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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

CASP 2022: 9 new arts projects funded across the Central West

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From film script development to using yarn to make social connections, nine arts projects across the NSW Central West will share $17,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s annual County Arts Support Program (CASP).

Regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest have announced the Central West recipients of this long-running small grants program.

Delivered locally by Arts OutWest this 2022 CASP round is focused on community-based, locally-developed activities with outcomes that benefit people living in the Arts OutWest region. Funds are primarily for the payment of artists and arts workers to undertake or manage arts activities in local communities.

Applicants could apply for up to $3000, with groups, councils, individuals and arts businesses eligible. There was over $40,000 worth of applications made to the fund this year.

Funded projects in 2022 will be spread across the region and include:

  • A writer’s workshop weekend in Grenfell
  • A yarn craft project in Kandos
  • A spring series of recitals performed on the Bathurst War Memorial Carillion
  • The knitting and crocheting of birds and costume pieces for the Fast Cars and Dirty Beats project in Bathurst
  • Script development and community reading of proof-of-concept short film out of Orange
  • Art and craft workshops as part of the Kalarie-Lachlan River Arts Festival in Forbes
  • Establishing a pottery group for young mothers in Condobolin
  • Support for local artists to perform alongside the Orange Winter Jazz Festival
  • An artist residency for an emerging Australian rural, regional or outback artist at The Corner Store Gallery Orange.

The funded projects will:

  • employ 50 professional arts practitioners
  • utilise more than 40 volunteers
  • take nearly 500 volunteer hours
  • and bring in $25,000 worth of in-kind support from the community and local businesses.

“These nine projects offer exciting opportunities to communities, arts makers and audiences in the region. They provide employment opportunities to local artists and arts workers. In some cases, the funding seeds the early development of a bigger arts project,” Arts OutWest Executive Director Kylie Shead said.


The funds will benefit local communities and the projects will  make use of in-kind goods and services from local councils, businesses and community groups.

The Country Arts Support Program is a devolved funding program coordinated locally by the 14 regional arts development organisations in NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. Applications are assessed locally by a panel.


2022 CASP funded projects in the NSW Central West

Weddin Shire Council. Writer’s workshop. $1000.
GRENFELL. Australian authors Annie Seaton, Fiona McArthur and Darry Fraser will participate in a 4 day weekend during September of various events in Grenfell.

Miss Leanne Wicks. Yarn the Mountain. $1058.
KANDOS. Leanne Wicks leading community members in simple yarn craft project, sharing skills, sharing stories at WAYOUT Artspace Kandos across four Sundays.

The Friends of the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon Inc. Spring Carillon Recital Series. $1500.
BATHURST. A Spring recital series performed on the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon to be held in mid October 2022. Performances will be by Bathurst Carillonists Jennifer Roberts, Wendy Murphy
and Denise Garland to celebrate the arrival of Spring and our beautiful Carillon.

Dr Kate Smith. Fast Car Yarners. $2700.
BATHURST. Fast Cars and Dirty Beats is an art-making/performance project supported by Local Stages exploring stories about Wahluu/Mt. Panorama- the iconic mountain. The Knitters/Crocheters
will create set and costume pieces- native birds and flower hub caps- for spectators to use as part of the site specific performance in 2023.

Australiana Films. Pyros. $1742.
ORANGE. ‘Pyros’ is an community-driven proof-of-concept short film project, being developed and produced from Orange-based filmmaker Samuel Rodwell, that is designed with multi-faceted
objectives to establish cultural-economic longevity that will benefit the Orange community in various positive aspects and to foster the region’s filmmaking community further by crafting local screen

Kalarie-Lachlan River Arts Festival Incorporated. Frame of Mind. $2500.
FORBES. Frame of Mind is about encouraging and promoting the arts to support one’s well being. Art/craft workshops will be sprinkled throughout existing events and stand-alone workshops. Led by
local artists, they will be run on a monthly basis to encourage community connectedness and promote wellbeing and mental health.

Lachlan Arts Council Inc. Glazed and Fired Up in Condo. $2500.
CONDOBOLIN. Creating young potters group, to reinvigorate and utilise current equipment available at the Condobolin Community Centre. Facilitating pottery workshops in Condobolin with Pol Cruz (Bogan Gate Artist), during June to December 2022.

JAM Orange Inc. Live and Local at the Royal Hotel, Summer Street Orange. $2000.
ORANGE. Three days of continuous live music highlighting emerging local musicians in the Orange area. Running parallel to the Orange Winter Jazz Festival, this event will be free to the public and will allow local and visiting audiences to experience a variety of music styles not featured in the festival

The Corner Store Gallery. The Corner Store Gallery Regional Landscape Artist Residency. $2000.
ORANGE. The Residency will be offered to an emerging Australian rural, regional or outback artist to create a body of work of the Orange region landscape. The artist will be selected following the inaugural Corner Store Gallery Regional Landscape Prize 2022, but the residency does NOT form the major competition prize.

IMAGE: Knitted birds made by Kandos yarn artist Leanne Wicks.