The Australian Theatre Forum 2013 – Canberra Theatre Centre, 29-31 May, 2013
On behalf of TNV, a big thank you to all of our delegates and speakers for your time, energy and passion. What a journey it was! The team is currently working hard to collate all of the media links, videos and audio recordings onto our new Media Room page. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we continue to upload information as it comes to hand.
18th June – NEON CONNECT as part of MTC’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre. Only a few places remaining.
We’re really proud to be co-hosting this month’s free networking event for independent theatre makers and producers to connect, express interest in collaborating, voice ideas and address shared concerns. If you wish to attend please visit tnv.net.au. Bookings close Friday 14th of June. If you haven’t caught the buzz of the NEON Festival yet, there is still time to see some fantastic Independent theatre includingFRAUGHT OUTFIT, Benedict Hardie and Anne-Louise Sarks, THE RABBLE andAsh Flanders and Declan Greene. Use the hashtag #mtcNEON on Twitter and Instagram to get all the updates from around the festival.
TNA [Theatre Network Australia] STUFF
15th June – Theatre Network NSW: June 2013 gathering [2pm – 4pm] – FREE
The next gathering of the NSW Theatre Network is coming up soon. They’ve decided to frame this gathering around the ideas and discussions generated at the recent Australian Theatre Forum. If you didn’t attend the Theatre Forum, this is an opportunity to hear from a selection of forum attendees, presenting a personal perspective on the forum’s most interesting ideas and discussions. If you did attend the forum, come along to continue the conversation and cement your new connections. The afternoon will wrap up with drinks and an opportunity to mingle and network. All NSW-based theatre-makers and arts workers are welcome – independent and from organisations of any scale. SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross. Please register by 11 June 2013:
The National Arts and Culture Accord (the Accord) has been released.
The National Arts and Culture Accord is a framework through which the Australian, state, territory and local governments will work together to support Australia’s artists, creators, cultural institutions and creative industries to ensure Australians have access to our rich and diverse creative culture wherever they live. This Accord arose from consultation underpinning the development of the National Cultural Policy in 2011. It seeks to harness the respective roles and responsibilities of the Australian, state, territory and local governments to facilitate greater cooperation and affirm the centrality of the arts and culture to government policy and the contribution they make to community wellbeing.
Congratulations to all the Drover Award winners, announced at the APACA conference in Canberra last week.
Touring Legend award – Penny Miles; “Tour of the Year 2013” – Circa: Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble [Tour Coordination – Performing Lines]; and “Performing Arts Centre of the Year 2013” – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
22nd & 23rd June – Tasmania Performs Skill Share Residency. [TAS] FREE
Tasmania Performs are offering Tasmanian artists the opportunity to undertake a two day intensive performance workshop including transport to beautiful Tarraleah, one night’s accommodation in a cosy cottage, delicious dinner and two days of intensive performance workshops with 20 or so other talented Tasmanians all for FREE.
24th June – Arts NSW Program Funding closes. [NSW]
Funding towards an organisation’s cost of delivering its program of arts and cultural activities on an annual or multi-year basis. The Program Funding categories are: Annual (open applications) and Multi-year, including Negotiated (applications by invitation only)
24th June – Call for Presentations for SEAM2013 Authorship, Audience & Curation close. [NSW]
Performance/dance makers, visual artists, interdisciplinary practitioners and academics are invited to submit short performance and academic presentations for the SEAM13 Symposium. SEAM13 will feature performances, panels and artist labs addressing the themes of Authorship, Audience & Curation. Providing a context, platform and space for dialogue for creative makers, practitioners and thinkers, to nurture and frame their active and critical points of view between performance, choreography and scenographic design.
28th June – Registrations for the Feast Festival close. [SA]
The Feast Festival Artist Registrations are open for 2013. The Feast Festival started in 1997 and has cemented its place as one of Australia’s leading festival of LGBITQ arts and culture. To register your interest head to the website(link removed) and create a FARS (Feast Artist Registrations) account and then you’re nearly half way there!
1st July – Applications for Playwriting Australia’s State Exchange travel grants close. [NATIONAL]
State Exchange provides up to $2,000 in travel funding to support the interstate collaboration on a new Australian play. It encourages companies and playwrights to think nationally, but they’re open to hearing about how this funding might work for you in your particular context. The guidelines and application info are on the website.
REMINDER: 22nd July – Applications for APAM 2014 program applications close [NATIONAL]
Contemporary performing artists and companies from across Australia and New Zealand are invited to apply to present their work at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2014. APAM 2014 will take place in Brisbane, Queensland from 18 to 22 February 2014, and will be presented by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse.
1st August – Arts Tasmania’s Individual Grant rounds close. [TAS]
The Individual Artists program invests in emerging and professional artists by assisting them to take their work to the next level. The program gives promising and talented artists working in any artform, the opportunity to undertake projects that will enable them to further their careers and enrich their artistic practice.
12th August – Applications close for The Australia Council’s Creative Australia Emerging Presenter program.
The Creative Australia Emerging Presenter is a new initiative to support new and emerging presenter platforms for the presentation of independent theatre work. For further information and to check if you are eligible to apply go to
12th August – Applications close for The Australia Council’s Creative Australia New Digital Theatre program.
The Creative Australia New Digital Theatre is a new initiative which provides three-year funding to organisations with a track record of supporting theatre practice which intersects with digital culture. This initiative will assist organisations to support artists to develop new theatre works that engage with new and emerging digital platforms.
The Victorian State Budget 2013-14 will provide an additional $28.9 million to the arts over the next four years.
Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria said “Victoria will continue to innovate and lead the way in the arts with further investment in exciting new visual and performing arts programs, strengthening of the independent arts sector, supporting ambitious new directions at key cultural institutions and maintaining and improving the State’s cultural infrastructure,” Head to the Arts Victoria website for a breakdown of what the budget means to the arts.
5th and every Wednesday in June – The Breakfast Club [Light breakfast and coffee by donation]
Following a highly successful series at the Wheeler Centre during the 2012 Next Wave Festival, Breakfast Club is a platform that interrogates how the world and art collide. Each Wednesday morning they’ll explore different issues that stimulate artists and creative thinkers as they develop new work. Each event runs for one hour, and will be punctuated by a series of provocations from artists, writers, thinkers and commentators.
6th June – Applications for Next Wave’s Breakfast Club Live scribes close.
Are you a sweet tweeter? Next Wave is looking for some Live Scribes to help share their June Breakfast Club series with the internet. They’ll pay you a fee of $100 to live tweet during a Breakfast Club session of your choice, hang around for a 30 min Over Time chat with the speakers and wrap it all up with a 100 word recap of the whole shebang for their website.
8th & 9th June – Theatre Cartel host their annual Open Auditions. [$12.50 per session].
The Auditions are a chance for local actors, directors and producers to meet, mix and form new creative collaborations, while also giving actors and production creatives alike an opportunity to learn more about their craft through the experienced workshop facilitators [Dani Cresp, Lucy Freeman, Anthony Crowley, Susie Hardgrave] that guide groups through a series of tailored sessions.
12th June – Information session for FCAC’s Emerging Cultural Leaders program [6pm – 7pm] – FREE
The Emerging Cultural Leaders is a six month skills development and mentoring program for emerging artists and cultural facilitators from Melbourne’s west. Where: Roslyn Smorgon Gallery at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
14th June – Victorian Arts Law Consortium Workshop – “Getting up to speed”. $25 per session / $100 per day
TNV is proud to be partnering the Arts Law Centre of Australia in their upcoming series of legal workshops for artists and arts organisations including: “If you really want to make it as an artist, you’ll do it for free” – Employment issues in the Arts; Is your gallery in trouble? Why artists should register their works under the Personal Property Security Act; The Nuts and Bolts of Governance in the Not-for-profit sector; Crowdfunding – fuelling your dream project; Click “Yes” to proceed – publishing and distributing your work online; Prizes and Competitions – the good, the bad and the ugly!
17th June – Applications for City of Melbourne’s annual Arts Grants program close.
The annual arts grants program is open to all artists, arts organisations and community organisations. Grants are available for support towards arts projects or activities, in any art form or practice that takes place in the City of Melbourne within a calendar year. Projects must result in a public outcome.
18th June – Adelaide Fringe Networking event [6:15pm for a 6:30pm start]
The Adelaide Fringe Artists and Events team is heading on an east coast tour to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. They are hosting a networking event and info session in Melbourne and invite you and your colleagues to join them for a chat and a drink. Hear about the various ways in which artists and presenters can engage with their programs and the support and opportunities they can provide. Tony Starr’s Kitten Club, Galaxy Space, 267 Little Collins St.
20th June – The Black Writers Lab reading. [7pm] – FREE
The Black Writers Lab is a unique, professionally tailored writing program targeting Indigenous artists who seek to develop their skills as writers and to progress their work towards fully developed performance scripts. This reading is an opportunity to share the process with you and includes excerpts from a range of works-in progress at various stages of development. Presented by Ilbijerri Theatre Company at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
21st June – Applications close for Arena Theatre Company’s Inside 130 Artist Residency Program.
Inside 130 provides assistance to emerging and independent artists making new work for audiences aged 5 to 25 years. Inside 130 offers free venue and equipment hire, mentoring from Arena’s artistic and managerial staff, and marketing and communications support at our premises at 130 Dryburgh St, North Melbourne for up to three individuals or groups who demonstrate a commitment to the development of exciting new work for young audiences.
28th June – Applications close for FCAC’s Emerging Cultural Leaders program.
The Emerging Cultural Leaders is a six month skills development and mentoring program for emerging artists and cultural facilitators from Melbourne’s west. If you’re seeking to enhance your knowledge of contemporary community arts practice, why not take the first step by joining other emerging cultural leaders at Footscray Community Arts Centre?
1st July – Applications for Jetstar’s Flying Start Programme opens. [Grant #3, VIC/TAS]
Jetstar is inviting Arts groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant for $30,000, made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar, to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Victorian and Tasmanian organisations are eligible to apply between 1st of July and 30th of September.
1st July 2013 – EOI’s for Malthouse Theatre’s Helium 2014 season close.
Helium 2014 [May-September] is designed as a season for contemporary performing artists to self-present work in a supportive environment. The Tower is a space for experimentation and daring. For such a small space, it has produced some big ideas and the artists who work in it are valued for the size of their ambition. Helium is Malthouse Theatre’s acknowledgement of this ambition and of the valuable resource that such a space can be.
27th July – PD Day at Writers Victoria for playwrights and screenwriters. 10am – 5pm. [$85-$125]
Writers Victoria presents Theatre and the Screen, a day of professional development sessions at the Wheeler Centre exploring the journey of the script and screenplay, covering scriptwriting, pitching and beyond. Join host Ben Michael in discussion with high-profile playwrights and screenwriters, including Michael Brindley, Peta Murray, Chris Anastassiades, Ross Mueller, Lally Katz, Jan Sardi, Raimondo Cortese, Natasha Pincus, Amanda Brotchie, John Harding, Jane Montgomery Griffiths and Adam Zwar. All sessions will combine panel discussion with opportunity for audience Q&A. This event is supported by the Australian Writers’ Guild.
REMINDER: 30th June – Applications close for the Lightship First Act Prize [UK] Are you an aspiring playwright? Do you have a full length play in you? Write the first act and a synopsis and enter Lightship Publishing’s latest competition, First Act, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring dramatist. Receive expert mentoring and have your play performed in London! 9th – 12th July – International Performing Arts Meeting [part of The Grec 2013 Festival of Barcelona] An open invitation has been sent to be a part of the first International Performing Arts Meeting filled with several days of performing arts, creative itineraries, round tables for work and presentation of projects by artists and creators, at which an estimated 50 international professionals will attend.
- Australia Council welcomes new CEO, Tony Grybowski.
- Congratulations to Rose Hiscockon her appointment to the role of Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, including the Powerhouse Museum, for the next five years from July 2013.
- Libby Christiejoins the Australian Ballet as Executive Director.
- Regional Arts Victoria welcomes new Business Manager, Joe Tooheyto the team.
- Brendan O’Connellleaves the Come Out Festival team and begins his new role as Associate Producer at Sydney Opera House.
- Julieanne Campbellis the new General Manager at Urban Theatre Projects.
- Clementine Walker, previously at Creative Partnerships Australia [AbaF] is the new Arts Policy Adviser for the Victorian Minister for the Arts.
- The Regional Arts Victoria Board announces Bruce Esplin AMas their new Chair.
- Melbourne Theatre Company farewell Suzie Thomasand welcomeNoel Jordan as their new Education Manager.