After a successful inaugural event in Lismore, it has been announced that the central west will be the next Regional Centre to host Artstate. A ceremonial handover, with an exchange of gifts from Widjabul Elders from Bundjalung country to the Wiradjuri elders, gestured the passing of the batten to Bathurst for 2018.
Artstate is a four-year program produced by Regional Arts NSW to spotlight the vibrant and creative arts communities across Regional NSW. In partnership with the 14 Regional Art Development Organisations, Artstate delivers conversations, panels and opportunities for artists and organisations to connect.
Artstate Lismore wowed attendees last week with a dynamic arts program overflowing with artists from the Northern Rivers and sell out performances.The conference program addressed issues such as clean money for festivals, sustainable practice and the rich cultural legacy in the Northern Rivers, as well as the representation of First Peoples practitioners.
In 2018, these conversations will be built upon in Bathurst. The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is known for it’s strong visual arts program that includes locally produced and touring exhibitions. Most recently, it received national recognition for the show Unflinching Gaze. It is anticipated that the annual Inland Sea of Sound Festival will take place around a similar time as Artstate Bathurst, flowing audiences around a genuinely local experience of arts and culture. Better known for the Bathurst 1000, the 2-day music festival takes place atop Mount Panorama and brings together some of the country’s top artists.
Bathurst Mayor, Cr Graeme Hanger OAM, said hosting Artstate offered a unique opportunity for the vibrant and diverse artistic communities in the Central West.
‘Lismore has set the standard high for Artstate, but Bathurst can do it thanks to the talented arts practitioners in our region. We have Richard Perram OAM, Stephen Champion from BMEC, Tracey Callinan at Arts Outwest and Adam Deusien at Lingua Franca. I think we’re up for the challenge, and I’m looking forward to Bathurst showcasing what our region has to offer.’
Artstate provides a local (state-wide) lens to the conversation held at Artlands, the biannual national conference for Regional Arts. It will take place in October 2018 and is sure to provide a fruitful continuation of discussions for Artstate 2018. Former NSW Regional Fellowship recipient and Bathurst based artist, Adam Deuien will curate the arts program.
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