Artstate NSW | Lismore 2017

Building on the success of the national regional arts event, ARTLANDS Dubbo 2016, Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) has developed a 4 year program working in partnership with 4 Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) to deliver a regional conference/arts festival to demonstrate regional excellence and continue to build on the conversations, partnerships and opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations that were an outcome of ARTLANDS.

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. It was strongly felt across the sector that the momentum should be continued and that NSW has clearly demonstrated leadership in this area.

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.

The timing of artstate lismore 2017, 30 November – 2 December will align with the opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery, the activation of the new Quadrangle space and the opening of the world premiere of NORPA’s new production Djurra. The event will showcase the value of good quality cultural infrastructure in regional NSW highlighting excellence in regional arts, economic development through increased visitation of cultural tourists and the benefit to local businesses of an active art community.

A two day conference will commence on Friday with morning sessions made up of plenary keynotes and panels exploring the themes of Partnerships and Practice. Afternoon breakout sessions will drill further into specialist areas, concluding on Saturday evening with a conference dinner. A cultural program combining currently programmed work will happen during the period 30 November – 3 December, with commissioned and remounted work not seen beyond the local area. The program will also include exploration and activation of public spaces, community engagement, film, visual arts, theatre and music across multiple genres. Both the conference and the cultural program will include Indigenous artists.

The cultural program will be open to the general public and programmed to commence on Thursday evening with an opening event and will extend through Sunday.

Image | Ben Roche, Deputy Chair Regional Arts NSW. Peter Wood, Executive Director Arts Northern Rivers. Isaac Smith, Mayor Lismore City Council. Elizabeth Rogers, CEO Regional Arts NSW. Hon Ben Franklin MLC.