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TNV E-News May 2016


TNA’s Letter to the Sector – Let’s support each other
Last week, TNA staff and board wrote a Letter to the Sector offering support as the small to medium sector starts to hear about their funding from Australia Council this week. Regardless of the funding scenario your organisation faces, the main thing that people are likely to want to know is “what happens next?” – and the embargo period gives you a small margin of time to start working through that. Check the TNA Facebook page for posts about sector gatherings happening around the country, and please share any events or gatherings that you know of.

Victorian Creative Industries Engagement Forum – Event Wrap Up
A big thanks to all of our members and representatives from the wider creative sector for attending our Creative Industries Engagement Forum at Arts Centre Melbourne last Thursday. This was a chance to start talking about what creative industries means for us, what’s at stake, and what opportunities it provides. If you missed the event, check out #CreativeIndForum on Twitter, look at the cartoon recap or listen to the audio recordings on the event page.



8 June – National Arts Election Debate – The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne FREE
ArtsPeak is organising a National Arts Election Debate. Patricia Karvelas (ABC and Sky news) will moderate a three cornered contest. Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has been invited, and Shadow Arts Minister Mark Dreyfus and Greens Arts Spokesperson, Adam Bandt are already confirmed. Wheeler Centre, Wed 8th June 2016, 1.00pm – 3.00pm. The debate will be live streamed – keep an eye on our website for info. Space is limited so book early.

7 June – National Sector Meeting – ArtsHouse, Melbourne – Gold coin donation. 
In conjunction with the National Arts Election Debate, ArtsPeak is organising a National Arts Sector Meeting in Melbourne on 7th June – the day before the Debate. 12.45 – 5pm. We invite sector reps from across the country to attend the meeting (and the Debate the following day). An agenda will be developed closer to the day. Space is limited – please book early.

7 June – Australia Council – Apply now for Grant Round 2, 2016
Development Grants for Individuals and Groups ($5k – $25k), Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups ($10k – $50k), Arts Projects – Organisations ($10k – $100k), Fellowships ($80k) and the Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund are due Tuesday 7 June 2016, for projects starting after 1 September 2016. Read more here.

Australian Society of Authors (ASA) petition against the proposed changes to Copyright
At the Creative Industries Forum last week, David Ryding from the City of Literature spoke about a petition against proposed changes to Copyright as recommended by the Productivity Commission. They only need another 267 signatures to reach 5000! About the ASA campaign and petition.

21 June – Bundanon Trust – Apply now for 2017 Residencies
A beautiful setting, the time to focus, and the chance to meet artists from disciplines outside your own – Bundanon has provided a boost to the career of many Australian artists. Each year Bundanon calls for applications for the following calendar year. The applications are assessed by industry experts and are now open until 21st June 2016. Read more here.

1 July – National Library of Australia: 2017 Creative Fellowships
Fellowship grants of between $8k -$10k are available to support practising artists, writers and folk performers to develop new creative work inspired by the Library’s rich collections. Established and emerging artists can apply for the Creative Arts Fellowship, National Folk Fellowship or Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing by July 1, 2016. Find out more.

27 May – We Run This: A Conversation with Australia’s Independent Art Sector
As part of Vivid Ideas Sydney, NAVA and 107 Projects will host a discussion and celebration of the contribution that independent art spaces make to our culture, community, and economy. John O’Callaghan (JOC Consulting) will deliver the keynote address, joined by Monica Barone (CEO, City of Sydney) and Maria Miranda (Research Fellow, University of Melbourne). 9am – 4.30pm, Friday 27 May, Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW. Tickets $33. More info.

Subscribe to Platform Papers – Quarterly Essays on the Performing Arts
Currency House publishes independent, authoritative performing arts essays. 2016 Titles are:
PP #46 Stephen Curtis on being a stage and screen designer;
PP #47 Justin O’Connor on why we need a cultural economy;
PP #48 Ben Eltham on where to for the ‘small-to-medium’ sector?;
PP #49 Curtis Levy on recognition for the screen documentary.
Subscibe for online access to all Platform Papers ($79 annually) or four paperback issues ($65 annually, postage included). Find out more here.

The Australian Writers’ Guild’s The National Voice report
This annual survey and analysis of theatre programming trends across Australia’s 10 major theatre companies was undertaken by the Playwrights’ Committee of the Australian Writers’ Guild. Efforts to get more Australian works and plays by women in the nation’s major theatres took a step backwards in 2016. Read the report.

Creative Partnerships Australia: Fundraising Workshops – $30
CPA continues their national workshop program with Sydney and Perth on Tuesday 17 of May and Canberra on Monday 30 May. The workshops are geared towards emerging practitioners looking to cement their knowledge of arts philanthropy and sponsorship and established arts workers who want a fundraising refresher. (This is also a great chance to network with colleagues and your Creative Partnerships State Manager). Book for the workshop.

Save the Date: 2016 National Play Festival
The 2016 National Play Festival will be held at The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne this year from 27th – 30th July. Click here to stay in the loop.


5 July – Apply for the 2017 VCE Drama and Theatre Studies Playlist
The annual process for selecting work for the next VCE Drama and Theatre Studies Playlist is underway. Production applications are due to the VCAA on or before 5 July. Email Helen Champion (Performing Arts Curriculum Manager) for your copy of the application form.

Writers Victoria workshop – Playwriting with Jane Harrison, 4 & 5 June, 10am-4pm
Thinking about writing a play? Or you’ve started and are stuck? Award-winning playwright Jane Harrison (‘Stolen’, ‘Rainbow’s End’, ‘The Visitors’) is running a two-day Playwriting intensive for early and emerging stage writers. The focus is on writing exercises, beyond theory, and will include drafting a ten-minute play. TNA subscribers can book at WV member rates. Info and bookings.

Free Theatre: Pop Up Talks and Workshops in May/June
Free Theatre is running a series of ‘Theatre in Society’ talks and workshops at their RMIT Pop Up Studio. Hear about applying theatre in the Asia-Pacific region on Thursday 26 May or Thursday 2 June (Free Entry), or attend a Dialogue Theatre and Conflict Transformation workshop on Saturday May 21 or Saturday 28 ($40). Check out the Free Theatre website for more info.

14 Jun – City of Melbourne Annual Grants round now open
The annual arts grants program is open to anyone with a great idea that has an artistic outcome or artists looking for a residency in the City of Melbourne. Applications close 5pm Tuesday 14 June 2016​​. Visit the CoM website for more info.

18 May – Working the Floor: Re-Imagining the Visitor Experience in Public & Curated Places
Creative Victoria’s Expert Program will host international audience experience consultant and creative thinker, Lisa Baxter (The Experience Business, UK). In this hour long seminar, Lisa will demonstrate the rewards of balancing curatorial and programming authority with audience sensibility – leading to meaningful visitor experiences that you can trade on. 3.30pm-5.00pm, Wednesday 18 May, ACMI Cinema 1, Federation Square. Free entry, bookings essential. Book now.

16 May – The Butterfly Club – Expressions of Interest: Spring Season
The Butterfly Club (Melbourne CBD) is calling out to producers, performers and theatre companies to be a part of their curated Spring Program from September-November. Successful applicants will be featured in an official program launch in July. EOI Deadline: 5pm, Monday 16 May. Apply now.


Churchill Fellowships close this Sunday 15 May
A Churchill Fellowship provides an opportunity for talented Australian Citizens to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence. Conduct valuable research in your field and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of your industry, community and Australia. Apply now.


  • After 40 years working to support the development of the arts and creative sectors, Director of Arts Sector Investment, Greg Andrews, has announced his departure from Creative Victoria.
  • Clare Watson will finish up at St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre and commence as Artistic Director of Black Swan Theatre Company in October.
  • Felix Preval leaves Melbourne Fringe to tackle Head of Programming at Darwin Festival.
  • Regional Arts Victoria welcomes Justin Murphy to the role of Manager, Performing Arts Touring, as Kane Forbes leaves the organisation after nine years to embark on international adventures.
  • Antonia Seymour is leaving Urban Theatre Projedcts to take up the role of General Manager of Arts on Tour for 12 months while Heather Dransfield is on maternity leave.
  • Aneke McCulloch to take Team Leader role at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre while Emma Cochran will step into the Planning and Project Coordinator role at City of Melbourne.
  • Co-founder, Rod Ainsworth, will leave Creative Regions to take up the position of Coordinator of the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre in Bundaberg.
  • Julian Louis (Artistic Director of NORPA) will lead Theatre Network NSW’s Regional Theatre Forum as part of Artlands Dubbo in October.
  • Maggie Maguire to finish up as CEO of Abbotsford Convent in September.
  • David Barrett leaves SA’s Marion Cultural Centre to take up the role of Executive Director at The Art House, Wyong NSW.
  • Sean Walsh joins The Last Great Hunt as Creative Producer.


Vale to our dear colleagues: David Page (composer and music director), Derek Ives (clown and rigger) and Rée Izett (leading arts communications specialist).


Executive Producer – ACM Presents, Arts Centre Melbourne. Apps close 26 May.
Team Leader, The Cube Wodonga (VIC). Apps close 20 May.
Executive Officer, Arts Industry Council of South Australia. EOIs due 13 May.
Producer, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). Apps close 29 May.
Artistic Director, Stompin (TAS). EOIs close 18 May.
General Manager, Creative Regions (QLD). Apps close 16 May.
Artistic Director, Auckland Arts Festival (NZ). Apps close 30 May.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Australia.

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