Saturday 2 November

8:00am – 9:00am

Registrations and coffee on arrival

Various locations

9:00am – 1:00pm

Keynotes and Panels

Various locations

Keynote Arts and Creativity in Australia

9:10am – 9:40am

Speaking as an advocate for the public value of the arts, Adrian Collette will discuss the critical importance of regional and remote arts to our national fabric and the immense potential of arts and creativity to help us navigate the new, the unknown, and the challenges of our times. In his keynote address, Adrian will outline his vision for the increasingly powerful role of the arts and creativity in this nation – in generating empathy that can connect us across social divides and as the fuel that can ignite our social, cultural and economic success.

Adrian Collette AM, CEO, Australia Council for the Arts

Panel Arts addressing the big issues in western NSW

9:45am – 10:45am

Cathy Farry

Moderator: Anna Moulder, Chief of Staff and morning presenter ABC New England North West.

What are the big issues in the far West? When you live and work more than 500 to over 1000 kilometres from Sydney, how do these artists engage with their communities?


Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:10am

Keynote Nothing is certain but death and taxes

11:15am – 11:45am

Emma Hogg is Executive Director for WildWorks theatre from Cornwall, UK.

WildWorks have been creating site specific work in and with communities on the edge for over a decade. Communities on the edge of conflict, social change and loss of major industry, or rural isolation and economic deprivation. From the West Bank in Palestine, Sunderland in the north east of the UK, to villages at home in Cornwall; these communities are at the sharp end of local, national and global uncertainty. Then 4 years ago WildWorks Founding and Artistic Director received a terminal cancer diagnosis and the company began its own journey of uncertainty, where the only thing that was certain was that it was all about to change.

How can personal experiences inform how artists and arts organisations approach uncertainty at a larger scale?

About WildWorks.

Founded by Bill Mitchell in 2005, WildWorks makes theatre with landscapes and people, telling the stories of the world they live in, in unexpected ways.

From their base in Cornwall, UK, these adventures take them all around the world, hosting workshops in Palestine, leaping off harbour walls in Newcastle or awakening castles in Belgium. Their approach is different. They bed down in every location, get to know the people who belong to it and tease out the secrets that will shape each show. Skyline, sea wall, basement, rampart; they turn the world into a stage and invite you to come and wonder.

Panel Weathering change – the evolving landscape for independent artists

11:50am – 12:50pm

Moderated by

With much of the discourse concerning regional performing arts focussed on venues and organisations, what is the experience and role of the independent artists in our communities? How do they navigate continual changing arts policies yet maintain their careers and practice?

1:00pm – 2:00pm


Various locations

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Parallel sessions of panels and presentations

Various locations

Info Session Fundraising: Free 1:1 Fundraising Coaching Sessions

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, Email with your preferred time or phone 0403 200 809.

Small Talks Authors' Cafe

2:00pm – 3:15pm

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: Bronwyn Parry, Michael Thorley and Ariella Van Luyn

Limited Numbers. Tickets at registration

Workshop Failure

Innovations Studio, Tamworth Regional Gallery

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Scott Howie

How do we talk about failure?

This session involves an open conversation in response to a series of provocations around failure.  The exchange will be situated through a set of rules to facilitate openness and presence.  Join us to speak and listen, or don’t. It is also ok to sit comfortably in silence, think about failure, and not know the answers.

Limited numbers.  Tickets at registration

Workshop Better Brainstorming and Creative Collaboration

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Regional creatives and arts organisations need to collaborate, innovate and brainstorm with limited resources and complicated local relationships. This workshop shares some practical ideas for better brainstorming, including the “Yes And” technique, the T Sheet and other innovation tools, all designed to support a framework and strategy for new ideas.

Panel New opportunities and greater flexibility, the reform of Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Program

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Peter White

This year, Create NSW unveiled more flexible Arts and Cultural Funding Program guidelines for 2019/20 to make it simpler and easier for the sector to apply for funding. From consolidating rounds to reducing assessment criteria and introducing new Artform Advisory Boards, hear from the Create NSW team about how the new model is working and how artists and organisations can apply for future opportunities.

Peter White and Sam Wild, Senior Managers at Create NSW will present on the reformed program and take questions on Creative Koori and Project funding.

Presentation Out There Arts & Health Practice

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Tracey Callinan

Arts OutWest has been delivering arts and health programs in hospitals, aged care centres and in the community for over a decade. This presentation will discuss the challenges of partnerships, effective consultation and successful delivery in health settings as well as the ongoing issue of finding funding for programs.

Presentation Textiles & Tensions

2:00pm – 3:15pm

This presentation explores the nature of current textile practice, sharing three perspectives from Vic McEwan curator of the next Tamworth Textile Triennial, Tension(s) 2020, Jackie Dunn curator of Exploded Textiles a partnership exhibition with the Art Gallery of NSW and Bridget Guthrie, Director of the Tamworth Regional Gallery.


3:15pm – 3:45pm

Presentation Post Disability Arts & Social Change

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Sunita Bala

Zeb Shulz

Mathew Daymond

Mike Smith

The presentation will use the stories of artists of varying abilities engaged by RealArtWorks Inc. to demonstrate how socially engaged artists can use the lens of creativity to investigate the world in these troubling times, creating real shifts, on an individual and systemic level

Panel First Get Them Outside!

3:45pm – 5:00pm

How the arts can improve health, reduce obesity and connect people to place.

Arts practices have been linked to emotional wellness, but can the arts improve fitness and reduce obesity? Combining art and physical exercise in the pilot program Creative Fitness, Southern Tablelands Arts has developed a new model for arts and health.

Panel The State of Artist Research in a Regional University

3:45pm – 5:00pm

The State of Artist Research at a Regional University is a panel of three academics from the university of New England who use their arts practice as a research method. This panel will survey some of the challenges and benefits of participating in creative practice-led research, and explore the particularities of such research in a regional university setting. The speakers are Dr Julie Shearer, Dr Richard Jordan and Dr Jennifer Hamilton from UNE, Armidale.

Performance The View From 1919

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tamworth Regional Gallery, The View from 1919, is a theatrical exploration of the people, the art and the social environment of the time.  Gallery founder John (Jack) Salvana will come back to life and take us on a theatrical journey that looks at how Tamworth’s visual art’s collection was established and evolved.  This ‘made in Tamworth’ production will feature the music, clothes and the characters of the early 1900’s and celebrate our rich history.

Info Session Industry Info Sessions

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Andrew Totman

This is a combined Industry Information Session.

Lucy Joseph from the The Live Music Office presents how grassroots live music strategies such as the Live and Local model and the Make Music Day concept allow for more community- and business-driven projects in local communities. The presentation provides information of value for local council cultural, planning, tourism and economic officers, as well as business owners, musicians, event organisers and curators.

Andrew Totman Artist Educator Industry Relationship Lead TAFE NSW, Mary-Jane Griggs Head of Department Creative and Design Ideation TAFE NSW South
Region and Sandra Guy Head of Department Creative and Design Ideation TAFE NSW North Region discuss how local governments, creative and education sectors are looking at how the region is being shaped.

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Artstate Dinner

Various locations

Join fellow delegates and guests at the spectacular Oxley Hill Lookout for the Artstate Tamworth Dinner. Enjoy a three course meal, wine and entertainment courtesy of Splashpool.

Dinner will be held in a marquee on the Lookout with amazing views over Tamworth. You will arrive in time to enjoy a drink while watching a spectacular sunset over the distant mountain ranges, and listening to a story of the significance of this site for the local Kamilaroi people.

We will have a shuttle bus service leaving and returning to the Tamworth Town Hall to get you there and back safely. Buses will be leaving the Town Hall at 5.45pm, 6.16pm and 6.45pm depending on demand. Returning buses will drop off at the Festival Club and Town Hall.

More information can be found on our Food page.


Tickets to the Artstate Dinner are an optional purchase as part of your conference registration, and will include all food, wine and entertainment.


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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