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Outback Arts Creative Arts Centre Opens in Coonamble

The arts scene in far west NSW is buzzing with excitement following the recent opening of the Outback Arts Creative Arts Centre in Coonamble.

The Centre will serve as a creative hub for the far west region, adding to Outback Arts strong cultural program, and making it easier for people in the region to enjoy local arts and cultural experiences.

The new centre will also present much needed opportunities in terms of accessibility, available cultural infrastructure, and exciting new collaborations.

The official opening coincided with the 2019 Outback Archies Art Prize with the pARTy drawing in 250 people from across the region to celebrate the Archie winners and get a glimpse of the new centre.

Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW attended the opening and said “I think what is so exciting about Outback Arts is the fact that it now has its own building, and I think they should all be congratulated for that. That’s a massive achievement for a small non-profit organisation managed by a volunteer board who are absolutely dedicated, and a small key professional staff in an area which is considered, I guess, remote from the capital cities and the larger metropolitan areas.”

The creative hub for the far west region was made possible by a $300,000 grant awarded to Outback Arts in 2017 from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants supported by Clubgrants program.

Outback Arts is also supported by five local government areas including Bourke, Cobar, Coonamble, Walgett and Warren.