Regional Arts Development Central West NSW  ~  Wiradjuri Country ~  May 2023
Arts news and opportunities from the NSW Central West

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📷 Artist Leo Cremonese designs a colour palette for the six artists creating murals for the Yaganda Bulabul building at the Infant Child Youth Family Mental Health Unit (ICYFMHU) at Bloomfield Hopsital in Orange. Read more about this project below. Photo: Zenio Lapka.
Image description: a man stands at a hospital reception desk sorting through paint swatches.
In this issue of Artspeak:
  • Updates from Arts OutWest: Yaganda Balabul Art Project; last call for AOW Board applications; Funding
  • Arts OutWest events: Save the date for our AGM
  • Supported projects: Theatre in Lithgow; CASP stories
  • Local arts news: WATCH new film clip; Orange Festival of Arts history; Peak Hill Arts & Crafts 50th Anniversary; Lithgow Theatre Group selected for festival; support new theatre making.
  • Opportunities: LOTS of local arts comps and call outs. 
  • Funding: current rounds
  • What's On: 1000+ events on the calendar. Get your events listed. Plus fun stats on the big growth of events in 2023.

Supporting the creative sector

In this month's editorial I want to specifically talk about upcoming funding.

We've been advised of additional flood and bushfire recovery funding from the NSW Government through the Create NSW Arts and Cultural Assests Program specifically for restoration, replacement and betterment of infrastructure that was damaged in the severe weather and flooding that happened between February and June 2022 (note this is only for events up to June 2022, not events this financial year). This is open to impacted not-for-profit organisations and councils in the LGAs of Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon and Parkes. Arts OutWest can assist organisations to apply or we can apply as a Funds Administrator for projects in our region. Funding overview details are here and applications closes 22 May 2023.  Please get in touch if you think you could be eligible. We'll continue to advocate for arts funding support for those more recently impacted by natural disasters.

The Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund (administered by RANSW) will open on July 3 and closes Monday, 14 August 2023. RAF Project Grants will fund high-quality arts projects benefitting regional or remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities. The focus of the project could include any area of creative practice, multiple art forms or cross-disciplinary practice. Please contact me for advice or assistance in applying. 

At Arts OutWest we'll soon open our Rescue Restart Micro Grants for flood and disaster impacted people and communities - just waiting on some funding approval at our end. We'll email out as soon as these open.

If you want to learn more about 'The Fickle World of Funding' that is this month's Conversations with the CEO with Regional Arts NSW's Tracey Callinan. Catch it here. You'll find more current funding rounds in the funding section of the enews below.

On the staffing front: Christine McMillan is currently on long-service leave, back at the end of June. While Christine is away, Steven Cavanagh is working four days a week mostly on Arts & Health projects. Kate Smith has also returned to AOW after taking some leave to work on Fast Cars. Kate works two days a week on Arts & Health projects. Lauren Carlson, who joined us last year, is doing extra hours assisting with admin and communications. Maryanne Jaques is still with communications, working three school-hour days a week. Aleshia Lonsdale is our full-time Aboriginal Arts Development Officer and Kathy Weekes manages our finances 1 day per week.

Thanks to everyone who has adapted to our new system of DIY listings at our What's On. If you haven't tried it yet here's info on what you need to do.

What are you reading? I've just finished the Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival Great Festival Read book Iris by Fiona Kelly McGregor in preparation for the discussion and panel at the festival. This year sessions will be held in the Bathurst library as well as at BMEC. It is worth checking the website for venue and registration info. There are some wonderful live sessions with local and guest speakers as well as sessions streamed from the Sydney Writers Festival. SWF sessions will also be streamed into Orange and Mudgee (See our What's On for details).

Arts OutWest are also supporting, with some funds from the NSW Government's Rescue and Restart, the theatre production Euphoria at the Union Theatre Lithgow on May 6 (details below). I highly recommend it.

Kylie Shead
Executive Director, Arts OutWest
02 6338 4657

Keep scrolling for local arts news and opportunities, but first...

AOW Board positions open
Applications close Friday 28 April 2023
Arts OutWest has a skills-based board so we are looking for people from backgrounds such as HR, accounting, management, fundraising etc as well as ensuring that the board has diversity across gender, location, age and cultural background. Details 
Yaganda Bulabul Art Project at Bloomfield
A collaborative arts project to create healing environments working with the Infant Child Youth Family Mental Health Unit (ICYFMHU) is underway at Bloomfield campus (Orange) in the redeveloped Yaganda Bulabul Building.
ICYFMH contacted Arts OutWest in 2022 to develop a unified artistic concept using the Three Rivers to link spaces and the flow of people and movement through the In-Patient (IPU) and Community Mental Health (CMH) units. Through consultations and workshops, the project aims to create a culturally appropriate, welcoming and safe environment for young people ranging in age from infants to adolescence. Six commissioned artists will create mural artworks that generate a sense of hope and change. The works will be installed throughout May and June. Read more about the project
📷 Design stage: Wiradjuri artist Kaiden Powell's design mock-up for the CMH entrance of Yaganda Bulabul building. 
Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery
Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre
51 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley
Work for sale by Aboriginal artists from the Central West. Weaving, painting, jewellery, cards and gifts. New artists welcome.  More
📷 Work by Melissa Cox. Photo: Arts OutWest.
Save the date:
Arts OutWest Annual General Meeting & Regional Gathering

Saturday 25 June, 11am-4pm
Featuring music, an exhibition opening, a Cowra show and tell, lunch, networking and a few extras. Always a great day out. FREE. Bookings will open soon.
📷 Colligō - A False Comfort, 2022 Polystyrene plastic breadtags by Cowra artist Shani Nottingham in the While the World Waits exhibition that will open during the AGM event.
Projects auspiced, partnered, supported or funded by Arts OutWest.
Euphoria by Emily Steel
Saturday 6 May 2pm and 7.30pm

Union Theatre Lithgow
Country Arts SA and BMEC present this brand-new play, a rich and heart-warming story from award-winning South Australian playwright Emily Steel. Also shows at BMEC.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Funny, heart-warming, emotive, and thought provoking, Euphoria is an outstanding piece of theatre“. – Limelight
Book tickets 
📷 Tim Standing
This event will be supported by Arts OutWest through funds from the NSW Government's Rescue and Restart.
New event series in Cowra launches The Wildflowers' album and creates blueprint for arts events
Launch: Sat 20 May, 6pm
Cowra Railway Station

A new collective, Artists of Cowra East, have crafted a series of arts events to bring community together, starting with this local album launch. 
Read more about the project in this interview
Book tickets 
📷 Poster for Wildflowers 'The Annual Show' launch; The Wildflowers Lucy Lehmann and Andy Baylor. Supplied.
The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is devolved funding from the NSW Government through Create NSW, managed locally by Arts OutWest.
More CASP supported projects in May
Join the MusicNSW Central West Facebook group
WATCH: Duo Smith & Jones teamed up with artist Todd Fuller and director Adam Deusien (Lingua Franca) - and a hundreds of community contributors - to make this beautiful animated film clip for 'Home'.
The backstory: In May 2021 Smith & Jones and Adam Deusien were asked to create a musical response to a visual art installation at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery called Hardenvale, which is both a celebration and a farewell to the Australian suburban landscape of the previous mid-century. What followed was the creation of the track ‘Home’; a rootsy, acoustic guitar driven song (featuring upright bass by Jon Wilby), recorded completely live by long-time collaborator and producer Kris Schubert at The Boatshed in O’Connell in July 2021. The clip and single were released at BRAG on 6 April 2023. Duration: 2.50
Celebrating 50 years of the Peak Hill Annual Arts and Craft Exhibition at the Peak Hill Leisure Centre
What an incredible achievement for the Peak Hill Leisure Centre to be hosting Peak Hill’s 50th annual arts and craft exhibition on the June Long Weekend (9-11 June 2023). Congratulations! Read more
Orange Festival of the Arts Collection online
A unique collection of 1300 photographs, posters, programs and documents relating to the much loved Orange Festival of Arts has been digitised and added to the Central West Libraries’ Recollect Central West website. More
📷 The collection was launched at the library. Photo: Orange City Council
Lithgow Theatre Group selected for festival
‘Anzac Biscuits’ written by Rob Smith and John Mawson and ‘Prince Charming’s Complaint' written by Bruce Kane have both been selected for performance at the Players Theatre Festival of One Act Plays in Port Macquarie. Read more
📷  ‘Anzac Biscuits’ in early rehearsal. Photo: Lithgow Theatre Group.
Support: Intertwined
The new play Intertwined by Lusi Austin explores the intersection of three people’s lives who all have one thing in common: Cowra. The crowdfunding campaign is getting close to its goal.
Chip in a few $$ to support this local project.
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Explore the region with Culture Maps Central NSW
Regional Creatives Wellbeing Program
Registrations are now open with the first sessions starting 1 May 2023.
Regional Arts Australia have teamed up with Hey Mate to offer regional creatives a program of mental health, wellness support and education.  From short and sharp bite-sized sessions that promote and encourage individual health and wellbeing, to Mental Health First Aid Training.
Click here for more information and to register > 
Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Mico Film Comp
Closes 12 May 2023. This year sees the introduction of an entirely new competition to the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts. More
Waste to Art (Mid-Western)
Entries close 8 May 2023More
With exhibition at Mudgee Arts Precinct.

Waste to Art (Lithgow)
Entries close 19 May 2023More
It’s the year of textiles! 

Waste to Art (Oberon)
Entries close 22 May 2023More
Keep an eye out for other participating council areas (Lachlan, Mid-Western, Orange, Parkes) closing dates coming up later in the year.
Blue Waters Arts & Crafts Exhibition
Closes 23 May 2023. Lake Cargelligo. Running for 43 years. This year the theme is Home – What is home to you? More
Cabonne Acquisitive Art Prize
Closes Friday 26 May 2023 for July exhibition.
Open to all artists who currently live or work in the Arts OutWest area*. More
Gulgong Art Prize
Closes midnight, 29 May 2023. Gulgong Arts Council is thrilled to announce the return of their annual art competition on the June long weekend of 2023. Guest judge is Wendy SharpeMore
Group Exhibition: The Every Day
Closes 11 June 2023.
The Corner Store Gallery Orange. More
2023 Mini Series Art Prize
Closes 10 September 2023. The Corner Store Gallery Orange. More

Blayney Art Prize: True Colours
Closes 15 September 2023. For 5-9 year olds. More
Follow us on Facebook for opportunities
Join the Arts OutWest Visual Artists network on FACEBOOK
Create NSW Arts and Cultural Assests Program
Closes 22 May 2023For restoration, replacement and betterment of infrastructure that was damaged in the severe weather and flooding that happened between February and June 2022. More info
Artspay Foundation Funding
Closes 9 May 2023. An independent, sustainable funding source for the arts. Grants of $500 for individuals and $10,000 for small arts organisations. Read more
Australia Council for the Arts
Closing 9 May 2023:
Space to Create II: Music Residency
International Rights Fund for Literary
Indigenous Contemporary Music
Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program
Community Heritage Grants
Closes 8 May 2023. Up to $20,000 for non-profit community organisations to preserve and manage Australian cultural heritage collections. More

QANTAS Regional grants
Closes 10 May 2023.  $10 million in support over five years to Australian-based communities and projects that are looking to benefit our country’s regional areas. More
Regional Arts Fund
Opens July 3, closes Monday, 14 August 2023. RAF Project Grants will fund high-quality arts projects benefitting regional or remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities. The focus of the project could include any area of creative practice, multiple art forms or cross-disciplinary practice. More
May is all about... literature
With Sydney Writers Festival talks beaming directly into venues in Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee plus a profusion of touring authors and book clubs, a poetry slam, National Simultaneous Storytime and launches of new books by local authors it's a great month for lovers of literature.
Check our LITERATURE search on the What's On calendar for the full list.
Who loves a statistic? We do, but what we love more is the relative big growth in arts events in the region this year after the years we've had (the dark blue line). We're looking forward to even more event listings coming in!
New way to submit events to What's On
There's a new submission process for Arts OutWest’s What’s On calendar. DIY listed events are 'featured' on our website and it's the way to get your events shared on our social media. Read more
Do you load your events to Eventbrite? You can also email us the link for quick uploading to What's On.
See all event listings at WHAT'S ON
See this month's featured events
Add your own event
We invite creatives, artists, arts organisations and creative businesses in NSW Central West to get in touch with us at Arts OutWest. Contact us:
Phone: 02 6338 4657 
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Arts OutWest acknowledges the traditional owners of the country on which we work, the Wiradjuri / Wiradyuri people, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their custodians past, present and emerging. 
Arts OutWest is the regional arts development organisation of the NSW Central West. We are supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW; by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program; by the 12 contributing councils of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin; and by Charles Sturt University. We're a member of Regional Arts NSW.

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