Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Our showcase of regional arts in Mudgee

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Opening event Friday 1 July at 6pm. In Conversation  Saturday 2 July at 2pm.  Join us in Mudgee for the While the World Waits opening, an afternoon in conversation and bookable meetings with our executive director.

Arts OutWest will exhibit some of the region’s most exciting visual artists, host a forum with artists and musicians and provide an opportunity to meet their staff when they open the While the World Waits exhibition at Mudgee Arts Precinct across the first weekend in July.

Arts OutWest is the regional arts development organisation (RADO) for the NSW Central West, one of 14 networked RADOs across NSW. Mid-Western Regional Council joined the Arts OutWest program in the second half of 2021. These events in Mudgee are an opportunity for the community to learn about the work and services of the organisation plus see new contemporary art and music.

The fourth leg of a 12-month regional tour for the While the World Waits Exhibition will open on Friday 1 July at 6pm upstairs at Mudgee Arts Precinct in the Community Gallery Space, 90 Market Street, Mudgee. This coincides with the opening in the main gallery downstairs of the MAP exhibition by Anna-Wili Highfield.

“Last year Arts OutWest commissioned 15 Central West songwriters to each write a track reflecting their experiences of 2020. We created a compilation album of original music titled While the World Waits,” Arts OutWest’s Steven Cavanagh explains. “Then we opened the conversation up to visual artists to see what they were feeling, responding to the music and their own experiences with new work.”

The exhibition features work by 20 artists from across the NSW Central West including Christine McMillan from Kandos and Gus Armstrong from Rylstone. Work is across the mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.

The exhibition launch includes a half hour session of original music by Smith & Jones from Bathurst whose song Help this little heart of mine features on the While the World Waits album.

We’re also hosting a panel discussion on Saturday 2 July, 2pm, also at Mudgee Arts Precinct. Arts OutWest’s executive director Kylie Shead will introduce Arts OutWest, our services and program.  A panel including Christine McMillan, Arts OutWest music industry officer Patrick Coomey, Steven Cavanagh with musicians Smith & Jones will discuss the exhibition and the music that inspired the show as an example of the broader work Arts OutWest does. This will be followed by an informal meet-and-greet with some of the Arts OutWest staff.

OutWest’s executive director Kylie Shead will also be available for one-on-one meetings in Mudgee on Friday 1 July.

The While the World Waits exhibition is open daily at Mudgee Arts Precinct to 31 July.

To RSVP to the opening, the panel discussion or book a meeting with AOW executive director Kylie Shead contact Arts OutWest on 6338 4657 or artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Official opening of our While the World Waits exhibition

Friday 1 July at 6pm
Mudgee Arts Precinct
Including Smith & Jones performing. Finger food and drinks.
In conjunction with the MAP opening of the artist Anna-Wili Highfield exhibition.
RSVP to Arts OutWest or call Mudgee Arts Precinct on 6378 2850.

In Conversation: musicians, artists and Arts OutWest staff

Saturday 2 July at 2pm
Mudgee Arts Precinct (upstairs in the community gallery space)
Arts OutWest’s executive director Kylie Shead will introduce Arts OutWest, our services and program.  A panel including Christine McMillan, Arts OutWest music industry officer Patrick Coomey, Steven Cavanagh with musicians Smith & Jones will discuss the exhibition and the music that inspired the show as an example of the broader work Arts OutWest does. This will be followed by an informal meet-and-greet with some of the Arts OutWest staff.
RSVP here

Book a one-on-one meeting with our Executive Director Kylie Shead

Friday 1 July, daytime
Mudgee Arts Precinct 

Meet Kylie, share your project or needs. Limited spaces.
To book a time call us on 6338 4657 or email us

Image in header: Gus Armstrong ‘I (mis)Connection’, 2022 Single Channel Video, 4mins loop (detail) from the While the World Waits exhibition.

Also that weekend…

Mudgee Arts Precinct exhibition opening

Anna-Wili Higfield: Mating Dance

Opens Friday 1 July. 6pm at Mudgee Arts Precinct
Runs to 18 September, 9am-5pm daily
With an accompanying sound piece by composer Bree Van Reyk.
Free. RSVP to Mudgee Arts Precinct. 
A Glasshouse Regional Gallery Developed exhibition in association with Create NSW

Mudgee Arts Precinct exhibition opening

Artist Talk: Anna-Wili Highfield

Saturday 2 July, 4pm at Mudgee Arts Precinct
Free. RSVP to Mudgee Arts Precinct. 

Kandos Museum presents

Kandos Stage – Smith & Jones

Sunday 3 July, 12-2.30pm at Kandos Museum
Tickets $25