Arts in regional NSW

Regional NSW is home to many museums and galleries, performing arts centres and libraries. Create NSW supports 15 Regional Arts Development Organisations to promote local arts across the state.

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Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs)

There are 15 Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) in NSW, each providing direction for sustainable arts and cultural development in their region.

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Aboriginal Keeping Places and Cultural Centres

A Keeping Place is of great significance to Aboriginal communities. They are a safe space for the return of cultural material back to Country, preserving and celebrating First Nations culture.

There are Aboriginal operated Keeping Places, artist centres and cultural centres across regional NSW that are open to the public on a regular basis. 


Always Sydney Festival 2019 by Victor Frankowski

Regional NSW resources

Create Connects - Regional Arts Funding webinar


2023 24 Create Connect ACFP Regional Case Study - Poets Out Loud

Sector support

Regional conservatoriums

Regional conservatoriums of NSW promotes music within regional areas through education, training, and performance opportunities.

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Music NSW

Music NSW is the state music body in NSW; their services include a regional team and touring network.

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Museums and Galleries NSW

Museums and Galleries NSW is the key sector support organisation for the small to medium museum and gallery sector.

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Writing NSW

Writing NSW is the key sector support organisation for writers and connects the network of regional writers’ centres across NSW.  

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