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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
OUR team
Meet the Arts OutWest team

We’re a small team with plenty of experience but our real strength is how well we all work together.

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Kylie Shead
Executive Director
KYLIE SHEAD is arts outwest’s new executive director.

Kylie was previously Creative Producer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre for over 15 years and during this time she ran festivals for all ages, developed new programs, and supported theatre makers in the region as well as producing new work. Kylie has a long association with Arts OutWest: as a contract project manager prior to working for Bathurst Regional Council and as a past board member.

Kylie grew up in Melbourne, studied and worked in Sydney before moving to the Central West NSW 18 years ago. Kylie is a NIDA graduate in Technical Production. She has worked as a freelance stage manager and production assistant on major musicals and as the administrator for ATYP and Tropfest. She worked on major public events and festivals in Sydney including Sydney’s New Years Eve celebrations.  In 2003 she moved to Bathurst, where she has also taught event management and theatre production at Charles Sturt University.

Photo credit: Carolyn Hide

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Steven Cavanagh
Arts & Health Projects
STEVEN IS AN ARTIST, CURATOR AND EDUCATOR WHO WORKS ACROSS MULTIPLE ARTS ORGANISATIONS IN NSW. He joined arts outwest in communications and in 2023 moved over to arts & health and exhibition projects.

Steven is an artist, curator and educator living in Hill End. He works across multiple arts organisations in NSW. He has travelled extensively while living and working in Perth, London and Sydney. In a desire to broaden his art practice, career and most importantly life, Steven chose to make a move into the Central West in 2018. Steven now works for Arts OutWest as part-time Communications Officer and job shares the position with Maryanne. He brings a strong background in graphic design to the role. Highlights include the thrill of live radio, writing a weekly arts column, supporting regional artists, curating exhibitions, running workshops and creating a network of Media Associates across our region.

Steven has an MFA in Photomedia. He is a lecturer at the National Art School in Sydney. He currently sits on several regional art advisory panels. Steven has written for creative publications, received numerous art residencies, been a finalist in national photographic prizes and exhibits often.

Recent exhibitions include Plant + Human with the Australian Centre for Photography, DARK with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, The grass below – above the vaulted sky with Orange Regional Gallery and Build That Wall where he installed a 3-day durational performance work for Cementa Festival. He is currently creating the inaugural STAMPER Analogue Photography Festival in Hill End, collaborating with the CORRIDOR project on multiple projects, artist in residence with the DPI in Orange and will be exhibiting with Schmick Contemporary in 2023.

Home is a beautiful property in Hill End where the hum of the bush is ever present and full of surprises.

Photo credit: Carolyn Hide

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Maryanne Jaques

Maryanne joined Arts OutWest as Communications Officer in 2007 and clearly loves it so much she’s still here. She switched to part-time in 2016.

Maryanne has a background in festivals, events and performing arts across admin, production and marketing.

At Arts OutWest there’s been hundreds of hours of radio, millions of words written and truly countless wonderful conversations with locals in the region (which she rates as the best part of the job). Recently Maryanne has been taking charge of our Culture Maps Central NSW web project.

Whilst at Art OutWest Maryanne has had side gigs as a freelance magazine writer, teaching at Charles Sturt University and on production of new theatre works. Maryanne is also a keen playwright and teaches the occasional writing workshop. She’s had short scripts produced regionally and in Sydney. Most recently she was a commissioned writer for Lingua Franca’s ‘Routes’ project. She has two small, noisy children.

Maryanne holds a BA Communication (Theatre/Media – Hons), a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Event Management and a MA Journalism. Maryanne is currently a board member of Mitchell Conservatorium of Music.

Photo credit: Carolyn Hide

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Aleshia Lonsdale
Aboriginal Arts Development Officer
Aleshia sees the arts not only a vehicle for intergenerational cultural transmission but also as a tool which allows the audience to view the world through a First Nations lens.

Aleshia is a proud Wiradjuri woman based Mudgee in Central Western NSW.

As the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer for Arts OutWest she sees the Arts not only a vehicle for intergenerational cultural transmission but also as a tool which allows the audience to view the world through a First Nations lens.

Aleshia is responsible for advocating and supporting Aboriginal Artists and Communities across the region, providing advice and assistance and supporting skill development opportunities. She also curates the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery at Hartley which is a gallery for contemporary Aboriginal Arts from across the region.

With over 20 years’ experience in the Arts and Culture sector Aleshia is actively engaged in various Aboriginal, Environmental and Arts Organisations across the state. Aleshia has experience in a number of roles including as an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer and has been employed in her role at Arts OutWest since 2011.

Aleshia’s own art practice has a strong grounding in Culture and Country. Her works are influenced by the past, present and future experiences of First Nations Peoples with a particular focus on social, cultural, political and environmental issues.

Aleshia is an alumnus of the National Gallery of Australia’s Wesfarmers Indigenous Leadership Program and a participant in the Australia Council’s Custodianship Program.​

Photo credit: Carolyn Hide

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Kate Smith
Arts & Health Projects and Research Officer
Kate’s extensive career in the creative industries traverses live and screen performance, academia and writing.

Kate’s extensive career in the creative industries traverses live and screen performance, academia and writing. Based in Bathurst, she is the recipient of CreateNSW Creative Fellowship, (2019-2021) researching live performance and podcasting. The fellowship extends her practice, which over twenty years has included touring her comedic plays to festivals nationally and internationally, cross-sector arts practice, creative mentoring and profile raising for regional arts.

Kate was awarded a PhD scholarship to study theatre and performance at Charles Sturt University, created commissions for Darlinghurst & Merrigong Theatres and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, she toured with Critical Stages, CDP and Mary Tobin. A member of State of Play – founders Julian Louis and Nick Enright she has performed in several inaugural independent theatre initiatives; including B-Sharp, Belvoir; In The Raw , Darlinghurst, Bite at Seymour.

Kate’s favourite character was born at BMEC when she began MCing/curating the much-loved Cabaret Kite as alter ego Rusty Nails She is member of physical theatre company Lingua Franca, and lectures in scriptwriting/performance.

Kate keeps it real by teaching and practising yoga and living on a small pocket of land in the sticks with her beautiful family.

Kate is currently on extended leave touring Highway of Lost Hearts

For arts and health related questions please contact the office 02 6338 4657 /

Photo credit: Carolyn Hide

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Kristie Coles
Admin and Finance
KRISTIE is our trusty FINANCE AND ADMIN officer

Kristie was born and bred in Bathurst and has mainly worked as an assistant in law throughout her working life before taking on the role in 2013 as Finance and Office Manager in her husband’s local metal fabrication business (which she still does when not working with us at Arts OutWest). 

Kristie joined the Arts OutWest team in 2023.


Photo credit: Carolyn Hide

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Nicola Mason
Projects and Communications Admin
talk to nic about communICATION and culture maps, she brings her visual artist eye and thoughtful approach to her role in the arts outwest team.

Nicola is the latest to join the Arts OutWest team. In her part-time Projects and Communications Admin role she works with the Arts OutWest Media Associates and updates the Culture Maps Central NSW website.

Nicola is a visual artist who primarily draws and paints.  Her arts practice is anchored in her ecological science background and influenced by her current domestic regionally based life.  She has travelled extensively and undertaken artist exchange and residency programs in France, Indonesia and regional NSW including a Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program. She always appreciates returning home to the Central West of NSW in Wiradjuri Country, where she loves shared meals with family and friends in the plum grove as wallabies’ thud past bounding down the valley slope.

Nicola’s recent solo exhibitions include Cycle in Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2022 and Happenings at Michael Reid Murrurundi in 2023.  She has created bodies of work for numerous solo and group exhibitions since Nic’s first solo exhibition, WILD in Cowra Regional Art Gallery (CRAG) in 2016.  This exhibition followed winning the 2015 CRAG Central West Regional Art Award.  Her work has additionally been selected for numerous national prizes and in 2024 her work received the Early Career Artist Award at the Grace Cossington Smith Award.

Nicola holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from University of New South Wales Art & Design, a Graduate Certificate of Art (painting workshop) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University.

Photo credit: Carolyn Hide