AUGUST 2019: talking funding (including a free funding workshop on offer), fantastic projects, local arts news, issues and opportunities with Central West NSW regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest.

Cowra Voices app launch

To be launched Saturday 3 August in Cowra.
​ is a geolocative storytelling app exploring Cowra’s unique history of peace and friendship with Japan. Stories about ten key locations of symbolic importance in Cowra history as well as personal stories of five people buried in the Cowra Japanese War Cemetery are included in this app, enabling a more intimate engagement with history. ​Cowra Voices ​brings to light stories that remain unknown or unacknowledged, yet belong to all Australians.
Cowra Voices​ was created by members of ​Nikkei Australia​, in partnership with ​Cowra Council​, ​Cowra Tourism Corporation,​ ​Arts OutWest​, and Japan’s ​Tokai University​ design students from Sapporo (Hokkaido) campus. Audio recording support was provided by ​ABC Central West​. App developer was Sazae Pty Ltd.
More on this project
DOWNLOAD the app to your smart phone (from August 3)

From Tracey
It’s local government week (July 29 - August 4) across NSW and we’re taking a moment to celebrate the 11 local councils of our service area: Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, and Weddin. These 11 LGAs contribute not only financially to the Arts OutWest program on your behalf but feed directly into our strategic planning through representation on our Advisory Council (along with another key partner, Charles Sturt University). We in turn support arts and cultural development across this region.

Local government responsibilities have long extended beyond ‘roads, rates, rubbish’.
Councils are key provider of arts and culture in NSW, contributing one third of the total investment in arts and culture in the state.
There has been an expectation for many years now that councils have active cultural policies within their overall strategic planning and that supporting the arts and cultural activity of their communities is of value.  Indeed our work at Arts OutWest so often dovetails into the cultural plans of LGAs and is able to support these local activities with our expert knowledge, advice and contacts, on projects, with funding support and more.

Local governments, in the NSW model, are typically the bodies responsible for building and running cultural facilities – theatres, museums, regional galleries, cultural sites, libraries, and the ongoing programs that happen in these facilities; they often run or support festivals and events; and have a key role in applying for funding for projects and infrastructure. Many of our councils employ a range of dedicated cultural staff;
others have talented, incredibly hard working staff who cover these areas along with their other tasks - an especially big salute to these council staff, we love working with you.

The cultural policies and strategies councils adopt can embed activity in a community that in turn drives the local creative economy, attracts more funding, and builds audiences for facilities and events. Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott this week said:
“While arts and cultural programs will always provide social activity and enrichment, they also deliver very real economic value to communities, as well build a strong sense of identity and cohesion.”

And being local government week, here’s three examples – just from this week – of excellence by local governments in our region in terms of arts and culture:
  • Cowra Council are a key partner and have been vital in the Cowra Voices project to be launched this weekend. 
  • Bathurst Regional Council is in the running for the coveted Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Award for NSW councils (winner announced in Sydney on August 1).
  • Parkes Elvis Festival (Parkes Shire Council) were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the recent regional tourism awards (July 27).  Parkes Shire Council have also just started work on a complete reinvention of the library precinct to deliver a new dynamic art, cultural and education space. 
We’re always celebrating the arts and cultural work of our local councils – follow us on Facebook for more.
- Tracey Callinan, executive director Arts OutWest

Arts OutWest arts funding workshop

Friday 16 August, 10am-12pm, West Room Orange Regional Gallery
Update your grant hunting and writing skills with Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan. Including a detailed look at the Regional Arts Fund (closes August 25) and new the model of Create NSW funding. Includes optional one hour face-to-face or phone follow up consultation with Tracey. FREE (to those in our 11 contributing council areas, $25 if you're out of area). BOOK HERE

Lithgow Wellbeing Cabaret 

In production now, a cabaret focused on the lived experience of people in the community with mental illness will be on show later this year in Lithgow. A project auspiced by AOW.

Oberon Art Group

Arts OutWest arts and health coordinator, Christine McMillan, and Oberon Arts Council president (and Chair of Arts OutWest Board), Fran Charge, have designed an arts program at Oberon. Read More...

More project news, background articles and updates on our website More project news, background articles and updates on our website
You can now download the full Arts and Cultural Funding Program guidelines for 2019/20. The new funding falls into three catagories: Project, Creative Koori Projects and Annual Organisation funding. The first round opens on Monday 5 August 2019, here's a few things you can do to prepare in the meantime: FUNDING DETAILS HERE
Round one closes Monday 2 September 2019.
Round Two opens 3 February 2020 and closes 2 March 2020. There are only two rounds per year.
Image: Bangarra: 30 years of sixty five thousand, Rika Hamaguchi and Tyrel Dulvarie. Photo by Daniel Boud.

Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program Information + Lab Session

Wed 7 August 3-5pm, Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo. 
Learn more about the new guidelines. Free.
Book online

Regional Arts Fund

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 25 August 2019. Major funding designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. More info...

Funding $$ to start a choir

Creativity Australia have grants of up to $10,000 for the life-changing With One Voice programs. Closes 30 August 2019Find out more...

Lots more funding

Museums & Galleries NSW: Audience Development Fund. Assistance for galleries to target and develop new audiences.  Closes 31 July 2019.  Details...
Qantas regional Grants Closes August 2, 2019 Details
FRR/ ANZ Seeds of Renewal. Closes 6 August 2019. Details...
Charles Sturt University Community-University Partnership Grants  $65,000 in funds. Closes 9 August 2019. Details...
FRRR: In A Good Place.  For community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people in rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help.Closes 13 August 2019. Details...
NAVA: Carstairs Prize: To contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work. Closes 1 September 2019. Details...
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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Call for the Regional Arts Fund to be increased

25 million Australians are better off when the 8.8 million Australians who live outside of the metropolitan cities are creative, productive and thriving. Read more...

New facilities for Parkes

Parkes Shire Library is on the move for 12 months while the precinct is reinvented with an innovative and modern expansion project to deliver new dynamic art, cultural and education space. Read more...

Luke Sciberras tapestry

BRAG has commissioned The Australian Tapestry Workshop to create a tapestry of an artwork by artist Luke Sciberras in celebration of 50 years of fundraising by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society (BRAGS). Read more...

Mystery Lindsay artwork

A rarely seen oil painting by Norman Lindsay was lent to Cowra Regional Art Gallery - but who it belongs to is a mystery. Art heist? Do you know more? Do any art thieves secretly subscribe to our enews?  
Image:  Inspector Adam Beard with the Norman Lindsay Painting - Woman with Satyr.

Wiradyuri Elders Cultural Hub opens at Charles Sturt in Bathurst

The hub will be a safe cultural space where students, staff and community members can learn Wiradyuri cultural customs and language, and have the opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance, participate in storytelling, demonstrations and workshops and regularly interact with the Elders.
Read more..
Image: Wiradyuri Elders Mallyan, Yanhadarrambal, Wirribee, and  Dinawan Dyirribang with Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann.

Theatre nominated

THE CLIMBING TREE by Rachael Coopes, which premiered at BMEC in 2018 has been nominated for an AWGIE Award by the Australian Writers' Guild for Community and Youth Theatre. Read more...

Elvis Fest in Hall of Fame

Parkes Elivis Festival joined the Hall of Fame (Festivals and Events) at the regional tourism awards. Other winners include the Age of Fishes Museum, Grazing Down the Lachlan, Bathurst Winter Festival, Trundle ABBA Festival.  Full list of winners
Picture: The Parkes Elvis Festival team at the awards

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Gang Gang Steam Art Prize

Closes 9 September. Lithgow.  NSW Artists invited to enter up to three artworks for consideration. A prize of $1500. Learn more...
Image: David Newman-White

Rural women's photo competition

Closes 31 August. Cash prizes and finalists displayed in Canberra. Learn more...
Note: updated (improved) T&Cs.

Local exhibition call outs

Cowra Art Group Exhibition. Closes 13 September 2019.  Details...
Sculptures in the Garden (Mudgee) Closes 23 August 2019. Details...

Some national awards, prizes and residencies

Prelude 2020 - Composers Residency Program at Bundanon Trust Closing 5 August 2019 
Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize Closes: 11 August
Hornsby Art Prize Non-acquisitive art award with a total prize pool of $23,000. Closes: 3 August
Mosman Art Prize acquisitive painting prize. Closes: 26 August 
Georges River Art Prize Over $20,000 in prize money for paintings and sculptures. Closes: 30 August
2019 ANL Maritime Art Prize Closes: 30 August
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.
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


New facebook group for regional NSW artists and arts workers

State-wide tool to help regional artists communicate about the issues that matter to them. Join here...

Cultural directory

We're gathering updated details of creatives from across the region. Be on the list for work and other opportunities. Fill in the form here...

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The What's On guide. We've split our enews into two: this monthly round up of news and opportunities and a separate 'What's On' eblast with highlights and links to the full calendar of local events.
See the full calendar anytime, anywhere HERE
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.

The Arts OutWest region is Wiradjuri / Wiradyuri country
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