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TNA E-News August 2017


Australian Theatre Forum 2017 – Registrations are now open!
Held in Adelaide alongside OzAsia Festival, the theme for ATF2017 is ‘About Time: Listen. Examine. Speak. Celebrate.’ Join us from 3-5 October 2017 for a rich three-day program of conversations, events and international guests curated by Alexis West and Steve Mayhew, produced by Jennifer Greer Holmes and TNA. Visit the ATF Website to find out more, and begin your registration.

ACAPTA to transfer services to TNA – Circus and Physical Theatre Strategy
Following the closure of ACAPTA, TNA announces that we will be taking on the provision of some of the services essential for the Circus and Physical Theatre sector to thrive. TNA has formed an agreement with Creative Victoria, with the full endorsement and support of the ACAPTA board. Stay tuned as we undertake consultation and the development of an advisory committee.

VTF2017: ‘No Such Thing As A Free Lunch’ at Back to Back Theatre – Wrap up
From Southern Cross Station to dessert and drinks at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 61 delegates joined us for discussions over lunch at Back to Back Theatre last week for the 2017 Victorian Theatre Forum. Focused on future planning, working groups envisioned a more resilient and valued sector. Summary of discussions.

Let’s socialise!
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A New Approach Announced!
The Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation are pleased to announce that the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Newgate Communications have been engaged to deliver the project known as A New Approach. A New Approach will move forward under the direction of a yet-to-be appointed Program Director. Read more here. 

11 Aug – Applications close for ‘Plus 1’ Matched Funding with Creative Partnerships Australia
If your arts organisation has a project that needs funding, you could be eligible for up to $50,000 in matched funding through CPA’s Plus1 program. Build donor relationships, boost your fundraising skills and build your organisation’s sustainability. Apps close 5pm EST, this Friday 11 Aug. Read the guidelines, eligibility criteria and Plus1 success stories here. 

18 Aug – Creative Partnerships Australia – Fundraising mentorships
CPA is offering 12 arts fundraising mentorships for Australian arts organisations in 2017/18. Successful organisations may nominate their lead fundraiser, development manager or equivalent to be matched with an experienced arts fundraiser over 10 months. Apps close 18 August. Guidelines and applications.

11 Aug – Keir Choreographic Award – Submissions close for the 2018 competition
The Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse are calling for entries for the biennial competition, dedicated to the commission, presentation of new Australian choreography. The winner will receive a $30,000 reward, with a $10,000 Audience Choice Award also up for grabs. Entries close Fri 11 August 2017 for works to be presented in March 2018. More info here.

13 Nov – Save the date: NSW Performing Arts Wellbeing Forum
‘How Can The Show Go On’ is the theme for Theatre Network NSW’s Performing Arts Wellbeing Summit to be held in Sydney on 13 November 2017. Travel subsidies of up to $400 for regional delegates will be available through an EOI process thanks to Create NSW. More info to follow. To register your interest in the EOI process, email Jane Kreis

12 Sep – Australia Council Leadership Programs – Expressions of Interest now open
Engage with dynamic and influential leaders in Australia, exploring local and global arts challenges. The 12 month Arts Leaders Program includes three intensive residentials, open to established and mid-career leaders. The 6 months Future Leaders Program focuses on the development of emerging and high potential arts leaders through intensive residentials and a secondment. Applications close midnight AEST on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

Navigate: Young Artist Development Program 2017
This program is available to individual artists or cultural workers aged 18-30 years. You must also be in the first five years of your arts or creative practice and live on the Gold Coast. You can practice in any artform or multiple artforms. Applications close Wednesday 23 August. About the program.

11 Aug – Hive Lab – Applications closing this Friday
Featuring panels and space to talk, HIVE LAB will be held during the Adelaide Film Festival. The three-day workshop is specially designed around the artists’ needs and direction – with the participants asked to bring a project idea into the lab, to learn and collaborate with peers from across the country. Applications for HIVE LAB #4 are now open, and will close Friday 11 August. More info here.

28 Aug – Directors Lab: Melbourne – Theatre Works and Melb Festival
Directors Lab: Melbourne is a free eight-day creative laboratory for professional theatre directors presented by Theatre Works in partnership with Melbourne Festival. The annual program accepts 30 directors worldwide to participate in eight days of masterclasses, performance and rigorous debate with leading national and international theatre makers. Program dates: 15 – 22 October 2017. Apps close 28 August. Read more about the Lab here.

28 Oct – Boundless: A festival of diverse writers – FREE
The NSW Writers’ Centre and Bankstown Arts Centre are proud to announce the launch of the first-ever festival focused on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers and writing. The free all-day event will be held at Bankstown Arts Centre on 28 October and will include performances, readings, panel discussions, audiovisual experiences, workshops for children and adults, and performances. Program will be announced in September. Read more here.

25 Sep – National Dance Forum in Melbourne
The 2017 National Dance Forum will bring together makers, producers and presenters for two-days to focus on strengthening the dance sector’s capacity within the digital domain. NDF2017 will be held from 25–26 September 2017 at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Victoria. View the program here.

Australia Council links and updates – including Four Year Funded Orgs
– Research Partnerships: The Australia Council welcomes opportunities to partner with academia and industry through research. Learn about AusCo’s research priorities here.
– Funding update: The Council has reviewed eligibility requirements and other changes applied to its grants program since 2015, enabling small to medium arts organisations to access Council’s project funding. Read about the changes here.
– The National Arts Participation Survey, ‘Connecting Australians’, is now available online. Explore the results here.

25 Sept- 1 Oct Mullum Circus Festival & Training Program
Enjoy four days of intensive circus training in a vast array of specialities from Australia’s best trainers and performers, at Mullumbimby, NSW. Connect and learn from others in your field or collaborate with complementary practitioners, learn new skills and create magic. $585.00 – adult delegate, including camping and festival pass. More Info Here


9 Aug – The Arts and Wellbeing Collective – Victorian Roadshow – FREE
The final of the Arts and Wellbeing Collective road shows will be presented in Horsham tomorrow, Wednesday 9 August, 1.30pm – 4pm. Join the team for an afternoon of activities, discussion and learning, all specifically tailored to improve the wellbeing of performing arts workers. Event info.

12 Aug – MTC’s 2017 NEON Workshop Program – FREE
Melbourne Theatre Company is calling for participants for their NEON masterclasses for indie theatre makers and practitioners. The following workshops will run between 12 – 25 August: Structure and Creativity hosted by Chris Mead; Storming an Idea hosted by THE RABBLE; Directing Masterclass hosted by Leticia Cáceres; The Independent Producer hosted by Josh Wright; Grant Writing Toolkit hosted by Kerrii Cavanagh. By Expression of Interest only. More info here.

11 Sep – Regional Centre for Culture 2018 Commissions
This one-off program will support the development of three significant new works inspired by the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Hepburn Shire as part of the Regional Centre for Culture program in 2018. Three grants of $260,000 are available to develop and present new work. Applicants must be based in Victoria. Appls close 5pm Mon 11 Sept 2017. Read the guidelines here.

18 Oct – Create your own office or studio at Abbotsford Convent!
The Abbotsford Convent Foundation is looking for arts and cultural professionals, organisations and businesses to join their multi-arts precinct in its soon-to-be restored Sacred Heart building. More than 1,500m² of ready-for-use studio and office spaces are available from mid-January 2018. Submit your Expression of Interest by 18 October 2017. Find out more.

22 Aug – Apply now for BalletLab’s 2018 Artist Residency
BalletLab have announced an opportunity for a year long artistic residency for a dance or performing artist at any stage of their career at Temperance Hall in 2018. Receive a minimum of 150 hours worth of studio space across the calendar year to help develop an artistic idea and practice. EOI’s close Tuesday 22 August 2017. Residency and EOI info.

Deakin University research report now online – Are graduates ready for a career in the arts?
The Arts and Cultural Management team at Deakin University have produced a research report on Arts and Cultural Management Graduate Employability. View the full report under the handy industry research tab of the TNA Library.

21 Aug – Submit an EOI for the Arts House CultureLAB
Through CultureLAB, Arts House offers dedicated on-site creative developments for artists across all art forms. Expressions of Interest for CultureLAB July 2018 – June 2019 will close on Monday 21 August 2017. More info here.

4 Sep – OpticNerve Spring Series Masterclasses
This 4-week workshop series introduces the OpticNerve training process to actors, physical performers, theatre makers, directors and dancers; pushing the boundaries of theatrical form and investigating works that provoke perceptions of social reality. Workshops will run from 4 – 25 September 2017 and cost $240 for the series. At Theatre Works. Info and bookings.


3 Oct – Australia Council for the Arts – International Residencies Program
Applications are now open for the Australian Council’s International Residencies Program. These residencies provide unique opportunities for artists across all art forms to immerse themselves in new arts communities, broaden their knowledge and contribute to the presence of Australian artists around the world. Applications close Tuesday 3 October 2017. Read more here.

International Performing Arts Camp – Golden Autumn Art Oasis in Italy
The International Performing Arts Camp is opening its doors for performing arts practitioners from all continents! Early bird applicants are entitled to the Scholarship Opportunity and each scholarship covers part of the program fee. Online applications now open. The camp runs from 25 – 30 October 2017 in Alighieri, Italy. About the program.


Sector meeting in Adelaide
A reminder that after the Australian Theatre Forum there is a National Youth Arts Summit at Carclew on Friday 6 October. Themes include Future Proofing, Trailblazers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Processes & Perspectives, and Collaborations. Event info here.

ASSITEJ International Director’s Seminar 2017 – Report from Jessica Wilson
A select group of 26 international theatre artists recently attended the 2017 ASSITEJ International Directors Seminar in Germany. As the Australian representative, Jessica Wilson has written a report of her experiences. Read the report here. The annual ASSITEJ Director’s Seminar will be held in Berlin in 2018.


– Jade Lillie will finish up as Director / CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre in November.
– Mary Anne Butler has resigned from the Board of Darwin Festival.
– Charlotte Hilder finishes up as Creative Producer of Youth Outreach at Arts Centre Melbourne.
– Merrigong Theatre Company appoints Kristopher McDowell to the new role of Program Manager.
– Lesley Alway announces her departure as Director of AsiaLink Arts as Sarah Bond steps in as Director, Global Project Space.
– Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh announced as producers of Regional Centre for Culture initiative.
– International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) appoints Magdalena Moreno Mujica as Executive Director.
– NARPACA has announced a name change and will now operate as Stage Queensland.
– The World Theatre Map beta project has engaged twenty-eight World Theatre Map Ambassadors from twenty-four countries to direct community organizing, outreach, and feedback gathering. Our Australian representative is Goldele Rayment.
– Western Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam has resigned from the Australian senate and the Greens deputy leadership. We thank Senator Ludlam for his support during the arts senate enquiry.
– Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund to distribute $1.3 million to 56 projects including funding to develop over 15 new Australian plays, and support for theatre companies including Belvoir in Sydney, La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane, and Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre in Melbourne.
– Congratulations to finalists of APACA’s Drover Awards and to all companies who were recently nominated or received Helpmann awards, many TNA members!
– Angharad Wynne Jones is leaving ArtsHouse to take up the position of Head of Participation at Arts Centre Melbourne.


Marketing/Communications Manager, Monkey Baa Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 11 Aug.
Cultural Development Officer, Multicultural Arts Victoria (VIC). Apps close 14 Aug.
Publicist, State Theatre Company South Australia (SA). Apps close 15 Aug.
Communications and Engagement Manager, IFACCA (NSW). Apps close 15 Aug.
Artistic Director/CEO, Crossroad Arts (QLD). Apps close 18 Aug.
Administration Assistant, The National Institute of Circus Arts (VIC). Apps close 21 Aug.
Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island (TAS). Apps close 21 Aug.
Production Manager, Melbourne Theatre Company (VIC). Apps close 28 Aug.
Business Development Manager, Arts Hub (NSW). Apps close 31 Aug.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Prague) for Theatre Network Australia.
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