Artstate is a four year project by Regional Arts NSW, designed to shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice and to explore the exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state.
Each year Artstate moves to a different regional location, building on the discussions in a new landscape and uncovering the artistic secrets of each region. In 2019, the event will be held in Tamworth!
The event will have a celebratory public opening ceremony on the evening of Thursday 31 October followed by two days of keynote speakers and panels exploring the themes of On Country – In Country and Arts in the Age of Uncertainty.
A number of international keynote speakers will be travelling to Tamworth for Artstate and the call for papers for panels and break out sessions is now open to member of the public (See here for more).
Dr Greg Pritchard, Arts Program Director, has curated a program for Tamworth that will feature artists from the vast creative diaspora of the region who began their practice in the North West and still maintain a strong connection to the place and a deep relationship with the community. From the exciting opening ceremony directed by Peter Ross, through to the final day, the work and practice of artists from this region will be celebrated across music, dance and visual arts which is free and open to the general public
The full program will be released mid-July. In the meantime, register for the Artstate e-news to keep updated!