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Faces of the South West

The South West region of New South Wales, famous for its size and its agricultural wealth, is attracting attention for the large scale public art portraiture project, Faces of the South West, that spans more than 81,000 square kilometres with specific installations in 11 towns.

The project, launched this week, explores the day-to-day realities of life in small towns and shares people’s aspirations and thoughts for the future, particularly within the context of the broader political and economic changes rural Australia is experiencing.

This unique project, funded through the Regional Arts Fund and supported by nine local government bodies across South West NSW and numerous site owners, was overseen by South West Arts.

Each page on the project website features information about the photographers and their subjects giving an insight into the approach the photographers take with their work, and the lives of the subjects who range in age from two upwards. The subjects include post war immigrants in Hay, an Indian nurse in Berrigan and a former circus performer in Conargo.

Project Manager, Kim Biggs, said the South West Arts creative team has worked closely with local photographers in each local government area to develop an exciting, one-of-a-kind exhibition.

A promotional video of the project is on the South West Arts homepage and you can view the project here