No gain without pain in performing arts

What would you do if someone you thought was your audience said they know nothing about your art genre, your marketing doesn’t speak to them, your venue is unfriendly, or they don’t have any idea what you do? According to audience development expert Dr Bob Harlow, that’s a common experience when targeting new audiences—by definition,… More

The risk of abysmally counterproductive community engagement

According to WA Showcase Keynote Speaker Doug Borwick abysmally counterproductive community engagement is a frequent risk in performing arts. The USA Author of Building Audiences, Not Communities will speak at the conference in 2019 about the concept of a metamission of the arts. Dr Borwick‘s work has raised eyebrows and changed thinking in his home… More

What keeps non-theatre goers away?

Despite a national survey which says 41% of the adult population, or nearly 700,000 Western Australians attended theatre in the past year, like most I have sat cringing for artists of great work performing in barely populated theatres. CircuitWest’s recent research around Western Australia led to talking to people from all walks of life and… More

Are we conquered by being divided?

The Major Performing Arts (MPA) Framework Review has certainly sent a shockwave through the sector as a whole and opened up new avenues for debate and comment. It would seem that this latest consultation appears to have opened a wound that threatens to turn the sector against itself. I think we are missing something deep… More

WA Introduces the Performing Arts Pinnacle Awards

Today CircuitWest introduced new Western Australian performing arts awards – The Western Australian Presenter of the Year and The Western Australian Producer of the Year. These awards will be known as The Pinnacle Awards. According to Executive Director Ryan Taaffe there is widespread support for WA specific performing arts industry gongs, especially as so many… More

New Format For Showcase

In 2019 there will be a change in how CircuitWest delivers Showcase. The event will be over 4 days from Tuesday to Friday with optional but highly recommended workshops on Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon. For those who attend the Bob Harlow optional workshop in 2018, these will be as valuable as that session. The… More

WA Showcase Shows You How To Make Art Indispensable

5 December, 2018 Today, CircuitWest revealed its biggest line up of speakers yet with five keynotes and an overseas teaching artist for the extended four days of WA Showcase in May 2019. The latest two additions announced are Dee Madigan, renowned no-nonsense marketing expert and Dr Doug Borwick, described as a guiding light for non-profit… More

Bunbury Wins Australia’s Best Venue

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC) has won Australian Performing Arts Centre of the Year in this year’s Drover Awards. It’s like winning an academy award for a venue in Australia according to CircuitWest Executive Director Ryan Taaffe. “The winner is voted for by industry peers based on providing outstanding services and exceptional success with audiences,”… More