Creative Industries – a rich history of supporting creative arts and creative industries

Business support and proximity to Sydney has enabled strong growth in creative professional services for the Bathurst Region.

Bathurst has a rich history of supporting creative arts and creative industries. Charles Sturt University's School of Communication and Creative Industries has been a significant contributor to national and international talent pools for decades, with well-known alumni reaching the top of their field in journalism, communication, PR, and media management.

Outside Charles Sturt University, Bathurst has a strong field of creative professionals in architecture, design, graphic design, film and sound production, advertising and marketing, illustration, 3D animated design and more. Bathurst’s proximity to Sydney enables our creative professionals to not only serve the Central West and Orana Regions but also the nearby Sydney and Canberra metropolitan markets. Want to find a professional service in Bathurst? Check out our Bathurst Business Directory.

Bathurst is also home to a bustling and growing arts and music scene. Our Arts in Resident program at Hill End is one of Australia’s most sought after residences. BRAG (Bathurst Regional Art Gallery) regularly showcases local artists and, alongside Arts OutWest, provides a supportive environment for the local arts community. For performing artists, BMEC (Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre), provides one of the finest performing arts centres in regional Australia, with local pubs and clubs also regular performance venues for the performing arts community.

Arts and Recreation Services and Other Services including many professional services employs over 1,000 persons and contributes $130 million to the local Bathurst Region economy.

illustration of architecturally designed village Havenhand and Mather Bathurst Region creative industries
Architectural illustration courtesy of Havenhand & Mather, Bathurst

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