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.

UNSW student takes up Juilliard research fellowship

UNSW PhD Candidate Marco Susino will take up a research fellowship as a visiting scholar to New York’s renowned Juilliard School after receiving an Endeavour Research Award. His move will contribute to his doctoral project The Music that Moves Us through the co-creation of six bodies of work with Juilliard composers and choreographers to explore how emotion in music is embodied in dance.

WA student film successes

Edith Cowan University’s WA Screen Academy is celebrating a number of recent successes. WA Screen Academy Films Filch, Spiral, Noah, Raw, When Harri Met Salma, and Pretty Face – all short films starring 3rd Year WAAPA acting students and written, directed, produced and crewed by WA Screen Academy Bachelors and Masters students – have all been accepted into a variety of local festivals. These include WA Unlocked, Next Gen, Unigoonies, Revelation Film Festival and Australian Revelations.

Noah director Shane van Litsenborgh has secured a national Australian Directors Guild (ADG) nomination. Filch, directed by Rachel Fitzgerald, produced by Ben Harris and written by Ana Victoria Neves, has recently premiered at the Berlin International Short Film Festival. Spiral, directed by Steven Kerr, produced by William Pacquiao and written by Corey Booth, has recently premiered at the Paris Short Film Festival, and will be showcasing at the Roswell Film Festival in New Mexico this month.

Emerging artists reinterpret iconic artistic commissions

The University of Melbourne’s First Commissions project invited emerging artists to respond to the commission briefs that resulted in some of the world’s most iconic artistic works.

Without knowing the famous artistic works that originally resulted, 30 emerging artists were invited to respond to the commission briefs that inspired: Michelangelo’s David; Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkeys; Bob Dylan’s Hurricane; Camille Claudel’s The Age of Maturity; Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee’s The Great Petition; Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and the White Star Line commission for the RMS Titanic.

The resulting reimagined responses were featured in an exhibition which was launched at the Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Firenze on 4 July and which can be seen at the University of Melbourne’s new Southbank campus on 27 and 28 July.

Further information about the First Commissions project is available at:

"Art should make life more interesting than art": An exhibition of work by Debra Porch

UNSW galleries pay tribute to the late, and much missed, academic and artist Debra Porch in an exhibition of her work, drawing upon Debra’s projects from 1979 to 2017 and including many first time exhibits.

Curator Jose Da Silva said: “UNSW Galleries is excited to be staging the first institutional survey of Porch’s incisive work, which for 30 years has explored the potency of memory and its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary”.

The exhibition in the Nick Waterlow Gallery will run from 21 June to 7 September 2019.

UNSW showcase at Vivid 2019

UNSW students in Engineering, Built Environment and Art & Design will showcase the only student created installation to be included in Vivid 2019 I Sydney. Suspended in the overseas passenger terminal, the 8-metre  x 8-metre “Celestial Pancake” uses LED lights and music to generate changing patterns to represent the night sky in an immersive audio-visual experience. Vivid Sydney runs from 24 May-15 June 2019.

National Art School seeks Head of Advancement

The National Art School is advertising for a new Head of Advancement to work as part of NAS leadership team to develop key initiatives for strong and resilient growth through increased sustainable income sources, philanthropic relationships and increased community engagement. Find further information on this position here.

Swinburne appoints Nicole Wragg as new Chair of Communication Design

Associate Professor Nicole Wragg has been appointed as Swinburne University’s new Chair of Communication Design. In 2017 Associate Professor Wragg established the Swinburne School of Design Bureau, an in-house design studies where students work with industry and academia on communication design projects. In her new role she aims to expand the Design Bureau’s activities with a one-year Honours program and increased research activities.

Monash seeks new Design Head and additional academic appointments in design

Monash University is advertising for a new Head of Department in Design. The position, which closes on 9 June, will be based at the Caulfield campus and is one of a number of positions being advertised in Design. Details for applications for the Head of Design position can be found here. You can find further information on other academic positions, and further information at Design at Monash.

Ruth Brereson named as Griffith’s new Dean Engagement (Creative Arts)

Professor Ruth Brereson has been announced as Griffith University’s new Dean Engagement (Creative Arts).  Ruth, who has previously contributed to NiTRO, moves from her current role as Dean (Academic) for the Arts, Education and Law portfolio to focus on increasing and enhancing national and international partnerships in the creative, visual and performing arts. Meanwhile, over at Queensland Conservatorium, Director Scott Harrison will temporarily take over as PVC for the Arts, Education and Law while the university undertakes a recruitment search for a permanent candidate.