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Cats, musicals, looking glasses, awards, and films! SmartArts goes out with a bang!

Ireland in the mid-1800s was not a particularly happy or pleasant time as it was the period of the Great Hunger. Tom Sullivan, writer and director of the film, ARRACHT joins Richard to…

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When Women Won & What Would John Hughes Do?

The 8th Amendment was one of Ireland’s most controversial pieces of legislation, heavily limiting women's reproductive rights. Filmmaker Anna Rodgers joins Richard to discuss When Women Won a documentary about the referendum to…

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The Artists of Colour Initiative, MQFF Interrupted & Heide Summer Festival

Back in September, an initiative and Kickstarter campaign was launched to help provide both financial assistance and industry support for BIPOC theatre performers. Tarik Frimpong, founder of the Artists of Colour Initiative joins…

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Celebrating Australian photography, Sukkah and the Irish Film Festival

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…

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Art of the Impossible

Being creative during a lockdown and a global pandemic mustn’t be easy but it’s amazing just what can be created whilst under pressuring conditions.

Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe, Simon Abrahams…

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Guiding Creative Victoria’s way of Covid-19, little saucepans, and MSO’s 2021 programming

Managing Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sophie Galaise joins Richard to chat about the first part of the MSO’s 2021 programming. Featuring a range of free concerts and more, part 1 of…

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The evolution of 21st-century artistic craft, Covid-19 confessions, ACMI’s new gallery & the 2020 Korean Film Festival of Australia

Director and CEO of ACMI, Katrina Sedgewick joins Richard to talk about the launch of a new gallery in 2021. After ACMI’s closure in 2019 and subsequent 40 million dollar renovation of the…

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Art in the age of AIDS, tabletop games and love saves the day

Tai Snaith joins Richard for the visual arts review segment Art Attack to review Jamie O'Connell's Love Saves the Day. A poetic, simple, sort of strange but ephemeral exhibition on until the…

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Australian theatre: Celebrating the classics and condemning reckless cultural vandalism

Literary Manager of Australian Plays, John Kachoyan joins Richard to discuss the launch of the NIMROD 50 Collection. An extensive and exciting collection of previously unpublished or out of print works to celebrate…

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Radical acts with stock footage, sparks and still life

Gallery Director of No Vacancy, Hayley Hanes joins Richard to discuss the online exhibition Still Life. Featuring works from over sixty artists, the exhibition is inspired by objects that provide comfort and stillness…

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Creating our future, community art projects, haunted clothes and Melbourne Now 2023

Assistant Director of Curatorial and Audience Engagement at the NGV, Donna McColm joins Richard to talk about the announcement of Melbourne Now 2023, a massive free exhibition of art, design, and performance that…

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The Arts; the need for cultural leadership and Federal Inquiries

Richard is joined by Paul Davies, Director of MEAA Musicians who discussed the need for a comprehensive cultural policy to help sustain the arts in all its forms and invigorating everyone who consumes…

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Artistic August live streams, Cairns Indigenous Art fair and Tall Tree Festivals

Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung woman and recently appointed First Peoples curator at the TarraWarra Art Gallery, Stacie Piper joined Richard to talk about the Djirri Djirri Cultural Group who spoke as part…

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Imagining a queer apocalypse, Mini Monographs and Possible Impossibles

Comedian and composer, Lou Wall phones in to talk to Richard about Dramageddon a genre-bending choose your own adventure podcast created by Lou and Jean Tong that pits two queer people against the…

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Homegrown Australian musicals, gay bushrangers, MIFF 68½ & Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories

Melbourne based playwright, Gabriel Bergmoser talks to Richard about the musical radio-play adaptation of the Midsumma 2018 Bittern By Productions, Moonlite, one of Australia’s lesser-known bushrangers, out now online.
Richard is also joined…

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Comic books, isolation portraits, exhibitions and contemporary art grants

Bernard Caleo returns for his regular segment, Drawn Out exploring all things comics and visual novels.

Richard is also joined by Yarra Valley based photographer, Suzanne Phoenix to discuss her Isolation Portraits Exhibition

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The responsibility to tell your own story

Richard starts the episode with Veronica Pardo, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria about a new commissions program Shelter. The program sees art as a powerful way to share the unique perspective of…

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Wheels are turning

Richard chats with Lisa Byrne, the Director of McClelland Sculpture Park about the announcement of the Southern Way McClelland Commission 2021. The sculptures are initially exhibited for a period of four years at…

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The living, breathing arts ecology

Richard talks to Tony Burke and Esther Anatolitis about arts funding; Ben Byrne about the Avantwhatever Festival; and Fleur Kilpatrick about theatre.

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Remixing COVID

Richard talks to Tariro Mavondo of Western Edge Youth Arts about their organising model; Martina Copley of BLINDSIDE Gallery about re-opening; and Dr Darrin Verhagen about 'Remixing ACMI'.

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A renewed focus on Australian creatives

Richard speaks with Nicole Beyer about the government's art sector bailout package; David Berthold about 'Dear Australia'; and Lesley Harding about 'Remember Me'.

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Community building, interrogation of the digital, and a re-opening.

Richard speaks with Mary Jane Warfield about the Regional Arts Fund; Emily Sexton about BLEED; and Jason Smith about the re-opening of Geelong Art Gallery.

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The show must go on

This week on SmartArts, Richard chats with Simon Abrahams, the Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe about the plans for the upcoming festival. Simon outlines plans on how the festival will adapt…

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Structured Action

Richards speaks with Jo Lloyd about choreography, Maree Di Pasquale about the Melbourne Art Fair; and Joel McGuinness of Geelong Arts Centre and considerations for re-opening.

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Imagining the future right now

Richard talks to Gideon Obarzanek and Hannah Fox about RISING; Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about the Greens' proposed arts stimulus package; and Tahli Corin about Mountain Goat Mountain.

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An action plan for the performing arts, the role of arts in culture, and what it takes to be an Artistic Director in a Theatre Company

Richard speaks with Evelyn Richardson from Live Performance Australia about a recovery plan for the arts industry; Kent Morris from Torch Gallery about Confined 11; and Sarah Goodes from Melbourne Theatre Company about…

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Thinking outside of the box

Richard talks to the Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley about arts funding; Mark Schaller about 'Botanicus Fantasticus'; and Chris Howlett about 'Faces of Our Orchestras'.

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Dreaming, healing and laughing through the arts

Richard speaks with Tai Snaith about creative activities to do with kids; Deanne Gilson about 'Affirmation' at the Koori Heritage Trust; and Janet McLeod about 'Local Laughs Online'.

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How to spread creativity, not COVID-19

Richard talks to Annika Kristensen from the Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts about commissioning new digital works; Sarah Lyons from Bunjil Place Gallery about #ArtsInIsolation; and Michael Fitzgerald from Art Monthly Australasia about…

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To play, to advocate, and to put in the hard work.

Richard talks to educator Cat Sewell about tapping into kids’ innate ability to play; Nicole Beyer from Theatre Networks Australia about funding; and Angela Savage from Writers Victoria about the writing process.

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Staying connected with the arts

On this episode Richard discusses ways artists are staying connected to their community and work throughout the pandemic. He speaks to Fleur Kilpatrick for the 'Shoot the Messenger' segment; Adrian Collette AM from…

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Adapting to the new normal with a creative flair

On this episode of SmartArts, Richard explores the creative ways that arts workers are adapting to the pandemic. He talks to artist and educator Tai Snaith; Greta Bradman of the Arts Wellbeing Collective…

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The impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector

Richard explores the impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector with Daniel Santangeli of Footscray Community Arts Centre, Esther Anatolitis of National Association for the Visual Arts, and Amelia Wallen of West Space.

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An outsider, a contemporary classic and a drone opera

Richard talks to Merilee Moss about 'Running with Emus'; Sam Strong about 'Crystal City'; and Matthew Sleeth about 'A Drone Opera'.

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Celebrating deaf-culture through performance

Daniel talks to Anna Seymour about Mini SPIN; Jacqui Stockdale about Long Shot; and David Menzies and Tasmia Islam about Top Arts 2020.

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SmartArts - 27 February 2020

Richard talks to Jo Lloyd about 'That's Her Name'; Troy Innocent about '64 Ways of Being'; and Mallika Sarahbhai and Nithya Nagarajan about 'Sva Kranti: The Revolution Within'.

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SmartArts - 20 January 2020

On this episode, Richard is joined by Ilbijerri Theatre Company Artistic Director Rachael Maza to talk about Black Ties, playing as part of the Asia TOPA festival in Melbourne, Australia. Also, curator…

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SmartArts - 13 February 2020

Richard talks to David Woods and Jon Haynes about 'The Importance of Being Earnest'; Victor Griss about the Counihan Gallery; and Kim Ho about 'The Great Australian Play'.

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SmartArts - 6 February 2020

Daniel Santangeli reviews theatre with Fleur Kilpatrick, then talks to Phaptawan Suwannakudt about 'Knowledge in Your Hands, Eyes and Mind', then Shelley Lasica about 'The Design Plot' and 'Greater Union'.

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Smart Arts - 30 January 2020

Richard talks to Miranda Hill, director of 'Homophonic'; Declan Greene, director of 'Feather in the Web'; and Tomas Parrish, lead actor of 'When the Light Leaves'.