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TNA E-News June 2016

#AusVotesArts – Election Campaign Update

8 Jun – National Arts Election Debate – The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne SOLD OUT
12.45pm – 2.30pm, Wednesday 8th June, 2016
ArtsPeak has organised a National Arts Election Debate to bring the arts leaders of each of the major parties together to set out their vision for the arts and respond to industry questions. Patricia Karvelas (ABC & Sky News) will moderate a conversation between Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Arts Minister Mark Dreyfus and Greens Arts Spokesperson, Adam Bandt. The event is sold out, but will be streamed from the artspeak website and the big screen at Fed Square.

8 Jun – Election Debate Livestream at Federation Square
12.45pm – 2.30pm, Wednesday 8th June, 2016
We have just had confirmation that the National Arts Election Debate will be live-streamed on the big screen at Federation Square. Get your colleagues together to make a crowd! Let’s get the arts trending all over the nation by using the hashtags #AusVotesArts and #IStandWithTheArts

7 Jun – Sector Meeting – Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall – a few seats left
12.45pm – 5.00pm, Tuesday 7th June, 2016 (TOMORROW!)
In conjunction with the National Arts Election Debate, ArtsPeak, Feral Arts, TNA and Arts House will host a National Arts Sector Meeting facilitated by Esther Anatolitis and Rachael Maza. Join sector reps from across the country for a solid afternoon of advocacy planning as the federal election approaches. Guest speakers include Ben Eltham, Zoe McKenzie and Norm Horton. Space is limited – book your spot. For more information, email or

17 Jun – Arts Day of Action – Friday 17th June
A campaign asking for audience members to stand in solidarity for the companies they support will be launched on Friday 17 June. Audiences will also be asked to contact their local member to publish their arts policy. You might like to work with your local arts organisation or plan your own action for the arts. If you are interested in finding out more about this campaign or would like to be involved contact Theatre Network NSW.

Arts in the Media – Tune in, keep informed and speak up!

  • Senator Mitch Fifield is Patricia Karvelas’ guest tonight ­on ABC RN Drive. Tune in here and ask your questions via #ausvotesarts.
  • Shadow Arts Minister, Hon. Mark Dreyfus will be on ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts program from 10.05am on Tuesday 7 June. Listen here and call in with your questions.

Arts Policies for the Federal Election

  • On Sat 4 June, Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, announced Labor’s arts policy at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. Read the speech: Launch of Labor’s Plan For A More Creative Australia.
  • On Monday 30 May, the Australian Greens announced an arts policy that promises to reverse funding cuts to the Australia Council and invest additional funds in the Australian arts sector.Read the plan: Investing In Our Arts.
  • Arts Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield, will be speaking at the National Arts Election Debate on Wed 8 June.
  • Of course the newly formed ArtsParty also has a strong arts platform. Read more here.


REMIX Summit in Perth – Wednesday 8 June – Last chance to register!
Technology has changed the way people engage with and consume arts and culture. The co-founders of REMIX Summits (held in New York, London, Sydney, Dubai and LA) and technology entrepreneurs behind will hold a half day summit in Perth this week. Event details: Wed 8 June 2016, 1pm – 5pm at Woodside Auditorium, 240 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Members: $99 | Non Members: $220 Register now.

17 Jun – National Arts and Disability Strategy Evaluation 2013-2015
An evaluation of the national strategy is being conducted to assess the outcomes achieved by the Australian and state and territory governments during 2013-2015. Part of the evaluation involves consulting with individuals and organisations working in the arts and disability sector via an online survey. The closing date for comments is 17 June 2016. To view the Issues Paper and contribute to the consultation, click here.


1 Jul – Creative Victoria – Artists in Schools Information Sessions
Grants of $10,000 are available in the 2017 funding round for schools to engage a Victorian creative professional to work with students and teachers on a creative project. Information sessions will be held in Melbourne, Bairnsdale, Frankston and online. Bookings are essential. Application information will be available from Creative Victoria from 1 July 2016. Read more here.

Future Melbourne 2026 – Goals for the new Strategic Plan
All of the community’s feedback submitted during the ideas phase of City of Melbourne’s strategic plan workshops and online forum have been brought together as a commentary on the existing vision, goals and priorities for Melborune. A citizen’s jury will now meet in June to refresh the plan. We’re pleased to see that Arts came in under Goal 2: A Creative City. View the full report here.

14 Jun – City of Melbourne Arts Grants – Last chance to apply
The annual grants program is open to anyone with a great idea that has an artistic outcome or artists looking for a residency in the City of Melbourne. Apply by Tuesday 14 June. More info.


18 Oct – IFACCA – Register now for the World Summit in Malta
The World Summit on Arts and Culture will be held from 18–21 this October in Valletta, Malta. Summit program, information and registration can be found here.

22 Jul – 2016 Hugh Rogers Fellowships – $10,000
This fellowship aims to support innovative people and ideas by funding research and projects that expand and enhance Melbourne’s and Boston’s reputations as centres of knowledge excellence in three areas of research and practice: education, healthcare and medical research, and the arts and culture. Each Fellowship funds a 2-8 week self-contained, sustainable research project to be undertaken in an institution in Boston. Apply before 5pm Friday 22 July 2016. More info.


Jonathan Church steps down as recently appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.
Michael Lynch announced as the new chairman of Circa.
Madeleine Dore finishes up as Deputy Editor of ArtsHub.
Kaye Weeks to replace Sandy Verschoor as General Manager/Producer of Windmill Theatre.


Executive Director/CEO, Expressions Dance Company. Apps close 7 June.
General Manager, The SUBSTATION. Apps close 13 June.
Production Manager, Griffin Theatre Company. Apps close 14 June.
Artists in the Black Coordinator, Arts Law Centre of Australia. Apps close 16 June.
Executive Director, New Zealand Festival. Apps close 20 June.
Artistic Director/Co-CEO, St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre. Apps close 20 June.
Director, Arts Tasmania. Apps close 22 June.
Programming Coordinator, Gasworks Arts Park. Apps close 26 June.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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