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After a number of voluntary retirements in 2018, ANU’s School of Art and Design welcomes a significant cohort of new staff that represents almost a third of its workforce.

Former Fellow of University of the Arts Berlin Alex Martinis Roe joins as the new Head of Sculpture and will continue her project To Become Two: a series of films, workshops, public events and a book, as a social history of the feminist practices.

Fresh from completing his PhD with UNSW Art and Design in 2019, ANU lecturer Peter Alwast takes over as Head of Painting. Peter has an extensive artistic career with over 17 solo exhibitions and in group exhibitions including at the Tate Modern (London), Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), the Greater Taipei Biennial, Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane) and the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney).

 Contemporary artist Baden Pailthorpe moves from UNSW Art and Design to take up position as Lecturer and Convenor Hybrid Arts Practice; Ella Barclay, whose work incorporates installation, sculpture, performance, electronics and moving image to map the terrestrial aesthetics of network architecture and the politics of information hierarchies, has been appointed as photography lecturer; Textile artist Lucy Irvine who is also completing her PhD at ANU joins as lecturer in Textiles; NiTRO contributor Amanda Stuart has been appointed as  Lecturer Environment Studio and Foundation Studies and will be leading the Environment Studio Balawan courses;  Sean Dockray, founder of the Telic Arts Exchange in LA and initiator of the knowledge-sharing platforms The Public School and AAAARG.ORG  joins as Lecturer in Contemporary Art (Sculpture and Spatial Practice); Beck Davis moves from Queensland College of Art Griffith University to take up a position as  Design Lecturer and  Contemporary Craft Studios and Textiles Coordinator, and will continue her work in awareness of the broader function of design as a method for shaping creative, innovative and ethical outcomes; Kate Warren brings expertise and skills  as an independent artist and former Assistant Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne to her new role as Art History and Curatorship lecturer. She is joined by Keren Hemmerschlag whose specialisation in Victorian and Edwardian art and visual culture, and the many intersections and frictions among art, visual culture, medicine and science work includes research undertaken in the US and the Courtauld Institute of Art in the UK.

 The school also has an extensive program of visiting scholars, artists and designers planned for 2019 including: Roderick Bamford (Ceramics), Gemma Smith (Painting), Amy Rueffert (Glass), David Walker (Jewellery and Object), Julian Laffan (Print media and drawing) and Nick Mangan (sculpture and spatial practice).

ANU goes to Washington. . . and Leipzig and Shanghai

‘The way we wear’, will showcase the work of ANU school of Art and Design staff and alumni in an exhibition at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC. The selected works which display clothing and fashion as object and artefact, address ideas of wearable art through a variety of mediums from across the School’s eleven disciplines – with many artists taking an interdisciplinary approach.

The selected artists are working in fields that draw on the power of clothing and accessories as universally recognisable items, to engage the viewer with contemporary issues of personal and global importance. Exhibiting artists include: Rebecca Mayo, Dean Cross, Phoebe Porter, Larah Nott, Boya Yu, The uniform project: Alison Alder/Dan Edwards/ Megan Hinton, Jacqueline Bradley and Sian Watson. It is curated by Dr Charlotte Galloway acting direct of the Centre of art history and art theory (CAHAT).

ANU staff  are also represented in Shanghai where Associate Professor Richard Whiteley will open a solo exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Glass, that explores ideas of perceived and suggested spaces through voids cast in glass. The exhibition is curated by Holly Willians (the Curators Department Sydney) and has been sponsored by the Shanghai Museum of Glass and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Meanwhile in Leipzig, new Head of Sculpture  Alex Martinis Roe opened her solo exhibition 'Alliances' at GfZK - Museum of Contemporary Art in November alongside the prize giving ceremony for the Future of Europe Prize of which she was the 2018 recipient. Further details of the exhibition are at:

Inaugural Canberra/Wellington Indigenous Artist exchange

ANU graduate and transdisciplinary artist Dean Cross will undertake the inaugural Canberra/Wellington Indigenous artist exchange where he will be supported by the ACT Government to undertake research with the National War Memorials in both Canberra and Wellington. Dean was born and raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country and is of Worimi descent.

$9 million Indigenous Art donation to ANU

Aboriginal art collector, lawyer and ANU Alumnus Craig Edwards has gifted what is believed to be the most significant single donation of indigenous art to an Australian University. The collection is valued at over $9 million and comprises works by influential indigenous artists including Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa , Yannima Pikarli, Tommy Watson, Naata Nungurrayi, Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa, George Tjungurrayi and Queenie McKenzie. ANU is planning a major exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery to celebrate the gift.

Hellos and Goodbyes in Australian tertiary arts Institutions

Each year brings new faces to Australia’s tertiary arts institutions and sadly farewells familiar colleagues who move on to new pastures. These are just a small selection sent by our institutions:

  • Alex Martinis Roe has relocated from Berlin to join ANU as Head of Sculpture, School of Art & Design
  • Jacqui Somerville joins Queensland Conservatorium to lead the development of the Bachelor of Acting bringing over 20 years of experience as an actor, theatre director, writer and producer
  • UNSW says farewell to retiring colleagues Wendy Parker (Jewellery), Dr Diane Losche (Art Theory), Associate Professor Bontia Ely (Sculpture Performance Installation) and Martin Sims (Sculpture Performance Installation) although they will remain with UNSW as Honorary staff members.

Goodbyes and Hellos at ANU School of Art and Design

As the 2017 academic year draws to a close, The School of Art & Design at ANU farewelled Greg Daly (Head of Ceramics), Wendy Teakel (Head of Sculpture), David Jenz (Foundation), and John Pratt (Printmedia and Drawing). They welcome Julie Bartholomew as the new Head of Ceramics, Alex Martinis Roe as Head of Sculpture, Anna Raupach and Rebecca Mayo, who both joined Printmedia and Drawing.

Ombudsman to investigate maladministration at ANU School of Music

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is reported to be investigating claims of maladministration by ANU leadership as part of its governance of the School of Music. Accepting a petition from former ANU Music School Head Peter Tregear, ANU’s current and former VCs and other senior managers may be among those whose conduct will be investigated in a review that includes questions of conflict of interest, preferential staff treatment and nepotism, and lack of consultation and access to school financial information. 

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ANU announces Ken Lampl as Music School Director

The waiting is over for musicians at ANU’s School of Music. After a protracted recruitment process and turbulent period of soul searching , Professor Ken Lampl, composer and former Julliard New York faculty member, has been announced as the new Director. Jazz performer Professor Lampl  joined ANU in mid 2016 as Professor of Composition bringing an established reputation in film score composition and a decade of experience as Director of the Music Business and Technology Program at Hofstra University in New York. He will take over as Director in March with the task of implementing the recommendations of the Podger Report and re-building ANU Music School as ‘the premiere school for 21st century musical training’. Malcolm Gillies who held the post of interim head during the school’s transition period, will continue as mentor.

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