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Ben Fox Artistic Director Regional Arts Australia Summit

I’m very happy to welcome you to my hometown of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, on Wongatha land. I love living in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields for many reasons, including the layers of heritage, the striking landscape, the energetic creative industries and the feeling of constant change and possibility. It is very exciting to be able to share this with you.

In 2014 the Summit is about Arts & Edges. We Australians thrive on the edges of our country, but as you know many of us also live and work away from the coastal fringe, in our nation’s heart. At the core of Arts & Edges is three questions: What is at the centre? What is at the edges? And what are the possibilities? To spark up the fire of these ideas we have invited leading artists, thinkers and community innovators to share their approaches and work with us.

I am humbled and delighted by the epic support for the Summit, firstly from the artists and other cultural workers—the Summit is only possible because of you leaders. I note too the important leadership shown by our project partners, who understand the value of cultivating and investing in arts and cultural development. Our audiences are the final part of the magic, committing to a ticket in a leap of faith, taking a risk by seeing a fresh show, joining a workshop and a new creative experience or simply sharing the street-festival love and taking a few hot selfies with new friends.

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I found this wonderful fire recovery study via Twitter the other day via @Samsamum. It’s a wonderful example of crowd sourcing and collaborative creative practice. I particularly appreciate the clear visual instructions and elegant construction. The results are cool and getting a lot of media attention and developing daily.

Nerds for Nature is bringing together environmental professionals with technologists and designers, first in dialogue and then to collaboratively create awesome new tools to help people discover, protect, and understand the world around them”

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Here is all their press / web coverage

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Thanks Rebecca Brewen @BecBrewin for the pics from this article on #KBVID (Kalgoorlie Boulder VideoClip)

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The Arts & Edges highlights launch was a huge success! The response has been overwhelming and positive. We had so much web traffic our site was temporarily overloaded.

You can register early here

Stream the launch videos here ( you just need to give email and name to register)

Or if you are more inclined to read and have a text adventure download transcripts of my highlights speech from the links below. .

ADSummitHighlightsLaunchspeechRAAsummit (PDF)

ADSummitHighlightsLaunchspeechRAAsummit (RTF)

Anthony Gormley’s inside Australia is iconic. One of the most unforgettable pieces of art in Australia, it is also one of the most inaccessible. Getting there is a half day drive (no public transport) from the Western Australian regional town Kalgoorlie-Boulder into the remote western desert. Parts of the road are unsealed, un-fenced and prone to closing from flooding.

Visiting is an incredible unforgettable thing, an experience of an artwork, a place and a world that your mind sears into itself. And importantly it photographs very well for good social media posting.

The statues are an adventurous lot, based very loosely on local people. As well as featuring in many, many photos, I have been told they also get bits cut off and welded back on, used as four-wheel-drive recovery tools, and have some serious rust issues.  They are serious rock-stars of the international art scene, hanging on their salt-lake, casually headlining the cultural tourism list of Menzies year after year.

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I could go on, but first, wait – let me take a #selfie.

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