Living Arts & Culture

Living Arts and Culture is a place to promote and celebrate indigenous arts and cultures in the far west region of NSW. As such we set up separate website as a solely Indigenous focused platform : www.livingartsandculture.com.au

Living Arts and Culture was initiated as part of the Outback Arts Regional Indigenous Cultural Development Officer (RICDO) Program which at the time worked across the five local government areas of Warren, Walgett, Cobar, Coonamble and Bourke. The program aims to support and promote Aboriginal artists and culture in far North Western NSW.

Aboriginal art from this area has a noticebly different style with artists creating contemporary works referencing the geometric designs of ground and tree carvings made by their ancestors.

Featured Artists of Living Arts & Culture:

The Ngemba Wailwan Artists Initiative is an art group that is led and mentored by Mary Kennedy. Meeting regularly in Warren the group paint contemporary vibrant works in oils and carve their geometric designs that are inspired by the their ancestors the Ngemba Wailwan people. The group was established in 2011 and has held several exhibitions in local and regional galleries as well as NSW Parliament House Gallery in early 2012.

Gaaraay Collective are a group of Aboriginal artists living in Coonamble, they create contemporary and unique designs and artworks using a variety of mediums and forms; such as carved ceramic coolamons, platters and woven ornaments and baskets. Their work reflects the local landscape of Coonamble, and their family connections of the Wailwan, Gamilaroi and Wiradjuri people. Gaaraay means to-paint in Gamilaroi language.

Yuluwirri Painters and Warrambool Weavers are a group of artists who meet regularly in Lightning Ridge to create works using contemporary and traditional materials such as sand painting, fibre weaving and emu egg paintings. The art groups name was inspired by local Aboriginal meanings; Yuluwirri is a Gamilaraay /Yuwaalaraay word for rainbow. Warrambool means the Milkyway – the river in the sky and also is the small rivers that flow in the area all draining westward to the Darling River.