Creative Arts


EarFest features a collection of original works from a diverse range of acclaimed artists who create audio-centric work. 

They include poets, comedians, rock legends, podcast makers, and performance artists who have each created an original recording no longer than seven minutes.

Each day of September subscribers will receive a link to that day’s piece. Admission is complimentary by registering here, and a voluntary donation to the Shepherd


Centre, a charity to help deaf or hearing-impaired children, is welcomed.

The thirty pieces were commissioned by EarFest creator Ralph van Dijk, Founder of audio advertising agency Eardrum, and father of ARIA Award winning artist Ruel.

“Covid-19 has devastated the art’s sector”, says van Dijk, “EarFest allows us to celebrate the power of audio but more importantly support those with the skills to harness it at the time they need it most. This format allows lovers of music and spoken word to enjoy an exciting new work each day of September. With everyone guaranteed the best seat in the theatre of their mind.”





Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts will hear evidence on the benefits the arts bring to Australia, and the significant impacts that COVID-19 has had on this important industry.

Committee Chair, Dr David Gillespie MP, said ‘Australia’s cultural and creative industries are at a point of significant change as Australia adapts to life in a pandemic’.

‘Australia’s creative innovation economy has made us a major player in the international arts arena, delivering benefits to our economy and helping shape our national identity. It’s time to reflect on and re-think the way we create and interact with art, as we react to the pandemic and the challenges we need to overcome’. Continue reading STATE OF THE ARTS IN 2020 AND BEYOND : NEW ENQUIRY


These Spring school holidays, children and young people can take advantage of face-to-face creative classes and follow in the footsteps of Emmy-nominated actor Sarah Snook and leading film and television actors Remy Hii, Miranda Tapsell and Hugo Weaving, who learnt their craft with NIDA’s professional performance training.

From 26 September, NIDA Open will be running its popular short courses in face-to-face classes in Sydney and Newcastle, with introductory to advanced classes for different age groups in acting for stage, screen, TV presenting, costume design and audition preparation. NIDA has also designed a selection of new online courses for children and young people who can’t make it to a classroom but still want to creatively connect and learn. Continue reading NIDA OPEN STARTS AT END OF SEPTEMBER


BeYouInc. is a charity organisation committed to empowering performers.

We’re providing grants to people who find it hard to audition for performing arts schools due to the expensive application fees.

We were going to award 4 grants in 2020 but due to the overwhelming support and donations from theatre patrons, we will now be providing over 100 grants to those who have encountered barriers and or have struggled to access our industry due to experiencing disadvantage. Continue reading BE YOU INC. : SCHOOL AUDITION GRANTS


Scripts Alive is an online platform based in Australia where Writers, Directors and Actors have the opportunity to collaborate, test, and work on new or unperformed plays.

The website coordinates and connects writers with creatives who are serious about their craft in order to push the creative industry forward, to flourish and expand.

If you are a young writer, director or actor this is one website to get involved with.




Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts will hear evidence on the benefits the arts bring to Australia, and the significant impacts that COVID-19 has had on this important industry.

Committee Chair, Dr David Gillespie MP, said ‘Australia’s cultural and creative industries are at a point of significant change as Australia adapts to life in a pandemic’. Continue reading STATE OF THE ART IN 2020 AND BEYOND : NEW ENQUIRY


New, quirky and irreverent candle brand The Really Useless Candle Company, founded by musical theatre performer Debora Krizak, is setting the home décor world on fire with the launch of its unique and cheeky candles. These conversation starting candles will not only light up these dark COVID times, but their touché slogans promise to bring a much-needed smile to their customers’ faces. With Australia-wide shipping, candles can be ordered and delivered as the perfect gift for friends and family at Continue reading MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMER DEBORA KRIZAK LAUNCHES NEW CANDLE COMPANY


Regional Arts NSW has today launched the program for the fourth and final iteration of Artstate – an arts showcase and conference to be held in Wagga Wagga from 5 – 8 November 2020.  

The Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre hosted the small, Covid-safe launch event that was livestreamed so that those who wanted to join the conversation and celebrate the launch could do so under the current restrictions.

Speaking at the launch of Artstate today, Wagga City Mayor, Greg Conkey expressed his delight in welcoming this cultural event to the region.

“Wagga Wagga is a city of exceptional beauty, and this time of year is spectacular to witness the Murrumbidgee River and its surroundings, including a host of beautiful parks and cultural facilities. Continue reading ARTSTATE PROGRAM LAUNCHES FOR THE FOURTH AND FINAL TIME


Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW is pleased to announce an Accommodation Relief Program as part of their COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.

 This program will provide up to 65 recipients, who are ineligible for Government benefits, with a monthly stipend of $500.00 over 3 months (total value $1,500) to assist with rent or mortgage payments.

 “The most frequently mentioned expense we have seen from applicants to our Emergency Assistance Fund has been in relation to rent payments, and so it seemed appropriate to find a way to address this need within our community” said ABFNSW Chair, Bruce Spence. “A significant proportion of applicants have also advised they are unable to receive either JobKeeper or JobSeeker, wherein they might have been able to access rental relief payments. We wanted to assist those who have fallen through the cracks due to ineligibility.” Continue reading ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND ANNOUNCES A ACCOMMODATION RELIEF PROGRAM


Todd McKenney in zMask 3

Within a couple of weeks, Todd McKenney’s new project to assist others in the entertainment industry has become a roaring success. Almost 800 Australian-made face masks have been sold, raising $20,000 for their talented designers and professional theatrical wardrobe teams.

 Todd is a passionate and long term member of the Stage and Screen industry and an advocate for Public Health. As a keen supporter of The Grace Centre at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Todd has witnessed first-hand the profound impact of following advice when it comes to protecting the vulnerable with best practice. In response to the current national health crisis, teamed with the impact of the crisis on the economic prospects of his fellow industry family, Todd created a ‘pivot for profit’ platform,

 TODDMASKS.COM, where Australian costume designers can make and sell masks directly to the public in order to assist these talented individuals to use their exceptional skills to both make Australia more safe and create an income stream for themselves. Continue reading TODD MCKENNEY’S INDUSTRY MASK MARKETPLACE TAKES OFF


Prepare for a great adventure as the Sydney Science Trail gets ready for children across the country (5-15 years), and their adult friends and teachers, to join the mission to help planet Earth.

For one month (15 August – 15 September), the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney are collaborating to create an exciting and interactive virtual science experience for National Science Week 2020 and beyond.

Sydney Science Trail is a free digital quest jam-packed with interactive games, live-streamed talks, explosive science shows and virtual tours from world-class scientists and researchers.  Continue reading SYDNEY SCIENCE TRAIL VIRTUAL EXPEDITION EMBARKS AUGUST 15


Live Performance Australia has developed a $345 million plan to help the live performance industry restart, rebuild and reopen for audiences following the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan includes capital investment in performing arts companies and productions to help them restart, extending income support to businesses and individuals to retain jobs, and incentives to encourage Australians to return to live performance events.

“As we enter the 12th week of shutdowns due to the public health response, it’s well and truly time for the Federal Government to get behind Australia’s arts and entertainment industry and deliver a comprehensive and properly funded plan so our world-class industry can get back to work,” said LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson. Continue reading LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA REVEALS ITS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PLAN TO KICKSTART THE ARTS


The Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced  that the State Government will inject $50 million into the struggling arts sector which has been devastated by the coronavirus lockdown.

The rescue package is the largest of its  kind to be made by any state.

The Premier said ,that “we know that the arts is a place of refuge and a source of inspiration in these challenging times.”

Th e Government’s decision  has been well received by the arts community. Continue reading PREMIER GIVES ARTS COMPANIES A $50m LIFELINE


The sorry saga continues with more twists and turns. After an initial proposal for Carriageworks to be taken under the Sydney Opera House umbrella, a number of philanthropists raised two million in an attempt to save it.

The most generous donor is believed to be Board Director, major art collector and philanthropist  Geoff Ainsworth and his partner Joanna Featherstone,

Billionaire philanthropist Kerr Neilson and daughter Paris have pledged conditional financial support to Carriageworks provided Carriageworks comes to some arrangement  with its leasor, Create NSW.

As many as fifteen parties have registered their interest to the . administrators. Continue reading CARRIAGEWORKS SAGA CONTINUES WITh NO END IN SIGHT



The curtains may have closed but work is still in development in and around the community of actors and emerging artists in the Western Sydney region, where Q Theatre is hard at work commissioning and directing a range of theatre and performing arts projects available to stream online in the coming months.

There are currently multiple works in development that explore the theme of community and connection to the local area as part of long-form, community-based development project St Marys Kid. These works are part of a multi-year commitment to the St Marys community and seek to amplify existing local arts and culture with a range of performance outcomes later in the year.

 The new St Marys Kid project is being produced in partnership between Q Theatre and Penrith City Council’s Community & Cultural Development team and kicks off with an open call-out for members of the community to participate in the performance of the song All Might – a piece from a new musical written by Nicholas Christo and Paul Smith.

 As part of the Keep Heart Penrith programming, Q Theatre is inviting local singers and string players of all abilities to apply to be a part of the performance via the Q Theatre website. Participants will be able to rehearse at home using online resources with all contributions edited into a beautiful version of the song; shared online as a free performance piece. A sample recording featuring main vocals on piano, choral parts and strings is available to check out now via the website.

 You can check out everything on offer here.
















Our very enthusiastic new Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch.. Pic Ben Apfelbaum .


                Home is where the art is


Wherever you are I suspect you are reading, listening to music, watching movies, maybe having a cheeky dance and generally enjoying art. When times are tough we turn to art and artists to help us through. Arts are a valuable part of our lives in lockdown and we are looking forward to opening up soon and being just as valued in recovery.


Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben tells us that our lives are not just about the physical health of our bodies but also the social relationships, cultural interactions and economic exchanges that make us a community. Sydney Festival is part of your community and we hope you and yours are healthy in mind, body and spirit.


I am looking forward to bringing all the thinking we are doing out from under the covers. The Sydney Festival Team are busy baking the right kind of festival for January 2021. We are hopeful and optimistic we will have a festival in January and we are talking to artists about what we should do to help Sydney come out of its cocoon.


There will be so much need for a recovery and when the time is right we will be there. Until then stay safe, crank up the music and dance a little bit longer.





Featured image – In happier times Wesley Enoch with Marcis Hines and Iota. Pic Ben Apfelbaum,







Experience NIDA from home with our first ever Virtual Open Day!

In 2020, our Open Day(s) will take place online, with activities spread across four days from Wednesday 17–Saturday 20 June.

→  Explore our workshops
→  Watch never-seen-before videos of student projects
→  Try a NIDA Open course
→  Get involved in live Q&A sessions with course leaders and special alumni guests
…and more!

The full schedule will be published soon, sign up now for more information and to attend.






The subsuming of Carriageworks into the bosom of the Sydney Opera House seemed to be a done deal.

Unable to receive annual rental  of $1.1 million from its popular weekend Farmer’s Markets nor its ticket revenue of $1.9million it appeared to permanently shut its doors.

A further problem is that the land on which it sits is on a short term lease from CreateNSW which appears  to be an impatient landlord.

However several leading arts philanthropists are believed to have offered  more than $2million to rescue Carriageworks from voluntary administration until its traditional sources of revenue can recommence.  The administrators have been non-commital in relation to the offers made as it was at an early stage sorting out the Carriageworks finances.

To date, 29 workers were let go before voluntary administration. A small team of twelve employees are working reduced hours to maintain essential services.






Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) are collaborating with globally renowned design and engineering firm Arup to present a free 3D virtual exhibition, Seeds of Our City. Fortifying the connection between Western Sydney and the city, the exhibition showcases the works of three acclaimed Western Sydney artists online from the Arup Gallery in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Audiences will have the opportunity to virtually walk through the exhibition space and take in the artworks by going to

Focused on creating vibrant, sustainable urban spaces, Arup is behind some of Sydney’s most eye-catching and architecturally stunning buildings, including the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building for UTS, and the award-winning Green Square Library. Continue reading SEEDS OF OUR CITY : A FREE 3D VIRTUAL EXHIBITION


The Australian Jewish community will this week launch an exciting new online initiative to bring the world of art, culture and inspiring live events. And former prime minister ‘The Hon Paul Keating’* will officially launch it online on Thursday afternoon!

Dunera is an online hub where isolated members of the community – and beyond – can access live events and participate in a range of cultural and communal activities from any device, at any time. It is an easy-to-use platform that aims to bring about a new sense of togetherness, even when we are apart.

Free to all, users of Dunera can watch or participate in entertaining and inspiring live events or browse the ‘On Demand’ section filled with music, talks, recipes, games and more.  The time – and space – to learn, listen and laugh together is only a click away! Continue reading DUNERA : THE LAUNCH OF A NEW ONLINE ARTS HUB


Kaldor Public Art Projects announces 36th project with global partners, commissioning Australian artists to create new work

Kaldor Public Art Projects has announced its 36th project, which launches in partnership with London’s Serpentine Galleries, Independent Curators International and Google Arts & Culture this week. Together the global partners will premiere 50 new artworks designed to inspire creativity during lockdown periods. 


For Project 36: do it (australia)Kaldor Public Art Projects will commission Australian creative practitioners to create new work for the organisation’s first public art project to be presented digitally.

Kaldor Public Art Projects has commissioned Australian creative practitioners across a range of disciplines to take part in Project 36: do it (australia). Commissioned practitioners include: Rafael Bonachela, Lauren Brincat, Megan Cope, Brian Fuata, Dale Harding, Saskia Havekes, Amrita Hepi, Jonathan Jones, Janet Laurence, Ian Milliss, Glenn Murcutt, Tracey Moffatt, nova Milne, Khaled Sabsabi and Latai Taumoepeau.

The commissions will take the form of typed or handwritten instructions, occasionally paired with drawings or videos. From 13 May, do it (australia) will release each week a new set of artist instructions, with the full series released over a period of 3 weeks. The instructions will be unveiled on the Kaldor Public Art Projects website and Instagram. Kaldor Public Art Projects will gather audience responses to the artists’ instructions, collating and sharing Australians’ creative interpretations of the new work.

do it (australia)
 is co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and John Kaldor, supported by Emily Sullivan (Curator) and Monique Leslie Watkins.

The commissions will form part of a global network of exchange, as artists’ instructions are shared with partners’ vast international audiences under the title do it (around the world). The Google Arts & Culture platform will present a selection of the 50 commissions from the collaborating global partners.

Since it was initiated by curator and Serpentine Galleries’ Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier in 1993, do it has been presented all over the world, making it the widest-reaching and longest-running ‘exhibition in progress’ ever shown. Since its inception, it has grown from 12 to over 400 sets of artists’ instructions and has been shown in more than 150 art spaces in over 15 countries. Artists who have taken part in historic do its include Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Louise Bourgeois, Adrian Piper, Tracey Emin and Richard Wentworth.

do it is based on a series of instructions written by artists – an eclectic mix of ideas that range from the active to the absurd and the philosophical. do it encourages activities away from the screen, inviting audiences to respond to the artist’s call, follow their lead, enter their world and realise an artwork on their behalf.

The new global art project builds on three decades of this famous artist-led open source project, perfectly designed to share with communities during this period of lockdown across the world.This 2020 incarnation of do it is designed to respond to the spatial isolation necessitated by COVID-19 by commissioning new do it instructions for presentation online. It will encourage audiences to interpret the artists’ instructions in their own way, at their own pace. Anyone, anywhere. Audiences will be invited to share their do its with their networks.

Kaldor Public Art Projects Director John Kaldor AO said: “Hans Ulrich Obrist and I have known each other for many years and we are delighted to be working with him again on this global project. It is our hope that this 36th Project helps bring creativity to Australians at home and showcases Australian artists internationally.”

Images can be downloaded HERE.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Kaldor Public Art Projects share a commitment to developing groundbreaking public art that engages local and international communities. As the Major Project Partner for do it (Australia), Bloomberg Philanthropies is committed to supporting cultural institutions and empowering artists across the physical and digital worlds. Kaldor Public Art Projects is grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for their support of this project, the tenth commission generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, following on from Making Art Public and Asad Raza in 2019, Anri Sala in 2017 and Jonathan Jones in 2016.Kaldor Public Art Projects are proud that do it (australia) will be supported by founding patrons The Balnaves Foundation and Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

The NSW Government continues to provide invaluable support through Create NSW.

About Kaldor Public Art Projects:
For 51 years Kaldor Public Art Projects has created groundbreaking projects with international artists in public spaces, changing the landscape of contemporary art in Australia with projects that resonate around the world.
Project 36: do it (australia)
Pic : Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela with dancers





Over the past few weeks the teams from The Joan, Q Theatre, Penrith Conservatorium and Penrith Regional Gallery have all been working to launch the new online arts program Keep Heart Penrith in response to the global health crisis.

We are excited to announce that the program is now live and incorporates a series of online arts content & learning delivered via email, known as Creative Care Packs. The Creative Care Packs can be accessed through the website

As part of Keep Heart Penrith, the Creative Care Packs will bring the balanced collection of the latest and best arts content.

The best in live performance, virtual travel to the top museums and exhibitions around the world, fun and creative activities to try at home by yourself or with the family. The packs also include insights with Gallery, Q, Joan or Con team members and staff and insights  into the Gallery Collection. There is also a From the Archives section – a series of did you know snippets covering the history of creative Penrith and the legacy of Q Theatre, The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery.

Penrith Conservatorium, Q Theatre and Penrith Regional Gallery have all moved to operating online with exhibitions, creative projects, workshops, lessons and ensemble tuition now available to access from your computer at home.




“Art proves it value by still mattering to people who have been deprived of every other freedom.” – Clive James

Leadership’s unlikely candidates

In 1995 painter Arthur Boyd was named Australian of the Year for his “extraordinary contribution to Australian art and his great generosity to the Australian nation.” Particularly admired in the UK and Australia, Boyd is so celebrated that one of his tapestries is on display in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. In 1993 he gifted to the nation several thousand artworks from his personal collection. He also donated to the Australian people his property, Bundanon, on the Shoalhaven River near Nowra, several hours south of Sydney. Bundanon is managed by Bundanon Trust as a not for profit artists’ retreat complete with accommodation, galleries and concert venues. Those who visit cannot but be inspired by the scenery, the artworks on display and the generosity of the artist in signing away something that must have been precious to him and is family.            Continue reading ARTISTS AS LEADERS : CELEBRATING THE ROLE OF HEROIC ANTIHEROES