Artlands 2021

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Held every two years, Artlands is Australia’s largest regional arts gathering. To accommodate the changing health situation and border closures, Artlands 2021 will be delivered as hybrid gatherings in five locations across Australia, including Fabrik in Lobethal on Peramangk and Kaurna land (Adelaide Hills).

The theme for Artlands 2021 is ‘The Space Between – Conversations about Practice through the intersection of people and place’ making Fabrik, with its weaving and textile history, an ideal venue for the South Australian gathering. Over the two days a dynamic program will be presented that helps art workers and artist move into the future through place-based creativity, cultural tourism best practice and First Nations knowledge.

The South Australian program links people, place and practice with a focus on sharing and connection. The program will feature South Australian speakers and artists presenting and leading activities live at Fabrik, as well as streamed sessions from Launceston and other regional hubs. Presentations will cover First Nations knowledge systems, future-thinking, learning from nature and community arts and cultural development to enhance tourism in the regions. Workshops and activities include weaving, sound meditation, poetry, fire talks and First Nations-led conversations on design, language and ‘critiquing’ art.

If you’re interested in the digital Artlands event streaming from Launceston, Tasmania, you can secure tickets here. 


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Check out our program below or download a PDF copy here.

MC — Elaine Crombie

India Flint installation, ‘clearing’
An elegy for lost forests, drawn in plantation-gathered bark. India Flint lives and works on Peramangk country, using windfall plant matter, cloth and paper, stories and bones, words and drawings to make work about land, place and (be)longing. Location: Building 21


Day 1: Wednesday 1 September

9 – 10.30am

Welcome to Country – Senior Kaurna Man, Mickey Kumatpi O’Brien
Welcome to Fabrik – Melinda Rankin (Director, Fabrik)
Welcome from Country Arts SA – Anthony Peluso (Chief Executive/Executive Director, Country Arts SA)

Sensing Deep Time
Trish Hansen

Kaurna Design Principles: old stories, new ways
Senior Kaurna Man, Mickey Kumatpi O’Brien with Trish Hansen

10.30 – 11am

Welcome from Regional Arts Australia
Dr Simon Spain, Chair of Regional Arts Australia
Live streamed from National Program

Ngarrindjeri weaving with Aunty Ellen Trevorrow and Jelina Haines
(continues throughout the day)

11 – 11.30am Morning tea

11.30am – 12.30pm

Biomimicry: design inspired by nature
With Trish Hansen, Laura Wills and Will Cheeseman
This 1-hour session will take us on an exploration of nature’s design
principles to learn from, beyond learning about nature’s genius, as part
of an evolving ecosystem.

12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30 – 3pm

Panel: Get the Regions Moving
Live streamed from National Program

• Poetry with Ali Cobby Eckermann
• Weaving with Aunty Ellen Trevorrow and Jelina Haines
• Fire Talk with Jacob Boehme (Live stream from interstate to Fabrik)

3 – 3.30pm Afternoon tea

3.30 – 5pm

Life’s Futures
With Trish Hansen, Laura Wills and Will Cheeseman
This 90 minute session of looking back to the past and forward to
2050 will inspire us to imagine and articulate preferred futures and
begin to identify some of the steps necessary to bring them to life, in
our custodial role as the ancestors of tomorrow.

5pm Close


Day 2: Thursday 2 September

9 – 10.30am

Panel: Cultural engagement for wellbeing, recovery and health
Melinda Rankin (Fabrik), Helen Edwards (Adelaide Hills Tourism),
Justyna Jochym (Festivals Adelaide) and Angela Flynn (Arts South
Facilitator: Maz McGann

Many Wounds, Many Repairs stitching with Deb Prior
(continues throughout the day)

10.30 – 11am Morning tea

11am – 12.30pm

Panel: The unintended (positive!) consequences of regional arts projects
Paul Gazzola (OSCA), Cindi Drennan (Illuminart), Naomi Fallon
(Walkway Gallery, Tatiara District Council) and Maz McGann
(Play Your Part)
Facilitator: Matthew Ives

Panel: Am I too old to be here?
Featuring SA’s Alysha Herrmann & Sam Wannan
(with panelists streaming in from National Program)

12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30 – 3pm

Panel: Holding up the Umbrella: Collaborative
leadership in disaster recovery
Live streamed from National Program

• Badges of [Self] Honour with Sue Garrard & Kate McEwen
• Sound Bath Meditation with Heather Frahn & Michelle Byrne
• Nature Mandalas with Janelle Amos

3 – 3.30pm Afternoon tea

3.30 – 4.30pm

Our Hybrid Future
With Kate Larsen
Live streamed from National Program

4.30 – 5pm

Visual Narration Summary
Artist Belinda Broughton & Acknowledgments

5 – 6pm

Networking over Adelaide Hills wine and cheese, with music from Heather Frahn and Michelle Byrne

6pm Close

This program is correct as of Aug 30, 2021. 


Artlands Lobethal is located at Fabrik – 1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal.

Parking is available at 3 Lobethal Roads and on the corner of Mill Road and Lobethal Road.

About Artlands

Artlands is a bi-annual strategic exchange that responds to emerging trends, discovers new ideas, considers adapted approaches and showcases artists as well as highlighting the creative and cultural sector across regional, rural and remote Australia. The national Artlands 2021 program will offer a series of critical narratives that reflect current emerging trends and case studies as well as respond to challenges and opportunities experienced throughout regional Australian arts practice.

In 2021, Artlands will be delivered in Launceston, lutruwita (Tasmania) alongside the 10th anniversary of the Junction Arts Festival and will also integrate complementary hybrid gatherings with national venue partners across Australia. Artlands 2021 is redefining the idea of a national gathering and has considered a range of accessible options where participants can be involved at the host venue, attend a hybrid local gathering or stream the online program.

About Fabrik

Fabrik is an emerging arts and heritage hub in the beautiful Adelaide Hills town of Lobethal. Based in the former Onkaparinga blanket factory, our buildings are full of stories and great light.

At this point in our development we are inhabiting our own ‘space between’ – after supporting our local community after the devastating 2019 bushfire by offering a creative recovery program, we are now making plans for a major redevelopment starting in early 2022. Our state heritage listed buildings will be upgraded to include contemporary art galleries, artist studios, workshops and artist in residence programs. We will honour the significant history of the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill with interpretation throughout the site and will build on this heritage by offering a textile focus for Fabrik’s ongoing programming.

For now, during this space between, we are offering community-focused creative gatherings, monthly masterclasses and the occasional amazing event. We look forward to welcoming you to Fabrik.


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