Listen to SmartArts - 7 November 201948:567 November 2019

Richard talks to Iain Grandage, the artistic director from the Perth Festival, about the 2020 program. Iain is the first Perth local to hold this position and has brought a strong Indigenous focus to the program.

Next up is writer/director Krystalla Pearce and writer Maja Amanita discussing the new show She Is Vigilante. This is a series of short plays put on by Theatre Works. The show had an open call for both writers and actors with the aim of opening up the theatre to new practitioners and audiences. The theme She Is Vigilante was chosen with the aim of providing complex roles for women.

Finally Richard talks to curator Diane Soumilas and author Colin Smith regarding Stories in clay: Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery at Glen Eira City Council’s Gallery. Arthur Boyd is described as an artist who was ahead of his time and was continually reinventing and expressing himself in extraordinary ways.

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.