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TNV E-News February 2016


APAM Workshop – Thursday 25 Feb, 9.30am – 11am at Sofitel Brisbane Central
At the Australian Performing Arts Market in Brisbane later this month, TNA Director, Nicole Beyer, will be co-presenting an industry workshop with APACA Executive Director, Rick Heath, called Wants, Needs and Desires. Explore how to create art that balances the needs of art makers, presenters and audiences. APAM delegates can attend for free but, due to popularity, bookings are recommended. More info.

2016 TNA Membership – Are you in the network?
Our work allows us to connect and advocate for artists, producers, and companies from across Australia. Check out the 2015 member listing (the 2016 list will be available soon). If you haven’t yet joined for 2016, membership fees are now due and start from as little as $23.10 for individuals. Membership info | Sign up here.


28 Feb – 2016 Churchill Fellowhship: Online applications open
Churchill Fellowships are awarded for the purpose of pursuing an overseas investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in Australia. Applications open Sunday 28 February and close 11.59pm AEST Sunday 15 May 2016. Be sure to read the guidelines before you apply. More info.

3 Mar – Expressions of Interest close for Art and About Sydney
Expressions of Interest are now open for the Art & About Sydney 2016/17 program. A number of projects will be supported, valued between $10,000 – $85,000 and selected works will be realised between July 2016 and June 2017. If you’ve got a creative idea that puts art in an unusual place, be sure to read more here.

4 Mar – Urban Theatre Projects: Space Residency
During 2016, UTP will offer three Space residencies in April, June and October. Open to artists living and/or working in western Sydney, the residency program includes access to the rehearsal studio at Bankstown Arts Centre and a total of 20 hours of technical, administrative support or dramaturgical support. Deadline for applications is 4 March. Find out more.

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) – Apply through your state fund
In November 2015, the Australian Government announced funding of more than $1.2 million for 85 arts and cultural projects across regional and remote Australia through the Regional Arts Fund. There are two kinds of RAF grants: Quick Response and Community Grants. Application dates vary across the country. Visit the Regional Arts Australia website and scroll to the bottom of the page to search application deadlines by state/territory.

29 Mar – Ian Potter Cultural Trust: Round 2 grant applications open
The Cultural Trust offers grants to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional opportunities, usually overseas. Applications open on 29 March and will close on 24 May for projects taking place after 23 September 2016. Read more here.

SAVE THE DATE – 2016 National Play Festival
Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival will be held at The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne this year from 27th – 30th July. More info soon.


17 Feb – VicArts Grant Round closing soon – Up to $75,000
Open to Victoria’s independent artists and arts companies, VicArts Grants offer between $5k – $75k for a range of projects and programs including creative development, presentation, collaborations, residencies and touring. Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday 17 February, for activities commencing after 1 June 2016. More info.

MTC Artist Nights Program
MTC is offering artists in the theatre community access to discounted tickets as part of their newly launched Artists Nights initiative. (TNA membership is one way to help prove eligibility). Approved Artist Nights members will be able to purchase $29 tickets to see work and socialise with their peers on selected industry nights across the 2016 season.  More info.

Artist Call Out – Darebin Arts: Museum of Me 2016
Museum of Me is a cross generational arts residency, guided by the Darebin Arts Strategy 2014-2020. Darebin Council is looking for experienced artists for two paid residencies based in aged-care facilities in Northcote and Thornbury between April – June 2016. Artists with experience in participatory arts projects are encouraged to apply. Find out more.

The George Fairfax Arts Management Scholarship
Open to students enrolled in postgraduate Arts and Cultural Management studies at Deakin University, this scholarship offers cash payment of up to $12,000 ($1,000 per credit point). Preference will be given to applicants working in the small to medium arts sector. Applications for Trimester 1 close 15 February 2016 at 5pm. Read more here.

Blak & Bright, Melbourne 18 – 21 February.
The first ever Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Blak & Bright, is on in Melbourne 18 – 21 February 2016. There are readings, panels, a musical gala and amazing workshops and more. Most of the sessions are FREE but you need to book here.


7 Mar – IETM: Satellite Meeting in Paris, March 2016
Following the February 2015 Satelite in Brussels that looked at measuring the impact of the arts, IETM will host a second Satellite meeting in Paris on 7th and 8th March 2016 to continue the conversation. Participation is by invitation only, but you can contact IETM if you would like to take part or want to propose a participant. Read more here.

16 Mar – Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Discount registration deadline
If you’re planning to take a show to the next Edinburgh Festival Fringe (05 – 29 August 2016), now is the time to get organised. Be sure to read the Participant section on the website for more info. Discounted registrations close on 16 March. Register here.


The Australian TYP sector has just returned from Montreal’s IPAY conference, where Slingsby Artistic Director Andy Packer was elected to the IPAY board. While together overseas it was a great moment for the sector to express its dismay at the illogical actions of the federal government in regard to overseas touring funds. The sector is writing to Minister Fifield and and other actions are planned. Catch up on Fraser Corfield’s article on the Youth Theatre cuts in the Daily review;  and Ben Eltham’s article on the mid year budget forecast cuts.

Lots happening in WA
WA Showcase 2016: 12 & 13 May (EOIs closing 15th March); Spare parts Puppet Theatre’s FirstHand emergent puppetry artist training program: applications open for 2016; Propel Youth Arts WA’s KickstART Festival is back in 2016, Barking Gecko’s 2016 Program announced.


  • Bec Allen has finished up as Executive Producer of Force Majeure.
  • A huge congratulations to Darwin resident Mary Anne Butler who is the first playwright to win the Victorian Prize for Literature – Australia’s richest literary award.
  • Max Delany appointed Artistic Director of The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
  • Dave Brown hands the reins of Patch over to new artistic director Naomi Edwards this year after two decades running the internationally acclaimed company.
  • Dario Vacirca leaves his post as Artistic Director of OSCA (Open Space Contemporary Arts) SA and to work on freelance projects in Melbourne. Paul Gazzola (AD) and Janine Peacock (GM), commenced in their new roles in January.
  • Alex Walker finishes as Associate Director of St Martins to pursue freelance projects including House of Muchness – a centre of inclusive, artistic practices for young people.
  • Jacob Boehme announced as Creative Director of the third Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival, produced by City of Melbourne.
  • Rose Hiscock commenced her new role as Director Science Gallery Melbourne.
  • Due to funding constraints, Sydney’s Rock Surfers Theatre Company will close its doors.
  • Joel McGuinness will finish as General Manager of Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre in February to launch an arts management business and to focus on his role in local government.
  • Dr Tom Payne appointed as MKA Climate Change Consultant.
  • Craig Connelly appointed as The Ian Potter Foundation’s new Chief Executive Officer.


Head of Programs, Carriageworks. Apps close 5 Feb.
Production & Operations Manager, HotHouse. Apps close 8 Feb.
Executive Director, Junction Arts Festival. Apps close 19 Feb.
Live Theatre Writer in Residence 2016-17, Northumbria University (UK). Apps close 22 Feb.
Strategic Projects Manager, Accessible Arts. Apps close 3 Feb.
Development Manager, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Apps close 12 Feb.
Director Investment, Australia Council. Apps close 10 Feb.
Producer – Multicultural Women’s Hub, Information Cultural Exchange. Apps close 11 Feb.
Executive Director, HighTide Festival Theatre UK, Apps close 12 Feb.
Program Manager, Performance Space. Apps close 7 Feb.
Dance Development Officer, Ausdance NSW. Apps close 14 Feb.


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Compiled by Bethany Simons, Theatre Network Victoria

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