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Selected for state dance ensemble Two Cowra High students - Thalia Nelligan of Year 9 and Hope Martin-Edgar of Year 7 - have been selected in the NSW public schools dance ensemble which includes performing at the state dance festival and the Schools Spectacular. It is Thalia’s second year in the ensemble.


Plein Air at Parliament A painting Eglinton Landscape II by Bathurst artist Rachel Ellis has been highly commended in the 2012 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. Amanda Penrose Hart was also a finalist for her image of Hill End. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is among the few art prizes in Australia to focus exclusively on plein air painting, which sees the artist paint entirely out of doors.


New Molong Village Sculpture Festival April 2013 has been earmarked for a new four week sculpture festival in Molong. With start up funding from Golden Cross Resources, respected local and national artists will be invited to create major works to be set on large plinths along Gidley St and Bank St surrounding the village green. Contact Jayes Gallery 6366 9093.


Another award for Christine Weston Another well deserved award for Cumnock’s Christine Weston, co-founder of the Animals on Bikes project. Christine won the inaugural Spirit of Community Leadership Award. Christine was one of three finalists selected from over 50 applicants nationwide for their outstanding and lasting contribution to their communities As national winner Christine will receive a full scholarship, valued at over $22,000, to attend WLA’s flagship development course, the Advanced Leadership Program. Backed by a consortium of educational bodies and industry experts, the Advanced Leadership Program is part of a national initiative to increase Australia’s pool of executive level female leaders.


Lithgow Theatre Group’s new home With the Hoskins Building in Lithgow about to become the new local base for the University of Western Sydney, the community groups who’d previously used it needed to find a new home. After 60 years, Lithgow Theatre Group have moved their equipment (staging, flats, furniture and lighting gear) into a new storage space at the State Mine Heritage Park. Their monthly meetings move to Lithgow Library.


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4 | June 2012 | Artspeak CREATIVE INDUSTRIES Lithgow Council promoting

local creative practitioners Lithgow City Council will set up a new website to help promote, network and resource local creative practitioners. The idea for the website was developed during consultation with creative industry practitioners during 2011 on how to best promote and support local creative industries.

The website is a free service for practitioners who are operating in the Lithgow Local Government Area and generating commercial returns from a creative industry. The site will showcase creative businesses with a service description and multiple images. A virtual gallery will feature temporary exhibitions from member practitioners. News, events and resources for the creative industry sector will be bill-boarded and practitioners and clients will be able to network through social media. Fill out an online Expression of Interest form at, or pick up a brochure and form from council’s Customer Service counter.

MUSIC Music Oz Awards

Lithgow singer/ songwriter Leanne Hawkins was named a finalist in the 2012 Music Oz Awards in the areas of Country, Rock and Dance. Both Leanne and Cowra singer/ songwriter Melissa Robertson were also competiting in the Music Oz Peoples Choice Awards. Hear Leanne’s music at: profile.aspx?artistID=7462 and hear Melissa’s songs at:


Northparkes turns Copper into Gold Northparkes Mines has won a world gold medal at the prestigious New York Film & TV Awards for the best public relations video for 2012. With over 50 countries competing and 100 international judges deciding on the awards, the locally made animated video titled “The Miracle of Copper” received top honours.


Central West short playwriting festival Bathurst Theatre Company and Local Stages BMEC will coordinate the inaugural Central West Short Playwriting Festival 2012/13. The festival will include workshops, spread throughout 2012, in writing, stage and production management, directing and technical areas, working with industry leaders. These were needs identified at the Critical Stages theatre meeting in Parkes earlier this year. The CASP funded project will be spread between Bathurst and other centres (current interest from Grenfell, Orange, Lithgow and Parkes) with performances of works in 2013. Contact Facebook: Central West Short Playwriting Festival

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