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TNV E-News July 2014


Australian Theatre Forum We’re pleased to announce that Simon Wellington has been appointed producer for the 2015 ATF. Simon will work alongside TNV staff and the 2015 curator David Williams to deliver an exciting program as part of the Sydney Festival in January.


15th July 2014 – Applications close – Carclew scholarships Carclew scholarships provide an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young artists who demonstrate outstanding motivation, talent and potential in their artform or practice. Each scholarship has a one-off allocation of $12,500 to be used for professional development as determined entirely by the recipient. Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for Performing Arts [Acting, dance, direction, choreography, circus, performance, music]

28th to 30th July 2014 – The Australian Copyright Council Information Session. [Perth] The Australian Copyright Council is inviting the public, artists and copyright professionals to its 2014 National seminar program. The ACC offers a range of practical and informative seminars on Australian copyright law to assist creators and consumers in dealing with copyright material in the digital age.

31st July – Applications close – for Australia Council FellowshipsFellowships provide individual artists with financial support to undertake a program of activities to extend their practice and develop their career. [Fellowships are not to support the creative development or presentation of a work; if you are seeking funds for these activities, please see their Creative Development or New Work Production grant pages] | & Experimental Arts

31st July – Applications close – Arts Centre Gold Coast – Opportunities for Indie Artists [QLD] The Arts Centre is interested in receiving applications from independent theatre makers for works to be staged in The Space in 2015. We will consider applications from the Gold Coast and surrounding regions including Brisbane and beyond. Download the application pack |

Venue registration for 2015 Adelaide Fringe are now open. Register now to become a 2015 Adelaide Fringe venue. Aside from the Fringe Club, Adelaide Fringe does not run venues itself. However, what it does do is advise, encourage and assist venues to be as successful as possible, both artistically and financially. This includes facilitating the matching of artists with venues and providing scheduling, programming, marketing and publicity advice. Registration is free and your details will then be added to a venues list for artists to view from the 1st of August.

1st August – Applications close for Creative Australia – New Art (Creative Development). This initiative supports artists to develop ambitious experimental art projects and partnerships that intersect with broader culture, and lead to major new works. Emerging and Experimental Arts invites Creative Development proposals from independent artists, curators and producers who are exploring innovative ideas and collaborations to make major new art

1st August – Applications close for Creative Australia – New Art (Production and Presentation) The Creative Australia – New Art (Production and Presentation) initiative is for independent artists, curators and producers who have received a Creative Development grant. This is an invitation-only round, where eligible artists can apply for up to $80,000 to produce and present major new experimental art works for Australian

15th August – Applications close – Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund. This fund assists the touring of professionally produced Australian performing arts to regional and remote communities across Australia. Assistance is available to cover the net touring costs on a tour by tour basis with no commitment to ongoing funding. No maximum grant

31st August – EARLY Bird registration ends – Circus Futures Forum [11th & 12th Oct]. Registrations are now open for ACAPTA’s Circus Futures Forum to be held over the weekend of 11th and 12th of October. Presented in collaboration with Melbourne Festival and Circus Oz, this inspiring 2 day event will host a who’s who of contemporary circus from around the world. Confirmed guest speakers include Kiki Muukkonen, artistic director of circus at the cultural centre Subtopia [Sweden] and Yohann Floch, Coordinator of FACE, Fresh Arts Coalition Europe [France].

31st August 2014 – Applications close – 2015 Myer Innovation Fellowships.The Myer Innovation Fellowships will support Australia’s brightest, self-directed leaders to forge breakthrough solutions and articulate actionable ideas which compel our community to respond. Fellows will each receive $100,000 and take nine months away from their current role to pursue a nascent idea that has the capacity to radically shift our approaches to the challenges facing the social and environmental sectors in Australia today.

YPAA Personnel Update and Membership Drive The past few months have been a time of consolidation and planning for YPAA as the Board has transitioned into operational mode. Given the current political and funding climate, we believe that YPAA’s role is vital to the youth arts sector. We have been liaising with key state youth arts sector representatives about sector priorities, and gathering an exciting team from across the country to create a new-look Board. The YPAA Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Clarke (Westside Circus, Victoria) as Chair and Sue Giles (Polyglot) as the new Australian representative at ASSITEJ, replacing Noel Jordan. YPAA is now conducting a membership drive. Financial membership will give you a voice at the upcoming AGM at which several key proposals will be voted on. We encourage and welcome your support! Any enquiries can be directed


10th July – Applications close – 2015 Speakeasy Presentation & Development Program. Darebin Art’s Speakeasy program is taking applications for its third year of performances and developments at the Northcote Town Hall and for the first time, we are also opening it up to Main Stage at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre. The program will again consist of an eclectic mix of genres and styles, guaranteeing an engaging experience for audiences.

10th July – Jo Verrent’s Leadership and Disability Forum in Melbourne.Specialising in the development of diversity and access, Jo Verrent will speak in Melbourne. Jo is a UK artist, consultant and producer with disability who is the cofounder of Sync, a training program that focuses on the interplay between leadership and disability that provides a fresh perspective and challenges deep seated thinking about leadership.

15th July – Applications close – Touring Victoria [Tours commencing after 1 Jan 2015] Touring Victoria supports Victorian artists and arts organisations to tour their work to at least three Victorian locations. They are looking for projects that will offer people in regional Victoria a range of experiences – from contemporary visual art to physical theatre, circus, comedy, orchestral and contemporary music. Guidelines and application details will be available in June, and applications will be accepted online using the Arts Victoria Grants Portal, from Monday 16 June 2014.

15th July – Melbourne Fringe Artists forum #6 – Speaking to the Media and Publicity This year Melbourne Fringe are introducing a program with a wider scope for up-skilling emerging creators. Free and open to all, the new Forum Program is an excellent way to learn how to take your artistic practice to the next level, meet other artists and get face-to-face advice from experienced professionals. The Forums will contain networking opportunities, skills sharing and expert advice from partner organisations.

15th to 23rd July – 2015 Artists in Schools Information Sessions – Register Now. Artists in Schools provides opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. The program provides funding of $10,000 for schools to engage an artist for approximately 20 days to work with students and teachers on a creative project in any art form. The program generates innovative ways to engage students across the curriculum and provides students, teachers and artists with diverse and challenging experiences.

22nd July – Back to Back Theatre Open Workshop. Back to Back Theatre is a theatre company that works with actors who are viewed as having intellectual disabilities. They are looking to employ a new actor and are hosting a free theatre making workshop so that you can get to know them a little better, and they can get to know you. If you are interested in joining them for the workshop please contact Tamara Searle at Back to Back

28th July – Applications close – The Arts House program [Presentation & Development] The Arts House program is created through local and national collaborations, new commissions, and national and international co-presentations, as well as responding to Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the presentation and development of new work. Each year Arts House invites artists to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for financial and in-kind support for either presentations or developments, at any of the Arts House venues, and potentially, off-site.

30th July – Applications close – VicArts Grants program The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. It provides one-off support for discrete projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s arts sector. The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to delivery that will build on Victoria’s position as a leader in Australia’s creative arts sector. Applications to the program are encouraged from a wide range of art forms and artistic activities.

12th August – Melbourne Fringe Artists forum #7 – Touring Your Work VAPAC, Regional Arts Victoria This year Melbourne Fringe are introducing a program with a wider scope for up-skilling emerging creators. Free and open to all, the new Forum Program is an excellent way to learn how to take your artistic practice to the next level, meet other artists and get face-to-face advice from experienced professionals. The Forums will contain networking opportunities, skills sharing and expert advice from partner

18th June – 20th August – D.I.Y Marketing Workshops for Artists. The Banyule Arts and Culture Team is proud to present a three part marketing course for local artists as part of the Pinpoint project. The course will be led by Rose Wintergreen of Launch Bubble marketing services, and is designed for local artists and creative people who want to take their arts practice to the next level.

30th October – EOI’s close – Big West Festival. Calling artists and communities in the west to submit ideas, submissions and proposals for the 2015 Festival. If you make music, public art, performance, visual art, craft – go and talk to the team about your ideas. They like spirited, unusual, fun, political, outré, collaborative, multicultural, breaking new ground, multilingual, beautiful, visual, imaginative, intimate and huge ART!

ABS releases new data on government cultural funding. The latest ABS data on government cultural funding reveals that of the most populous states in the country, Victoria has the highest recurrent cultural expenditure. In 2012-13, the estimate of total expenditure funded by the three tiers of government was $5,681.6m for cultural activities (excluding Environmental Heritage – parks and gardens, zoos and aquaria).](


REMINDER: 31st August – Registrations close for Bite the Big Apple! [USA]Now in its seventh year, this is a unique 5-day professional development program in New York City. Australian arts and cultural professionals have the opportunity to meet with key New York arts and program managers, community arts advocates, audience developers and arts marketers, business and arts managers, arts educators and cultural planners.

25th August – Registrations close – 2014 Edinburgh Festival [UK] The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. The show registration deadline for inclusion in the printed programme has now passed. Shows registered from this point on will be listed online and in the Fringe

25th August – Registration close – Edinburgh Fringe Street Events [UK]During the Fringe, the Society manages two vibrant street performance spaces in the heart of the city: The Royal Mile (between Cockburn Street and George IV Bridge, also known as High Street) and the Mound Precinct. These spaces become the focus of the carnival atmosphere that takes over Edinburgh in August, with thousands of locals and tourists mingling to see the spectacular acts that travel from all over the world to entertain the crowds. The SOciety are currently looking for Buskers, Street Performers [circle shows], Fringe spots and anything else that doesnt quite fit into the Edinburgh Fringe


  • Tracy Margieson joins Gasworks Arts Park in the role of Marketing and Development Manager as Grace Moss takes on the role of Marketing Manager at Schwartz Media.
  • Eugenia Tishkina also joins Gasworks Arts Park in the role of Fundraising and Sponsorship Coordinator as Cara Williams takes on the role of Music Editor at Beat Magazine.
  • Aneke McCulloch joins Melbourne Fringe as the new Producer, Creative Program and Artist Development.
  • Rebecca MacFarling has been announced as the new Director of Development at Bangarra Dance Theatre.
  • Rick Heath has accepted a twelve month position as Executive Producer with the Perth International Arts Festival.



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