Cowra projects part of statewide discussion at Artstate

Corridor Project members Dylan Gower and Phoebe Cowdery on the Swinging Bridge over the Belubula River at Canowindra.

Corridor Project members Dylan Gower and Phoebe Cowdery on the Swinging Bridge over the Belubula River at Canowindra.

The creative outcomes occurring in Cowra as part of the Corridor Project will be presented to more than 200 arts delegates at Artstate in Bathurst next month.

Phoebe Cowdery, project manager, with the Corridor Project will be a member of a panel at the event.

In this panel, cross-collaborative projects will be discussed, as well as projects that link experimental site-activation and response.

Artstate Bathurst will be held from November 1 to 4, a four-day celebration of regional arts presented by Regional Arts NSW.

Artstate Bathurst will feature a two-day conference program including keynote speakers from both Australia and overseas, discussing the themes of A Sense of Place and Robust Regions.

Keynote speakers include Wiradjuri artist Jonathon Jones; Director of Findhorn Bay Arts in Scotland, Kresanna Aigner; CEO of the Regional Australia Institute Jack Archer; and Manager of Place Making at Panuku Development Auckland, Frith Walker.

There will also be talks and panels covering topics including building an economy around arts and culture, the economic impacts of regional film and television production and the future for regional gallery practice.

Accompanying the conference program is an extensive arts program which is open to the public, and includes three new projects being created by artists in residence at three of Bathurst’s museums; the world premiere of a new work from the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in collaboration with Australian Theatre for Young People, The Climbing Tree; an extensive free music program including local country duo Smith & Jones and the Regional Youth Orchestra; and Screenwave, a presentation of a series of short films by young regional artists.

The visual arts program includes exhibitions at Bathurst Regional Gallery, the newly activated Tremain’s Mill cultural precinct and outdoor work in Machattie Park. 

Chair of Regional Arts NSW, Stephen Champion said, “Artstate demonstrates that regional New South Wales is at the epicentre of national and international discourse about the vital relationship the arts to communities. It does this by focusing on creative practice and creative partnerships of the highest order.”

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