The Freedman Foundation travelling scholarship exhibition

Dates: 9 August-7 September 2019
Location: UNSW Galleries, Courtyard Gallery, Cnr. Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington, Sydney

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists celebrates the work of early career Australian artists. Each year, Scholarships are awarded to assist with the cost of overseas travel to conduct research and study.

The exhibition showcases eight emerging Australian artists who are the 2017 and 2019 recipients of the Scholarship and features new works by Spence Messih, Sara Retallick, Roberta Joy Rich, and Alexandra Spence alongside new iterations of works by Tiyan Baker, Kieran Bryant, Callum McGrath, and Laetitia Olivier-Gargano. Guest curator of the exhibition is the Freedman Foundation Curatorial Scholar Isabella Cornell, who is completing her Honours in Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design.

International Conducting Studies Conference 2019

Dates: 2-4 August 2019
Location: Recital Hall West and Atrium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

Presented by The University of Sydney and the Oxford Conducting Institute, key note speakers include:

  • David Robertson, Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

  • Neal Peres da Costa, Head of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

  • Karen Grylls, Head of Conducting at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

7th biennial conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies – call for panel, round table and individual proposals

Call for proposals deadlines:

  • roundtables: 1 Jan 2020

  • panels: 1 Feb 2020

  • individual proposals: 1 Feb 2020

Conference dates: 17-19 Sept 2020
Location: University of Leuven, Belgium

The 7th biennial conference of the EAM intends to tackle the ways in which the avant-garde and modernism in Europe relate to crisis/es. Although we welcome panel, roundtable and paper proposals on any aspect of this relationship, we are particularly interested in new research on three topics:

  1. theoretical complexity of the notion of crisis

  2. crises-laden historical trajectory of the avant-gardes and modernism.

  3. practical side of things, across all areas of avant-garde and modernist activity: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, curatorial practice, design and technology.

The Arts Activated 2019 Conference

Dates: 22-23 August 2019
Location: Waterview at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Arts Activated is one of Australia’s leading forums for making arts and culture in Australia more accessible for artists and audiences with disability or who are Deaf. The biennial event attracts up to 250 artists, arts workers, disability advocates and researchers as well as relevant decision makers across the government, cultural and events sectors. The program includes over 20 sessions and events and will feature several high profile Australian and international guests. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Making It Happen Today’ and so the focus is on fast tracking improvements to accessibility across the arts, cultural and event sectors.

Conference: Imperfection As An Aesthetic Idea In Music – call for papers


  • Conference: 6-7 May 2020

  • Call for papers deadline: 15 October 2019

Location: University for Music and the Performing Arts, Graz, Austria

Coming from the dual perspectives of artistic research and musicology, this conference aims to broaden our perspectives on how imperfection can inform our aesthetic understanding of music, historically and in current practice. We are especially interested in the aesthetic implications of musical imperfection from two contrasting points of view:

  • imperfection as a manifest goal of music and musical practice

  • imperfection that occurs primarily by accident, but nevertheless has aesthetic significance.

Melbourne Conservatorium Baroque Winter Academy

Dates: 21 – 23 July 2019
Location: The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, 43 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is thrilled to announce the inaugural Baroque Winter Academy – a unique, immersive educational experience including masterclasses, talks and concerts exploring motion, emotion and improvisation through the Baroque music of Biber and Bohemia.

Call for nominations for AAANZ book and PhD prizes

Deadline for book prize nominations: 28 June 2019
Deadline for PhD prize nominations: 4 October 2019

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) invites nominations for its 2019 prize awards for the best in Arts writing and research in Australia and New Zealand. Award categories include prizes for books, catalogues, artist books, indigenous art writing and an award for recently completed PhD graduates. Those wishing to nominate publications for a prize must be a member of AAANZ or affiliated with museums that have AAANZ institutional membership.

Symposium: Correct, but not beautiful performance II: Deciphering the hidden messages in 19th-century notation (call for papers/ recitals: 21 June 2019)

Call for papers/recitals: 21 June 2019
Event dates: 23-25 September 2019
Event location: Festsaal MDW, Vienna, Austria

This three day symposium hosted by Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) as part of an ARC Discovery Project Grant, will focus on exploring the hidden messages in 19th-century notation and in experimentally applying well-documented 19th-century expressive practices in performance.

Keynote speakers are: Professor Clive Brown (University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna); Professor Neal Peres Da Costa (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) and Professor Robert Toft (University of Western Ontario).

Prospective applicants (from all musical disciplines) are invited to submit a proposal/abstract for presentations (25-45 mins) including papers, lecture recitals, workshops and panels.

Book Launch: JS Bach in Australia

Launch date: 6pm, 13 June 2019
Location: Tallis Room, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Royal Parade, Parkville, Melbourne

Michael Pearce S. C., Honorary Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Melbourne will formally launch a new book published by Lyrebird Press which aims to provide greater understanding of the contexts, challenges and personalities involved with mounting and sustaining performances of Bach’s music in Australia. The launch will include musical performances.

Fulbright Scholarship applications (deadline 15 July 2019)

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2019

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships at postgraduate, postdoctoral, scholar and distinguished chair levels to Australian citizens wishing to take part in academic and cultural exchange by pursuing research or study at a US institution.