Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Lunch Hour concert series

Event date: Every Monday lunch time until 27 May 2019
Event location: Melba Hall, Gate 13, The University of Melbourne , Royal Parade , Parkville, Melbourne

The Melba Hall Lunch Hour Concert Series returns for Semester One, 2019 with a vibrant and eclectic program that features visiting international guests and staff and celebrates music in its many forms and styles. The concerts are free, but seats are strictly limited so reservations are required.

Australian International Documentary Conference

Event date: 3-6 March 2019
Event location: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

AIDC 2019 focuses on funding, co-production and global opportunities in the documentary and factual market. Speakers and presenters include leading filmmakers and representatives from organisations such as Screen Australia, Arrow Media and Essential Media Group.

Fourteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society : Art as Communication: The Impact of Art as a Catalyst for Social Change (call for proposals)

Event date: 19-21 June 2019. Call for proposals open until May
Event location: Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal

Art, in its diverse forms, constitutes a distinctive means of communication, allowing for dialogues in formal, informal and culturally plural contexts within society. In this context, what kinds of new research and development endeavours are required, including active, collaborative and participative approaches?

Proposals are invited for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes: Art Education; Art Theory and History; New Media, Technology and the Arts; and The Arts in Social, Political and Community Life.

WOMXN exhibition and ARTiculate Conference Perth

Event date: 8-16 March 2019
Event location: Spectrum Project Space (Exhibition) and Painting Studios (ARTiculate conference), ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Perth

Eleven Edith Cowan University students and Alumni with a Visual Arts education will be holding an exhibition, conference and artist talks over the weekend of International Women’s Day, 2019. The exhibition titled, WOMXN, celebrates womanhood coupled with the opportunity to critically explore gender roles, examine dominant societal attitudes and the notions of rigidity that surround them.

As a supplement to the exhibition the ARTiculate Conference will take place on Saturday the 9th of March. Guest speakers have been invited to delve into their experiences and explore various topics relating to contemporary arts practice including arts management, dealing with artistic ‘rejection’ and maintaining artistic practice and discipline.

STEAM: workshop for secondary teachers Art and technology in the classroom

Event date: 29 March 2019
Event location: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, Sydney

Learn strategies for teaching science, maths and engineering through the lens of art in the classroom. Find out how art can extend learning and engagement of concepts in Digital Technologies from the Australian curriculum, such as computational and algorithmic thinking.

Panel Discussion: INNOVATION BY DESIGN: Geeks, Style Gurus and Sciencepreneurs (part of the World Science Festival)

Event date: Sunday 24 March 2019
Event location: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Brisbane, Queensland

In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, the competition to bring a new idea to market is fiercer than ever. Welcome to the rise of sciencepreneurship, where scientists, designers and industry work together to streamline the challenging processes required to achieve groundbreaking outcomes. A group of innovators, including QUT Fashion Lecturer Dr Alice Payne, explain the science behind their inspirations, from wearable technology and smart fashion to medical and engineering devices.

Opera workshops with ex-ROH Covent Garden Resident Staff Director Andrew Sinclair

Event date: 14, 15 & 19 March
Event location: Rehearsal Studio, Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Internationally-acclaimed opera stage director Andrew Sinclair is in Melbourne presenting his ‘Reading the Score’ workshops on 14, 15 & 19 March at the Athenaeum Theatre Rehearsal Studio.

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in major opera houses in Europe, North America and Australia, including ROH Covent Garden, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera de Montreal and Opera Australia.

‘Reading the Score’ is professional coaching for singers. It encourages singers to get inside their roles, and to discover what lies behind it in terms of drama. Whether it be interpretation of an aria, preparing for an audition, or developing a complete role, these sessions are designed to explore the operatic character working with text and music.

Coaching sessions are between 10.30am–5:30pm each day and are accompanied by Geoffrey Urquart.

Victorian College of the Arts Masters Exhibition

Exhibition opening: Monday 3 December, 6.30–8.30pm
Exhibition: 4–9 December, 11am–5pm
Location: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 40 Dodds Street, Southbank, Melbourne

Presented by graduating students from VCA’s Master of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Art. Audiences will navigate a dynamic exhibition beginning in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and leading into the VCA Art Studios. This exhibition celebrates the students' artistic imagination, extensive theoretical knowledge and mastery of their practical and technological skills.

2019 National Visual Art Education Conference. At the Heart: Inspiration, Bravery, Compassion and Connection

Event date: 21-23 January 2019
Event location: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Event website:

At NVAEC in 2019 we are asking: What is at the heart of art education?

We believe teachers are at the heart. Teachers are the heartbeat, they are art advocates, they are art tragics, they are passionate. They are brave, they wear their hearts on their sleeves and they keep students at the centre. Our theme in 2019, in line with the major summer exhibition Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate, is all about matters of the heart - inspiration, bravery, compassion and connection.

The conference program in 2019 will offer opportunities for teachers of all levels of schooling as well as artists and educators from the museum and gallery sector to explore a broad range of current issues in visual art education.

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.
Event website:

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.