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Career Basics | Arts & Education News | Literature | Writers | Connections
- 24 May 2012 | VIC | Organisation/Program
24 May 2012 | ArtsCareer Coordinator

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu is calling for entries for the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, including Australia's most valuable literary prize, the Victorian Prize for Literature.


Mr Baillieu said the awards, administered by the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, acknowledged and celebrated the role of writers in our society and their contribution to Australian culture.


"As a UNESCO City of Literature and a state with a proud literary heritage and vibrant contemporary culture of writing and ideas, we're proud to offer this prestigious awards program and promote and celebrate the best of Australian writing," Mr Baillieu said.


"Since their inauguration by The Hon John Cain in 1985 the awards have enjoyed support from successive Premiers, and I was honoured last year to be able to continue the commitment by announcing a new streamlined program, an increased prize pool and the new major prize."


The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards include five categories - Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama and Young Adult Fiction - each with a prize of $25,000.


The winners of these categories are then eligible for the major title, the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.


In addition, two awards will be presented in 2012 - the Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, and the biennial Award for Indigenous Writing. Each winner will receive a $15,000 prize. Entrants to the Award for Indigenous Writing are also eligible to enter their work in any of the five general award categories.


"I encourage all eligible writers to submit entries and join us in celebrating books, writing, reading and ideas," Mr Baillieu said.


The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer will be presented on 1 June 2012 during the Emerging Writers' Festival, and entries are now being accepted by the Wheeler Centre until 2 May.


Entries for the remainder of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards close on May 24. The winners will be announced in September.

Career Basics | Business
16 May 2012 - 16 May 2012 | NT | Course/Workshop/Event
16 May 2012 | ArtsCareer Coordinator

When / 16th May 9.00am-1pm
Where / GTNT Belfield Room, 38 Woods Street, Darwin
Cost / $95.00

Register now to attend a workshop for individuals and businesses on how to operate your business or department more sustainably.


This training provides the knowledge and incentive for workplace leaders and managers to identify opportunities to increase profitability and to implement green policies and sustainability within their workplaces.


For more info email:

Career Basics | Arts & Education News | Drama | Theatre Artists | Connections | Literature | Writers | Connections
- 27 Jun 2012 | Online | Article/Information
27 Jun 2012 | ArtsCareer Coordinator

Shortlist announced by Sydney Theatre Company



The five shortlisted plays for the 2011 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award have been announced.


From 114 entries, the five shortlisted works are:


LITTLE BORDERS by Phillip Kavanagh

TRIANGLE by Glyn Roberts

MERMAN by Kylie Trounson

THE BAY by Alexandra Wood


To find out more about each play and the award click on the link below.

Career Basics | Arts & Education News | Dance | Educators | Guidelines & Standards | Drama | Educators | Guidelines & Standards | Media | Educators | Guidelines & Standards | Music | Educators | Curriculum & Assessment | Visual Arts | Educators | Guidelines & Standards
30 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2012 | VIC | Article/Information
Skills Hub; ceasing operation; Victoria
30 Jun 2012 | ausdancenational

SkillsHub has announced that it will be closing after nearly 25years of service to Victoria’s creative and leisure industries. On the 30 March 2012, the organisation received an announcement from the Minister for Education and Skills, Peter Hall that the Victorian government will cease funding Industry Training Advisory Boards (ITABs) from 30 June 2012.  As a result, the Board of SkillsHub has unanimously voted to cease operations effective 30 June 2012 and to wind up the organisation as soon as practical thereafter.


Contact Genevieve Wearne, CEO, SkillsHub by email until 30 June. For further queries regarding the new government arrangements, please direct your enquiries to John Spasevski, Director Facilitation, Higher Education and Skills Groups (HESG) formerly Skills Victoria telephone 03 9637 2732.


Career Basics | Marketing | Dance | Artists | Skills Development | Drama | Theatre Artists | Skills Development | Inter-arts | Artists | Skills Development | Literature | Writers | Skills Development | Media | Artists | Skills Development | Music | Artists | Skills Development | Visual Arts | Artists | Skills Development
16 May 2012 - 16 May 2012 | ACT | Course/Workshop/Event
AbaF; marketing; branding
16 May 2012 | ausdancenational

The AbaF Woodside Better Business: Branding workshop will be held in Canberra on Wednesday, 16 May.


Panellists include Jackie Appleyard, Suzie Campbell, Yolande Norris and Jacinda Jackson.

Topics include:

  • What is a brand and why is it important?
  • Does your arts organisation need one?
  • Developing your brand story
  • Brand v. Logo

Cost: $22 including GST
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am (a light breakfast will be provided)
Venue: Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.
For more information and to register securely online, please click here.

Career Basics | Marketing | Dance | Artists | Support | Drama | Theatre Artists | Support | Music | Artists | Support
01 Oct 2012 - 18 Nov 2012 | International | Organisation/Program
international performing arts markets; funding; Australia Council; closing dates
18 Nov 2012 | ausdancenational

The next closing date for the International Performing Arts Market Travel Fund is Friday 11 May 2012.

This closing date is for applications to attend:

  • Performing Arts Market in Seoul, South Korea, 8-12 October 2012 (the 2012 website is not live but check the 2011 site for background)
  • International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) Autumn Plenary Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, 25-28 October 2012
  • CINARS, Montreal, Canada, 12-18 November 2012.

You may submit travel requests for other international performing arts markets to this deadline too. Please refer to the International Performing Arts Market Travel Fund guidelines for full application details.
TYP companies and producers: please note that applications to present at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase are also now open.


The next IPAY Showcase takes place in Philadelphia, USA from 4-9 January 2013. The earlybird deadline for Showcase applications is 4 May, with the final closing date on 18 May.


For further information contact Ellen Dwyer, Program Officer, Market Development, Australia Council for the Arts
Tel: +61 2 9215 9051

Career Basics | Arts & Education News | Dance | Artists | Artistic Practice
09 Apr 2012 - 14 Apr 2012 | NSW | Article/Information
youth dance; Australian Youth Dance Festival; Ausdance NSW; NAISDA
14 Apr 2012 | ausdancenational

The seventh Australian Youth Dance Festival produced a spectacular finale on 14 April, at the Mt Penang Gardens near NAISDA Dance College. The site-specific performances grew out of a week of creative development with some of Australia's leading choreographers.

Career Basics | Arts & Education News | Dance | Educators | Guidelines & Standards
01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012 | National | e-resource
teaching dance; Ausdance guidelines; safe dance
31 Dec 2012 | ausdancenational

The Australian Guidelines for Teaching Dance suggest minimum standards for dance teaching and ways teachers can maintain or upgrade their teaching skills. The guidelines are divided into three sections:

  • Effective teaching methods
  • Safe dance practice
  • Professional business practice for studio teachers
Career Basics | Legal | Visual Arts | Artists | Skills Development
22 May 2012 - 22 May 2012 | VIC | Course/Workshop/Event
22 May 2012 | ArtsCareer Coordinator

The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) established the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR). The PPSR enables people to register their interest in personal property. This may be relevant for artists who deliver works without payment, for example to a commercial gallery for the purposes of sale or on loan for an exhibition.


This seminar will outline the main features of the PPS Act and the PPSR and how it operates, with a focus on how artworks and intellectual property rights are treated.



Rebecca Laubi Senior Solicitor, Arts Law Centre of Australia

Rebecca practiced as a commercial lawyer in private practice and as in-house counsel for nearly 15 years in Switzerland before moving to Sydney in 2003. From 2004 to 2007, she worked at law firm Baker & McKenzie while qualifying as a solicitor in Australia. Rebecca joined the Arts Law Centre of Australia in late 2007, where she found a unique environment to combine her interest in law with her interest in the arts. Rebecca advises in various areas, including contract law, intellectual property, business structures and trade practices. An important part of her work at Arts Law is advising on contracts and drafting sample agreements for artists and arts organisations.


Mieke Dixon Senior Lawyer

Mieke Dixon is a lawyer in AGS Commercial specialising in property and commercial law. She advises on and prepares commercial contracts and assists clients to secure their interests in the provision of loans and funding. Recently Mieke has developed expertise in the Personal Properties Security Act and has been advising AGS clients nationally on related issues.



Date Tuesday 22 May 2012

Time 6 – 7.30 pm

Venue AGS Melbourne, Level 21, 200 Queen Street

Cost Free



The closing date for registration is Friday 18 May 2012 or earlier if the room capacity is reached.


T 03 9242 1448 /



Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the seminar 

Career Basics | Legal | Visual Arts | Artists | Skills Development
15 May 2012 - 15 May 2012 | NSW | Course/Workshop/Event
15 May 2012 | ArtsCareer Coordinator

NAVA and Arts Law are holding a seminar on the impact of the Personal Property Securities Act on artists who deliver works on consignment to a commercial gallery or on loan for an exhibition.


In this 2 hour seminar, panelists will:

  • outline how the Act has changed the law and why artists now should consider registration on the Personal Property Securities Register to protect their rights
  • explain the function of the new register and demonstrate how it works
  • discuss personal experiences when faced with an insolvency situation
  • answer questions from the audience.

Panelists are:
Andrew Sellars, Principal Legal Officer, Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA)
Camille Masson-Talansier, Artist
Robyn Ayres, Executive Director, Arts Law Centre of Australia
Rebecca Laubi, Senior solicitor, Arts Law Centre of Australia


Date: Tuesday 15 May 2012
Time: 5.45pm, for a 6pm start, until 8pm
Location: The Gunnery L2, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road Woolloomooloo

Registration: Numbers are limited.


To register for this important event visit


$5 + booking fee for NAVA or Arts Law members or subscribers
$15 + booking fee for general admission
Please purchase tickets prior to the event