Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

ARTLANDS 2021 | 1-3 September


NOW CLOSED. Call for papers closes 19 April 2021. The Space Between: Conversations about practice through the intersection of people and place.
The Artlands framework embeds place-based creativity and industry best practice into a program that enhances knowledge, stimulates reflection and strengthens connection.

The framework will provide a contextual link between people, place and practice and considers a narrative of art as social change and emphasises the importance of cultural identity. Inherent to the program design is an understanding of place from a geographical, social and environmental context. An understanding that connects arts and regional industries and provides a place for cultural exchange.

Artlands 2021 invites us ‘to come together’ to explore the space between. To encourage process and exchange and find ways to support a creative ecosystem that is interconnected and integrated across art form, across communities and across landscapes.

Call for Papers

Artlands 2021 is seeking expressions of interest from speakers who can respond or reflect on multi-discipline art practice across regional, rural and remote Australia, within the Asia-Pacific or globally.

Highlighting emerging trends and case studies, the suite of Artlands 2021 programming will encourage new thinking and critical conversations across a range of:

  • Keynote presentations (45 mins presentation + 15 min Q&A) ­
  • Panel discussions (45 mins discussion + 15 min Q&A) – 3 or 4 panellists with knowledge and expertise will explore and challenge a particular topic.
  • Short and sweet presentations (10 mins session + 10 min Q&A) – present a case study, new discoveries around best practice, and research methodologies.
  • Workshops and masterclasses (1 hr, 2 hrs) – lead a discovery where participants actively develop their skills and knowledge into new insights and connections.
  • Deep dialogues (90 mins) – facilitate a deep fundamental philosophical conversation.
  • Round table chats (20 mins, 40 mins or 1hr) – informal robust conversations focused on regional practice in various indoor and outdoor locations.
  • Something different – could include a showing of new work or a new type of experience or engagement

Artlands 2021 will adopt a flexible, hybrid model that will see critical conversations linked by digital infrastructure that connects local and national narratives. For further information see our media release or visit


Adapting Culture in Regional NSW

A case study of one artist’s experiences with community in regional NSW.

Regional Arts Fellowship recipient Alex Wisser is an artist based in Kandos NSW. Alex is a founding member of The Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA), a socially engaged artist cooperative working in regional NSW. He is also the creative director of Cementa, an arts organisation and festival committed to cultivating contemporary art culture specific to its regional context, bridging the perceived divide between urban and regional art.

Join Alex as he talks to Mary Jane Warfield, Regional Arts Fund Manager at RAA, about the role art plays in reinforcing the cohesion of a community, the importance of clear communication, and the journey his work has taken across these projects.

Register here.

Artlands and the Artlands Conversation Series are made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

IMAGE: image: Artlands 2018, photo by Diana Domonkou