- a truly beautiful cabaret
- fantastic local projects, funding, arts news, issues and opportunities 
- and our big school holiday print-out calendar
Having just delivered the 2nd Central West Choral Festival, it seems a good time to reflect on the value that community arts projects bring.  Participation in the arts contributes to social cohesion and brings economic value as well as artistic enrichment.  I may be a little biased being a choir conductor myself, but choral singing is particularly good in this respect; it is physically helpful, keeps the brain active, provides a collaborative experience, reduces loneliness and isolation – all this through using something that we all carry around with us, our voice.  This year’s event in Blayney was presented by Arts OutWest and is just one of the many projects that we deliver throughout the year for our communities.   We are already planning next year’s choral festival with hopes of growing it to include more choirs from a wider range of locations.  l  Congratulations to all those who contributed to making  this year’s event such a success. 
- Tracey Callinan, executive director Arts OutWest
Pictured: Tracey Callinan. Photo credit: Georgi Redfern
Head ups: The Arts OutWest office will be mostly unattended Sept 30- October 7. Maryanne will have her playwright hat on working on a script development with Lingua Franca, BMEC and the Q Theatre; Steven will have his visual artist hat on teaching at the National Art School. Tracey will be in and out of the office, Aleshia and Christine are working around the region.
Trybal Productions supported by Arts OutWest presents
The Garden of the Mind
Saturday 12 October at 7:30pm, Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park
Entirely based on the lived experience of Lithgow residents.The show will be performed by Lithgow residents past and present using cutting edge theatre design and performance techniques from director Katrina Douglas, music director Peter Kennard and theatre and video design by Sean Bacon. 
Funded by Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN). FREE entry, bookings online.
Image: cast and crew. Credit: Sue Daley.
Media Associates at work
See some of the beautiful images that our Media Associates team have gathered from local arts events and recent Arts OutWest projects.
See the gallery here...
Image: Oberon Art Group credit: Carolyn Hide.
Choral Festival a delight
Bringing not just great music but a wonderful sense of community and support, eight choirs from the region performed at our 2nd choral event in BLAYNEY on September 22.
See the gallery and videos here...
Image: Orange's Come Together choir. Credit: AOW.
More project news, background articles and updates on our website More project news, background articles and updates on our website
Charles Sturt grants
CSU have announced more recipients of the Community-University Partnership (CUP) Grants program, including local arts projects. More...
Image: OUTPOST’s ‘Romeo and Juliet

More funding

FRR: Strengthening Rural Communities. Always open. Details... 
Australian Government's A to Z funding guide. Details...
Regional Arts NSW's grants guide. Here...

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Author's reward
Bathurst author Tracy Sorensen receives the $100,000 Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre. The SMH story...
Orange Regional Museum's new assistant curator
Lucy Stranger has joined the ORM as Curator and Exhibition Coordinator. Lucy grew up in Canowindra and has an excellent resume in the visual arts world.
Read her story...
Image: Lucy Stranger with Margaret Loy Pula’s ‘Anatye’ from the Orange Regional Gallery Collection.
Artstate Tamworth
Oct 31 - Nov 2. Come to Tamworth this year for the state's biggest celebration and conversation about regional arts. Speakers program out now. 
Image: 'Homekeeper' by JoJo Williams and Jesse Alston for Artstate Bathurst 2018 (Katelyn-Jane Dunn/ RANSW)
Also in the local news:
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JOB: Cowra Civic Centre Manager
Applications close 14 October 2019. Become the manager of this great community performing arts facility including helping to build community participation and attract top quality events. Details...
New Cabonne Acquisitive Art Prize
For artists in the Cabonne area. Major $4,250 award, People’s Choice $1,000. Closes January 24, 2020. Early details...
Image: Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Artist, Melissa Barber and Arts OutWest Executive Director Tracey Callinan at the launch of the prize.

Some national awards, prizes and residencies

Darling Portrait Prize - Closing 1 October 2019 (extended from 8 July 2019)
Sturt Craft Centre Artist in Residence - Closing 31 October 2019
Tom Malone Prize national annual prize for glass works. Closes: 1 November
Sculpture at Scenic World 2020 submissions close 4 Nov 2019
Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award for 18-30 year old emerging artists in the medium of painting, drawing and printmaking. Closes: 10 November

Local Central West exhibition opportunities

We'll pulled together a big list of Creative Activities for Kids in the Sept-Oct school holidays. Download it HERE or see the live list of all kids activities online
See ALL listed arts events right across the region HERE
Promote your local arts events with us for free. Email details to
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; the 11 contributing councils of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin; and by Charles Sturt University. We're a member of Regional Arts NSW.

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