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Artist call out

closing 11 april 2024

It’s the year 2050 and it’s the launch of the Central West’s region-wide new Festival of Arts and Culture – VISION 20/50.

But what does the future look like for the NSW Central West? Who are the artists in this festival and what is the work that they are making? How has the world and the region changed and what role does art play in engineering our future?

As part of marking 50 years of Arts Outwest, we are celebrating with a hypothetical Festival – VISION 20/50 an [im]possible festival. We are calling on artists from across the region to imagine an artwork that could be made in the year 2050 in the Central West that speaks to a radically aspirational vision for a possible future for our region.

Expressions of interest are now open for artists with a hypothetical work of art for this year-long project.

The Project:

Up to 8 artists and their projects will be selected, and will take part in a weekend residency with a leading Australian futurist, as well as VISION 20/50 Creative Producer and Director Adam Deusien and the Arts OutWest team, to develop the concept of a hypothetical artwork, and the future it could exist in.

Following this we will work with the selected artists to create material for a festival website, leading up to a public event: A ‘Festival Program Launch’ that celebrates the collective imagination of artists and their radical visions for our future.

We are looking for artists with the capacity to imagine big meaningful, impactful ideas for new artworks, people who can imagine an aspirational future for our region and the art in it. We want to hear from any artists in our region and we are looking to uncover the full creative breadth of our region, across all creative art forms (see definitions in eligibility criteria).

Selected Artists will:

  • Be paid a flat $1000 honorarium for their involvement
  • Take part in weekend Arts Futuring Residency
  • Work with VISION 20/50 team to develop the concept for their idea
  • Take part on in photo/video shoot to for the festival program
  • Present their idea at the December 2024 VISION 20/50 Festival Launch
  • Be provided with accommodation as required.

Key Dates:

  • May 3–5 – Weekend Arts Futuring Residency – Bathurst
  • Aug 22–25 – Photography and video shoots – Charles Sturt University, Bathurst
  • Dec 12 – Festival Launch Event – Keystone 1889, Bathurst


To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a practicing artist of any art form including visual arts, performance, music, literature, new media, screen, and other (im)possible artforms yet to emerge. Applicants must be either current residents of, or can demonstrate a meaningful connection to, the Arts OutWest’s region. Applicants must also be available for all the key dates outlined above.

Expression of Interest Process:

EOI is via online form. You will be asked to respond to four questions:

  • Tell us about yourself and your artistic practice – what artform(s) do you work in, what previous work, what are you working on now?
  • Tell us about your idea for VISION 20/50 – what is the work that you imagine could be made and presented in a Festival in 2050 in the NSW Central West? What does the region look like in that future? What is arts practice in 25 years? Would you work with a partner or another group?
  • Tell us about your connection to the Central West region – where do you live, where do you make your work, what is your connection to the artists, audiences and communities in your region?
  • Attach some support material – You’ll be able to attach files and provide links that show examples of your work and help demonstrate your artistic practice


Need hints? Starting points?

We’ve put together a brief guide to creating an idea with some questions and prompts to get you imagining the possibilities of art-making in 2050. DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

We also welcome everyone to one of the free workshops.

EOI Timeline

EOIs Open: Friday 8 March 2024

EOIs Close: 5pm Thursday 11 April 2024

Applicants notified of outcome: Monday 22 April 2024

This is a project of Arts OutWest funded by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund. Delivered with the support of Charles Sturt University.