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.

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.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art search for new Exec Director

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is on the hunt for a new Executive Director to replace Linda Mickleborough who has stepped down after being in the role since 2016.

Acknowledging Linda’s contribution Max Delany, Artistic Director and CEO, said “Linda has made an outstanding contribution to ACCA’s strategic development. She leaves the organisation in a strong position and well-placed to advance our vision and goals for the benefit of artists and the wider community.”

Sydney Con announces new Associate Dean of Research

Professor Neal Peres Da Costa has been appointed as Associate Dean (Research) at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Professor Peres Da Costa joined the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006 and founded the Early Music Unit (of which he was Chair from 2006-2016) now the Historical Performance Division and subsequently Program Leader of Postgraduate Research. He regularly performs with Australia’s leading ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, the Song Company, the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Bach Akademie Australia and Ironwood. Peres Da Costa has a distinguished discography and donates much of his spare time to students through his involvement in mentoring and by providing masterclasses for high school students and emerging artists

Sydney Conservatorium Director Professor Anna Reid said: “Neal is an amazing researcher and performer. He is world renowned for his work in historically informed practice, which includes experimental performance work alongside written representations of those works. We are looking forward to experiencing his musical influence as our Associate Dean (Research).”

Kit Wise takes RMIT interim Dean of Art role

DDCA Board member Professor Kit Wise will take up the role of interim Dean for the School of Arts for nine months as Professor Julian Goddard, also a DDCA Board member, moves to a college-wide role in RMIT’s Cultural Engagement scheme.

Pro Vice Chancellor Paul Gough acknowledged Professor Wise’s extensive experience in senior leadership roles over the last ten years at the University of Tasmania and Monash University - including as Director and Head of the School of Creative Arts and Interim Director of the Creative Exchange Institute at UTAS; and, Acting Head of Art and Associate Dean Education at Monash.

Professor Gough said “Kit has had a longstanding engagement with the creative industries of Melbourne through numerous professional engagements with individuals and institutions across Victoria; and through his gallery, Sarah Scout Presents. These have been extended through leadership roles on peak bodies, extensive national and international networks, and a range of interdisciplinary partnerships.”

Mia Lindgren to head Swinburne’s School of Arts, Social Science and Humanities

Professor Mia Lindgren has been announced as the new Dean of Swinburne University’s School of Arts, Social Science and Humanities.

The journalism researcher was awarded the 2015 Anne Dunn Research Excellence Award and is co-editor of the Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. She moves to Swinburne from Monash University where she was the founding head of the School of Media, Film and Journalism. Professor Lindgren will officially take up her post in August 2019.

Michael Balfour to head UNSW Arts and Media School

Theatre and performance researcher, Professor Michael Balfour has been announced as the next head of school of Arts and Media at UNSW. He brings with him an extensive career in applied theatre including a stint at the Theatre in Prisons and Probation (TIPP) Centre, University of Manchester, one of the UK’s longest running arts organisations specialising in applied theatre. Currently Deputy Head of School for Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University, Professor Balfour will take up his UNSW position in May.

Leadership change at WAAPA

UK academic David Shirley has been appointed as incoming Executive Dean of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) when the current longstanding Dean Professor Julie Warn AM retires in early 2019.

Mr Shirley is currently the Director of the Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He is a director and trained actor, and has previously held the role of Head of Drama at MMU and the Head of the School of Theatre at Rose Bruford College.

He is due to take the WAAPA hot seat in April.

ANU Art and Design press refresh button

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).

VCA’s new Head of Dance

Creative research scholar, academic and professional choreographer Carol Brown has been announced as the new Head of VCA Dance at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Carol, currently Associate Professor in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland, will take over from long-term Head Associate Professor Jenny Kinder who stepped down in late 2018. Carol will start in mid 2019.