ARTISTS and appreciators will descend on Tamworth after it was chosen as the next host of Artstate.
The project shines a light on excellence in the regional art sphere, bringing art’s finest speakers to share their experiences and knowledge.
There was a strong desire to showcase work from the entire region in all its forms Regional Arts NSW chief executive Elizabeth Rogers said.
“It’s not just visual arts, it’s performing arts, theatre, film, dance and music,” she said.
“We take themes from the previous conference, engage rapporters at the end of each conference to look at the overarching themes.
“We talk to local people to see what is most relevant to the region and build the conference around that.”
With a distinct focus on Indigenous arts, Artstate works with local Aboriginal communities to talk about the meaning behind their traditional art form and its influences.
It’s also an opportunity for metropolitan audiences to broaden their horizons Ms Rogers said.
“We wanted to give them the opportunity to look at the vibrancy and arts practice for distinct parts of NSW,” she said.
“Tamworth was selected because of the council’s commitment to infrastructure, there’s a fabulous regional gallery, a theatre, all the facilities you need.
“We bring people here to actually experience what it’s like, to walk the streets and experience the landscape of this region which is again quite a contrast to Lismore and the central west.”
Artstate will come to Tamworth in 2019, for information visit artstate.com.au.