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TRACEY CALLINAN  Executive Director

Tracey has been the Executive Director at Arts OutWest since 2009. She strongly believes in the ability of arts and culture to support regional communities through their economic, cultural and social value. She enjoys bringing people together and facilitating partnerships and collaborations both within the arts and with other sectors.

Tracey returned to the NSW central west region after managing arts and creativity programs at Creative Partnerships with Arts Council England, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Future Music in Adelaide, as well as having worked extensively as a teacher and a musician in various parts of the world. She sits on numerous advisory boards and panels and is a board member of Lifeline Central West.

Away from work, Tracey can be found out and about in Bathurst with her rescue greyhound, conducting a community choir, playing harpsichord and piano and spending time with friends and family. Tracey’s degrees are both from Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) and she has recently submitted her PhD thesis about regional cultural and creative industries.

CHRISTINE McMILLAN  Arts and Health Coordinator

Christine McMillan is Arts and Health Coordinator. Christine’s focus is to provide the opportunity to engage in the arts, for residents, staff and carers in health and aged care settings. This engagement benefits wellbeing by keeping people connected, engaged and active.

Christine is a visual artist, she was a director of Cementa for 5 years and has a background in visual arts teaching. She delights in presenting visual arts workshops and organising music and performance programs in residential care settings.

Christine lives in Kandos and spends time with her father in Sydney and with her daughters and grandchildren in Newcastle. For work she travels across the Arts OutWest region. She is travelling less in ‘covid time’, but is spending the travelling time developing programs to be delivered online. She enjoys kayaking and table tennis, loves camping and bush walking especially in Wollemi National Park.

ALESHIA LONSDALE  Aboriginal Arts Development Officer

Aleshia is a proud Wiradjuri woman based Mudgee in Central Western NSW.

As the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer for Arts OutWest she sees the Arts not only a vehicle for intergenerational cultural transmission but also as a tool which allows the audience to view the world through a First Nations lens.

Aleshia is responsible for advocating and supporting Aboriginal Artists and Communities across the region, providing advice and assistance and supporting skill development opportunities. She also curates the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery at Hartley which is a gallery for contemporary Aboriginal Arts from across the region.

With over 20 years’ experience in the Arts and Culture sector Aleshia is actively engaged in various Aboriginal, Environmental and Arts Organisations across the state. Aleshia has experience in a number of roles including as an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer and has been employed in her role at Arts OutWest since 2011.

Aleshia’s own art practice has a strong grounding in Culture and Country. Her works are influenced by the past, present and future experiences of First Nations Peoples with a particular focus on social, cultural, political and environmental issues.

Aleshia is an alumnus of the National Gallery of Australia’s Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program and a participant in the Australia Council’s Custodianship Program.​

STEVEN CAVANAGH  Communications Officer

Steven is an artist, curator and educator who works across multiple arts organisations in NSW. He has travelled extensively having lived and worked in Perth, London and Sydney. In a desire to broaden his art practice, career and most importantly life, Steven chose to make a move into the Central West in 2018.

Steven now works for Arts OutWest as part-time Communications Officer and job shares the position with Maryanne. He brings a strong background in graphic design to the role. Highlights include the thrill of live radio, writing a weekly arts column for the Western Advocate, supporting talented and diverse regional artists, curating exhibitions, running workshops and creating a network of Media Associates across our region.

Steven has a BFA, Hons, MFA in Photomedia. He is a lecturer at the National Art School and the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. He was a board member with the ACP from 2016-2019 and currently sits on several regional arts advisory panels. Steven has written for creative publications, received numerous art residencies, been a finalist in national photographic prizes and exhibits often.

Recent exhibitions include Plant + Human with the Australian Centre for Photography and Build That Wall where he installed a 3-day durational performance work for Cementa 2019. He is currently creating the inaugural STAMPER Analogue Photography Festival in Hill End, collaborating with the CORRIDOR AIR + PD LAB 2020 program, and is artist in residence with the DPI in Orange. Steven will be exhibiting a new show, DARK, with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2021.

Home is a beautiful property in Hill End where the hum of the bush is ever present and full of surprises.

MARYANNE JAQUES  Communications Officer

Maryanne Jaques joined Arts OutWest as Communications Officer in 2007 and clearly loves it so much she’s still here. She switched to part-time in 2016 and now job-shares with Steven.

Maryanne has a background in festivals, events and performing arts across admin, production and marketing.

At Arts OutWest there’s been hundreds of hours of radio, millions of words written and truly countless wonderful conversations with locals in the region (which she rates as the best part of the job). Recently Maryanne has been taking charge of our Culture Maps Central NSW web project.

Whilst at Art OutWest Maryanne has had side gigs as a freelance magazine writer, teaching at CSU and on production of new theatre works. Maryanne is also a keen playwright and teaches the occasional writing workshop. She’s had short scripts produced regionally and in Sydney. Most recently she was a commissioned writer for Lingua Franca’s ‘Routes’ project. She has two small, noisy children.

Maryanne holds a BA Communication (Theatre/Media), a Grad Cert in Cultural Event Management and MA Journalism all from Charles Sturt University. Maryanne is currently a board member of Mitchell Conservatorium of Music.

MAX WILSON  Comms Admin and Database

Max Wilson is the newest member of the Arts OutWest team, joining at the beginning of 2020 as part-time Comms. He currently works on database management and updating events for the Arts OutWest website.

Since moving to Bathurst in 2016 to study, Max has found himself garnering experience in several theatre shows in many varied positions such as director, writer and actor.

In his spare time, Max likes to spend time watching movies and reviewing them online.

Max holds a BA in Communications (Theatre Media) from Charles Sturt University and is currently studying for his Masters of Communications.

KATE SMITH  Arts and Health

Kate’s extensive career in the creative industries traverses live and screen performance, academia and writing. Based in Bathurst, she is the recipient of CreateNSW Creative Fellowship, (2019-2021) researching live performance and podcasting. The fellowship extends her practice, which over twenty years has included touring her comedic plays to festivals nationally and internationally, cross-sector arts practice, creative mentoring and profile raising for regional arts.

Kate was awarded a PhD scholarship to study theatre and performance at Charles Sturt University, created commissions for Darlinghurst & Merrigong Theatres and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, she toured with Critical Stages, CDP and Mary Tobin. A member of State of Playfounders Julian Louis and Nick Enright she has performed in several inaugural independent theatre initiatives; including B-Sharp, Belvoir; In The Raw , Darlinghurst, Bite at Seymour.

Kate’s favourite character was born at BMEC when she began MCing/curating the much-loved Cabaret Kite as alter ego Rusty Nails She is member of physical theatre company Lingua Franca, and lectures in scriptwriting/performance.

Kate keeps it real by teaching and practising yoga and living on a small pocket of land in the sticks with her beautiful family.

KATHY WEEKES  Finance Officer

Kathy is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years of experience.

Kathy has a Bachelor of Financial Administration from University of New England, a Graduate Diploma in Taxation Law from Charles Sturt University, has been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand since 1988.

Kathy also has a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning. Kathy specialises in tax advice and tax law interpretation for individuals, partnerships, companies, self-managed superannuation funds and small business income tax as personal financial planning.

and MACY GREYHOUND… our meet and greet officer.