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TalbragArt - Artists Brief

2018 Theme: “Wambuul”

In 2018 the Macquarie Credit Union DREAM Festival is pleased to have the Postmaster’s Café as the main sponsor of this event. It will be presented in partnership with Ignite and Talbragar St businesses.

A walking tour will be conducted of featured artworks at 6:00pm on the 18th October commencing from the Pianos on the Pavement event in Talbragar St.

The theme for 2018 is “Wambuul” in recognition of the Macquarie River and the vital part that water plays in the life and prosperity of communities along the Macquarie River.

The Macquarie River flows from White Rocks near Oberon 626 km through Bathurst, Wellington, Dubbo, Narromine and Warren to the Macquarie Marshes where it meets the Barwon River.   

The Macquarie Bogan catchment makes up an integral part of the Murray Darling Basin providing life sustaining water to communities, farmers and supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna and fish species along the river. 

It is the ancestral river of the Wiradjuri People in the upper and middle catchments, the Wongaibon people to the west and the Wailan people to the east. 

The Macquarie River has many examples of Aboriginal grinding grooves and other forms of traditional aquaculture along its banks.

The river is a source of irrigation for farmers.

It is a source of recreation supporting fishing, kayaking, swimming, and power boating activities.

The river is home to a wide variety of fish including: brown trout, perch, carp, catfish, Murray cod, rainbow trout, redfin, silver perch, golden perch, trout cod, turtles and yabbies.

The festival committee invites artists to enter this event and to celebrate the diversity of “Wambuul” Macquarie River and its contribution to our community.

Join us in the creation of a walking gallery trail along Talbragar St during the 2018 Macquarie Union Credit DREAM festival.


Details for Submissions

The theme “Wambuul” can be expressed in any form and may be multi-dimensional, but must comply with the 1kg weight restrictions.

Each artwork needs to be accompanied by a detailed explanation which identifies the motivation and story behind the artwork of up to 300 words typed on an A4 sheet of paper.

Prizes have been sponsored by members of the business community in Talbragar St:

First Prize Critic’s Choice Award (Postmasters Café): $400 + 2 x $50 vouchers

Second Prize Critic’s Choice Award (Talbragar St businesses): $200

People’s Choice Award (Lotus Café): $200

Multiple prizes will be provided as encouragement awards including a $100 voucher from CBM Computers.


How to enter

To facilitate the exhibition and safe curation of all entries, we ask that works accepted for the TalbragArt “Wambuul” exhibition  adhere to the following guidelines:

1.       Single submission within the size and weight restrictions.

2.       Created in 2018

3.       No Larger than 59.4X 84.1 cm (A1 Paper size)

4.       Work must be unframed

5.       Works must weigh less than 1kg to ensure safe hanging in shop fronts.

6.       Work must reflect the theme "Wambuul"

7.       Work must be accompanied by a typed explanation on A4 paper of no more than 300 words.

Artists who take part in TalbragArt will be asked to sign an exhibition contract outlining the duties and responsibilities of the artist at the festival. A copy of this contract can be provided to artists before they submit their Expression of Interest if required.

Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by the curator before making a final selection. While it is the aim to include as many (if not all) artists who submit an Expression of Interest, the size constrains of exhibition venues may require a selection process to be implemented. Details regarding the selection criteria can be found in the exhibition contract. The Festival Committee reserve the right not to display works where content may cause offence.

Applications closing date has been extended to Monday 15th October 2018.

Artists are asked to complete the application form and email it to julee.hunt@bigpond.com.au