Listen to SmartArts returns for 2021 – and so too does art!34:4714 January 2021

Creator and Performer Michelle Myers talks about her solo show ‘And Then She Became a Chair’, playing at Theatre Works in St Kilda. Developed during her four years in Berlin, Myers describes the piece as “a show about death but in a tropical paradise”.

Writer and Director Dean Bryant joins Richard ahead of ‘Well, That Happened’, a one-weekend-only event in February celebrating the reopening of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Sumner Theatre. This stripped-back verbatim performance sees MTC favourites such as Esther Hannaford, Zahra Newman and Eddie Perfect reminisce on the year that was.

Finally, Shini Pararajasingham, Founder and Director of Off the Kerb gallery tells of four new upcoming exhibitions supporting emerging visual artists in Melbourne. Simon O’Carrigan’s ‘A Shared Path’ features watercolour landscapes evoking the Merri Creek area, Nicholas Aplin’s ‘Towering’ contains brutalist yet beautiful North Melbourne housing landscapes, Kara Mandell’s ‘In The Beginning’ draws connections between the cosmos and human body, and Sara Deane’s ‘Colours of Jaipur’ is a response to the vibrant architecture of the northern Indian city.

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.