Making it as a regional artist – the realities and the wins

Nicole Welch bypassed Sydney, moving from London to Bathurst. Fourteen years on, she talks about the changes and the challenges for an artist living regionally.
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Nicole Welch outside her studio by the Macquarie River Bathurst, photo credit Bill Moseley 2018

Artist Nicole Welch makes the obvious point: ‘It is hard breaking into any community, and tapping into any art network is difficult’.

Why then does regional practice come with the perception of being especially difficult for creatives, when the same barriers exist everywhere?

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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