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From Walsh Bay to Dubbo - Artlands 2016

Almost 200 people enjoyed a fabulous five course degustation from Walsh Bay restaurants, regional wines from Canowindra’s Pinnaroo Estate Wines, entertainment from South Coast’s Heath Cullen and Tamworth’s, Rita Walford and a silent auction of artworks donated from regional artists.

The dinner was held to raise funds to assist Regional Arts NSW to deliver the Regional Arts Australia national conference and arts festival, Artlands Dubbo in 2016. It was also an opportunity for Sydney based residents and representatives from kindred organisations to meet with the Regional Arts Development Officers from the 14 Regional Arts Boards.

Regional Arts NSW Chair, Peter White, opened proceedings with an Acknowledgement of traditional land owners, which was followed by a welcome from the Chair of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce, Brigid Kennedy.

Guest speaker, Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Troy Grant MP told the crowd he was very excited that the next Regional Arts Australia conference, the first with the new Artlands  brand, would be delivered by Regional Arts NSW and in his electorate of Dubbo.

Mr Grant spoke of the long Indigenous heritage of the Dubbo area, the history of art and culture, and the infrastructure in the city that would contribute to a great conference.

Artworks donated from artists representing the 14 Regional Arts Boards were auctioned during the evening. Read about the artists and view their artworks in the gallery.

Retiring West Darling Arts Regional Arts Development Officer, James Giddey, was farewelled and thanked for his huge contribution to regional arts. James was the inaugural RADO for West Darling Arts.

Young Aboriginal singer, Rita Walford, from Tamworth made her Sydney debut as the support act for South Coast singer-songwriter, Heath Cullen. Both artists donated their services.

A monster raffle of prizes included a Zoofari Lodge package from Taronga Western Plains Zoo; a mixed pack of Wildbrumby schnapps; a $300 voucher from Ventuno – Pizzeria, Birreria, Enoteca and signed CDs from Heath Cullen.

Regional Arts NSW acknowledges the following restaurants and suppliers who contributed to the success of the evening. 

*Dedes on the Wharf
*Seawall
*Lotus Dumpling Bar
*Simmer on the Bay
*Sydney Dance Lounge

*Wines donated by Pinnaroo Estate Wines, Canowindra

*Bread donated by Sonoma
*Water, soft drinks and coffee donated by Vittoria
*Olive oil and vinegar donated by Fratelli Fresh
* Security donated by Integral Risk Group

Our thanks to Western Riverina Arts RADO Derek Motion for capturing the night in images.