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TNV E-News May 2015


TNV’s response to the Andrews’ Government Creative Industries Strategy
TNV has responded to the announcement of the Creative Industries Strategy with congratulations that a policy is finally on its way. We did express concern at the lack of representation for the performing arts on the Taskforce, and we understand that this has been redressed with a representative added to the Expert Reference Group. Our call for inclusion of performing arts was published by Richard Watts for Arts Hub. Read the article here. TNV will also work with colleagues to facilitate our own performing arts consultation. Stay tuned!

Listen Today! TNV, ABC RN and Currency House launch Platform Paper #43 Thanks to everyone who joined us at ABC Studios on Tuesday evening for the launch of Currency House’s Platform Paper #43 – ‘The Arts and the Common Good’ by Katharine Brisbane. Michael Cathcart’s interview was recorded for RN’s Books and Arts, so you can tune in at 10am on Thursday morning (7th) for the national broadcast. Listen here.

Green Room Awards wrap up
TNV congratulates all the winners of the 32nd Green Room Awards held in Melbourne on 20th April, especially recipients of the TNV sponsored awards: Chloe Greaves – Outstanding Set and Costume Design for her Body of Work and Matthias Schack-Arnott – Outstanding work by an Emerging artist, for Fluvial (Next Wave and Speak Percussion). Full list of nominees and winners here.

NATIONAL STUFF 2 June – Australia Council 2015 Grants – Next Round closes soon
AusCo’s 2015 Grant Program model offers fellowships, project and development funding for individuals and groups at all stages of their artistic practice. The next round will close 2nd June. Be sure to contact staff to discuss your application prior to applying. Read the guidelines here.

‘I’ll Show You Mine’ blog – Independents talk about money and other matters
In response to a tumlbr post by UK artist Bryony Kimmings, local Melbourne artist, Alex Desebrock (Maybe_Together), launched her project ‘I’ll Show You Mine’ – a blog that showcases contributions from Australian artists and producers about our arts industry, dollars and sustainability. This is fascinating reading and we encourage you to comment, share and contribute.Read the blog here.

Australian Copyright Council – National Seminars
The Australian Copyright Council offers a range of practical and informative seminars to assist people dealing with content in the digital age. All seminars provide up-to-date information about your rights and responsibilities in relation to copyright law. Seminars will take place in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide between June and September. Seminar dates and info.

6 Jul – Bundanon Trust – 2016 Residency Applications Open
A Bundanon Trust residency offers arts professionals working in any discipline the opportunity to focus on their own work, while sharing our beautiful natural setting on the South Coast of NSW with artists from other disciplines, for up to six weeks. Applications close 6 July. More info.

18 Jun – Creating Australia Webinar – Community Arts and Cultural Development $35
With more arts organisations looking to engage their communities through artistic practice, this webinar will explore and discuss what effective community engagement looks like. The panel will also provide resources that will help you develop and evaluate your own CACD project. The webinar is 1pm – 2pm on Thursday 18 June. Registrations and more info here.

17 & 18 Aug – Presentation Opportunity at APACA’s Performing Arts Exchange (PAX)
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) will be held on 17th and 18th August as part of Mobilise, APACA’s annual conference in Sydney. PAX is a face-to-face market designed to maximise touring opportunities and relationships. Producers, performance-makers and presenters are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for a presentation opportunity. The deadline for EOIs is midnight 20th May. Submit your EOI | Find out more about PAX | About Mobilise Conference

22 May – Australia Council for the Arts Marketing Summit – Registrations close
Audiences: Yours, Mine, Ours. The 2015 Marketing Summit will be held in Cairns at the Tanks Arts Centre on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 June and will look at who our audiences are and how we can better engage with them. Registrations close Friday 22 May. Read more here.

National Advocates for Arts Education – Join the network
As the recognised peak association in the arts learning area (including the recent success towards the National Curriculum), the NAAE provides access to an extensive network of arts educators and artists, and represents the interests, concerns, values and priorities of arts educators across Australia. Join their Facebook group here.


Old Money and New – $20 Million Investment in Regional Creativity and Culture
As a part of the 2015/2016 Budget, Arts Minister Martin Foley has announced a funding increase to performing arts touring programs. The $20million investment will cover touring strategy, community engagement, audience and tourism development. Read more about the announcement here.However, some of the budget announcement included renewal of lapsing programs, rather than new money. Read the summary here.

24 May – EOIs for Anywhere Theatre Festival close
Anywhere Festival Frankston – hosted by Frankston City Council – is a festival of performance anywhere but in a theatre. Drama in cafes, acrobatics in skate parks, comedy in a heritage home and music. This year’s festival runs from 21 August – 6 September. Benefits include no venue hire, new audiences, box office support and more. Read about the Expressions of Interest here.

11 May – NEON EXTRA: Insights for Independents
Melbourne Theatre Company will once again offer free workshops and information sessions for independent theatre makers in June and July as part of their NEON program. Sessions includes nibbles, a chance to mingle and insights into writing, directing, publicity, grant writing and more. Participation is by expression of interest only, closing on May 11. Read about the program here.

25 May – NEON EXTRA: Behind the scenes with RAWCUS
As part of their NEON residency, Rawcus will offer a unique insight into their process by hosting a free masterclass and open rehearsals. Spaces are limited for these sessions and participation is by expression of interest only. Applications close on May 25.Find out more here.

8 May – Perform at Melba Spiegeltent for Melbourne Fringe 2015
Circus Oz currently has expressions of interest open for their 2015 Melbourne Fringe season. If you are planning on doing a Fringe show and think the Melba Spiegeltent is the right venue they would love to hear from you by this Friday 8 May. Find the venue info and EOI form here.

12 May – Arts Access Victoria training session – ‘Open Your Eyes’
Open your eyes to new ways of experiencing, planning and working with people with disability. This session explores disability awareness in a provocative way that connects powerfully with participants. The next session will be held on Tuesday 12 May from 2pm–5pm at the Arts Access Victoria office: 222 Bank Street, South Melbourne. $180 | $160 (Members). More info here.

GIVEAWAY: The Zoey Louise Moonbeam Dawson Shakespeare Company presents ‘Calamity’
Supported by NEON, MTC’s Festival of Independent Theatre, May 28-June 7, 2015 Lawler Studio. ‘I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.’ Calamity Jane. To win two tickets for Thursday May 28, please email


2016 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership – Applications Now Open Sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation, the Fullbright Professional Scholarship is now open for applications. Valued at up to $40k the scholarship provides an exceptional opportunity for an emerging leader in the not-for-profit sector to undertake a 3-4 month professional development program or research in the United States. Applications close 1 August. Find out more here.

  • ILBIJERRI Theatre appoints Simeon Moran as Executive Producer – Simeon leaves Snuff Puppets where he was Executive Producer for several years.
  • Chunky Move appoints Vanessa Pigrum as new Executive Producer, Vanessa leaves her role of Manager of Arts and Culture at City of Darebin.
  • Meghan Bourke has started at Next Wave as Executive Director and co-CEO, joining recently appointed Artistic Director Georgie Meagher.
  • Clare McKenzie will step in as Executive Producer of Kage while Simone Schinkel takes 12 months maternity leave.
  • Marketing Manager Chris Harms and Creative Producer Aneke McCulloch will both finish up at Melbourne Fringe Festival in June.
  • Peta Hanrahan appointed as the new Artistic Director of Verve Studios.
  • The Brisbane Powerhouse has announced the appointment of Fiona Maxwell, Queensland Manager for Philanthropy Australia (and TNV’s Founding Chair!), as its new Chief Executive Officer.
  • After 13 years, Adelaide’s contemporary performance ensemble, The Border Project, will wrap up at the end of the year.
  • As scheduled, Rick Heath returns to APACA in August following a 12 month contract at the Perth Festival.



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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Victoria.

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