Monday, May 31, 2010

UpRiver | Incbator Residency for development of New Australian Performance Work

Riverland Youth Theatre (RYT) has a wonderful gift of space in our venue to share with artists in South Australia and from interstate. The recently upgraded Renmark Institute is a comfortable and versatile rehearsal and performance space.

A new partnership with Australian Landscape Trust has given RYT access to a range of accommodation options at Calperum Station, a 250,000 hectare former leasehold sheep property with frontage on the River Murray and, further north, an expanse of mallee country. The Riverland offers an inspiring environment conducive for creative dreams to take shape.

UpRiver provides groups of artists with in-kind accommodation and workshop space towards the development of new performance works. Residencies of one to four weeks will be open to young, emerging and experienced independent artists across all art-forms.

Through this residential program RYT will bring creative teams of writers, actors, directors, designers, dancers and other performing artists to the Riverland during the creative development stages of arts projects. In receipt visiting artists will be asked to share their skills with young people and the community in a gift-back workshop arrangement.

Please contact RYT’s Artistic Director Julie Waddington for more information and application forms.
P 08 8586 3437
F 08 8586 3475
PO Box 100 Renmark 5341
54 Ral Ral Ave

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Art Start Grants | Australia Council | Fertiliser for Budding Artists

ArtStart Grants
Australia Council for the Arts- Information Session

Tuesday 25 May 2010, 6-8pm
Old Council Chambers,
Trades Hall, Carlton


Come find out if ArtStart is for you.
ArtStart is a new grant initiative helping budding artists move from studying their atform to earning an income from it.

This info session is a great chance for you to:
· hear from successful ArtStart recipients about how they are using ArtStart to fertilise their careers.
· ask questions and find out what activities ArtStart could fund.
· find out other ways the Australia Council can support you and your art.

Old Council Chambers
Level 1, Trades Hall
Corner Lygon & Victoria Streets, Carlton VIC 3053
(entry off Lygon Street)

RSVP: Melissa Habjan, ArtStart Administration Officer,
on 02 9215 9162 or at

2010 ArtStart Grant information
Closing date: 4 October 2010
Applications available online from 23 August 2010

Arts Funding Forum | Arts Victoria e news | May 2010

We are pleased to invite you to an upcoming arts funding forum hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Arts Victoria. The forum will provide an overview of the ways that Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts can support your organisation or your work.


Arts Funding Forum

Date: Friday 28 May 2010
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria - Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Please RSVP by Tuesday 25th

Please feel free to pass this invitation on to your networks. RSVPs are essential. Please register via

Saturday, May 8, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE - Melbourne Workers Theatre | May 4 2010

Melbourne Workers Theatre takes on new direction and a new board
After 23 years of making socially relevant theatre, the Melbourne Workers Theatre has re-imagined its commitment to providing compelling and thought-provoking work.
The new season will herald in a new vision, a new board, a new creative producer and new works.

“We will continue our loyalty to producing fearless theatre through the new direction of documentary theatre, addressing up-to-the-minute topics of our times,” said the Workers’ Theatre new Creative Producer, Gorkem Acaroglu.

Ms Acaroglu has already forged a solid reputation in the style of socially relevant documentary theatre in both Sydney and Melbourne with works such as her acclaimed “The Habib Show”.
About her new role at the helm, she said,“ The Melbourne Workers Theatre continues its long tradition of employing female directors in artistic leadership roles and spearheading diversity of perspectives on the Australian stage”.

The new board brings together a wealth of experience and expertise in a range of fields, reflecting the company’s fresh direction. At the AGM on the 19th April the following new members were appointed:

Sue Nattrass AO has a distinguished career as one of Australia's most experienced and high profile arts managers including roles as the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Adelaide Arts Festival.

Lidia Bufalino is the Strategic Programs Director of Ernst and Young and specialises in strategic marketing.

David Vadiveloo is a documentary filmmaker and human rights lawyer. Mr Vadiveloo has received the Australian Human Rights Award for Individual Community Achievement for his work with Indigenous youth.

Professor Ghassan Hage is the Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne. Prof. Hage was awarded the NSW Premier’s literary prize and award (Community Relations) for the book Against Paranoid Nationalism.

Lena Cirillo appointed as the new Chair has lead the culture of focussed, productive and creative arts organisations over the past fifteen years including Polyglot Theatre, the Lygon Street Festa and Arts Project Australia. Ms Cirillo is currently working for Make-A-Wish in Fundraising and Development. “As the new Chair, I am passionate about leading such a diverse and committed new board. The depth and breadth of our collective experience and ideas is a wonderful asset to the Workers’ Theatre. We look forward to working with our Creative Producer Gorkem Acaroglu; who we know will deliver a very exciting season of fearless documentary theatre never seen before.” said Ms Cirillo.

For more information contact or 9326 6667

Monday, May 3, 2010

Interview with playwright Amelia Roper

"Moving up to a broader stage" by Robin Usher, The Age, Wednesday 28th April, 2010

Roper's focus is on cross-racial casting and making Australian plays more relevant, but there is a passing reference to male directors and it is certainly an interesting article.