Listen to RISING, Venice Biennale for New Zealand, Photo 2022 and Southside Festival01:09:365 May 2022

RISING co-artistic directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek discuss the long-awaited program coming this winter; Natalie King talks about curating the work of Yuki Kihara, the representative for New Zealand Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale; Elias Redstone, artistic director of Photo 2022, celebrates Melbourne’s photographic culture; and producer of the inaugural Southside Festival, Freyja Macfarlane, on bringing thought-provoking arts and cultural events to Frankston. With presenter Richard Watts.

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.