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RAF Case Study 2: Living Arts and Culture

Living Arts and Culture hosted by Outback Arts, is a photographic exhibition and publication, recording the stories of Aboriginal knowledge holders and artists living across the Far Western NSW communities of Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Lightning Ridge, Nyngan, Walgett, and Warren. This exciting project has been funded by Regional Arts New South Wales, Regional Arts Fund.

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) supports arts and cultural activities in regional NSW that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities.

The Living Arts and Culture project is a snapshot of contemporary Aboriginal Artists and their vibrant, busy lives in the towns and villages dotted across the vast landscape of outback New South Wales. The region’s Aboriginal history runs deep, the lifeblood of culture has existed here for tens of thousands of years, and today the artists and artworks in their communities are representative of a wide range of Nations and language groups.

The artists in this book have been captured by the very talented artist Andrew Hull; each story carefully curated through the artist’s individual interviews. The telling of these stories allows a unique insight into the life of contemporary Aboriginal artists of our time, recording how inextricably culture, art and life are connected.

Outback Arts are extremely grateful and proud of the artists who have participated in this project. They have shared their stories and so much of themselves and continue to be strong leaders in the cultural space of their communities.  Developed in 1999, Outback Arts is a not-for-profit arts and cultural development organisation working in the six local government areas of Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Cobar, Walgett and Warren.

Living Arts and Culture does not capture all the practising Aboriginal artists in Far Western NSW, rather it is a small insight into the extraordinary contribution these artists are currently making to the rich cultural landscape of their region. To learn more about this project, hear to the Outback Arts website.

Applications for Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants close 25 August 2019 for projects commencing in the following calendar year. For more information on the Regional Arts Fund (RAF), head to the Grants page of the website.

Photo credit: Outback Arts