Saturday 2 December

Theme: Creative Partnerships

8:00am – 8:45am

Registration

Lismore City Hall

Registration and coffee on arrival.

8:45am – 1:00pm

Keynotes and Panels

Lismore City Hall

Keynote Riddu Riđđu: The Little Storm on the Coast

Lismore City Hall

9:10am – 9:40am

Karoline Trollvik, Director, Riddu Riđđu Festivála

In 1991 a group of Sámi youths with a sense of justice and idealism started an event in Gáivuotna/Kåfjord that later would turn into the international indigenous festival Riddu Riđđu (“little storm on the coast”). Their main objective was to create a cultural gathering that would celebrate coastal Sami culture, and in that way connect with a culture that for them had been “hidden” due to state assimilation policies.
 
Despite local resistance towards any affiliation with Sámi culture, these young sámi activists were determined to turns shame into pride. The festival quickly received external recognition and Sámi artists praised the work Riddu Riđđu was doing to highlight Sami arts and culture. In time, Riddu Riđđu created an arena where it was safe to be Sámi, but also widened the profile to also celebrate other indigenous communities and artistic expressions of the world. It is a crucial stage for artistic development in Sápmi and for cross-indigenous dialogue and cultural collaborations. It has played a crucial part in enlightening younger generations and fostering self-confidence in Sámi youths that now are comfortable and proud of their Sámi background and identity.

Panel The Art of Festivals

Lismore City Hall

9:45am – 10:45am

Chris Spencer, General Manager, Saltwater Freshwater Festival
Glenn Wright, Director, Mullum Music Festival and Bello Music Festival
Jessica Ducrou, Director, Secret Sounds Connect, Splendour in the Grass
Edwina Johnson, Director, Bryon Writers Festival

 
Moderator: Wesley Enoch, Director, Sydney Festival

Morning Tea

Lismore City Hall

10:45am – 11:15am

Keynote Connecting Schools and the Arts Community

Lismore City Hall

11:15am – 11:45am

Nick Mahmat, Aesthetic Education Program Coordinator, Education for the Arts, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Michigan, USA

Through focused partnerships between local school districts and Kalamazoo RESA’s Education for the Arts Program, professional artists and arts presenters are brought together with classroom teachers and students to develop rich experiences around the arts. Learnings from one community’s approach to deepening arts learning by connecting youth and schools to the professional arts community.

Cross–sector Partnerships in Regional NSW

Lismore City Hall

11:50am – 1:00pm

Andrew Gray, Executive Director, South East Arts
Jamie-Lea Hodges, Executive Director, Outback Arts
Tracey Callinan, Executive Director, Arts Outwest
Scott Howie, Executive Director, Eastern Riverina Arts

 
Moderator: Peter Wood, Executive Director, Arts Northern Rivers
 
The fourteen Regional Arts Development Organisations in NSW are experts in facilitating arts partnerships with a range of sectors. In a discussion led by the Executive Director of Arts Northern Rivers, Peter Wood, this panel will showcase innovative joint projects that deliver positive outcomes for four regional communities.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

Lismore City Hall

2:00pm – 3:15pm

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

Various locations

Performance Fretless Nomad

Lismore City Hall

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Soumik Datta, Award winning contemporary British musician

Performance by Soumik Datta at the NORPA Studios, followed by a Q&A.
Ticketed delegate price: $16.50 +booking fee
 
Book here

Screen Masterclass Createability: Profiling Regional Artists to the World

St Paul's Hall

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Louise Hodgson, Project and Event Coordinator, Screenworks
Catherine Marciniak, Senior Features Reporter, ABC
Karenza Ebejer, independent filmmaker

 
In 2015, Screenworks partnered with Screen NSW and the ABC to deliver three short films profiling artists with disability. Three years later, this project has now funded 20 short films showcasing artists with disability. The films are screened on ABC iview and have been shown at film festivals around the world. Go behind the scenes to find out how this project came about, how it is supporting both artists and filmmakers with disability, and the partnerships that have led to this project’s success.

Presentation More Places For Theatre – Building New Audiences

Concert Room, Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Grant Dodwell, Director, ANT Live
Peter Hiscock, Executive Producer, ANT Live

 
Australian National Theatre Live is sharing great Australian theatre with cinema audiences around the country and they love it. They have negotiated agreements with theatre companies, writers, actors, unions, broadcasters, arts centres and cinemas around the country to film, produce and distribute high quality digital content featuring our best writers and performers.
 
So how does this build new theatre audiences through live captured theatre? What does the latest research reveal? How can they present regional and metropolitan theatre to rural and remote communities across NSW?
 
These questions and more will be answered in this spirited, interactive presentation which includes scenes from ANTLive productions and interviews with creatives.
 
“It’s not a film, it’s just like being at a play” – theatre goer

Presentation Driving Creative Practice from Remote Locations – The Producer, the Publicist and the Choreographer

Lismore Workers Club

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Angela Prior, Producer, Big hART
Bettina Richter, Media & Communications Manager, Big hART
Adelina Larson, Associate Artist, Big hART

 
An insight into Big hART who have unearthed the country’s invisible stories for 25 years. Producer Angela Prior will share her experiences producing creative projects in the Pilbara, Publicist Bettina Richter will unpack how to generate national media coverage for remote projects and Choreographer Adelina Larson will take us on a journey of movement from the Pilbara to NW Tasmania.

Panel Game Changers

Lismore Regional Gallery

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Create NSW presents a panel of leading NSW artists celebrated for producing work that is both locally relevant and internationally resonant, and will explore the subtle or extreme shifts in their work and practice, spanning multiple genres.

3:45pm – 5:00pm

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

Various locations

Performance NORPA presents_ STATE OF PLAY

Lismore City Hall

3:45pm – 5:15pm

Get the first taste of two new works being created in the Studio by two of NORPA’s Associate Artists.
 
A blistering match up about the mundane, both works prove what fertile ground the Northern Rivers is for emerging and established artists.
 
The works will be followed by a Q&A with the creative team, hosted by NORPA’s Artistic Director Julian Louis.
 

1/15 Ross Street / La Nina

Kate McDowell (NORPA Associate Artist), Viviane Frehner and Kimberley McIntyre are researching for two new dance/theatre works simultaneously.
 
1/15 Ross St is a site based dance duet between two neighbours who become witness to each other’s most intimate moments and La Nina is a drama about a mother and a daughter in the aftermath of a horrific accident.
 
Both new pieces are inspired by iconic Australian beachside houses in Lennox Head and each explores two women’s intimate realms through dance and movement, with the suburban mundane as poetic surrealism.
 
The team are sharing knowledge in a lab, supporting each other in their research pursuits, looking into drama in dance and dance in drama as well as site based play.
 
Artists: Viviane Frehner, Kimberley McIntyre, Kate McDowell, Barry Hill, James Brown, Amy McDowell, Erika Gelzinnis.
 

2 (Duet, Pair, Couplet, Fellow, Couple, Dual, Dyad, Twain, Distich, Twosome, Brace, Duad, Span, Yoke, Mate)

A new physical theatre work directed by Darcy Grant ( NORPA Associate Artist ). The work explores dualism, co-dependence and intimacy. Our relationships to other’s stress and service and our needs as humans. This work will look at how simple relationships get complex over time between two people. Whether in harmony or binary opposition our closest relationships surprise, delight and confound us.
 
Join us for a voyeuristic romp into the inexhaustible allure of 2.
 
Director: Darcy Grant

Screen Masterclass A Future of Less Government Funding

St Paul's Hall

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Ken Crouch, General Manager, Screenworks
Peter Bowen, Director, Screenworks Board
Lois Randall, Director, Screenworks Board

 
When Screenworks lost its Commonwealth funding in 2015, it faced an uncertain future and was forced to change its ‘business as usual’ approach. Two years on, it has now tripled its revenue and membership base thanks predominantly to new strategic partnerships and the support of a business mentor. In this session, we will look at how partnerships and practical business approaches to arts, screen and cultural projects and arts organisations can lead to success, strengthen long-term potential and provide some freedom from funding applications and acquittals.

Panel Aboriginal Creative Collaborations in the North West

Lismore Workers Club

3:45pm – 5:00pm


Aleshia Lonsdale, Aboriginal Arts and Development Officer, Arts Outwest
Kym Rae, Director, Gomeroi gaaynggal Programs, University of Newcastle
Lyniece Keogh, Indigenous Projects Manager, Gomeroi gaaynggal Programs, University of Newcastle

 
Moderator: Lorrayne Riggs, Aboriginal Arts Officer, Arts North West
 
Led by Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Officer, Lorrayne Riggs with panel members including Mehi Gallery, Gomeroi Gayynggal and Euraba Paper Makers, this panel will discuss innovation in the Aboriginal Arts sector and how they have achieved longevity and sustainability while addressing barriers that have prevented other collaborations from the same success.

Panel New Spaces for Creativity

Lismore Regional Gallery

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Brett Adlington, Director, Lismore Regional Gallery
David Oxenham, Director Engineering, Tweed Shire Council
Elise Magrath, Cultural Development Officer, The Arts Centre Cootamundra
Chris Magick, Director, Sustainable Valley

 
Moderator: Julie Briggs, Executive Officer, Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils
 
Cultural infrastructure can take many forms, repurposed buildings, brand new built from scratch on a green field site or artists led initiatives to find space not usually considered for artistic practice. Four examples from four different towns in regional NSW will at look the partnerships required for such developments and the imperatives driving each project.

6:30pm – 6:45pm

Solar Sunflower Demonstration

Lismore Quadrangle

Dr Barry Hill, Senior Lecturer School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University
 
Since its launch in 2013, The Sunflower has successfully solar powered music stages at dozens of music festivals and events around the Australia.
 
“The first electricians were seen as magicians, experimenting with static electricity to perform tricks for an audience. Musicians and artists have a role in exploring the potential of sustainable energy sources as part of their creative practice.”
 
The Sunflower project is both a community integrated learning project and a research project within the fields of mobile solar technology development and creative multimedia art. The project has given SCU music students an opportunity to participate in learning projects that take their learning tasks out of the lecture theatre and into the real world.

7:00pm – 12:00am

Artstate Arts Program

Various locations

Visit the Arts Program for available events.

9:10am – 9:45am

Creative Partnerships in Regional Festivals

Lismore City Hall

Times are indicative only and may be subject to change.

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