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The Pilbara's creative future

May 28, 2018

The Pilbara’s current creative wellbeing and cultural future will be the topics under discussion at the region’s first ever Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum, being held at the East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September 2018.

The Forum, an initiative of the Pilbara Development Commission delivered in partnership with cultural non-profit FORM, is bringing together arts and cultural stakeholders from across the region to explore ways of developing a robust future for the Pilbara’s diverse artistic and cultural talent.

Over two days, local presenters will join national experts in arts, culture, and business to share what works, and what will need to work better in order to chart the best way forward for the region’s cultural prosperity.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the landmark event would bring a wide range of arts and cultural workers into the same room for the first time.

‘Strengthening the Pilbara’s arts and culture industry will create diversity in the region’s economy and new employment and career pathways for locals.’

The Pilbara Development Commission and FORM are calling for local organisations and individuals from the Pilbara’s cultural sector to present at the Forum through an open call process. FORM’s Executive Director Lynda Dorrington said, ‘It is really important that we all get to hear about our local Pilbara success stories and achievements, so that we can use those experiences to build on when planning how we will move forward as a region. So please, if you have a story to tell, get in touch with us.’

Ms Dorrington said that the Forum would be relevant for everyone who has an interest in the future of the creative sector, and the potential of culture and creativity to enhance the Pilbara’s tourism and arts industries.

‘This Forum is meaningful for every kind of creative, arts or community worker, local government or tourism worker, Aboriginal corporations or enterprises, as well as industry and business representatives The Forum is an exciting one-off opportunity for the whole sector to come together to share our successes and make ambitious plans for our future,' Ms Dorrington said.

The Pilbara Creative and Cultural Forum and Strategy are initiatives of the Pilbara Development Commission, made possible with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, BHP and Roy Hill, and delivered in partnership with FORM.

Early Bird Registrations are now open for the Forum, which takes place at the East Pilbara Arts Centre in Newman on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September 2018. Applications for case study presentations are now being accepted through an open call, details can be found at


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