REGIONAL STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Catherine Farry
Email rado@westdarlingarts.com.au
Mobile 0487 903 507

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Kelly Leonard
Email aao@westdarlingarts.com.au
Mobile 0448 545 356

PROJECT OFFICER
Jo Crase
Email projects@westdarlingarts.com.au
Mobile 0429 185 108

 

REGIONAL DIRECTORS

CHAIR: Kathryn Graham
DIRECTOR: Annette Herd
DIRECTOR: Barbara Quayle
DIRECTOR: Cheryl Blore
DIRECTOR: Darren Parker
DIRECTOR: Deb Hunt
DIRECTOR: Jason King
DIRECTOR: Jess Picken
DIRECTOR: Marion Browne

CONTRIBUTING COUNCILS

Broken Hill City

Central Darling Shire

Wentworth Shire

NSW Department of Lands for the Unincorporated Areas

ABORIGINAL ARTS & CULTURE

Aboriginal Population and Language Groups

  •  2,700 Aboriginal people live in the region (approximately 14.5% of the general area population)
  • The highest concentration of Aboriginal people live in Wilcannia
  • The Murdi Paaki Region comprises the whole of Western NSW, from the Victoria to Queensland borders. Communities serviced include: Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cobar, Collarenebri, Coonamble, Enngonia, Goodooga, Gulargambone, Ivanhoe, Lightning Ridge, Menindee, Walgett, Weilmoringle, Wentworth, Wilcannia
  • Aboriginal people make up a significant percentage of the region’s population; over 50% in some areas. The Aboriginal population is growing, while the overall population levels are in decline
  • Aboriginal unemployment in Murdi Paaki region, at 23.9%, is nearly three times the non-Aboriginal rate. Individual income of Aboriginal people in Murdi Paaki is 25% lower, on average, than non-Aboriginal people

Indigenous Arts Organisations

  • Wilcannia Art Centre

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR 2022 OUTBACK ARCHIES ART PRIZE

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’.

ENTRIES OPEN | PRO HART OUTBACK ART PRIZE

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an acquisitive competition showcasing work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.