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Image credit: Exhibition opening of He Is Myself: The Art of William (Nyaparu) Gardiner. Produced and curated by FORM and touring with ART ON THE MOVE. Photography by Louise Coghill, image courtesy FORM and Spinifex Hill Studio.

ART ON THE MOVE is thrilled to announce the launch of the Regional Exhibition Touring Strategy, an initiative aimed at fostering a vibrant cultural exchange across Western Australia.

Developed over the past 18 months, the Regional Exhibition Touring Strategy provides a framework to support a five-year touring circuit of visual art, contributing to social, cultural and economic activity in regional WA.
Reflecting research and consultation with over 100 stakeholders across the visual arts sector, the Strategy outlines six goals for the next five years:

  • First Nations culture is celebrated across the regions
  • Increased opportunities for regionally-led exhibition development and touring
  • WA artists and their works are valued
  • Increased equitable community access to infrastructure
  • Strengthened professional network that collaborates effectively
  • WA regional communities are enriched through meaningful cultural engagement

The Regional Exhibition Touring Strategy is delivered as part of the WA Government’s Regional Exhibition Touring Boost (RETB), an initiative managed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and funded through Royalties for Regions.

Established in 2018 and delivered by partners ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), the RETB seeks to widen the sharing of WA culture within the State, including access to the State Art Collection.

ART ON THE MOVE Chairperson Gemma Ben-Ary says the RETB has made a huge impact across WA’s cultural landscape and has contributed to the vibrancy of regional communities.

“The RETB has significantly improved access to the arts across WA. Since 2018, over 270,000 people have had the chance to experience a diverse range of high-quality exhibitions and programs delivered by ART ON THE MOVE.”

“The breadth and depth of regional arts is stronger than ever. In recent years, we have seen an increase in State-wide collaboration through initiatives such as the Regional Arts Triennial (leading to exhibitions The Alternative Archive and Open Borders) and the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial.”

“Four years of venue upgrades, through the Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund, have increased the capacity of galleries to receive touring exhibitions.”

“We are delighted to launch the Regional Exhibition Touring Strategy, which will help build the capacity and autonomy of the sector even further, so they can continue to deliver meaningful cultural engagement with communities across the State.”

“ART ON THE MOVE would like to thank the WA State Government for their investment in arts and culture throughout the regions.”

The Regional Exhibition Touring Strategy is now available online.