About Artstate

Image: Opening Ceremony at Artstate Tamworth 2019. Photo by Chasing Summer Photography

Join the conversation and celebrate the arts in regional NSW.

Artstate has been a four-year project by Regional Arts NSW to showcase excellence in arts practice in the regions and to have an ongoing conversation from an inspirational range of speakers and panellists in order to share experiences and explore new ideas and partnerships for an exciting future. It was especially important throughout the project to hear from our Aboriginal and First Nations leaders and well as having the opportunity to engage with their diverse cultural knowledge.  A curated Arts Program developed each year by a local artistic director, provided visitors an unprecedented opportunity to immerse themselves in the arts and cultural strengths of each region.

Each year, we partnered with one of the Regional Arts Development Organisations in the NSW Network to infuse Artstate with the unique flavour of their region. We kicked off in 2017 with Artstate Lismore, in partnership with our colleagues at Arts Northern Rivers. After a stellar first year, we teamed up with Arts OutWest to bring Artstate to beautiful Bathurst in 2018. In 2019, we landed in the vibrant city of Tamworth in the North West with the help of our partners at Arts North West. The final episode in this journey across NSW took us down south to the amazing Riverina city of Wagga Wagga in 2020, and was delivered as a fully COVID-safe event in company with the great team from Eastern Riverina Arts. We acknowledge that partnering with Artstate created a whole pile of extra work for those RADOs and we thank them for their commitment to this project.

Over the four years we were able to demonstrate some of the many different landscapes and climates that make up this state and the significant contribution by local government to arts and cultural development in regional NSW. We are grateful for the support of Lismore City Council, Bathurst Regional Council, Tamworth Regional Council and Wagga Wagga City Council as well as the other funding partners that we were able to secure for each event.

If you would like to revisit any of these conversations, you can go to our past Artstates page to revisit the programs, transcripts, reports and videos from each event. In addition, most of the Artstate Wagga Wagga speakers’ and arts programs were filmed as we ‘pivoted to digital’ and live-streamed the program for those unable to attend.

If you would like to read the final evaluation of the four-year project you can find it here.

Our Artstate website will remain live for the next 12 months before being archived.

Artstate NSW is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW .