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TNA E-News November 2017


ArtsPeak Future – Members support proposal to put advocacy work on hold
The advocacy work of ArtsPeak – the confederation of Australia’s peak arts organisations – has been suspended temporarily in order to support other initiatives such as The New Approach, monitor advocacy gaps, and look at appropriate future models. The ArtsPeak membership will continue to work together towards a stronger arts sector, though no longer under the ArtsPeak brand. TNA’s advocacy work will continue on behalf of the S2M and independent performing arts sector. Read the Arts Hub article here.

ATF 2017 Documentation
Over 300 delegates joined us in Adelaide from 3-5 October for this year’s ATF. Linda Kennedy’s Keynote is online here, with more coming soon. Captioned videos will also be released shortly. Catch up on the Conversations’ key points, Twitter action and fabulous photos here.

TNA 2017 Small to Medium Company Salary Survey Report
The 2017 Salary Survey Report for the small to medium arts sector is now available for free as a benefit for TNA members. The fifth biennial survey details staff sizes, average salaries, turnover, benefits, and professional development, as well as tenure, and representation. To read the survey summary on Arts Hub, click here. A one-page Executive Summary is available here. Members can contact us for the full report.

Playbox Series by Read JERUSALEM by Michael Gurr
Australian Plays is giving TNA subscribers access to the ‘All Australian’ Playbox Collection. Each month, one play is made available to read, free of charge – a great way to brush up on the rich Australian theatre repertoire. This month enjoy JERUSALEM by Michael Gurr.


27 Nov – SITUATE Art in Festivals – Apply now for the 2018 Arts Lab in Hobart
SITUATE Art in Festivals is a Salamanca Arts Centre project for Early Career Artists to take risks and expand their practice. Program includes residential, interdisciplinary artist laboratory led by national and international artists, curators and designers. More info here.

30 Nov – Adelaide Fringe – Honey Pot Delegations now open
Honey Pot is Adelaide Fringe’s marketplace designed to create opportunities for works to have a life beyond the Fringe, which may include tours, collaborations, residencies, or the beginning of a fruitful friendship. Registrations are open to presenters, programmers, and reps from festivals and venues all over Australia and the world. Applications close on 30 November, 2017. Register here.

6 Nov – ‘SALON’ for NSW Artists, Producers, Presenters and Venue Managers – FREE event
Presented by Arts on Tour in partnership with NSW & ACT Performing Arts Centre Association, this conversation-starter builds touring relationships between regional and metro NSW artists/producers and presenters. 10 artists/producers will present 5-min pitches. Attendance is free and includes networking drinks. Tues 6 Nov, 4 – 6pm, ESCAC Rehearsal Space, 34-40 Burton St, Sydney. About the event.

16 Nov – Expert Exchange: Expand Your Revenue – FREE event
Create NSW and SAMAG present a panel of industry experts to discuss how artists and small-to medium arts organisations can develop new income streams, and offer advice and tips regarding innovation, opportunity and resources. This is an active session, so have your questions ready. 2pm – 4.30pm, Thur 16 Nov, 184-194 Bourke Street, Goulburn, NSW. Free event, book here.

30 Nov – ArtState Lismore 2017 – Celebrate the arts in regional NSW
Artstate is a new four year project by Regional Arts NSW to shine a light on excellence in regional arts practice and to explore the exciting possibilities for arts and cultural development across the state. From 30 November to 3 December at Arts Northern Rivers in Lismore, there will be a program of speakers exploring the themes of creative practice and creative partnerships. About the program. | Register here.

Skipping A Beat – Fixing gender-based inequality in the music industry.
Deakin University and Sydney University’s report demonstrates that there is a significant gender bias in the Australian music industry where men still continue to dominate and hold advantage. This is recorded across creatives, producers and managers, leadership and governance, and in awards, airplay, and programming such as festival line-ups. The report makes 5 key recommendations towards addressing what it describes as chronic gender equality. Read the report here.

13 Nov – ArTour Applications for QLD touring close soon
Looking to tour your show to Queensland in 2019? Online production submissions for Queensland arTour Showcase are open for producers and artists from around the country. Submissions close Monday 13 November 2017. Click here for info.

10 Nov – Australian Performing Arts Market 2018 – 10 Independent Bursaries available
Brisbane Powerhouse and Sidney Myer Fund are offering ten delegate passes to independent artists, producers or individuals to attend APAM 2018 – Australia’s internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts. EOIs close Fri 10 Nov. About the indie bursary. Delegate registration and EOIs for APAM First Timers’ will close on 1 Dec. APAM takes place 19 – 23 February 2018 in Brisbane.

19 Nov – The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award – $30,000
Open to young Australian playwrights between the ages of 18 – 40, the total value of the biennial award is $30,000. This includes $15,000 for the writer and up to $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors as part of the 2018 National Play Festival in March 2-18. Submissions close Sunday 19 November 11.59pm EST. Read more here.

1 Dec – Kristian Fredrikson Design Scholarship now open
The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship provides a minimum of $12,000 biennially to assist an Australian performing arts designer/maker to further enhance their career. The Scholarship is for professional development, not only for formal study. Applications close 1 Dec 2017. Read more here.

5 Jun – Australia Council Fellowships announced and next round of applications now open
The recipients of the 2017 Fellowships are: Paul Jackson (VIC) – Theatre, Willoh S. Weiland (TAS) – Emerging and Experimental, Hetti Perkins (NSW) – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Stephanie Lake (VIC) – Dance, Simon Spain (TAS) – Community Arts and Cultural Development, Andrée Greenwell (NSW) – Music, David Haines (NSW) – Visual Arts, Arnold Zable (VIC) – Literature. Applications for the 2018 Fellowships are now open until Tuesday 5 June 2018. More info here.


Currency House Platform Paper Launch: The Jobbing Actor by Lex Marinos – TONIGHT!
Join TNA and Currency House from 4.30pm – 6pm tonight for the launch of Platform Paper 53: The Jobbing Actor – Rules of Engagement by Lex Marinos at Tower Theatre, Malthouse. Nibbles provided. $15 includes a signed copy of the Platform Paper. Book here.

13 Nov – Earlybird places close for cross-disciplinary workshop at Dancehouse
‘Considering Practice’ is a four-day intensive workshop with Leisa Shelton investigating the core principles, values and intentions that underpin independent arts practice. The workshop is open to artists of all backgrounds and core skill bases. Workshop runs from 10am – 2pm, 4 – 7 December. Earlybird places are $225 and close 13 November. Read more here.

20 Nov – Arts House: Apply now for Time_Place_Space: Nomad
Time_Place_Space: Nomad is a research-based travelling laboratory with an emphasis on art making, site-specificity and artistic resilience. Up to 30 independent cross-disciplinary contemporary and experimental artists will be selected to take part in this international action research residency in April 2018 in western Victoria. Facilitated by Arts House, Performance Space, Australian and guest artists. EOIs close at midnight, Mon 20 Nov. More info.

6 Nov – NIDA in Melbourne – Launchpad program and NIDAnights – EOIs close soon. 
Get your work off the ground at the new NIDA Melbourne Studios in Southbank. Successful EOIs for NIDA Launchpad will access a safe space to workshop fresh ideas and deepen engagement with the NIDA community and one week access to studio and feedback sessions. NIDAnights is a series of monthly workshops, masterclasses, performances and roundtables. The first session launches at 6.30pm on Thursday 15 November 2017.

21 Nov – Growing Audiences: Engaging Children and Families Summit $50/$25
Hosted by the Agency Education and Learning Network and held at ACMI on Tues 21 Nov, it will offer the latest research, best practice and compelling case studies on creating family friendly creative experiences and organisations. Aimed at those working in performing arts centres and cultural centres. More info here.

15 Nov – Creative Victoria Small Regional Presenters Funding Applications – $1,500 – $15,000
Regional presenters with a history of presenting professional performing and live arts events in their local community are eligible for this fund. Applications for projects taking place from 1 February 2018 onwards close at 5pm, 15 November 2017. About the fund.

4 Dec – Showcase Victoria 2018 – Applications now open for Pitches
Applications are now open to producers looking to tour in 2019 and beyond to Victorian metro and regional venues. Pitching places are open to all genres of the performing arts. There will be a series of webinars & ​Facebook Q&As. Applications close midday  Mon 4 Dec. For more info visit the Showcase website.

8 Nov – Arts Law Workshop
Arts West and Creative Victoria are pleased to present Arts, Law & You, presented in partnership with The Creative Exchange. Held at Kensington Town Hall on Wed 8th and Thur 9th of November, these workshops and lectures with Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law of Australia, will unravel some of the legal mysteries of the arts. $10/$30. About the event.

6 Nov – Artist Call Out – Geelong After Dark (GAD)
The City of Greater Geelong is seeking artists, groups and artist collaborations for GAD 2018 – a night where artists deliver short, sharp and edgy art attracting thousands of people to the city centre. Unexpected places come alive with free pop-up performances, artistic interventions and provocative installations. EOIs close midnight on Monday 6 November, 2017. About the event.

30 Nov – Arts West – The Art of Measurement; Contemporary Approaches to Arts Evaluation
Find out about the five measurable cultural outcomes for engagement in cultural development activities and learn the difference between an output and an outcome (and why it matters!). You will also receive tips for successful evaluations, practical tools, resources and templates to help you communicate outcomes to your stakeholders. Thur 30th Nov, 10am-1pm at FCAC, Footscray. $10/$30. More info here.

16 Nov – 2017 Victorian Touring Workshop – TNA, RAV and VAPAC – $27/$40
The 2017 Victorian Touring Workshop is on Thursday 16 November at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. Join us for practical advice, support and networking opportunities related to getting your show on the road. This year’s workshop will include sessions on touring independently, removing barriers for your audience and working with venues to maximise marketing opportunities, plus breakout sessions on budgeting, pathways and logistics. Register here.


25 Nov – Attend the 6th International Interdisciplinary NO BORDERS project – KL, Malaysia
Facilitated by Vangelis Legakis, the international interdisciplinary No Borders project aims to bridge encounters between dance, music, photography, film, sculpture, conceptual arts and philosophy to create an environment of/for free expression and creation. Workshops run from 17 December 2017 – 6 January 2018 at KL Performing Arts Centre. Apply by 25 November 2017. More info.


Youth Arts Summit Summary and Report
Carclew hosted the 2017 Youth Arts Summit in Adelaide with over 80 delegates attending from across the country. Many actions arose from the animated, questioning, in-depth, and pertinent conversations. Click here to read about the summit. (You can download the Summary Report on the right side of the page).

A National Youth Theatre and TYA Newsletter!
This new publication highlights the work being created with and for young people around the country. Knowing what’s going on is one of the key things that help connection. The October edition is the first national round up of activity across the Young People and the Arts, and was created with support from TNA, ATYP, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, and Polyglot Theatre. View the October edition here. For information on submissions, visit the TNA website.


26 Nov – Women’s Circus: Physicality, Presence and Creation Workshop in Melbourne
An open call to women* artists with a regular physical or artistic practice. This workshop will explore aspects of performer physicality, presence, and creation and draws on Physical Theatre, Dance and Aerial Circus methods. It is suitable for experienced and emerging artists and is particularly accessible for artists who are Deaf, HOH, Low-vision, wheelchair users, Neuro-diverse and *gender-diverse. Cost ranges from $10 – $35. 11am – 3pm, Sunday 26 November at Women’s Circus, 395 Barkly St, West Footscray, VIC. Accessibility info and bookings.

TNA’s Circus and Physical Theatre Strategy – Handover Update
TNA’s CaPT Strategy is underway, and in this early stage, our work is to focus on communications and connection with the sector. We ran a consultation session at the Mullum Circus Festival in September, we are working in consultation with the sector to set up an advisory group by the end of the year, and we are programming a CaPT focused breakout session at the Victorian Touring Workshop on 16 Nov. Read our plans for the remainder of 2017.

Apply for Young Stage 2018 – 10th International Circus Festival in Basel, Switzerland 
This opportunity to participate in the 2018 Young Stage program is open to young artists from around the world. Artists have to be 27 or under during the festival which runs from 11 – 15 May 2018 in Basel, Switzerland. Registrations close on 9 February 2018. Apply here.

8 Nov – Circus Oz Sidesault at The Melba – New Festival of Experimental Theatre
Sidesault at The Melba is a short festival of experimental circus, showcasing emerging and established circus artists in the mirrored splendour of The Melba Spiegeltent. The Festival will present works across a range of disciplines from sideshow stunts to adrenalin charged acrobatics, and styles and approaches ranging from feminist to freakshow. 8 – 25 Nov 2017 Details here.


  • Jill Smith announces her departure as General Manager of Geelong Performing Arts Centre.
  • Hon. Premier Jay Weatherill MP announced as the new SA Arts Minister following Hon. Jack Snelling MP’s retirement.
  • Fenn Gordon wraps her Senior Producer role at Performing Lines to focus on other projects.
  • Justin Murphy has finished up as Director of Programming at Regional Arts Victoria.
  • Worimi woman Lydia Fairhall has been named Executive Producer of ILBIJERRI.
  • Regional Arts Victoria introduces Bindi Green as Tour Coordinator following Samantha Butterworth’s relocation to Darebin City Council as Producer of Creative Culture & Events.
  • Lindy Hume announced as Artistic Director of Tasmania’s biennial statewide arts festival, Ten Days on the Island, which will also move from Hobart to the regional centre of Burnie.
  • Brad Rush departs Arts Centre Gold Coast to act as Consultant for the online industry tool National Touring Selector (NTS).
  • Dean Ormston set to commence as APRA AMCOS’ Chief Executive Officer when Brett Cottlesteps down in mid 2018.
  • Natalie Lidgerwood has commenced as Senior Programmer of the Arts Centre Gold Coast.
  • Larry KamenerDr Sharmistha Law and Susan Oliver join the MTC board of directors.
  • Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck have announced that KAGE will no longer continue as a company, but the spirit of KAGE will continue through their own practices.
  • Australia Council’s Future Leaders participants announced including TNA’s Jamie Lewis. 


Project Manager – Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). Apps close 5 Nov.
AD & CEO roles – Creative Youth (UK). Apps close 5 Nov.
Various Roles – Adelaide Festival (SA). Apps close from 5 Nov.
Various Roles – Adelaide Frindge Festival (SA). Apps close from 6 Nov.
Accessibility Manager – Sydney Opera House (NSW). Apps close 7 Nov.
Manager Government Relations – Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apps close 8 Nov.
General Manager, Malthouse Theatre (VIC). Apps close 9 Nov.
Venue and Production Manager, Union House Theatre (VIC). Apps close 10 Nov.
Lecturer in Drama – Queensland University of Technology (QLD). Apps close 12 Nov.
NIDA Open Teaching Opportunities – NIDA (WA, SA, QLD, ACT). Apps close 13 Nov.
Finance Manager, Sydney Theatre Company (NSW). Apps close 15 Nov.
Operations Manager – ERTH Visual and Physical Inc. (NSW). Apps close 17 Nov.
Marketing and Communications Manager – Next Wave (VIC). Apps close 19 Nov.
Various Roles – Arts On Tour (NSW). Apps close from 13 Nov.
Various Roles – Spaghetti Circus (NSW). Apps close 24 Nov.
Director, Presenting – BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity. Check link for details.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons (in Townsville and Brisbane) for Theatre Network Australia.
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