How to plan arts conferences

Arts conferences are back, but how we plan them has changed.

It feels good to be back in a room with colleagues. It feels really good. It is not surprising, then, that we are starting to see arts conferences seep back into our professional calendars. But have arts conferences returned as we know them, and what is impacting their planning in our post-pandemic normal?

ArtsHub speaks with the committee charged with organising the recent Regional and Public Galleries of NSW Conference (March 2023), to take the pulse on attendance patterns and sector feedback, which forced them to think differently in their planning.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina