of Oliver Eclipse’s photographs installed; Oliver is a long term member of the Alice Springs arts community and it’s wonderful to see his work displayed at scale in the CBD.”

About the project

Revitalise Alice Street Art Project is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia.

Under Revitalise Alice, local artists were invited to submit expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process and negotiations with local building and business owners, the project will see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and create work for local artists and support our local businesses.

About Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts is a vibrant arts charity fostering arts and cultural innovation, development, collaboration and entrepreneurship in Alice Springs.

Projects and events presented by Red Hot Arts include the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project, the Alice Springs Street Art Festival, and Desert Festival.

For more information visit redhotarts.com.au

Media Contact

Emma Murray I 08 8952 2392| comms@redhotarts.com.au

Revitalise Alice Street Art Project hits Todd Street

Todd Street received a facelift this week after the installation of two colourful landscapes by Alice Springs artist Jude Mapleson to the exterior of Eurilpa House.

Mapleson’s work joins the likes of Cecilia Price, Mervyn Rubuntja, Melanie Gunner and Alison Hittmann in brightening the streets of Alice Springs as the latest installation of the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project.

Mapleson’s selected works, titled ‘Australia Day on the Finke’ and ‘Road to Umuwa’, have been installed by TJ Signs. It is the third installation they have done as part of the project.

Mapleson has lived in Alice Springs for over 40 years and took her first steps into painting under the guidance of the late Iain Campbell at Alice Springs College of Tafe in 2000.

Since then, she has been guided by other well-known Centralian artists including Patricia Weeks, Henry Smith and Barbara Stuart.

She has exhibited at The Residency, the Advocate Art Award at Araluen Arts Centre, Central Crafts’ June Marriott Gallery and the Corowa Federation Art Exhibition.

In 2001 she won the Endeavour Award for her first oil painting at the Advocate Art Award, and in 2019 she was awarded the Iain Campbell Memorial Award.

Quotes from artist Jude Mapleson:
“Thanks to Red Hot Arts for making it all happen, and to the owners of the building for choosing my work.”

“When I applied to have my paintings used, I imagined a roller door or a single shop window. The size of the installation is a complete surprise, I can’t wait to see the effect. The largest my paintings have ever been is the size of a full watercolour sheet!”

“I’m pretty proud that two of my favourite pieces are out there for all to see. Central Australia is stunningly beautiful and inspires me visually in all of its aspects: landscapes, botanical, bird and insects.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chansey Paech:
“The Territory Labor Government’s ‘Street Art Project’ is a community-driven initiative that champions the spirit and character of Central Australia and revitalises the Alice Springs CBD.”

“The project is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $15 million ‘Revitalising Alice CBD’ initiative to reinvigorate the town and create a more attractive place for locals and visitors to enjoy.”

“The works improve the aesthetics of the town, create work for local artists and small businesses, and showcase the world-class artistic talent on offer in Alice Springs.”

“Red Hot Arts promotes Central Australia as a national arts and culture destination and fosters the development of our region’s artists so we’re pleased to partner with them on this project.”

Quotes from Red Hot Arts General Manager Jen Standish-White
“We are so pleased to deliver the fifth installation of the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project to help brighten the streets of Alice Springs before Christmas.”

“Jude’s vibrant artworks are a wonderful addition to the northern end of Todd Street and beautifully capture the colours of the Central Australian landscape.”

Quotes from TJ Signs Director Jason Edwards:
“This is the third installation we have done for the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project. It’s great to see the streets of Alice Springs getting a boost of colour and we are excited to be involved in the project.”
About Revitalise Alice Street Art Project
Revitalise Alice Street Art Project is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia.

Under Revitalise Alice, local artists were invited to submit expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process and negotiations with local building and business owners, the project will see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and create work for local artists and support our local businesses.

We encourage building or business owners to contact our Festivals and Events Manager, Tamlyn Neck, on festivals@redhotarts.com.au if they are interested in participating in the project.

Revitalise Alice Street Art Project continues!

The stunning work of local artist Cecilia Price has joined the likes of Mervyn Rubuntja, Melanie Gunner and Alison Hittmann in brightening the streets of Alice Springs as the latest installation of the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project.

Largely self-taught, Cecilia has a distinctive bold style and uses it to capture the beauty of the Central Australian landscape.

This is particularly true of her painting ‘Inside Ormiston Gorge’, which has been installed on the exterior of the Tourism Central Australia (TCA) office in Todd Mall this week.

The TCA office is a fitting canvas for Price’s depiction of Ormiston Gorge, which is one of the jewels in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park.

Cecilia Price has been a resident of Alice Springs for almost 30 years. During that time, she has travelled extensively throughout remote Australia and developed her artistic skills to embrace watercolours, oils, and a wide range of other mediums.

Artist Cecilia Price said:
“I’m quite thrilled that my painting has been chosen. This will be the largest my work has been displayed and I’m excited for everyone to see it.”

Red Hot Arts General Manager Jen Standish-White said:
“Alice Springs is renowned for being a vibrant arts community and the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project is transforming the streetscapes seen by locals and visitors alike from empty walls and windows into beautiful artworks that speak to the vastness of our central desert environment.”

Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia.

Under Revitalise Alice, local artists were invited to submit expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process and negotiations with local building and business owners, the project will see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and create work for local artists and support our local businesses.

We encourage building or business owners to contact our Festivals and Events Manager, Tamlyn Neck on festivals@redhotarts.com.au if they are interested in participating in the project.

2020 NT Performing Arts Awards Nominations now open

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NOMINATION OPEN FROM 15 JULY – 19 OCTOBER 2020

2020 has been a hell of a year and the performing arts have been hit hard but in the Northern Territory we’re still celebrating our creative people and the work they do. As a huge acknowledgment and nod to the many people who bring the NT performing arts scene alive, the Awards are peer driven with you nominating the people who make a difference. The sector is vast, think; creatives, performers and designers, to behind the scenes; writers, producers, production and technicians to those artists who inspire the next generation.

How does it work?
Jump online to nominate. The form includes six suggested categories but if your nomination doesn’t fit in to those, we invite you to make a new category because we don’t want to leave anyone behind on this journey.
Nominate here https://brownsmart.wufoo.com/forms/s19zml4z0lmu645/

There are no limits to the number of nominations you can make. If you see a performer you like during a festival or at an NT venue, know of a designer who is creating amazing work, want to give credit to a production person who goes above and beyond the call of duty, or perhaps someone you know who is inspiring the next generation of NT performing artists, then nominate them TODAY for an Award.

Nominations will stay open until 19 October with the NT Performing Arts Award Night to be held in Darwin in late November to coincide with the sector forum MAP (date tbc).

The inaugural NT Performing Arts Awards were held 2019 and initiated by the sector to recognise the huge contribution that creatives make to the vibrancy and liveability of the NT.

Got any questions?
Jane Tonkin Executive Producer Corrugated Iron Youth Arts 08 8948 3200
David McMicken Artistic Director Tracks Dance Company 08 8941 1410
Sean Pardy Artistic Director Brown’s Mart 08 8981 522

Red Hot Arts Announces New Chair

Red Hot Arts is pleased to announce that Penelope McDonald, has stepped into the position of Chair following the recent resignation of Jonny Rowden, who has left to focus on his creative artistic practice.

Penelope brings the experience of a long career in the creative industries to the position, as well as in depth knowledge of the region and the Northern Territory more generally. She currently runs a film production company, Chili Films, based in Alice Springs.

The other continuing Board members are Barbara Clifford as Secretary, Jeanette Elliot as Treasurer and new general member Edward Gould who came onto the Board at the recent AGM joining Chips Mackinolty, Leon Tripp and Catherine Satour, providing continuity and stability in these challenging times.

Quotes from Chair, Red Hot Arts Central Australia, Penelope McDonald:

“As Chair I would like to thank Jonny Rowden, who has given above and beyond, through challenging times, as he has steered the organisation through many changes over the past 18 months. We wish him all the best with his new creative endeavours.

“The Board would like to express our appreciation to both Asta Hill who stepped down from the board earlier this year, and who provided rigorous advice supported by her strong legal background; and to retiring board member Damien Ryan whose insight from his in depth knowledge of governance and love of arts was valuable to the board. We are excited to welcome new members Edward Gould and Jeanette Elliot. Edward’s musical and education experience and Jeanette’s finance experience will add strength to Red Hot Arts’ Board of Directors.”

New Board Members

Jeanette Elliot has spent over 10 years working in finance for the not-for-profit industry in Melbourne. Jeanette has a passion working with at-risk disadvantaged young people to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect providing employment and training. It was during this time through work trips to Central Australia where Jeanette developed a love and fascination of the Northern Territory, causing her to make the move to Alice Springs. She has also been a long-term business owner and has broad experience across finance and operations.

Edward Gould is a musician, composer and educator who has made Alice Springs his home since 2014. Edward graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) where he studied as a saxophonist. Ed was an active member of the Melbourne Arts scene, presenting work at the 2010 Next Wave Festival and Numerous Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Since relocating to Alice springs, Ed has released music under his own name, co-founded Alice Sings, a local community choir which he continues to lead, and works as a music teacher in primary schools throughout the Northern Territory.

About Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts is a vibrant arts charity, fostering arts and cultural innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to develop and profile the central Australian arts sector and to contribute to the artistic, cultural, and economic development of the region. Our artistic program includes creative industries and cross sector partnership development; advocacy, sector, and industry support; marketing and audience development. We offer a range of services to the community of Central Australia, including workshop, rehearsal, meeting and studio spaces and facilities for hire at 67 Bath Street. As the unique regional arts body for Central Australia, we promote the region’s arts and cultural events across traditional, online, and digital poster platforms, activating community engagement and social well-being through the arts.

Media Contact: Jen Standish-White 0417 468 502

https://redhotarts.com.au/