Listen to SmartArts - 3 October 201936:123 October 2019

Richard talks to mentalist Scott Silven about his new shows 'At the Illusionist’s Table' and 'Wonders' which are showing as a part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Scott works with audiences to delve into the world of imagination.

The next interview is with artists Bruce Gladwin and Scott Price about their theatre production 'The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes' which is also showing at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. This is a challenging but important work discussing the use of people with disabilities as slave labour.

Richard talks to Sally Foster who is curator of International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books at the National Gallery of Australia about a new exhibition of David Hockney's work which will be showing at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. She describes David Hockney as a magnetic character who never shied away from anything.

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.

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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.