Saturday 2 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

Keynote Adrian Collette

9:10am – 9:40am

Adrian Collette AM

Adrian is the recently appointed CEO of the Australian Council for the Arts. Mr Collette held the position of Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Australia’s largest performing arts company, for 16 years. He also worked in book publishing for a decade, including as Managing Director, Reed Books, a Division of Reed Elsevier. His previous role of Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne included the oversight of the University’s museums and galleries and its many arts sector partnerships. He has served on the Australia Council Board since 1 July 2013.

Adrian was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his services to the performing arts, particularly through executive roles with Opera Australia, as a mentor to young artists, to publishing, and to the community.

Panel Arts addressing the big issues in western NSW

9:45am – 10:45am

Andrew Hull

Cathy Farry

Prue Cullen

Moderator : TBA


Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:10am

Keynote Nothing is certain but death and taxes

11:15am – 11:45am

Emma Hogg

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 Sally Blackwood

Adam Deusien

Sarah Last

Sophie 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: 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, HERE.

Small Talks Authors' Cafe

UNE, Peel House

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Ariella Van Luyn

Suzie Wicks

Michael Thorley

Bronwyn Parry

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, Ariella Van Luyn and Suzie Wicks

Limited Numbers. Tickets at registration

Workshop Failure

Tamworth Regional Gallery

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Scott Howie

Dr James T. Farley

Christopher Orchard

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

Panel The State of Artist Research in a Regional University

Crown Lands Building

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Julie Shearer

Jennifer Hamilton

Richard Jordan

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.

Workshop Better Brainstorming and Creative Collaboration


2:00pm – 3:15pm

Monica Davidson

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 Create NSW

UNE, Peel House

2:00pm – 3:15pm

More information to follow.

Presentation Out There Arts & Health Practice

UNE, Peel House

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Tracey Callinan

Christine McMillan

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.


3:15pm – 3:45pm

Presentation Post Disability Arts & Social Change

UNE, Peel House

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Sunita Bala

Carla Davey

Zeb Shulz

Mathew Daymond

Mike Smith

The presentation will use the stories of artists of vary 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 Arts, Wellbeing & Mental Health

UNE, Peel House

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Susan Conroy

Caitlin Marshall

Lizzie Rose

This is a combined panel discussion focusing on arts, wellbeing and mental health.

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. This presentation by Susan Conroy will explore new ways to attract funding to the arts and discuss the outcomes of the Creative Fitness pilot program.

MakeShift. Make new habits, to shift the old ones – presented by Caitlin Marshall and Lizzie Rose, co-founders.  MakeShift is a creativity on prescription program launched by social enterprise Rumpus, in the Illawarra. MakeShift is pioneering the way that art, and artists can create experiences that help people to shift into finding new creative habits, proven to alleviate anxiety, stress, burn out, depression and PTSD, which is a current epidemic in our society, and in such uncertain times. The research on social prescription tells us that unmasking the mystery behind these creative practices is transformative for many people, and being shown these new worlds of creativity by professional working artists, not therapists, is a key part of the success of this treatment.

Presentation Textiles & Tensions

Crown Lands Building

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Bridget Guthrie

Jackie Dunn

Vic McEwan

This presentation explores the nature of current textile practice. Through 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.

Performance The View From 1919

The Chapel Theatre

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

Crown Lands Building

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Lucy Joseph

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.

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Artstate Dinner

Oxley Hill Lookout

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.

More information can be found on our Food page.


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

More details to be announced…

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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