Continuing to Connect Creative Communities in the New Year

Arts North West will embark on another busy and creative year in 2018 with a suite of projects and programs ready to be rolled out in the New England North West.

Country Art Escapes, a Regional Arts Trail managed by Arts North West will see a refresh early this year with a complete rebrand including a new website. The rebrand will happen in time for two open days that are scheduled for Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale and Uralla later in the year.

Arts North West’s highly successful professional development workshops will start rolling out across the region in March. Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to learn helpful tips for arts projects, event planning and useful hints for how to write arts grant.

Arts North West will be working with the Ben Lomond community starting in March to deliver a series of creative workshops. This project aims to provide a catalyst for community members to meet on a regular basis and engage in the therapeutic benefits of art-making. This project was made possible through funding received by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Pocket Productions, established last year as an Arts North West initiative to deliver high quality productions to smaller communities and villages, will welcome the Bloodwood Quartet who will play their way throughout the network during April. The Arts North West ON TOUR Network will be hosting a suite of performers and performances in 2018, the first being the Australian Tour of The London Klezmer Quartet in February and March.

Rivers to Ridges and the Stories In Between project will enter into its second year after a highly successful first year. The project will continue to gather and document the stories of Elders, artists and the Aboriginal history of the New England North West in multimedia format. After 3 years, The Making Old Markings New project will finish in May with an exhibition at Armidale Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, the works are the result of Aboriginal artists connecting with traditional markings from the New England North West region. 2018 will see the launch of a new project with Yaama Ganu in Moree. Our Plains -  Our Hills - Our Home will showcase the excellence of Aboriginal arts created by the Kamilaroi people. Arts North West is also looking forward to working with the UNE Oorala Aboriginal Centre in 2018.

The Stuff of Tales project will also enter its second year in 2018. The project is a strategic partnership to develop and promote access in, and engagement to, small museums in the New England North West and will focus on creative writing for High School students and volunteers at the museums in 2018.


London Klezmer Quartet Australian Tour Heading Our Way in 2018

The Arts North West ON TOUR Network will be kicking off 2018 in style as they welcome London Klezmer Quartet to tour the New England North West region.

The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Dance, sing, laugh and cry as the London Klezmer Quartet takes you on a musical odyssey from Eastern Europe to Australia via the Balkans, Thailand, Turkey, the US and London. The group plays old and new traditional music on fiddle, clarinet, accordion and double bass, and presents songs of love, life, food and drink. "The real deal, to these ears." (Doug Spencer, ABC Rn). “Dynamic and authentic” (Time Out, London).

Venues and dates:

Bendemeer Hall
Wed 21 Feb

Tamworth Capitol Theatre
Thu 22 Feb

The Playhouse Hotel Barraba
Fri 23 Feb

Gunnedah Conservatorium Gunnedah        
Sat 24 Feb

Crossing Theatre Narrabri    
Sun 25 Feb

Royal Theatre Quirindi         
Wed 28 Feb

Chapel Theatre, Glen Innes
Thu 1 Mar

Sir Henry Parkes School of Arts Tenterfield
Fri 2 Mar


EOI Our Plains - Our Hills – Our Home Exhibition

Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Officer, Lorrayne Riggs, is calling for expressions of interest for Our Plains - Our Hills – Our Home, a professional exhibition to be held in May showcasing excellence in Aboriginal Arts by Kamilaroi People. The exhibition will focus on highlighting the special connection Aboriginal people have to Country in regional NSW.

“This is an opportunity to showcase excellence in Aboriginal arts from our Kamilaroi region, often, people forget that we have some phenomenal Aboriginal artists with a connection to our region who have a lot to offer as professional artist, or have the potential to be professional artists.”

“Relating this exhibition back to our country shows our connectedness through our stories, our rivers and our sky. We want people to know that Regional NSW has a strong market of Aboriginal artists that should be valued as it is in other areas across our country.” 

The exhibition, which will have a festival atmosphere, will open on 11th May 2018 and will tap into the Moree on a Plate market.

Our Plains – Our Hills – Our Home is a selling exhibition through consignment.

As this is an exhibition of excellence, detail needs to be shown in regard to the quality of the works including the materials used, for example, paintings should be on belgian linen with high quality paints. Works can be provided un-stretched and Yaama Ganu will stretch ready for hanging.

This is a mixed media exhibition with mediums to include but not limited to multi-media, textiles, paintings, carving and weaving.

If you know of a Kamilaroi artist that should be considered for this exhibition please contact Lorrayne Riggs on 0467668977 or email