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TNV E-News April 2016


SAVE THE DATE: Creative Industries Engagement Forum – Thursday 5 May 2016
TNA is convening a state forum, in partnership with Creative Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, AIC (Vic) and Currency House, that looks at the implications and opportunities of working in the new Creative Industries paradigm. We’re excited to produce an event that will host representatives from different artforms and creative industries. Keep an eye out for registration details next week. Program includes a keynote address from Professor Justin O’Connor as he launches his Platform Paper on Creative Industries. Thursday May 5th 2016, The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne. More info here.

ArtsPeak expands Leadership Team
ArtsPeak co-convenors Nicole Beyer (TNA Director) and Tamara Winikoff (NAVA Executive Director) are pleased to announce an expanded leadership team. ArtsPeak has a new executive to help steer ArtsPeak through a critical period of transition and growth. Tamara and Nicole will be joined by: Henry Boston, Chamber of Arts and Culture WA; Merryn Carter, Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA); Emma Bennison, Arts Access Australia; Julie Dyson, National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE); Lena Nahlous, Kultour; and Sarah Moynihan and Norm Horton, Feral Arts. ArtsPeak also announced a formal partnership with Feral Arts wherein Feral Arts will provide significant practical and strategic resources to help ArtsPeak expand its role in 2016. Read the Arts Hub article.


10 Apr – Sidney Myer Fund and Fairfax Family Foundation support QLD and NT Independents
The program will provide grants of up to $50,000 split into two equal payments over two years for independent companies and collectives working in Queensland and Northern Territory. The geographic focus changes each year (2015 supported Victoria and Tasmania). Applications to the QLD and NT program are now open and will close at midnight on 10 April 2016. More info.

26 Apr – APACA’s Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] – Producer EOIs close
The Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] is a presentation, networking and development event that brings producers and presenters together. PAX 2016 will take place at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne on 29 & 30 August prior to APACA’s 30th annual performing arts conference, ‘The New Normal’. EOIs to present/pitch at PAX will close on Tuesday, 26th April. Read about PAX here.

7 Jun – Australia Council New Leadership Program – Investing in our arts leaders
The Australia Council’s new leadership program fosters innovation and sustainability by offering a dynamic suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. The five components include: the Arts Leaders Program, Future Leaders Program, Governance Program, Mentoring, Secondments, and Partnerships. Apps close 7 June. More info.

6 May – Playking Travel Grant for collaborations in Asia – apply for up to $6,000
Playking Foundation in association with Arts Centre Melbourne allows Australian artists to apply for a travel grant to expand their creative networks and participate in inter-cultural creative collaborations across Asia. Projects can be at an early stage of development if a creative connection has been formed and a live performance is planned. Funds are to be used for travel and living expenses. Two rounds of grants are offered each financial year. The current round closes 6 May 2016. Find out more.

9 Apr – 98th ISPA Congress, Melbourne – Earlybird registration closes this week
For the first time in fifteen years, the ISPA Congress is being held in Australia. Join international performing arts delegates for a series of provocations through performance and keynotes that invite rigorous interrogation of contemporary performance culture. ISPA will be held in the Melbourne Arts Precinct from 30 May – 4 June 2016. Earlybird registrations close Saturday 9 April. Register now.

8 Apr – Last chance to apply for Country Arts WA’s 2017 ‘Shows on the Go’ program – $65
Country Arts WA is now seeking professional, self-contained productions that can tour to regional and remote WA communities to be part of the 2017 Shows on the Go Touring Menu. If your production is selected, Country Arts WA will coordinate the tour including contracting with presenters for the payment of your fee and funding of all tour costs. Applications cost between $35 – $65 per production and close Friday 8 April. Check the guidelines and eligibility here.

28 Apr – Currency House: Cultural Leadership Mentorship
Currency House has received funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for a program to encourage leading performing arts practitioners. Writers, actors, directors and designers working in QLD, SA and VIC are invited to write about what would make a change for the better in the arts. Successful applicants will then be invited to expand their idea with the assistance of a mentor. Applications close 28 April. About the program.

18 Apr – SAMAG’s April Seminar: The Future of Audience Research
The Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group’s April Seminar will be look at commissioning, managing and applying audience research in arts and culture management. Guest speakers include Leisa Bacon, Dr Katya Johanson, Bridget Jones and Tandi Williams. 6pm, Monday 18 April, Custom’s House, Circular Quay. Tickets: Members Free, Non-Members $7 -$15. Event info.

10 Apr – NTS and Playing Australia – Enter your production by 10 April
The National Tour Selector (NTS) has opened a Quick Response Online Only Market (round) for those Artists, Producers and Tour Coordinators who have not pitched at a market recently and/or need to efficiently gather Australian “Presenter/Buyer” Interest for their latest productions, so that they may: a) apply for the Australia Council Regional Performing Arts Touring Grant (Playing Australia) closing 7th June 2016 OR b) build an Australian national tour that does not require funding. Find out more here.

AusCo and ABS Research – Arts and Cultural Attendance and Participation: Local Region
From dancing in Darwin to art gallery attendance in the Gold Coast, this publication presents the latest ABS figures on arts and culture attendance and participation at the sub-state geographical regions of Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4). SA4s are the smallest geographical area at which ABS cultural attendance and participation data can be meaningfully presented. View the report here.


29 Apr – Apply to be a part of the 2016 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival
Artists, individuals and companies are invited to submit proposals for Poppy Seed – Melbourne’s independent theatre festival. Four projects will be selected by a panel of industry professionals and programmed into the festival in November/December. Successful projects receive production, venue and marketing support as well as professional development. Apply by 29 April. More info.

2 May – City of Melbourne 2017 Grant Applications open soon
Applications for City of Melbourne’s 2017 annual arts grants program will be open from Monday 2 May to Monday 13 June 2016. Keep an eye on the website.

25 Apr – Melbourne Fringe 2016 – Registrations and Fringe Hub EOIs
Registrations for the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival are now open. Independent program applications close Monday 23 May and EOIs for the Fringe Hub Adults and Fringe Hub Families programs close on Monday 25 April. Find out how to take part.

33rd Green Room Awards wrap up
Under the leadership of new President Dr Hilary Glow, the Green Room Awards Ceremony for 2015 productions was held on Monday 21 March at the Comedy Theatre Melbourne. On the list of nominees and recipients were many productions by independent companies and artists, demonstrating the excellent work of this growing sector. TNA congratulates all our members who were nominated or received an award. Register your production for next year’s Green Room Awards.

17 Apr – Artist Call Out – 2017 Big West Festival
Big West presents and creates artwork and events for, by and about Melbourne’s western suburbs. The team are looking for proposals that embrace bold, innovative, and beautiful ideas that stretch you as an artist. The next Big West Festival will be held in November 2017. Closing date for submissions is 17 April 2016. More info.


18 Apr – Australia-ASEAN Council 2017 Grant Round closes soon
The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) generates opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in South-East Asia. Activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and South-East Asian countries are eligible. The next AAC grant round is now open and will close on 18 April 2016, 3pm AEST. Find out more about this and other DFAT Grants.

Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour – 2016 Applications now open
This professional development program provides a rare opportunity for Australian arts professionals to link with New York City arts leaders, while experiencing the world’s most exciting and diverse arts city. The 2016 program runs from 3 – 7 October. Places are limited. Read more here.

Call for artists – CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) – Montreal Biennale
Artists can now apply for the CINARS Pitch Session at La Biennale de Montréal 19 October 2016 — 15 January 2017. 8 companies or artists will be selected to pitch a new work or a work in progress for the artists, agents and presenters taking part in the Biennale. Project submissions close on Friday 15 April. More info.

International Conference on the Arts in Society – 10-12 August 2016
The 2016 International Conference on the Arts in Society will bring together leaders in the field, as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer opportunities for attendees to share their work, discuss key issues in the field, and build relationships with attendees. The 2016 conference runs from 10 – 12 August and will be held at University of California, Los Angeles USA. More about the conference.


ASSITEJ Congress 2017: The Cradle of Creativity – applications due end of April
Theatre for Young Audiences throughout Australia are encouraged to apply now to perform at Cradle of Creativity, International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People. This significant event runs from 17-27 May 2017 in Cape Town and will be the first ASSITEJ Congress and performing arts festival on the African continent. Yvette Hardie, ASSITEJ International President and President of ASSTEJ South Africa, urges Australian companies to make an application to this amazing festival. Apply via the Cradle of Creativity website before the end of April 2016.


  • Mary Vallentine AO has stepped down as CEO of Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • After almost 11 years as co-founding Artistic Director of The Village, Ian Pidd is leaving to concentrate on his principal work as a theatre director.
  • Playwright Chris Summers wins the 2016 Max Afford Award for his play Pedagogy.
  • Kultour appoints Lena Nahlous as Executive Director.
  • Craig Rogers to finish up as Venues Coordinator at City of Darebin.
  • ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) has appointed Regional Arts Victoria’s Director Esther Anatolitis to its Board.
  • After 27 years with the company, Rachael Swain has left Stalker Theatre to focus on Marrugeku which she co-directs. Bruce Gorring has taken the newly created role of General Manager with Marrugeku in Broome. Justin Macdonnell has taken up the Sydney based role of Strategy and Sales Consultant with Marrugeku.
  • Kath Fyffe has finished up as Business Manager of TNA to work with Melbourne Festival as their Operations Administrator – we’ll miss you, Kath!
  • Lenine Bourke has finished up as Director of Community Partnerships Australia Council and Jeremy Smith has been appointed Director of Community, Emerging and Experiential Arts.
  • We were saddened to hear of the passing of talented, young Brisbane/Tassie theatre maker and producer, Eloise Maree. Thoughts are with her family and colleagues at this time.


Manager – Programming & Engagement, Footscray Community Arts Centre. Apps close 26 Apr.
Box Office Manager, Darwin Entertainment Centre. Email Jack Kelly for more info.
Program Management EOI, The Village Festival. Apps close 10 Apr.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Carriageworks. Apps close 15 Apr.
Creative Director, Red Door Arts. Apps close 8 Apr.
Theatre Programs Coordinator, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Apps close 18 Apr.
Major Gifts Manager, Melbourne Theatre Company. Apps close 22 Apr.
Coordinator Major Venues, Rockhampton Regional Council. Apps close 10 Apr.
Executive Director, Punchdrunk UK. Apps close 25 Apr.
Production Manager, Performance Space. Apps close 26 Apr.
Opening Producer, SunPAC. Apps close 13 Apr.
Marketing Manager, City of Melbourne – Arts House. Apps close 1 May.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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