Grafton Regional Art Gallery is currently showing a cutting edge mixed-media exhibition which forms part of a collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and partner galleries. Read more
Judy O’Neill is a Gamilaroi woman from Goodooga and has lived in Orange since 1999. She is a talented artist whose goal was to form a local group of indigenous and non-indigenous women who practice traditional and contemporary raffia weaving styles weekly and exhibit their creations. Read more
Marramarra Bulla was ArtsOutWest’s second regional showcase of Aboriginal arts. Held in Parkes in central NSW on Saturday November 17, it included a professional visual arts exhibition, two stage performances incorporating contemporary dance, music and film and a day of free community workshops. Read more
Hillston Central School was treated to a special visit from the Royal Australian Navy Band (RANB) in late October as part of their collaboration with the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF). Read more
Parkes High School’s previously bland stairwell leading to the library has had a make-over street art style make-over thanks to a project funded by the Country Arts Support Program. Renowned Sydney street artist Andy Jumbo made his way to Parkes for two days in August to help 28 students from years from 7‐12 activate the space. The first step in the project was for students to meet with Dubbo artist Brigid Palin to create designs based on the key words from the school’s vision, motto, behaviour and literacy focus. ABC Open Central West’s Luke Wong helped students make short films and take photos of the process. Check out the Arts OutWest website for more information and images. Read more
Look Art Talk is the first Art and Alzheimers Program to be delivered in Central West NSW. The Look Art Talk pilot project will run for a six week period aiming to engage people with Dementia and their care-givers from the local Seymour Centre, Illumba Gardens, Macquarie Care Centre and St Catherine’s aged care facilities. The residents will undertake tours of the exhibitions and cultural activities Bathurst Regional Art Gallery providing social inclusion and intellectual stimulation which in turn act to promote wellbeing. Look Art Talk is based on a program that was developed by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York in 2006. This MoMA program was later taken up by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in 2007 through its Art and Alzheimers Program. Find out more on the Arts Out West website.
This pilot program is an initiative funded by the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and presented in partnership with Arts OutWest’s Arts and Health Program and Western NSW Local Health District. Read more
Bundjalung artist, Albert 'Digby' Moran, has led a series of painting workshops with local school students as part of his exhibition Bundjalung Dreaming at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina. Read more
A new Bathurst program, Smashed Arts, aims to circumvent the negative choices of young people by providing inspiration and opportunity to express themselves as well as entertainment options that don’t include drinking. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre’s (BMEC) Local Stages Program secured a $495,000 grant from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing for the two-year Smashed Arts program. The program began during the July school holidays with free workshops for young people in dance, circus, beat boxing and film making. Building on BMEC’s existing Aboriginal Performing Arts Program, these first workshops targeted young Aboriginal people through three days of activity at the centre. Read the full article from the Western Advocate here. Read more
In late July, South East Arts proudly launched Price’s Cafe – a living exhibition that will celebrate Moruya’s social hub for Aboriginal people in the 1950s & 60s. The Price’s Cafe project is an original idea by leading South Coast Indigenous artist Cheryl Davison and will recreate a section of this iconic cafe in a compelling exhibition for the 2013 Eurobodalla River of Art Festival. Price’s Cafe is the first project as part of the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Action Plan 2012-15 developed by South East Arts to provide a strategic approach to the development of Aboriginal arts and culture in the region. South East Arts is calling for donations from businesses and members of the community to broaden the reach of the Price’s Cafe project. For further information, visit the South East Arts website.
Price’s Cafe project is supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Culture Support program and the NSW State Government through Arts NSW. Read more
Arts OutWest has received funding for Sweet Dreams, a workshop program designed for the participation of people with a disability. Facilitated by arts professionals and open to people with mild to moderately severe disabilities, both physical and intellectual, the workshops incorporate music, dance, physical theatre, visual arts and multi‐media. Sweet Dreams will be hosted in collaboration with local disability service organisations in the Central West. The project will highlight the benefit involvement in the arts can contribute to developing the potential of people with a disability. To find out more visit the Arts OutWest website. Read more