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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW
50th anniversary exhibitions
Four exhibitions celebrating arts and culture in the Central West
Celebrating Arts OutWest’s 50th Anniversary we hosted three exhibitions at the Forbes Town Hall precinct and started the first leg of our regional Plinth Show at Forbes Visitor Information Centre.
About the shows:
ARTS OUTWEST TODAY
Sunday 2 June, Saturday 8 June, Sunday 9 June, Monday 10 June 2024, 10am-2pm at St Andrews Hall (next to Forbes Town Hall), Court St Forbes
Welcome to Arts OutWest Today, a visual arts exhibition showcasing those artists working at Arts OutWest or who are serving on the Board and Advisory Committee.
Arts-workers often have their own arts practice. This is frequently the reason that they have become arts-workers and many find value in maintaining their skills and creativity alongside their arts employment.
Arts OutWest is fortunate to have staff and Board members who continue to engage in contemporary practice. This exhibition was put together to recognise the excellence within this Arts OutWest team and to celebrate the work of regional arts-workers. The exhibition has been curated by Nicola Mason and Steven Cavanagh and has given the team the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talents as we are in 2024.
The 50yr anniversary celebration has provided an excellent backdrop for Arts OutWest to present this work and we thank Forbes Council for providing the space.
BEHIND THE LENS
Sunday 2 June, Saturday 8 June, Sunday 9 June, Monday 10 June 2024, 10am-2pm at
In 2019 we started a program called the Media Associates. After a public call out, a group of photographers across the Arts OutWest region were chosen to be our team of photographers and digital storytellers. They have been tasked with capturing both Arts OutWest projects and activities and Central West arts and culture.
The Media Associates have also been vital in capturing great images for the Culture Maps Central NSW website project: https://centralnsw.com/
In February 2020, Arts OutWest curated an exhibition of the Media Associates’ personal work at t.arts Gallery in Bathurst. Each an artist in their own right and each pursuing their own style and story. This group exhibition was called TEN.
Now, post Covid, we are delighted to present Behind the Lens, an exhibition of photography, comprised of still and moving images.
Our Media Associates are a group of talented and passionate photographers. If you are interested to know more about an artist, or buy a work, simply contact the artist via their social media which has been listed on the labels accompanying each artwork.
Forbes Arts Society June exhibition:  All Things ‘P’
Sunday 2 June, Saturday 8 June (only) 10am-2pm at The Concourse, Forbes Town Hall
Forbes Arts Society is proud to present the members’ exhibition, All Things ‘P’.
This exhibition showcases works on paper aa well as pottery, with mediums including pencil, pastel, paint and print making… all things ‘P’. These works celebrate the diversity and talent of local artists from the Forbes region.
From humble beginnings over twenty years ago Forbes Arts Society has expanded into an incorporated, not for profit organisation with a focus on encouraging and promoting the enjoyment of arts and cultures in the communities of our region.
Forbes Arts Society’s mission is to contribute to the economy and well being of our local community by developing and promoting the arts and cultural education and events so that tourism becomes a major product of the Forbes Shire and the wider Central West region of NSW. It is the Forbes Arts Society’s vision to position Forbes so that it becomes an arts based tourism destination, where arts includes all aspects of arts and culture. To this end Forbes Arts Society hosts ‘Grazing Down the Lachlan’ a major tourism event for the Forbes community. Over recent years, Forbes Arts Society has been successful in grant bids to develop the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre, the Sculpture Down the Lachlan Trail, the refurbishment of the Gum Swamp wetlands region and the ongoing construction of Gallery Forbes, an arts and cultural precinct in the central business district of Forbes.
THE PLINTH SHOW
At Forbes Visitor Information Centre, June 2024, daily
Exhibition Statement: Ronda Sharpe
My studio-based practice intertwines a visual narrative of my Wiradjuri continuum to languages, culture, and traditional artefact forms. My environmental arts practice combines the use of repurposed mediums with natural fibres.
The fusion of contemporary and historical Wiradjuri weaving customs with reclaimed post-industrial materials creates a visual story that comments on present day environmental issues and transforms the objects into contemporary sculptural forms. The use of cables discarded from modern communications technologies strengthens the metaphor of communicating traditional weaving practices in a contemporary context.
I have continued to research and learn from the First Nations artefacts that showcase our weaving and agricultural practices. As a Wiradjuri artist, being on Wiradjuri country allows me to connect to my Ancestors and Mother Earth who provide me with natural grasses and inspiration.
My journey of creating contemporary fibre artworks that represent Wiradjuri cultural artefacts and Yindyamarra (respect) for Mother Earth, is evolving.
 If you would like to know more about the Ronda Sharpe and her artwork, please head to Ronda’s instagram or website.

When: June 2024

Locations Forbes

Thank you to support from Create NSW (NSW Government) via Rescue Restart funds.

Hero image by Media Associate Adam Kerezsy for Behind the Lens exhibition.

George, 2023

Adam Kerezsy

Photograph printed on archival paper, 30cm x 40cm

Down The Track is a youth group based in Lake Cargelligo. About four times a year, Down The Track participate in a weekend camp-out that is a combination of environmental and outdoor education. Following a camp in November 2023, George declared that he wanted to become a fisherman and a boat-driver.