Listen to Celebrating deaf-culture through performance45:025 March 2020

This episode of SmartArts is hosted by Daniel Santangeli, filling in for Richard Watts.

Have you ever wondered about deaf-culture? Curious about deaf-lead creative practices and projects? Anna Seymour comes into the studio and breaks down Mini SPIN, an immersive and interactive dance rave for deaf, CODA and hearing children and their families, taking place at Northcote Town Hall.

Also joining Daniel: Jacqui Stockdale talks about her exhibition The Long Shot, looking at the women, First Nations people and Chinese Australians who were a part of the Kelly story and educator and curator David Menzies with artist Tasmia Islam about Top Arts 2020, an annual showcase of senior students in Victoria on display at the NGV.

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.