Friday 2 November

8:00am – 9:00am

Registrations and coffee on arrival

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

9:00am – 1:00pm

Keynotes and Panels

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

Welcome to Country

9:00am – 9:10am

Keynote Nginha Ngurambang Marunbunmilgirridyu: I Love This Country

9:10am – 9:40am

Jonathan Jones, Artist

In this talk Jonathan Jones will discuss the importance of Aboriginal culture in south-east Australia, both historically and today. The south-east region is home to more than 80 different Aboriginal nations and these nations have created several of the world’s most significant sites, including the site of the oldest ceremonial burial, the site of the world’s first bread-makers and the recently World Heritage-listed eel traps of Budj Bim. After sustaining the first waves of colonisation the region has forged some of the most important tools for continuing culture and has produced a number of significant cultural leaders and artists. This talk will highlight the south-east region, which many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people call home, and demonstrate why all Australians should love this country.

Panel First Nations Artists: Responding to Place

9:45am – 10:45am

Moderated by Sharni Jones, Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection, Australian Museum

Aleshia Lonsdale, Artist & Aboriginal Arts Development Officer, Arts Outwest

Amala Groom, Artist

Ian RT Colless, Dancer and Choreographer

Country, language, ecology, lifecycle and perpetuity are contextual sanctions within the contradiction of occupation, displacement, migration, alienation, conviction and cultural resilience.
A sense of place and longing is embedded deep in the unconscious, manifesting through intergenerational activity and aesthetic connectivity, penetrating deep within the human condition. This panel of First Nations artists will discuss what it means to embrace agency, renewal, transformation, activation, cultural identify in place based practice contexts.

Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:10am

Keynote Sense of Place: Beyond the Jargon and into the Need

11:15am – 11:45am

Frith Walker, Placemaker for Wynyard Quarter, Waterfront Auckland, NZ

To quote Basil Fawlty – “specialist subject the bleedin’ obvious”. A discourse on what a sense of place is, why it seems so jolly hard for people to define and/or grasp as a concept, and why creative minds are essential in the urgent work we have before us. This talk will explore the various challenges of placemaking and urbanism in our left brain leaning world, as well as suggesting some notions around wisdom that we may have previously held (and that some continue to hold) that maybe could help us make our way forward without messing up our nest any further.

Panel Place and Practice in Regional Arts Development

11:50am – 12:50pm

Moderated by Tracey Callinan, Executive Director, Arts Outwest

Caroline Downer, Executive Director, Arts North West

Kerry-Anne Jones, Executive Director, South West Arts

Peter Wood, Executive Director, Arts Northern Rivers

This session explores how a ‘sense of place’ informs and guides participation in the development of arts and cultural projects within regional communities, and creates meaningful engagement opportunities and collaborations.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Parallel sessions of panels and presentations

Various locations

Workshop Get Ready to Pitch

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Ken Crouch, Chief Executive Officer, Screenworks

Lisa O’Meara, Programs & Operations Manager, Screenworks

So you have a great idea for a film, TV or online project – what’s next?
 
In this fast-paced, practical session Lisa O’Meara & Ken Crouch from Screenworks will explain how to prepare yourself and the key elements that you need to think about before you start pitching your project.
 
You will learn how to develop successful pitch documents to attract interest from broadcasters, producers and funding bodies and you will leave with strategies and tools to apply to your own production ideas.

Presentation The Art of Threatened Species

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Greg Pritchard, Project Manager, Office of Environment and Heritage NSW

Kelly Leonard, Artist

Nicola Mason, Artist

Working with Orana Arts and the Western Plains Cultural Centre, curator Dr Greg Pritchard has chosen 10 artists from across NSW to work with a threatened species and an Office of Environment and Heritage scientist to create a body of work that will tour NSW.
 
The project will promote the preservation of threatened species to NSW communities. Dr Pritchard and participating artists will discuss the project and the importance of regional partnerships in the development of the project.

Panel Temporal Museums + Regional Projects

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Phoebe Cowdery, Project Manager, the CORRIDOR project

Aleshia Lonsdale, Aboriginal Arts Development Officer, Arts Outwest

Craig Walsh, Curator, Artist, Creative Producer

With both regional and international perspectives, this panel will discuss working on cross-collaborative projects that link experimental site-activation and response. The panel will particularly focus on the development of a temporal museum for arts and museology.

Presentation The Wahluu Racing Team

Gunthers Lane

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Vince Lovecchio, Community Connect Central West

Paul Stafford, Paul Stafford Literacy

David Foley, DART Connections

Drop by Gunthers Lane to see the creative output from the Wahluu Racing Team (WRT) program, an initiative by The Project Zone.
 
Wahluu Racing Team
Wahluu Racing Team (WRT) is an innovative partnership program that provides new and important opportunities for disengaged/at-risk students in rural & regional areas. The program provides young people with incentives to engage with education, using culture, technology and arts content. WRT provides young people with an immersive learning experience using the theme of Wahluu (Mount Panorama) to link Aboriginal culture, ancient knowledge and belief systems with modern motor racing and its related technologies.
 
About the Project Zone
The Project Zone brings together Vince Lovecchio (Community Connect Central West) and Paul Stafford (Paul Stafford Literacy) for the development and delivery of innovative collaborative projects utilising the power of story, technology, and creativity. The Project Zone works in close collaboration with the Bathurst Wiradyuri & Aboriginal Community Elders and DART Connections (DET) to deliver enriched learning experiences in which people can explore, imagine and discover new things in meaningful and transformative ways.

Presentation The Place of the Unspoken

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Peter White, Head of Indigenous Strategy & Engagement, Sydney Living Museums

This paper responds to the theme “Sense of Place” and the overarching questions, and raises the issue of where do the experiences, stories and expressions of the First Peoples of this land sit within this paradigm. Are there still parallels of Aboriginal community residing as Fringe dwellers in their own land? Are we ready for the answers and the solutions that lie within truth telling?

Presentation Making Sense of Place

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Lee Pemberton, Dancer, Choreographer, Educator & Create NSW Regional Artists Fellowship Recipient

A Create NSW regional artist fellowship, Heritage, Lineage & Future has allowed Lee the time to investigate the history of the Far South Eastern coastal region in the context of her work. Having spent the past two decades carving a dance career regionally, Lee will talk about her experience and her commitment to working within her region.
 
Making Sense of Place will tell a story of Lee’s practice from working as a dancer-choreographer in Bega Valley from the early 2000’s to her experiences founding a youth organisation and new perspectives on dance she is discovering now.
 
The influence of place has seen Lee develop an intuitive practice that relies on lived experience, memory, imaginative provocations, knowledge and folding in of generations. A place is not separate from people, and a sense of place is deeply embedded in and inspired by the land. Like understanding oneself, it is a consistent presence, intangible, and in constant change, and the time spent getting to know a place is eminently rewarding.

Break

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Performance Local Stages New Play Readings | Kangaroo by Miranda Gott

Walshaw Hall

3:45pm – 5:00pm

In a small regional town, three people share their own funny, yet tragic, stories that cause their lives to converge on one fateful event.
 
Melissa became a mother at 18, escaping a home life with an emotionally abusive father. Her daughter is now 5, and Melissa is coming to realise that history is repeating itself.
 
Mick is an enthusiast for his work – tending the sewage facility and collecting the town’s garbage. Once a bright child, betrayal by a trusted adult forms his home-grown philosophy about life’s disposability.
 
Barbara is a former university lecturer in art, a ‘tree-changer’ who has made a fresh start in the town with her investment speculator husband. As she settles into country life, her academic understanding of death is confronted by the reality of life and death among rural animals.
 
Kangaroo is a tale of individual stories that weave and dance together revealing a dark and poetic exploration of solitude, strength, survival and death.

Presentation Connecting Communities Through Film

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Dave Horsley, Festival Director, Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) & Founder, Film Outreach Australia

Ever wanted to develop audiences for film and art in your regional town?
 
Dave Horsley, the Festival Director of the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) and Founder of Film Outreach Australia, breaks it down for you.

Presentation The Non-Sense of Place

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Amala Groom, Artist

Dale Collier, Artist

Dale Collier and Amala Groom will challenge their generations ‘great elaboration of the post-colonial critique’ through socially engaged conceptual art practice.

Presentation The Wahluu Racing Team

Gunthers Lane

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Vince Lovecchio, Community Connect Central West

Paul Stafford, Paul Stafford Literacy

David Foley, DART Connections

Drop by Gunthers Lane to see the creative output from the Wahluu Racing Team (WRT) program, an initiative by The Project Zone.
 
Wahluu Racing Team
Wahluu Racing Team (WRT) is an innovative partnership program that provides new and important opportunities for disengaged/at-risk students in rural & regional areas. The program provides young people with incentives to engage with education, using culture, technology and arts content. WRT provides young people with an immersive learning experience using the theme of Wahluu (Mount Panorama) to link Aboriginal culture, ancient knowledge and belief systems with modern motor racing and its related technologies.
 
About the Project Zone
The Project Zone brings together Vince Lovecchio (Community Connect Central West) and Paul Stafford (Paul Stafford Literacy) for the development and delivery of innovative collaborative projects utilising the power of story, technology, and creativity. The Project Zone works in close collaboration with the Bathurst Wiradyuri & Aboriginal Community Elders and DART Connections (DET) to deliver enriched learning experiences in which people can explore, imagine and discover new things in meaningful and transformative ways.

Panel Placemaking and Activation: The Benefits and Challenges

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Moderated by Frith Walker, Placemaker for Wynyard Quarter, Waterfront Auckland, NZ

Charlotte Hilder, Place Activation Officer, Maitland City Council

Lucy Joseph, Live and Local Strategic Initiative Program Manager, Live Music Office

Craig Sutton, Community Relations Officer, Bland Shire Council

Rebecca McDonell, Community Development Officer, Bland Shire Council

In conversation with Frith Walker, this panel will explore and share experiences of placemaking and site activation. From identifying a community need to gaining stakeholder and community support, expect conversations about the trials and triumphs of delivering projects that celebrate spaces and the communities that bring them alive. Case studies will include placemaking in Maitland, the Live and Local Strategic Initiative program by the Live Music Office, and how authentic community engagement has resulted in projects that have transformed the identities of two small villages in Bland Shire.

Panel Coota'n'Coona: Small Town Solutions to Inclusive Arts Practice

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Moderated by Scott Howie, Executive Director, Eastern Riverina Arts

Elise Magrath, Cultural Development Officer, The Arts Centre Cootamundra

Allison Reynolds, President and Public Officer, Creatives Collective

Elise Magrath and Allison Reynolds will explore inclusive initiatives in Cootamundra and Coonabarabran, in this session moderated by Executive Director of Eastern Riverina Arts, Scott Howie.
 
Ripple Effect
Elise will share her successes with Ripple Effect, a regional, inclusive multidisciplinary youth arts initiative between Murmuration and The Arts Centre Cootamundra (TACC). A best practice model for inclusive arts development, artist-led arts centre activation and skills exchange, this two-year partnership has included artist residencies, youth workshops, public events, professional development forums and live performance. These activities have laid the foundations for TACC and the community to build longer-term inclusion strategies for inclusive arts development in the region.
 
Creatives Collective
Creatives Collective ARI Inc. was formed in June 2017 after the local arts and craft group in Coonabaranbran closed their (non-accessible) visual arts weekly practice down. Not to be deterred, Allison Reynolds worked to develop an inclusive artist run initiative that has seen significant growth since their first staging of a festival celebrating art, diversity and culture. Hear about how this art-based social enterprise in Coonabarabran is helping local artists and people with disability, while solving the need for tourism within the region.

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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