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TNA E-News – February 2022

TNA STUFF

Champions of Arts and Culture Meetups – TNA Members
Our series of Champion Meetups continue for 2022, to ensure that Arts and Culture stays on the agenda towards the Federal Election. The next Champions Meetup is Feb 15, and we will have a focus on advocacy for performance with/for/by young people. Meet-ups are for TNA Members only. Join our advocacy efforts – Individual Membership starts at $33 per year.

TNA is hiring a Program Manager! 
Our wonderful Program Manager Steph Cox is leaving to take up the role of General Manager of the Women*s Circus. Due to confirmed multi-year funding from Creative Victoria (yay!) we are offering a two-year contract, and we welcome Expressions of Interest in the role in a range of formats.

Australian Youth Circus Sector (AYCS) & Sector Training Centres Database
A new database is up on the TNA website – for Australian Youth Circuses, Circus Schools & Training Centres, with contact information and addresses. Add yourself to the list or check out who is on there now.

NATIONAL STUFF

6 Feb – Max Afford Young Playwrights’ Award 2022
$30,000 biennial award for a playwright under 40. $15,000 of the award is prize money to the playwright and up to $15,000 goes towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast facilitated by Australian Plays Transform. Eligible plays cannot have been produced or performed in public before December 2022.

7 Feb – First Seen – New Works In Progress EOIs (ACT)
The Street offers playwrights/theatre-makers the opportunity to collaborate, develop new works through intensive practical investigation, and to share the development of their work with an audience. There is no expectation to produce a performance-ready draft. Writers will be provided a professional fee.

9 Feb – CINNARS Biennale 2022
The international hybrid conference is accepting worldwide showcases in dance, theatre, multidisciplinary arts/circus as part of its official programming. A jury will choose the selected applicants. Showcase applications costs $140 AUD.

11 Feb – Casting Call Bilya Kaatijin (WA)
Yirra Yaakin Theatre is seeking three Indigenous actors (experience in acting for theatre is preferred but not essential) for their children’s production, Bilya Kaatijin, which will tour to primary schools throughout Perth and regional WA between May and July 2022. Book an audition by 11 Feb.

12 Feb – 2022 South Coast Writers Centre/Merrigong Playwrights Program (NSW)
10-month program to workshop participants’ works in development. Participants will also see and discuss five Merrigong shows and hear from guest industry teachers. Cost is $320, monthly payment plans and hardship scholarships are available.

14 Feb – First Draft Proposals Callout
First Draft is seeking proposals for consideration in their 2022–2023 program: for the Exhibition, Curators, Writers, and Live Program. Proposals for First Peoples Curators Program are accepted year-round. Live Program recipients receive: $1,500 curator/s fee; $3,500 artist/s fees, and in-kind and financial production support. Regional NSW and interstate applicants can apply for travel assistance funding.

15 Feb – Griffin Studio EOIs
One-year residency, including $12,000 stipend, for an artist interested in challenging and expanding their approach to making theatre. The studio artist will develop one or more projects with support from Griffin’s artistic team, while undertaking workshops on aspects of playwriting and theatre-making.

20 Feb – Darwin Fringe General Applications
Register your event (in person or online) at the open-access festival. Tiered registration fees start from $80; artists who are unwaged, on a pension, offering a free show, or who demonstrate strong artistic merit can apply for a fee waived registration spot in their application.

24 Feb – On Accountability: In Search of Lost Ethics in Performing Arts Programming
How can we engage with situations of cultural complexity in ways that are accountable, transparent and ethical? An online conversation presented by APAM with guest speakers from AU and USA to explore the concrete changes that presenters/curators need to contemplate to present cultural specificity in culturally competent ways. Register your ticket.

27 Feb – Local Giants – Regional Producers EOIs
Online development program led by Performing Lines for regional emerging to mid-career producers, to explore new modes of working, project ideas, and sustainable models for presentation and touring. At the end, producers will meet in person at APAX 2022 at NIDA, Sydney. Each producer will be paid $2,050 for their participation and to attend APAX.

28 Feb – Pause, Play, Perform EOIs
APAM is running Pause, Play, Perform – a digital program on 24–27 May exploring the market for hybrid and digital performance. They’re seeking EOIs from artists, companies, and presenters for whom digital engagement and technologies are integral to their practice and audiences, to showcase their work.

28 Feb – RANT Experience Initiative Grant (TAS)
One-off grants of $10,000 for an initiative that adds an offer or experience to an existing program, to increase visitation or extend the visitor experience of ‘place’. This is part of the Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program – see Regional Arts Australia for Regional Program Administrators in other states and their closing dates. 

1 March – Australia Council: Arts Projects Funding
Up to $50,000 for individuals and groups, and $100,000 for organisations, funding a range of activities, such as creative and professional development.

1 March – Australia Council: Playing Australia Project Investment
Financial support for performing arts tours to reach regional and remote communities. There were recently introduced changes to the application process – you can present a proposed tour with an unconfirmed itinerary. More information on site.

18–20 March – Australian Playwrights’ Festival (NSW)
In-person talks and sessions at Paddington, celebrating the contribution of our playwrights. Talks include: ‘Black Theatre Matters’, ‘Talking with History’, ‘Staging the Real’, and ‘Writing Taboos’. Speakers include Wesley Enoch, Patricia Cornelius, and Nakkiah Lui. $22 for a single session, $88 for an Early Bird pass to the whole festival.

Call for Accessible Arts Advisors (NSW and ACT)
Accessible Arts are looking for NSW and ACT-based arts practitioners with disability or who are d/Deaf to become Accessible Arts Advisors. An Advisor would work with the organisation on various projects relating to disability, access and the arts.

Accessible Arts Training Workshops
New online workshops held by Accessible Arts have been released – including ‘Accessible Festivals and Events’ (13 Jul), ‘How to be a Good Ally’ (17 Feb), and ‘Being Accessible Online’ (20 Apr). Spots are limited and selling out. Workshops cost $95.

Family Friendly Comedy EOIs
Melbourne International Comedy Festival programs a range of events aimed at young people and families, both within the festival and around the calendar year. EOIs open to performers Australia-wide, with comic material (verbal, physical, musical) that can work successfully in outdoor stage or street contexts.

Deadly Funny Program
National comedy competition, open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the age of 18. Participants get to workshop and develop their craft with First Nations comedians. Those who progress from their heat will be flown to Melbourne to perform at the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival to compete for the $2,000 cash prize. Workshops and heats are happening across the country this month and March.

Registration APAM’s Blak Lounges
A digital lounge with a primary focus on International First Peoples networking and First Peoples conversations, co-hosted by an industry First Peoples guest speaker alongside APAM’s First Nations Producer.  First Peoples practitioners and administrators can register to be a part of the lounge.

Service Fee Removal – Australian Cultural Fund (ACF)
When ACF supported TNA’s $1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash campaign for Artists, the service fee was waived. Now, the service fee on all new donations has been removed. 100% of donations raised by artists on the ACF will go directly to their creative project or initiatives. Well done ACF!

VICTORIAN STUFF

4 Feb – Schizy Inc Arts TakeOver EOIs
Schizy Inc are delivering a series of free workshops for emerging artists in stand-up comedy; song writing and performance; spoken word; and visual arts. The workshops will culminate at their World Schizophrenia Day event Mojo Arts TakeOver, with 20 artists presenting new works they have created in the workshops.

7 Feb – Deakin University’s PhD Scholarship
Initiate and conduct research over three years on the topic ‘Organisational change in the arts/cultural sector to diversify arts audiences’. You must meet Deakin’s PhD entry requirements.

9 Feb – Lucy Guerin Inc Artist-In-Residence Program 2022
Make a Start Residencies: up to two week in-studio residency for projects in their early stages that are challenging choreographic thinking. Moving Forward Residencies: full-time in-studio residencies of up to three weeks, with $1,000 stipend, and a presentation/workshop/talk at its conclusion, for projects that are ready to be refined and are approaching an outcome.

11 Feb – Pride Events and Festival Funding
Grants of up to $10,000 for LGBTIQ+ events in Victoria. Open to a community, not-for-profit, or peak community body. Funded activities could include promoting LGBTIQ+ arts and culture, creating opportunities for LGBTIQ+ communities to connect with each other, and more.

16 Feb – Audio Description Training
Description Victoria is offering an audio description training course for freelance practitioners over four weeks in March – learn the principles of audio description practice and how they’re applied in various artistic fields. Costs: $150. EOIs close16 Feb.

18 Feb – Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Engine Grants
New grant round to support local artists in the development of new work. Ignition grants of up to $5,000 supports projects in the early stages of creation, Jump Start grants of up to $1,000 to explore a burning idea, and a Place to Make offers access to free rehearsal and co-working space. Applicants will need to address connection, innovation and thoughtfulness.

7 March – Arts House Creative Advisory Group EOIs
Arts House is looking for a diverse cross-section of people from a mix of artforms, practices, generations and communities to form their Creative Advisory Group. This group makes sure that Arts House is connected to the conversations that matter – with regular meeting dates in April, July and Oct. Each member is paid $2,000 honorarium per year, plus workcover and super.

Next Wave: Broadcast
Next Wave is offering artists the gear and space to take their artwork online. They offer: a streaming service in 4K Ultra High Definition alongside secure broadcasting for private or public viewing. Reach out to mechanics@nextwave.org.au for more information.

Cheap Rates at Bluestone Church Arts
EOIs are open to a dedicated arts and performance venue available for hire in Footscray.

WorkWell’s Mental Health Toolkit for Small Businesses
Business Vic has partnered with WorkWell to create easy-to-understand information, practical resources and step-by-step advice to create mentally healthy workplaces and stronger businesses.

ASSITEJ STUFF – YOUTH ARTS & YOUNG AUDIENCES

7 Feb – Industry Co:Lab Hothouse Theatre (Albury Wodonga)
Pre-professional training program from Feb–early Oct for emerging artists 16–24 based in Albury Wodonga. Participants periodically come together in a series of Co:Labs, designed as a testing ground for theatre making techniques and ideas, weekly skills-building sessions, Master:Labs with an industry theatre-maker/mentor, plus more. The cost is heavily subsidised: $200 for the year.

18 Feb – Tech Connect EOIs (VIC)
In partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne, Wyndham Cultural Centre is running a free training program in theatre production and customer service. Open to female-identifying people aged 18-30, and female-identifying First Nations and CaLD. More information on site – scroll down to the bottom of the page.

1 March – Carclew’s Projects & Development Grants for Individuals (SA)
To support the artistic practice and work of SA artists under 26. Up to $3,000 for professional development, up to $10,000 for development/presentation of new or existing work, and up to $10,000 to enable participation in the arts for children and young people.

Class Clowns
Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s development program for young people 14–18, which includes a free 2-hour comedy workshop with a professional comedian and the opportunity to enter a national comedy competition. Entrants can win a cash prize of $1,500.

CIRCUS & PHYSICAL THEATRE (CaPT) STUFF

CircFest 2022 Brisbane
Dates have been announced for CircFest 2022: 20 April–1 May. The full program has launched.

21–23 Feb – Circus Rising (UK)
3-day hybrid festival of talks and workshops with circus researchers, performers and education specialists; including research from École Nationale de Cirque Montréal and ‘Technical Innovation In Circus Equipment Design’ with Marion Cossin. Tickets cover in-person and online events, and cost $311 AUD.

8–12 April – Australian Partner Acrobatics Convention (APAC)
Tickets for the four-day annual training convention has been released, with workshops on acro-yoga, cheer stunting, circus, sports acrobatics and dance acrobatics for all skill levels. The festival will be held at Camp Cooriemungle in VIC. Single day pass from $150, or a full price ticket for $475.

INDUSTRY GOSS

  • Joanna Bayndrian has stepped down as International Engagement Adviser, Development and Strategic Partnerships at Australia Council to take up a new public diplomacy role in Hong Kong.
  • Meghan Bourke has stepped down as General Manager at Women*s Circus, to take up the new role of Head of Program at the Arts Wellbeing Collective.
  • Sheah Sutton has stepped down as Executive Producer at Speak Percussion to take up a new role at the Australian Broadcast Foundation.
  • Rebecca Meston has been appointed Producer of Programming at Critical Stages Touring.
  • Michelle Kotevski has stepped down as General Manager at Australian Plays Transform.
  • Lou Oppenheim has been appointed Executive Director and Co-CEO of Sydney Dance Theatre.
  • NAVA’s Co-Director, Mimi Crowe, has announced her resignation from NAVA to take up a role at the City of Adelaide leading the Creative City program.
  • Viv Rosman has been appointed the new Executive Director at Darlinghurst Theatre, taking over from founding CEO and current co-Artistic Director, Glenn Terry. Terry is stepping down after 30 years. Co-Artistic Director Amylia Harris will continue on as the sole Artist Director.
  • Dr Tracey Callinan has been appointed the new CEO at Regional Arts NSW.
  • APT welcomes two new staff members; Lauren Scott-Young and Daniel Potter have joined the organisation as Administrators.
  • Eugenia Lim steps down as Artistic Director at Aphids. Anna Nalpantidis has been appointed the new Executive Producer.
  • Jacqueline Hornjik has been appointed the new Creative Director at PYT Fairfield.
  • Verónica Barac-Gomez has been appointed Creative Producer at Urban Theatre Projects, where she was previously Administrator and Producer on Dream Sequence.
  • Nadia Thompson has been appointed the new Business Administration Manager at Jute Theatre.
  • ArtsACT has welcomed its new Executive Branch Manager, Caroline Fulton.
  • Amelia Wallin has stepped down as Director at West Space to take up the role of Curator of La Trobe Art Institute in Bendigo.
  • CircuitWest has announced the appointment of Sam Lynch as the organisation’s new Executive Director. Lynch was previously the Marketing and Audience Development Project Manager at the organisation. Outgoing Executive Director Ryan Taaffe has stepped down to head up Barking Gecko Theatre Company as their new CEO and Executive Producer.
  • Kim Jameson has begun her role as the new Executive Director of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.
  • Arena Theatre welcomes two new staff members: Jerry Brown has joined as Marketing Manager, and JB Bodin takes on the role of Administration and Operations Coordinator.
  • Tracks Dance Company’s Artistic Co-Director Tim Newth will spend this year on long service leave. In the interim, Jess Devereux is stepping into the new role of Associate Artistic Director.
  • Sydney Theatre Company welcomes emerging theatre director Ian Michael as their 2022 Richard Wherrett Fellow. Outgoing 2021 Richard Wherrett Fellow Courtney Stewart will be staying at STC as a Directing Associate.
  • Christopher Hodge has stepped down from his role as Manager Government Relations at Sydney Opera House to take up the position of Arts Policy Advisor to Ben Franklin, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Arts and Regional Youth.

POSITIONS VACANT

Multiple roles, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply now.
Multiple roles, The Australian Ballet (VIC). Apply now.
Multiple roles, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (VIC). Apply now.
Front of House Manager x2, ATYP (NSW). Apply now.
Project Coordinator (First Nations), Aboriginal Youth Circus Program, CircusWA (WA). Contact Jo for more information jo@circuswa.com.
General Manager, Marian St Theatre for Young People (NSW). Apply now.
Tenant Community & Studio Coordinator, Abbotsford Convent (VIC). Apply by 4 Feb.
Artistic Director (Parental Leave Cover), Arts House (VIC). Apply by 6 Feb.
Production Coordinator (Parental Leave Contract), Malthouse (VIC). Apply by 6 Feb.
Performance Technician, Brand X (NSW). Apply by 6 Feb.
Business Manager, Artback NT (NT). Apply by 6 Feb.
Communications Manager, Artback NT (NT). Apply by 6 Feb.
Performing Arts Manager, Artback NT (NT). Apply by 6 Feb.
Senior Producer, Performance Space (NSW). Apply by 7 Feb.
General Manager, Marrugeku (NSW). Apply by 9 Feb.
Bookkeeper, Performing Lines (NSW). Apply by 13 Feb.
CEO, Multicultural Arts Victoria (VIC). Apply by 14 Feb.
Development Coordinator, Melbourne Fringe (VIC). Apply by 14 Feb.
Company Manager, Lucy Guerin Inc (VIC). Apply by 16 Feb.
Artistic Director, La Boite (NSW). Apply by 28 Feb.
Circa Cairns Creative Producer, Circa (NT). Apply by 5 March.
First Nations Manager, Circa (QLD). Apply by 5 March.
Program Manager, TNA (VIC). No closing deadline.

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