SEPTEMBER 2019: talking music, arts and aged care, Grenfell's gorgeous new public art, fantastic local projects, funding, arts news, issues and opportunities with Central West NSW regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest.
Arts OutWest presents the second
Central West Choral Festival
Sunday 22 September, 2pm-5pm at Blayney Community Centre. 
Choirs from across the Central West performing. Entry by donation. Lunch available for purchase from the catering experts at Panorama Chorus from 1pm.
Event details...
Image: 2018 Central West Choral Festival (Photo: Zenio Lapka)
From Tracey
Have your say on
Arts OutWest's future

Arts OutWest works to a strategic plan. This plan is part of our funding agreements with the NSW and Australian governments and it also helps us to focus our resources and provide the best services we can for the region.

Arts OutWest is in the middle of developing our next strategic plan, looking at 2020-2024: all the way through to our 50th birthday. 

Already our Advisory Council and our Board have spent time looking at what might be in this plan and where our future priorities sit. 
We'll run some face-to-face community forums over the next couple of months.
We want to hear from anyone living in the NSW Central West, arts people and non-arts people whose work or lives intersect with the arts. Your contribution is so very valuable to us. We want to know what you think, need and value. Gather your thoughts about your and your community's arts and cultural needs and fill in our short, anonymous survey. Rather than lots of 'tick the box' questions we wanted to dig a littler deeper - we want your specific feedback and ideas. 

If you have any questions or would like to contribute further feedback please call me on 02 6338 4657 or email
- Tracey Callinan, executive director Arts OutWest
please click here to complete our very short survey
Cowra Voices launched
Launched August 3: COWRA VOICES​ is a geolocative storytelling app exploring Cowra’s unique history of peace and friendship with Japan. Read all about it...
download the free Cowra Voices app to your phone

Video: Arts and heath in Oberon
Last month we brought you the story how Arts OutWest Arts and Health Coordinator, Christine McMillan, and Oberon Arts Council president and current Chair of Arts OutWest Board, Fran Charge, have designed an aged care specific arts program at Oberon MPS. 
Arts OutWest Media Associate Carolyn Hide went along to document the group for us. Click the link below for a look at the work we are doing.
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watch the short 'Oberon Art Group' video here

Singing at the Seymour 
Arts OutWest works in partnership with Bathurst Seymour Centre to create regular singing sessions with people, including older people who use the centre, carers and staff. Tracey Callinan (Arts OutWest Executive Director) works with the beautiful Seymour Centre Choir every Friday.
Photo: Alan Sadleir / AOW Media Associate.

More project news, background articles and updates on our website More project news, background articles and updates on our website
Community Presenter Touring Grant
Closes 16 September. For local presenters to bring in professional productions to smaller towns. Details here...
Image: Got Ya Back Productions tour of BANJO.

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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Grenfell's new sculpture
The Grenfell Garden Club Inc. has funded and donated the Weddin Shire's most recent community art project: The Grenfell Eagle. Local artist and sculptor Kathleen McCue was commissioned to produce the work. The Eagle Sculpture has been installed at the corner of Warrderry and O'Briens Street on the Mid Western Highway (Near the LLS Office). The Eagle was chosen as the theme for the sculpture as it symbolises community spirit and strength which is appropriate given the community is struggling like many others with the effect of drought. The official launch of the new sculpture to the community will be Tuesday 3rd September at 2pm on site. Everyone is welcome to attend this informal event.
Photo: Helen Carpenter Photography AOW / Media Associate

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. Early bird regos to Sept 12
Image: 'Homekeeper' by JoJo Williams and Jesse Alston for Artstate Bathurst 2018 (Katelyn-Jane Dunn/ RANSW)
Aged care residents make their mark
Over the last year, John Moran, Recreation Activities Officer at St Catherine’s Residential Aged Care in Bathurst, has been working with residents to create 6 painted murals.
Arts Council for Parkes
Parkes residents have formed a new advisory council to develop a vision and plan for the arts and cultural development within the shire.
Parkes Champion Post story...
Image: New PSAC members. (Parkes Phoenix)
Create NSW boards
Create NSW have announced the 82 members of their new Artform Advisory Boards. See which locals and regional arts champions have been selected. More here...
MAGE: Richard Perram OAM, RP Blue Steel (Zenio Lapka)
Creative Kids vouchers
Arts OutWest is encouraging parents of school aged kids across the region to make use of their Creative Kids vouchers. Read more and see the list of local providers...
Image: Simone Gough (Cowra Guardian)
New book illustrated by Orange's Freya Blackwood
with author Mem Fox. "Once upon a time, although this happens all the time, a tiny star fell to earth . . ."
Image: 'Tiny Star' cover by Freya Blackwood.
Astrophotography winners
The Central West Astronomical Society (CWAS) announce the winners of the 2019 David Malin Awards. This year’s competition had eight categories. Read more...
Image: Nightscapes winner – Steven Morris, ‘Reach Out’
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Local exhibition call outs

Gang Gang Steam Art Prize.  Closes 9 September. Lithgow.  NSW Artists invited to enter up to three artworks for consideration. A prize of $1500. Details...
Cowra Art Group Exhibition. Closes 13 September 2019.  Details...

See all listed local exhibitions HERE

Some national awards, prizes and residencies

The Fisher's Ghost Art Award 2019 Total of $38,000 in prize money. Closes: 4 September 
Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize Closes: 12 September
Paddington Art Prize National acquisitive landscape prize with $30,000. Closes: 15 September
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award national Still Life Painting Award. Closes: 27 September.
John Fries Award 2020 - Closing 30 September 2019
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
Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award for 18-30 year old emerging artists in the medium of painting, drawing and printmaking. Closes: 10 November

See the full calendar anytime, anywhere HERE
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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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