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TNV E-News August 2015


Senate Inquiry: 39 artists and arts managers give their evidence
On Wednesday, TNV kicked off the Melbourne Senate Hearing into the 2014 and 2015 arts budgets with a joint presentation with NAVA, in our role as Convenors of ArtsPeak. All day, the Senators heard passionate and evidence-based testimonials from the arts sector, and the media has been all over the fact that no LNP Senators attended. You can replay the audio from the Hearing here. The Hansard transcript will become available on the Senate Homepage next week.

Next Hearings: 1 Sep Perth, WA; 3 Sep Hobart, TAS; 11 Sep Brisbane, QLD; 18 Sep Sydney, NSW. Put these dates in your diary and start getting ready.

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Save the Date – Members only event
6th Victorian Theatre Forum. Tuesday 17th November, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne.


Australia Council announces revised grants program
The Australia Council for the Arts has announced changes to its grants program in response to the 2015-16 budget measures. The Council will continue to deliver programs for individuals, groups, and small to medium sized organisations, with assessment by a national pool of expert peers. However, there will only be two core grants rounds in 2015-16 with deadlines in September 2015 and February 2016. The published December 2015 round has been cancelled. Read more here.

Creative Partnerships Australia: Tax tips for arts organisations: Free Workshops
Trying to navigate fundraising tax law? Creative Partnerships Australia has teamed up with The Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Australian Tax Office to present free workshops for senior fundraising staff, general managers and finance managers. These workshops are being held across the country in August and September and will cover the essentials of fundraising tax law, with time for some Q&A. Best of all, they’re free!  Places are limited so book your spot now. More info.

11 Aug – Report on Australian Actors Wellbeing | Free Webinar Series: ‘Lives of Actors
Those who were at ATF in January may remember Dr Mark Seton’s research partnership with Equity and University of Sydney that looked into the wellbeing of actors. The prelimary report from this research is now available online. In addition to this, Dr Seton is hosting a series of 9 free webinars on the lives of actors. Join the conversations in this innovative online series in which practitioners and researchers share their insights on the real lives of actors today. View the webinars here.

23 Oct – Arts Access Australia presents Meeting Place 2015 in AdelaideFree event
Meeting Place 2015 brings people interested in arts and disability together to generate real conversations, explore the distinctive nature of the sector and share brilliant artistic work. Join the leading arts and disability conversation and debate from 9:30am – 5pm on Friday 23 October 2015 at The Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA. Registration is free, but places are limited. Read more.

Australian Cultural Fund – Free Workshops
The Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) is a collective funding platform for artists. In August and September, the ACF team is conducting a national workshop tour to connect with artists from across Australia. Find out how to use the ACF platform to raise dollars and support your artistic practice. Attendance is free. Select your nearest city and book now. More info.

Diversity Pledge – National Play Festival
Launched at Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival in July, #CreateDiversity is an initiative from the Equity Diversity Committee bringing together writers and performers as advocates for diverse casting. Writers pledge to support diversity in the content of their writing and in casting their work where a character’s ethnic or cultural background, age, gender, sexuality or disability need not be specified. If you would like to show your support for this campaign, sign the pledge!

17 Nov – The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, Sydney 2015
Arts and Health Australia presents the 7th Annual International Arts and Health Conference to be held at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney from 17 – 19 November 2015. Open to health and arts professionals, the special focus for the conference is The Arts, Mental Health and Resilience. Early bird registrations close 30 September 2015. Find out more.

Arts Marketing Summit – Recordings available
The Australia Council for the Arts’ 2015 Marketing Summit was held in Cairns at the Tanks Arts Centre in June. Recordings are now available online, including an address by Dr Adrian Camilleri – an expert in the field of behavioural decision-making with special interests in information framing, goals, and pro-social marketing. Listen here.

1 Oct – Artist Call Out – 2016 Newcastle Fringe Festival applications now open
The inaugural Newcastle Fringe will run over ten days from 28 Jan – 6 February 2016 and will feature 240 Shows across 8 unique venues in the coastal city of NSW. Artist submissions close on 1 October and the program will be set by 1 November 2015. More info.

Creative Partnerships Australia – Plus1 Funding Program returns
Having successfully supported more than 130 organisations around Australia to deliver amazing projects – the Plus1 program is back for 2015/16. Plus1 is a significant opportunity for registered not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations to leverage new private sector support by providing dollar-for-dollar matched funding for fundraising campaigns. Visit the CPA website for full eligibility requirements and be sure to contact CPA prior to making a submission. Read more here.

Aug – Regional Arts Fund – Applications closing soon
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. Grants are delivered by the peak regional arts organisation in your state or territory. Applications are due at various times throughout August. Be sure to contact your state representative prior to applying. About the RAF.


22 Aug – ‘Secrets of Success’ –  Business Workshop with Auspicious Incubator – From $77
The Auspicious Arts Incubator is hosting a business-focused, theatre-specific training weekend for theatre makers in Melbourne on Saturday 22nd and Monday 24th August. ‘Secrets of Success’ provides practicable, actionable steps to creating a financially sustainable arts business that can exist without government funding. The seminar is presented by Auspicious Arts Incubator’s founder and CEO, John Paul Fischbach. Book early to secure the earlybird registration price. More info.

20 Aug – Expert Arts: Attracting and Engaging Long-term Diverse Audiences – Free event
Don’t miss Creative Victoria’s next Expert Arts seminar with Donna Walker-Kuhne at Footscray Community Arts Centre on Thursday 20 August 2015, 3:30pm – 5pm. Drawing from her work at the Apollo Theater in New York City, The Public Theater and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Walker-Kuhne will present case studies and strategies on attracting long-term diverse audiences and engaging with diverse communities through media, relationships and partnerships. Free, but bookings essential as places are limited. Book here.

20 Aug – Apply now for Theatre Works programs: Selected Works and Directors Lab
Applications for two Theatre Works programs close in the coming weeks: 2016 Selected Works program (20 Aug) and Directors Lab: Melbourne (23 Aug). The Selected Works program supports independent artists and companies to present new work. Proposals are currently being accepted for works to be staged between July and December 2016. The inaugural Australian Directors Lab will be presented in partnership with Melbourne Festival and University of Melbourne from 10-18 October, during the 2015 Melbourne Festival. Email

12 Aug – VicArts Grants closing soon – $5k – $75k
The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. VicArts Grants will support projects and programs across one or more of the following areas: Creative Development, Presentation, Collaboration and National/International activity. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 12 August. More info.

14 Sep – Creative Victoria – Arts in Education Masterclass, Shepparton – Free
Creative Victoria is presenting a free Masterclass for artists looking to expand their work into the education space. Designed for all art forms, the masterclass will focus on developing a project in collaboration with a school community, how to translate your work into a classroom setting and how to ensure the outcomes align with the Australian curriculum. 9.15 am-12.30pm on Mon 14 Sept at Shepparton Art Museum. Bookings essential. More info | Registration and Survey


17 Dec – International Conference in a castle in Austria…
The International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) will host its 2015 conference, ‘Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity’ at Retzhof Castle in Styria, Austria from 17 – 21 December. Delegates will exchange ideas on contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal process and performance practice and will meet colleagues from all over the world. Fees for registration range from 95 – 250 euros. Find out more.

15 Sep – Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theater: Call for Participation
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Center is calling for participation in the Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theater (2nd Edition), which runs from 6−10 April 2016 in Alexandria, Egypt. Theatre groups from all over the world are invited to take part in the festival. The deadline for receiving applications is 15 September 2015. More info

22 Oct – Hellenic Foundation for Culture: International Cultural Academy 2015
The International Cultural Academy 2015 will be held in Rhodes, Greece from 22-26 October. The academic event aims to bring young researchers and diplomats, practitioners and students from interdisciplinary fields and settings to discuss and share theory, research and best practices and foster a dialogue on issues related to Public and Cultural Diplomacy. Registration is 300 Euros and includes accommodation and meals. Find out more.

May 2017 – ASSITEJ World Congress / Performing Arts Festival for Children & Young People
Call for performances to be presented in Cape Town, South Africa during the 19th World Congress of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People from 17-27 May 2017 under the over-arching theme “Cradle of Creativity”. The World Congress is the most important meeting of all members of ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) and takes place once every three years. About ASSITEJ | How to apply


Andy Miller appointed in the new role of General Manager at Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Katie McLeish to step down as Melbourne Festival CEO.
Kate Hancock appointed as General Manager of Theatre Works.
Rupert Myer has been reappointed as chair of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Ryan Taaffe finishes at Koorliny Arts Centre to commence as Executive Officer of CircuitWest, the Western Australian Presenters Association. The Koorliny General Manager role goes to former Finance and Admin Manager, Kate McIntosh.
Amelia Bartak returns to BalletLab in the positon of Executive Producer.

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Development and Marketing Manager, Castlemaine State Festival. Apps close midday 10 Aug.
Youth Theatre Director, Curve Theatre UK. Apps close 28 Aug.
Director, Festivals Edinburgh. Apps close 21 Aug.
Marketing Coordinator, Fringe World Festival. Apps close 11 Aug.
Media Relations Manager, Edinburgh International Festival. Apps close 4 Sep.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Blue Room Theatre. Apps close 21 Aug.
Head of Acting, NIDA. Apps close 28 Aug.
Operations Coordinator, Creative Partnerships Australia. Apps close 17 Aug.
Production Manager – St Kilda Festival, City of Port Phillip. Apps close 17 Aug.
Business Development Coordinator, Goldfields Arts Centre. Apps close 13 Aug.
Manager Arts and Culture, Darebin Arts Centre. (Job details will be available soon!)


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Victoria

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