Outback Outreach is the evolution of our highly successful 2017 – 2022 project Regional Arts Connect and is based on our commitment that young people, no matter where they live, should be given the opportunity to experience the joys of creative expression.

At its heart Outback Outreach is a mentoring, information sharing and up-skilling project targeted at young people and regional arts practitioners spanning the remote regions of NSW – Condobolin/Lake Cargelligo, Bourke/Walgett/Coonamble and Broken Hill/Wilcannia.

Utilising our 35 years of regional youth arts experience, OTYP is working with these communities to develop their own sustainable youth arts practice. 

Drawing on the work started in 2017 by OTYP artist Alyson Evans, we continue to work closely with individual artists and groups to identify skills gaps and share OTYP’s process and learnings, so that a sustainable approach can be developed to enrich the artistic experiences of young people in these towns.


One of our ongoing partnerships for Outback Outreach is with the Bourke Walgett School of Distance Education.

In 2023 the students joined in theatre and dance workshops with artists Alyson Evans and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, culminating in a performance for the community at their December mini school.

We always love to hear from the young people about what they like about working with our visiting artists so we asked them why the loved dancing.  Here’s what they said

Outback Outreach champions rural and regional young people’s involvement in the arts across regional NSW. Using OTYP’s expertise and experience, and in partnership with Outback Arts, West Darling Arts and Arts Out West, we are working to build capacity and support the employment and professional development of local arts practitioners, teachers or drama societies in order to create sustainable delivery of arts and cultural experiences for young people.

Outback Outreach is funded by Create NSW’s Regional Arts Touring program