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A note fr om YP A A he a d q ua r t er s Dear YPAA Members, I wanted to let you know about a real sense of renewal and refocus at YPAA. There has been some significant shifts occurring that augur very well for 2012 and beyond. YPAA now has a much revitalised Board with a new Chair and four new members from across Australia just this year. The new members add a range of skills and backgrounds in creative practice, policy and research. It is very exciting to think this talented group of people have committed their time to join with existing Board members to support the work of our organisation. I would encourage all members to make all the Board members very welcome. YPAA now also has a new Melbourne office as well as our Brisbane office in New Farm. The office is located at 228 Bank St. Sth. Melbourne 3205 at the Emerald Hill Creative Hub along with Auspicious Arts Incubator, Arts Access and Theatre Network Victoria. This is a very exciting opportunity for YPAA to connect meaningfully with these organisations, to develop partnerships and also to connect with a range of arts organisations in Melbourne and Victoria. The office will open for business formally from January 16, 2012. Our General Manager, Imogene Shields, will remain in Brisbane where we have renegotiated a lease with our current landlords, Feral Arts , to maintain our main office space along with our existing phone numbers and mailing address. YPAA truly will be a nationally networked organisation with an office in two states. In 2012, YPAA will also launch a new website. The site will provide a much more engaging interface for members including a brand refresh. You will recognise all the same important elements of the YPAA brand but it will look and feel a little different. YPAA, especially Imogene, is working closely with Brisbane web development group KND Web Consultants to deliver a really exciting development for members, the sector and the organisation. In particular there will be a range of new features for members and visitors to the site. One will be an online membership form and payment system that will send automated receipts to members. Along with a range of other features. Keep an eye out in the new year for these exciting changes. In 2012, Amy Brown will commence part time duties as an administrative assistant in the YPAA Melbourne Office. Amy is 25 and has a range of qualifications in business studies. It is likely during 2012 Amy will work one day per week and we hope you will get to meet her at the YPAA National Symposium.

Above: Future Voices- National Cultural Policy Response Forum, Brisbane Oct 2011

Please note You will note that in line with NFP best practice for service organisations and under instructions from the board the staff at YPAA have new position titles. Jim Lawson is now the CEO YPAA Imogene Shields is the General Manager, YPAA


The New Year and the 2012 Program Crucial to times when there is renewal and change is clear focus. The 2012 program looks very busy and very exciting but has clear and distinct focus for the organisation. YPAA will refocus its attention to three key sector segments in 2012: • Professional artists, companies, producers and programmers of work for children and young people • Professionals working with young people • Young and emerging artists The 2012 program networks these three key groups nationally and internationally, provides a professional development framework and resources, while providing advocacy services and a direct conduit to other sectors such as education and government. While the entire program will be available online in the New Year, there are some important features of the program worth noting: • The Blueprint network groups will continue but a with a reshaped focus. A schedule of the Blueprints will be available online in the new year. • YPAA will work toward developing several publications and online resources for the sector, partnering with relevant organisations and stakeholders to deliver them. • A range of sector surveys will be undertaken to collect data on behalf of the sector. • Sector meetings will take place in each state and territory in 2012. • “Speaking In Tongues” - The National Symposium will take place from July 12-14 2012 – “at Casula Powerhouse in conjunction with the Way Out West Festival. • Partnering with the Sydney Opera House, YPAA presents the Arts Educators Day just after the Symposium on July 16. • In early August, the 1st international meeting of ASSITEJ at Kijimuna Festa , Okinawa Japan takes place where Australian artists can engage in opportunities for networking and collaboration, see performance work from across Asia and the globe, and engage in seminars about touring in Asia and international collaborations….and 15 young and emerging artists from around the world have the opportunity to engage in the Next Generation Project. I look forward to an exciting year of renewal and refocus and to hearing from the members wherever possible. Have a great festive season! And enjoy the time to recharge ! Cheers, Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson YPAA CEO


YPA A N e ws Thank you to Catherine Baldwin Our sincere thanks go to Catherine Baldwin, our Chair of some six years, for her significant contribution to YPAA.

Steven Maxwell – is one half of Markwell presents – the Cinematic theatre Company for young people from Brisbane. Steven brings a wealth of knowledge as an educator and practitioner to the YPAA board and is also on the board at Youth Arts Queensland. Steven has proven already to be a a great addition as a thoughtful and insightful board member.

Catherine oversaw as Chair, a major galvanization of the sector and the achievement of triennial funding for the organization for the first time, as well as the incredibly successful ASSITEJ World Congress and Festival in Adelaide in 2008.

Meg Upton – Meg’s background as a performer , educator and researcher is extensive, having worked with Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne for many years and more recently with Platform Youth Theatre on the brilliant Tenderness Project. Meg also was an investigator on the Theatrespace research project. Meg provides a wonderful conduit to research opportunities and trends in the near and longer term for YPAA.

YPAA Board Announcement The YPAA board have undergone some new changes.

We would also like to thank Helen Hristofski and Noel Jordan for their contributions especially as their experience and insights bring great stability and wisdom to the board.

Sam Appleton has accepted the new role of Chair of YPAA Board. Sam is a Senior Associate at the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. He practices as a commercial lawyer in the areas of securities, funds management and structured financial products. Sam is a young person (under 30) with an active interest in the arts. The newest additions to our board are Simon Clarke from Southern Edge Youth Arts in WA and Steven Maxwell from Markwell Presents in QLD. We warmly welcome Steven and Simon to the YPAA Board.

YPAA also warmly welcomes Colleen Diver as Bookkeeper to the YPAA team. updates YPAA is currently working with KND Web Consulting in Brisbane to shape the next phase of YPAA’s website updates. Please expect to see exciting new and updated features, which will include: • Easier to follow log-in & profile updates • Online membership form and payments • Online promo of members’ events and activities • Resources, research, guides & links • Jobs, blogs, and more We expect these changes to be in place by the end of Jan 2012.

The YPAA Board now consists of: • Sam Appleton (Chair) • Noel Jordan • Helen Hristofski • Helen Machalias • Simon Clarke • Steven Maxwell • Meg Upton

YPAA Office Holiday Closure: YPAA Brisbane Office will be closed from Mon 12 Dec and will re-open after the holiday break on Mon 9 Jan 2012. YPAA Melbourne Office will open on 16 Jan 2012.

Simon Clarke – Simon is the Artistic Director of Southern Edge Arts in Albany WA. Simon’s experience as an artist and practitioner combined with his understanding of regional needs is invaluable to the board. Simon is also a member of Country Arts WA Board.

YPAA has a new office in Melbourne, in addition to it’s presence in Brisbane. Web: (unchanged)

Helen Machalias – another wunderkind of the Arts policy variety! Helen has experience working within the Department of the Prime Minister within the Office for the Arts in the policy area. She has recently undertaken an Australia Council study to New York and is currently working in the Education team at Sydney Theatre Company after a stint at Riverside in Parramatta …and all this at the age of 22. Impressive.

Jim will be available for YPAA enquiries, working remotely, and on the mobile phone (0413194351) until 16 December.


Brisbane Office: Postal: Phone: Mob: Email:

PO Box 1236, New Farm QLD 4005 +61 7 3254 0553 0423257697

Melbourne Office: Street: 228 Bank St. Sth. Melbourne VIC 3205 Phone: 0413194351 Email:


YPAA Membership YPAA exists to support young and emerging artists, professionals working with young people; and professional artists, companies and producers of work for children and young people. YPAA also works as a conduit to other sectors such as edcuation governemnt and health to advance this field of work, ensuring that all children and young people have access to meaningful arts experiences. Help grow our collective ability to influence the future of youth arts in Australia with strong creative practice, powerful advocacy and a vibrant national and international network. Register to join the YPAA member network and unite our sector in committing to developing and supporting the sector and to provide access wherever possible to the arts for children and young people. 2012 Membership benefits include: • Receive representation from your peak body • Recieve professional support and access to professional development opportunities • Access fundraising support opportunities through www. at a discounted rate (of 5%) • Access new industry resources and research • Participate in advocacy led by YPAA on government policy initiatives • Know that YPAA is continuously advocating for children and young people’s rights to access the arts and culture in Australia, through a number of different initiatives • Request facilitated networking nationally and internationally. • Promote your work in this monthly e-newsletter, distributed to over 500 members and 1800 national and international industry contacts • Increase national and international exposure of you or your organisation by uploading your profile and contacts on our website. • Participate in free networking discussion groups, called Blueprint groups. These groups link practitioners associated by practice by landline telephone, so you can access it Australia-wide. • Attend YPAA 2012 National Symposium and other professional development sector activities at a heavily discounted rate. • Contribute to proposed professional development activities to ensure that they are always relevant to you • Attend face-to-face group sector meetings, or meet with YPAA staff for individual support. • Receive updates on industry news, activities, and positions vacant and staff movements • Voting rights at YPAA AGM and more.

When to Join? Members are highly encouraged to join or renew annually at one of two times: 31 Jan or 30 June. New members are welcome to join at any time, however, join at the times above to ensure you take advantage of the full annual membership. Renewals Many of you will be due for membership renewals in January. We will contact you in January to advise you if you need to renew your membership. How to join & pay? Access the Membership form online and complete according to your membership requirements. • If you require an invoice prior to payment, please return the membership form via email to first. You will then be emailed the invoice according to your request in January. • If you do not require an invoice prior to payment, please either: a) post form with a cheque or money order b) pay by bank transfer and then return the form via email with details of your payment. The bank account details are on the YPAA Membership form. • NB: An new online membership form and PayPal will be added to in late January 2012.

New membership category - Young People, Students, or Emerging artists u/30 years YPAA has opened a new membership category for young people/students/emerging individuals who are all under 30 years of age. You will be eligible for this if you are not employed full-time, or representing an organisation with your membership. Proof of age will be required, by sending a scan or photocopy of your photo ID. This membership category is $55, a reduced rate for individuals from $77.

2011 Membership fees are unchanged from June 2010 and are as follows: Cost (all inc GST): •

Individual membership costs $77

3 memberships for $165

5 memberships for $275

10 memberships for $550

Please feel welcome to call Imogene at the YPAA office on 07-32540553 to discuss your membership, suitability, payment options, or any other membership related questions.


YPAA National Symposium 2012 Speaking in Tongues: How do we translate the collective language of the arts? Save the dates!

Event 1: Symposium main event at Casula Powerhouse: Thurs 12 (pm), Fri 13 & Sat 14 July Event 2: Symposium Masterclass: Thurs 12 (all day) July Event 3: Arts Education Day at the Sydney Opera House, 16 July (student free day in NSW).


Arts Education Day

The Symposium program will consist of an exciting series of international and national speakers and leading thinkers, forums, workshops, networking, skill sharing, events and more.

It is a day for educators to learn the language of arts and artists the language of educators so that a meaningful and ongoing dialogue is possible, which is particularly important at present for development of arts in the national curriculum.

The 2012 YPAA National Symposium is happening in July 2012. It will be held during the Way Out West Festival for Children at the Casula Powerhouse in Western Sydney.

Tickets and Participation Start planning your participation now. We also encourage you to consider supporting your company’s young people to join you at the YPAA Symposium. Travel to Sydney at that time of year is still very affordable. We recommend considering applying for grants, approaching your board, or researching your state or local council for travel funds to attend, if funds are tight. YPAA can provide you with a support letter if required. Early-bird discounts and YPAA Member discounts will be made available. Tickets will be opened first to YPAA members next year for first release tickets. Performances and Presentations A small number of opportunities may exist for artists or companies to perform during the Symposium. Spaces for this will be limited, and it’s a great way to show off your work to a large crowd of national and international delegates. Please contact in January to indicate your interest. W hen: W here: Tickets:

Thurs 12 (PM ), Fri 13 & Sat 14 July Casula Powerhouse, Sydney Not yet available

Above: Images from 2010 YPAA National Symposium

Speaking in Tongues Arts Education Day will challenge participants to rethink the way the arts and education relate to each other.

This event will unite educators of all artforms, to create a strengthened voice for sustained arts education outcomes while providing a platform for artists to contribute provocative conversations on the future arts ecology of this country. It will model inspired practice and form for the arts and education and engage participants in critical debate. The day will consists of inspiring keynotes, facilitated sessions, question and answer time and access to key decision makers. Suitable audience includes: Specialist and generalist Teachers and Educators, Arts Practitioners and organisations that engage or are seeking to engage with the Education sector, Principals and curriculum leaders, Pre- service teachers, Parents, Students who would like to voice their opinions about arts in the curriculum. YPAA is aiming for the Arts Education Day to achieve NSW Teacher accreditation. W hen: W here: Cost:

Monday 16 July, 9am to 5pm Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House $110 (tickets not yet available)


YPA A N e ws c on t : \ YPAA’s National Cultural Policy Response YPAA’s National Cultural Policy response was submitted in October, and sent around to members.

Theatrespace Symposium & Australia Council research colloquium

Thank you all the YPAA members who contributed their ideas, suggestions and recommendations, to make this a strong advocacy document. And thanks to Helen Machalias and Meg Upton for their assistance on shaping this document.

YPAA attended the Theatrespace Symposium at the Sydney Opera House where results of the four year longitudinal study on young people’s impressions on theatre were released and discussed.

View online: YPAA’s National Cultural Policy response

The aim of the project was to find out why young people (aged between 14 to 30) choose to go, or not go, to theatre. They were also iterested in what types of entertainment and cultural things young people see or take part in and why.

Future Voices: Australian National Cultural Policy Youth Forum, Brisbane The study included surveys and discussions with almost three 29 Oct 2011, Brisbane Powerhouse thousand young people aged 14-30 in Queensland, New Presented by Young People and the Arts Australia and South Wales and Victoria. Backbone Youth Arts, this event was held as part of the annual Backbone 2high festival. It provided an opportunity Following the Sympsoium, The Australia Council for the Arts for young people in Brisbane to participate in conversations hosted a research colloquium ‘Engaging young audiences’, in and contribute their ideas in the momentous shaping of our collaboration with the TheatreSpace project. National Cultural Policy. The colloquium discussed the latest in young audience Lead by Jim Lawson, the open spaces forum delved into topics research, including young people and audience engagement, of barriers to access and participation, career pathways in the creative expression, digital media, marketing, education and access. arts, space, This event was a collaboration with the Office for Youth in using the new Australia youth forum engagement model. As a result, the young people’s feedback from this event became core to the federal Office for Youth’s submission to the federal Office for the Arts on the National Cultural Policy. Thank you to the YPAA members in Brisbane who worked together to make this event possible: Backbone Youth Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Arts Council, Local Government Association of QLD, Youth Arts Queensland, Human Ventures, Contact Inc, Circa, Markwell Presents, Flipside Circus, Feral Arts, in addition to Access Arts and Smart Artz.

Image above: Future V oices break-out group.

The program for the day included a keynote presentation from Dr Matthew Reason, Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Head of Programme for MA Studies in Creative Practice at York St John University. Highlights included St Martins’ Youth Arts discussion on best practice for disability and access, and Sandra Gattenhoff and Lenine Bourke discussing conscious shift youth engagement. Theatrespace:

Australia Council: Engaging Young Audiences Image below: Theatrespace Symposium at Sydney Opera House. Photography by: Tim Stitz


Ind us t r y Ne w s Directions Magazine Directions Magazine is a free online resource for students, teachers, career advisors and anyone interested in tertiary education in the arts. With articles and information and a searchable directory of arts courses in Australia its a one stop shop when planning your next step in your arts career and staying connected with the arts community. If you have a dream to be an artist or connect with the arts industry, Directions will be compulsory reading! Directions assists secondary students and those interested in tertiary education in the arts with their choices for further education and study with in the arts and cultural sector and industry. Directions covers education across a broad range of artforms. Institutions are provided with free profile and course listings enabling students, parents, career advisers and anyone interested in education in the arts to access a comprehensive tertiary arts guide. Directions Magazine was formerly published by Carclew Youth Arts under its national program Lowdown Magazine - youth performing arts in Australia. Directions is now an independently produced online publication and exists as an online directory and resource that is not dependent on arts funding. For further information, article submissions or to list your course and profile please contact Jane Gronow at Consultation on Governance Arrangements for the Not-For-Profit Sector Source: AMPAG email 8 Dec 2011 Reducing red tape and simplifying how not-forprofits are managed and administered is the focus of a consultation paper Review of not-for-profit governance arrangements, released by Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten today. The Government is seeking the views of NFPs (including charities) and other stakeholders on appropriate governance arrangements for the sector into the future. The consultation builds on work previously completed in the Final Report on the Scoping Study for a National Not-for-profit Regulator (Final Report) which discussed streamlining the governance arrangements in the sector. Improving the governance frameworks of the NFP sector will help to promote a strong and sustainable NFP sector, through increased transparency and accountability. This will, in turn, encourage a strong philanthropic engagement by the community.

The Government wants to hear from the sector about how a single governance system can best serve the needs of NFPs and their clients. The Consultation paper is available at the Treasury website. Submission Deadline: 6 January 2012. More info:

Creative Capital: Arts and Culture Strategic Directions for Queensland The Creative Capital paper is now available for to read and comment on via the Arts QLD website. It includes a discussion of major successes as an arts and cultural state in 2006-2011 and directions for the future. The Creative Capital forum is being held on Wednesday 14 Dec 2011 at the State Library of Queensland, bringing together a mix of creatives, business and civic leaders and educators to reflect on the past, present and future of Queensland arts and culture. The forum will be webstreamed live from a link on the Creative Capital webpage and people are invited to email or tweet their questions as the conversation unfolds. To help start discussion in the lead-up to the forum, the aqblog will include contributions from The Honourable Rachel Nolan MP, Minister for Finance, Natural Resources and the Arts, writers Melissa Lukashenko, John Birmingham and Jackie Huggins, and Bruce Esplin, photographer, sculptor and former Victorian Emergency Services Commissioner. Access online:

Indu s tr y E vents Australian Performing Arts Market 2012, Adelaide. The next Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) will be held at the Adelaide Festival Centre from Sunday 26 February – Thursday 1 March 2012. APAM featuring over 30 excerpts and full length performances from Australia and New Zealand that are ready to tour. Pitch sessions for new work in development, forums, workshops and On Display arts exhibit booths. Participants have the opportunity to network and connect with the 600 artists and programmers from around the globe who come together for APAM to discover new artists, find new collaborators and meet with fellow professionals during Adelaide’s famous festival time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) has announced the Spotlight and Searchlight 2012 program which is available online. When: 26 Feb - 1 March 2012 Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, SA More info:


World Theatre Festival The best independent theatre from Italy, Belarus, India, United States, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia will hit the stage at World Theatre Festival 2012, along with forums, masterclasses and a new Festival Lounge with free live music and Wi-Fi, at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 16 – 26 February 2012. In it’s second year, The World Theatre Festival 2012 is a chance for everyone in Brisbane to get involved in theatre and see the world from a different angle. Artists from Italy, the UK and the US will connect with Australian theatre makers and students during masterclasses on video goggle adventures, devising new work and revisiting classics during World Theatre Festival 2012, from 17 – 25 February. “World Theatre Festival is about featuring the best new independent theatre on stage, and making connections between local and international artists”, Artistic Director Andrew Ross. Festival Dates: 16 – 26 February 2012

2012 Regional Arts Australia National Conference announces call for speakers, presenters and projects From 18 – 21 October 2012, South Australia will host the eighth Regional Arts Australia National Conference, the largest arts gathering in Australia. Do you have a great idea that you’d like to share in a panel, presentation or workshop? If so, consider submitting a nomination. Following the success of Junction 2010 in Launceston, the conference will be a survey of the nation’s latest regional arts practice and thinking, informing us of where we are now and indicating signposts to the future. You will swap stories, exchange ideas, be refreshed and re-energised alongside the opportunity to experience some of the nation’s best work from regional artists, organisations and communities. Goolwa 2012 is a conference for professional artists, arts workers, volunteers, local shire and council employees interested in fostering and maintaining their local arts and culture. You are encouraged to present ideas, workshops or presentations, and for them to be inclusive and innovative. To participate, submit your application by Tues 28 Feb. More info:

Pr o f es s i o nal Devel o pm ent Beyond the Bottom Line - Generative strategies and advanced tactics for nonprofit executives and board members. A 1 day Nonprofit Masterclass in Strategic Leadership and Innovation in 2012.

Australian Youth Dance Festival Registrations are now open for the 2012 Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF). Ausdance NSW will present the Australian Youth Dance Festival 2012, hosted at NAISDA, Australia’s National Indigenous Dance Training Institution, situated at Mt Penang Parklands, near Gosford. The Festival will be presented during the NSW Easter school holiday period from Sunday 8 April to Saturday 14 April.

The workshops, conducted by Steven Bowman, are held in:• Brisbane 13th Feb • Sydney 15th Feb • Canberra 17th Feb • Melbourne 20th Feb • Adelaide 22nd Feb Cost: $550 for an individual, or $475 pp for two or more people from the same organisation.

The AYDF takes place in a supportive, non-competitive environment that encourages participation and learning. Registration Deadline: Wed 29 Feb 2012 More info: Image above: Future V oices break-out group.


R e se ar c h a n d R ea d i n g Australia Council’s Private Sector Support Report The Australia Council for the Arts has released a new report which analyses levels of private sector income of Australia Council funded key organisations for the years 2008 to 2010. It’s a given is the first, benchmarking report which shows how much private sector income has been received by key organisations since 2008 and how that private support has been given – through donations, sponsorship, in-kind support or other fundraising activities. It complements the survey of major performing arts companies conducted by AMPAG. ImagineNation: The Case for Cultural Learning (UK) ImagineNation includes key statistics, facts, quotes and evidence which you can use to make your own arguments to colleagues and policy makers across the learning and cultural worlds. Five key research findings: 1. Learning through arts and culture improves attainment in all subjects • Taking part in drama and library activities improves attainment in literacy • Taking part in structured music activities improves attainment in maths, early language acquisition and early literacy • Schools that integrate arts across the curriculum in America have shown consistently higher average reading and mathematics scores compared to similar schools that do not 2. Participation in structured arts activities increases cognitive abilities 3. Students from low income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree 4. Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment 5. Students who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer and are 20% more likely to vote as young adults Generation Y so lonely? Griffin, Michelle. (2011) “Generation Y so connected, but oh so lonely”. Sydney Morning Herald, July 20 A survey polling 1304 adults found that 30 per cent of Australians aged 25 to 34 were surveyed to be frequently lonely, far more than any other age group, and it highlighted connections between online life and loneliness.

Survey finds youth are among the most stressed in society Source: ACYS November e-news 23 Nov in Grogwatch email bulletin, 16 November 2011 A new survey appears to confirm what many who work with youth on a regular basis have been saying for some time – that young adults are suffering ‘significantly higher’ levels of stress than the rest of the population, and that the 18 to 25 age group reports higher levels of anxiety and depression than the general population. The results can be found in a report called Stress and wellbeing in Australia 2011: A state of the nation survey, which is available from the APS website. Book: The Young Audience, exploring and enhancing young people’s experience in theatre, Matthew Reason. Trentham Books 2010 Children’s theatre in the UK is thriving right now. Interest is growing in the educational, emotional and expressive benefits of theatre for young people; arguments about why children should watch theatre have become a central motif in debates about cultural policy and arts education. Yet, surprisingly, there has been almost no detailed and reflective research on these matters. This book uses innovative visual-arts based audience research, practitioner interviews and contextual analysis to fill this gap in research and explore the nature of young children’s experiences of live theatre. It investigates three primary areas 1. the cultural policy, educational and creative contexts in which theatre for children is made 2. children’s aesthetic experiences of theatre 3. the approaches through which children’s engagement with theatre can be enhanced, extended and deepened. The Young Audience, exploring and enhancing young people’s experience in theatre Mobile Matters: The Youth Advocates Project A report from a year-long youth participatory action research and advocacy program encouraged student researchers to document the challenges faced by them and their peers on mobile phone use and made recommendations to industry for changes to better support young consumers. Students had a clear message for telcos and regulators: “We want you to understand what it’s like to be a young mobile consumer: we don’t just use mobiles for mucking about. We use them for jobs and shifts, school, parents, and emergencies”. The project is an important contribution to education practice that engages and empowers young people in meaningful participatory research and peer advocacy, with VCAL teachers noting the transformational change in students participating in the program.


T hi ngs t o kn ow a b o u t TNV 2011 Small to Medium Arts Organisation Remuneration Report - Out Now!
 Source: TNV newsletter 2 Dec 2012 The Theatre Network Victoria 2011 remuneration report analyses results from an online survey with questions about organisation size, salaries, benefits, and professional development budgets of 92 small to medium Australian arts organisations. While things are looking a little better than at the time of their last survey two years ago, arts workers are still earning a lot less than their brothers and sisters in other non-profit sectors. 2011 TNV Reumuneration Report National Curriculum Update The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages is now available. The shape paper provides broad directions for the development of languages curriculum. Writing of languages curriculum will now commence, starting with F-10 Chinese and Italian and a Framework for Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages. ShoGo & Fringe Benefits, SA ShoGo is South Australia’s newest online network for the performing arts. It is a one-stop shop for all theatre-goers to find out about shows, companies, venues, reviews, news, special offers and sign up to a free newsletter. It includes cabaret, contemporary dance, physical theatre, theatre, puppetry, opera, comedy, musical theatre, spoken word. More info: Fringe Benefits With over 13,000 members, Fringe Benefits has helped the local arts community to sell more than 30,000 tickets by engaging young audiences through special discounts and opportunities. Fringe Benefits is produced by Adelaide Fringe with support from Arts SA, Rip It Up Publishing and Nova 919. More info:

Grants a n d F u n d i n g International Performing Arts Markets Travel Fund The Australia Council’s Market Development section aims to increase the visibility and viability of Australian arts with programs and initiatives that complement the sector plans of the artform boards. It is responsible for: • connecting Australian art with markets and audiences, nationally and internationally

• building knowledge via research and evaluation • strategic investment and initiatives to help artists reach their full potential. Deadline: 9 Dec 2011 Funding opportunity for organisations working with disadvantaged youth The Matana Foundation for Young People provides grants of up to $10,000 to Australian organisations working to improve opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Grants may be sought at any time where there is an urgent need, a crisis or opportunities that require immediate action. Applications must meet the foundation’s funding priorities and ethical investment policy. For further information about the foundation and its funding application process, visit: Professional development grant opportunities for independents, SA • Individual development - independent artists seeking to support their own professional development through master classes, workshops, mentorships, attendance at conferences, attachments to arts organisations or 10 participating in arts residencies. • Building pathways - assisting South Australian artists to increase their national and international profile and presentation opportunities by developing connections with influential interstate and international producers and presenters. • Last minute presentation - assisting independent artists and groups to respond to significant, unexpected invitations for presentation or exhibition opportunities that arise outside the normal Project grant application cycle. More info: Contact Arts SA on 08 8463 5444 or Deadline: 5pm Friday 16 December 2011. Cultural Fund for career development Are you an author, artist, involved in publishing or the visual arts? As part of the Cultural Fund the Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) allocates $150,000 a year to support individual Australian creators and those involved in the creative industries who wish to develop their skills and take their careers to the next level. 

Applicants can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to undertake training, travel or other activities that will enhance their careers.

Applicants can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to undertake training, travel or other activities that will enhance their careers. Open to individual creators or those involved in the publishing and visual arts industries Deadline: 5pm Friday 20 January 2012. More info:

O ppo rt u n it ie s School for Social Entrepreneurs The School for Social Entrepreneurs runs a unique learning program from Sydney and Melbourne for entrepreneurial individuals across the country who have an idea or business that has a social or environmental benefit. Applications are now open for the 2012 program, which runs from March to November 2012. Deadline: First round applications midnight, 11 Dec. More info: Hal Porter Short Story Competition, National Australian writers are invited to enter a short story, written in any style for the first prize of $1000. Manuscripts must be original works, in English, and must not have been previously accepted for publication, which includes websites. Deadline: 16 December More info: htt p:/ / eastg ip p s landar tgal ler .au Black & Write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships, QLD. The State Library of Queensland’s Black & Write! project is seeking entries for the 2012 kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowships. Writers should be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and Black & Write! is open to writers Australia wide, published or unpublished authors and writers of adult or young adult fiction, poetry or children’s books. There are 2 fellowships to win, each worth $10,000, and it is free to enter. Successful Fellows will develop their manuscripts with editors Linda McBride-Yuke and Ellen van Neerven-Currie, recipients of the 2011 kuril dhagun Indigenous Editing Mentorships. Go online to download guidelines and the entry form on the SLQ website. Deadline: Tues 31 Jan 2012 More info: or 07 3842 9484 Email:

O ppo rt u n it ie s f or Y o u n g P eo p l e UTAS Creative Tasmania Arts Summer School
 The Creative Tasmanian Summer Schools’ workshops offer participants the opportunity to explore a wide range of artistic disciplines including visual art, craft and design, theatre and music. Workshops run through the month of January. Deadline: 16 December More info: Youth Art Exhibition, Darwin Young people aged between 12 and 20 are invited to submit their artwork for exhibition. GRIND will be hosting the second annual Youth Art Exhibition opening December 15th at Darwin City Council’s Community Art Space. All types of

visual art: paintings, drawings, sculpture, scribbles, photos, short films etc are suitable, and you may sell your work. The exhibit is open from Dec 15, 2011 - Feb 1 2012 More info: West End Film Festival, National call-out The 3rd annual West End Film Festival is calling for entries for the 2012 program. WEFF is a national short film competition and Australian filmmakers are encouraged to enter works from all genres including drama, documentary, animation and music clips. The festival welcomes first-time and established filmmakers and creative producers to enter their unique works. An awards ceremony and gala event will take place March 25th, 2012. All films will be in the running for cash prizes and the opportunity to screen in front of hundreds of people in one of Australia’s most creative hubs, Brisbane’s West End. Deadline: 31 December 2011, and it is free to submit a film. More info: Queensland Theatre Company Youth Ensemble Calling out to all students between Grade 9 and 12! Are you a keen theatre bean? Does the prospect of working with theatre industry professionals to build your skills and to work towards a show sound good? In 2012, Queensland Theatre Company is offering a unique opportunity. Upon the outcome of a successful audition, up to 40 students will be selected to form the 2012 Queensland Theatre Company Youth Ensemble. The Ensemble will train weekly, out of school hours, with theatre professionals to hone their skills as actors and work towards performance outcomes presented at Queensland Theatre Company’s Bille Brown Studio. Ensemble members will receive a Season Ticket to see all Queensland Theatre Company productions in 2012. Deadline: 8 Jan 2012 More info: Deepblue Orchestra Workshop, QLD The 2012 music summer school is a five-day creative learning adventure with members of deepblue, exciting guests and industry experts. It will include workshops in performance, technique, improvisation, composition, technology, recording, stagecraft and much more! The week will broaden the approach of young musicians and incorporate all of the elements of performance – culminating in a unique concert designed, presented and run by youngblue. Suitability: for students in Grade 5 at school and above. Where: QUT Kelvin Grove When: 9th – 13th January 2012 Cost: Early bird price is $335 – for a limited time More info:


smart ARTS youth arts & cultural Festival - callout, Sydney. Seeking volunteers, artists, performers, designers & Film Makers. Are you an aspiring performer, artist, designer or film maker aged 15 - 26? Be part of the City of Sydney’s annual youth arts & cultural event, smart ARTS Festival. smart ARTS is a youth arts & cultural festival showcasing the creative talents and initiatives of young people in the areas of visual arts, film, performance arts and music. smart ARTS is held during National Youth Week (13 - 22 April 2012) and will feature a range of cutting edge arts & cultural events happening over two weeks. The 2012 festival will feature live music, an art exhibition, live art, film screenings, fashion, drawing games, street art tour, free workshops & interactive installation projects across a varied program of exciting art events & cultural gatherings. Contact: Craig Bunker on 02 9245 1503 Volunteer Event Coordinators: 13 Jan 2012 Artists / Performers / Film Makers / Designers: 20 Feb 2012 More info: Next Generation Summer School, CMY VIC Twenty young people (16 – 25 years old and from a migrant background) will have the opportunity to learn media, leadership and radio broadcasting skills during a January 2012 Summer School. They will then go on to broadcast on SYN Media from February to April and be supported by professional journalists. Next Generation Media aims to ensure that Australian media represents the true diversity of the Australian community. The project is seeking community minded young people to engage in this multifaceted media project. More info: Contact: Bree McKilligan, Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), Three opportunities for bright young artists, Carclew, SA Carclew is offering an artist studio residency, a darkroom residency and the position of foyer gallery curator to SA artists. Expressions of interest are now open to artists aged 18-26 for three opportunities in 2012 - an artist studio residency, a

Image above: Rohan Fraser, Artist Studio Resident 2011

dark room residency and the position of foyer gallery curator. The residencies will commence February 2012 and will run through to February 2013. Carclew’s Residency Program provides emerging artists with the opportunity to work in a space where they can develop their artform, gain industry support and access opportunities to expand their professional networks. Applications for the artist studio residency are open to artists of any discipline with the successful applicant offered 24 hour access to the studio, free of charge, for the duration of the residency. Click here to read more about the residency opportunities or if you know someone who may be interested then Forward to a friend. All expressions of interest close (or must be postmarked) Monday 9 January 2012. Contact: Annemarie Kohn on 8267 5111 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2012
 The scholarships are awarded annually to candidates who show great promise in the arts and literature, with nine scholarship categories available, offered over alternate years. The categories for 2012 scholarships include architecture, ballet, instrumental music, poetry and prose. To be eligible for 12 this award, you must be a native-born Australian aged 21-35 (17-35 for ballet) at the closing date of entries. Deadline: 12 January 2012 Creative Australia Fellowships - Young & Emerging Artists
 These new Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowships will provide financial support for artists across all artforms to undertake a program of creative or professional development. It is a major new initiative to support the professional development of outstanding artists working across the sector and across Australia. Over five years between 2011/12 to 2015/16, the Australia Council will award 10 fellowships for established artists (each valued at $100,000) and 13 fellowships for early career artists (each valued at $60,000). Deadline: 31 January 2012 Amount: $60,000 ($30,000 per annum over 2 years) More info:

Image above: CMY Next Generation media summer-school

$25,000 Arts Bursary Now Open The highly prestigious Empire Theatres Foundation Brian Boak Bursary is now open for 2012 applications, with one exceptional applicant set to walk away with $25,000. The award will offer support to next generation to facilitate the successful applicant’s ongoing professional arts career development. The bursary, offered biennially through the Empire Theatres Foundation in Toowoomba, offers support to a person wishing to pursue a program of study or professional development at a recognised institution or under the guidance of a distinguished mentor, in the areas of acting, dancing, singing or instrumental performance. Deadline: 31 January, 2012 More info: Call for Emerging Visual Artists, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery Seeking submissions from emerging artists to exhibit in the 2012 Emerging Artist exhibition. Successful applicants are eligible to apply for the $10,000 Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award. A broad range of contemporary and traditional works across all mediums is sought from artists from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. The focus is on local artists from the cities of Port Phillip and Hobsons Bay but the program is also open to regional and interstate artists. There is no cost to exhibit and no commission charged on sales of work. The Gallery is at Toyota’s corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne and has shown the works of over 700 artists. Deadline: 17 February 2012 More info: Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards 2012 Australian creatives and artists aged 18 - 30 are invited to enter original creative work in the 2012 Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA365). Each month a different category for the awards closes: Interactive gaming, written word, visual design & communications, film & video, photography, visual arts, craft & object design, music, architecture & interior design, animation. More info: Deadline: changes per artform per month. Australia’s Got Talent - join 2012 - all artforms. The auditions for Network Seven’s ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ are open. You can win $250,000. The show is on the search for the country’s star quality performers who have the potential to win series 6 in 2012. They are looking for anything and everything… solo acts, group performances, singers, dancers, magicians, circus & stunt acts, instrumentalists, comedians, novelty acts, animal acts, child performers, and whether amateur or professional, our doors are open to everyone of any age! The tour has come to an end, so please apply online or by sending in a DVD. If you successful, you will be invited to perform for the judges in February or March. Contact: Lucy on 029 434 0674 or More info:

Mem ber s New s HUMAN’s Western QLD youth festival wins major Tourism award Youth arts festival Shockwave’s importance in western Queensland was recognised after it was awarded ‘Best Festival/ Event ‘for 2011 at the Outback Tourism Queensland Awards. The festival is the result of a long-term partnership between Human Ventures and the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council and was fittingly awarded in Shockwave’s hometown of Blackall in Central Western Queensland. ‘Shockwave is a labour of love for young people in the West, it’s become their favourite opportunity to gather and express their individuality, leadership and creativity as one community, not individual towns.’ said Shockwave Producer, Brooke Newall. Shockwave was first held in 2009 with 65 young people participating from just 3 towns. Now in its third year, Shockwave 2011 attracted 500 people from 21 communities in Queensland and as far away as Shepparton in Victoria. 30 young people were paid as producers, coordinators and performers while over 150 were given creative skills development and regional presentation opportunities as part of the festival. Shockwave’s program covers workshops in songwriting, theatre, photography, visual art, djing, hip hop dance, mcing while showcasing art, live 13 music and dance by local young and emerging plus established professional artists from outside the region. This festival is forging a new wave of tourism for Outback Queensland with the creation of ‘youth tourism’ opening up opportunities for young visitors and their families to experience the region, learn new skills and make valuable connections with the local community. ‘Shockwave provides a unique and exciting opportunity for young people in regional Queensland to take charge of social activities in their area by developing their own cultural events program.’ said Queensland’s Minister for Tourism, Ms Jan Jarratt after attending Shockwave 2011. Shockwave Festival 2012 will be on 26 to 27 May, Blackhall More info:

The Last Dragon’s Tooth is a thrilling adventure story that sees the reluctant young hero Tom, set out on a dangerous quest to bring back the only cure for his dying father, the last dragon’s tooth on earth. Journeying through the Cliffs of Doom to the Cave of Mystery, he is met by many a strange creature and finds, in himself, the courage he never knew he had.

BEGUILED, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, NSW Choose to be lost, choose to believe. A performance installation experience by the PACT Ensemble 2011. We share a universal drive to believe in the potential of magic, a desire to explain the inexplicable, to overcome the impossible, to achieve our destiny. Created and performed by Taryn Brine, Kate Brown, Madison Chippendale, Cameron Ellis, Sam Koh, Annabelle McMillan, Lucille Lehr, tanya Thaweeskulcha, Emma W hite and Amber Wilcox. Directed by Cat Jones and Julie Vulcan with sound design and composition by Melissa Hunt, lighting design by Emma Lockhart-Wilson and design by Lucy Thornett. Season: Wed to Sat - 23 Nov to 10 Dec, 7.30pm W here: Venue PACT centre for emerging artists, 107 Railway Pde Erskineville 2043 Price 30yrs+ $26/under 30 $22/conc $18 More info:

Is this Australia’s Youngest Theatre Director? Canberra Throughout Canberra Youth Theatre’s forty-year history the organisation has always strived to nurture young talent and ARTISTS UNITE – a collection of 3 short plays by emerging playwrights, and produced by emerging directors, designers and technical designers was no exception. CYT’s emerging artists were all college and university students, but when presented with a play written by 10 and 11 year-old budding playwrights, Gabrielle and Loren Emerson, the opportunity to have a young director was too good to pass up. Enter the fourth short play… 10-year-old James Ewens, a young directing master with more than a considerable amount of skill, has proven that age is no barrier to emerging talent. This pint sized miniMr Armfield emerged through CYT’s workshop program and jumped at the chance to take the helm of The Last Dragon’s Tooth; one of the four short plays making up CYT’s production Artists Unite.

James came in to the rehearsal period with a strong vision for the play and has blossomed in the rehearsal room, demonstrating a talent beyond his years for guiding the adventure both on stage and off. With a cast of eight young people (the eldest at the ripe old age of twelve), director Ewens has been putting them all through their paces whilst under the watchful eye of CYT Artistic Director Karla Conway. “Here at CYT we don’t want to limit what we consider an emerging artist to be. Regardless of age, when our young artists are clearly ready to take on greater challenges we want to provide the opportunity for them to develop their craft in a mature and supportive environment. “James has proved on more than one occasion that he is capable of taking up the mantle as an emerging director at CYT and the work he is putting on stage is both entertaining and impressive.” Karla Conway, Artistic Director The Last Dragon’s Tooth is one of four short plays by emerging playwrights, directed by emerging directors and designed by emerging set, costume, lighting and sound designers. Each play has its own creative team, mentored by professionals in their field. The Last Dragon’s Tooth joined Silver Gelatin by Camilla Sheather-Neumann, Frogs Body by Olivia Hewson and Circcestra by Farnoush Parsiavashi. More info:

HATCHED ‘11, St Martins Youth Arts, VIC Choose your own SUBLIME adventure Usually theatre is on a stage. Often there’s a script. Sometimes you know what to expect. Often it drags on. Never at HATCHED.

InCite, AACA & Acacia Hill School worked with Guest Director Ms Kat Worth Acacia Hill School community and the broader Alice Spring disability community to create an original dance theatre production; ‘Close to Me’ a journey in music and movement. Close to Me is a journey in music and movement exploring our innate need to be close to people while at the same time maintaining our personal space. W hen do we need to be alone? W hen do we need space? Through maps and mapping, the work explores physical space and boundaries; our place, our bodies and our selves.

HATCHED transforms the entire St Martins complex into pockets of innovative performance. You’ll see Ethiopian circus, hear drunk Beethoven and taste Italian chocolate pudding. Participate in the ultimate survey or explore a cave of 3000 plastic bags. Witness dance with a difference, find out what librarians really fantasise about and get a searing insight into cultural misunderstandings, from the inside. HATCHED is a showcase of the best ideas from some of the greatest emerging creative minds. If you like your theatre fast, furious and phenomenal be sure to book your tickets before they sell out. Most of the HATCHED 2011 venues are easily accessible for wheelchair users. Due to the site specific nature of this festival we are unable to ensure access to every performance space. A selection of the Hatched shows will be Audio Described and Auslan Interpreted on December 10. A detailed physical description of the venue and its accessibility will be available to download on Tuesday the 29th of November DATES: 8, 9, and 10 December @ 7.15pm VENUE: across the St Martins complex More info:

InCite Youth Arts & Arts Access Central Australia (AACA) Live Dance Theatre - Close to Me - a journey in music and movement. Incite Youth Arts and AACA’s performances of Close To Me last month recently celebrated the diversity of difference. With nationally acclaimed guest director Kat Worth, this original dance theatre production was been created by local arts professionals and the Alice Springs community. ‘Close to Me’ is about what’s precious and important in life and what we hold dear to us. Using the metaphor of travel the performance explores themes relating to personal space, boundaries and our attachment to emotions and things.

image above: Close to Me, Incite Youth Arts & AACA

Governor recognises Polyglot’s international achievement Source: Arts Vic e-news 28 Oct 2011 Congratulations to Polyglot Theatre, who received the Arts and Entertainment award at this year’s Governor of Victoria Export Awards. The annual awards acknowledge success of Victorian businesses, in reaching new international markets. 

Polyglot has toured to key markets in the UK, Hong Kong and Mainlaind China. In 2010-11 international exports accounted for 25 per cent of Polyglot’s turnover. Since 2009, Polyglot has toured to China (four times), Korea (three times), the United States (three times), Taiwan (twice), Japan (twice), Singapore, England, Ireland and Scotland. The company has toured six different works internationally. Polyglot are now in the running for the 49th Australian Export Awards, which will be announced in Brisbane on 8 Dec 2011 More info:

NICA hosts the first ever Melbourne Circus Festival The Melbourne Circus Festival, celebrating NICA’s 10th Birthday, was a roaring success featuring circus events, nightly cabarets, comedy, magic shows, films, forums and workshops.

The Festival highlighted NICA ‘s achievements over 10 years, by inviting over 60 professional NICA alumni from throughout the world back to NICA to present their shows. The Festival generated a fantastic spirit of celebration between past and present students and staff, local residents and visitors to NICA. Among the many highlights were the daily Circus Cabaret performances. A different guest compere hosted each evening and a wild variety of talent kept audiences enthralled. NICA commissioned a new circus work designed for children of 5-8 years of age and their families, “Big Top for Little Tots”. This was a sell out during the festival. More info:

Teacher Professional Development Workshops, Melb & Syd The Australian School of Performing Arts offers a variety of high quality Performing Arts experiences to young people throughout the country. Extra curricular activities and are provided by the Australian Girls Choir and Junior @ AGC while a3 – Australian Arts Alive offers performing arts based education and training activities - with specialist offerings in song, dance and drama - in primary, secondary, vocational and teacher learning settings. In 2012, a3 – Australian Arts Alive will present four performing arts focused Professional Development workshops for primary classroom and specialist teachers in Melbourne and Sydney. • Start or Revive Your School Choir Friday 17 February - 9.30am – 3.30pm • Fun and Easy Dance Tuesday 1 May - 4.30 – 6.30pm • Music for Your Classroom Friday 3 August - 9.30am – 3.30pm • Confident Conducting for Confident Choirs Tuesday 16 October - 4.30 – 6.30pm More info: More info:

Flipside Circus Holiday Workshops, QLD Flipside Circus can save the day with the fantastic range of holiday workshops we have planned for December 2011 AND January 2012. 1. FLYING TRAPEZE – for the very first time we are offering Flying Trapeze workshops – learn to fly and experience the thrill that the Flying Trapeze brings in our 3 x 2 hour workshops 2. 5 Day Circus camp – yes join the circus for a whole week and put together your very own circus show! 3. 3 day circus workshops 4. 1 day circus workshops 5. TEEN WORKSHOPS –NEW! W hen: 12 Dec to 21 January 2012 More info:

deBASE Productions, QLD & VIC deBASE has been successful in attracting funding from Arts Queensland to tour ‘Hurry Up and Wait’ to Japan in the summer of 2012. The funding will firstly go towards a two week rehearsal period with Kazenoko Kyushu, where we will adapt the show for a Japanese audience, and then we will carry out a two week tour throughout Kyushu. They are also currently seeking to extend their tour of children’s festivals in Japan. Contact:

Po si ti o n s Va c a n t Barking Gecko, General Manager, WA Barking Gecko Theatre Company, one of Australia’s leading producers of professional theatre for young people is seeking an excellent General Manager to lead its administrative team alongside Artistic Director, John Sheedy. Contact: Michael Mitchell, Deadline: Friday 9 December 2011 Education & Public Programs Coordinator Mornington Peninsula Shire, VIC $55,924 - $64,611 Deadline: 9 Dec 2011 More info: Australia Council for the Arts: The Director, Arts Organisations, Sydney Responsible for managing and enhancing business relationships with the Australia Council’s triennially funded organisations More info: Australia Council Deadline: Mon 12 Dec, 5pm PATCH Theatre Company, Production Manager, Adelaide 4 days per week $60,000 (pro rata) Deadline: 10am, Mon 12 Dec More info: Team Leader - Arts and Cultural Development, City of Onkaparinga, Adelaide $87-$93k + vehicle + 9% super More info: Deadline: Mon 12 Dec 2011 The Marketing and Design Coordinator, Brisbane Powerhouse Deadline: Mon 12 Dec 2011 More info: Contact: Marketing and Communications Manager, Gondwana Choirs, Sydney $50 – 55,000 Deadline: 15 Dec 2011 More info: Contact: D’Faces of Youth Arts, Whyalla, SA Company Manager (part-time) Creative Producer (part-time) $50,000 (FTE) Deadline: Fri 16 Dec 2011 Contact: Stephen House at

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Fremantle, Perth Business Manager Deadline: 16 Dec 2011 Contact: Philip Mitchell, AD, More info: Emerging Artist Paid Mentorship Opportunity, Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People, Sydney. Seeking a local emerging artist/technician seeking to broaden their skills in several aspects of theatre – including stage management, acting, production management, marketing and touring. Contact: Nicola at More info: Vast Arts Project Officer, Longreach, QLD Work from home 15 - 30hrs/week $25/hr, casual contract To start January 2012 More info: Natural Disaster Recovery Program Manager, Foundation for
Rural & Regional Renewal Queensland (Brisbane potentially) Passionate about rural communities and their recovery from natural disasters? Contact: Alexandra Gartmann, CEO 03 5430 2399 or Shortlisting commences 20 Dec 2011 More info:

Indu s tr y m o vem ents ] • After three years at AMPAG, Sue Donnelly will be taking on the role of Executive Director of Queensland Theatre Company • Katherine McLean leaves Barking Gecko in great shape after more than three years in her role as GM • The Australia Council for the Arts announced the appointment of Julie Lomax as its new Director, Visual Arts. • Arena Theatre Co have recently welcomed two new staff members to the team: Program Producer Annette Vieusseux, who is joining them from her most recent role as Media Manager at Malthouse Theatre, and Emily Hollosy joins them as their new Program and Communications Coordinator. • Gondwana Choirs has appointed Hywel W. Sims as their new General Manager • Australian Theatre for Young People announced the appointment to the Board • of Directors Nick Marchand and Simon Webb. • Sarah Austin from St Martins Youth Arts announces Melinda Hetzel will be placed in the role of Artistic Director for 12 months during Sarah’s maternity leave.


International: Kijimuna Festa ASSITEJ International Meeting & CALL-OUT for performances In May 2011, at the ASSITEJ World Congress in Copenhagen and Malmoe, the General Assembly of ASSITEJ adopted a new Constitution and established a new possibility for the gathering of the artists on a global level! They now announce the 2012 ASSITEJ International Meeting and artistic gathering of ASSITEJ will take place in Okinawa City, JAPAN, from the 28th July to the 5th August 2012, in conjunction with Kijimuna Festa - the International Theater Festival OKINAWA for Young Audience. With the working topic “Theater: Nuchigusui” (Nuchigusui is ‘healer of life’ in Okinawan dialect), it will be an event for people in theatre for children and young people from all over the world to meet, interact, and develop new creative opportunities. The Kijimuna Festa and ASSITEJ international meeting will focus on Asian theater and will present representative choice of Asian performances, offer numerous seminars and workshops and will hold the forum: Theater for Children and Young People in Asia - Possibilities and Offers It will also include performances from all around the world to be presented at the festival. Now calling for submissions for the ASSITEJ International Meeting soon: eg - a workshop, seminar, symposium, or anything you would think is appropriate around the festival theme. If you want to learn more about Asian theater, if you want to establish connections and exchange with Asian artists, but also if you want to meet friends from all around the world and see world selection of the performances, do not miss the first ever ASSITEJ International Meeting, Okinawa July 2012. Detailed information about the program and plan will be announced in the coming months but for now, we recommend you check the dates in your calendar for coming to Okinawa in 2012. YPAA would love to see as many of you as possible at this occasion in Okinawa next year. Please contact YPAA if you require an official invitation or support letter for your visa, funding or other purposes to attend. Or, if you wish to attend this event and require an official invitation from us, email with your name, organisation, country and any other information to be included in the letter (however, no financial support to attend is available). More info:

CALL OUT The Next Generation Network Kijimuna Festival, Okinawa 2012 The Next Generation Network is a new network connected to a programme of activity involving an international performance element, hosted by the Kijimuna Festival, Okinawa, 2012. The programme is open to young and emerging* artists from any country, interested in the practice of theatre for young audiences and international collaboration. (*Young and emerging is not age restrictive; it is dependent on an acknowledgement of being at a developing stage of career with a focus on younger professionals. It also relates to new thinking in theatre for young audiences. Participating individuals should be working professionals with a background or interest in children’s theatre and work for young audiences.) This programme will be facilitated by participants from the Next Generation Project, which was a 3 year ASSITEJ Project, concluded in 2011. The working language is English with the capacity for translation into Japanese and Spanish. The Kijimuna: Next Generation Network would involve the following key activities: 1. A programme of festival performances attended by the 18 group; 2. A programme of forums and industry discussions; 3. A small performance challenge to encourage artistic collaboration; 4. Launch of the Next Generation Network. The programme will aim to give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Kijimuna Festival while creating strong, meaningful connections with artists around the world. This programme will contribute to the launch of the Next Generation Network. A minimum of 15 places are available for new participants who will work with members of the original group on a work-inprogress performance on the festival theme - “Nuchi Gusuri” (Theatre: medicine of life) Participants will be supported by the Kijimuna Festival through free registration, basic accommodation and possibly a small meal allowance. Participants would need to provide their own airfare/travel to attend the Festival. The wider programme (forums and panel discussions) will be open to anyone who wishes to be involved in the Next Generation Network. The Kijimuna Festival will advertise: The Next Generation Network through its festival programme. See more info, application form and requirements here: ASSITEJ International Next Generation Project Deadline: Contact:

30 Jan 2012

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), Showcase, USA IPAY is the leading service organisation in North America dedicated to professional performing arts for young audiences. In January 2012, they hold their 34th Annual Showcase and Conference

The event features juried showcases (most of them full-length) by 19 companies from around the world, plus 24 shorter “Spotlight” performances. Showcase also provides a lively forum for networking and discussion among approximately 400 attendees: presenters, artists, and artist managers from North America, Europe, Australia, and beyond. The conference encourages ongoing professional development for artists and presenters through workshops, demonstrations, and panel discussions on current issues and trends in the TYA field. Showcase embraces a wide variety of art forms—theater, dance, music, and other genres—and represents the field in all its geographic, cultural, and aesthetic diversity. Where: Austin, Texas. when: 18-21 January 2012. More info: 8th Annual International Conference of Indian Society for Theatre Research, India

Indian Theatre and Pedagogy: National and International Perspective FLAME School of Performing Arts is happy to host the 8th Annual International Conference of Indian Society for Theatre Research. The conference is scheduled from 9th to 11th February 2012 at FLAME campus Pune.

FLAME (Foundation for Liberal And Management Education was founded in 2004 by two visionaries, Nemish Shah and Parag Shah as a reaction against the rigidity, aridity and empty formalism of a syllabus-bound education system. A desire was born to enhance formal education with traditional knowledge through a progressive methodology. The Foundation established FLAME School , prompted by the success of the Foundation’s thriving program of study in theatre, music and dance. Over the past few years, this has led to much collaboration with renowned arts institutions worldwide and critically acclaimed production tours both in India and abroad. FLAME School of Performing Arts has created a five year integrated programme in Theatre, Music and Dance with an option of lateral entry and lateral exit. The event is currently calling for papers. More info: here Dates: 9 - 11 February 2012

Future Directions Forum in Theatre for Young Audiences, USA. The Forum will explore the following questions, among others: In what ways is TYA changing under the impact of massive global forces. How is this becoming manifest artistically?

Tony Graham, the renowned TYA practitioner and former Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre in London, will convene the Forum. They are inviting proposals from artists, educators, administrators, and students with an interest in TYA. The governing question behind this forum is to explore the ways in which TYA is changing under the impact of these massive global forces. More specifically, how is this becoming manifest artistically. Proposals are currently being accepted and are due to the Forum Committee. Deadline: 15 February 2012 When: 27-29 April 2012 Please submit proposals to: More info:

International Youth Arts Festival 2012, UK

Creative Youth announce that applications are now open for the 2012 International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), which is rapidly be coming one of the largest and most diverse youth events in the UK. The streets and venues of Kingston will come alive as young people from the ages of 5 to 26 showcase the very best in youth arts selected from the UK and Internationally. For the first time the International Youth Arts Festival will open with a week of participatory projects, workshops and schools engagement work Applications are open to any arts projects involving young people (0yrs– 26yrs). These projects may involve young people as performers, creators and artists or as producers and event managers. IYAF is also happy to receive applications for adult work which is specifically targeted at young people. Deadline: 31 Jan 2012 When: 29 June to 22 July 2012 More info: iyafestival

Panopikum Festival, Nuremberg, South Germany

For over 10 years, Panoptikum in Nuremberg (South Germany) has been a popular place to explore the wide range of children’s theatre from European countries as well as from Bavaria. Meet theatre professionals and festival organizers from Germany and abroad. View the videoclips of the invited productions on facebook: When: 7-12 February 2012

Image left: The ASSITEJ-International Next Generation Project – ‘Linz’ 2009


ASSITEJ Saudi Arabia Show an Opening Operetta for Dokhala Festival In a large traditional festival established in Tarout Island in the Eastern Provence of Saudi Arabia, Assitej Saudi Arabia Center for children and young people theater showed an opening Operetta called “Awesome Oh Homeland”, with a cooperation of more than 50 children belong to five theater teams representing Ajras, AlRaihan, Alfareej and Al-Makhateer theater group. This traditional festival “Dokhala” is one of the largest traditional festivals in the Gulf region, offering the heritage of the country in a modern and attractive way to the public and attended by hundreds of thousands of local visitors and from several regions and countries. The script is written and directed by Mr. Hussain AlAbdulmohsen, assisted by five young directors. They are Dr. Abdullah Al-Abdulmohsen (Pioneer of Gulf Children Theater), Mahdi Al-Ajami, Jehad Al-Helal, Ali Bu Hulaiga and the younger director Miss Sukaina Abdullah (11 Years old). The Operetta came distinctive and carried high and demanding Semitism meanings and urged for the national unity and stressed the unity between the sons of one homeland, through several Scenes that came impressive to the audience who praised the crew who have dedicated themselves to provide such show carried with important messages to the sons of the homeland.

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YPAA Newsletter Dec 2011  

Young People and the Arts Australia is the Australian national peak body for youth arts. This is our monthly e-newsletter, for December 201...

YPAA Newsletter Dec 2011  

Young People and the Arts Australia is the Australian national peak body for youth arts. This is our monthly e-newsletter, for December 201...