Trent Nelson

Bringing together more than 700 delegates and artists to the Bendigo and Castlemaine area, Artlands Victoria will create a space for meaningful exchange and dialogue about regional arts in Australia over four days.

“Every two years, for five days, we produce a program that can be an introduction to the arts nationally, and which has a range of workshops, arts, works-in-progress, that can weave and give content for artists and practitioners, and be a source of inspiration for participants,” says Creative Producer for Artlands Victoria, Ros Abercrombie.

Created as an event that links the arts sector with industries that export growth, productivity and innovation in a regional context, Artlands Victoria facilitates a dialogue that advocates a model that is socially, creatively, financially, environmentally and artistically sustainable.

“Artlands Victoria has been designed to reflect and respond to the emerging trends and needs of regional artists and arts industry that will stimulate critical reflection and provide a much-needed opportunity for industries to gather, present work and enter into meaningful exchange. We will include a range of voices across generations, cultures, practice and industry through our participating artists, speakers and delegates,” Ros says

Gannawarra Solar Farm

Gannawarra Solar Farm

Held over five days, from the 10 to 14 October, the event will put a spotlight on the dynamic and distinctive connections between people and place, with Artlands Victoria connecting the arts sector with education, technology, manufacturing, transport, agriculture, health, retail, hospitality, finance and tourism.

Designed as a multi-art, cross industry and intergenerational gathering, Artlands Victoria is an integrated conference and cultural program that combines a selection of curated exhibitions, dance, music and theatre, alongside works in progress, explorations and commissioned projects and speakers program. Artlands Victoria has nine key themes.

Speaker and presentations on offer include:

  • Practice on Country – Trent Nelson and Rodney Carter (Dja Dja Wurrung)

  • Sue Jane Taylor (Scotland)

  • Creative People and Places – Amanda Smethurst and Jenny Rutter (United Kingdom)

  • The Gannawarra: Art influences a creative economy – Tom O'Reilly and Roger Griffiths (Australia)

A wide selection of cultural projects are also on offer, to complement the conference and speaker program with projects titled: Crafting the Merch, Cultural Pharmacy, Subject/Object- Damon Moon, Tribe, Totem, Trade and Terrain – Lee Darroch and Local Curated Works from Central Victoria, among others.

Shining a national spotlight on Australia’s regional arts, check out the full list of events and activities on their website here.


Artlands Victoria

Dates: 10 -14 October 2018

Location: Multiple locations across Bendigo and Castlemaine

Times: multiple times – check website for details

Artlands Website