Lauren Mackley
Mobile 0493 316 463

Michèle Jedlicka
Phone 02 6732 4988


Kelly Lye
Phone 02 6732 4988
Part-Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


CHAIR: Anna Watt

VICE CHAIR: Peter Ross
TREASURER: Carolyn Cooper
DIRECTOR: Vivien Clyne
DIRECTOR: Alistair Noble
DIRECTOR: Hayley Ward
DIRECTOR: Scott Pollock
DIRECTOR: Lauren Mackley


Armidale Regional

Glen Innes Severn

Gunnedah Shire

Gwydir Shire

Inverell Shire

Liverpool Plains

Moree Plains Shire

Narrabri Shire

Tamworth Regional

Tenterfield Shire

Uralla Shire



Aboriginal Population / Language groups

  • Over 18,415 Aboriginal people live in the region, representing 10.1% of the total regional population. (ABS 2016)
  • The highest concentration is in Moree Plains Shire Council (21.6%), with significant Aboriginal populations in Gunnedah Shire (12.8%), Liverpool Plains Shire (12.4%), Narrabri Shire (12.2%) and Tamworth (101%). Boggabilla, Toomelah, Walhallow, Wee Waa, Mungindi and Tingha are all towns with a high Aboriginal population.
  • The New England/North West is the traditional land of several nations and language groups including Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi/Gamilaraay, Kwiambal, Jukumbal, Marbul, Gidhabal, Anaiwan, Banbai, Ngoorabul, Gumbainggir, Dhanggati, and Nganyaywana nation groups.
  • 18 Aboriginal Land Councils in the region (Moombahlene, Glen Innes, Guyra, Armidale, Amaroo, Tamworth, Jabullum, Nungaroo, Walhallow, Red Chief, Pilliga, Wee Waa, Narrabri, Moree, Mungindi, Toomelah, Ashford and Anaiwan).

Aboriginal Arts overview

Activity in this region is very localised with a diversity of capable artists through to those with a strong need of support and development. There is considerable Aboriginal arts activity in the New England / North West region with a number of large projects being undertaken.

  • Kamilaroi Stories (Narrabri Shire Council) allows visitors to connect with Narrabri Shire elders by combining the oldest form of sharing knowledge and culture with the latest in technology. Interviews were conducted with three prominent local elders and complied into an impressive interactive installation.
  • Rivers to Ridges and the stories in between is an Arts North West initiated project that used the traditional concept of songlines in a contemporary form of multimedia to share and document stories of Elders, Artists and areas of Aboriginal significance in our region.
  • Making Old Markings New, an Arts North West project, is a professional and skills development project that aims to rediscover Aboriginal mark-making traditions from our region. It provides an opportunity for Aboriginal Artists to research and connect to the unique style from our region, based on traditional markings, icons and symbols.
  • Restitching Culture at Gomeroi Gaynggal explores traditional doll-making to support Indigenous world-views around wellbeing. It encourages the sharing of oral personal narratives, promote the transmission of cultural teachings, and create community support networks.
  • 3Moree (Beyond Empathy) provides an innovative approach to engage children, young people, teachers, and the community in developing a positive learning environment through its responsiveness to local needs. It translates the objectives of the Connected Communities strategy through arts and culture and changing the way Aboriginal children learn by changing the way learning is delivered.
  • Looking through Windows is a multimedia and interactive experience which includes community participation, art workshops, oral history, sand drawings, language lanterns, art, filmmaking and photography. The workshops built community artworks and stories about the shared histories of removal and places like the Old Brewarrina Mission, the Cootamundra Girls Home and Kinchela Boys Home.
  • Myall Creek and Beyond was a special project developed by NERAM in partnership with the Friends of Myall Creek Memorial that will produce an exhibition and range of public programs responding the Myall Creek Massacre and court case of 1883 and the theme of reconciliation.

Arts North West delivers a number of Aboriginal projects focusing on skills development and capacity building including exhibition opportunities, networking events, and the sharing of significant Aboriginal stories.

Aboriginal Arts Organisations

The following organisations deliver a variety of Aboriginal arts events and projects for their communities:

  • Amaroo Museum Cultural Centre, Walcha
  • Aboriginal Country Music Association
  • Armidale Aboriginal Keeping Place and Cultural Centre, Armidale
  • Ashford Local Aboriginal Land Council Art Gallery, Culture Centre and Keeping Place.
  • Beyond Empathy, head office in Armidale
  • Dhiiyaan Centre, Moree
  • Euraba Paper, Boggabilla
  • Gomeroi Dance Company, Tamworth
  • Gomeroi Gaayngal Tamworth
  • Mehi Gallery, Moree
  • Bank Art Museum Moree has one of the most extensive Aboriginal art collections in regional NSW.
  • Myall Creek Cultural Centre
  • Nigyanni Indigenous Corporation, Gwabegar
  • Red Chief Lands Council Gallery and Museum in Gunnedah
  • Tamworth Country Music Festival held annually in January includes an Aboriginal Cultural Showcase which provides exposure and skills development opportunities for new and emerging Aboriginal talent.
  • Yaama Ganu (‘Welcome All’), Moree
  • Yinarr Maramali Gallery, Tamworth

Aboriginal Festivals

  • The core festival in the region is the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The Aboriginal Cultural Showcase is an integral part of this event.
  • No Shame Day – Beyond Empathy
  • Festival of the Brolga – Beyond Empathy
  • Day on the Dale – Armidale Regional Council

Aboriginal Arts training and education

  • New England Institute of TAFE (Tamworth campus) offers Aboriginal language (Gamilaraay) and Moree Campus offers Aboriginal Arts courses.
  • Gomeroi Culture Academy (Tamworth) for 13-17 year olds offering weekly cultural workshops including dance, language, carving, weaving, plant identification and purposing.
  • There are a number of youth-based education programs in the region that are focused on arts and culture including a strong representation of Clontaff Groups and Girls Academies as well as school-based programs that focus on dance and language.
  • Opportunity Hub Tamworth

Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Development

The Aboriginal Arts Officer’s position has three key objectives:

  • To provide a central contact point of liaison with individuals, organisations and communities and improve networking between the diverse events and activities in Aboriginal communities in the region.
  • Engage the community by providing and participating in networking opportunities.
  • To support the development and sustainability of Aboriginal arts and cultural practice in the New England North West region of NSW.

Recent surveys of our Aboriginal communities have indicated that they see the current model is vital to the continued growth of their creative business and cultural work. They value the networking, advice and mentoring, support that ANW provides. They also believe that there is a great opportunity for this role to assist in shaping the NENW/Tablelands to becoming an Aboriginal arts hub for regional NSW.


Entries are now open for the 2022 Outback Archies Art Prize! The prize shines a light on the diverse and talented creatives in the region, as they celebrate and explore the theme ‘Legends and Landscapes’.


A dramatic digital experience based on a component of the National Museum of Australia’s internationally acclaimed exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters will be on exhibition at Tamworth Regional Gallery between Saturday 9 July and Sunday 28 August 2022.