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Structured Action

Richards speaks with Jo Lloyd about choreography, Maree Di Pasquale about the Melbourne Art Fair; and Joel McGuinness of Geelong Arts Centre and considerations for re-opening.


Imagining the future right now

Richard talks to Gideon Obarzanek and Hannah Fox about RISING; Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about the Greens' proposed arts stimulus package; and Tahli Corin about Mountain Goat Mountain.


An action plan for the performing arts, the role of arts in culture, and what it takes to be an Artistic Director in a Theatre Company

Richard speaks with Evelyn Richardson from Live Performance Australia about a recovery plan for the arts industry; Kent Morris from Torch Gallery about Confined 11; and Sarah Goodes from Melbourne Theatre Company about…


Thinking outside of the box

Richard talks to the Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley about arts funding; Mark Schaller about 'Botanicus Fantasticus'; and Chris Howlett about 'Faces of Our Orchestras'.


Dreaming, healing and laughing through the arts

Richard speaks with Tai Snaith about creative activities to do with kids; Deanne Gilson about 'Affirmation' at the Koori Heritage Trust; and Janet McLeod about 'Local Laughs Online'.


How to spread creativity, not COVID-19

Richard talks to Annika Kristensen from the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts about commissioning new digital works; Sarah Lyons from Bunjil Place Gallery about #ArtsInIsolation; and Michael Fitzgerald from Art Monthly Australasia about…


To play, to advocate, and to put in the hard work.

Richard talks to educator Cat Sewell about tapping into kids’ innate ability to play; Nicole Beyer from Theatre Networks Australia about funding; and Angela Savage from Writers Victoria about the writing process.


Staying connected with the arts

On this episode Richard discusses ways artists are staying connected to their community and work throughout the pandemic. He speaks to Fleur Kilpatrick for the 'Shoot the Messenger' segment; Adrian Collette AM from…


Adapting to the new normal with a creative flair

On this episode of SmartArts, Richard explores the creative ways that arts workers are adapting to the pandemic. He talks to artist and educator Tai Snaith; Greta Bradman of the Arts Wellbeing Collective…


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.

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.