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TNV E-News August 2014


Australian Theatre Forum January 2015 – Indie EOIs Close 18 August
We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from independent artists and producers who would like to attend the ATF in Sydney, January 2015. EOIs close at 5pm on Monday 18th August. (General registrations will open in October). More info: Independent EOI process. Most states are supporting travel costs for up to ten independents. Contact us for info.

Victorian Theatre Forum: ‘Power Play’ – 26 August 2014
TNV members are invited to join us for the fifth annual Victorian Theatre Forum at The Lawler, MTC on Tuesday 26 August, 12pm – 6pm. We ask: Is theatre political? Panelists are confirmed – Ben Eltham, Bindi Cole, Bruce Gladwin and Kate Just. Curated breakout sessions follow. Open to TNV financial members only. $19 Independents | $29 Govt/Peaks Register here.

TNV New Board Members
We are pleased to welcome two new members to the TNV Board: Catherine Jones (Executive Producer at Chunky Move) and Brad Spolding (Executive Producer at Ilbijerri Theatre). They join our already impressive Board, listed here. Welcome Catherine and Brad!

Advocacy – Small Companies Feel a Chill
Following Minister Brandis’ comments regarding his interest in prioritising funding for the major performing arts organisations, TNV spoke to The Australian about what this could mean for the already vulnerable small to medium theatre sector. Read our response here.


Marketing Summit: The Art of Connectivity – Videos Now Online
Didn’t make it to the Australia Council’s Arts Marketing Summit in Hobart last month? You don’t need to miss out. Footage from the keynotes and panels are now available online. Leading UK Inclusion and Diversity advocate, Jo Verrent, was a highlight. Download key presentations here.

Australia Council Arts Sector reports – ‘Art Facts
A comprehensive, statistical overview of the Australian arts sector has been posted on the Australia Council for the Arts’ Art Facts website. Discover more about our vibrant arts sectors and the latest trends in creation, industry, global trade, participation and support. Get the facts here.

12 Sep – Applications Close – Adelaide Fringe Cultural Fund
Three grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to independent Australian artists to present their work in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe (13 Feb – 15 March). Ambitious, daring and diverse projects for new audiences will be looked upon favourably. View application details here.

29 Sep – Applications Close – Indigenous Creative Residencies – Australia Council
This funding initiative encourages increased cross-cultural collaborations between Indigenous artists/arts workers and arts organisations. Proposals may be for short-medium term placements, residencies and training to advance skills, knowledge and experience. Decisions advised November 2014. Read the eligibility and application requirements here.

Platform Papers – Wesley Enoch’s ‘Take Me To Your Leader’ released by Currency House
In his essay, ‘Take Me To Your Leader – The Dilemma of Cultural Leadership’, Wesley Enoch defines what we mean by cultural leadership. ‘I am sick of hearing we’re not good enough, we need more money. Where are the visionaries?’ He finds the answer close to home. Full paper available from Currency House: $18 (hard copy) | $14 (online copy).

Auspicious Arts Projects – Sign Up for Free E-news
Auspicious provides financial management and advice for small arts companies and individuals. They handle the business side, allowing artists to focus on the creative. The friendly team are able to help you with a range of business related tasks including budgeting and income projections, and assistance and support with funding submissions. Their monthly enews has the latest grant info. Sign up for the free enews here | Find out more about their auspicing services.


12 August – Melbourne Fringe Forum: Touring Your Work. Free Entry.
Touring is an excellent opportunity for artists, but it can also be expensive and logistically difficult. Learn how to manage all the considerations of touring. Presenters include Tony Smith (CAPAC/Gasworks Arts Park), Kane Forbes (Regional Arts Victoria), Sarah Hamilton and Justine Campbell from They Saw a Thylacine. Entry is free and open to all. Tuesday 12 August, 6pm, Upstairs at Hairy Little Sista (240 Little Collins St, Melbourne). Reserve your spot here.

15 Aug – Free Public Forum – Just Encounters: Bringing Together Education, Arts & Research
This free public forum will be held as part of The Minutes of Evidence project – a collaboration that has brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, education experts, performance artists, community members, and government and community organisations to explore the little-known history of the 1881 Victorian Parliamentary Coranderrk Inquiry. The day will include a reading of ‘Coranderrk’ presented by La Mama. 10.00am – 3.30pm Friday 15 August, 
State Library of Victoria. Free Entry. Read more about the forum here.

18 Aug – Public Forum – Work and Life in the Creative Economy. $25 incl lunch
We are more than artists. We are workers. We have families. We contribute to the economy. We tell stories. RMIT hosts this forum which will debate the major issues facing the cultural workforce and our industries; careers, training, getting paid, and whether there is life outside of work in the creative economy. 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday 18th August at RMIT University. Info and Bookings

21 Aug – Arts Participation Incubator ‘Grand Grants’ – Project Call Out
Grand Grants is an initiative of Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator which provides two $1000 grants for participatory arts projects. API hosts a dinner where attendees pay $100 ($50 for dinner and $50 as a donation to the grant). Projects must be: interactive, brand spanking new, sharable, Melbourne-based, realistic and ready now. Applications close 21 August. Don’t want to create an artwork? Come to the salon dinner at Sofitel on Collins, September 3rd, 6:30pm-10:30pm. Pitch your creative project. | Book your spot at the salon dinner

27 Aug to 24 Sep – Course 2: ‘Rewrite and Refine’ – Metanoia Theatre Workshops
Metanoia Theatre has launched a series of Playwriting Workshops facilitated by acclaimed award-winning playwright Kate Rice. The workshops aim to unlock imagination, create a world, develop participant’s craft and share their work. Open to senior drama students, actors who create their own theatre, and practitioners who would like to write a play in a structured, supportive workshop environment. Course Two: Rewrite and Refine (5 weeks) Wednesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm, 27 August to 24 September, $250. Workshop Bookings |

2 Sep – Managing your contacts: CRMs including Salesforce, capsule and others. Free
Clare Carmody is running this informal event for arts managers and administrators who know they need to do something about their database but can’t decide what. Includes: What a CRM does, What the Salesforce CRM is, What it really costs to implement a whiz bang CRM, Why you may also just be better off spending one hour organising your outlook…and that’s okay too. Where: Collingwood. 4pm Tuesday 2nd of September. RSVP Not required. Buy your own beverages.

Aug 28 & 29 – Gap Filler Workshops – Arts Participation Incubator, Melbourne.
With visiting international guests Gap Filler (NZ), this workshop, ‘Participatory site specific art: Who What Why’, is about creating distinctive and participatory site-specific arts projects. Look at best practice in commissioning and producing artworks that are participative, authentic, consultative and distinctive. Sessions will run at Donkey Wheel House (673 Bourke St, Melbourne) on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August. $75 Independents | $105 Funded Orgs.Tickets on sale now.

15 Oct to 3 Dec – Course: DIY Cabaret – Melbourne Cabaret Festival
MCF have partnered with leading venues and industry specialists to offer an 8-week workshop series on producing your show and generating an audience. Held every Wednesday night, the workshop is suitable for emerging and mid-career cabaret performers, aspiring artist managers and marketers, and anyone curious about producing works for live performance at venues, festivals and the touring circuit. Early bird registration closes 23 September. Find out more here.

The Role of the Spectator Master Class (applications close 29 September) $275
Renowned international theatre-maker and choreographer Nicole Beutler presents a week-long creative workshop for experienced makers of all disciplines. Presented by Chunky Move and Melbourne Festival, The Role of the Spectator invites makers to share and sharpen aspects of their practice by making, reworking, recycling and upcycling performance material. Alongside each day of studio-based practice, participants will view performances at Melbourne Festival in the evening which will provide further context for the laboratory. 21-25 October at Chunky Move Studios. More details and application form at


IETM Satellite – Creating Opportunities for Cultural Exchange – Conference Wrap Up
The Australia Council for the Arts managed and hosted the IETM Satellite Meeting in Melbourne from 12-14 May, attracting 233 delegates from 37 countries in Asia, Europe and Australia. The program engaged with local and international partners, significantly increasing opportunities for exchange and collaboration between the three regions. Attendee, Alicia Talbot, said, “Throughout the meeting there was a palpable sense of energy, a re-authoring of work at the margins and a shift in understanding the reach and power of collaborative relationships.” Videos, reports, photos and notes available here.

30 Sep – Applications Close – Asialink’s Arts Residency Program
The aim of Asialink’s Arts Residency Program is to create meaningful and enduring relationships between individuals and organisations in Australia and Asia. Asialink works in partnership with arts residency centres in the region to realise this goal. Applications for the 2015 Grant Round close at 5pm EST Tuesday 30 September 2014. Read more about the residency program here.

18 – 22 Dec – International University Global Theatre Experience – International Conference
IUGTE is inviting participants to attend their international conference ‘Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity’ in Carrara, Italy in December. Highly recommended for performing arts practitioners and researchers interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners. Some scholarships available for directors and choreographers. Read more here.


  • Narda Shanley takes up the role of Executive Director/Co-CEO of St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
  • Ralph Myers will step down as Artistic Director of Belvoir at the end of 2015.
  • John Halpin will step down Artistic Director of HotHouse Theatre at the end of 2014.
  • Georgie Meagher appointed as the new Artistic Director of Next Wave Festival as Emily Sexton steps down.
  • Duncan Ord appointed as Director General of The Department of Culture and the Arts.
  • Helen O’Neil announced as the British Council Australia’s new Country Director.
  • Brooke Newall will step down as Artistic Director of Riverland Youth Theatre in September 2014.
  • Ariel Valent takes up the part-time position of General Manager of The Village Festival, while continuing to work at City of Melbourne. He replaces Ariane Ramsay who has stepped down.
  • Four new Artistic Associates appointed at Westside Circus: Sal Frances, Luke O’Connor, Christy Flaws and Rockie Stone.


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