Friday 1 December

Theme: Creative Practice

8:00am – 8:45am

Registration

Lismore City Hall

Registration and coffee on arrival.

8:45am – 1:00pm

Keynotes and Panels

Lismore City Hall

Keynote Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India

Lismore City Hall

9:10am – 9:40am

Soumik Datta, Award winning contemporary British musician

Soumik Datta travelled to remote corners of rural India in search of extraordinary musicians to make his first film on the fading heritage of folk music hidden from the mainstream. His film, Tuning 2 You, has exposed rarely seen communities on the brink of extinction. This keynote presentation discusses his journey discovering ancient melodies and polyrhythmic systems and its impact on his creative practice. This is accompanied by photographs and footage from rural India. 

Panel Regional Creative Practice

Lismore City Hall

9:45am – 10:45am

Julian Louis, Artistic Director, NORPA
Cate McQuillen, Creative Producer, Director & Writer, mememe productions
Leigh Carriage, Musician
Gavin Webber, co-Artistic Dirctor, The Farm

 
Moderator: Stephen Champion, Director, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Morning Tea

Lismore City Hall

10:45am – 11:15am

Keynote Aboriginal Creative Practice: A cultural narrative, but why do I also have to be the consultant?

Lismore City Hall

11:15am – 11:45am

Rhoda Roberts AO, Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Rhoda Roberts Gallery & Events, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival & Curator of the second annual Parrtijima – A Festival in Light

Our Widjabul oral chronicle, of country, clan and custodial responsibility shapes us, guides us and encourages knowledge, values and fosters a cultural narrative that is all encompassing. Our cultural legacy comes with a real national responsibility. Is it an Aboriginal duty for those engaged in the culture sectors or is it a concern for us all in the creative industry?
 
In this presentation Rhoda Roberts examines the current policies relating to grant funding and questions the methodology of measuring the value of our First Nation’s artists, performers and companies. There is a disconnection between the evaluation requirements and the rhetoric that consistently speaks of treasuring and nurturing. She suggests we should encourage tenacity, allow the practice to germinate with a values based dialogue that has a long – term narrative, that enables risk taking and failure as part of the process.

Panel First Nations Creatives

Lismore City Hall

11:50am – 12:50pm

Kirk Page, Associate Director, NORPA
Mariaa Randall, Dancer & Choreographer
Karla Dickens, Artist

 
Moderator: Sharni Jones, Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection, Australian Museum

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

Lismore City Hall

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Parallel sessions of forums, panels, presentations, short talks and masterclasses

Various locations

Screen Masterclass Living Regionally Working Nationally

St Paul's Hall

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Lisa O’Meara, Programs & Communications Manager, Screenworks
Cate McQuillen, Creative Producer, Director & Writer, mememe productions
Will Gammon, Cumulus Visual Effects, Syclone Technology
Dustin Clare, Actor

 
A panel of highly experienced regional filmmakers and practitioners will disclose their key success factors and work practices and provide advice on how to be prosperous working in the creative industries and living in a regional area.

Panel Living Cultures for Living Centres

Lismore Workers Club

2:00pm – 3:15pm

A panel led by Steve Miller, Aboriginal Programs Manager, Museums & Galleries NSW discussing their recent research project that gives a snapshot of the current status of Aboriginal collections in cultural centres, keeping places, museums, galleries and knowledge centres.

Panel First People's Literature, Language and Renewal

Lismore Regional Gallery

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Introduced by: Adam Shoemaker, Vice Chancellor, Southern Cross University
 
Dr Philip McLaren, Kamilaroi author, academic
Rachel Lynwood, Deputy Director, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
Nigel Stewart, Indigenous Park Ranger and Educator

 
Join a dialogue introduced by Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice Chancellor, Southern Cross University as he leads a panel discussion featuring Dr Philip McLaren Kamilaroi author and academic, Rachel Lynwood, Bundjalung woman, Deputy Director, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples and Nigel Stewart, Arakwal / Bundjalung man, Indigenous Park Ranger and Educator.

Presentation Growing Live Music in NSW 1: Building Regional NSW scenes with the Live and Local Micro Music Festivals Program

Lismore Workers Club

2:00pm – 3:15pm

John Wardle, Policy Director, Live Music Office
Emily Collins, Managing Director, MusicNSW

 
Developed in partnership with and supported by Create NSW and the Live Music Office, the Regional Live and Local Micro-Festival Strategic Initiative is designed to build capacity within local government for presenting live music whilst also providing jobs for artists and activating streetscapes and venues. This presentation takes you through the program structure, provides case studies of various micro-festivals that have been delivered, as well as looking at the findings from the program evaluation and next steps.
 
Co-presented by the Live Music Office and MusicNSW.

Panel 3 Creative Disciplines; 3 Creative Practices

Lismore Workers Club

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Simone O’Brien, Creative Director, Spaghetti Circus
Sophie Masson, Chair, New England Writers Centre
Matt Hill, Course Coordinator, Contemporary Music Program, Southern Cross University

 
Moderator: Adam Deusien
 
Developing a career as an artist is always a challenge so how do artists fare in a regional environment? Simone O’Brien, Creative Director of Spaghetti Circus looks at the broad spectrum of creative practices existing under the banner of ‘circus’ as a contemporary art form. Sophie Masson, chair of the New England Writers Centre, is an award winning and internationally published author of over 60 books for children, young adults and adults. She will profile literary creative practice and its challenges and opportunities in the context of a distinctive regional community. Matt Hill will look at the typical portfolio career pattern for musicians living in the Northern Rivers.

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Parallel sessions of forums, panels, presentations, short talks and masterclasses

Various locations

Screen Masterclass Putting Virtual Reality into Arts Practice

St Paul's Hall

3:45pm – 5:00pm

J’aimee Skippon-Volke, GreenhouseFX|3D|VR, Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF), Collective Reality
Ossie Alfaro, GreenhouseFX|3D|VR
 
For the first time this year, Create NSW offered funding to artists and cultural practitioners to develop virtual reality (VR) work. At this session, regional NSW based VR practitioners, J’aimee Skippon-Volke and Ossie Alfaro will reveal how they use VR technology to create an immersive experience. They will explore a range of examples of how it can be put in to practice across different art forms to create unique experiences.

Presentation Emergency – Call the Arts!

Lismore Library

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Sam Sangster, Chief Executive, NSW Health Infrastructure
Scotia Monkovitch, Director, Creative Recovery Network

 
Sam Sangster, Chief Executive of NSW Health Infrastructure and Scotia Monkovitch, Director of the Creative Recovery Network will present two different aspects where the arts makes a difference in the lives of people facing the burdens caused by illness, injury and hospitalisation or the impact of natural disasters on their lives. At times these impacts will overlap. Sam will present two regional NSW case studies showing how arts programs are enabling collaboration and community spirit as art becomes an integral part of hospital redevelopments.
 
The Arts are increasingly playing a role in community cohesiveness and regeneration post natural disaster in Australia. Scotia will examine the rigorous structures and support mechanisms for communities and artists working at the coal face of community recovery with tools and knowledge as well as the need to activate policy shifts within Emergency Management.

Presentation Growing Live Music in NSW 2: Strategic Planning, Better Regulation and Industry Development Programs in NSW

Lismore Workers Club

3:45pm – 5:00pm

John Wardle, Policy Director, Live Music Office
Emily Collins, Managing Director, MusicNSW

 
Co-presented by the Live Music Office and MusicNSW, this session will explore music industry development programs, funding opportunities and other resources and support available for musicians and music industry in NSW. The Live Music Office will also present some inspiring examples of best practice happening nationally in industry development and better regulation, as well as investigate the outcomes of recent policy and strategy forums happening around night economies and music industry progress in 2017.
 
If you’re keen to see a stronger and more diverse live music scene develop in your town, come and connect with MusicNSW and the Live Music Office, and join in a lively discussion around some of the challenges and opportunities facing regional NSW music communities.

Panel Big Skies, Concrete & Cinema: A panel of three diverse collaborations engaging communities in Central NSW and the Northern Rivers

Lismore Workers Club

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Karen Therese, Artistic Director, PYT | Fairfield
Dr Merrill Findlay, Big Skies Collaboration
Grayson Cooke, Associate Professor of Media, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University

 
Moderator: Greg Pritchard
 
The Big Skies Collaboration brings together arts practitioners, astronomers and local communities to creatively explore their relationships with the cosmos as experienced from inland rural Australia within an area that has been defined as the 700 Kilometre Array.
 
Pagoda Parkour placed young Western Sydney artists in a remote Australian bushland environment. This exceptional work layered and adapted urban street dance to the unique pagoda rock formations in the Wollemi National Park.
 
Produced for Arts Northern Rivers multi-arts project If These Halls Could Talk, Bonnywood Rising, is a live-cinema performance project developed from working with 100 members of the Bonalbo community to celebrate the histories – the true histories AND the slightly embellished ones – of the Bonalbo & District Memorial Hall.
 
Bonnywood Rising will be performed as part of the arts program at Star Court Theatre, Friday at 7.00pm.

Panel NSW Cultural Infrastructure Plan

Lismore Workers Club

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Alex Bowen, Director, Statewide Strategy and Planning, Cultural Infrastructure Project Management Office (CIPMO)
 
The NSW Government is developing a Cultural Infrastructure Plan on what New South Wales needs to do to sustain and develop a vibrant cultural landscape to 2040. This session is an opportunity to hear about and provide input into the process. Alex Bowen, Director of Strategy and Planning at CIPMO, will present followed by a panel discussion.

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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