Listen to SmartArts - 26 January 201737:1626 January 2017

This week's podcast includes an in-depth discussion withJacob Boheme, the Artistic Director of the Yirramboi First Nations Festival, on the significanceof 26 January to the First Nations' people of Australia and the upcoming Yirramboi Festival in Melbourne.

Richard also speaks to Daniel Lammin about his upcoming production, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, showing during Midsumma Festival at the Brunswick Mechanics' Institute, and Artist Amy Spiers regarding the Miranda Must Gocampaign,aimed at de-mythologising one of Victoria's historical natural landmarks, Hanging Rock.

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 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 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.