About Artstate

Join the conversation and celebrate the arts in regional NSW.

Artstate is a new four year project by Regional Arts NSW to shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice and to explore the exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state. Over the period we will be partnering with our network of Regional Arts Development Organisations to bring a stimulating program of regional, national and international speakers to share their experiences and knowledge. A curated arts program will provide an unprecedented opportunity to see the best the regional NSW has to offer.
We are starting off in 2017 in partnership with our colleagues at Arts Northern Rivers in the river town of Lismore. From 30 November to 3 December there will be an exciting two day program of speakers exploring the themes of creative practice and creative partnerships. Wrapping around this will be a multi-genre arts program featuring the amazing creatives from the north coast of NSW.
Integral to Artstate will be 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.
Each year we will move to a different regional location, building on the discussions in anew landscape and uncovering the artistic secrets of each region.
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 Lismore 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. Artstate Lismore is supported by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Lismore City Council and Southern Cross University.