Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
Arts OutWest news + local and industry news

MusicNSW leads regional music development with seven Regional Music Officers. Patrick Coomey, who also works as Arts OutWest’s Music Industry Development Officer, will be the Central West RMO.

Create NSW has developed protocols to give guidance and direction to the sector when working with Aboriginal artists, cultural practitioners and communities.

Supported by a 2020 Arts OutWest Micro Grant, Bathurst Theatre Company’s audio series ‘Blokes Don’t Talk’, produced with radio 2MCE, is now available as a podcast.

A quick survey about what you need from Regional Arts NSW.

2020 was a challenging year for so many but one where Arts OutWest honed our strengths and delivered really worthwhile support and advocacy for the region.

Exhibition to June 12. Now on at the Cowra Regional Gallery is the wonderful regional art exhibition the Lachlan Valley Biennial Art Awards 2021 showcasing 100 artworks by 61 artists based within a radius of 100 klms from Cowra.

Cowra Civic Centre has announced a program of theatre, comedy, dance, world and classical music, workshops, feature films, world cinema and documentary screenings including Australian and international artists.

Sunday 6 June 2021. Embark on an adventure behind the Forbes Shire art scene. A Forbes Arts Society project  proudly supported by Arts OutWest and the NSW Government’s Arts Restart.

May 28 – June 6, Tremain’s Mill Bathurst. A curated exhibition of work from artists in the Arts OutWest region on the theme of ‘overcome’.

Sunday 30 May in Blayney. Explore local arts and culture, network, catch up with AOW activities and meet the team. ALL WELCOME.

Are you looking for an outlet to sell your art work, graphic designs, photographs, jewellery ceramics, illustrations, wood / metal work, home decor items, textiles, chocolates, soaps, candles, honey, sauce and pickles?

Runs 6 May to 30 May. This exhibition will showcase work from artists within the Central West. Arts OutWest is a Platform partner.

RADO Network: A new collaborative web portal hosts links to RADO built websites across the state offering a variety of information for visitors, from culture maps to creative directories of artists, to local events, artist profiles and even linked social media accounts.

Arts and health. A beautiful exhibition featuring art and photos of water birds is now brightening the walls on the hospital at Condobolin. Pictured: artwork by Karen Tooth.

Congratulations to Wayne Miles ~ winner of the 2021 Forbes Shire Council Heritage Art Competition Aquisition Prize for his contemporary interpretation of the well-known ambrotype photograph of Ben Hall.

O’Connell musician Kris Schubert used a 2021 Arts Restart Micro Grant to run the first of a series of delightful outdoor music performances in the village on the first weekend of May.

Just wonderful to see Christine McMillan showing in Kandos! Wood, carp scales, echidna spines by Christine McMillan is currently on show until mid-June.

Sunday 16 May 2021, Orange Botanic Gardens. Orange-based Dirt Lane Press launches the latest picture book by Orange writer Margarete Lamond with an installation story walk. 

May 22 & 23. The Bathurst-based community choir is rehearsing a new show for May, entitled “Music for a While”. Proudly supported by the NSW Government’s Arts Restart funding and Arts OutWest.

Applications close 10 May, 2021. Applications are being considered for positions on Arts OutWest’s skills-based board.

April 2021: The first exhibition at Platform Arts Hub Blayney was the annual Textures of One exhibition. The crowds rolled in, the art was great and the space looks sensational.

Expressions of interest close 3 May. A course of arts business and industry skills for creatives.

May 7-9, Bathurst.  Carillonists and bellringers from around the country, together with the absolute best local adult and school bands, orchestras, choirs and ensembles. Supported by an Arts OutWest Micro Grant.

NOW CLOSED. Closes 14 May. Calling young artists. Veritas House (Bathurst and Orange)  Veritas Youth Art Project coincides with Youth Homelessness Matters Day and the 40th anniversary of Veritas House.  Supported by an Arts OutWest Arts Restart Micro Grant with…

Closes 28 April. ALL ABOARD! Calling all artists based in the Central West for the next exhibition at Platform Arts Hub Blayney.

23- 25 July. The Travelling Film Festival comes to Orange.  Australian and international features, short films, and documentaries from across the globe directly to our region.

From the 90 applications we received, Arts OutWest has been able to fund 27 grants to the value of $36,340.

Charles Sturt University’s director of external engagement Julia Andrews has been appointed to the Board of state peak body Regional Arts NSW.

Bathurst visual artist Karen Golland has been appointed to the board of First Draft, Australia’s premier space for emerging and experimental arts practice.

May 20-26. The Orange Regional Conservatorium (ORC) is proud to be welcoming Leanne Sullivan as artist in residence for a week of lessons, classes, workshops and performances.

Fri 30 April – Sun May 2, BMEC. Streaming the Sydney Writers’ Festival Live plus a great local program of regional writers.

May & June. Bathurst. Calling all makers and creators! Looking for a creative outlet? Join an exciting new Local Stages performance event.

Friday April 23. “Close your eyes, and you can feel the heat and smell the dust of Mississippi”… Here’s your chance to get a dose of the Delta Blues by the banks of the Belubula.

Thursday 22 April, 6pm. Platform Arts Hub has officially opened and is hosting its first Artist Networking Evening!

Orange Regional Gallery’s Extension Project reached major milestones recently with the pouring of the 1070m2 slab, blockwork starting on the collection store, and community donations for the project reaching $415,000.

Composer Peter Kennard and Portland-based visual Artist Sue Daley have recently completed a project entitled ‘Love Letter’ funded by a Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust, Quick Response Grant.

The ‘Bird in Hand’ sculpture is the latest installation to be unveiled along Forbes’ Sculpture Down the Lachlan trail.

Applications for Arts OutWest’s Arts Restart Micro Grants have now closed and the response from across the region was huge: 90 applications (87 eligible)! That. Is. A. Lot.

‘LET THE RIVER GO’ is the new LP by O’Connell based band The Safety of Life at Sea.

NOW CLOSED. ‘Kangaroo’ is a new play by Miranda Gott produced by Local Stages, Q Theatre and Lingua Franca. This is a casting call for three professional actors for the premiere and tour mid 2021.

NOW CLOSED. Closes 30 March. Applicants must live or have a strong connection to Orange, Blayney and Cabonne.

As Orange Regional Gallery’s Extension Project moves into full gear, one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, John Olsen AO has made a remarkable gesture to mark the occasion.

Orange City Council is on the lookout for members of the community to share untold stories of previous generations and events in Orange’s history.

Congratulations to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Director Sarah Gurich on being elected President of the NSW Public and Regional Galleries Association.

Arts OutWest’s executive director Tracey Callinan has been honoured alongside 11 other Bathurst women, including artist Karen Golland and Panorama Chorus’ Beth Pratley.

Enjoy outstanding musical talents in stunning settings around the beautiful Orange Region, April 8-11.

Tickets are now on sale for the opening of Textures of One Annual Art Exhibition at the new Platform Arts Hub at Blayney Railway Station on 9 April 2021.

Our colleagues at Southern Tablelands Arts invite us all to stop and thank artists for their vital role these last 12 months. #thankanartist

Wednesday 21 April, 6pm. Platform Arts Hub has officially opened and now local business and community groups are invited to see the space and network with the committee.

NOW CLOSED. Closes 22 March 2021. Arts OutWest is offering grants of up to $1000 for individuals and groups and up to $2000 for community activities to ‘restart’ arts practice and activity in the region.

“Who locally would be a great tutor for my art workshop?” is something we are always asked. Get yourself listed. It’s free.

Condobolin’s third SkyFest: Miima Warrabinya will be held at the Wiradjuri Study Centre on the 3- 5 September. Supported by Arts Restart, CASP and IVAIS.

The first live music concert of the Inland Sea of Sound in 2021 will feature three great bands for the ridiculously low price of $20 for Adults and $15 for Students and Concessions (Pensioners & Unemployed).

The Orange Regional Conservatorium and Cowra Civic Centre will welcome the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows to town for performances and master classes in the last week of February.

NOW CLOSED. Entries due 19 March for April exhibition. TEXTURES of ONE-One motif Many mediums. 2021 theme: Steam. This will be the inaugural exhibition at Platform Arts Hub Blayney.

The state government has injected $130K into each regional arts development area to super charge regional arts economies in the first few months of 2021.

The Inland Sea of Sound festival is back 24-28 February, 2021 in Bathurst with a series of fantastic concerts in town, both indoors and outdoors.

An invite to Central West NSW makers to list (for free) on a new BUY LOCAL ONLINE page on our new website (right here).

Our Feb Artspeak enews has just landed and do we have some news to share! New funding, new projects and lots of regional arts opportunities.

Country Arts Support Program: Eight local groups will share $23,812 in funding for small arts projects in 2021

Heather Ferguson has started work as the manager of the new Platform Arts Hub at Blayney Railway Station.

This beautiful new artwork is located along the Mid-Western Highway in the small, rural village of Caragabal in Central West NSW. Completed in 2020, it aims to celebrate the unique local bird life at Caragabal and raise awareness of local threatened species.

The Hill End based artist and writer’s biography ‘Kate Kelly; the true story of Ned Kelly’s little sister’ is published by Allen and Unwin – release date 16 February 2021.

Seven organisations – including Kando’s CEMENTA – have been announced as successful recipients of the Australia Government’s Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Recovery Grants in NSW

Arts OutWest is curating and supporting a photography exhibition at T.arts Gallery in Bathurst. Opening Saturday 6 February at 2pm, the exhibition will run from 1-14 February 2021.

A mini bus of kids ages 7-14 years, a list of Central West destinations and plenty of public art and cultural experiences. Orange – Eugowra – Grenfell – Carcoar.

Residents of Parkes celebrated the opening of a new learning and cultural facility last month at The Parkes Library.

This Funding will assist The CORRIDOR project 2021 Arts and Cultural program aiming to ignite innovative, contemporary, collaborations between artists, community, and tourists.

Watch all the presentations online.

For Central West musicians, music promoters and music industry people. 

Closes 18 Dec 2020. Blayney. An arts manager to curate a cross-media program of arts activities. 

Sculpting in the Pyrocene: A Disappearing Act was one of 7 films selected for The Picture Show at the End of the World, international short film screening event.

The owner of Tremain’s Mill, Stephen Birrell invited artists to hold an end of  year group exhibition

We adapted our work in aged care to bring  interactive, remote arts experiences to residents at Oberon and Grenfell MPS.

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will provide $408,395 to support 18 new projects in regional NSW  in 2021.

Aboriginal artists in Forbes participated in screen printing workshops teaching the skills to put their designs onto textiles.

The geolocative storytelling app won the Oral History NSW Award and was shortlisted for the National Trust Heritage Awards.

Our arts and aged care project is one of seven to share in over $668,000 Renewal funding in NSW. 

T.Arts Gallery in Bathurst have welcomed two new artists to the fold via an assistance grant from Arts OutWest.

Oberon Arts Council has be awarded for their excellent work on the arts and health project at Oberon MPS.

Lucy Kirk runs performing arts activities for kids. Her Arts OutWest Micro Grant allowed her to build an online poetry and drama writing competition for regional kids.

A school and community project using weaving to brighten a town.

The restoration and revitalization of the waiting rooms at Blayney Railway Station is underway, preparing for it to become the region’s newest community arts space.

Cowra Vocal Ensemble used an Arts OutWest Micro Grant to take their weekly choir practices online, continuing to sing together even when they can’t be together.

A simple plan really: the Carcoar-based visual artist used a Micro Grant to purchase materials to get started on her next exhibition. She got a bit more.

‘Visual artist Penny Banks found that a small bit of seed funding and good advice can go a long way.

Small things, big impact. Being a young dancer is tough when Covid cancels your classes. Parkes School of Dance used a Micro Grant to keep students engaged.

Lithgow group Out On A Limb saw Micro Grants as an opportunity to create vibrant new community art during Covid-19 restrictions.

Cowra musician and music teacher Mary-ann Wright was another artist in the region who made use of a Micro Grant to update equipment and move her practice online.

Orange-based natural fibre weaver Lanny MacKenzie got her hands on some new tech to help document her art practice when other plans had to change.

Craig Lawler’s Micro Grant allowed him to purchase equipment to create podcasts and continue telling the great stories at Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours.

With a small grant Bathurst Seymour Centre brought in photographer Bill Deeley to share share skills with their clients remotely during Covid-19.

Young people in Lake Cargelligo got their hands on ceramic making materials with an Arts OutWest Micro Grant.

Viviana Hamilton develops programs to engage people living with dementia (in the community) in a safe, enjoyable social environment at the regional gallery.

We sent photographer Carolyn Hide on a road trip to capture a few images of local culture – but she found so much more. Carolyn is one of our team of talented Media Associates Arts OutWest has been sending out…

Writer and literacy consultant Paul Stafford tapped into Micro Grants to further develop the materials for the excellent History Here schools program.

Local Lithgow Aboriginal group Barrinang received a Micro Grant to work with Ngumpie Weaving to deliver an online session to participants and to mail out materials.

Canowindra singer/ songwriter Nerida Cuddy has spent the last few months sharing new songs online, with the support of a Micro Grant.

Celtic harpist Martyn Cook used an Arts OutWest Micro Grant to buy equipment to move teaching online and to create a site featuring soothing harp music.

Internationally acclaimed, Central West visual artist Mandy Martin put her Micro Grant towards materials and freight for her 2021 Freemantle Biennale project.

An Arts OutWest Micro Grant has contributed to the development of a gallery space as part of a wellness business in Grenfell.

Regional Arts NSW works to support 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) across NSW. Arts OutWest is proud to be one of them.

Announced: the recipients of $21,000 in micro-grants to assist individuals and organisations in our local arts community during the Covid-19 crisis.

Who teaches ceramics? Who has kilns? What groups are there?

The Lithgow Outstanding Event of the Year Award was presented to TryBal Productions for The Garden of the Mind, an installation and performance that aimed to raise awareness of mental health and promote social inclusion and wellness within the community.

Country Arts Support Program 2020: Seven Central West NSW groups will share $18,911 in funding for small arts projects.

Bringing not just great music but a wonderful sense of community and support, eight choirs from the region performed at our 2nd choral event in BLAYNEY on September 22, 2019.

Arts OutWest works in partnership with Bathurst Seymour Centre to create regular singing sessions with people, including older people who use the centre, carers and staff. The choir also links with other events in Bathurst’s choral calendar and community events….

Arts OutWest Arts and Health Coordinator, Christine McMillan, and Oberon Arts Council and current Chair of Arts OutWest Board, Fran Charge, have designed an arts program at Oberon.

Arts and culture in regional NSW will continue to shine with an outstanding line-up of creative projects fast approaching thanks to over $259,000 in funding from NSW Government.