Project highlight: the SILOS project


The SILOS project brings together a collection of Australia’s leading artists to work with the communities in the Central West of NSW, presenting a powerful, life affirming story about our relationship with the land. Inspired by the dynamic structure of an annual agricultural show, the SILOS project celebrates the extraordinary riches of the region.

Starting with the remarkable Grossi fossil, the earliest evidence of our evolution from water to land, the audience interacts with performances – from intimate to large scale – that revel in the ingenuity and vigour of those who make this area home. Supported by a cast of local musicians, performers, aerialists, a hundred dancing children including the Mayor,  the SILOS project is a once in a lifetime experience that will change the way you look at rural communities.

Project aims

Three key areas of change act as the project’s main drivers:

  • Increased opportunities for locals working in the creative industries in the NSW central west region
  • Development of cultural tourism infrastructure, through both the Silos site and the event via collaboration with local organisations
  • Activation of the silos site to create a space for future community events
  • To increase audience and community collaboration and participation within the arts sector.

The presentation of the major performance of the SILOS project is integral to achieving these long-term, sustainable outcomes for the community.

The project so far…

Launched in 2013, phase 1 included consultations and planning workshops with the community; Internationally acclaimed video and installation artist Craig Walsh mentored local writers and photographers in the art of filming and recording oral histories; Patrick Nolan, Alison Plevey, Joey Ruigrok, Dylan Gower, Phoebe Cowdery, and Scott Saunders facilitated community workshops in music, dance and design. (2013-14)

Phase 2, 2015,  continued development of community meetings, script, physical theatre, design, music, and drama workshops, held in Cowra and Canowindra. During November 2015 Director Patrick Nolan and physical theatre artists Joshua Thomson and LeeAnne Linton facilitated two workshops in dance and physical theatre.

In 2015, SILOS artist Craig Walsh was invited by the CORRIDOR project and Age of Fishes Museum Canowindra, during Science Week to create a animated projection, recreating the 360 million year Grossi fish into the  Belubula River. The inspiration for the installation came from the discovery of fossils around Canowindra of the grossi, a lobe-finned fish with a fully developed nasal system. An estimated audience of 250 people watched the grossi recreated through a combination of art, science and technology from Canowindra’s Swinging Bridge.

Phase 3 is coming in 2016 and 2017.

All workshops and activities to date have been delivered at no cost, giving arts sector opportunities to the whole community.

The team

Patrick Nolan artistic director
Donna Abela writer
Scott Saunders musical director
Craig Walsh visual design
Joey Ruigrok set design
Dylan Gower site design
Annemaree Dalziel costume design
Alison Plevey choreography
Mary-Anne Wright music co-ordinator
Phoebe Cowdery production co-ordinator

Community stakeholders include: local farmers, schools, youth, businesses, councils, artists, community groups who all identify the exceptional value of the project for the region.


Phases 1 and 2 of the SILOS project have been funded by Arts NSW,  and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Donations for the final phase of the project can be made to the Arts OutWest Cultural Fund..

Help fund the SILOS PROJECT

If you would like to pledge towards this project please make a direct transfer to:

Arts OutWest Inc (Cultural Fund):

ABN: 61 526 423 775
BSB: 112-879 Account No. 068256854
In description: ‘SILOS project’
Please then email with your name, as it appears on your bank account. We will email you a tax receipt. Cheques also accepted, made to ‘Arts OutWest Inc’.

The ARTS OUTWEST CULTURAL FUND is a tax deductible fund listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.


the CORRIDOR project is a not-for-profit established, at Riverslea Woolshed in close proximity to Cowra,  essentially for educational, research and cultural pursuits, where alternative methodologies can be explored and developed, in a constantly changing environment.

Arts OutWest is the regional arts board whose mission is to promote, facilitate, educate and advocate for arts and cultural development in the communities of the NSW central west under Executive Officer Tracey Callinan. Arts OutWest works across 11 local government areas.

Supporters include: Age of Fishes Museum, John Holland Group, Cabonne Council, Cowra Council, Canowindra@home, Canowindra Produce, Canowindra and District Historical Society.


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