art at the heart

art at the heart was Regional Arts Australia sixth national part conference part festival. The conference was opened by the Hon Peter Garrett AM, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts. Regional Arts Australia worked with the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT and the Alice Springs community to produce an inspirational experience. art at the heart hosted 959 delegates, 192 conference presenters and 254 festival artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and geographic areas from regional and remote Australia. Approximately 45% of presenters were Indigenous and the Artistic program featured a ratio of 40:60 Indigenous to non-Indigenous artists. The central focus of art at the heart was artistic and cultural exchange and cross cultural collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and cultural workers in regional and remote contexts. art at the heart was designed to be an ideas incubator, development space and platform for delegates to learn new skills, create networks and generate new ideas. Art at the Heart aimed to link communities, artists, local councils and organisations in order to help create powerful connections and collaborations to sustain artists and stimulate arts activities across regional and remote Australia. Kieren Sanderson – Conference Coordinator and Artistic Director