Would you like to host the Aboriginal Surfboards?

After an extremely popular tour in 2016 with over 3000 entries, the Aboriginal surfboards tour is returning next year between January to July 2017 and winners will be drawn on the 5th July during NAIDOC week.

The Aboriginal Surfboards continues to raise awareness in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven around sexual health & blood borne infections while offering the opportunity to win the surfboards.

The surfboards will feature art work by Zachary Bennett-Brook, who creates his own style which best represents his culture, his passions and himself.



The HARP unit invite you to display the boards at your service or organisation for a two week stay.

All you need is a highly visible, safe area to display the surfboards to your clients or the wider public, giving them a chance to go into the draw to win by texting ‘stay safe’ to the HARP Unit.

HARP will securely install and remove the surfboards.

This EOI will close Friday 2nd December. Hosts will be advised week commencing 5th December.

If you are interested, please email Natalie.Beckett1@health.nsw.gov.au or jennifer.farinella@.health.nsw.gov.au

Kurt Brereton’s art exhibition.

You are invited to Kurt Brereton’s art exhibition.

12th November 2016 – 21st January 2017 (Main & Central Galleries) 12 Berry Street, Nowra http://www.shoalhavenartscentre.com.au/

This exhibition focuses on Brereton’s Test Results Hepatitis C paintings This upcoming November exhibition includes the full set of paintings plus new works done in response to the new Hepatitis C treatment drug treatment.

This exhibition brings together time-based 2D, 3D and video works created over the last few years since Brereton moved to Currarong, on the coast near Nowra

Incorporating highlights from his recent Test Results anti-viral series, Coal to Coral and Chronography series, Brereton will unveil a number of large scale 3D works incorporating sea-glass lightboxes and his latest direction, of embroidered paintings.

This show is concerned with how we encounter, and make sense of, key events in our lives and how these current events are informed by past influences and future desires. Life is a constant flow of productions that we uniquely construct out of the DNA cultural, social and historical cards we are dealt and the opportunities they afford us. Every ball of string has a few surprise knots waiting for us in it”.

For Brereton, life, when it is actively engaged with, is an assemblage of creative productions, that necessarily occur beyond representation. That is, art must, by definition, sit outside comfortable pictorial recognitions. Art is a performance of events and signs that offers us the possibility to think and feel differently about the world and therefore ourselves. Genealogy is the study of DNA map lines back in time. Biographs on the other hand are, for Brereton, events we fashion out of the fragmentary fictions of reality that make us tribal beings as much as free agents determining our own unique futures. For more information http://www.kurtbrereton.com/

$30K Art and Technology Fellowship Opens

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has called on local artists to apply for a new $30,000 Fellowship the NSW Government is offering in 2015.

Mr Ward said that the Art & Technology Fellowship is open from today to all NSW artists at any stage in their career.

“I’m thrilled the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is offering a new $30,000 Art & Technology Fellowship to support artists working with technology or digital art,” he said.

“I strongly encourage local artists across our region to apply for this wonderful opportunity to be introduced or expand the use of technology in their work.

“This new Fellowship supports a self-directed program of professional development that might include travel, mentorships and internships with arts, technology or science practitioners, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, research, the creation of new work, and the cost of technological or other equipment to assist in the production of new work.

“The winner of this Fellowship will also have the opportunity to develop a partnership with Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) that could include a residency at one of the Museum’s sites for up to six months, access to research and technical assistance,” Mr Ward said.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to supporting artists to develop their professional skills.

“The Fellowship is about encouraging our talented artists to delve into new technologies and raise the profile of their work by reaching new audiences.

“Arts NSW’s partnership with MAAS includes an information session, held both online and at Powerhouse Museum, for artists looking to find out more about using new technologies in their work,” Mr Grant said.

Applications close on Wednesday 25th March 2015.

For more information and to apply for the Fellowship, please visit: www.arts.nsw.gov.au.