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Art, biography, history and identity collide in this podcast from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Join Director Kim Sajet as she chats with artists, historians, and thought leaders about the big and small ways that portraits shape our world.
 
Face-to-Face is a podcast series from the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Listen to Face-to-Face portrait talks, interviews with artists, and lectures from the museum. Face-to-Face portrait talks occur every Thursday at 6pm, in the museum. For more, see the Face-to-Face blog at http://face2face.si.edu/ and the National Portrait Gallery's website at http://npg.si.edu/
 
Visual art, theatre, film and literature. Segments include: - 'Art Attack' - fortnightly visual arts reviews with Ace Wagstaff and Tai Snaith. - 'Shoot the Messenger' - fortnightly theatre news & reviews with Fleur Kilpatrick. - 'Drawn Out' - monthly chat about comic books and graphic novels with Bernard Caleo. Please email talks@rrr.org.au for all interview requests. About the Presenter Richard Watts has many years experience working in the arts industry, including five years as the Artisti ...
 
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Director and CEO of ACMI, Katrina Sedgewick joins Richard to talk about the launch of a new gallery in 2021. After ACMI’s closure in 2019 and subsequent 40 million dollar renovation of the new gallery. Richard is also joined by Craft Victoria director, Bryony Nainby to discuss Craft Contemporary, a new festival exploring how craft is evolving in th…
 
Tai Snaith joins Richard for the visual arts review segment Art Attack to review Jamie O'Connell's Love Saves the Day. A poetic, simple, sort of strange but ephemeral exhibition on until the 7th of November at Neon Parc Gallery. Also, Senior Curator at the National Gallery of Victoria Ted Gott talks to Richard about Don’t Leave Me This Way: Art in …
 
Literary Manager of Australian Plays, John Kachoyan joins Richard to discuss the launch of the NIMROD 50 Collection. An extensive and exciting collection of previously unpublished or out of print works to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nimrod Street Theatre Company. Richard is also joined by playwright and assistant lecturer at Monash Univer…
 
Gallery Director of No Vacancy, Hayley Hanes joins Richard to discuss the online exhibition Still Life. Featuring works from over sixty artists, the exhibition is inspired by objects that provide comfort and stillness of mind. Ace Wagstaff returns for his fortnightly Art Attack segment, reviewing Tom Civil’s Sparks exhibition on until September 20t…
 
Assistant Director of Curatorial and Audience Engagement at the NGV, Donna McColm joins Richard to talk about the announcement of Melbourne Now 2023, a massive free exhibition of art, design, and performance that celebrates Victoria’s creativity. The NGV hopes the exhibition will reignite the state’s creative spark and give the population something…
 
Richard is joined by Paul Davies, Director of MEAA Musicians who discussed the need for a comprehensive cultural policy to help sustain the arts in all its forms and invigorating everyone who consumes and creates art as well as increasing participation in the sector. Plus Richard chats with writer and journalist Ben Eltham about the Parliament of A…
 
Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung woman and recently appointed First Peoples curator at the TarraWarra Art Gallery, Stacie Piper joined Richard to talk about the Djirri Djirri Cultural Group who spoke as part of the Tall Trees Festival that happened on Sunday, August 23rd. The ticket proceeds from this year’s festival will be spent helping defend our …
 
Comedian and composer, Lou Wall phones in to talk to Richard about Dramageddon a genre-bending choose your own adventure podcast created by Lou and Jean Tong that pits two queer people against the climate apocalypse in 2050. Dramageddon is part of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2020 MWF Digital programming. Richard is also joined by curator and ar…
 
Melbourne based playwright, Gabriel Bergmoser talks to Richard about the musical radio-play adaptation of the Midsumma 2018 Bittern By Productions, Moonlite, one of Australia’s lesser-known bushrangers, out now online. Richard is also joined by Mia Falstein Rush, MIFF’s Shorts programmer to chat about the festival’s 68½ programming for 2020 and the…
 
Born just two years after the abolition of slavery, Madam C.J. Walker built a business empire by marketing her homemade haircare formula to the black community. Along the way, she became the United States’ first female self-made millionaire. Our guests, Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson, helped bring Walker’s story to millions of viewers in t…
 
Bernard Caleo returns for his regular segment, Drawn Out exploring all things comics and visual novels. Richard is also joined by Yarra Valley based photographer, Suzanne Phoenix to discuss her Isolation Portraits Exhibition which is now available online now. The portraits were taken during the various stages of Coronavirus restrictions in Upper Ya…
 
Richard starts the episode with Veronica Pardo, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria about a new commissions program Shelter. The program sees art as a powerful way to share the unique perspective of multicultural practitioners on the experience of Covid because "what artists do is kind of creep in under your skin". Next Richard chats with Narungga a…
 
We look at a black and white photograph that encapsulates a very American story— about the magic that can happen when you throw together people from different backgrounds and languages and… beats. The concoction that resulted is known as Latin Boogaloo. Eduardo Díaz, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center, explains how one of the genre’s pioneer…
 
The sitter was rapper LL Cool J. The artist was Kehinde Wiley, who's made a name for himself by portraying African American men and women in regal poses taken from art history. In this episode, LL Cool J recounts what happened when they met, and why he turned to a 100-year-old masterpiece depicting the richest person in modern history-- John D. Roc…
 
Richard chats with Tariro Mavondo, co-Artistic Director of Western Edge Youth Arts. WEYA have put young people at the centre of their organising model because "at WEYA we really believe that our young people are the change". Plus Martina Copley, Gallery Coordinator and Artistic Director of BLINDSIDE Gallery hops on the line to talk about reopening …
 
Richard speaks with Nicole Beyer, the Executive Director of Theatre Network Australia about the Federal Government's recently announced $250 million arts sector bail-out package. Beyer shared her cautious confidence in the government implementing a strategy that takes into account the long-term impacts of COVID. Plus Richard chats with David Bertho…
 
Richard talks with Mary Jane Warfield from Regional Arts Australia, the Manager of the Regional Arts Fund, which has received a significant increase in funding. She hopes that the money will aid community building in regional areas. Plus a conversation with Artshouse Artistic Director Emily Sexton about BLEED, a digital festival that will be held i…
 
After 'walking away' from slavery, abolitionist Sojourner Truth chose her own name, told her own story at speaking engagements, and sued for her young son's freedom. (She won.) The Gallery’s senior historian, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, says there’s something else she took control of— her portrait. You can see the carte de visite we discuss here: https:…
 
It commands attention among the more sober portraits in the Presidents’ gallery, interrupting a room of men in dark suits with an explosion of green and gold. Chief curator Brandon Fortune recounts the tragic backstory behind this standout portrait of President John F. Kennedy by one of the few women who gained a foothold in the abstract expression…
 
Richard is joined by Evelyn Richardson, the Chief Executive of Live Performance Australia, to discuss the organisation's two-year recovery plan for the arts. Richardson would like to see live venues and their staff supported by the government until they can resume their work in a safe way. Plus Kent Morris, the CEO of Torch Gallery, gets on the lin…
 
Ruben Salazar was one of the first Latinx journalists to rise through the ranks of a major U.S. newspaper. Initially, he was careful to avoid being pigeonholed as a reporter on minority issues, but eventually he became known for digging into stories about police brutality and racial profiling— subjects also championed by the Chicano Movement. Curat…
 
This week on SmartArts, Richard speaks with regular guest Tai Snaith about creative and educational activities you can undertake with your children, delving into the unconscious, with ideas around dreaming and free association. Artist Deanne Gilson joins Richard to discuss her work as part of Affirmation, an exhibition which will be shown online vi…
 
Richard talks to Annika Kristensen, the Senior Curator of The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) about a call-out to artists to submit proposals for the creation of new digital works. Kristensen says that the challenges of this time present an opportunity for ACCA to fulfil their mission statement which is to “do art differently”. Sarah …
 
In the first of our ‘social distancing’ episodes, educator Briana Zavadil White takes us to stand in front of one of her favorite paintings at the National Portrait Gallery. It commemorates a brutal boxing match that was fought 100 years ago, but Briana brings it alive… from the sound of the bell, to the smell of popcorn, to the sweltering heat. Se…
 
Richard talks to artist, facilitator, educator and play specialist Cat Sewell about tapping into kids’ innate ability to play. Then he talks to Nicole Beyer, who is the Executive Director of Theatre Network Australia, about the latest funding round from The Australia Council for the Arts. Beyer says that it’s vital for people to advocate for the ar…
 
Long before Coronavirus upended our lives, Will Rogers saw the United States through another difficult and divisive time. The good-humored cowboy is perhaps best remembered for his movies, but he was also a prolific social commentator who managed to cross divides with his comedic wit… and also advocated for those hardest hit by the Great Depression…
 
On this episode of SmartArts, Richard explores the creative ways that arts workers are adapting to the pandemic. He talks to Tai Snaith about the art projects she's doing with her kids. Tai is looking for the positives, which for her is spending time with her family enjoying the natural world. Richard talks to Greta Bradman of the Arts Wellbeing Co…
 
On this week’s episode Richard explores the impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector. Richard talks to Daniel Santangeli, Artistic Director & Co-CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre which is a part of the Arts West Alliance. Footscray Community Arts Centre have shut their doors out of respect for the members of their community who are most at risk d…
 
Richard speaks with playwright Merrilee Moss about her new work Running with Emus. Moss was inspired to write this work when she moved to a country town and was "thrust into the role of outsider, otherwise known as blow-in". Then Richard talks with Sam Strong the director of the new version of David Williamson's play Emerald City, which has been pu…
 
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