Arts Program Overview

Image: Big One Little One’s Confetti will be at Artstate Bathurst. Photo by Tom L. Griffiths.

Celebrate the arts.

Artstate 2018 will showcase the rich and deep artistic and cultural identity of the Central West, a region that continues to be a breeding ground for a new generation of young artists, and a place for established, renowned artists to make their home.
The Arts Program celebrates the ambition and talent of the whole arts and cultural ecology of the Central West. Not only an opportunity to showcase some of the nationally and internationally acclaimed artists who practice in the region, it is a platform for some of our tenacious and talented young artists who have chosen to make Regional Australia – their home – the location for launching their professional practice. This festival will also feature a number of the vast creative diaspora of the region, artists who began their practice in the Central West and still maintain a strong connection to the place and a deep relationship with the community. We will also highlight how Central West artists and cultural organisations are adept at creating robust partnerships that have great impact on local artists, communities and audiences: projects that extend the scope of the already rich practice of the region.
Artstate is partnering with some of the Central West’s valued cultural institutions to host and support some of our region’s most exciting artists. As well as hosting the conference Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre’s collaboration with the Australian Theatre For Young People, The Climbing Tree, will have its world premiere at Artstate; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery presents three new exhibitions; Arts Outwest will curate an exhibition of Central West artists as well as showcase the rich artistic practice of their own staff at the newly established cultural precinct at Tremain’s Mill. Also, each of Bathurst’s world class museums will welcome resident artists who will develop a new work in response to the collection, to be premiered as part of Artstate. The National Mineral and Fossil Museum, the National Motor Racing Museum and the Chiefly Home will open their doors to a group of artists, established and emerging, working across sculpture, live immersive performance and digital media, in a partnership that invites the community into the making of new work.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for the Arts Program, which also showcases the strong independent arts community of Central West, with opportunities for delegates and community dive deep in to the region’s music, dance, theatre, cabaret, performance and visual arts.
The Artstate Arts Program celebrates not just the significance of arts and culture to the Central West and its contribution to the vibrant life of our communities, but also highlights the great artistic ambition and potential ready to be unleashed. It’s an invitation for local audiences and conference guests to share in the vast array of exciting, challenging, compelling, confronting and entertaining arts experiences created by the regions very own.
– Adam Deusien
Arts Program Director