Local Arts Continue

Looking around at what our local and global community are doing for each other and themselves at this time is beautiful, despite with weary faces and voices with a little waver of unease. For those of us privileged enough to be online with devices and high-speed internet, there’s a multitude of connectedness, entertainment, resources and support. In fact, the first thing that came to many minds, including ours at Red Hot Arts, was to get online, stream gigs, develop classes, workshops and exhibitions, all to go online. And what a result there’s been! And what about those incredibly important, dare I say, old-fashioned ways to connect too?

The Library have their Book-a-Book service wherein you can borrow up to 40 items that can then be picked up or DELIVERED! An idea for those offline could be to make a phone call and read some excerpts and digress into discussions of what you’ve borrowed and what you’ve loved. They also have the usual kids’ activities online. So, get your Baby Rhyme Time, Pre-School Storytime, QuarunSTEAM Club and Lego Club at home. And please do follow their Facebook page for the sweetest of videos and hilariously written updates.

Staying with literature, have you seen Watch This Space’s Writing On The Wall noticeboard yet? It’s outside, in front of the organisation, perfect for a stroll. You can also submit some work to potentially be displayed. Contact them via email at or even send by post? Further, Kelly Lee Hickey is hosting another series of Love, Resistance and Other Survival Strategies, running fortnightly via Zoom for 12 weeks.

Guts Dance have their kids dance classes for 4 – 6 years and 7 – 12 years on Tuesday afternoons and their Chance to Dance classes for the over 50’s age group at 6pm on Tuesday’s also. Thursday afternoons are for Open Contemporary and Mini Movers on Friday mornings for the littlest of ones. Lauren Jones has some supplementary classes including a free stretch class on Monday mornings. Bravo to you all for generating a lovely way to keep us connected, moving and feeling.

Some other very interesting things on offer online from our local creative collective are the Centred in Choice morning chanting each Tuesday, Tjanpi Desert Weavers have online tutorials for weaving and also have a kit that can be purchased and sent out to you with printable step-by-step guides. Bring the choir to your home with Alice Sings holding choir practice each Sunday. Join their Facebook group for more information. Or perhaps you’d like to go out for dinner and meet new people through your phone? The Gap View have an initiative to do just that. Contact them direct for more information.

You can watch some great local films online at the moment too. Biddy O’Loughlin’s wonderous and wide ranging short films can be watched for free on her website, In My Blood It Runs can be streamed on their website for a small rental fee, and the famed Finke: There and Back film by Dylan River is also available to buy both digitally and on disc. Go to the Madman Films website and search for Finke.

For more information please go to the Red Hot Arts website found at And for now, let’s write letters, let’s sit on the front porch or in the front yard, let’s cook meals, let’s make phone calls and let’s listen to the radio…

RAF’s Grants Reopened, NTG Support Package and Funding Flexibility

Regional Arts Fund have put out a media release in response to last week’s support package released by the Honourable Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts (see Alice Arts Sector Connects news post here). The Regional Arts Fund media release can be viewed here.

Additionally, Regional Arts Fund’s Quick Response Grants have been reopened. This category supports creativity, innovation, participation, and access to arts and cultural activities which contribute to the sustainable cultural, social and economic capacity, and well being of individuals and community. Skills development initiatives may relate to: specific arts practice; arts management; small business management; emerging technologies; arts or cross sector training and mentoring schemes; or broader community cultural development and capacity building. For more information and to apply please click here.

Lastly, the Northern Territory Government has today expressed to Red Hot Arts that grant funding arrangements are to become flexible with a focus on maintaining job security and funding stability. “In the event those decisions, which are focussed on limiting the spread of COVID-19, (eg. cancellation of travel, reduced non-essential service provision while maintaining employee expenses) varies the grant funding or fee for service arrangements, funded organisations will not be penalised as a result of such decisions. Flexibility is required in managing grants for service provision, events and other activities.” Professor Catherine Stoddart, Chief Executive, Department of Health.

Alice Arts Sector Connects Hub

We’ve developed a new section on the Red Hot Arts website titled “Alice Arts Sector Connects”. This will contain relevant information and updates for the arts sector during COVID-19. We hope this can become a hub that is easy to access for all. Information added will include legislative and regulatory changes, opportunities, stimulus and grant information, and other support and initiatives. View the page here and sign up to become a free Red Hot Arts member here to stay up to date.

Grants Available

The following grants are available to apply for:

Red Hot Arts:

Spark Grants – $700 for local artists.

CLOSED Friday the 10th of April.

More information can be found here.

Regional Arts Fund:

Quick Response Grants – up to $2,000 for individuals.

These grants re-open on Friday the 10th of April at 1pm.

More information can be found here.

Arts NT:

All grants are open to individuals, groups and organisations.

Digital Adaptation Program – up to $10,000 per applicant.

NT Virtual Territory – up to $10,000 per applicant.

Arts Projects – up to $20,000 per applicant ($15,000 for emerging artists).

Professional Development – up to $2000 per applicant.

Guidelines can be found here.

Australia Council:

Survive – up to $5,000 for organisations and $2,000 for individuals/groups.

Adapt – up to $20,000 for organisations and $10,000 for individuals/groups

Create – up to $20,000 for organisations and $10,000 for individuals/groups.

More information here.

Copyright Agency:

Copyright Agency have released $375,000 in grants and will also be bringing forward the annual $1.8 million for grants in the next financial year under the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

More information can be found here.

Northern Territory Government:

Small Business Survival Fund – $2000 for loss of income.

More information can be found here.

Northern Territory Regional Museums Grant Support Program – up to $50,000 (exc GST) is available to Northern Territory regional museums.

More information can be found here.

Latest Government Support Package for the Arts Sector

The Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, has announced the latest support package of $27 million for the arts sector. $7 million is to to be delivered via the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program, $10 million is to be delivered via Regional Arts Fund for the creation of new work and delivery methods, and $10 million in relief to be delivered via Support Act for those affected in the music industry.

This support package is in addition to the expanded JobKeeper payment. Mr Fletcher alleges that “arts sector workers who have lost their income are eligible to receive $550 a week, with a removal of the usual assets test and waiting period.”

The media release can be found here.

A Time Of Adaptation

Well, here we are. Mostly or completely at home, for an indefinite period, for the safety of ourselves and others. The videos on the internet of people singing and creating music from their balconies is truly heart-warming and fills one with hope. It may be our turn soon and the development of art online across the world and here locally is growing. We, at Red Hot Arts, would love to hear about your online music, classes, exhibitions and more. And if we can, we’d like to support you to adapt and go online.

Swift action has already been taken by 8CCC Community Radio with their presenters now doing their shows remotely and also their support in live streaming of the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra performance yesterday. Be sure to tune into 8CCC for more wonderful live streams to listen to in the coming weeks. In My Blood It Runs documentary has also shifted to streaming, holding special Virtual Cinema screenings for the film and their Q & A’s. They are also providing the film online, for a limited period of time, to rent on demand via Vimeo.

Additionally, Guts Dance are offering some of their classes online and Mid Merry Yoga classes are already up and running online too. Bindu Yoga’s weekly classes are imminently online and there’s even some comic relief with “Debbie: Work Out Wherever”. Central Craft has an innovative re-usable mask making workshop up on their Facebook page! With many more classes and workshops planning to go online, be sure to list them on the Red Hot Arts website so we can promote them through our selected platforms.

Looking further afield, the both the Paris and Berlin Operas are streaming beautiful performances on their websites with offerings changing daily; and with some re-runs. Google Arts Culture has teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the globe to create virtual tours with extraordinary and near-infinite collections on their website or app. For example, you can tour exhibits at the Met Museum such as the Costume Institute Collection and the Temple of Dendur from 15BC or explore the Frida Kahlo museum. What an absolutely astonishing and wondrous resource.

If you’ve got little ones or want to transport back to your younger years, the Open Culture website has an archive with over 6000 historical children’s books to read, all digitized; and for free. And with Bandcamp providing all proceeds to the artist, what a great time to get boogieing with the kids whilst providing support to others.

Please list any of your online events at so that we can help get the word out there and please let us know if you need some assistance. Hopefully we’ll be able to help. Let’s all get closer than even in these times of distance.

NT Creative Industries Immediate Response and Resilience Package

The Office of The Hon Lauren Moss MLA has just announced the following Creative Industries Immediate Response and Resilience Package to support the creative industries sector with a range of programs aimed at helping people and organisations.

The package includes:


Support for the Territory arts sector including not-for-profit organisations and artists to help establish an on-line presence including the capacity to develop online content, establishing e-commerce platforms, and supporting business continuity and remote operations.

CHANNEL NT ($200 000)

Development of an online platform to live stream NT creative content, stand-up comedy, live lounge room performances and gigs, creating an online community for creative practice and engagement, showcasing and profiling NT arts to the world.

The platform will be managed, delivered and produced by NT local creative producers, with content provided by artists, in partnership with screen and arts businesses.


Grants will support Northern Territory artists and arts workers across multiple art forms to develop and showcase new work, develop innovative online or digital projects, and acquire new skills.

Activities may include:

  • research, development and creation of new artistic works;
  • innovative use of technology, online platforms, live streaming to develop and show case new work, reach audiences and develop online communities and engagement;
  • skills development including participation in online workshops or skills development activities; and
  • support for emerging artists in the first five years of professional practice.


The Government has made a significant investment over the past four years to grow this important industry.

This program will support screen content development, essential upskilling of the industry and development of production-ready content.

A broad range of screen practitioners will benefit, as well as supporting creatives who are essential in the development of screen content including, NT musicians, graphic designers, illustrators, animators, prop and set builders and clothes designers.


Grants will be provided to our Indigenous visual arts peak bodies (Desart and ANKA) to provide intensive support to Aboriginal art centres, artists and arts workers.

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture is working hard to establish these programs and will provide details as soon as possible.

In addition, Arts NT, Screen Territory and NTMEC have been given discretion to provide reporting and other grant condition relief to organisations with existing NTG funding arrangements.

Notice of the Red Hot Arts 2020 Annual General Meeting

In response to the current implications of the COVID-19 crisis and to mitigate and manage the risks of the pandemic to ensure the well-being of those attending our AGM, our Board has decided to hold this year’s annual general meeting via ZOOM.

Once finalised and prior to the AGM, members will be contacted with the details on how to connect to the meeting.

Red Hot Arts, in the spirit of remaining creative and connected during these challenging times of social distancing, warmly invites you to attend our 2020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23rd April at 6.00pm, via ZOOM.

In this unprecedented landscape, Red Hot Arts Central Australia remains committed to fostering arts and cultural innovation, development, collaboration and entrepreneurship in Central Australia. Our Board plays a vital role in providing the direction and support to achieve these aims, acknowledging  and valuing the importance of the arts sector to the social, economic and cultural fabric of our community.

Red Hot Arts is seeking nominations from people aged 18 years and over, who work and/or live in the Central Australian region to join our Board. If you are passionate about community arts and have enough time to actively participate in Board activities including a minimum of 10 meetings per year, an annual strategic planning session and are eager to contribute your skills and experience, we encourage you to nominate. You will need to sign up as a member to be eligible for nomination.

Nomination and/or proxy votes may be:

Posted: P O Box 2338, Alice Springs NT 0871
Emailed: or
Hand delivered to Red Hot Arts, 67 Bath Street, Alice Springs

For more information and to request AGM documents including the:

  • Notice of the Red Hot Arts Central Australia 2020 Annual General Meeting
  • Red Hot Arts Central Australia 2020 AGM Agenda
  • Red Hot Arts Central Australia AGM Board Nomination Form
  • Red Hot Arts Central Australia 2020 AGM Proxy Vote Nomination
  • Red Hot Arts Central Australia 2019 AGM Minutes

Please contact our Office Manager on E:

Board Nomination forms must be received no later than 5.00 pm, Thursday 16th April 2020. 

Proxy Nomination forms must be received no later than 5.00 pm, Monday 20th April 2020.

Please kindly RSVP no later than 5.00 pm, Thursday 16th April 2020 to our Office Manager on E:

Red Hot Arts remains committed to supporting our creative industries sector and greatly looks forward to your virtual attendance at our 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our General Manager on E:  should you have any questions or concerns.

Alice in Spring time comes alive.

Since 2001, Desert Festival has been a celebration of artists in community, with attention to making Alice Springs a festive experience for visitors and locals.

Initially, the festival worked in existing venues, before moving to a hub model to foster large events.

This year is the start of a four-year plan over which Desert Festival will work with existing venues, restaurants, accommodation and businesses within the CBD to transform the route from Gap Rd to Anzac Oval into a festive space throughout the Spring season.

The strip will very much be a ‘festival precinct’ with a seasonal season running from 31st August until 13th October with 33 shows, an interactive arts program for children, professional workshops and even more promoted shows.

This allows festival patrons the flexibility to find a show every week rather than a condensed short run that competes for their attention.

By spreading out Artists and entertainment will be available to travellers and a busy local community through to October.

Desert Festival is proud to be working with some of the leading venues in town, including popular haunts such as Montes Lounge, Gap View Hotel, Totem Theatre, Alice Springs Cinema, Epilogue Lounge, Town Council Lawns and the newly renovated spaces at 67 Bath Street.

With the implementation of permanent staff at Red Hot Arts engaged to assist in professional development, production design and promotion, the focus is to support artists to create a unique experience for their audience that is a little different to what audiences may normally expect.

As you’d come to expect from the Arts, The Desert Festival has not shied away from controversy and festival-goers can expect to experience events like films of political commentary, burlesque and Avant-Garde experimentation.

A new online ticketing system for Red Hot Arts has given Central Australian artists, venues and event organizers the capacity to not only promote their shows through our channels but to sell tickets and get support for their door sales. Even better for the sector, the only cost for ticketing will be the card processing fees.

Red Hot Arts promotional channels have expanded in 2017-18 with LED signage, large posters and window wraps at 67 Bath St. Next Red Hot Arts will be installing over 30 digital posters in key locations for promoting to the region’s visitors.

To arrange media interview with our artists please contact:
Barbara Clifford 0421 259 045

For information on the Desert Festival program please contact:
Cy Starkman 08 8952 2392