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Did you know there's an app for that? Country Art Escapes app out now

Information about artists, art and cultural venues in the North West of NSW is now even easier to access thanks to the new Country Art Escapes app.

The app was designed and developed by third year Computer Science students from the Armidale campus of the University of New England (UNE).

In 2013, Regional Communications Advocate New England NSW, Alun Davies instigated a collaboration between UNE students and local not-for-profit organisations in the New England area to provide students with real world projects and offer organisations innovative options to improve their social identity. With support from Regional Development Australia (Northern Inland) a partnership was brokered for Arts North West to work with third year Computer Science students to design and develop the Country Art Escapes phone app.

The app is a companion to the Arts North West art trail launched in June 2012 and has around 60 subscribers.

Arts North West special projects officer, Nicci-Parry Jones, said anyone visiting the area could include a stop at one of the venues on the trail administered by Arts North West.

‘Whether you are interested in arts, history or Aboriginal culture, there are a diverse range of wonderful and welcoming venues on the trail including galleries, museums and artist studios from Tenterfield in the north to Quirindi to the south and west to Moree and Narrabri,’ Ms Parry-Jones said.

The app complements the delivery of new brochures to all visitor information centres across the region and interstate for promotion at major events such as Country NSW Expo to be held at the Sydney Showground from 31 July to 2 August this year.

The next phase for Country Art Escapes will include a partnership with the Business Enterprise Centre to offer art trail venues professional development sessions and creative industry advice.

‘The art trail is set to have a busy and productive year and it is hoped that visitors will download the phone app and become cultural tourists and enjoy what the region has to offer,’ Ms Parry-Jones said.

The app is available from the Apple app store and you can visit the Country Art Escape website here.