Listen to The year ahead: 2020 Bowness Prize, Women’s Circus commission and Light Source41:1328 January 2021

Dr Christian Thompson AO, a Bidjara man of the Kunja Nation and winner of the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize joins Richard to discuss his piece ‘Rule of Three’. This compelling four panel print explores the environment and Aboriginality through a contemporary lens, and is on display at the Monash Gallery of Art.

As the Women’s Circus approach their 30th anniversary, Creative Director Devon Taylor talks about their 2021 New Crew and Circus Mixtape programs, welcoming not only women, but gender diverse performers at all levels of experience. Collaborating with Arts Centre Melbourne and the Metro Tunnel Creative Project, they will also work on a commission championing artists with disabilities, premiering later this year in the city’s arts precinct.

Finally, Melbourne based filmmaker Hossein Valamanesh discusses his moving image work ‘What Goes Around’, commissioned as part of Light Source at the Buxton Contemporary. Light Source is the gallery’s program of six digital artworks developed during the 2020 lockdown.

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.