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.
Along with the seasons changing we have some staff changes at Arts OutWest: Christine McMillan, who has been the Arts & Health Coordinator for 15 years is retiring this month.
September 2023 Arts Outwest’s art & health officer Steven Cavanagh attended the Western Health Research Network symposium in Dubbo
In September Steven Cavanagh our arts & health officer switched up the exhibitions at two of the region’s hospitals, bringing a fresh feel to each with local art.
Opened Thursday 6 July at Condobolin Health Service.
A collaborative arts project to create healing environments working with the Infant Child Youth Family Mental Health Unit (ICYFMHU) is underway at Bloomfield campus (Orange) in the redeveloped Yaganda Bulabul Building.
Christine and Steven have begun work on the THREE RIVERS mural project we have been commissioned to undertake throughout the child and adolescent mental health unit at Bloomfield Hospital Orange.
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.