1 – 3 September 2021
The team at Regional Arts Australia is busy working on Artlands 2021. We want to assure you that we are tracking the COVID updates across the country every day, and especially border restrictions for Artlands participants travelling to and from Tasmania. Artlands 2021 will happen in some form. Our hybrid model of digital and in-person events, and our regional hub venues, mean that we can plan for different scenarios and a safe and successful event for all Artlands participants.
As Australia’s largest regional arts gathering for over two decades, Artlands is a strategic exchange that responds to emerging trends, discovers new ideas, considers adapted approaches and showcases artists as well as highlighting the creative and cultural sector across regional, rural and remote Australia.
2021 heralds a new approach to the delivery of this critical national event. Artlands will be curated alongside existing festivals, exhibitions, and gatherings connecting with creative programming and providing ongoing platforms for dialogue and critical conversations across all States and Territories. This approach encourages connections and engagement with local creative industries and practitioners and facilitates an integrated process of shared ownership and outcomes generating increases participation and audiences.
In 2021 Artlands will be delivered alongside Junction Arts Festival, in Launceston, lutruwita (Tasmania).
Junction Arts Festival was first presented as a one-off event annexed to the 2010 Regional Arts Australia conference and, as a result of local support for a festival in Launceston, has continued as an annual fixture of the national events calendar. Junction exists to bring quality arts and cultural experiences to Launceston. As it celebrates its 10th year, with the re-addition of the Artlands conference, Junction continues its tradition of developing, commissioning and presenting participatory and community engaged contemporary artwork.
Through Artlands 2021, Regional Arts Australia will highlight the role Junction plays as an incubator for artists and arts workers.
In addition to the host venue Junction Arts Festival, Artlands 2021 will partner with 4 national venues who will become local Artlands hubs.
The Artlands 2021 Program will elevate the creative practice of regional artists, practitioners and arts workers across Australia and enable ongoing connection across industry, research and academia.
Artlands will be:
- Informed by ‘practice on country’
- Cross disciplinary and multi art form focused
- Collaborative and co-designed - Led by practice and industry
- Artist & Community Driven - Unique and relevant
- A catalyst for policy development to inform a national strategy
- Responsive and changing