Artstate Lismore

Image: The Cassettes performing at the Artstate Lismore Opening Ceremony. Image by Katelyn-Jane Dunn.
2017 saw the inaugural Arstate take place in Lismore, located in the far north eastern pocket of NSW. Following the Artstate opening ceremony in the Lismore Quadrangle on Thursday 30 November and the commencement of the arts program, Friday 1 December saw the beginning of Artstate Lismore’s two day speakers program. The morning sessions were held in the home of NORPA, Lismore City Hall.
The first day examined the theme of Creative Practice, with an opening keynote by internationally acclaimed saroud virtuoso, Soumik Datta from the UK. (He also performed a recital showcasing his practice in the Studio at 6.30pm on Friday evening). This was followed by a panel of artists from the region including Julian Louis, Artistic Director of NORPA, filmmaker Cate McQuillen and musician and jazz singer, Leigh Carriage. The second morning session discussed Aboriginal creative practice following a keynote by Bundjalung artist and festival director, Rhoda Roberts AO.
Saturday 2 December looked at the Creative Partnerships developed around regional festivals with a keynote from Karoline Trollvik, director of the Riddu Riddu festival in the far north of Norway, an event that focuses on the local First Nations people, the Sami, and draws attendees from around the world. The following panel examined regional festivals with speakers including Chris Spencer, General Manager, Saltwater Freshwater Festival, Edwina Johnson, Byron Writers Festival and Jessica Ducrou from Splendour in the Grass. Furthering the conversation around partnerships, Arts Northern Rivers ED, Peter Wood lead a panel of leaders from NSW Regional Arts Development Organisations interrogating arts-led cross-sector partnerships that deliver innovative projects for their different communities.
Afternoons offered a diversity of masterclasses, panels and presentations including four masterclasses by Screenworks, presentations by the Live Music Office and a Create NSW panel.
The Artstate Dinner was held on Saturday evening where Bathurst was announced as the regional host city for 2018.



Audio Recordings

Friday 2 November
Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India
Soumik Datta

Regional Creative Practice
Julian Louis, Cate McQuillen, Leigh Carriage, moderated by Stephen Champion

Aboriginal Creative Practice: A cultural narrative, but why do I also have to be the consultant?
Rhoda Roberts AO

First Nations Creatives
Kirk Page, Karla Dickens, Rhoda Roberts AO, moderated by Sharni Jones

Saturday 2 December: Creative Partnerships
Riddu Riđđu: The Little Storm on the Coast
Karoline Trollvik

The Art of Festivals
Chris Spencer, Jessica Ducrou, Edwina Johnson, moderated by Wesley Enoch

Connecting Schools and the Arts Community
Nick Mahmat

Cross–sector Partnerships in Regional NSW
Andrew Gray, Jamie-Lea Hodges, Tracey Callinan, Scott Howie, moderated by Peter Wood