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TNV E-News April 2015


This month’s eNews is bursting with opportunities and events from across the sector. We love keeping you in the loop and hope that our work enables you to continue making great work!

13 Apr – TNV and Arts House announce 2015 Peer Learning Program
We are pleased to announce our 2015 Peer Learning program presented in partnership with ArtsHouse. The Circles are free to join, and we are now seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from interested artists and artworks. We will select up to 15 participants per Circle. EOIs close Monday 13th April. Read more here.

Dear Minister, Congratulations on 100 Days, Now it’s Time to Act
TNV has written to Victorian Creative Industries Minister, Martin Foley, after his first 100 days in office, to call for actions to address challenges faced by the Victorian sector: A comprehensive, whole of government Cultural Policy for Victoria; A review of, and increased investment in the Organisations Investment Program and Vic Arts Grants programs at Creative Victoria; A Small to Medium Capacity Building Fund; and access to our checklist data. Read more here

10 Apr – National Touring Needs – Have your say before Monday 13 April
Performing arts touring is currently in transition and as the sector makes decisions for the future, the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) and partners want to hear from you. Your feedback will impact on touring mechanisms and markets. The survey closes on Monday 13 April, so please take time to complete the survey today!


Playwriting Masterclass with Jane Bodie, Sat 2, Sun 3 May 10am – 6pm.The workshop will look at the fundamentals of playwriting craft. You are guaranteed to leave inspired, re-invigorated and with the clarity to write or strengthen your existing play. Jane is a critically acclaimed writer and teacher and former head of Playwriting at NIDA. Her plays have been performed all over the world. Cost $400.00 Full. $380 AWG members. Download the flyer here.

14 May – Theatre Network NSW (TNN) Event – Building Audience Diversity
Join TNN and guest speaker, Kristine Landon-Smith (Artistic Director with UK-based Tamasha and NIDA Lecturer) for an exploration of audience diversity followed by networking drinks. Thursday 14 May 2pm – 5pm, Bankstown Arts Centre. Tickets: $5 – $12 each. Book here.

17 Apr – Regional Arts Australia Fellowships – Apply Now
The Federal Government has announced five fellowships totalling $125,000 for creative developments, young artists and institutional opportunities for artists living and working in regional Australia. Applications close at midnight on 17 April 2015, for activities commencing on or after I July 2015. Read more here

1 Jul – APAM 2016 – Program Applications and Roadshow Dates
The 2016 Australian Performing Arts Market will be held in Brisbane next February. Applicants can submit tour-ready production in the ‘Showcase’ category and works-in-development in the ‘Pitch’ category. Applications are now open and close on at 11.59pm on Monday 1 July. Apply here. The APAM roadshow continues next week for Darwin, Cairns and the Gold Coast. More info

10 Apr – WA ‘Shows on the Go’ – Deadline Extended
Country Arts WA’s touring program ‘Shows on the Go’ is seeking professional, self-contained productions to tour to regional and remote Western Australian communities in 2016. Please note that the early bird deadline has been extended to Friday 10 April, and the final program deadline is Wednesday 15 April. Find out more.

1 Jun – Australia Council for the Arts – 2015 Marketing Summit, Cairns
The 2015 Australia Council for the Arts Marketing Summit – ‘Audiences: Yours, Mine, Ours’ will be held in Cairns at the Tanks Arts Centre on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June. Registrations close Friday 22 May. Read more here.

2015 Arts Nation Report – The arts in Australia
The Arts Nation report will be an annual report that aims to build consolidated and meaningful knowledge about the arts in Australia, their place in the lives of Australians and the profile of Australian arts internationally. Drawing on a range of existing and new data, the 2015 report drew on contributions from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Live Performance Australia, Tourism Research Australia, and many others. Read more here.

Arts SA – Project Seed Funding – Up to $15k
Project Seed funding is allocated for professional, practising South Australian artists participating in the concept development stage of a project. Funding is allocated in a range from $2000 to $15,000. Read more here.

Crowbar – Arts Tasmania partners with Pozible to offer matched crowdfunding program
Crowbar is a crowdfunding incentive program designed to allow Tasmanian based artists and organisations to take creative risks. Please note: to apply for Crowbar, you must contact Arts Tasmania prior to creating your crowdfunding campaign with Pozible. Find out more.

Queensland Theatre Company launches Reconciliation Action Plan
Queensland Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Wesley Enoch, has launched a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). With a clear focus on relationships, respect and opportunities, the RAP is the first of its kind for a state theatre company in Australia and is about creating change within the organisation, the community, the sector and Australia more broadly. Thanks for leading the way, QTC! Read the RAP here.

24 Apr – Playwriting Australia’s inaugural Indigenous Playwright Retreat
Playwriting Australia invites leading and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playwrights to participate in a week-long writing retreat at Bundanon Trust in Illaroo NSW from 30 Sep – 7 Oct. Selected Playwrights will receive a weekly wage, return travel, meals and accommodation. EOIs are now open and will close on 24 April. More info here.

1 May – 2015 Helpmann Awards – Entries Now Open
The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia’s vibrant live performance sectors. Live Performance Australia Members are now invited to submit entries for 2015. Guidelines and entries.

31 May – Sidney Myer Fund – Creative Fellowships
The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $160k over two years to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Specific outcomes for the Fellowships are not required. To be eligible, nominees must be in the first seven to fifteen years of their creative practice. More info

Drama and Dance in the National Curriculum
National Advocates for Education in the Arts (NAAE) has confirmed that the National Curriculum is going ahead with five artforms, not two as the authors of the Review had recommended. We’re pleased to know that Drama and Dance have a secure place as a result of tireless advocacating. Find out more about the NAAE network.


16 Apr – RAV Education and Families 2016 Program – EOI’s closing
Regional Arts Victoria is looking for innovative and entertaining work appropriate to a school and community context that will stimulate ideas and discussion. Work can be presented in performance or residency form. EOI’s will close next Thursday 16 April. Guidelines and EOI Form.

17 Apr – State Library of Victoria Fellowships
Each year, the State Library of Victoria offers Creative Fellowships of $12,500 for three months research to encourage the imaginative use or development of the library’s extensive collections for new work. Open to individuals and collaborative partnerships, applications for 2015-2016 fellowships will close Friday 17 April 2015. Find out more.

13 Apr – Extended School Residencies – Info Session and Program Applications
The Extended School Residencies (ESR) program supports collaborative projects between creative organisations and schools over a minimum of two school terms, with $40k available for each funded project. Some additional funding may be allocated for travel to regional areas. EOIs for the 2016 round open Tuesday 14 April and close Monday 18 May 2015. An information sessionwill be held on Monday 13 April, 5pm – 6.30pm at Creative Victoria, Southbank.About the ESR Program.

12 & 13 May – Showcase Victoria 2015 – Program Announced and Registrations Open
Held on 12th & 13th May at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, Showcase Victoria 2015 will provide spaces to fulfill your touring and programming ambitions. A key objective of the event is to facilitate performing arts touring and other performance/live arts exchanges. Click on the links below to see the program.About Showcase | Event Registration

22 May – 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival – Artist registrations now open
Artist registrations for Melbourne Fringe Festival are now open. The 2015 Festival will be held from 16 Sep – 4 Oct. Artist registration closes on Friday 22 May and EOI’s for the Fringe Hub close on Sunday 26 April. Be sure to attend an info session if you have any questions. Info session | Event Registration |Artist Development Program

11 Apr – Women’s Circus: Test Drive Session – $25 Full / $20 Conc
Ever fancied running away to join the circus? Women’s Circus is offering a Test Drive session for new members to get a taste of term two training this Saturday 11 April from 11am – 1pm. The workshop will cover some circus basics including Acrobalance, Juggling, and some Aerials. Open to all ages and abilities. More info | Enrol now

13 Apr – Lucy Guerin Inc Facilitator EOIs close next week
Lucy Guerin Inc is seeking Expressions of Interest from people who are interested in facilitating First Run – an informal studio program featuring two 10-15 minute presentations of new work from selected artists. If you’re interested in facilitating audience discussion as part of First Run, please send a short Expression of Interest by Monday 13 April. Find out more about First Run and the EOI process here

29 Apr – Poppy Seed – New Festival for Melbourne
Running from 9 November – 13 December 2015, this new Festival marks a great opportunity for independent artists in Melbourne. Following an open submission process, four works will be selected and programmed, realised and publicised. Involvement will also include mentorship with industry professionals. Submissions open on 29 April. About Poppy Seed | Get Involved

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20 Apr – Federal Grants for Asia Engagement
The Federal Government is calling for applications that build links between individuals and instituations in Australia with their counterparts in Japan. Australia-Japan Foundation grant applications close on 20 April. Read more here.

13 Apr – IETMCampus, Almagro, Spain, 6-12 June 2015
IETM’s first ever summer school is open to young performing arts professionals with two years of professional experience in the contemporary arts field, taking their first steps in the world of international exchange. Applications close on Monday 13 April. Apply now

24 Apr – Creative Victoria’s Asia Engagement 2015 –Up to $50k grants for organisations
Creative Victoria’s Asia Engagement grants enable organisations to pursue opportunities and develop lasting relationships and collaborations in the region. Funding may be used to support a tour, residency, exchange program, festival presentation, exhibition, international collaboration or other international engagement activity. The activity must take place between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016. Check the eligibility and grant guidelines here

1 Jul – Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam – Call for Artists
Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam is currently receiving proposals for projects in all disciplines. Now in its fourth year, the festival will run from 3 – 13 September and is an annual free celebration showcasing the very best of Underground Art & Performance from around the world. Proposal deadline is 1 July. Find out more.

2 Jun – Rural Arts and Culture Summit – Minnesota, USA
The Rural Arts and Culture (RAC) Summit will take place from Tuesday 2 June – Thursday 4 June at the University of Minnesota, Morris. This year’s theme, “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places,” will highlight the important role of art and culture in shaping the rural narrative. Earlybird registrations are now open. About the RAC Summit.

10 May – ELIA Teachers’ Academy – Tilburg, The Netherlands
The 2015 ELIA Teachers’ Academy runs from 10 – 12 May in Tilburg and will bring together lecturers from Higher Arts Education across Europe and beyond. This year’s theme is ‘Enact – Learning In/Through The Arts’ and includes a program of keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Find out more.


  • TNV farewells Kim Webster and welcomes long-term member of The Border Project, Kath Fyffe, as our new Business Manager.
  • Patch Theatre Company announces Naomi Edwards as its new Artistic Director.
  • Simon Abrahams appointed as Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe Festival.
  • Nic Clarke commences as CEO of National Theatre.
  • Robina Burton announced as new Executive Producer of Ranters Theatre.
  • Long serving Circus Oz Artistic Director, Mike Finch, will finish up with the company in June and International Programming Manager,Clare McKenzie, will finish up this month.
  • Andrew Upton will finish as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company at the end of 2015.
  • Artistic Director Juliana Engberg departs ACCA to take up the role of Programme Director for the European Capital of Culture Aarhus.
  • Suzanne Daly finishes up as Director, Policy & Programs at Live Performance Australia.
  • Robin Batt finishes up as the Manager of Frankston Arts Centre.
  • Arts House appoints Catherine Jones as General Manager.
  • Performance Space has announced Terese Casu as Executive Director and Jonathan Casson as Board Chair.
  • Philanthropy Australia appoints Sarah Davies to commence as CEO in November following the departure of Louise Walsh.



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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Victoria.

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