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Real Talk

Exploring Perspectives

Real Talk is an opportunity for twelve artists to watch and engage with art and performance; take part in critical discussion; and apply their personal perspectives to speaking, writing and responding to artistic works.

Important Dates

Applications have now closed.

Notification of Participation: Thu 25 Jan 2024

The program will support artists to critically discuss works with peers, reflect upon culture, interrogate and disrupt traditional ways of reviewing, and find their own ways of speaking, writing and responding to art and performance.

The program is open to artists at any stage of their career and from all disciplines (writers, performers, filmmakers, musicians, theatre makers, visual artists and more). It seeks to prioritise and center applicants who identity as First Nations, LGBTQIA+, and/or living with disability.

Real Talk will run as a year long program, with a slate of engagements throughout Perth Festival 2024, and additional sessions bimonthly throughout the rest of the year.


The application process is outlined below. It involves filling out a form or recording a video with your details and why you would like to participate in Real Talk.

You are also welcome to apply in a way that suits your needs. Please email Melanie Julien-Martial, Associate Producer, to discuss alternatives.

Real Talk is for West Australian based artists and creative practitioners at all stages of their career. You can practice any discipline including visual art, film, literature, new media, performance and more. The program will prioritise the voices of people who identify as First Nations, LGBTQIA+, and/or living with disability. We also strongly encourage applications from people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse.

If you have previously participated in a Connect Program (including Crit Club and Aboriginal Reviewers Program), you are welcome to apply again!

Real Talk will see you attend one or two events, performances, workshops, or meetings per week throughout the four weeks from 5 February to 3 March 2024. During the rest of the year, you will meet four-to-five times for an arts event and a critical discussion.

During the program you will engage with an arts event (a performance, a visual art exhibition, a film, a live music concert etc.) and then have a critical conversation about it as a group, led by your facilitators. You will participate in a range of activities, including writing, drawing, talking and trying things. Sometimes you will also spend some time with other Connect cohorts, such as the Festival Lab, Young Voices, Producer Forum, and others.

Participation in Real Talk is free. Perth Festival will supply free tickets to all compulsory events. Each participant will receive a $500 stipend to assist with travel and logistics of attending. We also have extra funding support for an access needs allowance and for regional artists.

Some additional funding is available for support and will be allocated once we know the successful applicants. The funding may not support all your needs and you may consider applying to the DLGSC Arts Short Notice Activity Program.

Videos aren't judged on aesthetic or production value. We're most interested in what you have to say in response to the selection criteria and questions outlined below. However, any audio should be clear and copyright materials must be acknowledged appropriately. 

The are no set assignments, homework, or outcomes for this program. However, it is possible that opportunities for publication or engagement may arise, and if so, we will support your participation in this, if you so wish. Any outcomes will not be mandatory.

Yes! Email Melanie Julien-Martial, Associate Producer, to organise a time to have a chat over the phone.