Arts and health has been a key priority area of Arts OutWest over the last two decades.
In our strategic plan we aim to:
- Extend the work in hospitals (includes MPS and MPU facilities) through a range of artforms and across many aspects of health (including dementia and disability)
- Advise and support health sector workers to develop their programs and support strategic development
- Build links with other service providers in the health sector
- Support arts practitioners to be trained and aware of best practice approaches to working in health settings
- Continue to take a leadership role in the sector (Eg. participation in the NSW/ACT Leadership Group).
Arts OutWest has a memorandum of understanding and a long term partnership with Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLDH).
Individual project partners are listed with each project overview and case study (below).
AWARD WINNING PROJECTS
In both 2011 and 2012 Arts OutWest won the Arts and Health Australia International Award for ‘Arts and Health in Regional and Rural Australia’. Christine McMillan accepted the 2012 award at the Arts and Health Conference in Freemantle, WA, where she had also been invited to present on the Look Art Talk project. In 2013 Bathurst Regional Art Gallery won a Museums & Galleries NSW IMAGiNE Award for the partnership project with Arts OutWest, Look Art Talk. In 2016 Arts OutWest and Lachlan Health Service’s Mali Marambir Ngurang: to make better place Lachlan Aboriginal language signage project won the Chief Executive’s Award at the Western NSW Local Health District’s annual Living Well Together Health and Innovation Awards.
Art Snack Summer Residencies are continuing fortnightly across the Central West. Last week in Blayney MPS Artist Facilitator Nyree Reynolds shared her joy of expression with paints.
Singer-songwriter Abby Smith spent a transformative week working with residents of the aged care units at Nyngan MPS and Warren MPS. Together they wrote songs ‘In My Blood’ and ‘Here and Now’.
From our Summer enews, three videos to watch if you need something uplifting in your day.
Norma Cairns and her teaching had a big impact on many. Norma donated many works for fundraising. Her last project of her own printed art cards was to raise funds for cancer research – a subject dear to her heart.
Virtual Art Snacks will be presented at the 11th NSW Aged Health Collaborative Forum on Thursday 16 November 2023, online. You can register to attend.
Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) and Arts Outwest have given residents at Blayney Multipurpose Service (MPS) many reasons to laugh and smile with the Virtual Art Snacks program.
past project case studies
A selection of arts and health projects and activities from recent years. Many of these projects have ongoing threads that connect to our current work.