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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Going Outback with MusicNSW


In June our executive director Kylie jumped in the car with our Music NSW regional coordinator Sophie Jones to explore and network in the Outback Arts region with the team there.

We’ve been doing a lot of cross-region conversations and building collaborations with our neighbour regional arts development organisations Outback Arts and West Darling Arts – with us they also come under the MusicNSW: Central West, Outback and West Darling region that Sophie covers.

Last year Sophie and Kylie did a similar road trip to Broken Hill and the West Darling Arts region. A few months ago we took Jude Bowler’s Stage Fright ein Kabarett to Broken Hill with Arts On Tour’s Backroads program.  Through our Virtual Arts Snacks aged care program we’ve worked in the Outback Arts towns of Warren and Nyngan. Between us we’ve been talking about shared information, about residencies, touring and all kinds of collaborations that can benefit the creatives and populations of our regions.

The recent MusicNSW Outback Arts trek included Music Mixer events in four locations too.

Here’s some pictures (below) from the Outback Arts road trip, and Sophie’s recap:

Outback Debreif

A few weeks ago Kylie Shead from Arts Outwest and I headed to the Far West Outback, seeing 6 towns in 4 days; Warren, Coonamble, Brewarrina, Walgett, Bourke and Lightning Ridge, under the guidance, knowledge and excellent company of Jamie-Lea from Outback Arts. It was so great to get out on those wide, flat, dusty open roads and meet some really amazing musicians and industry (radio presenters, arts councils, photographers, journalists, venue owners and teachers) over 4 mixers at Ellerslie Lane in Warren, The Plaza in Coonamble, The Port of Bourke Hotel in Bourke and Tin Camp Studios at The Hungry Spirit in Lightning Ridge.

It was so special to learn more about the Outback from Jamie-Lea and see some incredible sites like the Brewarrina fish traps, the underground and open cut opal mines in Lightning Ridge, the Plaza Theatre in Coonamble, the Wharf in Bourke, to meet the crew and see the new space at Warraan Widji Arts in Warren and drink some great coffee at Ellerslie Lane in Warren and Blende & Co in Walgett.

A massive thank you to Jamie-Lea for taking the time to show off your region, Brailey at Outback Arts, Bonnie & Pip from Ellerslie Lane and Frances Evans in Warren, Liam from The Port of Bourke and Hully in Bourke and Rebel and Garth from The Hungry Spirit in Lightning Ridge.  –  Sophie Jones, Music NSW Regional Coordinator Central West, Outback and West Darling

Also here is a link to the story Lily from the Coonamble Times put together from some interviews she did with me while I was out there that was published last week:

Read more about the Music NSW Regional Coordinator program