REGIONAL STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jamie-Lea Trindall

Email rado@outbackarts.com.au

Phone 02 6822 2484

COMMUNICATIONS & TOURING COORDINATOR
Maddi Ward
Phone 02 6822 2484
Mobile 0428 220 029
ABORIGINAL PROJECTS OFFICER
Fleur Stubbs
Based in Warren
ADMINISTRATIONS OFFICER
Polly Cohen
Phone 02 6822 2484
FINANCIAL SERVICES/BOOKKEEPER
Greg Vaughan
Phone 02 6822 2484

REGIONAL DIRECTORS

CHAIR
Casey Marshall- Siemer
VICE CHAIR
Kylie Harvey
TREASURER
Pauline Serdity
Warren Shire Council
DIRECTOR
Sally Torr
DIRECTOR
Angela Shepherd
Cobar Shire Council
DIRECTOR
Barbara Deans
Coonamble Shire Council
DIRECTOR
John Thompson
Bourke Shire Council
DIRECTOR
Jane Keir
Walgett Shire Council
DIRECTOR
Brytt Moore
Cobar Shire Council
DIRECTOR
Eric Crisp
DIRECTOR
Veneta Dutton
Bogan Shire Council
DIRECTOR
Donna Jeffries
Brewarrina Shire Council

CONTRIBUTING COUNCILS

Bogan Shire

Bourke Shire

Brewarrina

Cobar Shire

Coonamble Shire

Walgett Shire

Warren Shire

ABORIGINAL ARTS & CULTURE

Aboriginal Population and Language Groups

  • Bourke Shire Council (townships and villages of Bourke, Enngonia, Wanaaring, Louth, Byrock and Fords Bridge) – 2,868 pop. of whom 30.2% of people identified themselves as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Bogan Shire Council (Nyngan, non-contributing to Outback Arts) – 2,900 pop. of whom Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 14.4% of the population.
  • Brewarrina Shire Council (non-contributing) – 1,766 pop. of whom Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 59.1% of the population.
  • Cobar Shire Council (townships and villages of Cobar, Euabalong and Euabalong West, Murrin Bridge, Mount Hope and Nymagee) – 4,710 pop. of whom 12.9% identified of being of Aboriginal descent.
  • Coonamble Shire Council (townships and villages of Coonamble, Quambone and Combara) – 4,030 pop. of whom 29.2% identified as being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
  • Walgett Shire Council (townships and villages of Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri, Carinda, Coombogolong, Come By Chance, Burren Junction, Rowena, Grawin, Cumborah) – 6,454 pop. of whom 28.1% population people identified themselves Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Warren Shire Council (Warren, Collie, Nevertire, Egelabra, Marthaguy and The Marra) – 2,758 pop. of whom 13.3% identified themselves Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Outback Arts Aboriginal Arts Program

  • The Outback Arts Regional Indigenous Cultural Development Strategy is a major priority which is addressed through the employment of part-time Regional Indigenous Cultural Development Officers in each of OA’s local government areas. The program is supported by the Indigenous Culture Support program of the Australian Government’s Office for the Arts and involves the employment of local residents in each shire, to assist in developing skills and knowledge of local Indigenous heritage for the whole community, promoting local traditions, providing professional development opportunities and teaching art skills, marketing and arts business. Currently there are RICDOs employed in Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Warren, Coonamble and Bourke.
  • In 2012 and 2013, OA coordinated the Weaving across the Outback project which involved weaving workshops conducted by Boolarng Nangamai Art and Culture Studio in Bourke, Gulargambone, Coonamble, Cobar, Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Warren in the first year and masterclasses in the second.  The latter was funded through the Australian Government’s Regional Fund and some of the work exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
  • In partnership with the Moorambilla Festival, OA employed a project manager for the festival as well as managed the workshops conducted by the RICDO initiated Ngemba Wailwan art group in Warren with children from Moorambilla Voices, culminating 25 totem poles and artistic backdrop for the Festival gala performance.
  • The high Aboriginal population of this region has resulted in many projects involving Aboriginal artists and communities – see OA website for past projects.

Aboriginal Arts Website for local artists

  • http://www.livingartsandculture.com.au/

Aboriginal Arts Organisations

  • Dharriwaa Elders, Walgett
  • Northern Regional Library & Information Service, Indigenous Unit, Moree
  • List of arts organisations in region

Indigenous Festivals 

  • Yaama Festival, Bourke
  • Moorambilla Festival, Coonamble

Outback Archies Art Prize Exhibition

The Outback Archies Art Prize is a long-standing project delivered by Outback Arts, now in its eleventh year! The exhibition will take place from November 1 – January 28.

Outback Archies Art Prize 2021 Entries, Now Open!

In it's 11th year, the Outback Archies Art Prize is delivered by Outback Arts and continuing to grow each year. The Art Prize shines a light on the diverse and talented creatives in the region, exploring the theme 'Legends and Landscapes'. Extending the region for...