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Asking your audiences to stand with you...

The front face of NSW theatre sector's campaign asking for solidarity for the arts. 

NSW theatre companies calls for pre-election funding commitments to the arts 

A working group of NSW theatre companies has been convened to address arts funding in the lead up to the federal election. This group includes independent, small to medium and Major Performing Arts (MPA) companies as well as Theatre Network NSW (TNN), the peak body for theatre companies in NSW.
The working group has welcomed the arts policy platform announced by The Greens on Monday 30 May and calls on the Coalition and the ALP to match their commitment to returning funding to the Australia Council for the Arts. [Labor announced its arts policy platform on Saturday 4 June]
Crucially, the platform commits to returning the full $78.2m taken from the Australia Council for the establishment of the former National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) and current Catalyst program. The working group welcomes this commitment to arms-length funding and the peer assessment process, while maintaining Catalyst commitments.  
 ‘The arts contributes over $4.2 billion to GDP in Australia*,’ said Jane Kreis, Director of TNN. ‘Increased and sustainable government support for this highly productive industry to continue to contribute effectively to our nation’s economy and wellbeing is essential‘.
‘As parties consider their arts platforms we call on them to think of the arts not only as a source of national identity, but also as a significant industry employing thousands of Australians.’ A campaign asking for our audience members to stand in solidarity for the companies they support and ask their local member to publish their arts policy will be launched on 17 June.
This statement is co-signed by the members** of the working group and the executive management of each member company.
*Figure from the 2015 Arts Nation report published by the Australia Council for the Arts.
** Members of the NSW Theatre Working Group: Australian Theatre for Young People, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir Theatre, Critical Stages, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Ensemble, Force Majeure, Griffin Theatre, Hothouse Theatre, Lingua Franca, Merrigong Theatre, Monkey Baa, Mooghalin, National Theatre of Parramatta, NORPA, PACT, Performance 4a, Performance Space, Performing Lines, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Redline, Shopfront, Sport for Jove, Sydney Theatre Company, Theatre Network NSW, Urban Theatre Projects, Zeal Theatre 

If you are interested in finding out more about this campaign or would like to be involved contact TNN on

Regional Theatre Forum

Keynote speaker Julian Louis from NORPA kickstarts an industry forum. This Theatre Network NSW forum provides a highly-sought after space for regional performing arts makers to get together and discuss what is important to them, to investigate common strengths, issues, and collective solutions. It is a rare opportunity for all of those working in or across regional performing arts to connect in a meaningful way and TNN is very thankful to Regional Arts NSW for partnering with us to make this opportunity a reality. 

ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 features four days of activity, conversation, discussion and debate about the arts across Australia from 27-30 October 2016. 

Read more:

Book your place at Artlands here

Love, Tequila & Inclusive arts practice at Riverside Theatres

Embedding inclusivity

Caroline Bowditch’s tequila-laced show ‘Falling In Love With Frida’ was intimate and inclusive. For Bowditch it is a natural way of working. And it was certainly something her audience wanted to see more of.

In the TNN Q&A that followed Bowditch’s March show at Riverside Theatres, Caroline and her cast and crew responded with openness and enthusiasm to the questions and comments. Discussion ranged from font size for programs (just pick one and make it large) to discussion of sexuality, identity, accessibility, rehearsal process, touring and even state liquor licensing laws.

This event allowed all 40 guests to consider inclusivity not just as priority but as the bedrock for making performance. ‘I work with the people who are prepared to do the work’ said Bowditch and inclusivity is built into everything she does. She and her cast used movement, storytelling (through both sign language, written word, and spoken voice) and music to establish not only their connection, but each audience member’s connection to Frida Kahlo. Through this connection we also experience love and inclusivity. Caroline makes it seem so easy so why is it often thought of as hard or yet another thing to do?

Perhaps we need to change our thinking before we even enter the creative process. Caroline and her cast and crew wrote love letters to their bodies as part of the making of the show and invited us all to share our love with someone or something on postcards they handed out. If you don’t have a postcard consider the back of envelope or post-it note. Share it with yourself if no one else. For more from Caroline go to

Thanks to Riverside Theatre, Caroline Bowditch and Outlandish Arts for supporting this TNN event.


Major Projects Producer

Opera Australia is looking for a Producer for the Major Projects team to primarily work from our head office in Surry Hills, Sydney. For a detailed Position Description and information on how to apply, visit today or email your questions to
Closes 17 June

Production Manager 

Griffin Theatre Company, the home of Australian plays, is looking for a full-time Production Manager to work with its small and busy team at the SBW Stables Theatre in the heart of Kings Cross.
For the full job-description including information about the role's key objectives, aims and internal relationships, and to look at the silection criteria, please download the position brief here. Information can also be found on our website under 'work with us'. Closes 14 June.

Artists In The Black Coordinator

The Artists in the Black Coordinator will work with Arts Law management/CEO, to develop Arts Law’s service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts communities.

Applicants must address the selection critieria which is available on Arts Law's website here. Please address your application to Robyn Ayres and email to Applications close 16th June, 2016.

This is an Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander identified position.



Arts NSW

Arts NSW Funding

Copyright Agency 

Copyright Agency Funding News
The Cultural Fund is for organisations running projects which will have a broad cultural benefit.
The Ignite Career Fund supports individual emerging creators seeking specific skills development, with individual grants of up to $5000 offered to successful applicants.
The Create Career Fund provides time for mid to late career writers and visual artists to write, research and create.

For more information go to http://

Australia Council for the Arts

Development Grants fund a range of activities that benefit your career as an individual artist or group. Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. For 2016, the closing dates are on:
  • Tuesday 7 June 2016, for projects starting after 1 September 2016
  • Tuesday 4 October 2016, for projects starting after 1 January 2017

EOIs now open for Regional Presenters Program 

The Australia Council for the Arts invites Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Regional Presenters Program
The Regional Presenters Program aims to increase the capacity of presenters to use innovative programming of Australian work to attract, diversify and retain audiences across the country. This program is open to regional and remote organisations who present public artistic programs, including performing arts centres, multi arts centres, galleries and museums.

The program will support participants to travel beyond their local arts communities in order to develop partnership opportunities for future activities such as programming, tours and commissions. To find out more and apply:

Applications close at midnight AEST on 17 June 2016.

NSW Writers Centre 

The NSW Writers' Centre is delighted to offer a new grants program for writers. In 2016, a total of $30,000 in funding will be available to writers and writing organisations in NSW via the following grants:
Writing NSW Emerging Writing Organisation Grants
Writing NSW Early Career Writers Grants
Writing NSW Writer & Technologist Grant

Applications for these three grant streams will be open from 1-28 August 2016.
These grants are offered by the NSW Writers' Centre with devolved funding from Arts NSW.


Creative Partnerships Pitch 

Pitch your project live to a room full of givers in Melbourne! Applications close 14 June.
Creative Partnerships have teamed up with The Funding Network again to bring the live collective giving event to Melbourne on 9 August. They’re looking for innovative organisations using arts and creativity to drive social change to apply to pitch at the event. Find out more at:


Memberships, Fellowships, Residencies, Call-Outs

Bundanon Artist Residency

Most artists come to Bundanon through our annual open call. Each year we call for applications for the following calendar year. The applications are assessed by industry experts.

Applications for 2017 close 21 June 2016. Go to:

CHASS Australia Prizes

Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is seeking for this year’s edition of the annual CHASS Australia Prizes. The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS). More information about past winners is available here:
Note nominations are open for four categories:
  • Book: non-fiction - cash prize of $3,500 sponsored by Routledge
  • Distinctive Work: an artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition, or practical contribution to arts policy - cash prize of $3,500 sponsored by Routledge
  • Future Leader: an individual demonstrating leadership skills and potential in the humanities, arts, and social sciences - cash prize of $2,000 sponsored by Future Leaders
  • Student: an essay, project or thesis in any humanities, arts, or social sciences area - $500 voucher sponsored by Co-Op
The 2016 CHASS Australia Prizes will be presented on 20 October in Melbourne. Nominations will close on 30 June. Nominating is simple and can easily be done online.

Asian Journal Call for Papers & Reviewers

Call for papers and reviewers at Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies (AJHSS). AJHSS is a multidisciplinary publication, primary purpose of this Journal is to give opportunity to all natural stakeholders including academics, professionals, researchers, policy-makers, scientists and practitioners to contribute innovative work in all sub-areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information go to

What’s On: theatre industry events around the state and further afield

Performance 4a’s Longhouse Program for 2016

Performance 4a’s Longhouse Program for 2016 Includes:
Career Pathways for Directors - Fri 24th June
What makes a good director?  This how-to guide for aspiring directors discusses training opportunities and career pathways.   It is the culmination of a week-long Introduction to Directing Workshop convened by Performance 4a and Sydney Theatre Company for Asian Australian artists, and facilitated by 2016 Richard Wherrett Fellow Paige Rattray. The Longhouse event is open to the wider Performance 4a community as well as workshop participants.  Hosted by Sydney Theatre Company.
Contemporary Transformative Performance - Tues 9 August
Performing Lines hosts an informative evening on the creation of new work and possibilities that exist for theatre artists, performance makers and interdisciplinary artists across Australia.
Intracultural Masterclass - Sat 24th September
Facilitated by acclaimed director Kristine Landon-Smith, this afternoon masterclass is for those who aspire to engage their individual personality and their historical narrative in the creation of their work. For actors, performers and directors.
The Inner and The Greater West - Wed 9th November
Hosted by Blacktown Arts Centre, this discussion will deconstruct the Sydney performance-making scene. What do shifts in funding mean for companies and artists and what are the opportunities for independent makers in the ‘inner’ west and the ‘greater’ west?
For more information on these events go to

Accessible Arts NSW Disability Awareness training

Wednesday 15 June, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Ground floor, Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks
$85 for not-for-profits / $150 for corporate, government
This training provides information and guidance around access tools, appropriate language, disability history, legislation, culture and cultural competence, and new thinking and trends. The trainer works with who is in the room, to cater for everyone’s learning needs. For more information, please visit our new website!
To register, please fill out this online form:

NORPA Forum for the Arts

NORPA and Creative Lismore are holding a Forum for the Arts on the 22nd June with all the Norther Rivers Federal candidates meet with the community. For more information contact NORPA

ADSA 2016 Conference

The next Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference will be ‘Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect’ at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba from Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June. TNN will be presenting on the importance of theatre industry networks and collaboration with a focus on the resilience achieved in the face of recent funding changes. 

National Play Festival

Save the dates and stay tuned…The 2016 National Play Festival will be held at The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne this year from 27–30 July.

APACA 2016

APACA’s 30th annual performing arts conference is 29th August to 1st September 2016 in Melbourne. The conference brings together members, colleagues, policy makers, international, national and local key speakers to provoke, explore, and debate how we support and build our sector and our professional and creative practices.

What is the new normal? Is change the new constant? After a year of upheaval and uncertainty in the arts industry the 2016 APACA conference will explore ways in which we can be agile, resilient and responsive both in our work environment and in the broader cultural landscape.

Arts Activated 2016

Arts Activated 2016 ‘Pathways to Practice’ is 20-21 September at Carriageworks and will explore the varied paths that artists with disability take in developing their practice during their career and how organisations are fostering pathways for artists and audiences with disability.

The conference will be split into two streams ‘Artist Pathways’ and ‘Organisational Pathways’ allowing a more tailored approach to the learning needs of individual artists and independent arts organisations to those of major organisations, funding bodies and venues.

Register here
If you need assistance or further advice on any of the material in this e-news please don't hesitate to contact us. If you have information to share with your NSW colleagues please send it to Jane Kreis, Director at 
Look forward to catching up around the sector,
Jane Kreis

Theatre Network NSW
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