Thursday 31 October

9:00am – 5:00pm

Registrations open

Various locations

9:00am – 12:00pm

Engage, Involve, and Connect: Workshop for Visitor Experience Volunteers

Various locations

A New England North West Museum Network Event.

Arts North West, in partnership with Tamworth Regional Gallery and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, presents a workshop for the volunteer museum sector.  Cate Purcell, Volunteer Program Manager, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences will be presenting on the role of volunteers in the museum, and some strategies to help engage your audiences.

For this 90-minute presentation, which includes presenter-led activities, Cate will cover the following topics and strategies:

Engage – Enhancing visitor experience 
Spotlight on visitor expectations and creating opportunities. 

Involve – Building the Visitor Experience Volunteer Toolkit 
Exploring a range of strategies that bring the collection alive: Storytelling, Visible Thinking Strategies, Visitor-led.

Connect – Sharing your story 
Focus on individual skills, strengths, passion and the interactions that unfold. 


Cate Purcell, Volunteer Program Manager, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences 
Cate has been with the Museum since 2002 and oversaw the development and implementation of an integrated volunteer program. The Museum currently has 400 volunteers and places a strong emphasis on learning and collaboration within volunteer roles.  Prior to this position, Cate was Workforce Manager for the Sydney and Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committees. 

10:00am – 4:00pm

Creative Hotspot Publisher Pitch

Various locations

This is a fabulous opportunity for children’s writers and illustrators at any stage of their careers and from anywhere in Australia to pitch their work in person at Artstate Tamworth to two acclaimed New England-based children’s books publishers, Christmas Press and Little Pink Dog Books.

Christmas Press is looking for children’s and YA fiction, with particular emphasis on chapter books( illustrated fiction up to 6000 words,  for 5-8 year olds); junior fiction(up to 13,000 words, for 8-10 year olds) and adventure fiction for readers 10-16(up to 80,000 words). You can see more about what they’re looking for here:  They are not looking for picture book manuscripts, but are interested in looking at illustrators’ portfolios for consideration for their illustrated fiction.

Little Pink Dog Books specialises in children’s picture books and do not publish children’s novels or other long fiction for young readers. They are interested in looking at the work of both writers and illustrators.

Please note: neither Christmas Press nor Little Pink Dog Books publishes any works intended for adult readers.

This opportunity is offered in partnership with the New England Writers’ Centre, which to celebrate Artstate is enabling a substantial discount to be applied to the cost of a pitch. You can choose to pitch to one or both publishers, with each pitch slot lasting ten minutes. More Information & BOOK

10:30am – 12:00pm

Indy Theatre Forum | Life as a regional indy artist

Various locations

Join Critical Stages Touring in Tamworth this year for their very first regional Indy Theatre Forum, in partnership with Theatre Network NSW.

We know that artists working in regional areas are producing great work, and that they often do it with very different support and without the networks we sometimes take for granted when based in urban centres. While all Indy theatre artists have lots in common, there’s an awful lot more we can learn from artists, presenters and producers who aren’t city-based, especially at a time of arts uncertainty.

Come talk to other independent theatre practitioners, producers, and industry experts about the challenges and opportunities of working as a regional theatre artist in NSW. Hear stories of success (and frustration), share your own experiences, make new connections and discover who and what is out there to support you in your practice..

You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from Theatre Network New South Wales (TNN) reporting on their Health of the Sector survey. This recent survey reflects over 200 responses from across the NSW sector with over 40% from the independent sector. The themes of Artstate Tamworth, ‘On Country – In Country’ and ‘Arts in the Age of Uncertainty’, are central to the way theatre makers are working in regional NSW and TNN is keen to connect with you at this event to better inform their 2019 State of Theatre Report and future programming. TNN will also provide an update on their future direction and plans.

Special Guest Speakers:

Adam Deusien – Artistic Director, Lingua Franca

Sally Blackwood – ArtsNW Board of Directors 2018-2019 / Independent Opera Creator/Director & Arts Scholar

Caroline Dunphy – Co-Artistic Director, Belloo Creative / Artistic Associate, NORPA

About Theatre Network NSW

Theatre Network NSW (TNN) is the peak agency for theatre and performance in NSW.  TNN enables a strong and diverse ecology of theatre professionals in NSW, creating and sustaining the networks and activities that ensure vibrant creative collaboration throughout the state, and at all levels of the sector. TNN’s purpose is to lead, strengthen and support the professional theatre industry. We do this by building capacity in the small-to-medium and independent sector and by connecting and working closely with stakeholders including the major performing arts companies, industry peers and strategic partners.

For further information and for registration:

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Arts on Tour | Tamworth SALON

Various locations

SALON is an initiative to build relationships between NSW artists/producers and presenters, regional and metro: a small-scale, lo-fi conversation starter without the bells and whistles of a full-blown showcase.

As part of Artstate, Arts on Tour will present a SALON which focuses on regional makers who want to tour their work; on venues who are seeking professional touring performing arts; highlighting residency opportunities for producers.

SALON is a meeting place to build relationships, make connections and start those important touring conversations.

How do I get involved?
Arts on Tour have an EOI process. EOIs are encouraged from all genres of the performing arts and from productions looking to tour to both metro and regional venues, large and small in 2020 and beyond.

Eligibility criteria – who can apply?

  • NSW-based artists and producers
  • Professional work that is tour ready; in creative development; or is a concrete idea
  • Available to tour 2020 – 2021 (and beyond)

Selection criteria – what are we looking for?

  • Relevance and suitability to NSW audiences
  • Quality of work and artists involved
  • Engagement opportunities offered to audiences around the work
  • Regional diversity of artists – we encourage artists/producers based in regional NSW to apply
  • Cultural and artistic diversity of work – we’re looking for a diversity of artists, stories, and modes of presentation
  • Diversity of artform – including dance, theatre, music theatre, cabaret, children/family

More info:

You can also email Kate Gaul at Arts on Tour via or call on (02) 9699 7133.

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Artstate Opening Ceremony

Various locations

Welcome to Country

Formal Opening and Addresses

Opening Ceremony- YAAMA

Yaama, the Opening Ceremony for Tamworth, will be a creative convergence of the strong artistic, cultural and geographical strengths of our region and the elements that uniquely identify us as Kamilaroi and the New England North West.

Music, writing and our landscape – the expansive plains that meet and include the Great Dividing Range – are all elements that have continued to strengthen our people from the traditional custodians of the land tens of thousands of years ago to the people that work, walk and live in our expansive region today.

Collaborating with local emerging artists, established professionals as well as participants from the community the opening will be a sensorial feast of colour, movement, music, song and storytelling that celebrates this region and welcomes our visitors to the city.

Come early!  from 5.00pm the Sunrise Rotary Club of Tamworth will be on site to keep you fed and watered with a barbeque with a difference.

8:30pm – 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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