Listen to Comic books, isolation portraits, exhibitions and contemporary art grants43:4630 July 2020

Bernard Caleo returns for his regular segment, Drawn Out exploring all things comics and visual novels.

Richard is also joined by Yarra Valley based photographer, Suzanne Phoenix to discuss her Isolation Portraits Exhibition which is now available online now. The portraits were taken during the various stages of Coronavirus restrictions in Upper Yarra Valley.

Lastly, CEO of the Contemporary Arts Precinct - AKA Collingwood Yards, Marcus Westbury chats to Richard about how the closing of arts precincts affected not only the venues themselves but the commercial outlets that also operate within these venues such as food and beverage outlets. Marcus also talked about the $300,000 grant from the Victorian Government issued to help venues such as the Collingwood Yards afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.