Artstate Bathurst

Image: Bridget Guthrie enjoys Homekeeper, an Artstate commissioned Museum Residency Project by Johanna Williams & Jesse Alston. Photo by Katelyn-Jane Dunn, courtesy of Regional Arts NSW.


2018 saw Artstate move to Bathurst, located in NSW’s Central West. Festivities kicked off with an opening ceremony in Kings Parade on Thursday 1 November, before the Speakers Program commenced on Friday 2 November at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

The first day of the Speakers Program focused on the theme of Sense of Place, with an opening keynote by acclaimed artist Jonathan Jones called Nginha Ngurambang Marunbunmilgirridyu: I Love This Country. This keynote was followed by the panel First Nations Artists: Responding to Place, moderated by Sharni Jones (Manager of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Collection, Australian Museum), and featuring Aleshia Lonsdale (Artist & Aboriginal Arts Development Officer, Arts Outwest), Amala Groom (Artist), and Ian RT Colless (Dancer and Choreographer). The second keynote for the day was delivered by Frith Walker (Placemaker for Wynyard Quarter, Waterfront Auckland), entitled Sense of Place: Beyond the Jargon and into the Need. This was followed by a panel of Regional Arts Development Organisation Executive Directors; Tracey Callinan (Arts Outwest), Peter Wood (Arts Northern Rivers), Caroline Downer (Arts North West) and Kerry-Anne Jones (South West Arts).

Saturday 3 November’s theme was Robust Regions, and the day was opened by a keynote on creative hotspots in regional Australia by Jack Archer (CEO, Regional Australia Institute). This was followed by a panel, Country Towns: Building an Economy Around Arts & Culture moderated by Micaela Hambrett (Features Reporter, ABC Central West), Rich Evans (Chief Reactivation Officer, The Foundations, Portland) and Stephen Birrell (Owner, Tremain’s Mill). Following a short morning tea break, delegates returned to hear from the final keynote speaker, Kresanna Aigner (Director, Findhorn Bay Arts, Scotland, UK) on Making Creative Things Happen. The final morning panel, In the Regions: Making an Artistic Living, was moderated by Soseh Yekanians (Senior Lecturer in Theatre/Media, Charles Sturt University), and featured Alison Plevey (Associate Director and Performer, Lingua Franca), James T. Farley (Artist & Lecturer in Photography, Charles Sturt University) and Henry Simmons (Owner/Director, Man On The Moon Media).

Afternoons offered a diversity of play readings, panels and presentations. The Artstate Dinner was held on Saturday evening where Tamworth was announced as the regional host city for 2019 by the Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Don Harwin MLC.



Audio Recordings

Friday 2 November: Sense of Place

Nginha Ngurambang Marunbunmilgirridyu: I Love This Country
Jonathan Jones, Artist

First Nations Artists: Responding to Place
Amala Groom, Aleisha Lonsdale, Ian RT Colless, moderated by Sharni Jones

Sense of Place: Beyond the Jargon and into the Need
Frith Walker, Placemaker for Wynyard Quarter, Waterfront Auckland (Panuku Development), NZ

Place and Practice in Regional Arts Development
Caroline Downer, Peter Wood, Kerry-Anne Jones, moderated by Tracey Callinan

Saturday 3 November: Robust Regions

Hotspots of Creative Employment: Regional Development Through Creative Industries
Jack Archer, CEO, Regional Australia Institute

Country Towns: Building an Economy Around Arts & Culture
Stephen Birrell and Rich Evans, moderated by Micaela Hambrett

Making Creative Things Happen
Kresanna Aigner, Director, Findhorn Bay Arts, Scotland, UK

In the Regions: Making an Artistic Living
Alison Plevey, James T. Farley and Henry Simmons, moderated by Soseh Yekanians