Artstate Impact Assessment

For the past four years, Regional Arts NSW together with partnering Regional Arts Development Organisations has worked to shine a light on the creative excellence that exists across regional NSW through the hybrid arts festival and conference, Artstate.

Delivering insightful conversations and creative showcases at Lismore (2017), Bathurst (2018), Tamworth (2019) and Wagga Wagga (2020), Artstate aimed to:

  • Develop and deliver an inspiring arts conference building on the skills and lessons from the national event, ARTLANDS Dubbo to providing significant professional development and networking opportunities for delegates to Artstate up until 2020.
  • Develop and deliver a multi-genre arts festival complementing and surrounding the conference program to celebrate regional creativity and quality.
  • Promote the value of the arts in regional communities.
  • Attract an audience of artists and arts workers from across metro and regional areas of NSW.
  • Ensure that both elements of the event have a strong Aboriginal component recognising the strength and values of culture in the regional sector.
  • Demonstrate the importance of local government investment and contribution to the arts in regional NSW.

Following the conclusion of Artstate in Wagga Wagga in 2020, Regional Arts NSW engaged The Western Research Institute to conduct an independent evaluation of Artstate in order to understand the importance of the event for its delegates, for regional arts policy and to measure its social and economic impacts.

The final Impact Assessment has now been finalised, and The Artstate team is proud to announce that this evaluation concluded that “Artstate delivered on its intended aims of the event.”

We encourage you to find out more about the impact of Artstate and download the Artstate Impact Assessment here!