To enrich and engage the community through creative and cultural experiences that provide inspiration and delight, whilst expressing and promoting the many diverse stories and voices of our region; past, present and future.
Mid-Western Regional Council recognises the enormous and important role the arts plays in shaping and defining our community. This includes influence over our sense of self and our collective identity within the region. It also recognises that facilitating opportunities for community engagement and participation in the arts can enrich the lives of residents and support the social and cultural wellbeing of the community. Furthermore, a strong cultural program actively creates a strong cultural economy that not only directly benefits the artistic community, but the community in general.
Mid-Western Regional Council is committed to providing arts infrastructure of high quality and actively seeking opportunities to integrate creativity into the many aspects of the region’s community life thereby enhancing the liveability of our region.
Recent community consultation and trends indicate the importance and growth of cultural industries in regional areas and highlight the need for a purpose‑built arts hub within the region. Mid-Western Regional Council has delivered this key objective with the recent completion of Mudgee Arts Precinct. Stage one, which involved refurbishment of the former Cudgegong Shire Building and a purpose built adjoining gallery and tourism space opened in August 2021 with stage two, the refurbishment of the nearby childcare building into art workshops, educational spaces and collaborative artist work spaces, due for completion towards the end of 2022.
Through the development of this facility, Mudgee Art Precinct aims to exist as a vibrant and energetic cultural hub, promoting, nurturing and developing the region’s creative identity through artistic expression.
This plan outlines a vision for art in the region. It proposes a number of clearly targeted objectives and strategies to facilitate the growth of artistic development. It has been developed in conjunction with community consultation and endorsed by Mid-Western Regional Council for the management of Mudgee Arts Precinct, its gallery spaces, programs, events and activities.
View the Strategic Plan HERE(PDF, 2MB)