About Arts OutWest

Arts OutWest is the regional arts development organisation of Central West New South Wales, Australia.

Our mission: promote, facilitate, educate and advocate for arts and cultural development for communities of the NSW Central West.

Arts OutWest Vision and Values

  • Arts enriches our regional communities making them better places to live
  • The arts in our region are of high quality and need to be supported to operate at high levels
  • The arts help to generate a sense of regional identity
  • The arts can contribute as an economic driver to regional communities
  • Arts activity in the region can assist in social cohesion and development

Arts OutWest services the contributing local government areas of

Bathurst Regional Council

Blayney Shire Council

Cabonne Council

Cowra Shire Council

Forbes Shire Council

Lachlan Shire Council

Lithgow City Council

The Oberon Council

Orange City Council

Parkes Shire Council

Weddin Shire Council

The core program of Arts OutWest is funded by the NSW government through Create NSW, by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program, by 11 contributing local governments and by Charles Sturt University. Additional regional projects are funded and carried out through a range of partnerships.

Arts OutWest is an independent incorporated association and one of the 14 networked Regional Arts Organisations in NSW. Arts OutWest is a member of Regional Arts NSW.

The regional arts development program began in the Central West in 1974.

Services provided

Support and facilitation

  • Assisting communities to develop arts projects and build partnerships
  • Assisting or supporting funding applications
  • Securing funding for regional projects
  • Managing regional projects
  • Auspicing of local project funding
  • Research
  • Overseeing the annual CASP (Country Arts Support Program) funding in the region

Information and education

  • Central West Cultural Directory
  • Information, advice, referral contacts and resources
  • Workshops and training in areas such as cultural development and planning, marketing, funding and arts business
  • Networking opportunities, forums and mentoring programs
  • Advocacy
  • Assisting local governments to plan for arts and cultural development
  • Support and representation for practitioners
  • Representing the region at a state and national level and networking with regional, state and federal agencies
  • Building partnerships across diverse sectors and across the region


  • The arts media program: promoting Central West arts and cultural events via radio, internet and print media
  • Workshops and resources in arts marketing, audience development and mediaMedia support and advice for local and visiting arts promoters
  • Publications

Strategic work

As a small team with a large region to service, Arts OutWest works to a strategic program of activities as laid out in the Arts OutWest Strategic Plan (2016-2018) [pdf]

Key strategic areas of Arts OutWest’s current work include cultural tourism, lifelong learning, arts, health and disabilities and Aboriginal arts, as well as our ongoing core services of information, training, promotions and advocacy across the creative industries.

The Arts OutWest strategic plan also assists in the delivery of the NSW 2021 State plan.

More on Governance of the organisation (including annual reports)


Some of our current strategic projects include:

Recently completed projects include:

More information

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