TRA’s Board and Executive develop strategic project directions that support multi-year community arts and cultural development projects. You will find stories and information on several of our projects listed below
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The Regional Arts Australia National Conference is Australia's most awaited and largest regional arts gathering held outside of a metropolitan festival. Held in a different regional destination every two years, each conference is 'part conference, part festival - all art'.
From 17-20 October 2012, over 600 people from across the country who are involved or interested in the arts converged on Goolwa in South Australia.
The inaugural RAA National Conference was held in Mt Gambier in 1998. In the fourteen years since, seven conferences have been hosted by a different regional arts agency and held in a different regional location across Australia every two years.
Since its inception, the conference has grown enormously, with triple the number of delegates attending in 2008 compared to the decade earlier.
In 2014, it will return to West Australia.
Regional Arts Australia's biennial conferences bring together hundreds of people from across the country that work in, are involved in, and are interested in the arts in regional Australia. The conference is Australia's most awaited and largest regional arts event. Held in different regional destinations across Australia, each conference is 'part conference, part festival - all art' and reflects and celebrates the host community.
The aims of the Regional Arts Australia national conferences are to:
The 2012 conference, KUMUWUKI / big wave, took place from 17-21 October in Goolwa in South Australia, a town situated at the mouth of the River Murray, a site where the management of one of Australia's major waterways across four Australian states can be viewed and notions resilience can be explored on its many physical and ephemeral levels. It is also the home of the traditional custodians the Ngarrindjeri Nation, whose vision is all people caring, sharing, knowing and respecting the lands, the water and all living things.
Tasmanian Regional Arts' wonderful cultural tourism showcase event - Open Your Eyes - was a resounding success. Held over the period 16-18 September, the concept of self guided arts experiential tours proved a hit for those of an arty,adventurous nature and the host communities alike.
Creative Producer Jaspa Wood has taken an interesting approach to documenting and marketing the event. For those attending, or those that missed out, you can get a humorous and irreverent snippet of the program from the two roving writers, Poet Duncan Hose and Performance/Installation Artist Tristan Stowards who toured the region's sights and events and have concocted these wonderfully funny online vignettes of the program.
You can access their wit via youtube by following the links below:
Many thanks to all the artists and the communities who took part - we trust that those that took part will well and truly have their eyes open to the creative potential of the state's south.
FAMILY is the southern component of The Dance Project, a statewide initiative of the Australia Council. Mature Artists Dance Experience, (MADE) Tasmania’s innovative contemporary dance theatre ensemble of mature adults is working in collaboration with Hobart’s Hospice Volunteers to create a two part dance and sound installation encapsulating the primary message that death is an essential element of life - and a community in fear and denial of death is a community in fear and denial of life”. (Hospice Volunteers).
In 2010 MADE was approached by Hospice Care Association of Southern Tasmania Inc who had identified MADE and its performance methods as the means for establishing a dialogue with the broader community about the subject of death, predominately feared and treated as taboo. FAMILY project patron Professor Ashby (Director of Palliative Care, Royal Hobart Hospital and Ethicist) and the Hospice Volunteer’s believe it is the ignorance and fear of dying that is preventing many people from having a ‘good’ death. Similarly,MADE strongly advocates the valuable contribution mature members of our community make to our cultural identity - through dance and movement; forming a collaboration that is surprising, obvious and integrally connected.
It is through this unique collaboration that artistic interrogations are transposing the powerful discourse evolving from the two groups combined into phrasal encounters that are both visceral and unchartered.The Dance Project, a community arts initiative is focused on the critical investigation of the work through its year-long intensive workshops aimed at facilitating participatory experiences and new meanings within the form of dance. The introspection of the movement being created is further charged by the diverse ensemble of mostly woman ranging in ages from 40 year of age to 80 years of age. Yet, it is the intent of the movement resonated through the connection of the Hospice Volunteers and their intimate association with dying and death that reverberates long after visiting the work in creative development.
FAMILY is a bold, innovative project that is stimulating critical discourse about dying and connecting with death - through this exquisite participatory performance work – in life.
In 2009 commenced a two year project to investigate and support social enterprise development in Tasmania through the Arts.
Funded through the support of the Westpac Foundation, Branching Out set out to equip regional Tasmania's community arts organisations with skills and expertise to generate their own resources, placing less emphasis on grants and more on economic self - sustainability.
Branching Out is a project that saw Tasmania's peak community arts organisation, Tasmanian Regional Arts work with two pilot groups on establishing social enterprises. This project has seen a collaboration between business, government, the arts and community to look at the opportunities of social enterprise to increase sustainability and capacity of non profit and volunteer arts organisations.
The Institute for Regional Development (UTAS) worked with TRA to implement an action learning process that provided the opportunity to record, reflect and respond to the needs of the pilots. Based on this work UTAS then sourced Kylie Eastley as research assistant in the UTAS baseline study into social enterprise in Tasmania in an extension of the initial two-year funded project which concluded in 2011.
The Branching Out project identified the challenges for those organisations without the capacity, resources and reserves to invest in the set up and management of a social enterprise. It also identified gaps in the services currently available to those in the social enterprise and non profit sector. In response to this TRA developed an innovative coaching approach that saw significant outcomes for the pilots and broader Tasmanian social enterprise sector.
Branching Out has been the catalyst for a broader conversation about social enterprise in Tasmania. TRA aims to build on this work to explore the potential for it's own organisation as well as the future opportunities of social enterprise facilitation throughout Tasmania and further afield.
To access the final report on the Branching Out research Project, click here (PDF: 2.3MB)