All podcast episodes


SmartArts - 23 January 2020

Richard talks to Bernard Caleo about comics; Ben Northey from the MSO about 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Lachlan Philpott and Paul Mac about 'The Rise and Fall of Saint George.'


Smartarts - 19 December 2019

Richard chats to Bernard Caleo about the latest comics, Theatreworks General Manager Dianne Toulson for their 2020 program and Melinda Martin, Director of Linden New Art for the Linden Postcard Show.


SmartArts - 12 December 2019

Richard discusses 'Asia TOPA' with Stephen Armstrong and Kate Ben-Tovim; 'The Australian Musical: From the Beginning' with Peter Wyllie Johnston; and arts criticism with Alison Croggon


SmartArts - 5 December 2019

Midsumma Festival CEO Karen Bryant on their 2020 program; NGV curator Pip Wallis on Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines; Ben Walter on Punk Rock.


SmartArts - 28 November 2019

What's in a name? Richard speaks with Geelong Arts Centre (formerly called Geelong Performing Arts Centre) CEO Joel McGuinness about the Centre's re-badging, to coincide with a mammoth $38.5 million redevelopment. They chat…


SmartArts - 21 November 2019

Richard talks to Wesley Enoch about Sydney Festival; Devon Taylor and Penelope Bartlau about 'Drill'; and Victor Griss, Janelle Low and Frances Tapueluelu about 'Language and Liberty'.


SmartArts - 14 November 2019

Richard talks with Bernard Caleo about comic books, Anni Davey about The Borderville Circus Festival, and Carolyn Fraser about Velvet, Iron and Ashes.


SmartArts - 7 November 2019

Richard talks with Iain Gandage about Perth Festival; Krystalla Pearce and Maja Amanita about She Is Vigilante and Diane Soumilas and Colin Smith about Stories in clay: Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery


SmartArts - 31 October 2019

Richard starts the show with an interview with playwright Jamaica Zuanetti about her show Thigh Gap, which is showing at La Mama. It is a dark comedy for, by and about millenial…


SmartArts - 24 October 2019

Richard talks to Simon Abrahams from Melbourne Fringe; Rebecca Lister about 2:20AM; Shareena Clanton and Corey Saylor-Brunskill from Conversations With The Dead.


SmartArts - 17 October 2019

Richard talks to Petra Kalive about her new musical theatre work, which is an adaptation of Miles Franklin's classic My Brilliant Career. The production will involve a core cast of professionals with…


SmartArts - 3 October 2019

Richard talks to mentalist Scott Silven about his new shows 'At the Illusionist’s Table' and 'Wonders' which are showing as a part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Scott works with…


SmartArts - 29 August 2019

This week on SmartArts Richard conducts three interviews

1. Richard talks to Matthew Stanton and Abigail Varney about their exhibition 23° and Rising which is showing at the Centre for Contemporary Photography



SmartArts - 15 August 2019

Richard conducts three interviews.

1. Richard talks to Nicole Beyer of Theatre Network Australia about the Australia Council funding decision and the small- to medium-sized arts organisations that will miss out on funding.


SmartArts - 8 August 2019

1. Richard talks to Ciaran Begley and James Nguyen about their show Hell is Other People which is showing at Gertrude Contemporary

2. Interview with Steven Mitchell Wright and Alexandra Hines about their…


SmartArts - 1 August 2019

Richard and Bernard Caleo discuss comics in their monthly Drawn Out comics segment.

Richard talks to Director Briony Dunn and actor Caroline Lee about the play 'night, Mother, which is showing at…


SmartArts - 25 July 2019

Richard conducts three interviews:

1. Galit Klas, about her show 'The Ghetto Cabaret'

2. Kirsten Siddle and Danielle Harvey about their interactive performance 'A Midnight Visit'

3. Nicki Greenberg about her new kid's…


SmartArts - 18 July 2019

Richard conducts three interviews

CEO Bianca Bowman and Creative Producer Molly Braddon from Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Jonathan Holloway the artistic director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival

James Evans, the director of…


SmartArts - 11 July 2019

Richard chats to choreographer Nick Power, and dancers Erak Mith and Aaron Lim, about their show Between Tiny Cities. Curator Sophia Cai and artist James Nguyen talk about the exhibition…


SmartArts - 4 July 2019

Three interviews:

David Berthold regarding the Brisbane Festival.

JOF and Emily Tomlins on their new show 'The Cabin!', a theatre production written by children to scare adults.  

Cat Hope regarding 'Sub-Decorative Sequences', which…


Smart Arts - 27 June 2019

This week Richard’s guest include Co-Artistic Director and performer Francis Italiano. Ambera Wellman and Max Dellany on Vulnerability and Doubt. Followed artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre, David Grieg, the playwright…


Smart Arts - 20 June 2019

Richard chats to Alice Lee Holland, Artistic Director of the Australian Youth Dance Festival, about how young people are expressing themselves through the interactive physical art of dance. Circus Oz Artistic Director Rob…


Smart Arts - 13 June 2019

This week on Smart Arts, curator Vipoo Srivilasa joins Richard in the studio to discuss Un-Thaid; an exhibition of work by Thai-Australian artists at Grau Projekt. Playwright Tom Holloway and Associate Director and…


Smart Arts — 30 May 2019

This week's guests include Bernard Caleo talking about 'Drawn Out' and all things comic books and graphic novels. Writer Samah Sabawi discusses the brand new play 'Them' at La Mama, and NGV’s Senior…


Smart Arts - 23 May 2019

This week, Javaad Alipoor the creator of the work The Believers Are But Brothers, provides his insights on how young men are radicalised online. Director Thomas M Wright joins Richard to discuss his…


Smart Arts - 16 May 2019

This week Richard is first joined in the studio with Patricia Cornelius and Susie Dee to discuss their double bill of plays. Next up, actors Chris Ryan and Mike McLeish swing by to…


Smart Arts - 9 May 2019

This week Richard is first joined by Nicole Beyer for an interesting chat about the arts policy election. Followed by David Finningan, discussing his show You're Safe Til 2024 as part of the…


Smart Arts - 21 February 2019

This week, Richard sits down with MUMA's Senior Curator Hannah Mathews, and artists Will Foster and Gabrielle de Vietri to chat about Shapes of Knowledge;Laura Milke-Garner and Eleanor Howlett pop by to…


Smart Arts - 7 February 2019

This week, Richard is joined by Director Mark Wilson to chat about Sweet Phoebe on at Red Stitch Theatre, Artist Simon Terrill pops by to talk about CCP's newest exhibition: major photographic survey…


SmartArts - 6 December 2018

This week, Richard chats all things Womens Circus with executive director Devon Taylor and Penelope Bartlau, a collaboration between Heide and the Immigration Museum curated by Brooke Babington and Moya McFadzean respectively titled…


SmartArts - 29 November 2018

This week, Richard gets a rundown of the MTC's 2019 program from coordinator Brett Sheehy, acclaimed artist Patricia Piccinini chats about her exhibition at TarraWarra gallery: Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester: Through


SmartArts - 15 November 2018

Richard is joined this week by co Artistic Directors Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield from Adelaide Festival, Speak Percussion artistic director Eugene Ughetti chats about their creation and composition of the music…


SmartArts - 8 November 2018

This week, Richard is joined by Rachel Perks and Bridget Balodis to chat aboutMoral Panic, Team Leader Arts and Cultural DevelopmentTrevorMatthews alongside artist Mirwais Janbaz chat about the City of Greater…


SmartArts - 1 November 2018

This week, Richard sits down with proprietor Jason Cavanaugh, on the new multi purpose art space The Motley Bauhaus,Director and Company Artistic Director Steven Mitchell Wright alongside Performer and Ensemble Member Katrina…


SmartArts - 25 October 2018

This week Richard is joined byOtto & Astrid for Circus Oz: Rock Bang, Wesley Enoch chats about Sydney Festival's 2019 program, and actor Max Gillies alongside director Laurence Strangio discuss Samuel Beckett's…


SmartArts - 18 October 2018

This week, Richard is joined by Matt Lutton to chat about Malthouse Theatre's 2019 season, Melbourne International Arts Festival dancerRauf Yasit talks about the uniquely peaceful A Quiet Evening of Dance, and…


SmartArts - 4 October 2018

This week Richard chats to artist, taxidermist and jeweller Julia deVille about their solo exhibition Wholeness and the Implicate Order,Alicia Sometimesdigresses about their fascination with science with their show Particle/Wave on at…


SmartArts - 11 October 2018

This week, Richard is joined by Alec Reid alongside Artistic Associate and new Executive co-Producer Dan Mitchell to chat about Due West Arts Festival,Abbie Madden from My Sight Their Sight Blindful and…


SmartArts - 27 September 2018

This week, Richard is joined by Archibald Prize winner Yvette Coppersmith, Creative director of Lexicon Firenza Guidi and company join us prior to their launch at Melbourne International Arts Festival, and Jessie…


SmartArts - 13 September 2018

This week, Richard chats to Creative Director Simon Abrahams for a Fringe Festival overview, Rose Hiscock explains all things science for Perfection: on at the Science Gallery;Sasha Grishin spruiks the National Gallery's…