Central West Artists Go International27.06.2013
Prepare to Exchange is funded by the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund and by Derbyshire County Council.
Arts OutWest is helping local artists share and sell their work to the world. A group of 10 creatives from the Central West have been involved in a cultural exchange project to take their work to the international stage.
Arts OutWest has developed a partnership with the town Derbyshire in the UK. The organisation has been invited to send a group of artists and their work to participate this September in the popular Wirksworth Festival. Arts OutWest will be taking over the Derbyshire Eco‐Centre as ‘The Australian Pavilion’ http://pavilionproject.com/. There’s also a double bill of performance scheduled and artworks will be on show (and for sale) throughout the festival.
Earlier in the year, the selected artists took part in a two‐day residential workshop focused on new ways at looking at creativity and delivering workshops. This week, the artists regrouped to plan who and what will be sent to the UK this September to represent the Central West region.
The artists were then asked to plan and deliver a practice, collaborative workshop in their community.
- Kim Deacon (Hill End) and Graham Sattler (Orange) ran a creativity workshop, using folk music and language, at Nashdale Public School.
- Hill End Press artists Bill Moseley and Genevieve Carroll introduced all things printing, fonts and collage to students at Hill End Public School.
- Sculptor Harrie Fasher taught welding to keen group of women from her home studio near Oberon
- Christine Sweeney began a digital storytelling project in Bathurst
- Ken Hutchinson led a sculpture and waste to art session in Cowra
- Weaver Lanny McKenzie taught flax weaving techniques to the women’s weaving group in Orange
- Nyree Reynolds (Blayney) ran a painting session at Carcoar Public School that was so successful it will be rolled out at other small schools
- Other artists: theatre maker Becky Russell (Bathurst) and writer and festival organiser Merrill Findlay (Forbes)
“This is an extraordinary and very talented group of people. We’re lucky to be working with some of the most dedicated and already successful creatives in our region. Working with them has been an absolute joy . The artists have all expressed what an enormous amount they’re already getting out of the connections and experiences. We’re excited to share high end art experiences from our region with audiences in England,” Arts OutWest executive officer Tracey Callinan said.
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The first stage of the project was been funded through the Regional Arts Fund (and Derbyshire County Council) in a project called Prepare to Exchange.