Sustaining an arts career in the regions

From self-defeating fears about the quality of one's work to the joy of working in isolation, regional life is a challenging but attractive career opportunity for many arts professionals.
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The advantages of regional life can often outweigh the costs for arts professionals seeking opportunity.

As well as discussing the challenges of living and working in regional and remote areas, a well-attended session at the 2015 Australian Theatre Forum – facilitated by Tasmanian director/performer Robert Jarman and Darwin-based arts administrator Angela O’Donnell – also focused on some of the positives such environments provided.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts