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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
Showcases, development and opportunities for Aboriginal artists 

Arts OutWest’s Aboriginal arts development program supports Aboriginal artists at all stages of their careers in NSW Central West.

Aboriginal arts development across the Central West region is one of the key strategic focus areas of Arts OutWest.

In our strategic plan we aim to:

  1. Continue curating work by Aboriginal arts from the NSW central west region for Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery in the Hartley Historic Precinct, in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Services
  2. Create showcases for Aboriginal artists within the region
  3. Make links to organisations outside the region to offer opportunities to Aboriginal artists
  4. Provide professional development opportunities in art-form development, promotion and business skills
  5. Offer platforms for networking and sharing opportunities
  6. Build the profile of Aboriginal arts through sharing success stories over a range of media.

Aboriginal visual artists of all genres, living in the NSW Central West, are invited to exhibit and sell work at the Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery at Hartley. Contact Aleshia (details below).

Aboriginal artists in our region, in all artforms, are invited to join an active Facebook group (again, contact Aleshia).

Follow the Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery on Facebook.


The Aboriginal Arts Development program and officer position are funded by the Australian Government through IVAIS (Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support).

The Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery is a partnership with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Department of Environment and Heritage.

We source additional funding or philanthropic support for other Aboriginal arts projects. Details of these partners are listed with each project overview or past project case study (below).

Current activities
Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery
Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery

Work of regional Aboriginal artists

Aboriginal cultural tourism
Aboriginal cultural tourism

New Aboriginal cultural experiences

Galari Writers
Galari Writers

Mentoring Aboriginal writers

Latest news and updates

Here Now and Always
Here Now & Always

25-29 May. Online regional arts market at panel discussions. Here Now & Always’ is an initiative of the Aboriginal Regional Arts Alliance.

Galari Writers residency

A great weekend was had February 11-12, 2023. Aspiring First Nations writers had a fantastic weekend of insights, ideation, conversation and plenty of inspiration facilitated by our amazing mentor Ned Manning

A Lonsdale headshot by A Wisser
Aleshia invited to Venice Biennale

Arts OutWest’s Aboriginal Arts Development Officer Aleshia Lonsdale has been invited by the Australia Council for the Arts as one of five creative and cultural workers to spend an intensive three-days of professional development at the 59th Venice Biennale.

past project case studies

A selection of Aboriginal arts development projects and activities from recent years. Many of these projects have ongoing threads that connect to our current work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that these pages may contain the images, names and words of people who are now deceased.

Marragu-Marra Guwayu (Hands On for All Time)
Marragu-Marra Guwayu (Hands On for All Time)

Exhibition of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal arts practice

Not Another Brick
Not Another Brick

2022: Lake Cargelligo MPS mural

Condo Skyfest
Condo Skyfest

Supported 2021-22: Condobolin’s SkyFest

Spread the Word
Spread the Word

2012-14: Aboriginal health


2011 and 2012: Showcasing Aboriginal arts

Jimmy Little Gathering
Jimmy Little Gathering

2017: Celebrating the music and legacy of Jimmy Little

Creative Lab
Creative Lab

2014: Artform skills for Aboriginal artists

Hospital signage
Hospital signage

Hospitals adopt Aboriginal language signage

Contact our team members

Aleshia Lonsdale
Aboriginal Arts Development Officer

Aleshia works remotely from around the region