Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Catch up on Artstate Wagga Wagga Speakers & Arts Program

Watch all the presentations online.

Themes for Artstate Wagga Wagga come under the overarching principle of Yindyamarra, sending a clear message that Artstate meets on Wiradjuri land. 

In its broadest meaning, Yindyamarra, refers to walking, listening and living respectfully on the land. It is a word at the heart of Wiradjuri culture, that will set the tone for all Artstate participants (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) as they engage with each other and with Wiradjuri land and water.

This year’s themes are Walking Together on day one and Shaping Tomorrow on day two.

Walking Together is inspired by the concept of Yindyamarra and this broad theme reflects lessons to be learnt by listening and engaging with the first Australians to develop an understanding of arts, culture and language and where traditional practices should be included in all future thinking about water and land management in regional NSW. This theme includes all the diverse people and cultures that now live on this land and how we can build a better place for everyone.

Shaping Tomorrow builds on the previous day’s conversations. If we walk together we can achieve better outcomes for all. This is a moment in time and an opportunity, after all the disasters regional NSW has endured, to ponder what a new world might look like across all aspects of society and how the arts and cultural sector can lead and reflect this new world. Less global and more local? New ways of engagement using technology that is kinder to the planet? The value of connected communities?

The speakers’ programs themes have been developed based on feedback from the previous event including reference to the rapporteurs’ reports and in consultation with the local Elders.

Much of the Artstate speakers and arts program was live streamed to Digital Pass holders attending online.

You can now watch these presentations too.

Artstate is a four-year project by Regional Arts NSW that shines a light on excellence in arts practice in the regions and explores exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across NSW.

  • Artstate Lismore 2017
  • Artstate Bathurst 2018
  • Artstate Tamworth 2019
  • The fourth and final Artstate took place in Wagga Wagga from 5 – 8 November 2020.

Images: Jackie Cooper