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Converge – National Gathering in Melbourne
Converge is two weeks away! Join us in Melbourne on Wed 16 Oct at Abbotsford Convent to unpack provocations around theatre and young people. View program and speakers, and see who is coming. Limited places, including free spots for regional / interstate indies. Book here.

New Staff, New Space, New Neighbours
TNA is growing! We’ve welcomed Rani Pramesti as Program Producer and have relocated to The Guild at Southbank to share a co-working space with the APAM team. It’s great to be near NIDA and Melbourne Fringe, with Malthouse just across the road. A big thank you to our former hosts, Arts Access Victoria, for your hospitality and leadership throughout our first 10 years!


13 Oct – APAM launches Blak LAB – EOIs now open for Australian First Nations artists
Presented by APAM and Asia TOPA, Blak LAB (16 – 26 Feb 2020) invests in artist-to-artist collaborations between First Nations people across Australia and the Asia-Pacific with an aim to seed developments and future commissions for contemporary First Nations performance. EOIs are open to First Nations artists and close Sun 13 Oct. More info.

30 Sep – Artist call out for all venues at Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) – Hobart
Applications are open to contemporary emerging, mid-career or established artists; arts organisations; or those with exhibition or performance planned for 2020. Applications close 30 Sep (TODAY!)  Read more.

30 Sep – PICA Performance Callout – Perth
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) is calling for future performance projects. Applications close 30 Sep (TODAY!) More info.

30 Sep – EOIs for Arts Access Victoria’s (AAV) ‘Being Enough’ Residency 2019 – Melbourne
10 intersectional artists from across Australia will be invited to undertake a 5-day cross art form residency (28 Oct – 1 Nov), led by AAV’s Caroline Bowditch, and Scottish-based artist Luke Pell in Melbourne. Australian artists from any art form who identify at the intersections of identity politics may apply. Basic EOIs close 30 Sep (TODAY!) More info.

30 Sep – EOIs for Shopfront co-location project – Sydney
Shopfront is looking for 6 other companies to share their newly renovated space which features an additional multipurpose space upstairs, terrace, meeting rooms, as well as the theatre, studio space, recording studio and visual arts wet room. EOIs close 30 Sep (TODAY!)

1 Oct – New mentorship program with Stephanie Lake for WA dance artists
STRUT Dance is offering 3 paid mentor positions for WA dance artists to work with Stephanie Lake, who will be presenting Colossus in Perth in Feb 2020. Mentorship is a paid 3-week paid position. Apply by Tue 1 Oct. More info.

1 Oct – National One-Act Playwriting Competition – Noosa Arts Theatre
A unique opportunity for three playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival in 2020. Offering a cash prize pool of $8,000. Submit your entries by 1 Oct.

1 Oct – Nominations for Australia Council Awards
Nominations are now open for a suite of awards offered by the Australia Council for the Arts, including the Theatre Award ($25,000), the Red Ochre Awards and the inaugural National Arts and Disability Awards. Nominations close Tue 1 Oct.

1 Oct – Australia Council for the Arts – Grants Rounds closing tomorrow
Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups; Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups; Arts Projects – Organisations; Playing Australia – Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund; and Contemporary Music Touring Program all close Tue 1 Oct. View all programs here.

3 Oct – Call for Dancers – The Ring Cycle, Opera Australia in Brisbane
Opera Australia is seeking 24 dancers for its upcoming Brisbane season of The Ring Cycle — a co-production with Opera Queensland, Griffith University and QPAC, directed by Shi-Zheng Chen. Apply by Thur 3 Oct. More info.

7 Oct – Metro Arts: Call for Proposals
Metro Arts are seeking submissions for their Creative Development Program and new Artist-in-Residence Program, as well as a project to occupy Gallery One on Level 2 for the duration of their 40th anniversary and farewell festival. Applications close 7 Oct. Read more.

18 Oct – Festivals Australia funding – applications close soon
Up to $1.2 million is available to promote access to a range of projects, including performance and workshop. Applications for this year’s Festivals Australia funding close Fri 18 Oct at 5pm AEDT for projects commencing from 1 Feb 2020.

28 Oct – 4 Nov – Australia Council Leadership Programs
Arts Leaders is for mid-career and established arts professionals; Future Leaders is for emerging leaders; International Leadership Program is open for applicants from nine eligible countries in the Indo-Pacific region. All close 28 Oct. | The Custodianship Program is designed and delivered by First Nations leaders for First National leaders across artform and career level. Includes residences and on-country learning. Apply by 4 Nov.

31 Oct – Friends of Araluen Community Arts Grant 2019/20
Grants of $3,000 available for individuals or organisations based in Central Australia to deliver an inspiring or entertaining Community Arts Project for the wider Alice Springs community. Applications close 31 Oct. More info.

Submit EOI to be Arts Queensland Assessor
Artists, arts workers and industry experts are eligible to submit an Expression of Interest to join Arts Queensland’s pool of peer assessors. Opportunity is ongoing. To register, complete the Peer Assessor EOI Form.

10 Nov – Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship
This scholarship offers a 12-month residency at Arts Access Victoria with a $5000 grant to create an arts project that represents the disability experience. Applications close 10 Nov. More info.


30 Sep – Theatre Works Ambassadors – Applications close TODAY!
An exciting new initiative for secondary and tertiary students to engage with Theatre Works and their artists for the remainder of 2019. Ambassadors receive a free ticket to every preview performance, exclusive invites to VIP events, meet with creative teams, and have access to discounted tickets. Apply here.

5 Oct – Queer/Trans Inclusion Training for Disability Communities
Ygender is running a workshop on queer and trans inclusion specifically for disabled people and people who work or volunteer with disabled people. 5pm – 8pm on Sat 5 Oct at YGender, 100 Drummond St, Carlton. Registrations and info.

7 Oct – LGI’s HOTBED Workshop with Cindy Van Acker – $150
Lucy Guerin Inc’s latest HOTBED workshop for professional dancers and dance-makers runs from 4 – 8 Nov at WXYZ Studios with Swiss-based dancer/choreographer Cindy Van Acker. EOIs close 5pm Mon 7 Oct.

21 Oct – Artist Call out: Bluestone Church Arts Space Creative Development Program
Arts & Culture Maribyrnong (VIC) is calling for applications from artists who need a large space in 2020 to develop and test new ideas, experiment and be innovative. Apply here by 21 Oct.

6 Dec – Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant Program
In regional and remote Australia: Organisations apply for up to $3,000 for small-scale cultural development and arts initiatives, Individuals apply for up to $1,500 for professional / skills development of small-scale projects. Program closes 6 Dec or once funds are expended.

Arts West Catch Up Clubs: Seedling and Next Generation
Artist Networking Event – Seedling on Sun 20 Oct, 1pm-4pm. Prepare a seedling to take home, eat together and make new connections. | Next Generation on Sat 23 Nov, 1.30pm-4.30pm is family friendly gathering as part of Due West Arts Festival. Includes picnic and performance of Children of the Evolution by Born in a Taxi.

Best Emerging Performance Ensemble – TNA’s Melbourne Fringe Award
Supported by Theatre Network Australia, the Best Emerging Peformance Ensemble at Melbourne Fringe 2019 was awarded to Anyway, Hail Satan for Oh No! Satan Stole My Pineal Gland. The comedy ensemble will receive TNA memberships and mentoring in 2020.

1 Nov – Creative Spaces Audit – Mapping Melbourne’s (Creative) West
Five western region Councils and Arts West have partnered to conduct a mapping audit of the spaces Artists need in the West. Contributions open to those residing/operating in Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, or Wyndham. Submit by 1 Nov 2019. More info.

Festivals & Events – Online resources
The Municipal Association of Victoria website features a number of industry resources which aim to prioritise safety and good practice across the Victorian events and festivals industry.


Athens Burns Bright Cultural Ecology tour of Athens
Creative producers, artists, curators, community and cultural activists, writers and innovators are invited on a cultural industry tour of Athens (Greece). Chart the rise of new social and creative enterprises that cover arts, food, politics, economics and life. 9 – 13 Mar 2020. More info.

22 Oct – Australia Council for the Arts – Residencies
International residencies enable artists to articulate their practice within a global context and build knowledge, networks and partnerships that support future international arts activity.
Closing date: Tue 22 Oct 2019 11.59pm (AEST)

25 Oct – ISPA – 2020 New York Congress – Pitch opportunity and earlybird registrations
‘Design Thinking: New Ideas Today’ is calling for ideas that promise to have a global impact on and for the performing arts. Selected ideas will be presented in Ted-talk style format on 16 Jan at New York 2020 ISPA Congress at the Times Center. Pitches close Mon 7 Oct. | Congress runs from Jan 14 – 16 2020. Earlybird closes Fri 25 Oct. More info.

11 Oct – Apply for IETM’s Caravan Yekaterinburg through Russia
A collaboration with the ​Theatre Union of the Russian Federation, ​discover new geographic and artistic territories, network with local and international artists, visit key venues and… travel through the Russian winter. Open to members and non-members. Deadline is Fri 11 Oct. Read more.


6 Oct – Young Connectors – A chance to contribute to Arts Centre Melbourne programs
ACM has launched its new mentorship program for the next generation of creative leaders. Four participants aged 18 – 25 will take part in the year-long program, receiving mentoring, a small stipend to cover the cost of participation, and contributing to the development of artist programs. Applications close next Sun 6 Oct. Apply here.

31 Oct – Train with Bell Shakespeare Company – Video Auditions close soon
Students from regional schools across Australia are eligible to audition for the John Bell Scholarship and spend one week training with the company. Video auditions close end of Oct. Read more.

7 Oct – Extension: Proposals for Professional Programme, ASSITEJ World Congress 2020
MIRAI Festival / 20th ASSITEJ World Congress Japan “Towards the Unknown –Beginning the Journey”, is seeking proposals for workshops, practical demonstrations, presentations, seminars, and symposia to be conducted under our main mission theme of the event, “All Our Futures: Children and Culture”. Submissions close Mon 7 Oct. More info.

National Youth Arts Summit – Wrap Up
On 12 & 13 Sep, Carclew hosted a National Youth Arts Summit in Adelaide. Young voices on day one fed provocations into day two of the summit. View the livestream footage here, including keynote address by Jacob Boehme. ArtsHub write up here. 

16 Oct – Converge: National Symposium on Theatre and Young People
Final places available for TNA’s national symposium ‘Congerge’ being held in Melbourne at Abbotsford Convent from 9am – 6.30pm, Wed 16 Oct. View the program here. See who else is coming.

Arts Centre Melbourne launches ‘Future Echoes’
This new annual festival of performance made by and with young artists will run from 23 – 26 Oct. Leading youth arts organisations and emerging artists will show work in development and invite audiences into their process. View the program.

Early Years PhD Scholarship Opportunity
Baboró International Arts Festival is inviting applicants for a fully funded scholarship, in collaboration with Branar Téatar do Pháistí & NUI Galway. Explore the impact of live performance on early years children (0 – 6 years) in a national and/or international context. Application deadline is Wed 16 Oct. More info.

ASSITEJ Gathering in Norway – Documentation available
If you were unable to attend the Artistic Gathering in Norway earlier this month, check out the archived livestreams, videos and articles here.


Best Emerging Circus Performer – TNA’s Melbourne Fringe Award
Supported by Theatre Network through the CaPT Initiative, the Best Emerging Cicus Performer at Melbourne Fringe 2019 was awarded to Georgia Deguara – YUCK Circus. Georgia receives a TNA membership and will be mentored by TNA in 2020.

Sep 30 – Spin Circus Intensives at Adelaide Fringe 2020
Choose two specialties from Tissu, Lyra, Partner Acro, Handstands, Contortion, Teeterboard or Hula Hoops. Training runs between 17 Feb – 13 Mar 2020. EOIs close 30 Sep (TODAY!). More info.

14 Nov – TNA’s National CaPT Sector Gathering at Sidesault Festival
TNA’s CaPT Sector Gathering will be held in Melbourne at The Melba Spiegeltent during Sidesault at the Melba in November. Hear from colleagues, TNA, and the CaPT Advisory Group. Save the date and we’ll be in touch with more details soon.

The international training project and Lunar Circus classes in WA
Classes in every discipline will be taught by Trainers from all over the world in Karridale, WA. Open to kids and adults, training is for two weeks: 6 -10 Jan and 12 – 16 Jan, 2020. Earlybird places now open. More info.

1 Nov – Spin Circus Festival and Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention (APAC)
APAC (11 – 14 Jan) and Spin Circus Festival (17 – 19 Jan) will be held in Wensleydale, Victoria at the start of 2020. Early bird deadlines for both programs close 1 Nov 2019.

Dec 1 – Acro: Professional Development Pathway for Emerging Circus Artists
ACRO is a 6 month program to develop skills towards becoming a circus professional. This course is for people of any age who have finished high school, and are serious about starting a career. Applications close 1 Dec 2019. Course details and registrations info here.

Nov 25 – Dec 01 – Australian Circus Festival and Artist Learning Opportunity
The 4th Australian Circus Festival will be held in Brisbane from 25 Nov – 1 Dec 2019. 10 performances over 7 days. Book tickets here. Professional circus artists are invited to book a one-on-one with Stacy Clark from Cirque du Soleil between 1pm – 5pm on Tue 28 Nov. Book here.


  • Lee Lewis departs Griffin Theatre to take over from Sam Strong as Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre and Karen Rodgers appointed as Executive Director of Griffin Theatre.
  • Anni Davey named 2019 Living Legend at the Melbourne Fringe Awards.
  • Footscray Community Arts Centre announces Robyn Gawenda as Executive Director and
    Daniel Santangeli as Artistic Director.
  • Blue Cow farewells co-founder and long-serving artistic director Robert Jarman.
  • Claire Richardson appointed Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
  • Steve Saffell will retire as long-serving CEO of Country Arts SA in December.
  • APAM has announced its First Nations Advisory Group members: Rachael Maza, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company; Aunty Nancy Bamaga, Black Drum Productions; Ben Graetz, independent artist; Merindah Donnelly, Blak Dance; Ali Murphy-Oates, Lily Shearer or Liza-Mare Syron (rotating), Moogahlin Performing Arts.
  • The 2019 Sidney Myer Creative Fellows include: Lydia Fairhall, producing (QLD); Alisdair Macindoe, dance (VIC); Natano Fa’anana, performance, (QLD); and Emma Valente, theatre, (VIC). See full list.
  • The Australia Council Fellowship Recipients include: Lydia Fairhall (Community Arts and Cultural Development); Sue Giles (Theatre); Luke George (Dance); and S.J Norman (Emerging and Experimental Arts). See full list.
  • Bleached Arts announces Art-Work Agency will take on their creative agency portfolio.
  • Create NSW (now part of Community Engagement portfolio) has restructured, seeing Executive Directors Craig Limkin and Elizabeth W. Scott leaving to pursure new opportunities.
  • Stephen Todd appointed Creative Director of Sydney Design Week 2020.
  • The Victorian Arts Centre Trust, which oversees Arts Centre Melbourne, welcomes Greta Bradman and Leigh Jones OAM to the Board of Trustees.


Education Manager, ACCA (VIC). Apply by 30 Sep. TODAY!
Development Team Members, Back to Back Theatre (VIC). Apply by 2 Oct.
Senior Education and Programs Officer, Townsville City Council (QLD). Apply by 2 Oct.
Various roles, Vic Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VIC). Apply by 2 Oct.
Various roles, Darwin Entertainment Centre (NT). Apply by 4-11 Oct.
Various roles, Adelaide Fringe (SA). Apply by 4 – 14 Oct.
Program Manager – Artistic Lead, Midsumma Festival (VIC). Apply by 4 Oct.
Various roles, HOTA (QLD). Apply by 4 Oct.
Various roles, The Australian Ballet (VIC). Apply by 4 Oct.
Marketing Manager, CIRCA (QLD). Apply by 4 Oct.
Various roles, Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 6 Oct.
Program and Operations Manager – Brunswick Mechanics Institute (VIC). Apply by 6 Oct.
Director Creative Arts, La Trobe City Council (VIC). Apply by 6 Oct.
Manager – Arts Programs, Carclew (SA). Apply by 7 Oct.
Touring Coordinator, Arts on Tour (NSW). Apply by 7 Oct.
Executive Officer, Sydney Symphony Orchestra (NSW). Apply by 8 Oct.
Executive Director, Australian Dance Theatre (SA). Apply by 8 Oct.
Various roles, Carriageworks (NSW). Apply by 8 Oct.
Executive Director, Ausdance Queensland (QLD). Apply by 11 Oct.
Various roles, Bell Shakespeare Company (NSW). Apply by 11 Oct.
Marketing Coord. YIRRAMBOI First Nations Festival, City of Melbourne (VIC). Apply by 13 Oct.
Director of Programs, Drama Victoria (VIC). Apply by 14 Oct.
Chief Executive, Country Arts SA (SA). Apply by 18 Oct.


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