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TNA E-News – July 2021

Check out the TNA July E-News below, with national and Victorian arts news, industry goss, and current positions vacant. Make sure you sign up to receive the E-News in your inbox by using the form at the bottom of the page.


Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) Mentorship Program
Round 3 of VIPI’s Producer Mentorship Program is now open. The program supports independent producers, through a part-time wage of $21,840 gross per annum, group workshops, and additional access support. Applications close 2 August.


Eight organisations added to National Performing Arts Partnership Framework
Congratulations to Back to Back Theatre (VIC), Terrapin Puppet Theatre (TAS), Dancenorth (QLD), Windmill (SA), Griffin Theatre Company (NSW), ILBIJERRI Theatre Company (VIC), Marrugeku (WA) and Artback NT, all added to the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (former ‘Majors’). This is the first time an organisation from NT and regional organisations from QLD, WA and VIC have been included in the Framework.

8 July – APAM Darwin Gathering – First Timers Program EOIs
Matches experienced leaders in market development with a small cohort of first-time attendees to help them navigate the market. EOIs close 8 July. Registrations for the APAM gathering, including the TNA/APAM/Next Wave Neighbourhood event, are also selling fast.

12 July – Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-In-Residence Program (NSW and ACT)
Residency to support artists with disability from NSW and ACT for research and development or creation of new work. Successful applicants will be funded to undertake the 7-day residency at the renowned Bundanon Trust estate from 13–19 September. Applications close 12 July.

Professional Development Grants (NT)
Apply for up to $2,000 per year for participation and showcasing at workshops, industry forums, and national markets and showcasing events. Applications open until funding is expended.

Quick Response Projects Grants (NSW & Regional AU)
To support professional development, skills development or small project opportunities that would otherwise not be funded or planned for at short notice. NSW-based artists can apply between $500–$5,000 towards their project. Regional-based artists can apply up to $3,000.

12 July – Performance & Creative Development Program and Artist in Residence Program (QLD)
Multiple proposals are open at Metro Arts. Up to $10,000 available for artists to co-present bold, new contemporary work that is performance ready. Up to $4,000 for creative developments in studio. The Artist in Residence program offers artists payment and dedicated space to develop, extend and experiment with their practice and create new work. Both applications close 12 July.

‘Our Hybrid Future’ Sector Resource
A free guide, funded by the South Australian Government, on managing digital and hybrid work in an organisation.

16 July – Desert Festival Artist EOIs (NT)
Artist EOIs are open to present at Desert Festival in Alice Springs. The theme for this year is “Lovin’ Local”. Red Hot Arts will pay a flat fee and will decide ticket pricing. Applications close 16 July.

16 July – ‘Moving Through Impostor Syndrome’ Workshop
Movement and sound-based Zoom workshop for First Nations, Black and POC creatives to explore Impostor Syndrome, belonging, and self-deprecating belief systems. Free and concession tickets available, full tickets cost $10.

17 July – Small Grants Pride Foundation Australia
Up to $750 grant for individuals or an organisation to support projects which would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. The project must directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people. Applications close 17 July.

19 July – Flying Nun Performing Arts Residency (NSW)
Residency showcases new and local fringe performance ideas at the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre. Includes 95% box office return, a $1,300 stipend contribution towards production, free development time, and access to marketing support and front of house for performance nights. Applications close 19 July.

26 July – National Library Australia Creative Arts Fellowships
$10,000 grant for artists to spend four weeks in the National Library developing an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired by the Library’s collections. Artists working in music, dance, theatre, emerging, hybrid, and experimental art forms are welcome to apply. Applications close 26 July.

20 August – ArTour Production Applications for Showcase and Roadcase (QLD)
For QLD artists and producers to showcase new productions that are ready to tour in 2023. Showcase work online in a pitching event to presenters, or roadcase with the arTour team, who will visit several regional QLD centres to facilitate the pitching process on your behalf. Applications close 20 August.

‘In Real Life: Mapping digital cultural engagement in the first decades of the 21st Century’
Australia Council has released new research on how audiences use digital technology to engage with the arts. Read key findings and download the full report. This report comes in conjunction with the Australia Council’s Digital Cultural Strategy to be released on 9 July, and the upcoming Arts Going Digital forum held on 12 July.


10 July – Puppetry Workshops
Upcoming on 10 July: ‘How to Turn Heads with Puppetry’ on puppet head mechanisms, and ‘Puppetry and Performance’ a workshop led by Jacob Williams, one of Australia’s most experienced puppeteers. Tickets cost $50.

10–11 July – Dancehouse Winter Weekend Workshop
Upcoming on 10–11 July: Freestyle & Improvisation Workshop led by local dance artists, as part of Dancehouse’s series of workshops for emerging and mid-career artists. Single sessions for $25, full weekend pass for $140.

11 July – 2021 hillsceneLIVE Art Festival EOIs
EOIs now open for artists to present at hillsceneLIVE Art Festival on 20 Nov in the Dandenong Ranges. Artists will receive a $250 stipend, access to venue, production requirements, a production manager, professional development, shared studio sessions and marketing support.

Creative State 2025 launching on Monday 12 July
Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson will launch the new strategy Creative State 2025 at 6pm on Monday 12 July. The link to watch the livestream of the launch will be available on the Creative Victoria website soon.

14 July – FUSE Spring 2021 Artist Registrations
Artist registrations are open and free to anyone to register a show or an event as part of Darebin’s FUSE Spring Festival. Events must be between 4–19 September 2021 and at a venue or location in Darebin. Submissions close 14 July.

Open Auditions for La Mama’s An Indigenous Trilogy
La Mama are seeking actors for paid roles in An Indigenous Trilogy. The production will prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Open audition dates to be announced. For more information about the current production or about upcoming auditions, please email

HATCH Artist Workshop Series
A series of workshops for artists to focus on building their professional and practical skills, from financial literacy on 26 August to developing business plans on 24 November. Online and in person at the Frankston Arts Centre. Tickets from $15.

15 July – Temperance Hall x Lucy Guerin Inc’s Out of Bounds EOIs
An opportunity for Victorian dance artists to develop and present a short showing of their recent choreographic investigations at WXYZ Studios in August. Successful applicants will receive financial and technical support, access to rehearsal space and peer feedback. EOIs close 15 July.

18 July – The People of Cabaret Mentorship
6-month paid mentorship program for emerging cabaret artists, including workshops, networking and performance opportunities. Mentees will be paired with a mentor to work towards specific goals and receive $450 funding for participation.

19 July – Test Sites Online Creative Development Program
In collaboration with Testing Grounds, the City of Melbourne is providing $5,000 project fundingfor artists to develop their public art ideas, with a focus on online professional development. Support includes group workshops, peer-to-peer sharing, and testing in public space.

20 July – Music Victoria Awards
Nominations are now open for the Music Victoria Awards. Some categories include a cash prize for winners. To nominate, you need to have an active paid membership at Music Victoria.

23 July – Blindside ARI Exhibition Proposals
Artists are invited to present events, performances, screenings and ephemeral projects in Blindside’s Exhibition Program. Successful applicants will receive for the three-week public exhibition, an artist fee, onsite technical assistance, professional and promotional support. Applications close 23 July.

25 July – Geelong Arts Centre Grants
Multiple grants available up to $5,000 with mentoring opportunities, plus in-kind studio access at Geelong Arts Centre. Cross-genre projects are encouraged. To be successful, applications must meet the program’s three selection criteria: Connection, Innovation, & Thoughtfulness. Applications close 25 July, 5pm.

2 August – Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) Artist Development Programs
FCAC are running multiple Artist Development Programs, including the free Emerging Creative Leaders program for artists with an interest in community-engaged practice, and Tarnuk–ut baany, a $10,000 grant to support emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists develop their project, process or research over 2021 and 2022. Applications close 2 August.

15 August – City of Yarra Annual Grants
Provides financial and in-kind support for community initiatives and projects. Grants are now open for the Arts and Culture stream, which include Arts Development, Festivals & Events, and Community Arts. There is no set funding amount, but average grants for previous recipients were $8–11k. Applications close 15 August.

20 August – Multicultural Arts Victoria DIASPORAS Commissions
Multiple commissions available for First Nations, POC or CALD artists, as part of the DIASPORAS platform. $50,000 for projects that disrupt systems of power, $25,000 for projects that ignite new creative practice, and $10,000 for projects that increase the visibility and representation of diverse creatives. Submissions close 20 August.


INFINITY Platform Arts Auditions – Unpaid
Platform Arts is seeking artists aged 10-26 who are interested in devising and performing live and digital projects; including but not limited to theatre, podcasts and screen works. Final works are to be presented in Geelong and across local and international festivals. EOIs are currently open.

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) CultureCrew Festival
A virtual global gathering around youth-selected performing arts on October 11-22, 2021. Features a selection of youth-chosen productions and a series of developmental learning opportunities. More information on registrations coming soon.

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Live Showcase Set for Jan 2023
Due to ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions, IPAY will not be hosting a live Showcase in January 2022. A live Showcase is scheduled for January 2023, with artist applications opening in February 2022.

19 July – Shopfront ArtsLab Program
Program supports emerging artists aged 18-26 develop their work. Artists will receive access to studio/rehearsal space, masterclasses, industry mentorship and support from Shopfront team, and a chance to showcase their work as part of the ArtsLab festival season in Sydney. Applications close 19 July.

20 July – Nexus 2021 Professional Development Program for Deaf and Disabled Artists
Free professional development program for Deaf and Disabled artists at any skill or career level, aged 18–26. Opportunities to network, hear from artists, and learn how to maintain a successful arts practice. Applications close 20 July. Sessions run from 3 August– 21 September.


13–15 July – Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) Circus Casting Audition x Workshop (SA)
GOM Circus are expanding their pool of artists for 2022 and beyond. Interested physical practitioners are invited to participate in a non-traditional workshop/audition hybrid. Register your interest at

Circus Oz Circus Arts Incubator Opportunities
$40,000 Fellowship for circus artists to develop their practice and leadership, including access to space and in-kind support. The Associate Program offers in-kind space and support dependent on the artist. Travel bursaries available for interstate/regional Fellows. Applications close 12 July.

Flipside Circus Begins Site Works
Flipside Circus celebrated the beginning of site works for the Brisbane Circus Centre. This will be a purpose-built circus space to house Flipside Circus and provide specialist training and presentation space for Queensland’s leading circus artists and companies.


  • Peter Wood has stepped down as Executive Director of Arts Northern Rivers to take up a new post as Regional Arts and Partnership Manager for Create NSW. Jane Fuller has been appointed the new Executive Director of Arts Northern Rivers.
  • La Mama Theatre has announced the appointment of four new staff members, with Myf Powell taking on the role of Outreach and Community Engagement Producer, Ruiqi Fu as Online Producer, Sarah Corridon as Content Producer, and Glenn Shea as First Nations Producer.
  • John Paxinos has stepped down as Executive Director of Auspicious Arts Projects Inc. John will remain in the role of Financial Advisor and a board member. The new Executive Team will be Selene Bateman as Chief Executive Officer and Deirdre O’Brien as General Manager.
  • Patrick McIntyre has been appointed the new CEO of National Film and Sound Archive, commencing in October. Patrick will be replacing acting CEO Nancy Eyers in October 2021. Patrick will step down as the Sydney Theatre Company’s Executive Director.
  • ActNow Theatre has announced Manal Younus as their new Associate Director, and Valerie Berry and Caitlin Tait as their new Associate Artists.
  • Louise Partos is leaving ArtBack NT to take up the role of Assistant Director at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
  • Dalara Williams has been appointed Artistic Associate of Moogahlin Performing Arts.
  • Gail Kovatseff has stepped down as the Chair of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia.
  • The ABC has appointed Edwina Throsby as Managing Editor of Arts.
  • Arts Access Australia announces the appointment of two new board members: Madeleine Little and Dan Graham.
  • Kristy Matheson is stepping down as Director of Film at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to take up a new position as Creative Director at the Centre for the Moving Image in Scotland.
  • Monkey Baa Theatre Company has announced the appointment of Kevin du Preez as Executive Director, effective from 2 August. Kevin leaves his role of Director Capacity Building at the Australia Council for the Arts.
  • Adelaide Festival Centre has announced that Tina Arena AM will take on the role of Artistic Director for the 2022 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
  • Scott Howie joins Regional Arts Australia as Interim General Manager.
  • Jane Crawley is stepping down as the Director of Arts Investment at Creative Victoria.
  • Debra Jefferies is stepping down as Senior Manager of Organisations at Creative Victoria.
  • Red Hot Arts Central Australia has appointed Jeanette Shepherd as General Manager, Louise Horobin as Media and Communications Officer, and Mary Jane “MJ” Warfield as Creative Producer for Desert Festival 2021.
  • Rachael Whitworth will be leaving her role as Senior Producer at Performing Lines WA to take up the position of Head of Programming at Perth Festival.
  • Robert Morgan has been appointed the new Chair of the Australia Council, who will replace outgoing Chair, Sam Walsh AO.
  • Kirsty Ritchie has been appointed the new Executive Director of The Australian Ballet School. Kirsty will be stepping down as the Associate Director of Organisational Development and the Arts Wellbeing Collective at Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Hamish Sawyer has been appointed the new Director at Outer Space.
  • Zebastian Hunter has officially stepped down as the Head of Performance Studies at NICA to continue his new role as the Artistic Director of Circus Monoxide.
  • Gaelle Mellis has been appointed the new Artistic Director at Tutti Arts, replacing outgoing Artistic Director Pat Rix, who will be retiring from her role in September.


Multiple roles, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (NSW). Apply Now.
Co-ordinator Media and Communications, Glen Eira City Council (VIC). Apply Now.
Multiple roles, Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apply Now.
Multiple roles, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apply Now.
ICT System Administrator, ACMI (VIC). Apply by 11 July.
Marketing Manager, The Substation (VIC). Apply by 12 July.
Locations & Production Services Officer, Film Victoria (VIC). Apply by 12 July.
Admin Coordinator, Eastern Riverina Arts (NSW). Apply by 12 July.
General Manager, Fusion Theatre Company (VIC). Apply by 12 July.
Program Coordinator, Midsumma Festival (VIC). Apply by 12 July.
Office Manager, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (VIC). Apply by 12 July.
Visual Arts Producer, Mona Foma (TAS). Apply by 14 July.
Venue Supervisor, Melbourne Writers Festival (VIC). Apply by 14 July.
Public Programs Producer, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (NSW). Apply by 14 July.
Creative Coordinator for Youth Week WA KickstART Festival 2022, Propel Youth Arts (WA). Apply by 14 July.
Australian Associate Movement Director, Michael Cassel Group (VIC). Apply by 15 July.
Executive Director, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apply by 15 July.
Assistant Manager, Venue Planning, Presenter Services, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 15 July.
Executive Officer, ArtBackNT (NT). Apply by 16 July.
Technical Production Manager, ACMI (VIC). Apply by 18 July.
Creative Circus Technician, Circus Oz (VIC). Apply by 18 July.
Venue Production Manager, Circus Oz (VIC). Apply by 18 July.
Director, First Nations Culture & Programs, CarriageWorks (NSW). Apply by 19 July.
Facilitating Artist, Get Out! (VIC). Apply by 19 July.
Digital Marketing Specialist, CarriageWorks (NSW). Apply by 20 July.
RTO Operations Officer, AusDance (VIC). Apply by 23 July.
Curator, Castlemaine Arts Museum (VIC). Apply by 25 July.
Public Programs Officer, Castlemaine Arts Museum (VIC). Apply by 25 July.
Theatre Consultant (Theatre Design), Charcoalblue (VIC). Apply by 26 July.
Creative Producer for First Nations & Community Programs, Word Travels (NSW). Apply by 26 July.
Part-time Development Director, The Stella Prize (NSW or VIC). Apply by 26 July.


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