The project

Living Arts and Culture is a project delivered by Outback Arts that celebrates the stories of Aboriginal cultural knowledge holders and artists living across the Far Western NSW communities of Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonamble, Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Warren, and Nyngan. It showcases their cultural practices through storytelling, music and art making practices, sharing the stories of their challenges and triumphs in life.

The project holds strength in the honesty and depth of stories, with artists coming from many different nations and language groups. Just as the artists come together in this project so too does the theory and lived experience of art being a cultural way of life. Living Arts and Culture is not a comprehensive manifesto of all the practising Aboriginal artists of the region; rather it is a snapshot of the extraordinary contribution these artists are making to the rich cultural landscape of the region. The project has stimulated conversation and celebrated the positive effects of cultural practices within community.

Who is outback arts?

Outback Arts is a not for profit regional arts and cultural development organisation working in the seven local government areas of Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Cobar, Walgett, Bogan and Warren. Our footprint covers 163,886 square kilometres and services a population of about 26,400.

We are here to generate, promote and advocate for the arts, fostering cultural experiences and creative activities.