Regional Arts Development Central West NSW  ~  Wiradjuri Country ~  December 2022 
Arts news and opportunities from the NSW Central West

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📷 Celebration time! Arts OutWest's HUGE Live & Kicking program rolls to a close this month - after 67 events. Here's a picture of the acoustic sunday reboot at Club Millthorpe which was not only sold out but a wonderful set of performances by Genni Kane (with Jon Wilby and Christian Prusiac), Montgomery Church and Sarah Humphreys (and Smith & Jones popped up for a sing too!). We were so delighted to support the triumphant return of this live folk music institution in Millthorpe (and they have plans for more in 2023).  Live and Kicking has been supported across the NSW Central West by funding from the Australian Government's Live Music Australia. Catch our final three events this month in Molong, Orange and Lithgow (details below). Photo: Zenio Lapka.


It has been a huge first year for me in this role and a big and productive year for our whole team.

I was in Mudgee last week presenting alongside Create NSW who were here to talk about their annual Arts and Cultural Project Funding Program which will close 13 February 2023. Remember to talk to us for advice or a letter of support.

Flood responses
Arts OutWest have been collaborating with CreateNSW on documenting arts and heritage infrastructure and businesses (community, public, private) and public art impacted by flooding events. In additional to on-the-ground staff supporting museum recovery (see more below) the state government are currently building a picture of what specific kinds of impacts there have been and what level of support people might need, so all information is useful. We are also updating the Culture Maps Central NSW site to reflect venues, public art, businesses that have been impacted 
Thank you to all those we've had conversations with or udpates from. If you have updates or needs to share please pop us an email.

CASP funding
Our 2023 round of the Country Arts Support Program closed last Monday. We had a massive 27 applications, which was nearly 40% more than last round and the largest since 2015. The quality of applications was very high. There was a total $73,098 ask - but we have just $17,000 to distribute in this NSW Government devolved funding - so the panel (who meet next week) will have a hard task. Announcing CASP will be one of our final tasks for 2023.

From all the staff at Arts OutWest we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and new year and we look forward to working with you in 2023.

Kylie Shead
Executive Director, Arts OutWest
02 6338 4657

Summer office break: The Arts OutWest office will close on Thursday 22 December and re-open Tuesday 17 January. Some staff will be on holidays until the end of January.

Live and Kicking Wraps Up
67 shows. 75 acts. 21 venues. Just over 12 months of live, original music across the NSW Central West. We recap our HUGE music industry support project and look ahead across the region. More...
📷 Form this last month: Sam Bucca at The 7 Valleys Lithgow. Picture Carolyn Hide. Sophie Jones (Smith & Jones) at The Broadway Hotel Parkes. Photo: Patrick Coomey.
Three Rivers project
Christine and Steven have began work on the THREE RIVERS mural project we have been commissioned to undertake throughout the child and adolescent mental health unit at Bloomfield Hospital Orange. They have been on site this week gathering feedback, river stories and conversations to gain insights and inspiration for the mural artists and their work.
In other arts and health work... Artworks made by residents at Oberon MPS through Virtual Art Snacks will be installed at Condobolin MPS from 14 December.
A new series of Virtual Art Snacks for residents in aged care in participating MPSs in the Western NSW Local health District starts in the new year. The 'celebration series' will combine the talents of Ro Burns (visual arts) and Cath McNamara (movement) in a fun new format for residents. 
📷 Steven Cavanagh and Christine McMillan at Bloomfield.
Also in this issue of Artspeak:
  • Arts OutWest events: grab tickets to the lucky last Live & Kicking gigs; see our While the World Waits exhibition in Oberon then in Orange in January; shop for Christmas at our Aboriginal Art gallery
  • Supported projects:  SongMakers workshops in Parkes and Lithgow
  • Jobs:  5 x Regional Music Coordinators; Music teachers
  • New resources: NAVA Code of Practice; CreateNSW Public Art Toolkit
  • Funding: current rounds
  • What's On: 1100+ events on the calendar. Get your events listed for 2023. Plus school holiday events. Plus flood fundraiser and support events.
Free gig for Molong:
Josie Laver & Chloe Swannell

Saturday 10 December, 12-2.30pm
Wildflower Cafe, Molong

Two amazing country music singer-songwriters. Josie Laver has just released her brand-new album Ride This Lullaby and ABC Country made it their album of the week. FREE.
Schools Out For Summer: Josie Laver/ Riley & Ah-See / Robbie Mortimer
Friday 16 December, from 5pm
Mortimers Wines, Orange

Schools Out offers teachers and their friends an opportunity to let their hair down and celebrate the end of year. 18+ Tickets on sale now $10 
Genni Kane
Sunday 18 December 4.30pm
Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow

Genni, accompanied with her guitar and multi-instrumentalist Jon Wilby, set sail sonically on a journey through her personal stories of friends, family and the everyday comings & goings of small-town life.
Tickets on sale now. $15
While the World Waits - Oberon
Friday 9 Dec, Saturday 10 Dec, 10-4pm
Sunday 11 Dec, 10am-2pm
Malachi Gilmore Hall Oberon

The 8th landing of our contemporary, multi-disciplinary art exhibition of 20 artists.
📷 Robert Hirschmann 'Past night Xlll' (detail)
While the World Waits - Orange
16 January - 5 February 2023
Opens Saturday 21 January, 2-4pm
The Corner Store Gallery Orange
Join us for a mid-summer exhibition opening with music, drinks and a chance to socialise. We look forward to catching up with you.
📷 Jane Tonks Separation Contemplation (triptych)
Arts OutWest & NPWS present
Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm
In the Farmers Inn (NPWS Info) building at Hartley Historic Site. Exhibiting work of Aboriginal artists of Central West NSW. Great place to get unique Christmas pressies! Details...
📷 Work at the gallery. Photo: Carolyn Hide.
Join the MusicNSW Central West Facebook group
Join the Arts OutWest Visual Artists network on FACEBOOK
Projects auspiced, partnered, supported or funded by Arts OutWest.
SongMakers workshops Lithgow and Parkes
Mon 16 & Tues 17 Jan, Lithgow.
Wed 18 & Thur 19 Jan, Parkes.

The search is on for aspiring young musos to be part of a new music industry mentoring program touring regional NSW this summer. INFO
📷 SongMakers in Orange. Arts OutWest.
Music NSW 5 x Regional Music Coordinators
Closes 31 January 2023. 
MusicNSW’s highly-successful Regional Music Officer program has received four-year funding. They will employ five regionally-based roles to its team. The five positions will provide on-the-ground tailored support for regional musicians, venues and live music professionals to grow regional touring capacity and opportunities. MORE
Orange Regional Conservatorium Casual Music Teachers
Casual positions available for music teachers of: Piano. Guitar. Voice/Choral Conductor. Flute. Some scope to teach flexibly on weekends. MORE
Zoom down to What's On for a list of arts-based flood fundraiser events in the next few weeks.
Flood recovery extra enews
In case you missed it here's the link to our recent extra enews covering flood recovery resources for the arts and heritage sectors + ways you can assist the local community.
📷 Photo of the Parallel Motors mural in Eugowra by Farmpix Photography (Chris Watson), used with permission.
Salvage at Eugowra Historical Museum and Bushranger Centre
Museum staff from Orange Regional Museum and Museums & Galleries NSW have been part of a huge team of volunteers and museum professionals assisting the Eugowra Historical Museum and Bushranger Centre to salvage their collection following the devastating flood earlier in November.
Support and volunteers have also come from Golden Memories Museum Millthorpe, Canowindra Historical Society and Museum, Orange & District Historical Society, museums advisor Margot Jolly and numerous individual volunteers for the hours, energy and funds put into this enormous recovery effort.
"In addition to boots on the ground, we have been able to support by using our facilities to clean, dry and stabilise a large number of flood-affected objects from Eugowra’s significant local history collection. In the last week we’ve been able to set up a safe storage area back at Eugowra to begin returning stabilised objects to the community," Orange Regional Museum said. 
CreateNSW and Musuems & Galleries NSW have been able to send in specialists to assess items and prepare them for storage. Orange City Council and the Central West Museums program have also supported.
More pictures on the Orange Regional Museum Facebook page.
📷 Hayley Lavers via Orange Regional Museum.
Eugowra photographer Kim Storey shares her flood experience
Kim wrote a raw an eloquent blog about the day the flood smashed her community, including her farm and home. Read it here
You can donate to the Eugowra Flood Appeal here
Kim also has a range of her beautiful photography books, fine art prints and calendars for sale. They'd make great Christmas pressies.
Visit her online shop
📷 Kim Storey.
Intangible Goods
Vending Machine

An Intangible Goods Vending Machine has popped up in the Lithgow Transformation Hub’s foyer. It is an interactive public artwork by writer Mark Starmach, which attempts to visualise our everyday mental health needs in a fun way. Instead of edible treats, the vending machine is stocked up with small, ‘snack-sized’ products that are designed to feed your psyche rather than your sweet tooth. More...
Regional Landscape Prize winner announced
The Corner Store Gallery in Orange’s inaugural Regional Landscape Prize was opened on 11 November. Winner Georgina Sambell will now do an artist-residency supported by CASP funding.
See the catalogue and shop the exhibition here
📷 Georgina Sambell, Chambers Gorge, 2022, Oil on Masonite, 47x43cm, framed.
New Mudgee arts venue opened
Kildallon Education Centre is Mudgee's brand new home of performance, education, and art. Kildallon is the old Mudgee TAFE site, now owned by Mid-Western Regional Council and administered by Mudgee Arts Council as a headquarters for community groups such as Mudgee Concert Band, U3A, Cudgegong Camera Club, and Mudgee Performing Arts Society. It was officcially opened on November 12.
Visit their Facebook page
Orange's Arcadia Films nominated for three ACCTA Awards
The film 'Sissy' was nominated for BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTION, AND BEST ACTRESS (AISHA DEE) at the 2022 AACTA AWARDS, which took place in Sydney on 6 December. Acradia Films is based out of Orange. Thier next project the is TV series 'While the Men Are away'. MORE
Cowra Voices funding boost
Cowra Voices Audio Archive Project receives $4,670 through the NSW Government’s 2022 Royal Australian Historical Society Cultural Grants Program to enable the Cowra Voices team to properly archive and permanently preserve the interviews with 19 local residents that together make up the bulk of the information available on the Cowra Voices storytelling app. MORE
Freya Blackwood shortlisted for Prime Ministers Literary Award
The Orange author-illustrator's children's book 'The Boy and the Elephant' is amongst 30 nominations in the 
The Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Winners will be announced soon.
The book was also shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book 2022 and Australian Book Design Awards 2022.
Robbie Mortimer in Toyota Starmaker
Orange musician Robbie Mortimer has been named in the top 10 of the 43rd Toyota Star Maker. He will join a new generation of country stars heading to Tamworth in January to compete in Australia’s largest country music talent search. MORE
📷 Robbie Mortimer performing for Arts OutWest's Live & Kicking at The Malachi Gilmore Hall Oberon earlier this year. Photo: Carolyn Hide.
Shani Nottingham wins Frankie Magazine Good Stuff Award
Cowra artist Shani Nottingham (the artist behind The Breadtag Project + a featured artist in Arts OutWest's While the World Waits exhibition) is the winner of the Frankie Magazine Craft Good Stuff Award for 2022. See more in their Summer issue.
Spend your Creative Kids vouchers
Have you got NSW Government Creative Kids vouchers still to use? Collaborating again with Central West Mums we looked at local ways to use them and the benefits local arts businesses take from the program. More
Forbes Visitor Information Centre on the Move
If you've had ties with Forbes for more than 30 years, you will likely know about The Lachlan Vintage Village. The site has been vacant for almost 20 years after it closed in 2004 but is now getting a second chance to welcome in visitors and locals alike. MORE
Reconnecting Regional NSW fund to support four events in Bathurst
Bathurst Regional Council has received a grant of $287,582 as part of the Reconnecting Regional NSW - Community Events Program, which will enable it bring the community together to help revive the live entertainment scene post-pandemic. The events include the Inland Sea of Sound Festival. MORE.
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Explore the region with Culture Maps Central NSW
Regional Scribes
Closes 12 December 2022. 
Regional Arts Australia invites people aged 18-24 with an interest in storytelling and writing to submit an EOI to be part of the second cohort of Regional Scribes. More
EOIs Orange City Council's Public Art Project
Submissions close 16 January 2023.
Expressions of Interest for Stage Two of Orange City Council’s Public Art Project are now open. More
Musicians for Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst
Inland Sea of Sound is calling for bands to submit an expression of interest to perform at the festival on Thursday 24 & Friday 25 February 2023. MORE
Regional Song Writing Contest
Closes 20 January 2023. The Inland Sea of Sound is calling for song writers from the Central West to submit their original songs. Up to 15 of the top songs will be selected by an industry panel to be performed live during the Inland Sea of Sound festival on Thursday 23 February 2023 at a gala event at Keystone 1889 Bathurst. MORE
Inside This Box: A Group Exhibition
Entries close 20 January 2023, midnight. The Corner Store Gallery Orange. Artists are invited to submit work of any medium or subject matter with measurements that fit within 30x30cm. MORE
New Orchestra in Central West
A new youth orchestra is now accepting applications for their 2023 program. The Overture Youth Orchestra will bring together some of the most talented young musicians from Regional and Rural NSW. MORE
The Sustainability Art Prize
Closes early 2023. The Sustainability Art Prize has been created to inspire you to explore global issues encouraging you to open up the space for dialogue and transformation. MORE

Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage
Starts Feb 2023.  The course from Charles Sturt University introduces you to the Wiradjuri language and develops your capacity to make a positive contribution working in and supporting Indigenous communities. MORE

Orange busking season is open
Busking in Orange’s main street during the weeks leading up to Christmas is one of the most colourful highlights of the holiday season. MORE

Musicians for Oberon event
Oberon Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from local musicians to provide entertainment at the Australia Day Community Smoko in 2023. MORE

47th Annual Portland Art Prize
Entries Close 10 February 2023 for online entries and hard copy entries must be post marked on or before 3 February. For exhibition March 3-4, 2023.This year artists entering the theme section are invited to interpret ‘Clouds’. MORE
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NAVA Code of Practice
The Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design sets out equitable, ethical and self-reflective standards for the professional Australian contemporary arts sector.  Includes terms and conditions to good practice, payment rates, working conditions, intellectual property, tax, insurance and access. Access it here
📷 Illustration by Claudia Chinyere Akole © 2022
Public Art Toolkit
Create NSW have designed a comprehensive online toolkit for public art, providing best practice guidance in policy, commissioning, construction, and engagement with artists. Download the toolkit.
📷 Interloop, Chris Fox, 2017, Wynyard Station, Sydney. Photograph: Josh Raymond
Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program
Closes 6 February 2023 at 5pm.  Annual Program Funding (for organisations); Projects Funding (for organisations), Projects Funding (for individuals) and Creative Koori Project Funding.
📷 Teniola Komolafe, Callan Colley, Angela Nica Sullen, Gabriela van Wyk and Mariama Whitton in Orange Thrower, Griffin Theatre Company. Image: Brett Boardman.
Up to $50K to help flood affected businesses and not-for-profits
You may be eligible to receive up to $50,000 if your business or not-for-profit organisation has suffered direct damage as a result of the NSW storms and floods in August and September 2022 onwards. MORE
Flood Recovery Support
The NSW Government is providing a number of grants and payments for businesses, not for profits, and groups affected by flooding. Click here to view available payments.
NSW Heritage grants
Closes 14 February 2023.  Funding to support arts and culture infrastructure, including museums, galleries or cultural centres. MORE

Australia Council for the Arts: VACS Major Commissioning Projects (Individuals and Groups)
This program funds new visual arts and craft commissions to be created for presentation nationally and internationally. MORE

Australia Council for the Arts 
Closing 7 February 2023:

Marten Bequest Scholarships (multi-art form)
Kathleen Mitchell Award (literature)
Dal Stivens Award (literature)

Australia Council for the Arts 
Closing 14 February 2023:

Four Year Investment for Organisations 
More funding online
Start listing for 2023
There's over 1100 upcoming NSW Central West arts, culture and heritage events listed at our online What's On including exhibitions, gigs and performances, workshops and classes, festivals, film screenings and things for families - including lots already for next year.
Our What's On is the most visited part of our website and gets hundreds of hits per day. We mine this list for our radio spots, social media posts and print editorial (and we know lots of local media do too).
It's FREE to list your events (if they're in our service region).
In 2023 we'll be transitioning to more user added events (ie we'll be encouraging you to add your events directly).

Flood fundraiser and support events:
Flood Flix: Love Actually
Thursday 8 December 6pm
Orange Library Forecourt

Orange Open Air have joined forces with The Agrestic Grocer and will be screening popular Christmas classic, Love Actually at the Orange City Council forecourt, in front of Groundstone Café. TICKETS
Paint 4 Eugowra
Thursday 8 December, 6.30-10pm
Pop Up Orange, Shop 15/9 Telopea Way Orange

Brush and Giggle have partnered with some very generous local businesses, some who have been impacted by the flooding themselves, and have donated time and goods to make this a memorable night, and raise much needed funds for the ECCC. TICKETS
Kickin the Tin For Flood Relief
Sunday 11 December, 11am
Cowra Services Club

The Muso's of Cowra stood up for the Bushfire relief and now its time to do it all again for Flood Relief. Cowra's musical talent will be all together for one big show.
Funds 4 Floods
Saturday 17 December, 4-11pm
Grenfell Bowling Club

A fun afternoon/night full of games, activities, live music, raffles and an AUCTION!
All proceeds will be donated directly to those affected via the GIVIT foundation.
See all event listings at WHAT'S ON
What's On in the School Holidays
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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