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SmartArts - 19 March 2020 - The impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector

Richard explores the impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector with Daniel Santangeli of Footscray Community Arts Centre, Esther Anatolitis of National Association for the Visual Arts, and Amelia Wallen of West Space.


SmartArts - 12 March 2020 - An outsider, a contemporary classic, and a drone opera

Richard talks to Merilee Moss about 'Running with Emus'; Sam Strong about 'Crystal City'; and Matthew Sleeth about 'A Drone Opera'.


Celebrating deaf-culture through performance

Daniel talks to Anna Seymour about Mini SPIN; Jacqui Stockdale about Long Shot; and David Menzies and Tasmia Islam about Top Arts 2020.


SmartArts - 27 February 2020

Richard talks to Jo Lloyd about 'That's Her Name'; Troy Innocent about '64 Ways of Being'; and Mallika Sarahbhai and Nithya Nagarajan about 'Sva Kranti: The Revolution Within'.


SmartArts - 20 January 2020

On this episode, Richard is joined by Ilbijerri Theatre Company Artistic Director Rachael Maza to talk about Black Ties, playing as part of the Asia TOPA festival in Melbourne, Australia. Also, curator…


SmartArts - 13 February 2020

Richard talks to David Woods and Jon Haynes about 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; Victor Griss about the Counihan Gallery; and Kim Ho about 'The Great Australian Play'.


SmartArts - 6 February 2020

Daniel Santangeli reviews theatre with Fleur Kilpatrick, then talks to Phaptawan Suwannakudt about 'Knowledge in Your Hands, Eyes and Mind', then Shelley Lasica about 'The Design Plot' and 'Greater Union'.


Smart Arts - 30 January 2020

Richard talks to Miranda Hill, director of 'Homophonic'; Declan Greene, director of 'Feather in the Web'; and Tomas Parrish, lead actor of 'When the Light Leaves'.


SmartArts - 23 January 2020

Richard talks to Bernard Caleo about comics; Ben Northey from the MSO about 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Lachlan Philpott and Paul Mac about 'The Rise and Fall of Saint George.'


Smartarts - 19 December 2019

Richard chats to Bernard Caleo about the latest comics, Theatreworks General Manager Dianne Toulson for their 2020 program and Melinda Martin, Director of Linden New Art for the Linden Postcard Show.

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.