Regional Arts Network
Country Arts WA believes the regional arts sector will be stronger – more connected, creative and capable – when networks are established, people know each other, and they have the opportunity to work together.
The Regional Arts Network is a new model for regional arts development, created through the interconnected and complementary Hubs and Local Leadership programs.
Why do we need a Regional Arts Network?
The Western Australian regional arts sector consistently tells Country Arts WA of their need to be more connected to each other, share more knowledge and build the capacity of local leaders.
The Regional Arts Network aims to meet the identified needs and achieve the following goals:
- A minimum of two self-sustaining Hubs in each of the nine regional divisions of WA
- Sufficiently skilled and confident regional people to deliver high quality local, inter and intra-regional projects
- A more sustainable and coordinated approach to regional arts activity in Western Australia
The vision is for a Regional Arts Network of Hubs connecting regional artists, audiences and arts workers to enable better service delivery, improved communications, increased local decision making and more integrated and coordinated planning within specified geographic regions. This is a holistic approach to increasing diversity and supporting access to arts across our expansive state. It will build a sustainable and thriving ecosystem of connected creative communities.
Each Regional Arts Hub will serve a geographic region, breaking the State into manageable sites related to area, population and local government boundaries.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for the first network of up to six Hubs. Click here for more information and to apply.
In 2017, we piloted the Hubs program by partnering with four regional organisations: Goolarri Media Enterprises (Broome, Kimberley), Nintirri Centre (Tom Price, Pilbara), ARtS Narrogin (Narrogin Wheatbelt) and Creative Corner (Margaret River, South West).
Local Leadership Program
To support the Hubs, the Local Leadership program is delivered alongside to facilitate a culture of self-led leadership, collaborative leadership and community led contribution. The Local Leadership Program was piloted through early 2019 in Broome and Margaret River.
For more information, please contact the Country Arts WA office on regional freecall 1800 811 883, or 08 9200 6200.
The Regional Arts Network is proudly supported by Minderoo and The Ian Potter Foundation with funding from the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia.