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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

CASP Stories: Participants from 7 countries create together in Parkes in the first of 5 workshops


This month saw the first of five workshops for the Parkes Multicultural Art Group facilitated by professional artists in the Marramarra Makerspace at Parkes Library and Cultural Centre.

Orange Migrant Support Officer Anni Gallagher joined Parkes Artist Karen Ritchie and participants from 7 countries including Argentina, Australia, China, Japan, Mauritius, Mongolia and Venezuela to paint floral inspired works of art.

The Parks Multicultural Art group have monthly met ups where connections are made across cultures.  These art-based workshops broaden the group’s skill base and give them a range of creative experiences.  These workshops also provide opportunities for artists to teach and connect with the community.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • Workshop 2, Tuesday 7 May, Batik Flags with Deb Jones and Helen Standen
  • Workshop 3, Tuesday 2 July, Succulent Wreaths with Ranelle Fitzgerald
  • Workshop 4, Tuesday 3 September, Drumming with Rob Shannon
  • Workshop 5, Tuesday 5 November, Kokedama with Judi Jones

Standard meet ups of the Parks Multicultural Art Group will additionally occur on 2 April, 4 June, 6 August and 3 December.

To register for an upcoming workshop contact Anni Gallagher, Migrant & Refugee Support Service Coordinator, Orange City Council, mob: 0409 458 156.

This series of workshops is supported by the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP) through Arts OutWest. The CASP is a devolved funding program coordinated locally by the 15 regional arts development organisations in NSW on behalf of the NSW Government (Via Create NSW). In 2024 eight arts activities across the NSW Central West are sharing in $17,000 in CASP funding for small locally initiated arts activities.

These process images of this workshop are captured by Arts OutWest Media Associate Judi Unger from Peak Hill.