Arts OutWest is an independent incorporated association, under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009.
Arts OutWest has two levels of governance: the Committee of Management (to be known as The Board) and the Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council’s job is to help set strategic policy and to advise about the priorities which the organisation should be pursuing. They also monitor the progress of Arts OutWest in delivering this policy. Each of our contributing local councils has a nominated member on the Advisory Council, along with CSU.
The Board’s job is to manage the organisation including financial management and to ensure that the organisation is compliant and functioning well. The Board appoints and manages the Executive Director who is in turn responsible for managing the staff. We have an appointed skills-based board.
Chair – Fran Charge, Chair of Oberon Arts Council and member of Oberon Business and Tourism Association (Oberon)
Vice-Chair – Deb Bardon, Western Sydney University Transformation Hub Lithgow (Tarana)
Treasurer – Amanda Spalding, Principal Amanda Spalding Consulting (Orange)
Secretary – Margot Jolly, heritage consultant (Forbes)
Osla Thomason, artist and chair person of Canowindra Art Gallery (Canowindra)
Chair Advisory Council – Heather Blackley, President Lachlan Arts Council (Lachlan)
Adam Deusien, independent theatre maker/ founder Lingua Franca
Madi Young, artist and director of The Corner Store Gallery Orange (Orange)
Maz Rees, HR and legal specialist (Forbes)
Christine Weston, community leader (Cumnock)
Chair – Heather Blackley, President Lachlan Arts Council (Lachlan)
Vice Chair – Scott Maunder, Director Community and Culture Services Orange City Council (Orange)
Bathurst Region – Cr Marg Hogan
Blayney – Bradley Bradley, visual artist and gallery owner
Cabonne – Cr Libby Oldham
Charles Sturt University – TBC
Cowra – Cr Sharon D’Elboux
Forbes – Cr Michelle Herbert
Lithgow – Cr Mayor Maree Statham
Mid-Western Region – Cr Sam Paine
Oberon – Fran Charge, Chair of Oberon Arts Council and member of Oberon Business and Tourism Association
Parkes – Roxanne Gallacher, Creative Learning Programs Coordinator Parkes Shire Council, Secretary Parkes Musical & Dramatic Society, Parkes Shire Arts Advisory Council
Weddin – Claire McCann, Art & Tourism Officer Weddin Shire Council
Fran is a committed, enthusiastic and ethical professional with over 30+ years of experience in roles across the Education, Arts, Health and Tourism Sectors. With strong team leadership, communication and negotiation skills, Fran has the ability to demonstrate empathy and resilience. Her many skills include the developing and implementing new initiatives within community groups and work places, while successfully delivering numerous arts projects.
An appointed member of the Board of Arts OutWest and current Chair, Fran is also a member of the AOW Advisory Council as a representative of Oberon Council. Achievements include planning and developing the process of moving the Board structure to the newly formed skills-based Board of Governance.
Fran has been involved with Oberon Arts Council over the past 30 years, overseeing the completion of seven large Public Art Projects in the town of Oberon, involving the whole community. These projects helped to break down isolation, gave young people a purpose and an ongoing ownership of projects.
Fran is currently working with Arts OutWests’ Arts and Health Coordinator on a very successful Arts and Health Program with the Oberon MPS. Her ability to think laterally and creatively is a great asset to Arts OutWest.
Passionate about sustainability, social change and the important role not-for-profit ,community based organisations play in regional communities, Deb is pleased to be able contribute through her experience of working with funding bodies, submission writing, governance, human resources and project management.
Deb has over 18 years management experience across a variety of roles in the Education, Health and Employment sectors.
While not an arts practitioner, Deb appreciates art and culture in its’ many forms and is awe of the talent that exists in the Central West. Deb holds a Bachelor of Business (General Management) from Charles Sturt University, lives in a small village community in the Tarana valley and loves spending time in the outdoors.
Amanda has been a senior manager in the public sector in England and NSW for over 30 years. Amanda was the General Manager of Hay Shire Council in the Riverina and has been the Deputy General Manager or a Director of Sydney Councils Parramatta, Manly, Rockdale and Fairfield and of North Lincolnshire Council in the UK. Amanda has also been an Executive Director and Chief Information Officer in the NSW Government, and a Director of TAFE NSW.
Amanda is involved in many community groups in Orange and the Central West including being Treasurer of the local community radio station – Orange Community Broadcasters – where she is also a volunteer presenter. She writes a weekly column on How To Get the Best Out Of Our Councils for Orange City Life – NewsWatch. Amanda is also principal of a management consultancy business.
When she isn’t working, you’ll find Amanda reading, trying to improve her art skills, and walking her two Border Collies. Amanda holds a BA in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Margot is a country woman who loves working to improve her community, even a little bit. Involved in Landcare and local festivals, Margot brings over 20 years of experience working in the museum industry to her role as a board member.
Margot has worked with the Sydney Living Museums, the Museum of Australian Democracy and a lot of volunteer managed museum throughout NSW. Primarily working with issues of collection management, Margot has worked as a curator and researcher. Margot’s experience of festivals comes from involvement with the Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival in Forbes, from its first event in 2011 until the present.
Since returning to the country after living in Sydney Margot has completed a Conservation and Land Management Certificate III and become involved with her local Landcare group, Central West Lachlan Landcare, holding the position of Chair for 5 years.
Margot is excited to be involved in arts and culture in Parkes with the newly formed Parkes shire Arts Advisory Council helping the cultural community to work with local government to achieved better outcomes for creativity and learning in the region.
Madeline is a practising artist living and working in Orange, NSW. Madeline completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle in 2009. She has since worked as the artist in residence at an educational institution from 2010 – 2014.
Madeline is the owner and Director of The Corner Store Gallery in East Orange which opened in 2014. Through the gallery she hopes to share her love of all types of art and design. Madeline also teaches regular workshops covering a range of materials and mediums ranging from watercolour techniques, crochet and weaving through to jewellery-making.
Madeline spends most of her spare time with her son, family and friends in the beautiful regional city of Orange NSW. She is a huge advocate for regional talent and creativity. Madeline is the founder of The Journey Person, a collective of local artisans and designers based in Central West NSW. Her hands are always busy creating, whether it be art, crochet beanies, brass jewellery or fresh floral wreaths.
Adam is a director and physical theatre maker with over 15 years’ experience in creating contemporary performance in Bathurst, regional NSW. He is a graduate of Charles Sturt University BA – Communication: Theatre/Media and MA – Directing for the Stage, and in 2018 graduate as part of NIDA’s inaugural cohort of the MFA – Cultural Leadership.
Adam is Artistic Director of Lingua Franca, working extensively with Local Stages, Bathurst’s Performing Arts Development Program, as a director, producer and dramaturg, presenting work in regional Australia, nationally and internationally. He has directed numerous works with the company including Right Behind You, Unsustainable Behaviour and Mighty. As a freelance artist, Adam has adapted and directed Lysistrata, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women and The Fox (CYCLE Productions) as well as working as assistant/rehearsal director for companies Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Stalker Theatre and Siren Theatre Co.
In 2016 Adam was awarded the CreateNSW Regional Arts Fellowship, and in 2017 continued this work as Artistic Associate with the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. In 2018 he was appointed Artistic Director/Director of the Arts Program for Artstate, New South Wales regional arts festival and conference.
In 2019 he was the recipient of a Sandra Bates Director’s Award with Ensemble Theatre, and has undertaken a Regional Research Residency supported by the Australia Council for the Arts with Sydney Festival, examining how city-based festivals can engage with regional artists, audiences and communities.
Maz is a ridgy-didge Forbes born and bred local living back in Forbes after moving away to study at Wollongong University and graduating in 2008 with a Creative Arts and Law double degree. Maz has gone on to obtain post-graduate degrees in Legal Practice and Mining Engineering. Maz also studied AMEB Electronic Organ and Music Theory growing up, allowing her to pump out many tunes of all genres on several instruments, even on a pipe organ.
Maz’s working life journey has included practicing in law, working in human resources/recruitment, executive assistance, health safety and environmental compliance, and major project planning. Maz’s current day job involves applying her creatively geared brain to bring an out of the box element in planning major capital project works schedules, while wearing hi-vis and hanging out with engineers.
At heart Maz and is an avid enthusiast or all things arts, culture, science and the earth. Maz is passionate about education and development of arts and culture within her community, assisting arts and culture organisations with governance, compliance, business strategy and funding by volunteering in a number of local Forbes and regional not-for-profit groups.
When Maz isn’t behind her laptop she will be rummaging around her various veggie patch gardens with her husband, 2 young children and 2 labradors or on family adventures exploring the central west bushwalking scene and anything cool out in nature.
Osla is an artist who is passionate about building community with art as an important tool in well-being. She has been in arts management and teaching in Costa Rica, USA and Australia in both non-profit art groups, school and college level.
Osla is currently Chair of the Canowindra Art Gallery, a community based group that supports and encourages rural artists. Although bringing her big, city arts administration and teaching experience to rural NSW has been a learning curve she is thriving on the challenge.
Osla holds a BVA in printmaking from Edith Cowan but when no press is available will paint in a printerly way. Learning to garden with tough water restrictions and involvement in the community garden keeps her grounded.
Heather has been involved with Arts OutWest as a Board member or on the advisory council for three decades. A Condobolin local, she is president of the Lachlan Arts Council.
In 2022 Heather became the chair of the Advisory Council.
We’ll share Heather’s longer bio with you soon.
Christine Weston is originally from Parkes and now resides on a cattle, sheep and cropping farm in Cumnock managing 5 Airbnb farmstays. She was awarded NSW Woman of the Year (2020) for her outstanding community contribution to regional tourism, arts and housing initiatives.
Christine is the co-founder for the “Animals on Bikes” 120km paddock art trail from Molong to Dubbo Zoo. She completed a BA DipEd (Fine Arts) from Sydney University and has taught Art at a primary and secondary level. Christine has completed various Visual Arts and Leadership courses, and is presently studying a Masters in Healthcare Leadership.
She is an innovative thinker with high emotional intelligence and 20 years expertise in business/product development and marketing strategy for both domestic and international direct response companies. She has travelled to over 60 countries for business, always ensuring a local Art gallery visit was on her travel agenda.
Christine is on the Regional Development Central West board, CWA and Cabonne Council Tourism Advisory committee. She is passionate about regional growth and creative endeavours promoting our well-being and unique country lifestyle.