Arts Events – Book now!


The following arts program events will require bookings prior to attending. While majority are still free to attend, numbers are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, so you will be required to book in advance to guarantee your spot.


This ceremonial welcome to country and introduction to Wagga Wagga will be an immersive soundscape that calls Art State together. The welcome to country will be created by Jonathan Jones with local senior Wiradjuri elders including Aunty Isabel Reid and Aunty Lorraine Tye, with Uncle Stan Grant Senior explaining the true meaning of the name Wagga Wagga. This project is a coming-together of sounds, songs and stories that will deeply connect people to country.

All registered delegates automatically receive entry to the Opening Ceremony.

Tickets: Free but spaces are limited – book here! 


Presented amongst flames and molten steel, Sigh is a collaboration between Blacksmith, John Wood and musician Vic McEwan. Forged steel, flames, fire, clarinet, pump organs, contact microphones and more. An intimate performance in a working blacksmith’s studio where you will hear the screams & sighs of this enduring paradoxical medium.

Places are limited. Bookings essential. Sigh takes place outside the precinct (approx. 25 km) Transport provided, leaving from and returning to the Civic Theatre.

Tickets are free, available to delegates only and must be booked at the registration desk during the conference


There’s been too much history this year, but not for cabaret artist Peter J Casey. Armed only with a voice, a suit and a piano, he’ll pay tribute to a time that everyone can’t wait to forget. An evening of live satire and songs, with special guests.

Tickets are free, but spaces are limited to 40 people. Book here!


WGA is a performance and interpretation of field recordings from areas in the Riverina made by David Burraston [NYZ]. The performance will feature live sound processing/mixing using sound synthesizers and a laptop computer.

David Burraston is an award winning artist/scientist working in the areas of technology and electronic music, operating Noyzelab as an independant art/science music studio since 1981. His experimental arts practice encompasses field recording, landscape-scale sound art, chaos/complexity, practice-based research, sound synthesis and electronic music. He performs, lectures, conducts workshops and creates art installations in Regional NSW and around the world.

Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Book here! 


Pushing the boundaries of text, light and sound, this guided tour of a number of interactive installations and live art on the foreshore of the Wollundary Lagoon. Be prepared to flip your switches when The Familiar becomes Strange and where audiences are not just spectators!  You are the echo people, travellers arriving from a distant star invited to witness the opening of a black box, snippets of audio, text and images of “humans just being”, documenting the dying or perhaps rebirth of their planet. The (un)Usual bringing their post-disability experimental approach as a response to what happens when your strange becomes Familiar.

Tickets: This work is outdoors. There will be only five tours, with and for a maximum of ten people per tour. While this event is free, bookings are essential. Book here! 


Wagga Wagga City Council commissioned Riverina Dreaming : for solo piano by Australian Composer Peter Sculthorpe in 2011. Nearly 10 years later the Riverina Conservatorium of Music’s Joshua Prenzler will revisit the work alongside a program of local composers Brett Thompson, Joanne Burrows and Molly Carew.

Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Book here! 


20 years Riverina-bred singer songwriter, William Crighton, would regularly play the Tourist Hotel. Now for Artstate he returns with a full band to the stage of the Civic Theatre. Combining traditional music with experimentation, his live show has been received to high acclaim across the world. From sell out shows to festival highlights at Blues Fest, WOMAD and Woodford Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival & Boomtown.  Crighton’s family of followers are growing fast throughout the world. Now is the time to see this rising new troubadour!

Crighton will be supported by Tumut’s own rising start, Rory Phillips.  Rory is is a young man with an engaging stage presence, who leaves his audience impressed with his musicianship and enamoured with his personality!  At 14, Rory has already achieved more than most and musically, sits anywhere in the realm of blues, alt-country, folk or rock.

The concert will also be live streamed.

Tickets are free for delegates registered for the Speakers Program but bookings are still essential.

Tickets are available to the public to attend for $30 or for those wanting to livestream the show for $10 – book here!



You heard it was a comedy, you heard it was a drama, you heard they laughed for hours, you heard they were thinking about it all weekend. You weren’t sure if you believed it, but then you walked in, and you experienced it all. Tome is an exploration of freedom through completely unscripted improvised theatre. Not just a show, but a once in a lifetime experience diving headfirst into worlds of possibility on the stage.

Ensemble: Jhi Rayner Sally Jackson, Marcus Wright, Geraldine Cutler, Keeden Hendriks, Maxine Mueller, Charles Sykes, Natasha Shimpf, Callum Bodman, Emma Halley,Mitch Summerfield.


An evening with the clowns… rush with us. Rush is a performance piece exploring intimacy and informed consent through the shenanigans of two mischievous clowns. Artistic collaborators Dominique Sweeney, Samantha Dowdeswell and Wayne Pigram perform stories and music through classical and original texts as though their lives depend on it.

Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Book here! 


Join the Riverina’s King of Comedy, Dane Simpson as he hosts an evening of comedy, performance poetry featuring Jackie Atim with musician Damian Evans. The evening will be rounded off by musician Khairi Darweesh performing traditional Yazidi songs and original material on the tambour in his first language Kurmanji.

Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Book here! 


Join our delightful host Rose Quartz as she hosts an evening of burlesque and drag.

Titty Titty Bang Bang is the ultimate trio of the sassiest burlesque queens in the Riverina. From classic to neo-burlesque these performers light up the stage with stunning glam and captivating tease. Individually they’re cute, confident, and hilariously outrageous, but together they’re a unique and thrilling experience you will never forget.

Representing First Nations realness, the Haus of Fork are a dynamic drag trio from Albury Wodonga. 2020 has been a bin fire and the Forks have something new and exciting to showcase! Pride in Identity, Blakness and fire- the Haus of Fork will set your soul alight.

Drag mother, Yawana Fork will bring old school diva realness, coupled with outfits that are conceptualised and fabulous. Sassy sister Selma Fork gives you buxom, bold and serving the feminine fantasy, she will leave you gasping. Rounding up the trio is baby sister Anita, the rabble rouser, bringing to the fore Blakactivism, realpolitik & plenty of attitude.

Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Book now! 


launch of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s new summer exhibition program, with new exhibitions Miyagan (Relations) an inter-generational art and cultural practice curated by Jonathan Jones and Hannah Donnelly, new print works by Ben Rak in The Masks I Wear to Pass, painter Kate Smith: Form is temporary, class is permanent. Immerse yourself within an exciting multimedia live performance by Hardenvale – our home Absurdia artists Kellie O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell and Todd Fuller.

This is a ticketed event, which includes a complimentary drink and small plate of nibbles upon arrival.

There are two sessions:

Session 1 5pm – 6pm – $5 entry for general public **

Session 2 – 6pm – 7pm  – FREE to all Artstate delegates (inclusive as part of Artstate ticket)

This program will be officially launched by Wagga Wagga City Councillor Mayor Greg Conkey OAM, and Welcome to Country by Wiradjuri elder and artist Aunty Lorraine Tye.

** This is a fundraising event for Friends of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, who assist in the support of programs and purchasing of artworks for the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Collection.