Welcome To NiTRO

NiTRO is an online resource that connects creative artists in the university sector - in visual art and design, performing arts and creative writing -  with each other and with audiences, students, employers, policy makers and the general public. Through NiTRO you can:

  • Share your research, teaching and learning expertise
  • Find out about news, events and opportunities in creative arts
  • Contribute your views on the changes happening in university creative arts

Contribute Your Views

As a way to start discussion and encourage you to share your thoughts, we will focus on particular topics providing perspectives from those inside and outside creative arts. We welcome your articles on these topics or other issues important to creative arts. 
Current and upcoming featured focus:

NiTRO 9 - Tertiary arts graduates and alumni
Australia’s leading arts practitioner increasingly hold undergraduate and post graduate qualifications from our tertiary institutions.  How has their educational experience helped them in their professional arts career?  As educators, how do we shape our student experiences to meet the challenges ahead?  How do creative arts schools maintain connections with alumni and bring their experiences back into the education of new cohorts of students?  What of those students whose opportunities have taken them into different forms of work. What has studying creative arts brought to their current careers? For art educators, what stresses and joys, does teaching or mentoring highly talented artists bring? How does higher education and arts policy and processes help us understand more about our graduates and alumni?
Deadline for articles: 3 August, 2017

Nitro 10 - Activist or corporatised pussycat? Tertiary creative arts, politics and advocacy
From the Verdi’s compositional call to arms to the visual commentary of Gordon Bennett, art has always played an important role in political change. It captures and reports inequities and can galvanise public energy in a way that evades the written work of the statistician, however elegant their data may be presented.  Art is also deeply affected by political decisions. In Australia, many small arts organisations are still reeling from recent government funding changes and indeed many companies have been lost for ever. In higher and vocational education, political determinations of which courses,  scholarships and research projects are worthy of national support is reshaping how creative art is taught and studied. This edition of NiTRO will consider the responsibilities and responses of creative arts disciplines to the political landscape. Does art still have a leading role in political activism?  As teachers and practitioners have we now become too fearful of funding implications to be more than passive recipients of political decisions?
Deadline for articles: 21 September 2017

We welcome your thoughts on these or any other topics of interest to creative artists practicing in the university sector. Your articles, ideas and suggestions for future topics can be sent to: research @ddca.edu.au or click here for more information on contributing to NiTRO.


Share your research

Artists have always connected outside academe but as university interest to capture evidence of research impact and engagement increases, NiTRO provides an opportunity to share your research with colleagues, prospective users and funders through project updates, final findings and to encourage further input and discussion.


Connect with prospective audiences, students and conference attendees

Profile your events, conferences and postgraduate student opportunities through our resources section.  Over the next 12 months, with your help,  we hope to develop a ‘What’s on’ of university based arts activities to grow public attendance and interest in university creative arts. NiTRO can also share information about academic conferences and symposia, here and overseas, of interest to artistic researchers whether senior researchers wishing to share their expertise or  early career researchers or postgraduate students beginning to grow their academic identities.

NiTRO is your vehicle to discuss and shape the future direction for tertiary creative arts.  Help us to make it relevant to your needs and the messages that you wish to convey. Comments, articles, news items, suggestions for contributors and information on events and opportunities can be sent to:  research@ddca.edu.au or click here for more information on contributing to NiTRO.