Regional Arts Australia (RAA) held its conference last week in Canberra. Rather than starting with a theme, or a suite of ideas building out a program, RAA chose to begin with the foundation of care. It was yet another example of bold and brave leadership led by the regions, and offered lessons that the entire sector can take on board.
The occasion was the biennial Artlands gathering, this year coinciding with the organisation’s 80th anniversary. It offered a good moment for change, and to recalibrate for the next 80 years, says Executive Director Ros Abercrombie, whose background is directing arts festivals.