Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Create NSW funding for regional projects


Round 2 arts and culture funding has been announced with exciting Central West NSW projects, facilities and artists funded.

Our particular congratulations to Millthorpe & District Historical Society, The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc and Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum Inc who each receive funds from the Museums and Heritage board;  our own Kate Smith who receives funds for the ‘Fast Cars and Dirty Beats’ project; and visual artist Amala Groom.

Again Arts OutWest was pleased to be able to provide letters of support, and in some cases specific application advice, to a range of applicants across the region.

In total, state-wide, Over 100 recipients will share in more than $4 million as part of Round 2 of NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program for 2020/21. More than one third of the recipients are in Western Sydney and regional NSW.

See the full list of recipients here

Our congratulations to all recipients. Funding impacting the Central West includes:

Aboriginal Arts & Culture Board

Co-operative for Aborigines Limited, Our Words Our Way ($60,000)
A series of peer-to-peer professional development workshops for First Nations writers hosted in four NSW regions: Arts Northwest, Arts Out West, Outback Arts and South East Arts coordinated by BLACKBOOKS in partnership with the First Nations Australia Writers Network and Writing NSW.

Aboriginal Regional Arts Alliance (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation, Capacity And Sustainability Of Aboriginal Art Communities in Regional NSW ($60,000)
Aboriginal Regional Arts Alliance (ARAA) will employ an Aboriginal CEO to lead ARAA in providing long-term sustainability and viability to serve the Aboriginal artists, arts workers and communities in regional and remote NSW.

Multi-Arts recipients

Accessible Arts, Next Level Creative Development Initiative ($50,000)
The Next Level Creative Development Initiative is designed to advance the creativity and careers of artists with disability by teaming them up with 10 experienced industry mentors who can help them take their performing arts projects to the next level.

Museums and History recipients

Millthorpe & District Historical Society Inc, A corner of Millthorpe History ($18,060)
Millthorpe & District Historical Society will develop a Welcome to the Museum history corner, including a local Wiradjuri exhibition, and work with elders to create an audio-visual element. The museum will also create a village display, incorporating pioneers and businesses. The funding will contribute to the construction of an archives corner to allow storage and access to the museum’s collection of paper archives.

The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc, Western Coalfield Pit Horse Memorial ($30,000)
The Western Coalfield Pit Horse Memorial is a public art project that will create a memorial and focus for celebration of the horses that worked in the mines of the NSW Western Coalfield. It has been conceptualised to complement and strengthen museum interpretations and enhance the visitor experience.

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum Inc (LSAFM) staged program of exhibits and digitising of archives ($69,300)
The Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum will upgrade and design new exhibits highlighting the significance of the Small Arms Factory in pioneering precision engineering as well as undertake the progressive digitisation of archival records dating back to 1908.

Theatre and Musical Theatre Board recipients

Kate Smith, FAST CARS & DIRTY BEATS ($52,500)
This site-specific community spectacle uses large-scale puppetry, physical theatre and cabaret to tell the story of the beating heart of Bathurst. A tale about Mt. Panorama/ Wahluu – the mountain and what it means to us all. This show promises to get engines revving, toes tapping and hearts racing.

Individual / Group Projects

Amala Groom, The Proposal ($60,000)
This project will support the development and domestic presentation of The Proposal, a new moving image work that will be shown as a solo exhibition at the Leo Kelly Blacktown Art Centre and in Personal Structures, curated by the European Cultural Centre at the Venice Biennale in 2022.

IMAGE: Fast Cars and Dirty Beats  lantern making in Bathurst in May. Photo credit: BMEC