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Wednesday, 10 October 2018


Artists, arts workers and creative minds from across the country, and around the world, have gathered in Bendigo for Artlands Victoria a four-day conference and creative program exploring what’s new, and what’s next for Australia’s regional arts sector.

 Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards attended the conference today which opened with a Dja Dja Wurrung ceremony in Rosalind Park and will feature events and workshops in the Ulumbarra Theatre, The Capital Theatre and the La Trobe Art Institute along with a special program stream that will be held in Castlemaine on Friday.

 More than 400 delegates from around Australia are participating in the event which has been supported by the Victorian Government as part of the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture program.

 Artlands is a biennial gathering that started in 1998 as a way of bringing regionally-based arts workers, policy makers and artists together to network and discuss the opportunities and challenges that are unique to the regional arts scene.


The event rotates across different regional locations and it was last staged in Victoria in 2006 in Horsham.

 This year’s program has been organised by Regional Arts Victoria and will feature keynote presentations, panels and workshops alongside a creative program that includes exhibitions, artists talks, concerts and tours. Speakers are from regional and metropolitan locations across the country as well as Scotland, the UK and New Zealand.

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  It is a great honour for our region to be hosting the 2018 Artlands conference. It is an incredible platform to showcase our vibrant creative community to creative leaders from across the country, and around the world.”

 “From the Regional Centre for Culture program and White Night Bendigo to the development of the Bendigo Creative Industries Hub, our Government has proudly delivered exciting new creative initiatives this year.”

 “Artlands is an opportunity to tell our story and for our artists and arts workers to come together, connect with counterparts from across the country and explore how to build on our success and plan for the future.” 


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