Listen to Staying connected with the arts50:522 April 2020

On this episode Richard discusses ways artists are staying connected to their community and work throughout the pandemic.

He speaks with Fleur Kilpatrick for their regular segment Shoot the Messenger. However, instead of discussing live theatre they discuss some of the interesting works and collaborations appearing online.

Richard then speaks with Adrian Collette AM. Collette is the CEO of Australia Council for the Arts which is the Australian government’s arts funding and advisory body. The discussion centres around the reallocation of funding to better serve the arts community during the pandemic.

Next Richard speaks with Kate Ryan who is the curator of children’s programs at the NGV. The NGV has organised online activities to keep kids creative and engaged in the arts.

Finally Richard speaks with fashion illustrator Angie Rehe about ways people can improve their drawing skills. Rehe said “learning to draw is really learning to see”, and shares activities to help focus the brain on drawing literally rather than symbolically.

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.