Artstate Bathurst 2018 Speakers Program themes: A Sense of Place and Robust Regions

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Artstate Bathurst 14 November 2018. A Sense of Place: Regional arts practice responding to culture and landscapes and Robust Regions: Exploring the contribution of arts to regional communities.

The 4 day arts festival and speakers program runs from Thursday 1 November to Sunday 4 November.

In moving Artstate from the lush hinterland of the North Coast to the cooler climate of Australia’s first inland city, we hope to provide our Bathurst 2018 delegates a different experience to our Lismore 2017 program. The built environment of Bathurst set within the inland vista of rolling hills provides a new backdrop to the conversation.

Our rapporteurs from Artstate Lismore 2017, Associate Prof. Adele Wessell and Dr Kristin den-Exter from Southern Cross University commented that Artstate “questioned the very notion of regionality and the perception that artists working outside metropolitan areas are hindered by location.”

We are interested in expanding this theme.


In talking about A Sense of Place, how do artists respond to the landscapes and communities in which they live? What stories do they tell? Does this make a difference to their practice?

The second strong theme that emerged from Artstate Lismore 2017 was “the interdisciplinarity of arts practice and partnerships throughout regional NSW. The arts are integrated in rural and remote areas within the community, traversing the barriers and silos that can be built around specialist areas of expertise and disciplines in more populated areas.”

The arts are integrated in rural and remote areas within the community, traversing the barriers and silos that can be built around specialist areas of expertise and disciplines in more populated areas.

Under the theme Robust Regions, we want to explore the contribution that the arts make to regional and rural communities. What is the secret ingredient that causes some places to thrive and become desirable places to live and work, while others struggle? Who are the community drivers? How are the collaborations and partnerships developed and maintained over the longer term? What is the role of the artist?

Above all Artstate Bathurst will maintain the priority to engage with First Nations peoples and Aboriginal Arts practitioners and organisations as an integral part of the regional arts landscape.

Join us to continue the conversation at BMEC with an exciting line up of international, national and local presenters. Each providing inspirational high level thinking around the arts and excellence in regional areas.

Register for Artstate Bathurst 2018 Speakers Program to hear from arts industry leaders including keynote speakers:

Jonathan Jones (AU)
Frith Walker (NZ)
Jack Archer (AU)
Kresanna Aigner (UK).

Register here:

Are you our next Artstate Volunteer?

We’re looking for a bunch of amazing volunteers who are interested in helping out as Artstate volunteers during the event in Bathurst, 14 November.

We know that everyone has different skills, so check out the list of jobs we need done and choose one that suits you. You will get a unique Artstate volunteer T-shirt to wear during the event, the opportunity to sit in on events and conference sessions, plus we’ll make sure to keep you fed and watered. All volunteer shifts are 3 hours long. A minimum age of 18 years applies for all volunteers (as at 1 November 2018).

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Image: Frith Walker, Placemaker for Wynyard Quarter, Waterfront Auckland, NZ and Keynote Speaker at Artstate Bathurst. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson.

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