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The Creative Regions Lab aims to redefine creative activity in regional Australia to create regional futures. We are a teaching and research hub that drives the development of creative enterprises and activities in regional Australia.

Our core function is to conduct research, identify themes, invent industries, direct, coordinate,respond, and promote all projects nationally and internationally.

We operate through projects that combine the culture of regional creativity and innovation  with the invention of new productivity possibilities.

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Land Dialogues Conference 2016

2016-07-03

Land Dialogues

The Land Dialogues Conference will take place on the 13th, 14th and 15th of April 2016 at Charles Sturt University on its Wagga Wagga Campus.

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Damian Candusso - sound design Oscar

2016-03-08

Damian Candusso

CSU academic, Dr Damian Candusso, was part of the team that won an Oscar this week for sound design on Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Meeting Room 1 - Participatory drawing performance

2016-02-17

Meeting Room 1

Members of the public are once again invited to sit for a portrait by recent Archibald Prize Finalist Tony Curran – but this time there's a catch. Curran is asking people to pose for a portrait in the company of a complete stranger.

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Learning from inland: Redefining Regional Creativity

2016-02-17

Creative Communities

Margaret Woodward & Craig Bremner have a book chapter in the book Creative Communities: Regional Inclusion and the Arts, edited by Janet McDonald and Robert Mason.

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Recent Projects

Fusion Journal

2014-05-06

Fusion Journal

fusion is a new international open-access online scholarly journal for the communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines. Co-founded by the Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the College of Arts, University of Lincoln (UK). The first issue was published in December 2012.

Project author: Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the College of Arts, University of Lincoln (UK)

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Civic Melancholy, Brackish Songs

2015-03-12

Civic Melancholy, Brackish Songs

Civic Melancholy, Brackish Songs is an inter-regional and inter-disciplinary project, which is funded through the NSW Art Central Regional Creative Industry Program, between fine-art photographer Jamie Holcombe and contemporary composer Chris Sainsbury.  Sainsbury has written a musical composition based on Holcombe's Civic Melancholy photographic project, and Holcombe is responding with photographic images inspired by Sainsbury's Brackish Songs song cycle (a series of songs based on a theme).  The project will culminate in a combined performance and exhibition celebrating a dialogue of cultures between non-traditional collaborators.

Jamie and Chris came together through a common interest in mediating the experience of place through their respective creative disciplines.  In relation to regional arts practice, together they challenge the rhetoric of the parochial, which is so often aimed at the people of regional Australia, and challenge tired 'local colourists' (those who advocate and express romantic notions of regional life, usually and ironically from our cities). They replace it with a creative dialogue between their respective inland and coastal regions.

Project author: Jamie Holcombe, Chris Sainsbury

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