Listen to Artistic August live streams, Cairns Indigenous Art fair and Tall Tree Festivals33:0120 August 2020

Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung woman and recently appointed First Peoples curator at the TarraWarra Art Gallery, Stacie Piper joined Richard to talk about the Djirri Djirri Cultural Group who spoke as part of the Tall Trees Festival that happened on Sunday, August 23rd. The ticket proceeds from this year’s festival will be spent helping defend our vital native forests.

Plus the Artistic Director of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Janina Harding, joined Richard for an overview of the festival including a talk about the indigenous response to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage.

Lastly, Richard spoke with Joel McGuiness, the Chief Executive Officer of the Geelong Arts Centre to chat about the centre’s ongoing August live streams and the package of grants released through its Creative Engine program to benefit artists and creatives of the Geelong and Surf Coast Shire area.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair | Homepage

Geelong Arts Centre | Homepage

Geelong Arts Centre | Creative Engine Grant

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.