Building cultural capacity outside the CBD

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Richard Watts

To grow the arts outside the major capital cities, we need to grow the community’s capacity to support and sustain artists.

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Artists across the country often face a particular and poignant struggle: do they stay in the place they know and love, despite the lack of creative opportunities which exist in their home town, or move to one of our major capitals, where infrastructure, opportunities and audiences are easier to find?  

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's Performing Arts Editor and Team Leader, Editorial; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Twitter: @richardthewatts