University of Sydney launches CREATE centre

Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch has officially launched the University of Sydney’s new Creativity in Research, Engaging the Arts, Transforming Education (CREATE) Centre. The Centre, which will emphasise the centrality of creativity and the arts to learning, includes partnerships with Sydney Theatre Company; Diversity Arts; Bell Shakespeare; WestWords, Sydney Opera House; the NSW Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art; Milk Crate Theatre; Sydney Writer’s Festival; as well as collaboration with other universities nationally and internationally. Led by Professor Robyn Ewing and Professor Michael Anderson, from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, the Centre aims to place creativity and quality arts experiences at the centre of education, whether in schools or other places of learning.

ANU positions available in Art and Design and Music Technology

ANU is inviting applications for a Senior Lecturer in Design, and for lecturer and senior lecturer positions in its School of Art and Design, and for a lecturer in Music Technology in the School of Music.

Further details on the Design SL position are available at:

School of Arts lecturer/ senior lecturer positions:

Music technology position:

Critical Animals Symposium in Newcastle Lock Up

Newcastle’s Critical Animals symposium will take place this year at The Lock Up in Newcastle as part of the “This is not Art” festival. The symposium, which brings together students, researchers, writers, artists, academics and thinkers that are involved in creative and experimental art practices, will focus on the topics of emotion, gender, social change, and indigeneity. Other Critical Animals events include a performance lecture about dolphins and utopic mutation research, experimental dance performances, research paper presentations, a work of physical theatre, a workshop on developing sound and effective artistic-political praxis, and Emma Fielden's solo exhibition An Immeasurable Distance. 

Position advert: Lecturer in Music, Performance Teaching, Melbourne

The Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University is advertising for a Lecturer in Music to build on the Conservatorium’s distinguished tradition of music performance and commitment to training skilled instrumental and vocal teachers. The position includes teaching a range of subjects within the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) degree. The position, to be based at Parkville and South Bank campuses, closes on 1 November 2019.  Further details are available at:

ABC residency for Swinburne animation lecturer and comic researcher

Congratulations to Swinburne University animation lecturer and comic artist Darren Fisher who was selected from more than 150 applicants to receive one of the ABC’s 2019 Top 5 Humanities and Social Sciences Media Residencies.

Dr Fisher will use his two-week residency at ABC RN to educate the public on the role of comics and the importance of creative practice. “For a host of reasons, both historical and practical, research at the tertiary level is rooted in STEM structures such as peer reviewed publication through journal articles,” Dr Fisher explained. “I want to help spread awareness of creative practitioners, often called practice-based researchers, whose work doesn’t always conform to traditional research paradigms.”

Calling DDCA’s Tertiary Arts leaders: 2019 DDCA Leadership Forum and Roundtable

The Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) is holding a leadership forum and round table in October for its members. Heads of School, Deans, Directors of creative arts schools, or their nominees, are invited to join colleagues in round table discussion on two of the key issues facing tertiary arts:

  • Teaching and its relationship to the changing face of employment and employability of our future graduates

  • Research measurement and assessment, particularly in relation to the ERA and ARC funding. 

Discussions will include presentations by Professor Ross Woodrow (Griffith) Professor Dawn Bennett (Curtin) and Professor Russell Tytler (Deakin) and Professor Paul Gough (RMIT).  Other speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

The event is sponsored by UniSuper.

Further details on the event and registration advice is available at:

SCU appoints 2019 Miles Franklin winner as inaugural creative fellow

Southern Cross University has announced 2019 Miles Franklin Award winner Melissa Lucashenko as the recipient of its inaugural Barry Conyngham Creative Arts Fellowship.

Ms Lucashenko received the 2019 Miles Franklin Award, for her latest novel Too Much Lip published by University of Queensland Press. This award comes on top of a number of other accolades she has received including: the Queensland Deloitte Literary Prize, the Nita B. Kibble Award, The Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. She is also a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside.

Congratulations to Design Institute of Australia’s new Graduates of the Year

The Design Institute of Australia has announced its 2019 Graduate of the Year Award recipients:

  • Jordan Domjahn (QUT) - Madeline Lester Award

  • Eitan Broude (Curtin) - Australian Fashion Design

  • Jordan Domjahn (QUT) - Australian Industrial / Product Design

  • Oscar Giraldo  (Torrens University, Billy Blue College of Design) - Australian Interior Decoration

  • Zarah Baitz (UNSW) - Australian Interior Design

  • Lauren Stringini (RMIT) - Australian Textile Design

  • Emily Renner (UniSA) - Australian Visual Communication Design

The winners were selected from over 200 nominations submitted by 24 tertiary institutions across Australia. 

Richard Kurth joins Melbourne as new Conservatorium Director

Dr Richard Kurth, former Director of the University of British Columbia Music School, has been appointed as Director of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Dr Kurth, who has also worked at McGill University and the University of Western Ontario, acknowledged the contribution of his predecessor, Professor Gary McPherson who has held the position of Director since 2009: “We owe him enormous gratitude, and I personally look forward to working with Gary in the years ahead. He is an exceptional scholar, a generous colleague, and a truly inspiring role model.”

Deborah Cheetham awarded Sir Bernard Heinz award

The University of Melbourne soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham has been awarded the Sir Bernard Heinz Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian music.

Ms Cheetham is particularly acclaimed for her works Baptist Abba Fan and Pecan Summer, Australia’s first Indigenous opera. She is Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Company, a national not-for-profit arts company devoted to the discovery and development of Indigenous musicians. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014.