Central West speakers at Artstate

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The Central West will be strongly represented in the Speakers program of the upcoming Artstate Tamworth conference and arts festival, 31 October to 3 November 2019.

Adam Deusien and Sophie Jones, both artists from Bathurst, will be speaking as part of a panel focused on weathering Change- the evolving landscape for Independent Artists.  Internationally renowned and regionally based Opera director, Sally Blackwood (Quirindi NSW), will moderate. Adam is on the Arts OutWest board.

Tracey Callinan and Christine McMillan’s will present Out There Arts & Health Practice. Arts OutWest has been delivering arts and health programs in hospitals, aged care centres and in the community for over a decade. This presentation will discuss the challenges of successful delivery. Tracey is Arts OutWest’s executive director and Christine is our arts and health coordinator.

Mudgee based Wiradjuri woman and multidisciplinary artist, Aleshia Lonsdale, will join fellow NSW Aboriginal Arts Officers; Jazz Williams (Bega), Lorrayne Fishenden (Ashford) and Mark Cora (Lismore) to discuss Arts Development On Country.  For a number of years specialist Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Development Officers have been embedded in Regional Arts Development Organisations across NSW. In this panel we talk to four of them working respectively on Bundjalung, Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi and Yuin Countries about their programs.  Aleshia is Arts OutWest’s Aboriginal Art Development Officer.

Based in Forbes, Dr Merrill Findlay is a co- founder of Big Skies Collaboration and will be launching “Dark Sky Dreaming: an inland skywriters anthology” as well as holding a stargazing opportunity with the Tamworth Regional Astronomical Club.

Shining the Light on Excellence in Arts and Culture in Regional NSW

Regional New South Wales is home to some of the most extraordinary artists in Australia. Its landscape is a source of inspiration for many and communities are thriving hubs of art activities and conversations.

To shine a light on this excellence, Regional Arts NSW presents Artstate, a four-year project in the form of an arts festival and speakers program that showcases the rich and diverse talent and culture of each region it visits.

Starting in Lismore in 2017, travelling to Bathurst for 2018 and now in the third of its four-year journey, Artstate will be arriving in Kamilaroi country in the New England North West city of Tamworth from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3 November.

Partnering with Regional Arts Development Organisation, Arts North West, to coordinate the event, Artstate Tamworth will be four exciting days of inspiring art and in-depth conversation about issues that face the arts industry and regional communities more broadly.

CEO of Regional Arts NSW, Elizabeth Rogers explains that Artstate is not only an opportunity for regional communities to showcase their work, it’s also a chance for delegates to gather from across the country to see something different each year and be exposed to the all-round excellence that regional NSW is capable of.

“We are so excited to be coming to Tamworth for the third stage of the Artstate project. From visual and musical, to theatrical, digital and written art forms as well as an extremely detailed speakers’ program Artstate Tamworth is shaping up to be another successful industry event that demonstrate the innovation and creativity of artists from regional NSW.

The highly anticipated speaker’s program will be held during Artstate Tamworth on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November. Over the two days, delegates and industry leaders will come together to discuss the themes, “On Country – In Country” and “Arts in the Age of Uncertainty”.

The keynote speakers for the Artstate Tamworth speakers program include CEO of the Australian Council for the Arts, Adrian Collette AM; Water and Environmental Scientist and Kamilaroi man, Brad Moggridge; Executive Director for WildWorks theatre company from the UK, Emma Hogg; and Artist, Storyteller and indigenous Canadian man, Patrick Shannon.

These keynotes will be joined on the speaker’s stage by an array of panellists who will each share their take on how artists remain connected to their land and culture whilst weathering the constant changes of the industry.

Complementary to the speaker’s program is the arts festival that will commence with the Artstate Tamworth Opening Ceremony on Thursday 31 October.

Reko Rennie, The Regional Youth Orchestra and Roger Knox are amongst the artists involved in the free arts program along with Aboriginal weaving projects, a range of exhibitions, theatrical productions and more.

“Artstate is a one-of-a-kind event that we encourage everyone to get involve in and to support the brilliant work produced by artists in our regional communities,” added Elizabeth Rogers.

The destination for the fourth phase of Artstate, held in 2020, will be announced at the official Artstate Tamworth Dinner on Saturday 2 November.

For more information about the Artstate project, to view the program for Artstate Tamworth or the register to attend, visit www.artstate.com.au

Artstate Tamworth is the third phase of a four-year project that will be held from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3 November 2019.

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