Derek Motion speaking at Dream Big 2013



DREAM BIG is a partnership project between Western Riverina Arts and Eastern Riverina Arts, an annual one day event for anyone involved in the arts, cultural and community development in the Riverina region and beyond.

In 2014 the theme was CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT, featuring big ideas and practical solutions to connecting with your communities.

Whether you are an artist into community-based projects,  a cultural organisation wanting to attract new audiences or volunteers or a Council wanting to creatively consult your residents, then DREAM BIG is for you. 

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Derek Motion, Regional Arts Development Officer with Western Riverina Arts, discusses the creation of the Penny Paniz Art Prize in Leeton.


Caroline Touhey, Contributor to 'How Stumpy Made the Weight'

Caroline Touhey, Contributor to 'How Stumpy Made the Weight'


The Narrandera John O'Brien Festival

Early in 2014 Western Riverina Arts launched a booklet featuring a previously unpublished poem by John O'Brien, as well as a series of response pieces by local writers.

The John O’Brien Festival is an annual event in Narrandera, now in its 20th year, and the publication of How Stumpy Made the Weight was a fitting way to celebrate the occasion.

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Gallery Manager Liana Magrath, and local artist Louise Addison


In 2014 Western Riverina Arts partnered with the Griffith Regional Art Gallery to pioneer a rotating exhibition space, with works featuring in the foyer of the Griffith Regional Theatre, the Griffith Council Chambers, and the windows of the Western Riverina Arts office. The aim has been to promote artistic talent in the region and share it around. 

The Western Riverina community has a healthy interest in local art and we want to increase the opportunities for local art to be seen. The Exhibition Trail has begun to provide a much needed guided pathway for artists taking tentative steps toward their first exhibitions.

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Detail from the work of Leeton based painter David Williams

Detail from the work of Leeton based painter David Williams


Reimagining the Murrumbidgee was a new exhibition featuring the works of artists from the Western Riverina Region: David Williams / Sarah McEwan / Trent Light / Jason Richardson / Hape Kiddle

In 2013 Western Riverina Arts was funded by the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (MCMA) to curate an exhibition featuring the works of local, regional artists, all exploring their relationships with the Murrumbidgee River. Each artist was then commissioned to produce work in their chosen medium.

The resulting exhibition opened at the Roxy theatre in Leeton, and also toured to the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2014.