Exhibitions celebrate 50 years of regional arts development

Opening Sat 1 June, 2-3pm at Forbes Town Hall/ St Andrews Hall FORBES.

Celebrating Arts OutWest’s 50th Anniversary we host three exhibitions at the Forbes Town Hall precinct and start the first leg of our regional Plinth Show at Forbes Visitor Information Centre.

Over half a century they have been committed to promoting, facilitating, educating and advocating for arts and cultural development.

As part of the celebrations, which also include a sold out dinner on the Saturday night, four new art exhibitions will be opened on Saturday 1 June, 2-3pm in and around Forbes Town Hall.

The exhibitions showcase recent work by members of the Forbes Arts Society, work by Arts OutWest staff, board and advisory council members, and photography from Arts OutWest’s Media Associates.

Work by Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharp will also show at Forbes Visitor Information Centre for the month of June.

The exhibitions will be open to the public Sunday 2 June, and then across the long weekend June 8-10, from 10am-2pm at Forbes Town Hall and next door at St Andrews Hall. Entry is free.

Join us for the official opening on Saturday 1 June 2-3pm at Forbes Town Hall/ St Andrews Hall FORBES. RSVP: https://events.humanitix.com/opening-of-the-trio-of…

Sunday 2 June, Saturday 8 June, Sunday 9 June, Monday 10 June 2024, 10am-2pm at St Andrews Hall

At Forbes Visitor Information Centre, June 2024, daily

‘Arts OutWest Today’

Arts-workers often have their own arts practice. This is frequently the reason that they have work for arts organisations and many find value in maintaining their skills and creativity alongside their arts employment. This exhibition showcases those artists working at Arts OutWest or who are serving on the Board and Advisory Committee, across visual and performing arts.

‘Behind the Lens’

Arts OutWest’s Media Associates are talented and passionate photographers across the Central West who document arts projects and events for the organisation. This is the second exhibition of their artistic photographic and photo-media work.

‘All things P’

Presented by Forbes Arts Society, this exhibition includes works on paper, pottery, pencil, pastel, paint and print making… all things ‘P’. These works celebrate the diversity and talent of local artists from the Forbes region.

Plinth Show: Ronda Sharp.

Arts OutWest’s Plinth Show will highlight a different artist, with their work displayed on portable plinths, at a different visitor information centre around the Central West each month for 12 months. Forbes is the first exhibition.

The 3D woven works of Parkes-based Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharp intertwines a visual narrative of languages, culture, and traditional artefact forms. Her environmental arts practice combines the use of repurposed mediums with natural fibres.  See it daily for all of June at Forbes Visitor Information Centre.

“Arts OutWest has played a pivotal role in nurturing artistic talent, promoting community engagement, and enhancing the cultural vitality on a regional level,” said Arts OutWest Chair Margot Jolly. “We’re excited to celebrate not just 50 years of Arts OutWest but the strong and vital arts activity in our region.”

Arts OutWest is one of 15 regional arts development organisations across the state, receiving funding from state, local and federal government and working with a wide range of partners to deliver support and run strategic arts projects in their region.

Image: George, 2023. Adam Kerezsy.
Photograph printed on archival paper, 30cm x 40cm. From the exhibition BEHIND THE LENS, photographs of Arts OutWest Media Associates.