Image: “YAAMA”, Artstate Tamworth Opening Ceremony
Artstate Tamworth 2019
Partnering with Regional Arts Development Organisation, Arts North West, to coordinate the event, Artstate Tamworth was four exciting days of inspiring art and in-depth conversation about issues that face the arts industry and regional communities more broadly.
The highly anticipated speaker’s program was held during Artstate Tamworth on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November. Over the two days, delegates and industry leaders came together to discuss the themes, “On Country – In Country” and “Arts in the Age of Uncertainty”.
The keynote speakers for the Artstate Tamworth speakers program included CEO of the Australian Council for the Arts, Adrian Collette AM; Water and Environmental Scientist and Kamilaroi man, Brad Moggridge; Executive Director for WildWorks theatre company from the UK, Emma Hogg; and Artist, Storyteller and indigenous Canadian man, Patrick Shannon.
These keynotes were joined on the speaker’s stage by an array of panellists who will each shared their take on how artists remain connected to their land and culture whilst weathering the constant changes of the industry.
Complementary to the speaker’s program was the arts festival that commenced with the Artstate Tamworth Opening Ceremony on Thursday 31 October. The Opening Ceremony was held in Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park and featured a strong Kamilaroi presence, attributed to Tamworth’s heritage as the first city to have electric street lights as large light installations were projected amongst the trees, and many theatrical and music productions – including a guest appearance from Tamworth-born country music icon, Felicity Urquhart.
Reko Rennie, The Regional Youth Orchestra and Roger Knox are amongst the artists involved in the free arts program along with Aboriginal weaving projects, a range of exhibitions, theatrical productions and more.
Welcome to Country and Artstate Tamworth Speakers Program Opening Address
Keynote Speaker 1: Brad Moggridge, ngaya winanga-l guwaa-l gawuban gunigal (I listen and talk to the connected waters)
Keynote 2: Patrick Shannon, The Power of Media in a Systemically Racist Society
Keynote 3: Adrian Collette AM, Arts and Creativity in Australia
Keynote 4: Emma Hogg, Nothing is certain but death and taxes