Regional Arts NSW has announced the program for Artstate Tamworth, a four-day event that will transform Tamworth into a bustling arts hub from 31st October to 3rd November 2019.
Artstate is a four-year program presented by Regional Arts NSW which aims to shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice and to explore the exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state. The event was held in Lismore in 2017 and Bathurst in 2018.
Artstate delegates will be able to enjoy a two-day conference program discussing the themes of On Country – In Country and Arts in the Age of Uncertainty. The program includes keynote speakers from across Australia and overseas including Sue Hill (UK) of WildWorks, who specialise in landscape-based theatre; artist and storyteller of Haida ancestry Patrick Shannon (CAN) who tackles important First Nations topics; and CEO of the Australia Council Adrian Collette.
Artstate Tamworth’s exciting arts program is open to the public and will include an amazing open-air concert, Girrabul Murris (talented Murris), featuring country music legend Roger Knox (aka the Koori King of Country, or “Black Elvis”) (pictured) alongside local musicians; an eclectic mix of contemporary musicians; and Pulitzer-Prize winning play I Am My Own Wife performed by Tamworth actor Daniel Gillet.
The visual arts program contains three new exhibitions including Exploded Textiles which features contemporary textile-based works that celebrate Tamworth’s famous focus on textile art; Art Word Place featuring ekphrastic works by key New England writers inspired by the best of the area’s visual artists; and Warrabara by Kamilaroi weaver Amy Hammond who is working with local weavers to create a massive woven turtle to be installed in the Tamworth Regional Gallery. Light – Art – The Night, referencing Tamworth as the first city in the southern hemisphere to install electric street lighting, will feature five local artists projecting work onto buildings across Tamworth, including work by renowned Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie.
Program information and early bird registration tickets for Artstate Tamworth , 31st October to 3rd November 2019, are available now.