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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

While the World Waits opens at Cowra Regional Art Gallery

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Opens Saturday 3 June at 2pm. Runs to 2 July. Our popular touring contemporary art exhibition makes it’s 11th stop in 15 months.

The exhibition will be hosted by Cowra Regional Art Gallery, alongside ‘A Lot of Little Nothings’ by Cowra artist Shani Nottingham. Shani is also one of the 20 artists featured in While the World Waits so we are delighted at the pairing of our two shows.

See the work of 20 artists as they respond to a Central West sonic journey.

The last two years have been tough in the arts. Lockdowns and loss of work ran right across all artforms. Live shows took a hammering. We wanted to help by creating opportunities for those most affected.

As you may remember, 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.

We heard what it felt like. Now show me what it feels like…

This year artists from across the Central West were asked to use the album as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work.

While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.

The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.

Artists featured are: Bridget Thomas (Bathurst), Cate McCarthy (Yetholme), Gemma Clipsham (Bathurst), Gus Armstrong (Rylstone), Harrie Fasher (Portland), Heather Dunn (Bathurst), Heather Vallance (Orange), Helen Carpenter (Grenfell), Hugh McKinnon (orange), Jane Tonks (Orange), Laura Baker (Blayney), Lise Edwards (Lithgow), Henry Simmons & River Yarners (Bathurst), Robert Hirschmann (Portland), Shani Nottingham (Cowra), Stephan de Witt (Parkes), Timothy Seager (Bathurst), Aleshia Lonsdale (Mudgee), Steven Cavanagh (Hill End), Christine McMillan (Kandos).

While the World Waits Exhibition will travel for 12 months to galleries and venues across Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin LGAs.

Image credit: Bridget Thomas, Distortion 1 (detail) 2022, laminated glass.