About Artstate

Image: Muggerah dancers perform as part of ‘Djanda Mandi Gingerlah’ at the Artstate Lismore opening ceremony. Photo by Katelyn-Jane Dunn.

Join the conversation and celebrate the arts in regional NSW.

Artstate is a four-year project by Regional Arts NSW that shines a light on excellence in regional arts practice, and explores exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state.

Each year, we partner with our network of Regional Arts Development Organisations to bring a vibrant program of regional, national and international speakers to a new regional location, where they can share their unique experiences in and knowledge of the arts. A curated Arts Program also provides visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see the very best and brightest talent that regional NSW has to offer.

We kicked off in 2017 with Artstate Lismore, in partnership with our colleagues at Arts Northern Rivers. After a stellar first year, we teamed up with Arts OutWest to bring Artstate to beautiful Bathurst in 2018. And in 2019, we’re excited to pitch up tent in the New England city of Tamworth, with the help of our partners at Arts North West.

From 31 October – 3 November, we’ll be hosting an inspiring two-day Speakers Program that explores the themes of On Country – In Country and Arts in the Age of Uncertainty. Accompanying the Speakers Program will be a diverse Arts Program that showcases the work of creatives from across the New England region.

Integral to Artstate is a strong focus on Aboriginal arts and arts leaders, as well as the recognition of the contribution of local government to arts and cultural development in regional NSW.

Sign up to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we release new details of the program. We look forward to welcoming you to Tamworth this year and hope you can spend some extra time exploring this beautiful region of NSW.

Artstate NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and Destination NSW.  Artstate Tamworth is supported by Tamworth Regional Council.