Examining Value: perspectives on the ACUADS Conference 2017

Thinking about tertiary creative arts in 2018, it is worth reflecting on the 2017 ACUADS Conference at the ANU School of Art and Design, which probed the theme ‘Value’. At a time when Australian tertiary art and design schools are facing increasing economic and political challenges, this was a vital focus, and resulted in the sharing of key research, and productive discussions.

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Congratulations to ACUADS 2017 Awardees

NiTRO congratulations go to the 2017 ACUADS awardees announced by ACUADS Chair Professor Denise Ferris recently:

Innovative Teaching Award: Dr Laura Woodward, VCA, University of Melbourne
Innovative Research Award: Dr Robert Wellington, ANU
Distinguished Teaching Award: A/Prof Lisa Scharoun and A/Prof Carlos Montana Hoyos, University of Canberra
Lifelong Fellowship Award: Mr Graham Forsyth, UNSW

Looking back, looking ahead: Heads of art and design schools in Australia on leadership challenges and opportunities

What has changed in the Head of School / Director role in the past 5 years to meet the needs of a changing art & design school environment? 

Where will leadership emphasis need to evolve to meet the needs of art & design schools over the next 5-10 years? 

We asked a range of Heads of School from member institutions of the Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS)  to consider these questions.

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ACUADS conference papers and grant call now online

ACUADS has announced details for its 2017 conference and issued a call for abstracts.  The 2017 conference will be held at the ANU School of Art and Design in Canberra on 28-29 September and the deadline for abstracts is 22 May 2017.  The theme for this year’s conference is value:

Australian university art and design schools are facing increasing economic and political challenges. The visible impact of these pressures on the sector is already evident and has been widely discussed. Inevitably, the careers of younger and emerging academics will unfold in a very different environment to their older and more established colleagues. Against the backdrop of this profound change it is important to establish and declare the continuing value to Australia of art and design, and therefore the continuing value of university education and research in those disciplines. This conference will explore ‘value’ in all of its manifold senses.

For further information see: http://acuads.com.au/conference/conference-2017/

Papers from last year’s ACUADS annual conference are now available on their website: http://acuads.com.au/conference/2016-conference/  ACUADS is also inviting applications from its membership for its 2017 round one grants.  Details are also on ACUADS web site: http://acuads.com.au/awards/acuads-sector-support/


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