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:

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.

Creative Victoria releases First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries

The Victorian Government has announced a new action plan to support First Peoples’ culture, cultural expression and creative practice. The First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018-2020, developed in consultation with Victoria’s first peoples, includes 21 actions to improve equity and cultural recognition. It forms part of the government’s Creative State strategy which commits to strengthening and growing Victoria’s creative industries. Further details on the action plan are available at:

UTS researcher awarded 2018 Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship

Congratulations to UTS indigenous artist and senior researcher Jonathan Jones who has been named as this year’s Sydney Myer Creative Fellow in the field of visual arts. Jones, who is based at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Edcation and Research, joins seven other creative practitioners to receive creative fellowships this year: Sarah Blasko, music; Merindah Donnelly, dance; Nicola Gunn, theatre; Anna Krien, writing; James Mangohig, music and community and cultural development; SJ Norman, live art; and Nick Power, dance.

La Trobe’s Kathy Quinlan announced as new National Portrait Gallery Director

La Trobe University professor of practice Kathy Quinlan has been announced as the new Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Currently director of La Trobe Art Institute, Kathy has served as Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery for the past 18 years.

$9 million Indigenous Art donation to ANU

Aboriginal art collector, lawyer and ANU Alumnus Craig Edwards has gifted what is believed to be the most significant single donation of indigenous art to an Australian University. The collection is valued at over $9 million and comprises works by influential indigenous artists including Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa , Yannima Pikarli, Tommy Watson, Naata Nungurrayi, Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa, George Tjungurrayi and Queenie McKenzie. ANU is planning a major exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery to celebrate the gift.

New books on tertiary creative arts

The team at Springer have sent recent details of new releases that might be of interest to readers:

  • New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts, edited by Anne Fliotsos and Gail Medford, tracks recent developments in undergraduate theatre teaching;
  • The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education, edited by Amelia M. Kraehe,  Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández, and B. Stephen Carpenter II includes perspectives from contributors in Uganda, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the UK, and the US
  • Applied Theatre: Understanding Change edited by K Freebody, M Balfour, M Finneran and M Anderson provides ‘an accessible understanding of the relationship between Applied Theatre and intent, success, and value’
  • Educating for Creativity within Higher Education: Integration of Research into Media Practice authored by P. McIntyre, J Fulton, E. Paton, S Kerrigan and M Meany ‘proposes insights into how to prepare students for employment in the global creative industries’
  • Traditional Musics in the Modern World: Transmission, Evolution, and Challenges, edited by  Bo-Wah Leung, gives ‘international views on the transmission of traditional music from around the globe’

NiTRO would welcome reviews of these, or any broad tertiary creative arts texts, by scholars at DDCA member institutions.

NiTRO Contributor Danny Butt has also just officially launched his new book Artistic Research in the Future Academy. For those who missed the launch event and public lecture, a recording is available on YouTube.