Listen to Creating our future, community art projects, haunted clothes and Melbourne Now 202347:5110 September 2020

Assistant Director of Curatorial and Audience Engagement at the NGV, Donna McColm joins Richard to talk about the announcement of Melbourne Now 2023, a massive free exhibition of art, design, and performance that celebrates Victoria’s creativity. The NGV hopes the exhibition will reignite the state’s creative spark and give the population something to look forward to as Melbourne retains its cultural capital crown after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Richard is also joined by Dr. Wendy Were from the Australia Council for the Arts to discuss the Council's Creating Our Future report. The report is a landmark research series that explores Australians’ engagement with and attitudes towards the arts and provides vital new evidence about the essential role arts and creativity play in Australian communities.

Thirdly, Tameka Carter phones up to chat with Richard about State of Disaster, a community art project started in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and Alexandra Heller Nicholas joins Richard to talk about In Fabric, a long weekend for fashion victims and film fetishists coming up at the Capitol Theatre.

Creating Our Future Report | Australia Council

Melbourne Now 2023 | NGV

In Fabric Long Weekend | Capitol Theatre RMIT

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.