Listen to Celebrating Australian photography, Sukkah and the Irish Film Festival38:005 November 2020

This week, Richard is joined by Gallery Director of the Monash Gallery of Art, Anouska Phizacklea, to discuss this year’s Bowness Photography Prize, the proposed exhibition of the shortlisted works and the changes in Australian photography over the last decade and a half.

Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Jess Bram, joins Richard to talk about Sukkah by Zahava Elenberg, a temporary structured set up at Birrarung Marr that invites everyone to reflect on humanity and what it means to be in a community.

The temporary structure will be situated at Birrarung Marr until December 13th with the museum reopening its doors to the public in February 2021.

Lastly, Festival Director of the Irish Film Festival of Australia, Dr. Enda Murray joins Richard to chat about how this year’s festival will run and provide an overview of the program on offer.

Streaming on-demand from November 19th to 29th, the Irish Film Festival is coming to a sofa near you!

Bowness Prize | Monash Gallery of Art

Sukkah | Jewish Museum of Australia

Irish Film Festival of Australia

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.

Please email for all interview requests.


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.