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May 2016

TNN News & Events

Julian Louis will lead TNN Regional Theatre Forum in October

Julian Louis, Artistic Director, NORPA. Photography by Kate Holmes
Julian Louis will lead a provocative and long-overdue discussion on contemporary regional performing arts practice. Join him and regional performing arts industry peers at TNN's Regional Theatre Forum as part of ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016.

“I’m looking forward to this event because of the opportunity to meet with my peers and challenge perceptions of theatre making in regional Australia,” says Louis. “Being regional is not a creative handicap – it’s a strength but only when the theatre making process allows the environment, people and culture to help shape the work. We need to combine new and old forms of theatre – we need a ‘contemporary’ theatre form that is popular and accessible yet adventurous."

If you haven't had the opportunity to attend a national regional arts conference before, 2016 is the first time in 14 years it has been hosted by NSW so get in early, book a place and get yourself to Dubbo for 27-30 October. You can drive, fly, ride or hitch! Early bird bookings for the conference and festival in which this regional theatre forum are programmed are open now at

A panel of equally experienced and thought-provoking regional performing arts practitioners will respond to Louis' keynote and the resulting conversation will be facilitated by TNN's Jane Kreis and opened up to the room. This forum is designed to be an inclusive, collegial, and creative discussion that focuses on the reality, rather than the myths, of regional theatre making and will develop ideas and actions for us all to take home with us (or at the very least take to the ARTLANDS DUBBO 2016 Festival Club bar for further examination).  

Jury's Out ... still

It's a long time to wait isn't it? Arts organisations will learn whether or not their applications for Four Year Funding have been successful in the week starting 9 May.

The Australia Council announced that they will be contacting applicants on the outcome of their submission with a public announcement to follow on the week of May 16th.

IN NSW....Meanwhile NSW producers are aiming to meet towards the end of May/Early June to see what solutions they may be able to provide to those who are left in the lurch.

TNN is looking to host an informal theatre sector get-together on the evening of 19th of May in Sydney and will post information once a venue is confirmed. 

If you are concerned about the impact on you or an organisation you work for, please don't hesitate to contact TNN's Director Jane Kreis at




Successful NSW Performing Arts 

While there is a good selection of NSW theatre projects in this week's successful Catalyst announcements, we are all aware that this doesn't cover core or operational funding. This, CPI, and the Australia Council continue to be rather large elephants in the room...
Nevertheless heartfelt congratulations to: 

Moogahlin Performing Arts, Outback Theatre for Young People, Stalker Theatre, Tantrum Theatre Co-Op, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Curious Legends (Auspiced by Auspicious Arts), Curious Works, and acrobat.

Creative Arts Fund

Blacktown City Council is launching a pilot grant scheme to support our talented community.

The Creative Arts Fund will support artistic endeavours for local artists, groups and community organisations.

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

  • Category A will provide a grant of up to $3,000 to community groups and organisations to develop artistic programs or projects
  • Category B will provide a grant of up to $2,000 to individual artists or artist groups to assist with professional development, or for an artist to work on an arts project with a local community organisation

The Creative Arts Fund is open to Australian residents over 18 years of age who live in Blacktown City, and incorporated non-political organisations who are providing services to Blacktown residents (including non-profit, non-government community, cultural or arts organisations).

The fund will provide local artists with a unique opportunity for professional development, to explore creative connections to communities, and to experiment with new art forms.

Applications for the Creative Arts Fund are open now, and close on Friday 27 May 2016.

Click here to download the guidelines and application form or pick up a copy at Blacktown Arts Centre.

Arts NSW Funding 16/17 and info sessions

Project funding – Performing Arts Touring

Performing Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to the performing arts for audiences living in regional NSW. Funding is available for tours that include at least two regional NSW destinations.

Applications close: 16 May 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)


Professional Development funding – Artist Support

Artist support funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice, develop markets or engage with new technologies. Funding for projects that are solely focused on the creation, development and presentation of work should be submitted to Arts and Cultural Projects or another appropriate Arts and Cultural Development Program category.

Applications close: 9 May 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Funding information sessions are available for these funds and other funding opportunities under the NSW Government’s 2016/17 Arts and Cultural Development Program and are listed HERE.


Memberships, Fellowships, Residencies, Call-Outs

Bundanon Residencies Open

Bundanon calls! Will you answer? 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.  

Visit online at

For more information about our Artist in Residence program, contact us on 02 4422 2108 or at

Australia Council for the Art’s Leadership Program

The Leadership Program offers a dynamic suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. Participants will share experiences, form dynamic connections, develop new skills and build confidence in their own capabilities. They will form networks and relationships, also share the benefits and outcomes of the program across their organisations and the wider arts community.

Visit or click here to learn more about the background of the program.

Tenders Open:
Theatre Passport Scheme

City of Sydney is inviting Expressions of Interest from culturally engaged and suitably qualified creative entrepreneurs, organisations or consortiums to deliver a program that would offer high school students affordable tickets to live performances using the unsold seat stock in Sydney’s cultural venues.

The Expression of Interest will close at 11am on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

Download the EOI documentation by registering through the e-tendering portal at

As this is a local government procurement process, all  questions regarding this Expression of Interest will need to be directed to the City’s Tendering Officer, Michelle Tisdell by calling (02) 9265 9449 or email


Awards and Newsy Bits…

What's the Buzz...#freethearts & ArtSpeak updates

If you want to know firsthand what is going on in terms of the arts and the election then you can get it first hand by signing up to the ArtSpeak e-news. It includes important info about a National Arts Election Debate scheduled for June 8th. If you want to receive updates you will need to register here:

Arts Law Pro Bono Awards on 2nd June!

These awards recognise a Pro Bono lawyer’s exceptional commitment to their cause by awarding our Arts Community Pro Bono Award. With a performance by Indigenous  Australian and Tongan singer Radical Son, the 2016 Pro Bono Awards will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Australian creators and the volunteers who support them.

Arts Law are holding a raffle to be drawn at these awards which will support its Artists in the Black program. This is an great opportunity to own a stunning artwork created by renowned artists Jakayu Biljabu, Margaret Boko Nampitjinpa, and Catherine Stassi while also helping our Artists in the Black program continue to advocate for and provide legal assistance to artists around the country, especially in regional and remote parts of Australia.Tickets are $100 each which put you in the running to win one of the three artworks valued at over $8000. There are only 200 tickets are available, so buy yours and enter to win today!

Moving House

Critical Stages have moved home! You can find them as well as a host of other NSW-based arts organisations at The Arts Exchange, The Rocks. 


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

Introduction to Directing Workshop - Paige Rattray

2016 Longhouse Program Launched:

Working in conjunction with Sydney Theatre Company, Performing Lines, celebrated director Kristine Landon-Smith and Blacktown Arts Centre, Performance 4a is taking their 2016 Longhouse program to the next level.

The first opportunity in this program to pick up on is this a directing workshop facilitated by director and Sydney Theatre Company’s Richard Wherrett Fellow, Paige Rattray.

Performance 4a and Sydney Theatre Company invite Expressions of Interest from members of the Asian Australian performance community wishing to participate this workshop.

Previous stage directing experience is NOT required.  Artists with experience in related disciplines (eg actors, film makers, writers, choreographers, dancers) are encouraged to apply.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend the week long workshop taking place at Sydney Theatre Company.

The workshop will focus on scene work using Active Analysis.

Dates: Monday 20th June – Friday 24th June.
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: Sydney Theatre Company, The Wharf, Pier 4 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Cost: Free!
Applicants are encouraged to register with the Asian Australian Performance Directory via the Performance 4a website prior to submitting your Expression of Interest.

To apply please email a copy of your CV plus a statement of 200 words or less about why you wish to attend this workshop to

Get to it! Submissions close 5pm Friday 20th May

We Run This!

We Run This, a discussion and celebration of the contribution that independent art spaces make to our culture, community, and economy.

In contribution to Vivid Ideas 2016, National Association for the Visual Arts and 107 Projects present We Run This, May 27 at Giant Dwarf Theatre.

We Run This will bring together representatives from independent art spaces as far as Alice Springs, Western Australia, and Victoria. 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).

Amid changes to lockout laws affecting creative industry in our cities, to an uncertain future for arts funding, this discussion comes at an important time.

For more information go to

Indent's Music Conference

Indent is delighted to announce the 2016 ‘Feedback - A Music Conference For Young People' line-up! Hosted by Dom Alessio, Feedback is a day of speakers, panels and an Industry Speed Dating session.

Love music? Want to know more about the industry? Want to hear from your favourite musicians? Designed to help young people get a leg up in the highly-competitive music business, FEEDBACK is a jam-packed day of music industry insider info for 12-24 year olds.

KEYNOTE: Thundamentals
PANEL - EPIC FAILS: Hosted by Jake Stone, feat. Annie Hamilton, Andy Bull, Sweetie Zamora & Neal Hunt
PANEL - JUST THE ONE OF US: Hosted by KLP, feat. L-Fresh The Lion, YEO, Katie Rynne, & Julia Wilson

Get your tickets 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 news or an industry event that should be in this e-news then 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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