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TNV E-News May 2014


TNV is seeking an Arts Administrator to work in the office 18 hrs per week from June 2014 to Feb 2015. Applications close Fri 9 May.

20th May – TNV is hosting the Melbourne Launch of Currency House’s 39th Platform Paper: THE RETREAT OF OUR NATIONAL DRAMA by Julian Meyrick.
There are only a couple of places available. If you can’t make it, the paper is available to purchase online for only $

Happy Birthday to us!!
TNV turned 5 years old on 6th May. Director Nicole Beyer started on the 6th May, 2009, running TNV as a Sector Development Initiative funded by Arts Victoria. 5 years later and we are a triennially funded, nationally significant service organisation with over 140 financial members and over 1000 subscribers across Australia. To celebrate, TNV hosted a function for members only, this week at Melbourne Theatre Company, attended by Minister for the Arts, Hon Heidi Victoria MLA.


Introducing the new Tasmanian Theatre Awards – The Errols!
Theatre Council of Tasmania recently joined forces with ABC Local Radio hosts and well known theatre personalities – BJ King & Ryk Goddard – to run a competition to name the Tasmanian Theatre Awards. Judges – TCT Chairman Rod Anderson, Theatre North General Manager, Greg Leong and new Arts Minister, Vanessa Goodwin received approximately 130 entries from across Tasmania. The Awards competition attracted loads of ideas but in the end, there could be only one winner and the judges found that one (albeit nominated by many entrants) The Errols ticked all the boxes.


23rd May – Applications for 2016 Blak Lines National Touring close.
Blak Lines is a national touring initiative managed and produced by Performing Lines. A consortium of regional and metropolitan presenters from across Australia work together to present exciting contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work in their venues. Blak Lines is calling for proposals for national touring in 2016. They are inviting submissions from performing arts companies/organisations and artists of theatre or dance to tour their work in 2016.

23rd May 2014 – Australia Council for the Arts Creative Producer grant closes.
These grants provide funding over a sustained period for individual practitioners to undertake community arts and cultural development projects by developing partnerships and working with communities to create and present work. In 2014, Community Partnerships is offering support for up to two Creative Producer grants. Each producer will receive a $45,000 stipend towards their personal expenses for a 12 month period.

23rd May – Submissions for the Career Pathways – Professional Development close.
The Career Pathways – Professional Development category provides funding of up to $12,000 for provide funding for individual artists and arts workers to build their professional capacity as community arts and cultural development workers and to undertake opportunities that will develop their careers in community arts and cultural

30th June – Calls for nominations for the 2014 CHASS Australia Prizes close. For the first time, CHASS will award yearly Australia Prizes for achievements in HASS subject areas including Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($3500). and Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences ($2000). These prizes will be awarded at a gala dinner on 8 October.

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


21st & 22nd May – Showcase Victoria 2014
The Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres and Regional Arts Victoria will host the sixteenth annual Showcase Victoria at the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Lawler Theatre including forums, consultations, entertainment, pitches and networking sessions. They are also offering an Observer Rate which starts at $99 [for Day 2] if you’re new to touring and want to see how it all

22nd May – EOIs close for 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston.
The inaugural Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston, proudly hosted by Frankston City Council, is looking for performances anywhere but a theatre and any style – circus, cabaret, dance, drama, comedy, improv, music, opera, poetry, performance art, storytelling.

23rd May – Artist Registration for the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival is now open!
Melbourne Fringe is calling on artists to bring their talent, ideas and motivation together to be part of something big. Come join a thriving community of artists from every artform and experience an atmosphere like no other. Artists wishing to participate can register at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival Registration Site until Friday 23 May, accessible

28th May – Applications for RAV’s 2015 Education & Families Incursion Program extended.
Regional Arts Victoria are currently accepting EOIs for workshops or productions that are innovative, high‐quality and entertaining; appropriate to a school and community context; stimulate ideas and generate post‐performance discussion; and embody excellent practice in the presentation of the arts for children and young people.

30th May – Applications close for Melbourne Fringe’s Keynote Project UNCOMMON PLACES.
Uncommon Places will explore the concept of the “Third Place” – meaning not home or the workplace, but special locations where people gather, converse, catch-up and hang out. Third Places stitch the fabric of society together. We want artists to celebrate Third Places across our city and show us what they mean to the communities that visit

16th June – Applications for the City of Melbourne – Arts Grants Program close
The City of Melbourne annual arts grants program offers anyone with a great idea and an artistic outcome in the City of Melbourne, the opportunity to apply for funding. Aligning with the Council Plan goal to be ‘A Creative City’ (page 20), the arts grants program makes art accessible for everyone, ensuring support of a diverse range of artists and taking art into the public realm for all to participate in and to experience.

20th June – Arts Participation Incubator’s Grand Grants round 2.
After an amazingly successful inaugural event, the Arts Participation Incubator’s Grand Grants will be back for round #2! Two artists will receive $1000 each towards a project. Apply now, or join the other ‘micro-philanthropists’ at the dinner event: Friday June 20, 6:30pm! More information coming soon!

5th & 6th of July – Engaging with Quality Learning Exchange.
In this two-day event local and international artists will explore and reflect on practices that engage children, young people and families. Through observations and hands-on workshops at the City of Melbourne’s ArtPlay and Signal, the event aims to generate shared learning amongst artists who work with children and young people.

8th July – Book now for the Beyond The Room – Rawcus Masterclass.
Beyond the Room is a one day Masterclass. An opportunity to meet and work with the Rawcus Artistic Team including our Ensemble and Associate Artists Richard Vabre, Emily Barrie and Jethro Woodward. Who should come – Artists with and without disabilities and anyone with an interest in inclusive theatre making. Register now as places are limited.

Arts Victoria has announced a capacity building program for the arts sector, Expert Arts, a three-pronged program of events and resources.
Expert Arts aims to support artists and arts organisations of all sizes and across all artforms by providing tools and resources for financial and business development, audience development, marketing, social media and professional networking.

Arts Victoria have also announced the launch of a new audience research report, Audience Atlas Victoria, commissioned by Arts Victoria and undertaken by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre. It is the most detailed and comprehensive profile of arts audiences ever undertaken in Victoria. The report is free to download from:


Artists to be paid more in shake-up of funding body. [Scotland]
Creative Scotland will try to improve the pay of artists, noting that it will “encourage everyone who is in a position to generate better levels of remuneration for artists and creative people to do so, in order to ensure that Scotland is a country where artists and creative people can live and work successfully.”

9-Week Practice at Russian Repertory Theatre [4th August to 6th October 2014]
The programme offers unique practice opportunity for aspiring choreographers and directors who wish to step out of their comfort zone, learn new things, gain new insights and build resilience in their professional work, find new international network opportunities and collaboration. Intensive practical training, rehearsals, and participation in the performance production with professional actors. The programme is open to candidates from different countries. The working language is English.

31st August – Registrations close for Bite the Big Apple! New York
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.


  • Michelle Wigg joins the Arts Industry Council of SA as Executive Officer.
  • Steve Romer joins the Venue Management Association as Chief Executive.
  • Arts Victoria welcomes new Director, Andrew Abbott.
  • Belvoir welcomes Luke Cowling as their new Associate Producer.
  • The Australia Council are pleased to announce Lenine Bourke as their new Director – Community Partnership.
  • Steven Richardson departs the Black Arm Band project to take up the role of State Manager, Victoria and Tasmania with Creative Partnerships Australia.
  • Melbourne Festival welcomes Mark Burlace as their new Head of Programming.
  • St Martins Youth Arts Centre welcomes new Artistic Director, Clare Watson.
  • Maz McGann has been appointed as the first full-time CEO of Creating Australia.
  • Playwriting Australia welcomes Fiona Dunne to the team as their new Administrative Officer, while Alice Poujois steps up to become an Associate Producer.
  • After 25 years at the centre of promoting youth arts and emerging arts practice in Queensland, Youth Arts Queensland closes due to defunding by the state government.


Compiled by Angela Pamic for Theatre Network Victoria.

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