Thursday 27 October

3:00pm – 4:15pm

Conference Opening Session

Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC)

Welcome to Country

Diane McNaboe, Wiradjuri woman

Joint Chairs Welcome

Kate Fielding, Chair, Regional Arts Australia

Peter White, Chair, Regional Arts NSW

Dubbo Regional Council

Michael Kneipp, Administrator, Dubbo Regional Council

NSW Government

The Hon Troy Grant, Deputy Premier, Minister for the Arts, Member for Dubbo

Australian Council for the Arts

Tony Grybowski, Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts

Australian Government

The Hon Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and the Arts

Opening Performance: Radical Son

4:15pm – 4:30pm

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Opening Keynote

Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC)

Keynote The Art of Sovereignty Never Ceded: Reigniting Sovereign Practices of Indigenous Nations through Art Practices of, and with, our First Peoples

Mark McMillan, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School

Mark will explore the connectedness of the art practices of weaving and sovereign practices of Indigenous nations. Art practices and the practicing of sovereignty when combined, become a meeting place of complex relationships. Expressing and practicing of sovereignty through weaving will move us beyond the creation of ‘artefact’ and provide a particular disruption to the ways that Indigenous artefact can be known. The artefact when created in this way is the site of lawful relations; both as invitation and activity.

Times are indicative only and may be subject to change.

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