Friday 1 November

8:00am – 9:00am

Registrations and coffee on arrival

Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall

9:00am – 1:00pm

Keynotes and Panels

Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall

Welcome to Country

9:00am – 9:10am

Keynote Incorporating cultural values of Aboriginal People into water planning and environmental water

9:10am – 9:40am

Brad Moggridge

Brad Moggridge is a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW). He grew up in Western Sydney on Darug land and now lives in Canberra on Ngunnawal land.  His family links to the Artstate Tamworth region are through Mum Colleen (Benge, Narrabri) and Nan Brenda Benge (nee: McGrady from Euraba) and Pop Bill (Benge from Boomi).

Brad has over 25 years experience in water and environmental science water management, including policy development, legislative reviews, applied research and project management. He is currently a PhD Candidate (full-time) at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology, on the topic of: Incorporating cultural values and perspectives of First Peoples’ (Aboriginal People) into water planning and environmental water management. In a time where water is most precious and its management so topical, his research-based study shows credible evidence of the value of water for Australia’s First Peoples; and how modern-day water planning can accommodate these values.

To support his PhD with a young family, he is the Special Advisor First Peoples Water with Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) and part-time Indigenous Liaison Officer for Threatened Species Recovery Hub as a part of National Environmental Science Program (NESP), which allows him to engage researchers and Aboriginal communities aiming to protect threatened species through research.

Panel Music on Country

9:45am – 10:45am

Roger Knox

David Leha

Kelsey Strasek- Barker

Moderated by Peter White

Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:10am

Keynote Patrick Shannon (Canada)

11:15am – 11:45am

Patrick Shannon

Patrick Shannon is an artist and storyteller of Indigenous Haida ancestry, specializing in filmmaking and photography to celebrate, empower, and tackle important topics both urban and rural.

Inspired by his cultural upbringing, Patrick endeavours to use technology and media to address social & cultural challenges that exist within Canadaʼs Indigenous communities. He has a decade of experience working within the Vancouver film, television and design industries, and currently operates a multimedia creative studio based out of Haida Gwaii, Canada.

Patrickʼs passion is to discover new ways to empower marginalized communities through storytelling, while developing new self determined economies using media and technology. This passion continues into his work with youth as Patrick mentors dozens of young Indigenous and settler filmmakers and artists every year. A good portion of his time is also spent travelling as an instructor for the University of Victoria, building design & web-based entrepreneurial skillsets within remote Indigenous communities.

Patrick has been recognized as one of the top “15 Emerging Innovators” in Canada by Ashoka Changemakers in 2013, the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2015 by the BC Aboriginal Business Awards, and one of top 50 “Young Cultural Innovators” from across the world by the Salzburg Global Seminar in 2017.

Panel On Country - Off Country

Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall

11:50am – 12:50pm

Cathie Craigie

Amy Hammond

Mitch Tambo

Moderated by Sharni Jones

1:00pm – 2:00pm


Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Parallel sessions of panels and presentations

Various locations

Info Session Fundraising clinic: free 1:1 fundraising coaching sessions

UNE, Peel House

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Este Darin-Cooper

Are you an artist or arts organisation looking to raise money through donations or sponsorship? Este, State Manager NSW at Creative Partnerships Australia, is available on Friday and Saturday for Free 1:1 coaching sessions to discuss your fundraising strategy.

Session Times: 1pm – 6pm (1 hour p/ session)

Bookings by appointment only, HERE.

HANDS ON Eco- Dyeing: Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Practice

Tamworth Regional Gallery

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Jodie Herden

Kate Sutherland

Join the team from the Bumbira Arts and Culture program where Jodie Herden and Kate Sutherland will facilitate a hands-on workshop exploring the process and techniques of eco-dyeing. Using traditional and contemporary Indigenous practices as taught by the Noongar doll makers in the Re-Stitching Culture doll making project and exhibitions.

Limited Numbers. Tickets at registration

Presentation Connection to Culture: art & its influence in supporting social and emotional wellbeing

Crown Lands Building

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Lyniece Keogh

Paris Knox

Join the team from Bumbira Arts and Culture, Lyniece Keogh and Paris Knox discussing benefits of art and culture programs enhancing social and emotional wellbeing. Enriched connection to culture is an important aspect of living a good life for First Nations people. Art changes lives, builds resilience and strengthens communities.

Small Talks Authors' Cafe

UNE, Peel House

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Michael Burge

Sophie Masson

Come and meet authors in an intimate café setting.  Chat with them about where they get their ideas and inspiration and find out what it takes to be a published author living in regional NSW.

Authors: Michael Burge, John Heffernan, Sophie Masson and Catherine Wright

Limited Numbers. Tickets at registration

Performance Workshop De-colonising Australian History through Storytelling and Performance

Crown Lands Building

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Lorina Barker

Julie Collins

The workshop will include a short performance of immersive Theatre piece ‘Trucked Off’, which is based on oral history, recreating the experience of the Aboriginal people’s removal from Tibooburra to Brewarrina Mission and mission life.  The audience will then participate in a workshop, learning how to collect and transform oral history into theatre.

Panel Arts Development on Country

UNE, Peel House

2:00pm – 3:15pm

For a number of years specialist Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Development Officers have been embedded in Regional Arts Development Organisations across NSW. In this panel we talk to four of them working respectively on Bundjalung, Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi and Yuin Countries about their programs.


Aleshia Lonsdale, Arts OutWest

Jasmin Williams, South East Arts

Lorrayne Riggs, 2 Rivers Pty Ltd, Arts North West

Mark Cora, Arts Northern Rivers

Moderator: TBC

Presentation Big Skies Project

UNE, Peel House

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Dr Merrill Findlay

Big Skies Collaboration brings together arts practitioners, astronomers and community to catalogue new opportunities in South Eastern Australia’s rural and remote inland.

Our creative interventions currently include; the Skywriters Anthology, the Inland Astro Trail, Big Skies immersive theatre and Condo Skyfest.

This presentation will discuss Big Skies initiatives, outline the issues the collaboration seeks to address and introduce Big Skie’s Big Vision for Inland Communities.


3:15pm – 3:45pm

Presentation Unlearning and learning: history, pedagogy and developing place literacies

Crown Lands Building

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Dr Peta Jeffries

This presentation discusses the role of arts practices and ethnography within Indigenous Studies as a strategy to decolonise curriculum and subject design. This strategy involves a process unlearning and relearning, or critical public pedagogy, to develop space and place literacies for strengthened ecological citizenship in uncertain times.

Presentation Unsung: the art of editing

UNE, Peel House

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Dr Linda Nix AE

IPEd Ambassador, Dr Linda Nix AE, explains what professional editors do, how they contribute to all kinds of arts projects – creative writing, histories and memoirs, exhibition catalogues, visual displays, transcripts and captions for audiovisual material, websites and social media, grant applications – and how to find and work with an editor.

Presentation On Country at Giiyong Festival

UNE, Peel House

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Giiyong Festival was the first Aboriginal arts and cultural festival in the south-east region of NSW and a hugely successful event. The festival featured over 100 Aboriginal musicians, dancers, singers, writers and presenters, ranging from professional acts to community groups. The festival provided an important platform for our Aboriginal community locally and nationally to showcase their culture and have their voices heard and respected. Andrew Gray from South East Arts and Alison Simpson from Twofold Aboriginal Corporation will present on this significant event.

Presentation Collection Digitisation Across Regional NSW

Crown Lands Building

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Katherine Bell

How might regional cultural organisations participate in a digital future? How do we ensure we safeguard the stories, cultures and histories held in regional collections? How can we unlock regional collections for audiences across NSW, Australia and the world? These questions are fundamental to the Collections Digitisation Project being developed by Create NSW. The project is exploring ways in which digitisation can both preserve unique items held in the regions, and enable local, national and global audiences to connect with them.

Presentation Tamworth Regional Council's New Cultural Precinct Plan

Tamworth Regional Gallery

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Peter Ross

Tamworth Regional Council Community Strategic Plan 2017 – 2027 has a key objective to build a performing arts centre within a cultural precinct. This project is also a key objective of the city’s cultural plan. Council committed funds to develop the business case and concept design for a new performing arts centre based on the vision from community and key stakeholder needs. The vision and current plans around the importance of the ecosystem within the precinct will be presented.

The aim of the project is to position Tamworth to be a leader in Business Tourism, Cultural Tourism and a regional centre for arts excellence through a world class performing arts centre and cultural precinct that operates on a business model that offers the best return to rate payers, delivers a functional community asset, provides a robust arts ecosystem and a vibrant cultural heart.

Performance Miyay Miyay: A Creative Collaboration

The Chapel Theatre

3:45pm – 5:00pm

This project is the creative development of a performing arts piece based on the Gamilaroi version of Miyay Miyay the Seven Sisters songline, and inspired by Country and the landscape of the New England North West.  This project is focused on the central artistic collaboration between two key Gamilaroi artists – writer Cathy Craigie and dancer/producer Katie Leslie.  The Seven Sisters songline is an epic narrative that spans across a vast area of Australia from the West coast through Central Australia to the North West of NSW and to Gamilaroi country.  The main focus of this project is the creative collaboration itself, which not only will result in a new creative work, but will also give emerging artists and community the opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes look at how this process works.

The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, and in NSW through Regional Arts NSW and is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

This is a Delegates only arts festival event, scheduled as part of the afternoon conference sessions

7:00pm – 12:00am

Artstate Arts Program

Various locations

Visit the Arts Program for available events.

Times are indicative only and may be subject to change.

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