NiTRO is Three!

NiTRO celebrates its third anniversary in July 2019. Since our first edition in July 2016 we have produced 22 editions, which have been accessed by nearly 30,000 users from across the world. NiTRO articles are increasingly cited in scholarly literature and general media, and included in institutional repositories.

While readership numbers of our most accessed articles change rapidly as people access previous editions and re-read articles - as of July 2019, our three most-accessed articles between July 2016 and 2019 were:

  1. A Fond Farewell to Debra Porch – Mostyn Bramley-Moore (Edition 12)

  2. All that is Bad – Ian Haig (Edition 3)

  3. Four Memos to Myself: Things I’ve known, wish I’d known, have learned, unlearned or forgotten – Rupert Myer (Edition 18)

Our steadily-growing readership is due to the erudite commentary of our contributors who include academic staff from all creative arts disciplines, institutional leaders, students, arts professionals, media and not-for-profit organisations.

We would like to sincerely thank the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts for their ongoing support for NiTRO, and all of our fabulous contributors for their commitment and collegiality!

The Freedman Foundation travelling scholarship exhibition

Dates: 9 August-7 September 2019
Location: UNSW Galleries, Courtyard Gallery, Cnr. Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington, Sydney

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists celebrates the work of early career Australian artists. Each year, Scholarships are awarded to assist with the cost of overseas travel to conduct research and study.

The exhibition showcases eight emerging Australian artists who are the 2017 and 2019 recipients of the Scholarship and features new works by Spence Messih, Sara Retallick, Roberta Joy Rich, and Alexandra Spence alongside new iterations of works by Tiyan Baker, Kieran Bryant, Callum McGrath, and Laetitia Olivier-Gargano. Guest curator of the exhibition is the Freedman Foundation Curatorial Scholar Isabella Cornell, who is completing her Honours in Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design.

Singapore considering arts university

Nominated MP Terence Ho, Executive Director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, has issued a call for the transfer of art institutions such as Lasalle College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) into fully-fledged art universities.

Mr Ho said: “As an aspiring arts nation, I believe we should have our own arts university. By transforming or upgrading our art academies, this will draw local and overseas talents to enrol in these institutions.”

Responding to the proposal, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng promised to “study carefully Mr Ho's suggestion for an arts university”, noting that the government is “committed to developing our young talent, and are constantly exploring new ways of doing so.”

A Brave New World for Art

Our planet and world is at a tipping point due to global heating, the emergence of extreme right-wing and populist leaders and the continuing dominance of colonising and austerity politics … Artists cannot afford to merely represent Rome burn or the polar bear as the ice melts; it is important that we are also engaged and collaborating with researchers from other disciplinary fields.

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International Conducting Studies Conference 2019

Dates: 2-4 August 2019
Location: Recital Hall West and Atrium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

Presented by The University of Sydney and the Oxford Conducting Institute, key note speakers include:

  • David Robertson, Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

  • Neal Peres da Costa, Head of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

  • Karen Grylls, Head of Conducting at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

New IETM reports on funding, cultural democracy, inclusion and artist identity

IETM has released a number of reports from its recent plenary meeting in Hull UK which focused on “inclusion in today’s societies, in their artistic representations and in the process of creation.”

  • Everyone has an opinion, but only mine is right, looks at issues related to inclusion, diversity and difference;

  • Everyday creators: friends or foes? discusses what makes an artist

  • If funders really wanted to support artists, what could they do? looks at issues of at funding alignment

  • Cultural Democracy in practice addresses issues of cultural participation

The reports are available at:

Useful resource: Pro Bono Grants listing

Pro Bono, the not-for-profit website, has just launched a grants site in collaboration with Strategic Grants. Although the site includes a range of disciplinary granting bodies, it does include schemes and philanthropic funding sources interested in arts and culture. The site can be accessed at:

7th biennial conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies – call for panel, round table and individual proposals

Call for proposals deadlines:

  • roundtables: 1 Jan 2020

  • panels: 1 Feb 2020

  • individual proposals: 1 Feb 2020

Conference dates: 17-19 Sept 2020
Location: University of Leuven, Belgium

The 7th biennial conference of the EAM intends to tackle the ways in which the avant-garde and modernism in Europe relate to crisis/es. Although we welcome panel, roundtable and paper proposals on any aspect of this relationship, we are particularly interested in new research on three topics:

  1. theoretical complexity of the notion of crisis

  2. crises-laden historical trajectory of the avant-gardes and modernism.

  3. practical side of things, across all areas of avant-garde and modernist activity: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, curatorial practice, design and technology.

The Arts Activated 2019 Conference

Dates: 22-23 August 2019
Location: Waterview at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Arts Activated is one of Australia’s leading forums for making arts and culture in Australia more accessible for artists and audiences with disability or who are Deaf. The biennial event attracts up to 250 artists, arts workers, disability advocates and researchers as well as relevant decision makers across the government, cultural and events sectors. The program includes over 20 sessions and events and will feature several high profile Australian and international guests. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Making It Happen Today’ and so the focus is on fast tracking improvements to accessibility across the arts, cultural and event sectors.