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The 2000s
What we did in the 2000s

In 2024 Arts OutWest celebrates 50 years of arts and cultural development in the NSW Central West. We’re the oldest of what is now a robust and vital network of 15 regional arts development organisations across the state. We have only been called Arts OutWest since the mid 1980s.

Here we continue our look back at the history of the organisation and projects in the region.

This history was published is a short document for our 50th Anniversary Dinner June 2024.

A BIG disclaimer:

This is very much a potted history pulled lightly from annual reports, file boxes, a giant tub of photos and more recent staff and board memories (some staff have been here for more than a third of the organisation’s existence). We most certainly have missed LOTS of things and people (lost filing labels and a few office moves might be to blame). 

DO YOU HAVE MORE STORIES? We’d love to share your Arts OutWest memories over the coming year (and perhaps put names, places and dates to faces in the photos on this pageso please get in touch.

More at 

2000s: A new century

Regional Arts Devlopment Officers/ Executive Officers: Meredith Watt (MacPherson) (1999-2000), Bruce Tindall (2000), Hannah Semler (2001-2009), Tracey Callinan (2009-2021).

Chairs: Ros Kemp, Garry Somers, Tim Kelly.

Staff in the 2000s (included): Justin Byrne (Cultural Planning), Penny Packham (information); Lis Bastian, Kath Furney, Marg Hogan, Tracy Sorensen, Laura Stevens, Sarah Walkom, Elle Cordato, Natalie Kent (Media/ Communications); Maryanne Jaques (started as Communcations Officer in 2007 with leave 2014, 2018); Sue Sweetnam, Kim Booby, Bronwyn Giovenco, Ian Kirkby (finance); Kylie Shead (ArtStart); Helen Pitcher, Gabriella Hedges, Angela Hammond, Jo Clancy, Adrian Symes, Elspeth Blunt, Cate McCarthy, Sandra Stroud (projects), interns and volunteers.

Key focus areas:

Promotion: The weekly Prime7 segments ended 2005.

Facilitation. Education. Advocacy. Information. Regional projects.

Arts and Health, Young People and Aboriginal Arts development (from 2009).

2007: Arts & health program starts and Arts & Health coordinator Christine McMillan employed

2008: Economic value of Central West creative industries research with WRI.

Projects in the archives: Reconciliation Dance Project (2000), Cultural Planning (2000), Regional Music Project (2000), Far Flung Fables (2001), Flicks in the Sticks (2001), Shoot the West Youth video skills (2001), Promoting the Value of the Arts Australia Council Forum (2001), Youth programs incl ArtStart (every two years), Katsushigi Installation and Burning-Cowra (2002), Sculpture on the Mount (2002), Stories of the Central west (2003-2005), Brave New Arts Festival in Orange (2003), pilot an Arts and Disability program (2003), Western Area Sculptors at Cowra (2004), Small Schools literacy project (2005), InSiteOut exhibitions, Orange (2003, 2005, 2007), Bathurst Hospital redevelopment (2008-09). And many more.

Images from the Arts OutWest archives. Do you recognize someone or something that needs a label? Email us