The Road to Artstate: Lismore

With just 29 days to go, we are on the road to Artstate 2017. 

Artstate is a new four year initiative organised by Regional Arts NSW to spotlight the innovation and possibilities of creative practice in regional NSW. The first conference, to be held in Lismore coincides with the reopening of Lismore Art Gallery. Run in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers, the program has a strong commitment to First Nations practice. 

Needless to say, Artstate: Lismore’s artistic program is full of must-see events. We’ve compiled some below to get you started on your road to Artstate. Flip your diary to 30 November and block it out until the 3 December and we’ll see you in Lismore. 

Disruption of Distance

Disruption of Distance is a series of nine site activations by artists from the Northern Rivers. Conversations from the conference program will spill out into the streets, engaging audiences and artists alike. You can expect art exhibitions, sound interventions and of course, the unexpected. Being site-specific, will you pick up the references to the local environment, local history or experiences? Will be wander into the unknown – a semi-submerged room under the Conservatorium or a hidden corner?


This is your chance to see award winning Indigenous singer/songwriter/producer Blakboi (Tom Avery). With the help of three Bundjalung Elders, he is going to take you on a musical and storytelling journey. This collaboration was specially commissioned for Artstate. You can expect a 15 piece choir and a small orchestra and to be aw-mazed.

Share House

What happens when five young housemates decide to throw a dance party? Share House is a dance theatre project by 5 emerging dancers living with disability. Mentored by Michael Hennessy and Kate McDowell, each of dancers are actually in the process of moving out of home in real life. This production will explore mime, gestures and movement and is sure to be the life of the party-program.

Createability 2017: Premiere Screening Event

It’s the ideal Friday night at the movies. Createability is an annual film initiative creating opportunities for filmmakers living with disabilities in Regional NSW. Catch a series of short films that showcase the important role the arts plays in the day-to-day lives of people living with a disability.


Inspired by a Bundjalung creation story, Kirk Page has directed a new dance theatre work. Combining powerful monologues in First Nation voice with strong physicality, Djurra is going to be an unforgettable experience.


Where will your Artstate journey take you?

Click here for the full Artstate conference and festival program.

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