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TNA E-News Oct 2018


1 Nov – South Australian Sector Gathering in Adelaide
Join TNA members, Borak Delegates and OzAsia artists at a Theatre Network Australia Meet-and-Greet, as part of the Borak Art Series. 4.30pm-6pm, Thur 1 Nov, Parasol Lounge, OzAsia’s Lucky Dumpling Market, Adelaide Riverbank Lawns. RSVP here.

Sector News – VIC Arts Minister announces $2m Independent Producing Initiative
At the AICV State Election Forum on Mon 8 Oct, Minister Martin Foley announced a $2 million, 4 year program for Independent Producers. It will kick off in 2019 and is being developed in consultation with the sector as well as TNA and the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM).

15 Oct – TNA’s Grant Writing workshop – $10

Facilitated by TNA and Auspicious Arts Projects. 1pm-3pm, Mon 15 Oct at Circus Oz, Collingwood, VIC. Tickets are $10 and go towards an artist bursary. 7 spots left! Book here.

15 Oct – Join us at the Circus Sector Gathering next week – Free event
We’re hosting a Circus and Physical Theatre sector gathering from 3.30pm-5.30pm, Mon 15 Oct at The Melba Spiegeltent, Circus Oz, VIC. Colleagues from wider sector welcome! Book here.


Apply Now – Arts Tasmania: Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register
With the shocking news that no theatre companies were funded in the most recent Arts Tasmania project grant round, we strongly encourage our Tasmanian-based colleagues to register on the assessment pool ‘Cultural Creative Industries Expert Register’. Join the register here.

27 Nov – NSW Theatre Sector Gathering – Free / $35
Our sister organisation, Theatre Network NSW (TNN), is hosting a Gathering, 1-5pm, Tue 27 Nov at Darlinghurst Theatre Company. The afternoon program will be led by Sydney Festival Director, Wesley Enoch. Event details and bookings. Free event for TNN Members / $35 for non-members.

21 Nov – Assembly: A year with The Blue Room Theatre for diverse, emerging artists in WA
Open to 18-26 year old artists who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or as Culturally & Linguistically Diverse, Assembly 2019 is a year-long program of in-depth engagement with The Blue Room Theatre in Perth. Info session Tue 6 Nov. Deadline is Wed 21 Nov. Apply here. 

7 Dec – National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority: Survey
The National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA) is calling for input in the lead up to a national First Nations gathering in 2019. Write a submission in response to the discussion paper, complete the survey or attend one of the consultation forums. Provide input here by 5pm Fri 7 Dec.

21 Oct – Nominations for 2018 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards
Nominations for the 2018 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards will close at midnight on Sun 21 Oct (AEST). The annual awards recognise outstanding achievements and future potential in drama, comedy, dance, music, opera, circus and puppetry. Nominate here.

22 Oct – QLD Artists – Access Arts Achievement Award – $10,000
Access Arts Achievement Award provides up to $10,000 in funding for QLD artists, arts workers and producers with disability working in any art form to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and/or tour their work. Apply before Mon 22 Oct. More info here.

23 Oct – Canberra City Grants: 2019 Round 1
Applications for up to $80k for projects that contribute to the vitality of Canberra’s city centre through place-making close 3pm, Tue 23 Oct 2018 for projects scheduled for the first half of 2019. Read more.

24 Oct – Create NSW’s Creative Koori funding opportunities up to $75k
1. Arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities and make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of NSW more visible and accessible. | 2. Support for the employment and professional development of Aboriginal artists and arts/cultural workers. Both close Wed 24 Oct. More info and applications.

26 Oct – City of Adelaide Arts & Cultural Grants
Support to deliver creative arts and cultural projects that contribute to a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences. More info here.

26 Oct – Arts Leaders Program: Australian Applications
Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program brings together leaders from Australia and eligible Asia Pacific countries across artforms. Participants commit to a 12 month journey including 3 intensive residentials. Australian applicants due Fri 26 Oct. More info here.

Nov/Dec  – Reconciliation Action Plan Starter Workshop – $290
Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) provide a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. This workshop with Reconciliation Australia will cover the framework and provide guidance on the specifics of your organisation. Details: Brisbane 14 Nov; Melbourne 21 Nov; Perth 28 Nov; Adelaide 11 Dec. Book here | Read more about RAPs here.

29 Oct – Ausdance Creative Ageing Forum in NSW – FREE
Ausdance NSW invites you to the Creative Ageing Forum on Mon 29 Oct 2-6pm at The Arts Exchange, Sydney. Join industry leaders and hear what is happening in the Dance sector for seniors across Australia. More info.

1-4 Nov – Artstate program in Bathurst NSW
Presented by Regional Arts NSW in partnership with Arts Outwest, Artstate will run 1-4 Nov in the regional centre of Bathurst, NSW. Hear from international arts industry leaders and witness regional arts excellence in practice. Register here.

Oct/Nov – Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) Roadshow: Bris, Perth, Hobart, Canberra – FREE
Find out all you need to know about fundraising on the ACF. In Brisbane 25 Oct, Perth 8 Nov, Hobart 19 Nov and Canberra 21-22 Nov 2018. (Sydney and Adelaide in early 2019) Free, but bookings are essential. Registration and info.

7 Nov – Dance Massive 2019 Opportunities
Get your work/ideas in front of national and international delegates at Dance Massive in March 2019. Industry applications are now open for: Tour Ready – Meet and Greet (for pitching work) & Open Studios – New Works (for showing a work-in-progress). Both close 9am Wed 7 Nov 2018. More info.

29 Oct – Artistic Health: Engaging the Board in Artistic Discussion – FREE AusCo Webinar
The next webinar in the Australia Council’s Arts Governance Program is on Artistic Health: Engaging the Board in Artistic Discussion. Hosted by the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), it’s a 45-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. 1pm, Mon 29 Oct. Register here.

14 Dec – Now Open: EOI to be an Industry Delegate for Adelaide Fringe’s Honey Pot
EOIs for Honey Pot Industry Delegates are now open. Honey Pot is an internationally recognised arts marketplace, running throughout the Adelaide Fringe Festival (15 Feb – 17 Mar 2019). Programmers and Producers, apply before 4 Dec 2018. More info.

3 Dec – Arts and Disability Strategy: Survey and Face-to-Face Consultation
The Department of Communications and the Arts is undertaking a review of the National Arts and Disability Strategy. Arts organisations and artists can do this survey before 3 Dec or attend one of the consultations held nationally from Oct – Dec. (Indie artists without a disability should complete the ‘organisations’ survey as a sole trader).

20 Oct – CAAP call out: EOIs for The Longhouse: Works in Progress in Nov 2018 
Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) is calling for EOIs from Asian-Australian led works of 10-15min duration for the final Longhouse performance evening at Carriageworks, Sydney on Thur 15 Nov. Email by Sat 20 Oct with a description of your idea, cast size, space required and contact info.

15 Oct – Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF): International Showcase 2019
Youth dance companies attending AYDF (7-12 July 2019) are invited to propose a 10 minute work for presentation. Applications due 5pm (AEST) Mon 15 Oct 2018. Apply here. 

14 Oct – Q LAB Residency NSW
Q LAB residency is Q Theatre’s annual artist residency program hosted by the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. It is designed to make creative space and time for the development of dynamic projects at an early stage of conception. Apply here.

9 Nov – Sydney Opera House: Digital Mentorship Program EOI for Performing Artists
Two successful independent performing artists/groups will receive mentoring on the creation and production of an original digital video piece (related to a live performance or body of work). The artists will be paired with an industry mentor, participate in masterclasses and receive a stipend. EOIs close Fri 9 Nov. More info here.


Arts Centre Melbourne launches 3-year strategy for Arts Wellbeing Collective
ACM’s Arts Wellbeing Collective has received funding from WorkSafe Victoria to launch a 3-year program of free workshops, resources and initiatives. More info here

VIC State Election – Contact Members and read AICV’s statement
In the lead up to the State election in November, we encourage you to contact your local member. Search your district and member contact details here. Read Arts Industry Council of Victoria (AICV)’s election statement here. Watch the Arts Debate (8/10/18) here.

 23 Oct – Industry Workshop with Dickie Beau (Melbourne Festival artist) – $150 for 3 days!
The Fabulators is a 3-day workshop with award-winning UK artist Dickie Beau at NIDA, Southbank, 23 – 25 Oct from 10am – 5pm. Explore themes of drag, identity, autobiography, authorship, adaptation, appropriation, multimedia and physical theatre. Book here.

12 Oct – EOIs for Maribyrnong’s 2019 Creative Development and Artist-In-Residence Programs
Bluestone Church Arts Space (BCAS) is available for residencies of up to 4 weeks and Artsbox is available for up to 12 weeks. Applicants don’t need to live or work in the City of Maribyrnong. View the City’s Arts and Culture Strategy 2018 – 2023. Apply for the BCAS residency here. Apply for Artsbox residency here.

18 Oct – Election Advocacy: Western Metro Arts and Culture Forum – Free event
Arts West will host Victorian state election local candidates to share their vision for arts and culture in the west ahead of the election. 10.30am – 1pm, Thur 18 Oct 2018 at The Substation, Newport. Free event, book here.

19 Oct – Cultural Competency and Settlement Training – $10 / $70
Delivered by Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) trainer, Linette Harriott, this full day workshop explores the tools required to effectively work with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. 10.30am – 5.30pm Fri 19 Oct at Kindred Studios, Yarraville. Tickets: $10 for Arts West Creative Members, $70 Full price. More info.

31 Oct – Scholarship: 12 month supported creative internship at Arts Access Victoria
This $5k award will support the successful scholarship winner to deliver an arts project or artwork that will highlight the experience of disability, promote human rights for people with disability or advocate for social change. Apply by 5pm Wed 31 Oct. Read more here.

27 Nov – Showcase Victoria: Information Session at Malthouse
Showcase Victoria 2019 will take place at Melbourne’s Karralyka Centre from 13 – 15 May. Attend the Info Session from 5pm-7pm on 27 Nov at Malthouse Theatre. More info.

11 Nov – Zeitgeist Forum: AWE Alliance Inaugural Think-Tank – $50/$40
The AWE Alliance is a new Melbourne-based association of women from the arts looking to increase female artistic leadership. The Zeitgeist Think Tank event runs from 12pm – 5.30pm, Sun 11 Nov at Chapel off Chapel, South Yarra. Tickets: $50 Full / $40 Conc.

15 Oct – Briefing Sessions for Due West Arts Festival 
Produced by Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), the Due West Arts Festival runs from 15-24 November 2019. The festival is calling for proposals from artists and companies from Melbourne’s west. Briefing Session: Mon 15 Oct at FCAC. EOIs close 14 Dec.

9 Nov – Arts, Law & You 2 Workshops – $10 Creative Members/$25/$40 per session
Arts West and Western Edge Youth Arts will run two workshops on Copyright and Intellectual Property and how it impacts the independent and small to medium arts sector. Delivered by Arts Law Australia. Workshop info.


26 Oct – Apply now for IETM’s Caravan Palestine program in Nov/Dec this year
Join the IETM delegation to Ramallah and Bethlehem in Palestine. Exchange ideas and projects with the local scene, and build new bonds and partnerships. Applications close midday 26 Oct (Central European Time). More info.

5 Nov – pvi collective and Blast Theory international residency in Brighton, England
Blast Theory and pvi collective are joining forces to facilitate a unique R&D residency opportunity for one Australian artist to spend six weeks in residence from Mon 15 Apr – Fri 25 May 2019. Applications close 15 Nov 2018. Read more. 

30 Nov – Compass Festival: Artist Residencies in the UK
Calling for residency proposals from artists working in public engagement. Selected artists will be invited to Leeds, UK in 2019 to develop ideas over 2-3 weeks in a mixture of studio time and public-facing activity. Apply by 30 Nov 2018. More info.

26 Oct – Early Bird Registration Closes for ISPA New York Congress – Jan 2019
Running from 8 – 10 January, the ISPA New York Congress 2019 theme is Transitions: Today’s future for the arts. International Planning Committee includes Australia’s Collette Brennan and Ben Graetz. Earlybird registration closes Fri 26 Oct. Discounts for first-timer non-members . Note that APAP NYC – a worldwide performing arts presenters conference – will also run from 4 – 8 Jan.

28 Oct – AsiaLink Global Collaborator Exchanges – Apply now
Applications for the 2019 Global Collaborator Exchange program close 11pm Sun 28 Oct and are open to artists from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory, and Western Australia. View other AsiaLink opportunities here.


Thom Browning selected as Australian nominee for TYA Berlin Exchange through ASSITEJ
ASSITEJ Centres all over the world have nominated a TYA Director to participate in an International Exchange at Theater Strahl, Berlin in June 2019. Thom Browning, Imaginary Theatre Qld, was selected as the Australian nominee from a competitive field. We now await confirmation of his participation from German selectors.

15 Oct – Arts TAS Funding for Youth Arts Program: Organisations – Up to $40k
Arts TAS is offering funding for projects that actively engage young people (aged 0 to 25 years) to develop their creative skills and capacities, and enhance their social health and wellbeing. Applications close Mon 15 Oct. More info here.

15 Nov – Open Call for Next Generation Program
The Next Generation residency program is for 25 artists under the age of 36 from all over the world. In 2019, the program will be held in Kristiansand, Norway from 2-7 Sep alongside the Sand Festival. Accommodation, meals, registration and facilitation costs are covered. Apply by 15 Nov 2018.

24 Oct – Call Out: Young Performers at Phoenix, City of Maribyrnong
This performer-in-residence program is for young performers/theatre makers aged between 18-25 years who live, work or study in the City of Maribyrnong. Residencies take place at Phoenix Youth Hub, Footscray. Apply by Wed 24 Oct. More info.

1 Nov – Call Out: International Naj, Naj, Naj Festival in Zagreb, Croatia – April 2019
The City Theatre Žar Ptica is calling for performances for the 19th International Naj, naj, naj Festival in Zagreb, Croatia from 24 – 28 April 2019. Accommodation, meals, performance fees, and tech support are covered by the festival. Apply by 1 Nov 2018. More info.

ASSITEJ Enews Feature – ‘Generosity’ by Yvette Hardie
Read Yvette Hardie’s reflection following the recent Artistic Gathering in China. Sign up to the ASSITEJ enews here.


15 Oct – TNA’s CaPT Grant Writing Workshop & Sector Gathering
TNA has two events at Circus Oz in Collingwood, VIC this Monday 15 Oct: Grant Writing Workshop in The Studio from 1pm – 3pm. Tickets are $10, only 7 spots left! Book now. | CaPT Sector Gathering in The Melba Spiegeltent from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Hear from colleagues, TNA, and the CaPT Advisory Group. Book for one or both events here.

Hideaway Circus Podcast
This podcast from Brooklyn-based Hideaway Circus, discusses current circus and theatre news and interviews artists and entrepreneurs in the industry. Listen here.

Jan – 4th Australian Circus Festival: Artist Application Open
Professional Artists applications are open for the 2019 Australian Circus Festival, 25 Nov – 1 Dec 2019 at Hudson’s Circus, Brisbane. Apply here. To volunteer at the festival, sign up here.


  • Adrian Collette AM announced as CEO of Australia Council for the Arts.
  • TNA was pleased to sponsor the Best Emerging Circus Performer (Harley Mann – Social Staples) and Best Emerging Performance Ensemble (Dog Show) at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards. Both winners receive TNA membership and mentoring in 2019.
  • Kathy Baykitch appointed Ausdance National’s new Executive Director.
  • Simeon Moran announced as Executive Producer of Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts in 2020.
  • Aphids have announced a new Co-Directorship appointment of Eugenia Lim, Mish Grigor and Lara Thomas.
  • Contemporary dance company, Co3 Australia (WA) appoints Alana Culverhouse as Executive Director.
  • Sarah Smith appointed head of Marketing and Communication at Bundanon Trust.
  • Performing Arts Connections (PAC) Australia announces new board members: Lyn Wallis, Rachel Healy, and new Chair Helen O’Neil.
  • Shelagh Magadza is new Executive Director of The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.
  • Patricia Adjei appointed to the new role of Arts Practice Director First Nations Arts and Culture at the Australia Council.
  • Belinda Hellyer has finished up as Development Manager at Restless Dance Theatre.
  • ILBIJERRI farewells Fred Chuang and welcomes new Marketing Manager Kendra Keller.
  • Sarah Bond has finished up as Director of Asialink Arts.
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Due West Festival has appointed Executive Producers Dan Mitchell and Lana Nguyen; and Artistic Associates Emma Donovan, Kath Duncan, Phuong Ngo, Sista Zai Zanda, Alec Reade, Steven Trosti and Bryce Ives.


Project Manager First Nations, Australia Council for the Arts (NSW). Apps close 18 Oct.
Manager First Nations Strategic Development, Australia Council (NSW). Apps close 18 Oct.
Board Member (Volunteer), Outer Urban Projects. Apps close 22 Oct.
Manager Finance & Operations, Carclew (SA). Apps close 29 Oct.
Artistic Leadership, Chunky Move (VIC). Apps close 28 Oct.
Artist, Arts on Prescription (VIC). Apps close 2 Nov.
Production and Operations Manager, Dancenorth (QLD). Apps close 29 Oct.
Bookings and Administration Officer, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). Apps close 21 Oct.
Inclusion Coordinator, St Martins Youth Arts Centre (VIC). Apps close 29 Oct.
Executive Director, Belconnen Arts Centre (ACT). Apps close 31 Oct.
Board Member (Volunteer), Darwin Symphony Orchestra (NT). EOIs close 15 Oct.
Teaching Artist, Carclew (SA). Applications are ongoing.


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Compiled by Simone Schinkel and Bethany Simons for Theatre Network Australia.
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