Artstate is a new four year project by Regional Arts NSW designed to shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice.

Lismore is the first host city for Artstate and from 30 November to 3 December there will be an exciting two day program of speakers exploring the themes of creative practice and creative partnerships. Wrapping around this will be a multi-genre arts program featuring the amazing creatives from the north coast of NSW.
Screenworks invites you to join the conversation and celebrate the arts in regional NSW by attending the screen specific events at Artstate 2017, please note you must purchase a registration package for the speakers program, scroll down for more details:

Screen Masterclass: Living Regionally, Working Nationally

  • Friday 1st December, 2:00pm – 3:15pm, St Paul’s Hall, 188 Keen Street, Lismore

Lisa O’Meara, Programs & Communications Manager, Screenworks
Cate McQuillen, Creative Producer, Director & Writer, mememe productions
Will Gammon, Cumulus Visual Effects, Syclone Technology
Dustin Clare, Actor & Producer

A panel of highly experienced regional filmmakers and practitioners will disclose their key success factors and work practices and provide advice on how to be prosperous working in the creative industries and living in a regional area.

(l-r: Lisa O’Meara, Cate McQuillen, Will Gammon, Dustin Clare)

Screen Masterclass: Putting Virtual Reality into Arts Practice

  • Friday 1st December, 3:45pm – 5:00pm, St Paul’s Hall, 188 Keen Street, Lismore

J’aimee Skippon-Volke, GreenhouseFX|3D|VR, Byron Bay International Film Festival, Collective Reality
Ossie Alfaro, GreenhouseFX|3D|VR

For the first time this year, Create NSW offered funding to artists and cultural practitioners to develop virtual reality (VR) work. At this session, regional NSW based VR practitioners, J’aimee Skippon-Volke and Ossie Alfaro will reveal how they use VR technology to create an immersive experience. They will explore a range of examples of how it can be put in to practice across different art forms to create unique experiences.

 (J’aimee Skippon-Volke & Ossie Alfaro)

Creatability Launch Event

  • Friday 1st December, 7:00pm – 8:15pm, St Paul’s Hall, 188 Keen Street, Lismore

Createability is an annual Screenworks initiative that provides funded opportunities for professional filmmakers living in Regional NSW to profile artists with disability living and creating in their communities. Each 3 – 7 minute short documentary gives the viewer an up-close encounter with each of the artists, showcasing their creative talents and the important role that art plays in their day-to-day lives.

Screenworks warmly invites you to a very special launch screening event of the Createability 2017 films. Our eight films for this year will be screened alongside several films from 2015 and 2016. Some filmmakers and profiled artists will also be in attendance.

Entry to this event is free and by pre-registration only, please secure your space here

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Screen Masterclass: Creatability, Profiling Regional Artists to the World

  • Saturday 2nd December; 2:00pm – 3:15pm, St Paul’s Hall, 188 Keen Street, Lismore

Louise Hodgson, Project and Event Coordinator, Screenworks
Catherine Marciniak, Senior Features Reporter, ABC
Karenza Ebejer, Independent Filmmaker

In 2015, Screenworks partnered with Screen NSW and the ABC to deliver three short films profiling artists with disability. Three years later, this project has now funded 20 short films showcasing artists with disability. The films are screened on ABC iview and have been shown at film festivals around the world. Go behind the scenes to find out how this project came about, how it is supporting both artists and filmmakers with disability, and the partnerships that have led to this project’s success.

 (l-r: Louise Hodgson, Catherine Marciniak, Karenza Ebejer)

Screen Masterclass: A Future of Less Government Funding

  • Saturday 2nd December, 3:45pm – 5:00pm, St Paul’s Hall, 188 Keen Street, Lismore

Ken Crouch, General Manager, Screenworks
Peter Bowen, Director, Screenworks Board
Lois Randall, Director, Screenworks Board

When Screenworks lost its Commonwealth funding in 2015, it faced an uncertain future and was forced to change its ‘business as usual’ approach. Two years on, it has now tripled its revenue and membership base thanks predominantly to new strategic partnerships and the support of a business mentor. In this session, we will look at how partnerships and practical business approaches to arts, screen and cultural projects and arts organisations can lead to success, strengthen long-term potential and provide some freedom from funding applications and acquittals.

 (l-r: Ken Crouch, Lois Randall, Peter Bowen)

Artstate is open to everyone, however you must purchase a registration package for the speakers program:

Tickets can be purchased to individual events in the arts program, and many are free:


Artstate Lismore is produced by Regional Arts NSW in partnership with Arts Northern Rivers, and is supported by Create NSW and Lismore City Council.

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