Friday 6 November

8:00am – 8:45am

Registrations and coffee / tea on arrival

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

Auditorium Doors Open

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

8:30am – 9:00am

9:00am – 1:00pm

Keynotes and Panels

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

Welcome to Country & Conference Welcome

9:00am – 9:10am

Aunty Isabel Reid

The Hon. Don Harwin MLC, NSW Minister for the Arts

Keynote Flourishing Together

9:10am – 9:40am

Faye McMillan

Mental Health is an issue that impacts us all and the participation in art provides an opportunity to engage with our own social and emotional wellbeing. So how does a pharmacist who works in mental health get a gig at Artstate? Using her own lived experiences as a Wiradjuri yinaa, Faye McMillan will talk about the importance of finding yourself to allow flourishing.

Panel Creative Journeys

9:45am – 10:45am

Dane Simpson

Lillardia Briggs-Houston

Joel Bray

Moderated by Marcus Hughes

Three Aboriginal artists share their stories of building their careers in the arts.

Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:10am

Keynote Walking Together

11:15am – 11:45am

Gayle Kennedy

Award-winning writer, Wongaiibon woman, and wheelchair user Gayle Kennedy puts her own unique spin on the theme of ‘walking together’. As a First Nations woman who lives with disability and who has spent a lot of time living in and travelling around regional NSW, Gayle will provide distinctive, compelling and entertaining insights into how creativity is valued, opportunity is accessed and participation is made available to people and communities across the state.

Panel Working Together

11:50am – 12:50pm

Antonia Seymour

Emily Collins

Kerry Comerford

Moderated by Julie Briggs

“Service organisations play important roles in the areas of advocacy, capacity building, communications and support”. Arts NSW 2010. 10 years on, is this still the case and what is their value to their sectors in regional NSW?

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Parallel sessions of panels and presentations

Various locations

Info Session Fundraising Clinic: 1:1 fundraising coaching sessions

Wagga Wagga City Library

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Este Darin-Cooper

Are you an artist or arts organisation looking to raise money through donations or sponsorship? Este Darin-Cooper, State Manager NSW at Creative Partnerships Australia, is available on Friday and Saturday for free 1:1 coaching sessions to discuss your fundraising strategy.

Please submit an enquiry to Este with your preferred day and time here.

Forum Presentation Music NSW

Romano's Hotel - Chandelier Room

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Emily Collins

Sats Kramer

Phoebe Pinnock

Michael Simic

• Regional Music Officer Program
• The Tyranny of Social Distance: Issues for music in the age of COVID
• Club RMOte
Three hour program from Music NSW with panel presentation, forum and networking

Panel Education and learning with the Void exhibition

Museum of the Riverina - Historic Council Chambers

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Sarah Gurich

Rachel Arndt

Annie-renae Winters

Emily McDaniel

Void is a national touring exhibition curated by Wiradjuri curator Emily McDaniel and presented by UTS Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country. Following the Void Education Symposium, held at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in December 2019 with Wiradyuri Knowledge holders, educators, staff and volunteers a training resource was produced. This panel, facilitated by Sarah Gurich and Rachel Arndt draws on their experience in developing and presenting the exhibition and symposium.

Panel Disability Sparking

CSU Riverina Playhouse

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Liz Martin

Bec Hogan

Eugenie Lee

Allison Reynolds

Creativity and innovation is powered by distinctive insights and unique skills. This gives artists with disability a valuable edge in the creative marketplace but it’s an advantage that’s under-utilized. Delivering dedicated professional opportunities for artists with disability taps into vital creative forces, elevates our collective experience of art and culture, and builds communities where everyone feels they belong. This session explores the models being used by major companies, galleries and festivals to team up with artists with disability across the visual and performing arts sectors and how these models can inform how regional arts and cultural organisations in NSW work to accelerate and celebrate the diverse professional, cultural and social impact of arts and disability. Liz Martin will facilitate a discussion with up to four disability artists.

HANDS ON Postcard Keepsakes: Connecting. Reflecting. Creating

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Art Workshop

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Elaine Camlin

A hands-on opportunity to view the Pandemic Print Exchange, a project that communicated shared global experiences and provides connection during isolation. Explore the value of creative communication and the potential of print making to engage with communities. Each participant will create their own postcard, a reflective keepsake from Artstate 2020.

Break

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Presentation One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

CSU Riverina Playhouse

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Vic McEwan

Vic McEwen, Artistic Director of the CAD Factory, will lead a performative exploration of the complexities involved in working with community around issues of suicide and grief.
Part Presentation/Part Performance, this sharing will involve 3 “scenes” that include
1. A scene with a local Wiradjuri elder and community members exploring loss of connection to culture and its impact on things such as suicide/grief.
2. An immersive artistic outcome that involves a 10-20 piece choir, video and sound.
3. A video contribution by Clive Parkinson from the U.K.

HANDS ON Postcard Keepsakes: Connecting. Reflecting. Creating.

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Art Workshop

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Elaine Camlin

A hands-on opportunity to view the Pandemic Print Exchange, a project that communicated shared global experiences and provides connection during isolation. Explore the value of creative communication and the potential of print making to engage with communities. Each participant will create their own postcard, a reflective keepsake from Artstate 2020.

Presentation Restoring our Connection with Country

Museum of the Riverina

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Geoff Simpson

Connecting people with nature improves well-being, but how people connect with natural places is not well documented. A connective experience at the Rick Farley Reserve, adjacent to the Mungo National Park is changing that. By using language, song, story, dance combined with cultural burning, species monitoring, toolmaking and walking the Country participants connect deeper by undertaking the ceremony to receive messages from the Country with immediate long lasting effects. Underpinned by the core cultural values of Country, Kinship, Lore and Dreaming the project is restoring Aboriginal cultural practices and embedding them in land management.

7:00pm – 12:00am

Artstate Arts Program

Various locations

Visit the Arts Program for available events.

Times are indicative only and may be subject to change.

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