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Currency House’s Platform Paper No. 36: RE-VALUING THE ARTIST IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER by David Pledger is now available online.
TNV were proud to launch Currency House’s Platform Paper No. 36 last Friday night to a great audience. Dr Mark Williams facilitated the evening and lead an absorbing conversation with author David Pledger on how applying an industrial model to cultural production has seriously damaged Australia’s creative heart. In his paper, Pledger proposes a way to restore artists’ true value. Purchase the paper online from Currency House:

TNV Call for images.
We’ve decided to update the images on our TNV website homepage on a semi-regular cycle and we’re looking for artists and companies to send us an image of a show you’d like us to promote. It will need to be a landscape image, no text and around 1M in size. We’ll also need the show title, company/artist name, photographer’s credit, season dates and a link to more details on the show or your company.



1st August – Artist registrations are open for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe.
The Artists and Venues team have been busy getting things prepared so that artists can start registering their events for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. As an open access festival, anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event is able to register and be part of Australia’s largest arts event.

5th August – Applications for The Creative Australia – New Works close
New Work grants support one-off projects that create new theatre work. Creative development grants cover the stages of creating a new work, such as research, workshops or commissioning a writer. Production grants are for public performances of a new work and the stages leading up to it, where a presenting partner has already committed to a project. New Work productions can be new pieces, or new productions of existing works.

7th August – Calls for National Script Workshop: nomination by companies close.
Australian theatre companies are invited to nominate a new play by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Indigenous playwrights to be developed at the National Script Workshops in 2013. Selected scripts will receive a week-long workshop with an experienced director, dramaturg and ensemble of Sydney-based actors, joined by a dramaturg and key creative staff from Playwriting Australia. The playwright may be of any age and at any level of their professional practice.

9th August – Applications for Road Work close.
Road Work is a consortium of regional venues especially interested in productions that will engage and inspire regional audiences and are challenging and ambitious in terms of ideas or form. They are looking for small to medium productions, up to a touring party of 10 for tours of 8-12 weeks long on average. Road Work negotiate performance fees to cover the company’s costs, and seek touring funds from federal and state touring programs to cover the travel and freight costs. Road Work can also contribute to the costs of remounting the work.

12th August – Applications for The Creative Australia – Emerging Presenter initiative close.
The Emerging Presenter initiative aims to support new and emerging presenter platforms for the presentation of independent contemporary theatre work. Funds are for $50,000 per year for three years ($150,000 in total).

16th August – Nominations for the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships close.
First awarded in 2012, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $80,000 per year for two years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. The grants do not require an outcome and applicants need not have a particular project in mind. Fellows are selected for their outstanding talent and exceptional courage. Nominations are welcome from artists and arts managers across the entire spectrum of the visual, performing, interdisciplinary, new media, literary arts and the humanities.

22nd August – Applications close for the Adelaide Fringe 2014 poster design competition.
This year’s theme is Two Colour Collision. It can be interpreted anyway you like but must use only two bold colours. The winning entry will be incorporated into the branding and marketing material for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe. The winner will receive $2,000 and free artist’s registration if you would like to stage your own event or art exhibition in the 2014 Adelaide Fringe.

6th September – National Script Workshop: submissions by playwrights due.
The National Script Workshops provide playwrights with up to ten days of creative development time without the expectation of an immediate performance outcome or the need to produce a performance-ready draft. Selected writers are invited to work on a new play in an early draft stage with a director, dramaturg and an ensemble of actors.

7th August – Play Briefing of OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz [FREE] 6pm
If you haven’t joined QPAC for a play briefing before, this is your opportunity to see Robert Coleby, Janet Andrewartha, Rebecca Davis, and Conrad Coleby from Other Desert Cities before they hit the stage. Learn more about the creative process, and be the first to see the large-scale Palm Springs home set. You’ll have your burning questions answered and maybe take home the lucky door prize!


10th September – The Deadly Awards will be held at the Sydney Opera House.
Voting is currently open for The Deadly Awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander finalists in the categories of music, sport, the arts and community who you think are deadly! We encourage you to vote for the artists you think most deserve this fabulous honour.

16th September – Applications for The Glorias Fellowship close
Applications are invited from professional actors or directors in theatre, film or television, who are either or both graduates of a full-time acting or full-time directing course at a recognized tertiary institution; or have worked substantially and professionally as an actor and/or director for at least two years.

2013 Marketing Summit resources now online.
Each year the Marketing Summit brings together Australia’s arts and cultural marketers for two days of creative exchange and insights on contemporary arts marketing. The recent Marketing Summit, held in Canberra alongside the ATF have now uploaded videos and delegate presentations for your pleasure.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Awards; Vile by Didem Caia; Just Perfect by Trudy Hellier; Dirt Songs by Mari Lourey; The unknown man on Somerton Beach by Tobias Manderson-Galvin. The PWA script development workshop has been awarded to Didem Caia in partnership with RE Ross Trust.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the Helpmann Awards.

Bluebottle have recently set up a low-cost technical development space for people working in architecture, film, theatre, education, lighting, media, and visual arts. They are keen to spread their wings and develop some new relationships while sharing their expert knowledge.

Live Performance Australia announce new Energy Efficiency Project
Live Performance Australia has announced the next phase of its environmental sustainability initiative, Greener Live Performances through Energy Efficiency. Funded by a grant from the Australian Government’s Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, the project will deliver information specifically developed for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout the industry supply chain nationally.


7th August – Arts Impact and Value – What’s important now? Arts Industry Council (Vic) Meeting FREE [3-5pm]
A renewed focus on the need for the arts to demonstrate social impact behoves us to fine-tune and update our language about impact and value in a contemporary context, and to look at what gaps still exist in our skills and resources so that we can more accurately measure, articulate and document the arts’ value. It will also help us work better with other portfolio areas – the arts already contributes in health, education, regional development, but how can we tap into more resources from these areas, whether private, government or non-profit. The AICV will incorporate the outcomes and ideas into its work leading up to the state election in November 2014. Arts Access Victoria and Theatre Network Victoria, 222 Bank Street Sth Melbourne.


10th August – Peepshow Inc 2003-2013 ~ The Wake.
After almost a decade of puppetry adventures, the time has come to for the final dance… Peepshow Inc invites you to celebrate the Life of a Theatre Company, Peepshow Inc. 2003-2013. Returning to their long-time home, the Abbotsford Convent, there will be music, puppet performances, drinking and dancing, all welcome. 7pm, Industrial School, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford.


15th August – PUBLIC LECTURE – Theatre’s New Dramaturgy: The Anatomy of the Mind and making Art. [FREE]
Professor Maaike Bleeker is Chair of the Theatre Studies Department at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She is a leading researcher in performance and visual studies and author of Visuality in the Theatre: The Locus of Looking (Palgrave, 2008). How do we engage with what we see and hear when confronted with performance? Professor Bleeker considers the conceptualization of performance beyond representation, as an enactment of ideas formulated in performative practice.

2nd September – Arts Victoria’s new VicArts Grants program opens for online applications.
The VicArts Grants will invest in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It offers one-off support for discrete projects that will develop – and bring dynamism to – Victoria’s arts sector to with funding ranging between $5,000 and $75,000 to support projects that.


13th September – Is Art for Art’s Sake? A Forum Convened by the COM’s Arts and Participation program [FREE]
A one-day artists’ forum bringing together speakers from arts and non-arts backgrounds to examine what participation and collaboration means to their work. The day will encourage discussion, debate and provocation around participatory and collaborative arts practice, what it is, and what it can be at a time when the borders between art forms are melting away. Facilitated by Angharad Wynne-Jones (Arts House Creative Producer) and including Speakers; Natalie de Vito (former member Canada’s Mammalian Diving Reflex), Gideon Obarzanek (choreographer and co-founder of Chunky Move) and Deborah Leiser Moore (performance maker).

White Night Melbourne has recently announced it will return on February 22nd 2014.
Artists wanting to take part should stay tuned for the call for expressions of interest in mid-August.

Melbourne Fringe Festival are calling for volunteers.
There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers during and in the lead up to this year’s Festival. We need you for positions in the Festival Club Bar, Front of House, Ticketing and Information, Special Events, Administration and Marketing. You’ll learn new skills, meet amazing people, and gain access to exclusive volunteer discounts and entry to Festival shows.



16th August – Applications for the Hugh Rogers Fellowships [Boston] close.
The Melbourne/Boston Sister Cities Association is offering creative professionals in the early stages of their careers the opportunity to undertake a Fellowship that creates links between people and institutions in Melbourne and Boston and enhances the intellectual, commercial and cultural life of each city. Hugh Rogers Fellowships offer up to $20,000 for research and projects of a short duration, to be undertaken in an institution in Boston. g

30th August – Company Placement Offers for ASSITEJ Next Generation Placements close.
The International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People [ASSITEJ] are providing young theatre artists, producers and administrators [under the age of 35] with opportunities for international mobility within the field of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in order to encourage contact between experienced and emerging artists. Applications for placements from any person related to TYA between 18 and 35 years old are due before 30thSeptember 2013.

15th September – Call for Submissions: Spectres of Evaluation – 6 & 7 February 2014, Melbourne.
This international Spectres of Evaluation conference examines creative and critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice. Taking its cue from an artwork by Thomas Hirschhorn, the conference looks to reconfigure the relationship between artists, art experts and what Hirschhorn terms the “non-exclusive audience.” The committee is now inviting abstracts for presentations, workshops and panel presentations connecting themes around ‘art’, ‘community’ and ‘value’.


The Invisible Hand: fresh perspectives on arts and economy.
IETM and the British Council present a new online publication on art and economy. Learn more about the place of art in today’s economy and get inspired by innovative practices! This publication is a part of IETM’s Fresh Perspectives series that explores how artists respond to crucial questions of today’s society. The Invisible Hand looks at art, economic theory, politics, activism, philosophy and gives a fresh perspective on the arts’ impact on economy and the role that our sector plays in our society.



  • Hania Radvanhas been appointed the new CEO at Penrith Performing & Visual Arts.
  • Sarah Greentreedeparts as senior producer at Performing Lines.
  • Merindah Donnellyjoins the Australian Performing Arts Market as the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program Producer.
  • Chris Edmund, head of acting at WAAPA has announced his retirement after 30 years.
  • Barking Gecko Theatre Company is pleased to welcome Helen Hristofskias their new Chief Executive.
  • Jane Scotthas resigned from RAA and will take up the position of CEO of Craft Victoria in late October.
  • Kris Stewarthas joined the Brisbane Powerhouse team as their new Artistic Director.

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