Artstate 2017

30 November – 3 December, Lismore, NSW.

Artstate is a new four year project by Regional Arts NSW to shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice and to explore the exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state. Artstate will partner with the network of Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) to bring a stimulating program of regional, national and international speakers to share their experiences and knowledge. A curated arts program will provide an unprecedented opportunity to see the best the regional NSW has to offer.

Building on the success of the national regional arts event, ARTLANDS Dubbo 2016, the project plans to engage regional and metropolitan artists and arts organisations around the identified priority areas of First Nations and Aboriginal Arts, Arts and Health (including Creative Ageing), Regionalism and Principles of Practice.

From 30 November to 3 December there will be an exciting two day program of speakers exploring the themes of creative practice and creative partnerships. Wrapping around this will be a multi-genre arts program featuring the amazing creatives from the north coast of NSW.

Integral to Artstate will be a strong focus on Aboriginal arts and arts leaders as well as the recognition of the contribution of local government to arts and cultural development in regional NSW.

Each year Artstate will move to a different regional location, building on the discussions in anew landscape and uncovering the artistic secrets of each region.

Lismore was selected for its vibrant and engaged arts community including local professional companies, its committed local government support, the presence of Southern Cross University, its quality arts infrastructure including a theatre and regional gallery and its good transport connections.

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Artstate Lismore is presented by Regional Arts NSW in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers with support from Create NSW and the Lismore City Council.