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REMINDER: 3rd December – SAVE THE DATE – Victorian Performing Arts Touring Workshop. Presenters, Producers, Theatre Makers, Performing and Live Artists, Dancers, Directors, Writers, Choreographers, Marketing and PR folk, Technicians, Programmers, and everyone else who participates in the performing arts are invited to the 2013 Victorian Touring Workshop. Registrations open on the 22nd October.


PLUS1 Project Eligibility applications are now open [Creative Partnerships Australia]
The Plus1 program is designed to create opportunities for artists and NFP organisations in the creative industries who wish to build or leverage greater private sector support for their activities. Through Plus1, Creative Partnerships will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000 in funds raised by artists and not for profit (NFP) arts organisations for approved projects that build their development capacity and meet defined criteria.

The South Australian Presenters Association (SAPA) was launched last month
In response to the industry’s need for greater representation of the places where performing arts meets audiences. Some of SAPA’s key objectives are to promote best practice in the business of presenting, to increase access to high quality arts and entertainment experiences for all South Australian communities, to promote South Australian performing arts venues as vibrant and viable, and to increase opportunities for producers of performing arts and entertainment to show their work. SAPA will also increase engagement with quality arts and entertainment experiences for all South Australian communities by encouraging increased public participation and interest in the performing arts, and the arts (in all its forms) generally.

9th October – 2014 Adelaide Fringe [14 February – 16 March] registration closes.

17th to 19th October – Bodyweather & Butoh Intensive: with Tess de Quincey. [QLD] $250
The Judith Wright Centre and Motherboard Productions are excited to host Sydney-based choreographer and dancer, Tess de Quincey in Brisbane for a three-day immersive masterclass exploring Bodyweather principles and elements of butoh training. This workshop will also focus particularly on omni-central movement – different images dance concurrently in multiple, individual parts of the body.

25th October – Applications for Australia Council’s International Performing Arts Markets (IPAMS) Travel Fund closes.
The International Performing Arts Market Travel Fund supports Australian independent producers, managers and/or company and artist representatives to attend key international performing arts markets and events, to a maximum of $4,000 per event.

19th November – Australia Council – Presentation and Promotion [Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander] grant due.
Presentation and Promotion grants support projects that promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their work regionally, nationally and internationally through publications, recordings, performances, exhibitions and international export.


Static Funding for Victorian small to medium orgs The results of the new Organisations Investment Program are finally out: for most organisations it was the same level of funding as last year, with no restoration of the 3.5% cuts, nor indexation. There were some organisations funded triennially for the first time, including MKA Theatre, Punctum, Platform Youth Theatre, Kage, Aphids and Lucy Guerin, but surprisingly few defunded organisations, and nothing like the increases to the sector that were badly needed. TNV is hopeful that the new Victorian arts and culture strategy might redress the balance for the fragile small to medium sector.

Big West Festival is seeking submissions for the creative development of new works for performance in 2014.
The NEWEST program includes site-specific, artistically ground-breaking projects stemming from artist’s intimate familiarity with the vibrant and unique cultures of the Western suburbs. Successful projects will receive assistance towards artists fees for a creative development culminating in a small public presentation in late 2013. Selected works may be offered further funding toward a premiere in Big West Festival 2015.

3rd to 5th October – Words with Melbourne – Fridge magnet poetry on a grand scale! [Free]
Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator (API) have commissioned Lenine Bourke, a social practice artist, to develop a new participatory work for Federation Square. Forget Facebook and twitter…using hundreds of word blocks you can write poetry, or random nonsense; you can share your favourite quotes, or announce your love to the world on a grand scale.

6th October – Sustainability in Art Forum – Kingston Arts & Cultural Centre [Free]
Sustainability in Art welcomes three leading experts as they discuss the role of public art in connecting community and environment. Internationally renowned artist Cameron Robbins; Production Manager of Carbon Arts Dr Josh Wodak; and RMIT University Associate Professor Dr Linda Williams will form the panel for Kingston Arts’ final art forum for 2013.

REMINDER: 15th October – Call for Master Class Participants: Re-presenting Community-based Arts: the challenge for curators, critics, and researchers. [February 3 and 4, 2014] Free to successful applicants.
Convened by Dr Marnie Badham and Dr Danielle Wyatt, the Centre for Cultural Partnerships is seeking applications from PhD and early career researchers to participate. This two-day seminar and workshop will explore the challenges of ‘re-presenting community based arts’ and includes lectures from international experts; a discussion on pre-assigned readings; a walking tour of artworks; participant generated discussion; and artistic and/or academic publication output.

16th October – Applications for Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women Directors Program close.
In December 2013, Melbourne Theatre Company will implement its inaugural Women Directors Program, offering 12 emerging and mid-career directors the chance to familiarise themselves with the culture and inner workings of a major state theatre company and gain insight into its audiences, venues and ongoing core business over a 12-month period.

18th October – ARTS HOUSE EOI’s to present or develop work at Arts House close.
Do you want to present or develop work at Arts House? Arts House is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for projects to be presented or developed in their venues from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. Successful presentation EOIs will become part of the presentation program in either Season 2, 2014 (July to December 2014) or Season 1, 2015 (January to June 2015).

31st October – Applications for VCA’s 1 year course – Master of Writing for Performance close
The program focuses on the development of a full length play, as well as four other smaller performance writing projects including: writing from improvisation with acting and directing students; writing for digital mediums; adaptation of existing texts; and writing for live art projects. The program welcomes applications from: writers, actors, directors, animateurs, theatre makers, designers and dramaturges, with moderate to extensive experience in performance writing.

11th November – Applications for Seedpod Amplified close.
Amplifying our Seedpod residencies, live arts company Punctum, in association with Country Arts SA, and Junction Festival in TAS, invites you to extend your live arts practice beyond the borders of major cities through an new arts research, development and presentation residency that brings together artists, organisations, thinkers, doers and local folk to explore live arts engagement and create new work in regional and outer metropolitan settings. 6 artists – 6 new works.

17th January 2014 – Applications for Seedpod residencies close.
Now in its 7th year, Punctum’s competitive Seedpod residencies offer opportunities to early career and confirmed artists to investigate, develop and present contemporary live arts in Central Victoria. Seedpod provides artists, producers, and audiences with access to regionally based arts professionals, resources and presentation spaces. 6 annual residencies for artists in live arts, performance and multi arts are available.

Call for artists to submit artworks to Forever Now – What would you shout into space?
Aphids are calling on artists to respond to the unseen and infinite, by creating one-minute artworks in sound or video or both. Forever Now is a curatorial project that responds to our cultural obsession with immortalising ourselves. In the footsteps of the Golden Record sent into space in 1977 on the Voyager space probe, curators Willoh S. Weiland, Brian Ritchie, Jeff Khan and Thea Baumann, will work the international community to research, curate and create a golden record to send into space.



International Physical Theatre Lab [Austria] – December 14 – 21, 2013
The Lab programme is focused on Ostrenko’s method of actor’s training, relying on the Russian Theatre Tradition and the newest experiments in performing arts. Participants will practically explore physicality as the principal creative instrument, the key to form, style, atmosphere and emotional palette in contemporary performance, stepping beyond the limits of habitual text-based acting.

International Intensive Course for Directors [Lithuania] – January 13 – March 3, 2014
The 6-week Lab is open to theatre directors with professional stage experience from different countries interested to find new collaborators and start new projects for professional development at international level. As the result of the six-weeks participants will create the performance on the stage of Russian Repertory Theatre. Learn about the programme and application at


  • Senator George Brandis QCtakes on the role of Federal Minister for the Arts.
  • Lissa Twomeyhad been appointed Executive Director, Arts Organisations at the Australia Council and Wendy Were has been appointed the Council’s Executive Director, Arts Development. The changes follow the resignations of previous Executive Directors,Libby Christie and Rose Hiscock.
  • Penny Hutchinsonsteps down as the Director of Arts Victoria to lead a review of the Victorian public
  • Andrew Abbott will act as interim Director Arts Victoria until such time a new director is appointed.
  • ILBIJERRI Theatre Company welcomes Alex Garayas their new Office & Marketing Coordinator.


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