I have been lucky enough to receive a Regional Arts NSW Quick Response Grant to attend Artstate Lismore this December. Artstate is a four year project by RANSW to “shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice” and I can’t wait to be involved.
Having gone freelance this year as a producer based in regional Australia, it’s struck me even more how city focussed our industry is. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to connect with other regional colleagues and hopefully seed some new collaborations and partnerships.
I’ll be road-trippin’ for 15 hours with the Murray Arts and Western Riverina Arts crew (wish us luck!), to get the full regional experience.
In my capacity as Chair of Murray Arts it will be fantastic to catch up with the other regional arts development organisations who make up the Regional Arts NSW. In parts of NSW these are the only arts organisations that exist, making them an oasis for creatives living in their region, and a hub of creativity for the community. We’re lucky in Albury-Wodonga to have a vibrant cultural sector with Murray Arts, HotHouse Theatre, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, MAMA Albury, The Cube Wodonga, and further afield incredible festivals like Yackandandah Folk Festival and Wangaratta Jazz Festival. It poses an interesting question for Murray Arts as an arts development organisation regarding its role in the region and its stakeholders. I’m looking forward to connecting with Arts Northern Rivers who cover the Lismore area as they are in a similar position.
It’s going to be a fantastic few days and I couldn’t be more thankful to Regional Arts NSW for the grant to allow me to attend!