Sydney Conservatorium lecturer receives Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

Congratulations to Sydney Conservatorium jazz lecturer Judy Bailey whose outstanding contribution to music in Australia has been acknowledged by the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award. Presenting the award, Professor Gary McPherson, Ormond Chair and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, said “Judy’s contribution to music is profound, and her career as one of the country’s preeminent jazz musicians has influenced generations of musicians throughout Australia.” Judy is recognised as one of Australia’s most distinguished jazz composers and music educators. Her previous recognitions include an inaugural APRA Award for jazz composition and an OAM for services to music and education. Judy was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014.

Female artists feature heavily in Australia Council grants awarded

Congratualtions to Monash Professor Cat Hope who was one of the 63% of female artists who received a grant from the Australia Council in its recently announced awards. The latest round of over 200 grants awarded includes a significant number of awards made to female artists, particularly within the music category where 73% of all grants announced were made to female applicants. The funding results follow on from last year’s report Making Art Work which revealed a substantial pay gap for women in the arts. The report is available at:

Consultation into Arts and Disability announced

The Australian Government is inviting input into its new Arts and Disability Strategy. The consultation period is open until 3 December 2018. The discussion paper and details on how to contribute to the new strategy is available at:

Giving not Given

Offering a tax-exempt twelve-month stipend of US$50,000, international institution fees for an academic year, return airfares, insurances and assurances of exposure and professional connection, a Samstag Scholarship is often labelled a ‘golden passport to success’ in Australian art circles. Undoubtedly, in the 25 years since its inception, 140 Australian visual artists have benefited from this generous philanthropic bequest - many becoming household names.

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ARTSHUM 2018: School of Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition, Edith Cowan University

Event date: Opens 29 November 6-9pm. Exhibition runs from Friday, 30 November-Thursday, 6 December.
Event location: Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley Campus, Perth, Western Australia.
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The School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University at Mt Lawley campus in Perth will transform studios to exhibit installations and works from graduating students from Visual Arts, Fashion, Graphic Design, Film and Video, Animation, Photomedia, Environmental and Spatial Design, Games and Interactivity, Broadcasting, Journalism, the WA Screen Academy, Advertising, and Writing.

Griggs to take over as CEO of Adelaide Central School of Art

Penny Griggs has been announced as the new CEO of Adelaide Central School of Art, Australia’s only private, not-for-profit independent art school. Griggs, formerly CEO at SALA (South Australia Living Artists) Festival, will take over from outgoing CEO Ingrid Kellenbach in November.

Baykitch appointed as new Ausdance Exec Director

Ausdance National welcomes Kathy Baykitch as their new Executive Director. Ms Baykitch, a recent board member of Ausdance, has previously held positions at Shaun Parker & Company, the Royal Academy of Dance, Australia, and was founding Director of FORM Dance Projects, formerly Western Sydney Dance Action. She will commence on 8 October 2018.

The art of giving (and receiving): Philanthropy and the university art museum

Every year Australian university art museums (UAMs) are enriched by the generosity of individuals and philanthropic bodies who share a passion for the visual arts. This includes giving in the form of cultural gifts, cash donations, bequests and endowments that are critical to the development of university collections, art museum programs and facilities.

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Realising the impact of a $4 million endowment

In 2014 Paula Kinnane made an $8 million gift to the University of Queensland. 50% of the donor’s contribution was made to create an endowment for the UQ Art Museum and an equal amount was given to create an endowment for the UQ School of Music. It is estimated that together these two endowments constitute the largest private gift to the arts in the history of Queensland.

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