Creative direction, program development, coordination and production

art at the heart

art at the heart was Regional Arts Australia sixth national part conference part festival event which took place in Alice Springs in 2008. 

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.The central focus was artistic and cultural exchange and cross cultural collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and cultural workers in regional and remote contexts. The program aimed to link communities, artists, local councils and organisations in order to support meaningful connections and collaborations to stimulate arts activities across regional and remote Australia.

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.

Thank you to the late David Nixon the filmmaker behind the films below.

Please be aware the films below may show people who have passed away.

Opening plenary film welcoming the delegates to Alice Springs.

The arrival ceremony was visioned by Tim Newth from Tracks Dance with Co-Directors Alex Kelly and Dani Powell.

A conversation with delegates, presenters, artists and creatives during art the the heart about why art is important?