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The Arts; the need for cultural leadership and Federal Inquiries

Richard is joined by Paul Davies, Director of MEAA Musicians who discussed the need for a comprehensive cultural policy to help sustain the arts in all its forms and invigorating everyone who consumes…


Artistic August live streams, Cairns Indigenous Art fair and Tall Tree Festivals

Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung woman and recently appointed First Peoples curator at the TarraWarra Art Gallery, Stacie Piper joined Richard to talking about the Djirri Djirri Cultural Group who spoke as part…


Imagining a queer apocalypse, Mini Monographs and Possible Impossibles

Comedian and composer, Lou Wall phones in to talk to Richard about Dramageddon a genre-bending choose your own adventure podcast created by Lou and Jean Tong that pits two queer people against the…


Homegrown Australian musicals, gay bushrangers, MIFF 68½ & Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories

Melbourne based playwright, Gabriel Bergmoser talks to Richard about the musical radio-play adaptation of the Midsumma 2018 Bittern By Productions, Moonlite, one of Australia’s lesser-known bushrangers, out now online.
Richard is also joined…


Comic books, isolation portraits, exhibitions and contemporary art grants

Bernard Caleo returns for his regular segment, Drawn Out exploring all things comics and visual novels.

Richard is also joined by Yarra Valley based photographer, Suzanne Phoenix to discuss her Isolation Portraits Exhibition


The responsibility to tell your own story

Richard starts the episode with Veronica Pardo, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria about a new commissions program Shelter. The program sees art as a powerful way to share the unique perspective of…


Wheels are turning

Richard chats with Lisa Byrne, the Director of McClelland Sculpture Park about the announcement of the Southern Way McClelland Commission 2021. The sculptures are initially exhibited for a period of four years at…


The living, breathing arts ecology

Richard talks to Tony Burke and Esther Anatolitis about arts funding; Ben Byrne about the Avantwhatever Festival; and Fleur Kilpatrick about theatre.


Remixing COVID

Richard talks to Tariro Mavondo of Western Edge Youth Arts about their organising model; Martina Copley of BLINDSIDE Gallery about re-opening; and Dr Darrin Verhagen about 'Remixing ACMI'.


A renewed focus on Australian creatives

Richard speaks with Nicole Beyer about the government's art sector bailout package; David Berthold about 'Dear Australia'; and Lesley Harding about 'Remember Me'.

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.

The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.