The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Many activities, art and otherwise, will be happening throughout the Northern Rivers Region to mark this special week. Here is a selection of these events plus call outs for artworks and links to more information.
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.
Following the recent flood event in the Northern Rivers a group of local artists, led by the RealArtWorks Collective, are delivering a creative workshop program to assist people with their recovery process. Located at 29 Carrington Lane, Lismore, ARCH participants are encouraged to use creative expression as a way to reconnect with the community and make sense of recent events, providing a space for participants to share stories and feelings and express their responses through a creative process.
The Northern Rivers is home to the highest concentration of arts and creative industries practitioners outside of metropolitan centers.
Northern Rivers Creative is a directory showcasing professional practitioners of the Northern Rivers and committed to making connections for local, national and international markets for local creatives.
The project will record the life stories of 10 Elders from the Bundjalung nation / Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. It has been inspired by the energy and passion of Dale Roberts – a local Aboriginal woman who has worked along side our region’s most respected and loved Elders.
Dale said, ‘Ever since I can remember people were asking me, for years, about how to get in touch with Elders and speak to our Aboriginal mob’.
Arts Northern Rivers delivered a region-wide season of contemporary arts events held under the banner If These Halls Could Talk, in seven community halls from the 17 September – 17 December 2016. In 2017 we bring a selection of the arts events alive again with four Regional Gallery exhibitions.
The live art events invited audiences to take a tour of the halls to experience them in the current era and to go back into their past. Artists, who are some of the country’s most exciting contemporary artists and performers, produced bold and captivating new works to activate the historic spaces giving new life and creating new memories for the halls and their communities.
Those events and the oral histories informing them have been documented and curated by Arts Northern Rivers into four exhibitions including photographic, video and audio material.
Exhibitions will be held at Tweed Shire Regional Gallery, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery and the Lismore Regional Gallery during 2017.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for short term, locally initiated arts and community projects delivered in the Northern Rivers. CASP grants are offered once a year with applications opening in August and generally closing on the 1st October. Applications are assessed by an assessment panel convened by Arts Northern Rivers and consisting of 1 representative from each of the seven local government areas of the Northern Rivers.
Over the next three years the Northern Rivers Creative Roadshow will roll out as a series of high street pop ups’ in each of the seven LGAs and will be hauling a brilliant program of bespoke professional development workshops, industry networking dos and filling the empty spaces with local creatives’ wares. Arts Northern Rivers is committed to building the Northern Rivers Creative brand to create greater traction amongst local, state, interstate and ultimately international markets for local makers.
Arts Northern Rivers partnered with Dance Integrated Australia and The Farm to provide scholarships for two emerging dancers for a residency opportunity at the third annual The Corner Dance Lab.