DDCA thanks Professor Su Baker AM for her leadership

By Professor Clive Barstow

As incoming president of the DDCA, I would like to pay my utmost respects to Professor Su Baker AM for her outstanding leadership and advocacy for the arts over many years in her capacity as president of the DDCA. Su has gained tremendous respect across so many arts and higher education communities both in Australia and overseas and has been a major influence on national arts policy here in Australia through her ongoing professional relationships with government and private sector organisations.

I think I speak on behalf of all academics, students and arts graduates across Australia in acknowledging Su’s tireless contribution to make life richer for all of us, and in influencing our policy makers about the important role the arts play in the forming of our cultural and national identity.

Su established the DDCA in 2013 with the vision of bringing together our various peak bodies so that the arts can speak as one voice, and a voice with unity and authority. Under Su’s direction the DDCA has achieved so much in its brief history, and it has achieved this with strong moral and ethical principles that are key to our understanding of humanity, a core value as a result of Su’s leadership that is often taken for granted.

During Su’s Presidency, the DDCA has represented the views of the tertiary creative arts sector in a range of fora, including submissions to federal government consultations on research policy, funding, training and the engagement and impact agenda and established NiTRO as a vehicle to support discussion and debate within the sector.

Following Su is like accepting a role after Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Ghandi have stepped down once they have realised there is more to life than running a committee! While I could never emulate Su’s achievements, I rest easy in the knowledge that the DDCA has a wonderful committee of movers and shakers, which will include Su as a contributing member for a few more years to come. The collective insight and leadership of the DDCA will continue its mission to work closely with our colleagues in all the arts disciplines and to advocate for a strong and robust cultural policy that will benefit the nation into the future.

I am very proud to be given the opportunity to take on the presidency of the DDCA and very thankful to Su for her strong leadership and guidance over many years.

Professor Clive Barstow
President The Australian Council of Deans & Directors of Creative Arts
Executive Dean Arts & Humanities Edith Cowan University

DDCA welcomes Professor Clive Barstow as its new President

18 March 2019 marks quite a momentous date for DDCA. At the DDCA Board meeting held on that date, Professor Su Baker  AM formally tendered her resignation as DDCA President, handing over to DDCA Vice President Professor Clive Barstow to continue the good work.

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As someone who has been involved with DDCA from its early days (and even prior to this during discussion about the need for DDCA), it will seem strange not to have Su’s energy and insight at the helm. Of course Su would be the first to acknowledge that DDCA is very much a group enterprise by ‘DDCA active’ colleagues from across the sector and, particularly, current and former DDCA board members.  It is therefore fitting that the DDCA Presidency now passes to Clive, who has been part of the DDCA journey since its beginning.

Clive is Executive Dean of Arts & Humanities at Edith Cowan University, as well as Honorary Professor of Art at the University of Shanghai Science & Technology China, Honorary Professor of Design at Guangdong Baiyun University China and global faculty member of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey USA.

He has an extensive history of teaching and researching in creative arts. Prior to moving to Australia in 1992, he taught at Middlesex University in London and the Kent Institute of Art and Design. He trained under Eduardo Paolozzi at the University of the Arts London (Chelsea School of Art) and holds a PhD from Griffith University Australia.

Clive is also practicing artist and writer. His exhibition profile includes forty years of international exhibitions, artist residencies and publications in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His work is held in a number of collections, including the Musse National d'Art Modern Pompidou Centre Paris and the British Council USA. Clive is President of the newly formed Sino-Australian Artists Association. and President of the newly formed Sino-Australian Artists Association. He is also Director of the Open Bite Australia Print Workshop, which encourages the development of printmaking within a number of local indigenous communities.

His recent exhibitions include “Tomorrow is History” at the Turner Galleries Perth WA, “Giving Yesterday A Tomorrow” at the Hu Jiang Gallery Shanghai China, “Cultural Pruning” at the Meou Art Gallery M50 Art Space Shanghai and recent publications include “Encountering the Third Space:  a study of identity and hybridity through trans cultural artistic practice in Australia and China” Oxford University UK. In 2005 Clive was awarded the distinguished teaching award by the Australian Council for University Art & Design Schools, for his contribution to art and design education in Australia.

Clive has been a regular contributor to NiTRO since its beginning and we look forward to working closely with him as DDCA President over the coming years.

Australian Research Council Engagement and Impact Assessment results revealed

The ARC has now released results for the first Engagement and Impact assessment that accompanied the ERA research exercise.

The E & I assessment was introduced in December 2015 by the federal government to examine how universities translate their research into economic, environmental, social, cultural and other benefits. Each Unit of Assessment (UoA) was considered, with Field of Research 19 ( Studies in Creative Arts and Writing) and 12 ( Built Environment and Design) of most relevance to creative arts researchers.

High – medium – low assessments were made in three areas:

  • Engagement: the extent to which university research engages with ‘end users’ outside academia

  • Impact:  the impact that university research has outside academia; and

  • Approach to impact: institutional approaches to facilitating the impacts.

FOR 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing E & I assessments

Institution Engagement Impact Approach to Impact
Bond University n/a n/a n/a
Charles Darwin University n/a n/a n/a
Charles Sturt University medium high medium
Central Queensland University n/a medium medium
Curtin University of
  Technology
high medium medium
Deakin University high high high
Edith Cowan University medium high high
Federation University
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
Flinders University medium medium medium
Griffith University medium medium medium
James Cook University n/a n/a n/a
La Trobe University medium medium medium
Macquarie University medium medium high
Monash University medium medium medium
Murdoch University n/a n/a n/a
Queensland University of
  Technology
high high high
RMIT University high low medium
Southern Cross University n/a n/a n/a
Swinburne University of
  Technology
medium low low
The Australian National
  University
medium medium low
The University of Adelaide medium medium low
The University of Melbourne high high High
The University of New England n/a n/a n/a
The University of Newcastle high high High
The University of Notre Dame
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
The University of Queensland medium medium Medium
The University of Sydney medium high High
The University of Western
  Australia
medium medium Low
University of Canberra medium high Medium
University of Divinity n/a n/a n/a
University of New South Wales high high High
University of South Australia n/a medium Low
University of Southern
  Queensland
n/a n/a n/a
University of Tasmania medium low Medium
University of Technology
  Sydney
n/a n/a n/a
University of the Sunshine
  Coast
n/a n/a n/a
University of Wollongong high high Medium
Victoria University n/a n/a n/a
Western Sydney University medium high High

FOR 12 Built Environment and Design E & I assessments

Institution Engagement Impact Approach to Impact
Australian Catholic University n/a n/a n/a
Bond University low n/a n/a
Charles Darwin University n/a n/a n/a
Charles Sturt University n/a n/a n/a
Central Queensland University n/a n/a n/a
Curtin University of
  Technology
high low medium
Deakin University medium medium high
Edith Cowan University n/a n/a n/a
Federation University
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
Flinders University n/a n/a n/a
Griffith University high high high
James Cook University n/a n/a n/a
La Trobe University n/a n/a n/a
Macquarie University n/a n/a n/a
Monash University high high high
Murdoch University n/a n/a n/a
Queensland University of
  Technology
high medium high
RMIT University high high high
Southern Cross University n/a n/a n/a
Swinburne University of
  Technology
high high high
The Australian National
  University
n/a n/a n/a
The University of Adelaide high medium low
The University of Melbourne high high high
The University of New England n/a n/a n/a
The University of Newcastle medium medium medium
The University of Notre Dame
  Australia
n/a n/a n/a
The University of Queensland high high/medium high/low
The University of Sydney high high high
The University of Western
  Australia
medium high medium
University of Canberra n/a n/a n/a
University of Divinity n/a n/a n/a
University of New South Wales high high medium
University of South Australia high high medium
University of Southern
  Queensland
n/a n/a n/a
University of Tasmania high medium medium
University of Technology
  Sydney
high high high
University of the Sunshine
  Coast
n/a n/a n/a
University of Wollongong n/a n/a n/a
Victoria University n/a n/a n/a
Western Sydney University medium high high

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art search for new Exec Director

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is on the hunt for a new Executive Director to replace Linda Mickleborough who has stepped down after being in the role since 2016.

Acknowledging Linda’s contribution Max Delany, Artistic Director and CEO, said “Linda has made an outstanding contribution to ACCA’s strategic development. She leaves the organisation in a strong position and well-placed to advance our vision and goals for the benefit of artists and the wider community.”

Rebecca MacFarling announced as new CEO of Melbourne Writers Festival

Rebecca MacFarling has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Writers Festival and will take over from outgoing CEO Shona Barrett who has been with MWF for the past seven years.

Rebecca has held roles at Musica Viva Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bangarra Dance Theatre, as well as being the interim CEO of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. She currently serves on the board of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

The 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival will run from 30 August to 8 September 2019.

Congratulations to ARC Linkage grants awardees

Congratulations to awardees in ARC’s recent Linkage grants announcement.


Investigators

Administering University

Project title
Professor Roger Dean, Associate Professor Tara Hamilton, Dr Christian Walder, Mr John Davis, Dr Ajay Heble Western Sydney University
Music can speak for you: making music with a deep net partner
Associate Professor Sandra Gattenhof, Dr Donna Hancox, Professor Helen Klaebe
Queensland University of Technology The Role of the Creative Arts in Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model
Associate Professor Melanie Swalwell, Dr Denise de Vries, Dr Helen Stuckey, Mr Nick Richardson, Ms Carolyn Murphy, Mr Andrew Piper, Ms Angela Goddard, Mr Jonathan Parsons
Flinders University Archiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and national collection
Dr Oliver Bown, Dr Samuel Ferguson, Dr Alexander Davies, Dr Linda Candy, Mr Anthony Rowe, Mr Bruce Tulloch, Mr Craig Donarski
University of New South Wales
Artistically rethinking creative coding for digital media
Professor Dennis Del Favero, Professor Michael Thielscher, Dr Baden Pailthorpe, Mr Brian Dawson, Professor Craig Stockings, Dr Rhys Crawley, Ms Robyn Van Dyk
University of New South Wales
memorySCAPE: the commemoration of war using a database narrative framework
Associate Professor Melanie Swalwell, Dr Helen Stuckey, Dr Denise de Vries, Professor Angela Ndalianis, Mr Sebastian Chan
Flinders University
Play it again: preserving Australian videogame history

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) Review: submissions due by 7 June

The Australian Research Council is conducting a review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) to ensure that the research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to changes in the sector. Australian and New Zealand researchers will be familiar with the core ANZSRC classification types that inform funding, policy and quality evaluation: Type of Activity (ToA), Fields of Research (FoR), and Socio-Economic Objective (SEO).

The discussion paper produced to stimulate public response invites feedback on the overall classification structure as well as specific categories contained within the ToA, FoR and SEO including addition, removal, merger or splitting of current categories. For many in our sector this may provide an opportunity to comment on the much discussed challenges presented by the combination of Performing Arts and Creative Writing in FOR 1904.

The discussion paper and details on how to submit responses to its questions are available at: https://www.arc.gov.au/anzsrc-review

2019 CHASS Australia Prize nominations open

The Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) are calling for nominations for the annual CHASS Australia Prizes. The Prize categories are:

  • A Book in the Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences ($3500)

  • A Distinctive work in the Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences  ($3500)

  • A Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences ($2000)

  • A Student in the Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences ($500).

Further details on the prizes, the prize jury and how to nominate are available at: https://www.chass.org.au/2019-australia-prizes/

DDCA welcomes new board members

2019 brings a change of faces to the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) Board. We say a fond farewell to board members Sarah Miller (Wollongong), Matthew Allen (Deakin), Kim Vincs (Swinburne) and co-opted members Frank Millward and Bruce Watson who stepped down from their roles at the end of 2018. Here at NiTRO we thank them for their inspiration and enthusiasm and will miss their camaraderie.

DDCA’s continuing board members will be joined by Craig Batty, David Cross and Cat Hope.

Professor Craig Batty

Professor Craig Batty

Professor Craig Batty was recently appointed as Head of Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney, moving from RMIT University where he had spent 7 years as Creative Practice Research Leader and HDR Director, Specialising in screenwriting practice (craft and research),

Craig is passionate about creative practice research broadly, and creative doctorates specifically. He has published widely on both, including the recent co-edited book, Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (2018), andScreenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context (2014). He is currently researching the screenwriting doctorate. Craig is Chair of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) Research Sub-Committee, and head of the research portfolio for the Australian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).

In his role with the DDCA, he hopes to bring more prominence to the areas of screen production and creative writing, which are important disciplines within the DDCA community. Passionate about HDR supervision, he also hopes to create opportunities for enhancing the research training of creative candidates, especially in a constantly shifting landscape where Government imperatives are forcing universities to re-conceptualise how they structure and supervise research degrees.

 

Professor David Cross

Professor David Cross

Professor David Cross is an educator, curator, artist, writer and public art consultant. His  art practice extends across performance, installation, sculpture, public art and video and is known for his inflatable structures and for the ways in which the work examines risk, pleasure and inter-personal exchange. 

He founded Litmus Research initiative at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007, an organisation focused on the commissioning and scholarship of public art. Litmus produced a number of ground breaking public art projects including One Day Sculpture http://www.onedaysculpture.org.nz a 1.5 million dollar series of temporary public artworks that took place across five cities in New Zealand in 2008/9.

He was the CAST 2011 international curator in residence in Hobart where he developed Iteration:Again 13 Public Artworks Across Tasmania http://www.iterationagain.com He was Deputy Chair of the City of Melbourne Public Art Advisory Board in 2015/6 and a former arts-sector advisor for Creative New Zealand. Since 2014 he has been Professor of Art and Performance at Deakin University where he recently developed Treatment: Six Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant (2015) and was artistic director for the sophomore exhibition Treatment Flightlines (2017). The book of treatment published by Surpplus was published in March 2017. 

In 2017, along with Claire Doherty he convened the Melbourne Biennial lab. He has published extensively on public and contemporary art and the monograph on his practice Air Supplied was published in 2016 by Punctum books. In 2018 he founded with Katya Johansen Public Art Commission, a research initiative at Deakin University focusing on the making and scholarship of temporary public artworks.

 

Professor Cat Hope

Professor Cat Hope

Professor Cat Hope is an artist scholar with an active profile as a composer, sound artist, soloist and performer in music groups internationally. She is the director of the award winning new music ensemble Decibel that focuses on digital graphic notations.

Cat’s composition and performance practices focus on low frequency sound, drone, noise and improvisation and has been discussed in books such as Loading the Silence (Kouvaris, 2013), Women of Note (Appleby, 2012), Sounding Postmodernism (Bennett, 2011) as well as periodicals such as The Wire, Limelight, and Neu Zeitschrift Fur Musik Shaft.

In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study digital graphic music notations internationally, and she is a Fellow of Civitella Ranieri. Cat is the co- author of ‘Digital Arts - An introduction to New Media’ (Bloomsbury, 2014) and is Professor of Music and Head of School at the Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. 

Craig and Cat are already contributors to NiTRO and we look forward to hearing from all three over the coming months.