SmartArts

Talk Show Replays

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. Please email talks@rrr.org.au for all interview requests. About the Presenter 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 www.artshub.com.au. In his spare time he watches old Doctor Who episodes. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

Location:

Melbourne, VIC

Description:

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. Please email talks@rrr.org.au for all interview requests. About the Presenter 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 www.artshub.com.au. In his spare time he watches old Doctor Who episodes. The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion

Language:

English

Contact:

+61393881027


Episodes

Drawn Out, Romancing the Streetscape and Revive

2/1/2023
Bernard Caleo is back for ‘Drawn Out’, our monthly comics segment; Artist Robert Clinch discusses ’Romancing the Streetscape’, an exhibition at Hawthorn’s Town Hall Gallery celebrating streetscapes, parks and buildings iconic to Melbourne; Meanjin editor and arts advocate Esther Anatolitis dissects the new National Cultural Policy ‘Revive’, designed to renew Australia’s arts, entertainment and cultural sector. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:53:57

Midsumma, Queen of Heaven and Icebergs to Iguanas

1/18/2023
Cheyney Caddy and Issy Weiskopf talk about their work on Black Apple Theatre’s production of ‘Thrive: Queer voices out loud’ for the upcoming Midsumma Festival; Playwright Jo Clifford on another Midsummer highlight, ‘The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven’, showing at fortyfivedownstairs; Photographer Jason Edwards discusses ‘Icebergs to Iguanas’, his new nature photography book. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:51:48

The year in theatre, Linden Postcard Show and Adelaide Festival 2023

12/7/2022
In our final Smart Arts episode for 2022, Anne-Marie Peard casts her eyes back over this year’s theatre highlights in our fortnightly theatre review segment; Vincent Alessi talks stepping into his new role as CEO and director of Linden New Art, and the Linden Postcard Show; Artistic director Ruth Mackenzie discusses what’s in store for the 2023 Adelaide Festival program. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:01:01:12

Peter Booth, Staging a Revolution and The General Public

11/30/2022
TarraWarra Museum of Art curator Anthony Fitzpatrick discusses the current exhibition on Australian painter Peter Booth; Author Kath Kenny talks about her work of narrative nonfiction ‘Staging a Revolution: When Betty Rocked the Pram’ via Upswell Publishing; Chelsea Hopper on 99% Gallery’s latest show ‘The General Public’, an “open call” for the general public to submit their artwork. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:54:51

Snuff Puppets, Barbara Hepworth and The Waste Land

11/9/2022
Andy Freer, the CEO and artistic director of the 30-year-old Melbourne puppet company Snuff Puppets talks about the world premiere of ‘SWAMP’; Heide Museum of Modern Art’s artistic director, Lesley Harding, on Heide’s latest exhibition ‘Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium’; Director Kirsten von Bibra joins Identity Theatre founder and performer Ray Swann to discuss their adaptation of TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:46:19

Sydney Festival, Drawn Out and Red Stitch

11/2/2022
Sydney Festival’s artistic director Olivia Ansell chats about what’s in store for the immersive 2023 program in January; Bernard Caleo talks all things comic books for the Drawn Out segment; Ella Caldwell, artistic director of Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, runs through their 2023 season. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:49:13

Fragile Skin, Next Wave’s All School and NGV: Melbourne Now

10/26/2022
Artist Jeremy Blincoe chats about his boundary-blurring exhibition ‘The Fragile Skin of the World’ at Linden New Art; Next Wave’s CEO Jamie Lewis on opening the doors to more artists with the new learning program All School; Ewan McEoin, NGV's senior curator of contemporary art, design and architecture talks ‘Melbourne Now’. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:43:45

Malthouse 2023, Thanks For Having Me and GODZ

10/19/2022
Malthouse Theatre’s artistic director Matthew Lutton introduces the 2023 season; Comedian, drag king, DJ and producer Natali Caro talks ‘Thanks For Having Me’, a FRINGE comedy night for PoC and queer artists; Two members of Head First Acrobats, Thomas Gorham and Cal Harris, discuss their FRINGE comedy circus show ‘GODZ’. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:52:53

Australian Ballet, Melbourne Fringe and the Nicholas Building’s new vision

10/12/2022
The Australian Ballet’s artistic director David Hallberg talks the 2023 season program; Christian Cavallo on directing the queer drama ‘If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You’ for Melbourne Fringe; Friday Funny Bugger Nat Harris chats about her Fringe comedy show ‘Sal & Friends’; Dario Vacirca of the Nicholas Building Association explains the bold new vision proposed for the building. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:51:19

Irish Film Festival, Where Lakes Once Had Water and Shelley Lasica

8/17/2022
The Irish Film Festival’s director Dr Enda Murray talks about 2022’s hybrid program; Artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth on the new exhibition ‘Where Lakes Once Had Water’, combining Indigenous thought, art and science at Tarrawarra Museum of Art; Curator Hannah Matthews discusses ‘Shelley Lasica: When I Am Not There’, a reflection on 40 years of Lasica’s choreographic practice at MUMA. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:56:15

Melbourne on Film at MIFF, Faint Echoes and Medea

7/27/2022
Kate Jinx, programmer for Melbourne International Film Festival, talks about this year’s Melbourne On Film program stream; Artist and photographer Pia Johnson on her exhibition ‘Faint Echoes’ at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, exploring the histories of representation of the Eurasian female body in domestic settings; Dianne Toulson and Belle Hansen from Theatre Works take us through their contemporary reimagining of Euripides’ ‘Medea: Out of the Mouths of Babes’. With presenter Richard...

Duration:00:44:02

Rebel, Homophonic! and Light Works

7/20/2022
Playwright Fleur Kilpatrick chats about her new play ‘Rebel’ about senior activists, for the Ian Potter Centre; Miranda Hill, artistic director of ‘Homophonic!’, on telling the stories of LGBTQI+ elders through music for RESPECT at Leaps & Bounds; ACMI’s Laura Castagnini talks ‘Light: Works from Tate’s Collection’, an exhibition exploring the central role of light in art. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:46:10

Drawn Out, Still Life and Australianness on Screen

7/6/2022
Bernard Caelo dives deep into comic books and graphic novels for our monthly segment ‘Drawn Out’; Curator Jacqueline Doughty takes us through ‘Still Life’, Buxton Gallery’s latest art exhibition on the organic world; Journalist Sandy George on her latest Platform Paper ‘Nobody talks about Australianness on our Screens’. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:53:14

Dorian Gray, Conjurer At The Card Table and Rawcus

6/29/2022
Actor Eryn Jean Norvill and alternative performer Nikki Shiels talk starring in the much-hyped production of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’; One of the performers at this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival, Josh Staley, captivates in 'The Conjurer At The Card Table'; Artistic Director Kate Sulan on her final project with Rawcus after 22 years: ‘Here We Are Amongst You’. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:01:03:50

Replay Festival, Common Thread and Illuminate Adelaide

6/22/2022
Comedian and co-owner of Comedy Republic, Rhys Nicholson, talks encore shows at Replay Festival 2022; One of four artists showing at Boroondara’s Town Hall Gallery’s ‘Common Thread’, Sarah Hallett, explores transforming everyday materials into textile art; Lee Cumberlidge, co-artistic director of Illuminate Adelaide, chats about Australia’s newest major winter event.

Duration:00:43:48

Picasso, Passing Strange and The Keir Choreographic Award

6/15/2022
The National Gallery of Victoria’s Senior Curator Dr Miranda Wallace talks about this year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition ‘The Picasso Century’; Director of ‘Passing Strange’, Dean Drieberg, along with the show’s Musical Director, Conductor and Keyboardist, Marissa Saroca, discuss the hybrid “rock concert with storytelling” coming to the Meat Market Stables; Dancehouse CEO Josh Wright chats about Australia’s largest contemporary dance award, the Keir Choreographic Award. With...

Duration:00:58:14

Mother Courage, Under The Surface and Set Piece

6/8/2022
Playwright Damien Millar on directing Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ for a 2022 audience at La Mama Theatre; Belinda Collins, Creative Director of The Social Crew, is back to discuss ‘Under The Surface’, a visual art trail in Gippsland; Co-Writer, Co-Director and Performer Nat Randall draws on elements of film and theatre to explore lesbian dynamics in ‘Set Piece’ for RISING. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:45:57

Mette Ingvartsen, Rewards for The Tribe and Triceratops

6/1/2022
Danish dancer and choreographer, Mette Ingvartsen, talks exploring pornography’s pervasive creep in her performance ’21 Pornographies’ at RISING; Restless Dance Theatre director Michelle Ryan on another RISING favourite ‘Rewards for The Tribe’; Dr James Rule, curatorial research assistant of Palaeontology at Museums Victoria, delves into dinosaurs for their Triceratops exhibition. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:50:41

Myanmar, To Schapelle and Back and Hercules

5/25/2022
Author Michele Aung Thin joins us to discuss PEN Melbourne’s Fundraiser for Myanmar and its freedom of expression at La Mama Courthouse; Winner of the 2022 Golden Gibbo award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Alex Hines, chats about her show ‘To Schapelle and Back’ returning to The Butterfly Club; Playwright Daniel Schlusser talks exploring the dark side of the male hero in ‘Hercules’, on at Arts House. With presenter Richard Watts.

Duration:00:46:17

The Return, Light & Shade and The View From Up Here

5/18/2022
Jason Tamiru talks co-directing ‘The Return’, which recounts the macabre history of the stolen bodily remains of First Peoples, for Malthouse Theatre and RISING; Art Gallery of Ballarat Director Louise Tegart on the lesser known Australian art movement of Max Meldrum and the tonalists for their new exhibition ‘Light & Shade’; Performers John Marc Desengano and Emily Tomlins discuss ‘The View From Up Here’ a play set in the aftermath of a bushfire from Hot Mess Productions and Theatreworks....

Duration:00:42:52