Start Date: Friday, 29 April 2022

Start Time: 10:00 AM

Finish Date: Thursday, 2 June 2022

Finish Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main Street, Grenfell NSW 2810

Contact: Grenfell Art Gallery - 02 6343 2059

20 Central West artists respond to a Central West sonic journey

After a very successful opening exhibition in Bathurst in March we're excited to bring the whole show to Grenfell.

The last two years have been tough in the arts. Lockdowns and loss of work ran right across all artforms. Live shows took a hammering. We wanted to help by creating opportunities for those most affected.
As you may remember, last year Arts OutWest commissioned 15 Central West songwriters to each write a track reflecting their experiences of 2020. We created a compilation album of original music titled While the World Waits.
We heard what it felt like. Now show me what it feels like…
This year artists from across the Central West were asked to use the album as a jumping off point and inspiration for new work.
While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists each respond to one or more tracks, title or words on the album.
The exhibition will showcase work from across all mediums. You will see painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, moving image, animation, photography, glass and textiles.
Artists featured are: Bridget Thomas (Bathurst), Cate McCarthy (Yetholme), Gemma Clipsham (Bathurst), Gus Armstrong (Rylstone), Harrie Fasher (Portland), Heather Dunn (Bathurst), Heather Vallance (Orange), Helen Carpenter (Grenfell), Hugh McKinnon (orange), Jane Tonks (Orange), Laura Baker (Blayney), Lise Edwards (Lithgow), Henry Simmons & River Yarners (Bathurst), Robert Hirschmann (Portland), Shani Nottingham (Cowra), Stephan de Witt (Parkes), Timothy Seager (Bathurst), Aleshia Lonsdale (Mudgee), Steven Cavanagh (Hill End), Christine McMillan (Kandos).

While the World Waits Exhibition will travel for 12 months to galleries and venues across Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin LGAs.


While the World Waits CD is a compilation album of 15 original tracks by musicians from the NSW Central West. In response to the impacts of Covid-19 on the local music industry, Arts OutWest commissioned 15 songwriters across 11 local government areas in the region to each write a song reflecting their experiences of 2020.

While the World Waits Exhibition is a curated exhibition in which selected artists from an EOI process each respond to one or more tracks, title or words in the album. Artists have been selected from across the Central West via an application process. Artists have been asked to use the CD as a jumping off point and inspiration - not a literal conversation.

The exhibition will travel for 12 months to multiple locations across Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin. There will be painting, ceramics, drawing, illustration, mixed media, photography, moving image and sculpture in the show.
Head to our website for a link to the Spotify sampler playlist for While the World Waits https://artsoutwest.org.au/pf/album-while-the-world-waits/

Image: Steven Cavanagh, 3:11 - 3:16am Wednesday 6 May 2020, still from single channel video projection.