Collaborate & Create: connecting inspiration and sustainability

Join us at the Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery in Cororooke for an inspiring day of professional development. 

This one-day intensive is for anyone in the creative industries - artists, designers, performers, makers, and arts organisations of all types. Sessions will cover a range of topics including: Marketing; Creative Collaborations, Case Studies of Activating Spaces and staying connected, inspired and up to date. You'll get to meet other creative people in your local area and share ideas for a day of collaborative learning and cooperation.

The session is free and open to everyone, but bookings are essential

Speakers include

  • Mark Anstey: founder and owner of Lot19 Castlemaine, an evolving art-space originating in 2001. It now includes studio spaces, an outdoor stage, a contemporary art gallery that also presents excellent music, marionette theatre, performance, and film, and an outdoor sculpture park.
  • Penelope Bartlau, Barking Spider: established in 2006, Barking Spider is a multi-art form company that recently, via a RAF Quick Response Grant, undertook a project working with artists of diverse abilities across the Colac-Otway area. The outcome was displayed in WINDOWSPACE BEEAC.
  • Fiona Brandscheid, Birregurra Community Arts Group & Small Town Transformations: established in 2012, Birregurra Community Arts Group is a volunteer-run membership-based organisation that brings accessible arts and culture opportunities to communities in and around Birregurra. The group has developed a reputation for activating unusual spaces with live arts and has been instrumental in delivering Birregurra's Small Town Transformation, enLIGHTen Me: I have a Hall in my Heart.
  • Gareth Colliton, the F Project: beginning in 2008 as an Artist Run Initiative based in Warrnambool, in 2013 the group joined forces with local artists and groups to breathe new life into a former funeral parlour. Including a gallery, shop, workshop space, artist studios and artist in residence, it is entirely volunteer run.
  • John Paul Fischbach: CEO, Auspicious Arts Incubator, Author of No More Starving Artists: How to Master Your Art, Your Life and Build Your Business
  • Jacinta Wareham: Woolly West Fest, Hamilton was founded in 2014 as the result of a self-imposed challenge to do something ‘fun’ for the community, the Festival draws on the region’s most famous natural resource – wool. Believed to be the largest (geographically speaking) community arts project in Victoria, the Festival unites ten towns from across the Shire of Southern Grampians.

When: Saturday 1 December, 9.30am – 4.30pm (9.30am for a 10.00am start) 
Where: Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, 520 Corangamite Lake Road, Cororooke VIC 3254
Cost: Free (Lunch and afternoon tea provided) 

Register your attendance to receive updates and the full program of speakers. 


This event is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, Regional Arts Victoria and the Colac Otway Shire Council.


Following each Arts Connect intensive is an exclusive Members’ Event, where Regional Arts Victoria’s Individual and Organisation Members have the opportunity to meet each other (and Regional Arts Victoria staff) over wine and cheese. 

Participants in the Arts Connect series who wish to attend the Members’ Event will be offered half-price Individual Membership of Regional Arts Victoria, along with a whole host of Membership Benefits. Follow the link in your booking confirmation email to sign up, or become a member on the day.

The series consists of one day intensives that will foster skills and collaboration between regional artists, strengthen local creative leadership and build stronger connections throughout a network of creative people across the state.

The program is supported by The Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund and Regional Arts Victoria, with partnership support from Local Government Authorities and Regional Arts Victoria’s members. The Arts Connect Series is a follow on from Regional Arts Victoria’s Regional Cultural Forums that ran between 2012 - 2016, and continues Regional Arts Victoria’s commitment to providing professional development opportunities and support for regional artists.

Subscribe to our e-news for regular updates on Members’ and Arts Connect Series events throughout regional Victoria in 2018, or contact our Membership team for further information on events near you.


And while you’re in the area, why not go along to either of these two events: 

Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon by Suitcase Royal 

Saturday 1 December, 7pm 
Birregurra Mechanics Hall 


Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre (COPACC) Cabaret 

Saturday 1 December, 8pm
COPACC, Colac 


SALT 2018, Barking Spider Visual Theatre. Photo by Oleksandr Pogorilyi.

A day of professional development, networking and inspiration.

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1st Dec 2018

Artforms: Community Arts, Multi Art-form
Booking info: The event is free (Lunch and afternoon tea provided), bookings are essential. Followed by a member's exclusive event at 4.30pm
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1st Dec 2018 Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery 520 Corangamite Lake Road, Cororooke, 3254