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Touring shows and performances

For information on the touring programs offered by TRA, visit the touring page.

2009 Tasmanian Regional Arts Forums

In 2008 TRA sucessfully staged its inaugural series of three regional forums. These forums attracted representatives all but one TRA branch and were implemented to provide TRA members with the opportuity to network with other branches, perform/exhibit their work and develop new skills.

TRA will stage the next series of regional forums later in 2009. Your RADO will be in touch to find out what each region needs in order to develop a really good program.

Regional Arts Australia 2010 Conference 26-29 August 2010

The seventh biennial Regional Arts Australia national conference will be presented by Regional Arts Australia and Tasmanian Regional Arts, in collaboration with the host community of Launceston, from 26-29 August 2010.

This major arts event is financially supported by a broad range of agencies including Regional Arts Australia; the Commonwealth Government (Australia Council, DEWHA); The Tasmanian Government (Arts Tasmania; Events and Tourism) Local Government (Launceston City Council) plus a host of other conference project specific partners. The 2010 RAA conference continues the tradition of providing an experience that is ‘part conference past festival – all art’.

RAA conferences are now Australia’s most awaited and largest arts conference/festivals. By any measure these conferences are significant national events that bring to the host community the benefits of networking, professional development, opportunities for creating intellectual and cultural capital, profile the arts in regional Australia, economic returns while also providing a boost to regional arts activity.

Specific benefits to Tasmania associated with this conference/festival are that they:
1. Attract 1,000 delegates, speakers, artists and arts supporters
2. Generate over $1.6Million in local economic activity in real terms for the host state/community
3. Attract local, national and international audiences for a broad range of new artistic works, including free public access to significant components of the artistic program
4. Provide a living legacy for the host community well beyond the event itself; and
5. Engage local artsworkers in both paid and voluntary capacities.

After the success of Art at the Heart in Alice Springs in 2008, the 2010 RAA conference is set to deliver the very best in regional arts performance and practices to the broadest audience. In these times of economic uncertainty and great social change, we need to build our confidence and capacity to ensure that the arts play a meaningful and effective role in developing more inclusive and sustainable communities.

Central to the conference’s broad appeal is its creative or artistic program. This was implemented in 2004 after regional art workers and practitioners indicated a need to provide a quality artistic program to showcase arts products to a growing national audience. Rather than merely engaging in discussions on regional arts practice, delegates wanted to provide a vehicle for quality artwork to be generated, exhibited and performed to support the discussions.

The artistic program is funded discretely from the conference budget and has grown in significance as a creative event complementary in nature to the intellectual inspiration provided by the conference. Each biennial conference’s associated artistic program has continued to support development of new work across all art forms; provided new audiences for emergent work; generated flow on employment of artists and/or further touring of artworks or performances; and raised the profile and awareness of the quality and diversity of regional arts practices.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact us

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Head Office: Cnr George & James St, Latrobe, PO Box 172 Latrobe TAS 7307
Email i...@tasregionalarts.org.au Phone 03 6426 2344 Fax 03 6426 2889
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