Arts North West Ready to Roll out in Inverell

Arts North West is back!  We are delighted to welcome back Inverell Shire Council to the Arts North West network as of 1 July. Arts North West facilitates the development of arts and cultural projects and initiatives across the New England North West region.

We are very excited to announce the following events and opportunities available to the Inverell Shire in the coming months.

One of Arts North West’s key role is to provide professional development opportunities to artists and arts organisations. The very successful Arts Grant Writing Basics workshop will be delivered in Inverell on 8 August at the Inverell Art Gallery offering handy tips and tricks to any individual or community organisation applying for arts grants.

Following the recent Regional Cultural Fund visit to Inverell, Arts North has also organised visits by key funding bodies and service organisations.  Create NSW will be running an Ideas Clinic on Wednesday 29 August, and NAVA (National Associations for Visual Arts) will be delivering a workshop on “Value your Arts” on Wednesday 5 September.  These are opportunities not only to discuss their services, programs and funding rounds, but also to network with other artists and arts organisations in the Inverell Shire.

The Inverell community now has access to a larger pool of funding of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP). CASP is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW and is currently open for applications. The aim of CASP is to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW through small grants. Eligible activities include workshops, exhibitions, performances, artist-in-residence programs, and public art and design projects.  Applications close 3 August, so get your idea off the ground – and give Caroline a ring to discuss it.

But there is more!  We are always keen to increase participation in arts and cultural activities. Arts North West ON TOUR is currently negotiating theatre productions for Inverell audiences, The North West Arts Trail Open Weekend for the Inverell and Moree region is planned for February 2018 and Creative Koori funding has just been announced and will be offering ongoing arts and cultural support Inverell Aboriginal Community.

Arts North West Executive Director, Caroline Downer will be presenting to the forum organised by the Inverell Cultural Group on 20 August. "It's absolutely fabulous to have Inverell Shire back in the fold,” Ms Downer said, “and I look forward to sharing with the community all the wonderful things we have planned for Inverell”.

 Starting Ground Workshop for Aboriginal Musicians

APRA AMCOS, in partnership with Create New South Wales and Arts North West, will once again bring its successful Starting Ground workshop to the region, with the two-day program taking place 1-2 August at the Youthie. Aboriginal musicians at any stage in their career looking to further develop creative and business skills are invited to attend. Sessions run 9am-5pm each day.

A dynamic mix of top artists and industry leaders will cover key areas: songwriting, music production, artist management, touring and live performance, marketing and promotion and more.

Coming to Tamworth are singer-songwriter Leah Flanagan, local blues artist and 2018 Tamworth Regional Council Volunteer of the Year Buddy Knox, hip-hop artist and record label founder Fred Leone, producer/engineer Anna Laverty, and Greg Carey of Grow Yourself Up, artist manager for The Rubens and Urthboy. APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Representative Michael Hutchings will facilitate the sessions.

Established in 2015 with support from the New South Wales Government, the Starting Ground project was created to help Aboriginal musicians build their skills, promote their work, develop career pathways and access mainstream music markets.

This marks the third year in a row that Starting Ground has come to Tamworth, with previous workshops also taking place in Eden, Byron Bay, Dubbo and Redfern, and artists mentored include local musician Athol Munro, Loren-Jade Ryan, Dylan Goolagong, Sean Kinchela, Tom Avery, Tamwah Williams and up-and-coming country artist Maddi Lyn.

“Starting Ground gives First Nations artists a unique opportunity to work with some of this country’s finest songwriters and music industry leaders. The intensive two-day workshop gives artists a chance to not only gain valuable professional advice and skills but also the confidence to push their music into the future,” said Michael Hutchings.   

Registration via Eventbrite
Questions about participating? Please contact
Michael Hutchings, APRA AMCOS, (0447 447 646) or
Danielle Tuwai, APRA AMCOS,


Doors Opening Across the New England for the Inaugural Arts Trail Open Weekend

In celebration of all that the New England Highlands has to offer, the first inaugural North West Arts Trail Open Weekend is shaping up to be a wonderful weekend of culture, creativity and cuisine.

The Open Weekend will give visitors and locals the opportunity to explore artist studios, galleries, museums and cultural venues in the Glen Innes and Tenterfield region on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of July.

Steph McIntosh, Communications Officer with Arts North West explains that “anyone visiting the area on the Open Weekend can create a personalized route and stop off at the various venues on the map. Whether you are interested in arts, history or Aboriginal culture, there is huge diversity in the range of wonderful and welcoming venues on the trail, including Chill N Glen Festival, an open studio in Deepwater, local produce in Tenterfield and much more in-between. There is no better excuse to rug up and enjoy the enchanting spirit of winter in the Highlands.”

The hardcopy map will be distributed throughout the region in the first week of July with the online map becoming available here on the 3rd of July.