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TNA E-News – April 2022


6 May – TNA’s AGM: All Welcome 
TNA’s famously fast AGM will confirm the minutes of the previous AGM; receive and consider the 2021 annual report and the 2021 financial statements; and confirm the appointment of new board members. 12:30–12.50pm AEST, online. Only members can vote but all are welcome. RSVP here. 

Listen to Vision Australia’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ Podcast (March)
TNA provides an update on its Art and Culture Messaging Campaign. Listen to Michele Lee, Hmong-Australian writer and 2021 and Sidney Myer Fellowship recipient, who chats about found family, history of the Hmong, and her work Rice which is currently on tour in the UK.


4 April – Performance Space Queer Development Program EOIs 
Two streams available: a two-week residency for emerging queer artists to develop a new performance work, or a five-day intensive on developing queer performance practice. Residency includes up to $5,000, curatorial/technical support, and mentorship. Workshop includes: $500 bursary, and travel bursaries for interstate artists. All participants can perform at Performance Space’s Queer Nu Werk.

4 April – Antarctic Arts Fellowship
Supports the production of significant works of art/interpretation by professionals in the creative arts. The Fellowship supports travel to Antarctica, and associated logistical support, ie food, accommodation, transport and cold-weather clothing on loan. Projects must address why travel to Antarctica is essential to the project.

7 April – Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey for Live Performing Arts
Support Act’s first industry survey is open to anyone who works in music or the live performing arts, including live production crew, managers, producers and live performing artists. All submissions remain anonymous. Findings made available on the website.

7 April – Guidelines for Working With First Nations Creatives
Flying Arts’ webinar for artists and arts workers to explore strategies for collaborating with First Nations creatives, organisations and businesses. Facilitated by arts practitioner Aunty Nicole Williams.

7 April – APAM: Increasing Access for Professional Artists With a Disability Part 2
Part 2 of APAM’s conversation on creating more sustainable artistic development and employment pathways. In Part 2, Dan Graham, a theatre director and disability advocate will be speaking to US and AU artists and arts workers.

12 April – Australia Council’s Digital Strategist In Residence
Provides arts organisations with access to a specialist who will help them develop and/or enable a digital strategy over three months.

20 April – Desert Festival EOIs (NT)
Open to all artists and creatives interested in presenting their work. This year, the festival will run from 22 September–2 October. Include your availability and fee in the form.

20 April – Present at APAX
APAX core event is on 5–9 Sept. Presentations may include pitches for tour-ready work, work in development, or an ‘elevator pitch’, company updates, production excerpts, or installations. A mixture of online/in-person presentation opportunities are available.

26 April – National Library Australia’s Creative Arts Fellowship
$10,000 to support writers and artists to spend four weeks at the National Libraryresearching and developing a new artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections

28 April – Churchill Fellowships
For the purpose of pursuing an overseas investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in AU. Value of the fellowship varies with the average value $28,000.

3 May – Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants – Round 2
Up to $10,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Trustees are looking for well-researched, planned and budgeted projects that offer the time and scope to gain maximum benefit from international experience.

RISE – Final Funding
The Federal Government has included $20 million to the final round of RISE funding, as part of the 2022–23 budget. Opening and closing dates TBC (subject to election outcome).

Diversity Arts – Lost Work 2.0 Report
Diversity Arts has released findings from the 2021 report on the impacts of the pandemic on creatives of colour and First Nations creatives. Participants are experiencing a loss of work, increased racism, stress, anxiety and depression, and an inability to pay bills, rent and their mortgage.

Regional Arts Australia – ‘Conversations with the Assembly’
Listen to conversations with the inaugural cohort of the Regional Assembly, produced by artist Christian Tablazon. Regional Assembly is an artist-led online studio program connecting cultural practitioners working in regional and remote geographies across the Asia-Pacific.

Patternmakers: March Findings on Audience Sentiments
7 in 10 past attendees are back at cultural events, but half remain concerned about risks. Confidence levels are becoming more similar across the country – rising in NSW, ACT and VIC and declining in WA, with its newly-opened borders. Read the National Snapshot Report for March.


10 April ­– Yarra City’s New Aboriginal Arts & Cultural Festival EOIs
Grants of up to $5,000 or up to $20,000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, producers, and promoters to be a part of the new festival. Applications will be assessed on the project’s creative strength, ability to deliver, budget, and relevance to Yarra.

18 April – Melbourne Fringe Fund
New commission opportunities including the Melbourne Civic Commission, a $100,000 commission for a Victorian independent/project-funded artist or collective to create a major public artwork; open access commissions from $10,000–$20,000; and $5,000 commissions to present work digitally at Dublin or Stockholm as well as Melbourne Fringe.

3 May – Regional Arts Victoria – Connecting Places 2023 EOIs
This program tours professional artists to a network of community halls, Mechanics Institutes and other unique performance locations. Touring artists should have work that fits into small and multi-purpose spaces in regional areas with limited technical provision. Info session on 7 April – also on the website.

13 May – Creative Partnerships Australia – The Art of Donor Influence Masterclass
Tammy Zonker, a renowned fundraising expert, will be holding an in-person Masterclass for fundraising/marketing, executives, artistic directors and CEOs within small, medium and major arts org to create their own framework for engaging donors and major donor investment opportunities. Cost: $192.50. The Masterclass will also be going to Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide.

Testing Grounds EOIs
Testing Grounds is now at Market Square in the Queen Victoria Market Precinct. It is accepting EOIs from people at all stages of practice to test, develop and share their work, run workshops or community activities in public. It is a simple EOI process.

Yirramboi 2023 Advisory Group
An opportunity for First Peoples creative practitioners to provide advice and shape the development of the YIRRAMBOI Festival 2023 program. The deadline has been extended for EOIs – and is open as long as it remains on the website. 


6 April – Youth Dance Makers April Intensive (VIC)
Workshop and Performance Making Intensive for people aged 14–18 at the Space Dance and Arts Centre in Prahran. For people interested in exploring global issues and expressing their ideas through movement and performance. Cost: $90 for the full week of workshops, mentorship, tech and performance.

18–20 July – National Youth Performing Arts Summit (NSW)
Three-day event for companies and orgs connected to the youth performing arts to connect again at ATYP in Sydney. Program and speakers will be announced soon. Travel subsidies are available for regional and interstate delegates. Registrations are open.

Edge Creatives EOIs
Western Edge Youth Arts is looking to connect with local creatives at all stages of their careers. Fill out an EOI form to connect with Western Edge’s community.


22–25 April – Adelaide Juggling Convention (SA)
A four-day event over the long weekend at the Goodwood Community Centre in Adelaide. Events include workshops, community events and performances, such as the Professional Gala show, Open Stage show and the Juggling Olympics. Individual sessions start from $20, or $150 for full access.

8–18 April – Australian Partner Acrobatics Convention (APAC) & Spin Circus Festival APAC, the annual training convention, is at Cooriemungle (VIC) from 8–13 April. There are usually 6 workshop sessions per day. Spin Circus Festival runs straight after (also at Cooriemungle from 14–18 April, which includes workshops, industry discussions and gala shows. APAC and Spin Festival pass costs $725, with tiered pricing for other options.

25–30 April – APAM @ CircFest Meanjin
APAM and CIRCFest Meanjin have partnered for CIRCFest22 to deliver an online exchange between Canadian and Australian presenters, producers and artists. Online exchange: 26–29 April 2022. In-person exchange: 28–30 April. Check out the full program now.


  • Black Swan Theatre has announced the appointment of Kate Champion as Artistic Director and Ian Booth as CEO at the company.

  • Arts House has appointed Nithya Nagarajan as their new co-Artistic Director. 

  • Rhen Soggee has stepped down as Executive Director & Co-CEO at ActNow Theatre. ActNow Theatre will be undertaking a recruitment process to search for a new Executive Director & Co-CEO. 

  • Sally Richardson has started as Executive Producer of Ten Days on the Island.

  • Carin Mistry has started as Executive Producer at Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE). Most recently, Carin was the Executive Director at Australian Plays.

  • Jade Lillie has stepped down as Head of Industry Development at Australia Council.

  • After more than 7 years as the Artistic Director/CEO of The Substation, Brad Spolding is taking up the role of Arts Program Director at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

  • Aaron Beach has been appointed Executive Director at Belvoir, taking the reins from Sue Donnelly. Sue will take on the newly created role of Executive Producer for the next 6 months to spearhead a number of projects.

  • Katrina Sedgwick OAM, currently CEO of ACMI, will serve as inaugural chief executive of the corporation that will oversee the $1.7 billion transformation of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

  • After 22 years, Kate Sulan is stepping down as the Founding Artistic Director at Rawcus.

  • Penelope Kentish has been appointed the new Creative Director at Tantrum Youth Arts.

  • Arts Access Victoria CEO and Artistic Director Caroline Bowditch will be the Creative Lead for the inaugural Alter State festival.

  • Joel Stern has stepped down as Artistic Director at Liquid Architecture after 9 years.

  • Joseph Falsone has announced his departure as CEO of Arts Capital and Director of Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

  • Chris Twite has been appointed the Creative Director for Hobart Current 2023.

  • Guy Boyce has been appointed General Manager at Marrugeku. Guy’s most recent role was as the General Manager of Sensorium Theatre in Perth.

  • Steve Mayhew has been appointed Program Manager at Theatre Royal in Hobart.

  • Alexandra Murphy has stepped down as Head of Development at Abbotsford Convent to take up the role as Deputy CEO & Development Director at Melbourne Jazz Festival.


Head of New Work, MTC (VIC). Apply now.
Production Manager, Performing Lines (VIC). Apply now.
Lighting Supervisor, Theatre Royal Sydney (NSW). Apply now.
Philanthropy Manager, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 3 April.
General Manager and Deputy CEO, Burrinja (VIC). Apply by 4 April.
Venue Manager, Centre for Creativity, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apply by 5 April.
Creative Producer, The Art House (NSW). Apply by 4 April.
Artistic Director, Rawcus (VIC). Apply by 8 April.
Executive Director/Co-CEO, ActNow Theatre (SA). Apply by 8 April.
Casual Box Office Operator, Malthouse (VIC). Apply by 10 April.
Marketing Manager, Merrigong Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 11 April.
Festival Producer, One Act Play Festival, Lake Macquarie City Council (NSW). Apply by 11 April.
Senior Curator, First Nations Programming, QPAC (QLD). Apply by 11 April.
Director, Arts, NSW Department of Planning (NSW). Apply by 14 April.
Casual Venue Manager, The Mill (SA). Apply by 19 April.
Treasurer (Voluntary), APHIDS (VIC). Apply by 12 April.
Senior Philanthropy Officer, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apply by 21 April.
Director, STRUT Dance (WA). Apply by 22 April.
Artistic Director, Victorian Opera (VIC). Apply by 29 April.
Board Directors x2 (Voluntary), Hot House Theatre (VIC). Apply now.


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