REGIONAL STAFF

ABORIGINAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Aleshia Lonsdale
Email alonsdale@csu.edu.au
Phone 0428 041 108

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Steven Cavanagh
Part-time: Wed, Thurs, Fri
Email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au
Phone 02 6338 4657

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Maryanne Jaques
Part Time: Mon, Tues, Thurs
Email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au
Phone 02 6338 4657
 

ARTS AND HEALTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Christine McMillan
Three days per week
Email christine.mcmillan@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone 02 6338 4657

 

FINANCE OFFICER
Kathy Weekes
Part time: Tuesday and Friday mornings
Email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au
Phone 02 6338 4657

  

PROJECTS AND RESEARCH OFFICER
Kate Smith
Part time
Email katesmith@csu.edu.au
Phone 02 6338 4657

 

ADMINISTRATION AND DATABASE
Max Wilson
Part time: Thursdays
Email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au
Phone 02 6338 4657

 

MUSIC INDUSTRY SUPPORT OFFICER
Patrick Coomey
Part time
Email 100milegroove@gmail.com
Mobile 0447 248 716

REGIONAL DIRECTORS

CHAIR: Fran Charge, Oberon

VICE CHAIR: Deb Bardon, Bathurst
SECRETARY: Margot Jolly, Forbes
TREASURER: Amanda Spalding, Orange
DIRECTOR: Madi Young, Orange
ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIR: Carly Brown, Weddin
DIRECTOR: Adam Deusien, Bathurst
DIRECTOR: Maz Rees, Forbes
DIRECTOR: Osla Thomason, Cabonne
DIRECTOR: Christine Weston, Cabonne

Arts OutWest also has an Advisory Council of representatives from contributing councils.

CONTRIBUTING COUNCILS

Bathurst Regional

Blayney Shire

Cabonne

Cowra Shire

Forbes Shire

Lachlan Shire

City of Lithgow

Oberon

Orange City

Parkes Shire

Weddin Shire

Mid-Western Regional

 

ABORIGINAL ARTS & CULTURE

Aboriginal Population and Language Groups This area cuts across the RAB areas of Arts Outwest, South West Arts, Outback Arts, Orana Arts, Arts North West and Murray Arts.  The Arts Outwest region is all Wiradjuri country.

  • 9,000 Aboriginal people live in the region (6% of the general area population). Highest concentration of Aboriginal people live in The Lachlan Valley and Wellington Shires
  • Wiradjuri Nation (largest in the region and possibly in NSW)
  • Paakantji Nation (sometimes spelt ‘Barkindji’ or ‘Parkinji)
  • Ngiyampaa Nation (sometimes spelt ‘Ngemba’)

Arts OutWest Aboriginal Arts Development

  • An Aboriginal Arts Development Officer has been employed at AOW since 2010 through funding from the Australian government’s Office for the Arts’ Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) and Indigenous Cultural Support (ICS) programs.  This position and the Aboriginal arts development program across the Central West is supported by a steering committee which includes elders and staff from aboriginal organisations. The program builds on the considerable activity across Wellington, Cowra, Kelso, Condobolin and Bathurst in 2008 and addresses one of the four key focus areas in AOW’s 2009 strategic plan.
  • Major highlights of the program include: the coordination of two regional events (the ‘Marramarra’ projects) which showcased Aboriginal visual arts, performance and culture from the region, the first held in Bathurst in 2011 and the second in Parkes in 2012; curating and organising a series of Aboriginal arts exhibitions in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Department of Environment and Heritage at the Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery which opened in 2013 at the Hartley Historic Site near Lithgow; incorporation of Aboriginal arts into AOW’s arts and health program; and an Aboriginal contemporary dance project in Condobolin and Cowra which has led to dancers selected for the NAISDA full-time training program.

Festivals

  • 2007 River Dreaming Festival, Bathurst
  • 2011 Marramarra, Bathurst
  • 2102 Marramarra Bulla, Parkes

Aboriginal Arts Organisations and Programs

  • Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Aboriginal Performing Arts Program
  • Burralgang Aboriginal Dance
  • Wiradjuri Artists Group and Western Weavers, Condobolin
  • Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation, Condoblin
  • Desert Pea Media
  • Kejole Art Studio, Lake Cargelligo
  • Orana Aboriginal Corporation
  • Red Dust Creations- Peak Hill
  • Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Directory of arts organisations and practitioners

ARTS OUTWEST BRINGS SHOWCASE OF REGIONAL ARTS TO MUDGEE

Arts OutWest will exhibit some of the region’s most exciting visual artists, host a forum with artists and musicians and provide an opportunity to meet their staff when they open the While the World Waits exhibition at Mudgee Arts Precinct across the first weekend in July.

CENTRAL WEST ABORIGINAL ARTISTS AT NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART FAIR IN SYDNEY

Aboriginal artists from the NSW Central West will show work for the first time at the prestigious National Indigenous Art Fair in Sydney over the weekend July 2-3.

OBERON BLUE TREE PROJECT

The Oberon Blue Tree Project, supported by Arts OutWest and with Create NSW Arts Restart funds has officially been unveiled.