Regional Arts Australia welcomes the recent announcement that Artlands 2018 will be held in the vibrant regional centres of Bendigo and Castlemaine.
Artlands is Regional Arts Australia’s biennial national gathering of artists and arts workers who work with, in and for the arts in regional Australia. Artlands 2018 will be produced by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Regional Arts Australia.
This will be the first time Artlands will be produced in Victoria since 2004. Regional Arts Australia is excited about the approach that Regional Arts Victoria will take with this event, “Artlands 2018 will stimulate new thinking on how we develop, critique and power creative practice across Australia’s regions” says Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Esther Anatolitis.
Regional Arts Victoria and Artlands 2018 is the first recipient of Creative Victoria’s Regional Centre for Culture Program funding. This new initiative recently announced by the Victorian Government is a four-year package securing continued investment in galleries and performing arts centres across regional Victoria.
“We are delighted to be associated with the concerted approach by both Regional Arts Victoria and the Victorian Government to stimulate new arts and cultural experiences in regional Victoria. We intend that Artlands 2018 will be a great collaboration in which regional and remote arts practitioners can contribute their knowledge and expertise to a national agenda”, said Regional Arts Australia Chair Kate Fielding.
Artlands is also supported through the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund. Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Australian Government Minister for the Arts said, “The Australian Government is pleased to continue its support for Artlands through the Regional Arts Fund. This important regional arts gathering is a highlight in our national arts calendar.”
The announcement of Bendigo and Castlemaine as the focus locations for 2018 comes off the back of the hugely successful Artlands Dubbo 2016, hosted by Regional Arts NSW.
Artlands Dubbo broke new ground in discussion and provided a voice for a shared identity for the regional arts sector.
Opera and festival guru, Lindy Hume recently described regional arts as “a far more complex and charismatic sector”.
Indigenous Arts leader and Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch summarised the impact of the discussion at Artlands when he said, “The ideas this conference has raised has talked about First Nations in a way that no other conference in this country has talked about before”.
Artlands 2018 will continue to stimulate sophisticated conversations about First Nations identity and engagement and provided a platform for a national arts and cultural dialogue.
Artlands 2018 will be held on 5-9 September 2018.
More announcements will be made throughout 2017.