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TNA CaPT Bulletin – Oct 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Please find the latest quarterly CaPT bulletin below which includes a recap of our discussions at the recent national CaPT sector gathering in Melbourne, national news, and some international opportunities.

As always, contact us anytime. Your feedback directly informs TNA’s CaPT Strategy, so we encourage you to stay in touch with TNA, your CaPT Advisory Group, and to read the TNA monthly E-News.​ We value your voice in the network!

Jamie, Nicole, Simone and Bethany
Theatre Network Australia


CaPT National Sector Gathering
On Mon 15 Oct in Melbourne, TNA met with over 60 artists and colleagues at the CaPT Sector Gathering to catch up on national updates and discuss key sector issues. Some of the topics raised included diversity in leadership, professional development for the sector, youth voices, pooling resources, and mental health. We also talked about TNA’s key areas of work for the sector. Read the summary of key sector issues.

CaPT Grant Writing Workshop and Artist Bursary
As part of Sidesault at The Melba, TNA recently hosted a sold-out Grant Writing Workshop with Auspicious Arts Projects and Creative Victoria. Fees from this workshop were used to award an independent artist bursary to Sidesault artists, Marina Gellman and Lisa Goldsworth from South Australia.

2019 TNA Membership
We invite you to join the national TNA network as a financial member and support our work strengthening the performing arts sector. View the current member listing here. Membership fees start from just $33 for individuals. Valid for 12 months from sign-up date.


LPA Ticket Attendance and Revenue Report 2017 – Circus Stats
Live Performance Australia has released a report showing that ticket sales revenue for Circus and Physical Theatre is up 58.7% and attendance is up 38.9% since 2016. Read the CaPT overview here. View the full report.

Professional Development – Learn the ‘Circus Stars’ method, Gold Coast QLD
Open to circus trainers and practitioners of all kinds working with the autism community, Dr Kristy Seymour runs a series of two-day intensive professional development workshops. Go through theoretical and practical philosophies, and shadow Kirsty in a workshop for children on the spectrum. Next workshops are set for Feb 2019 on the Gold Coast. Dates TBC. Learn more here.

CaPT Funding Applications and Peer Assessors
Over 2018 and 2019, TNA is working to strengthen Circus grant applications by:

  • Facilitating grant writing workshops for the sector
  • Encouraging circus practitioners (YOU!) to apply for peer registers
  • Collecting results data from state and federal funding rounds

Follow the links below to to register/nominate yourself as a peer assessor. Positions are usually paid, plus it’s a great professional development experience!

Adelaide Juggling Convention – April 2019
Meet and learn from Australia’s première jugglers and manipulators in a 4-day event in Adelaide from 25 – 28 April 2019. Workshops will take place at Goodwood Community Services Inc and include Juggling, Unicycling, Hoops, Fire Spinning and more. Book your spot now.

Save the Date: National Youth Circus Symposium / Circus Industry Forum, Jan 2019
These important national events are scheduled for 13 – 15 January 2019, as part of Sydney Festival. More details to be released soon.

EOIs now open for workshops with Nguyen Lan Maurice in Mandurah WA – FREE
This five-day workshop series with Creative Director of Lang Toi, Nguyen Lan Maurice, will be held at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (70km south of Perth) from 10am – 5pm, Sun 3 – Thur 7 Feb 2019. This is a focused development opportunity for professional performers, creator/devisors and directors of circus and physical theatre practice aged 16 and up. More info and EOIs here.

Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) Roadshow 2018
The ACF is an online fundraising platform that allows you to offer tax deductibility, so it is easier to seek donations for a project. The ACF is hitting the road this Spring with free events to help you plan for your fundraising strategies. Places are limited, bookings essential. Dates: Perth 8 Nov | Hobart 19 Nov | Canberra Seminar (21 Nov) and Workshop (22 Nov).
Note: The ACF roadshow will be travelling to Sydney and Adelaide during Summer 2019).

Major Performing Arts Framework – Attend the national consultation sessions!
Australia Council for the Arts is undertaking a Major Performing Arts Framework consultation. The online survey received 8026 responses. Download the Consultation Paper (22 pg). Written submissions in response to the paper close 5pm AEST on Mon 26 Nov 2018. Be sure to attend one of national consultation sessions:

Melbourne – 2pm – 3:30pm, Tue 30 Oct. Clemenger Theatre, National Gallery of Victoria.
Hobart – 1:30pm – 3pm, Tue 6 Nov. Venue TBC.
Adelaide –  1:30pm – 3pm, Wed 7 Nov. The Radford Auditorium, The Art Gallery of SA.
Perth – 10am to 11:30am, Fri 9 Nov. Art Gallery of WA.
Sydney – 3pm to 4:30pm, Tue. 13 Nov. Venue TBC.
Darwin – 3pm to 4:30pm, Wed 14 Nov. Arts NT conference room, 911 Cavenagh Street.


Data from Creative Victoria – Circus application success rates
TNA has zoomed in on results from the last two years, covering five funding rounds of VicArts Grants which offer funding specifically for independent and small companies only (without multi-year funding). Creative Victoria reports a 38.5% success rate in all Circus applications received, funding 10 out of 26 circus applications during this period. Of the total grant applications received in the Dance and Physical Theatre category, Creative Victoria reports a 33.5% success rate for Circus applications.  View a snapshot of the data here.

Showcase Victoria 2019 – Save the Date and Information Session
VAPAC and Regional Arts Victoria have announced that Showcase Victoria 2019 will take place at Melbourne’s Karralyka Centre from 13 – 15 May 2019. Applications close 22 Jan. In the lead up, the Showcase Victoria Info Session is set for 5pm – 7pm, Tue 27 Nov 2018 at Malthouse Theatre. Free, but bookings essential.

15 Nov – New Circus and Cabaret Festival in Daylesford
The First Annual World Circus and Cabaret Festival (WCCF) is taking place nestled among the picturesque hills of Daylesford from 15 – 18 Nov in a newly acquired big top named the May Wirth Circus Hub. Check out the program here.

Artists – Make sure you are enrolled to vote in the upcoming State election
The Victorian State election is on Sat 24 Nov 2018. All Australian citizens 18 years or older must enrol and vote. You must be correctly enrolled before 8pm, Tue 6 Nov (Melbourne Cup day). Enrol or check details here. Read the Arts Hub article outlining party policies and promises.


Winter Clowning School in London – Jan 2019
The Why Not Institute is dedicated to contemporary clowning, with a special focus on clowning within theatre traditions. Workshops include Pleasure of Playing, How to be a Stupid, Beautiful Mistakes and more. Read about the courses.

Artist Applications now open: 2019 Circus Festival Young Stage in Switzerland
Artists from all over the world are invited to apply for the 11th edition of Circus Festival Young Stage which will be held from 10-14 May 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. The max. age for artists is 27. Applications close 9 Feb 2019. More info here.

MA in Dance and Circus, University of Derby UK
A new Masters degree in circus will be offered at University of Derby in the UK from Sep 2019. The course will include study of narrative development and dramaturgy, as well as training in developing commissions, gaining funding and health and safety. Info available here soon.

Online Resource –
The Circus Talk website features worldwide job listings, audition notices, industry articles, events and more. Check it out here.


Various roles, Westside Circus (VIC)
Various roles, Spaghetti Circus (NSW)
Various roles, Circa (QLD)
Marketing Manager, Strut n Fret (VIC/National)


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