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SmartArts - 29 August 2019

This week on SmartArts Richard conducts three interviews

1. Richard talks to Matthew Stanton and Abigail Varney about their exhibition 23° and Rising which is showing at the Centre for Contemporary Photography



SmartArts - 15 August 2019

Richard conducts three interviews.

1. Richard talks to Nicole Beyer of Theatre Network Australia about the Australia Council funding decision and the small- to medium-sized arts organisations that will miss out on funding.


SmartArts - 8 August 2019

1. Richard talks to Ciaran Begley and James Nguyen about their show Hell is Other People which is showing at Gertrude Contemporary

2. Interview with Steven Mitchell Wright and Alexandra Hines about their…


SmartArts - 1 August 2019

Richard and Bernard Caleo discuss comics in their monthly Drawn Out comics segment.

Richard talks to Director Briony Dunn and actor Caroline Lee about the play 'night, Mother, which is showing at…


SmartArts - 25 July 2019

Richard conducts three interviews:

1. Galit Klas, about her show 'The Ghetto Cabaret'

2. Kirsten Siddle and Danielle Harvey about their interactive performance 'A Midnight Visit'

3. Nicki Greenberg about her new kid's…


SmartArts - 18 July 2019

Richard conducts three interviews

CEO Bianca Bowman and Creative Producer Molly Braddon from Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Jonathan Holloway the artistic director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival

James Evans, the director of…


SmartArts - 11 July 2019

Richard chats to choreographer Nick Power, and dancers Erak Mith and Aaron Lim, about their show Between Tiny Cities. Curator Sophia Cai and artist James Nguyen talk about the exhibition…


SmartArts - 4 July 2019

Three interviews:

David Berthold regarding the Brisbane Festival.

JOF and Emily Tomlins on their new show 'The Cabin!', a theatre production written by children to scare adults.  

Cat Hope regarding 'Sub-Decorative Sequences', which…


Smart Arts - 27 June 2019

This week Richard’s guest include Co-Artistic Director and performer Francis Italiano. Ambera Wellman and Max Dellany on Vulnerability and Doubt. Followed artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, David Grieg, the playwright…


Smart Arts - 20 June 2019

Richard chats to Alice Lee Holland, Artistic Director of the Australian Youth Dance Festival, about how young people are expressing themselves through the interactive physical art of dance. Circus Oz Artistic Director Rob…

About this program

Visual art, theatre, film and literature. Segments include:

  • 'Art Attack' - fortnightly visual arts reviews with Ace Wagstaff and Tai Snaith.
  • 'Shoot the Messenger' - fortnightly theatre news & reviews with Fleur Kilpatrick.
  • 'Drawn Out' - monthly chat about comic books and graphic novels with Bernard Caleo.

Please email talks@rrr.org.au for all interview requests.


Richard Watts has many years experience working in the arts industry, including five years as the Artistic Director of the youth arts organisation Express Media, seven years on the Board of Melbourne Fringe (including three years as Chair), and six years on the Committee of Management at La Mama Theatre, where he currently serves as Chair. Richard has helped program a range of festivals including Next Wave, the National Young Writers' Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Emerging Writers' Festival (which he founded) and he has written for various broadsheets, journals, zines and magazines. Currently he pays the rent by working as the Performing Arts Editor at www.artshub.com.au. In his spare time he watches old Doctor Who episodes.