Listen to Insomniac Mixtapes, Art Fairs and Photography at the NGV55:348 October 2023

Artist Telia Nevile on her new one-woman cabaret performance ‘Insomniac Mixtape’ at Melbourne Fringe Festival, capturing the unsettling and relatable descent into chaos that is sleep deprivation, through a range of bizarre goth, electronic and punk tunes; Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Melbourne Art Fair director, Maree Di Pasquale gives a rundown of the newly annual 2024 Art Fair program, and explains the recently revamped artist commissioning process; NGV senior curator, Susan van Wyk on the creative process of photograph selection to put together her new exhibition, ‘Real and Imagined’, exploring the concepts of historical reality and illusion at the Ian Potter centre; Executive Director, Richard Hull and Artistic Director, Anni Davey of Flying Fruit Fly Circus walk listeners through their exciting program at Albury Wodonga’s Borderville Circus Festival

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.