Listen to SmartArts - 5 December 201940:185 December 2019

CEO at Midsumma Festival Karen Bryant joins Richard to discuss some of the highlights of the upcoming festival, whick takes over Melbourne, Australia for an epic 22-day celebration of queer arts and culture in January and February. Also on the show, Contemporary Art Curator at National Gallery of Victoria Pip Wallis previews the world premiere exhibition Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines, showing at the NGV International until April 2020. Lastly, Artistic Director at Patalog Theatre Co. Ben Walter talks about their production of the Simon Stephens play Punk Rock showing at Fortyfive Downstairs in Melbourne.

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.