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TNA E-News Dec 2018


TNA Membership now open – join the national network
We invite you to join TNA as a financial member. Located across regional and metropolitan Australia, our members include independents and collectives; small to mediums; major performing arts companies, festivals, and peak bodies. Membership categories range from individual ($33) to large organisations and are valid for 12 months from sign-up date. Join TNA now.

TNA wishes you a safe and happy summer break. Read over our E-News and do some planning, but be sure to switch off your computer and rest! We look forward to working with you in 2019.


19 Dec – Australian Contemporary Puppetry Residency
Designed to support the development of new contemporary puppetry projects in Australia, this annual residency is open to Australian individual artists and independent organisations and ensembles working in theatre, dance, live art or contemporary performance. 2019 Residency applications close this Wed 19 Dec. Find out more.

15 Jan – Australia Council for the Arts – International Residencies
International residencies provide an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in a new arts context, market, community and culture. This is a great professional development opportunity to build your knowledge, networks and partnerships. Applications close 15 Jan 2019, midnight AEDT. Read more.

31 Jan – The Marten Bequest – Traveling Scholarship for Artists – Up to $50,000 over 2yrs
Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer young artists (aged 21 – 35) the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.
Applications close Midnight 31 Jan AEDT (or earlier if application limit is met). Find out more.

28 Feb – National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority Consultation – Have your say
TNA has joined with other performing arts peak orgs in support of a National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA) – an organisation which can protect and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s arts and cultures. Read our Joint Letter of Support. An Online NIACA survey is open until 28 Feb 2019.

31 Mar – Sydney Festival launches Australia’s first Disability Programming Initiative
Designed to increase the number of artists with disability creating work for festivals, this initiative, in partnership with Accessible Arts, introduces an accessible and inclusive pitching process. Artists can submit via print, audio, video or in person by 31 March 2019. More info here. 

25 Jan – Perth Festival – Masterclasses and Workshops
This series of artist masterclasses will be held in Perth and Mandurah between 10 – 28 February 2019. Workshops are free for selected participants. EOIs close throughout January with successful candidates notified by Fri 25 Jan 2018. View program here.

24 Jan – Call Out: Experimental Choreographic Residency 2019
Performance Space and Critical Path are seeking proposals from artists for a 3-week residency focusing on experimental choreographic practice taking place from 23 April – 10 May 2019. Receive production support, access to space, $7,500 for project expenses and more. Applications close 24 Jan 2019. More info here.

8 Feb – Indigenous Languages and Arts, Grant Round 2019
Department of Communications and the Arts’ Indigenous Languages and Arts program provides funding to organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia’s Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts. Funding is up to $100,000 a year for up to two years. Apply by 8 Feb 2019.

1 Feb – Artist Call Out: Desert Festival 2019, NT
Expressions of Interest for the 2019 festival are open now and Red Hot Arts Central Australia are inviting local and interstate artists of all artistic disciplines to apply.  Showcasing arts and culture in Alice Springs/Mparntwe, Desert Festival 2019 runs from 30 Aug – 13 Oct. Applications close 1 Feb 2019. More info here.

19 Dec – Apply for a Future 500 Leaders Governance Scholarship
Institute of Community Directors Australia are offering part-scholarships towards the Diploma of Business (Governance). Open to individuals that represent or champion causes important Youth, Women, Members of the LGBTQI community, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Rural and regional Australia. Applications close this Wed 19 Dec 2018.

A New Approach – Research Program
Independent think tank championing effective investment and return in Australian arts and culture, A New Approach, has embarked on its research program, starting with examining data on public investment in Australian cultural activity. Research insights and other initiatives led by the think tank will be announced in the new year.

1 Feb – Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Round Open
ABA funding is available to Indigenous organisations in the Northern Territory for projects that provide lasting benefits for Aboriginal people living and working in remote areas. Categories for funding include community, culture, language and leadership. Closes 1 Feb 2019. More info.

The Creative Sparks Grants Program – QLD
This grants program managed by Council in partnership with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland supports artists, arts workers and creative producers in the development of new work, products and partnerships that extend creative practice. Applications close 29 Jan 2019. More info here.

PAC Australia’s 2019 Key Dates arts calendar
Performing Arts Connections’ 2019 Key Arts Dates document is a great resource as you map out the coming year of arts activity. Download the Key Arts Dates here.

Australia Council increases Four Year Funding cap for organisations
The cap on the Australia Council for the Arts’ Four Year Funding program for organisations has been increased to $500,000 per year. The next round of EOIs open in Feb 2019. Read more 

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Call for Applications – Up to $10,000
These grants allow early career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from leaders in their field. Opportunities include residencies, mentorships, lessons, conferences and festivals. This round applies to projects / travel after 3 May 2019. Applications close 15 Jan 2019. Apply now.

WorkWell Toolkit – A resource for making mental health and wellbeing a priority
WorkSafe Victoria and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), have recently released the WorkWell Toolkit. Access customised, practical resources that will help you to create a positive, mentally healthy workplace. More info here.

EOIs now open – BlakDance Cultural Council
BlakDance are embedding Indigenous culture and practice in the foundations of their organisation with the help of a new six member council (see Industry Goss). The Cultural Council developed out of the need to have strong cultural protocols and mentoring. You can submit an EOI to become a BlakDance Cultural Councillor here.

PAC Australia – Performance Arts Conference 2019, QLD
PAC Australia’s 33rd annual Performing Arts Conference, REAP: more, deeper, different and the National Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) will be held from 26 – 29 Aug 2019 alongside Horizon Festival at The Events Centre, Caloundra Qld.

Create NSW – Artist Support Grants – Up to $5,000
This program supports professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers in skills or market development. You can apply for up to $5,000. Applications close Mon 21 Jan 2019. Find out more.

2019 ANAT Synapse Residencies
Australian Network for Art and Technology is calling for applications for the Synapse Residency program, supporting creative research collaborations between more than 100 artists and scientists.  Residencies are open to Australian artists working in any discipline and/or medium, with the residencies to take place over 16 weeks during 2019. Applications close Tue 19 Feb 2019.

Jan/Feb – Australia Council – National Roadshow: Four Year Funding for Organisations
Australia Council staff will travel to every state and territory in January and February to run advice sessions for organisations considering an EOI for Four Year Funding. Online webcasts will also be offered in the lead up to the 2 Apr 2019 closing date. Exact times and venues to be confirmed, but view an outline here.


18 Jan – Melbourne Fringe & Arts Centre Melbourne – EOIs open for 2019 Take Over! – $30,000
Take Over! enables an independent artist/company/collective to develop and present a creative idea in the Fairfax Studio during the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Includes $30,000 of seed funding, rehearsal space, and mentoring. Apply by 18 Jan 2019.

22 Jan – Be part of Showcase Victoria 2019 – Applications now open
Victoria’s performing arts marketplace, Showcase Victoria will be held on 14-15 May 2019 at Karralyka Centre in Ringwood. Promote your work to a wide range of venues and programmers with the ultimate aim of facilitating touring. Application deadline: 22 Jan 2019.

31 Jan – The 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Community Arts Grants Program
These grants are for creative projects that reflect the experiences of local communities directly affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. Funding up to $8,000 for each local government area is available through Regional Arts Victoria. Applications close 31 Jan 2019. Find out more.

6 & 10 Jan – Lucy Guerin Inc – Residencies and auditions
Applications are open for LGI’s 2019 Studio Residency program. Apply for studio space and in-kind support at WXYZ Studios. Deadline: 5pm 10 Jan 2019. | Auditions: Seeking professional dancers with strong contemporary technique and improvisation skills for a new work in collaboration with Ensemble Tikoro in 2020. Deadline: 6 Jan 2019. Auditions: 19 Jan 2019.

18-22 Mar – Dance Massive 2019: Artist Masterclasses
Ausdance Victoria is presenting a masterclasses program for artists from 18 – 22 March 2019 as part of the Dance Massive Festival. All classes held at WXYZ Studios, 130 Dryburgh St, North Melbourne. View the program.

Creative Victoria – Change of Department
From 1 January 2019, Creative Victoria will be part of the new Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). They will continue to sit alongside – and collaborate with – complementary portfolios including tourism and major events, regional development, innovation, trade and others. Read more.

8 Feb – VicHealth grant: Gender Equality through the arts – Up to $85,000
Councils partnering with organisations to run gender equality initiatives are encouraged to apply. Grants close Fri 8 Feb 2019.  More info here.

22 Jan – Regional Arts Victoria’s mentoring program 
Regional Arts Victoria are offering five Community Presenters a 12 month mentorship to help further their presenting practice. The program matches experienced presenters with upcoming community presenters wanting to build a sustainable presenting practice. Applications close 22 Jan 2019. Find out more.


IETM: Campus Eleusis and Satellite Milan 2019
The fifth edition of IETM Campus (23 – 29 June in Greece) is open to performing arts professionals and will be a week of intensive training in all aspects of international working. Applications close 3 Feb 2019. | Satellite Milan (2 – 5 May in Italy) will be a set of inspiring lectures and workshops followed by an open space for an exchange of ideas and expertise on the topic. Early-bird registration deadline: 18 April 2019.

IFACCA: 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, Kuala Lumpur
International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is hosting a World Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 – 14 March 2019. The theme is ‘Mobile Minds: Culture, Knowledge and Change’ and is expected to attract arts leaders and key policy makers from around the world. Find out more.

5 Jan – The First Nations Dialogues Lenapehoking New York
First Nations Dialogues 2019 kick-starts the development of the groundbreaking Global First Nations Performance Network (GFNPN) – an initiative focused on cultural change through commissioning, touring and presenting Indigenous performance, building demand and capacity for the presenting sector. Running January 5 – 12, 2019 in New York. Find out more.


20 Dec – ACCA: Accademy 2019 applications close this week!
Run by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts ACCADEMY is a program for 14-17 year olds wanting to tackle challenging tasks, develop new skills and engage with arts industry professionals including artists, curators, educators and writers. Applications close this Thursday 20 Dec.

31 Dec SEGNI New Generations Festival – Mantua, Italy
Held from 26 Oct – 3 Nov 2019, this is an international art event addressed to children and young people from 18 months to 18 years old. Applications for participating in the next festival close 31 Dec 2018. Find out more.

29 Jan – Apply for ATYP’s Rose Byrne Scholarship and Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission
Open to young female artists aged 18 – 26. The Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission awards $15,000 to an emerging female artist/playwright interested in creating comedy. Rose Byrne is donating $10,000 to support an Emerging Female Leader in Theatre. Applications for both scholarships close 29 Jan 2019. Find out more.

28 Jan – Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation Commission – $20,000
This commission supports the creative development of a new children’s theatre-based work, to the amount of $20,000, specifically devised for primary school students, to the point of being tour ready. Applications are now open and will close 5pm Mon 28 Jan 2019. More info.

30 Apr – Call for Performances: 20th ASSITEJ World Congress – Tokyo, Japan
ASSITEJ Japan has announced the Open Call for international productions for the 20th ASSITEJ World Congress / International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences that will be held in Tokyo from 14 – 24 May 2020. The theme of the festival is ‘Towards the Unknown’. Applications close 30 April 2019. Read more here.

15 Mar – Open Call: High Fest International Performing Arts 2019 – Armenia
Performing arts companies and artists are invited to present their productions in all genres of performing arts including theatre at High Fest in Yerevan Armenia from 1 – 10 Oct 2019. Applications close 15 Mar 2019. More info.


28 Dec – ‘Leg Up’ Artist Residency with Legs on the Wall, Sydney NSW
Leg Up is a professional development opportunity with the potential of future work with Legs on the Wall. The program will be made up of a small group of artists and will run over a 12-month term, starting Jan 2019. Please note this is an unpaid opportunity. EOIs close 28 Dec 2018.

Circus & Beyond: Arts Workers Forum in Sydney, Jan 2019 – FREE
This annual two and a half day event brings together the professional and youth circus sectors for discussion, debate, provocation and collaboration. Join the gatherings from 13 – 15 Jan 2019, as part of Sydney Festival. Find out more.

Jan 6 – Women’s Circus – Apply now for 2019 Artist Residencies and Production Mentorships
Opportunities for women identifying artists working in circus/performance/physical theatre: ‘A Room of One’s Own’ residency offers 2-weeks access to the Drill Hall in West Footscray. | ‘Still I Rise’ supports the development of a new work in the West as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Applications close 6 Jan 2019. More info here.


  • Louise Bezzina departs Bleach* Festival to take on the Artistic Director role of Brisbane Festival.
  • New creative leadership appointed to Chunky Move: Antony Hamilton and Kristy Ayre as joint CEOs and Freya Waterson responsible for national/international touring program.
  • Victorian Government’s Ministry sees Martin Foley continuing as Minister for Creative Industries (portfolio also includes Mental Health and Equality).
  • Heidi Victoria loses seat, leaving the Victorian Shadow Arts portfolio open.
  • Kyle J Morrison to step down as Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
  • Mitchell Butel announced as Artistic Director of State Theatre Company of South Australia.
  • Established in 2009, the Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA) has officially been disbanded.
  • Ros Abercrombie announced as Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia.
  • Marcus Canning to step down as CEO of Artrage and Fringe World Festival next year.
  • Jaclyn Booton appointed Manager Strategic Projects, Creative Victoria – working on APAM amongst other things.
  • Artistic Director of A_tistic, Tom Middleditch, announced as Inclusion Coordinator of St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
  • Polyglot Theatre have appointed Sarah Hunt as their new Chair, replacing Tom Gutteridge.
  • Laura Miles departs Museums Australia (Victoria) to commence as Director of the Police Museum.
  • BlakDance appoints inaugural Cultural Council members: Marilyn Miller alongside Michael Leslie, Monica Stevens, Nancy Bamaga, Colleen Wall, and Lily Shearer.
  • Hadley Agrez commences as Program Director of Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
  • Yunuen Pérez has commenced as Creative Producer, Public Realm at Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Dr. Pippa Dickson announced as the new Director of Asialink Arts.
  • The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) announces David Shirley will follow on from Professor Julie Warne as Executive Director.
  • Richard Evans replaces Andrew Kay AM as President of Live Performance Australia (LPA).
  • Suzana Bishop announced as General Manager, Commercial and Public Engagement at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
  • MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture announces Emily Gilhome as 2019 Guest Director.
  • Dans Sheehan finishes up as Production Manager of Back to Back Theatre to work with Circus Oz.
  • ActNow Theatre announces MakeSpace a studio/office for Adelaide artists and audiences.
  • Sydney Opera House has opened major accessibility upgrades to the Joan Sutherland Theatre.


Marketing Coordinator, Playlab (QLD). Apps close 20 Dec.
Project Coordinator/Producer, Diversity Arts Australia (VIC). Apps close 29 Dec.
CEO, Artrage and Fringe World Festival (WA). Apps open now.
Various Roles, Back To Back Theatre (VIC). Apps open now.
Production Manager, Chunky Move (VIC). Apps close 2 Jan.
Youth & Participation Producer, La Boite Theatre Company (QLD). Apps close 3 Jan.
General Manager, Complete Works Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 9 Jan.
International Programming Manager, Circus Oz (VIC). Apps close 9 Jan.
Content Director, ArtsHub and Screenhub (VIC). Apps open now.
Development Manager, Darwin Festival (NT). Apps close 11 Jan.
Education Manager, Queensland Ballet (QLD). Apps close 11 Jan.
Marketing Coordinator, Australian Theatre for Young People (VIC). Apps close 14 Jan.
Production/Admin Coordinator, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NSW). Apps close 7 Jan.
Artistic Director, Melbourne International Arts Festival (VIC). Apps close 18 Jan.
Project Manager – AYDF19, AusDance Vic (VIC). Apps close 1 Feb.
Production Manager, Performance Space (NSW). Apps close 1 Feb.
Chief Executive, Auckland Theatre Company (NZ). Apps close 22 Feb.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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