Birre Arts Reset - Members Meeting this Thursday 8th Feb, 6.30pm at Birre Health Centre

After three fabulous years, it's time for Birregurra Community Arts Group to have a reset!

With your help over the past three years, Birre Arts has grown and developed into a remarkable community and has kicked so many goals. Not only have we introduced a regular array of creative workshops and events into the area, and supported the genesis of creative arts groups and projects, but we have made strong networks with other local arts groups, and have started to have an impact on the visibility of arts and culture in the region, particularly with regard to support from Colac Otway Shire.

But now it's time for a reset! A look toward what we want Birre Arts to look like in the future.
We're looking for fresh ideas for how we operate, what we offer, funding pathways we develop, and how we can better link and promote artists within our region.

We want you to tell us what's important to YOU, as an artist or as a consumer of art, and bring your ideas to the table on what and how we can financially support artists and creative projects. And we want you to be a part of how we do all this.

So we're throwing a cards on the table and clearing the decks! From how, or if, we run meetings, how we communicate with members, what we support and what we should avoid. Everything is up for discussion - so come along and jump in the ball pit with us and let's see where things land.

This Thursday 8th Feb /6.30pm / Birregurra Community Health Centre

Port Fairy Folk Festival comes to Birregurra!! Sun April 8th at Birregurra Hall

Hold on to your hats folks.....

Woodfordia Inc in partnership with Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival presents



Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.


Gunning’s recording career is now approaching a full two decades in length (his debut album, Lost Tracks, came out in 1996). Along with richly-deserved peer respect, he has also earned a shelf full of music industry awards. That tally now stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category for his album …a tribute to John Allan Cameron, a compelling homage to another of Dave’s Maritime musical heroes.


From the East of Melbourne comes Folk duo, Little Bee. In their music, you can hear traces of Norah Jones, The Milk Carton Kids and Tinpan Orange. Their harmonised vocals, Earcatching instrumentation and engaging songwriting creates the foundation for their captivating approach.

Bethany Peele and Bryce Turcato formed the group in 2016, forging their musical abilities to create a sound that is warm and unique. Having shared the stage with bands such as Lily & King and Alyce Platt, Little Bee is quickly building a profile in the Melbourne music scene.

Birregurra Music Salon - 2018 Program released

Crack open your 2018 diaries and get these dates in. This year's Birregurra Music Salon program is a ripper!!

This year (and beyond), Birre Arts is committed to promoting Women in Music and trying to help rebalance the exposure and performance opportunities they get. Did you know that while over 50% of songs in the ARIA Top 100 are from women artists, less than 25% feature of festival line ups - and even less as headline acts.

Well, in addition to the fabulous Bob Evans who kicks off the season on Sunday July 8th, we've found two of the most extraordinary emerging female artists that we are soooo excited to introduce you to. Bec Goring and Jess Fairlie are young and excruciatingly talented with voices that will melt your icy winter heart and take you on the most wonderful musical journeys. 

These gals are on their way to the big time and we're lucky enough to get them before we can't afford them. 

Tickets on sale soon so stay tuned at
All gigs held at Birregurra Christ Church / 7 Sladen Street Birregurra

Bob Evans / Sun 8th July / 5pm / Tix $35+BF

Bec Goring / Sat 18th Aug / 5pm / Tix $20+BF

Jess Fairlie / Sun 9th Sept / 5pm / Tix $25+BF

Colac Otway Shire's draft arts and culture strategy is available for comment - closes 13 March 2018

Draft strategy guides future of arts and cultural activities in Colac

Draft strategy guides future of arts and cultural activities in Colac Otway Shire

Colac Otway Shire Council aims to create a connected and engaged community with a reputation for supporting and celebrating its artists and creative industries as part of a new draft strategy.
The draft Creative Colac Otway – Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2022 sets the framework for enhancing the liveability of the shire through music, film, visual art, festivals, events and literature.

Mayor Joe McCracken said the draft strategy provided a prioritised and costed action plan to guide Council’s future provision of arts, heritage and culture services. 

“Council recognises the value of arts and cultural initiatives in supporting community cohesion and generating community pride, as well as fostering economic development and tourist visitation,” he said.
“This strategy aims to guide Council to service the needs and interest of our community through the planning and implementation of arts and cultural programs, activities, events and projects.”
Four key themes emerged from community participation in earlier consultation and have provided structure for the draft strategy’s action plan:
  1. Quality cultural facilities and community spaces.
  2. Activation – increase participation in arts and cultural activity.
  3. Support and advocacy of artists and creative industries.
  4. Creativity, social cohesion and connections.
Cr McCracken encouraged anyone interested in fostering the development of arts and culture to provide feedback on the draft strategy.
“While the draft strategy was informed by a strong level of engagement and feedback from the community, it’s equally as important that our community reviews the draft and makes submissions to guide us before a final strategy is presented to Council in the future.”
Electronic copies of the strategy can be downloaded from or hard copies can be viewed at Council’s customer service centres and public libraries in Colac and Apollo Bay until Tuesday 13 March 2018.
Comments can be emailed to with the subject heading ‘Creative Colac Otway’; or mailed to PO Box 283, Colac, Victoria, 3250. Comments close on 13 March, 2018.

Digital Writer in Residence 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Opportunity for a woman writer facing barriers to participation in the literary industry
Writers Victoria is delighted to announce a new opportunity for an emerging or established Victorian woman writer to join us as a Digital Writer in Residence in 2018.
The residency will provide paid writing and subsidised professional development opportunities including, but not limited to:
  • six paid commissions of 800-1000 words to be published through Writers Victoria channels and/or partner outlets (worth $1200)
  • provision of a complimentary Writers Victoria membership (worth $75)
  • complimentary access to up to five online and/or in-person workshops (worth up to $725)
  • profile-raising and facilitated networking opportunities
  • paid opportunity to design and deliver a half-day workshop or seminar as part of the Writers Victoria courses and events Season 2 program (worth $550)
While open to all fiction or non-fiction writers who identify as women, priority will be given to writers facing intersecting barriers to participation in the literary industry, particularly single mothers.
The successful applicant will be able to work at flexible times and locations, and there are limited funds for child-care available, which can be negotiated with the successful applicant.
Applications should include the following:
  • A cover letter (max 1 page) including:
    • Brief bio including links/references to any relevant publications
    • Outline of how the digital residency would benefit you as a writer
    • Brief proposal for at least two online articles/stories to be submitted as part of the residency
    • Ideas of course(s) that would be of value to you (see here for more details; note: choose courses from late-Feb onwards).
  • Sample of fiction or non-fiction writing (up to 500 words)
Please send your applications to sends e-mail) before 9am Mon 5 Feb.
Women writers continue to face many barriers to artistic and professional development, including caring responsibilities, socio-economic status, location and distance to metropolitan areas. This residency aims to support creative practice and enhance professional development in a way that respects the writers’ life circumstances.
For further information, please contact Angela Savage on sends e-mail) or 0432 697 263 (Mon–Thurs), or Claire Capel-Stanley on sends e-mail) or 9094 7840.
The Digital Writer in Residence initiative is made possible through a grant from the Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust(link is external).
Image: by DavidZydd courtesy Pixabay(link is external).

Creative Victoria's grants program is OPEN - between $5k & $60k

VicArts Grants program are OPEN
It provides grants of between $5,000 and $60,000 for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's arts sector.
Applications close 22 February.
Need help with your application? Start with our Grant Tips video:

The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria's artists and smaller arts companies.  It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria's arts sector.
The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery of the arts that will build on Victoria's position as a cultural leader.

Funding available

Applications will be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $60,000.
Solo projects (i.e. one  artist working alone) are eligible to apply for up to $20,000.
The program also includes a 2 year funding stream, providing 2 years of continued annual support to a limited number of successful applicants.  To discuss appropriate grant requests please contact program staff.

Who can apply

  • Individuals
  • Organisations including arts, non-arts, community and local government.
The primary focus of the proposed project or program must include:
  • Victorian based individual professional arts practitioners (emerging to established) and/or Victorian-based professional arts ensembles/organisations; and
  • An artistic activity.
NB: For the July 2018 funding round, applicants must choose between applying to either VicArts Grants or the Creators Fund.

Key dates

There are two VicArts Grants funding rounds in 2018:
Round 1 opens: 1 February 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal 
Round 1 closes:  5pm, 22 February 2018 
For activities commencing after 1 July 2018.
Round 2 opens: 28 June 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round 2 closes: 5pm, 26 July 2018
For activity commencing after 1 January 2019.
It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.

Who to talk to


Kate Bailey: 8683 3163 or at     
Louise Naumann: 8683 3145 or at
Dance/Physical Performance
Shaun Larkin: 8683 3179 or at
Kaushali Seneviratne: 8683 3106 or at
Visual Arts
Sophine Chai: 8683 3164 or at

Links and downloads

COPACC's 2018 Program has been released. Get along to some of these fabulous shows!


2018 Program

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INFORMATION SESSIONS – Barwon South West Region - February 2018

Creative Victoria, The Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Partnerships Australia and APRA AMCOS cordially invite you to an Information Session on funding for Contemporary Music Projects and other related opportunities.

Bands, musicians, managers, labels, venue owners, bookers and other interested parties are invited to attend an Information Session focusing on a number of funding programs and initiatives. The Information Session will cover:

•   Australia Council funding
•   Creative Partnerships Australia’s Australian Cultural Fund
•   APRA AMCOS programs and support
•   Creative Victoria’s Music Works programs

You will be able to ask questions about application processes, meet the faces behind the programs and hear what funding and support is available for your projects or practice.

Already have a project ready and looking to apply for funding? Want to know what support Creative Victoria, the Australia Council, Creative Partnerships Australia and APRA AMCOS can provide? There will be time available after the session to discuss your projects and plans.

Representatives from all four bodies will be available at the following three sessions.

Friday 9th February 2018 - 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Blarney Books and Art
37 James St
Port Fairy VIC 3284

Saturday 10th February 2018 - 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Lighthouse Arts Collective (New Hall)
11 Kirk Rd
Point Lonsdale, Victoria, 3225
(Light refreshments provided)

Sunday 11th February 2018 - 11.00am – 12.30pm
Workers Club
90 Lt. Malop Street
Geelong, Victoria, 3220

To RSVP to any session please call - (03) 8683 3133 or email by Thursday 8 February.


CALLING ALL ARTISTS! - An opportunity from Apollo Bay Arts Inc.


Please email for more info or to submit works for this 6 week exhibit in the 
Apollo Bay Arts Inc Gallery.