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.

Sydney Conservatorium lecturer receives Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

Congratulations to Sydney Conservatorium jazz lecturer Judy Bailey whose outstanding contribution to music in Australia has been acknowledged by the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award. Presenting the award, Professor Gary McPherson, Ormond Chair and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, said “Judy’s contribution to music is profound, and her career as one of the country’s preeminent jazz musicians has influenced generations of musicians throughout Australia.” Judy is recognised as one of Australia’s most distinguished jazz composers and music educators. Her previous recognitions include an inaugural APRA Award for jazz composition and an OAM for services to music and education. Judy was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014.

UTS researcher awarded 2018 Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship

Congratulations to UTS indigenous artist and senior researcher Jonathan Jones who has been named as this year’s Sydney Myer Creative Fellow in the field of visual arts. Jones, who is based at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Edcation and Research, joins seven other creative practitioners to receive creative fellowships this year: Sarah Blasko, music; Merindah Donnelly, dance; Nicola Gunn, theatre; Anna Krien, writing; James Mangohig, music and community and cultural development; SJ Norman, live art; and Nick Power, dance.

Su Baker AM: DDCA President recognised in Australian Honours

Congratulations to DDCA President Su Baker whose contribution to tertiary arts was recognised with the award of an AM (Member In The General Division) in the Australian Honours announced on 11 June 2018.

As those who know her are aware, Su’s seemingly indefatigable support for tertiary creative arts has been in evidence throughout her career from her early days as an award-winning artist in WA, through the ups and downs of Sydney College of the Arts post-amalgamation, and from 2000 as a key arts leader at the Victorian College of the Arts. Along the way she has squeezed in executive roles, including as President of ACUADS, and more recently as instigator and President of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts. 


Longstanding colleague Professor Brad Buckley who worked with Su at Sydney College of the Arts and is now Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, said: "The awarding of the Order of Australia is timely recognition of Professor Su Baker’s thirty-year career as an artist, educator and advocate for the visual and creative arts. She has been at the forefront of the evolving pedagogy and research culture of the visual and creative arts, and the role of the visual arts in building Australian culture and our own voice."

Su’s fellow DDCA Board members were quick to acknowledge this recognition.

"Su’s tireless commitment and advocacy on behalf of tertiary arts education has been exemplary, as evidenced not only by her role at VCA, but her service on behalf of tertiary creative arts nationally." - Sarah Miller, University of Wollongong.

"Su’s consistent work over a long period of time has helped to steadily raise the visibility of the arts, and therefore its viability nationally." - Marie Sierra, UNSW Art & Design.

"Professor Baker has been instrumental in leading the sector, as a sector for the first time. Her standing as an advocate for the tertiary creative arts has been second to none. The extraordinary esteem in which she is held nationally has enabled her to draw together multiple and diverse perspectives to achieve new synergies." - Kit Wise, University of Tasmania/ RMIT.

"Su has always been a generous and committed leader and has inspired so many artists and academics. Her continued advocacy and leadership has meant that the arts continue to make a major contribution to our developing national identity in Australia." - Clive Barstow, Edith Cowan University

“Su has been a major force in leading the creative and visual arts fields in tertiary education, reflecting her outstanding commitment, dedication and vision for the arts.” - Kim VIncs, Swinburne University of Technology.

Su’s award was given for “significant service to tertiary education in the visual and creative arts, particularly through advancing scholarship and research opportunities”.

Thank you for your long standing service to creative arts Su and we look forward to many more years of collaboration!

Our congratulations also go to other tertiary arts recipients, including: Virginia Spate AC, art history, University of Sydney; Michael Atherton AM, music education, Western Sydney University; John Hibberd AM, playwright, University of Melbourne; Michael Barkl OAM, digital media and music education, Illawarra TAFE; Dianne Eden OAM, arts education, QUT; Rita Seethaler OAM, steel band music, Monash University.

CHASS Australia Prize nominations open

The Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) is inviting nominations for its 2018 Australia Prizes. Two prizes are being sponsored by Routledge (cash prize of $3,500 each): One for a non-fiction book/e-book that enriches Australian cultural and intellectual life, the second for ‘Distinctive Work’- an exceptional artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to policy. The third prize (cash prize of $2,000) is being sponsored by Future Leaders for a ‘Future Leader’, an individual under 30 years of age who is demonstrating leadership skill and potential in HASS. CHASS is sponsoring the fourth prize (cash prize of $500) for a student essay, exhibition, performance or project in any HASS area.

Further details are available at: http://www.chass.org.au/2018-australia-prizes/

Australia Council Awards 2018 announced

The Australia Council has announced the eight winners of its prestigious awards that recognise their significant contribution to Australia’s artistic and cultural vibrancy. Congratulations go to:

  • Christian (Bong) Ramilo -  Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development
  • Former Artistic Director of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, Edwin Kemp Attrill - Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development
  • Nigel Helyer - Australia Council Award for Emerging & Experimental Arts
  •  Professor of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Liza Lim - Australia Council Don Banks Music Award
  • Phillip Adams - Australia Council Award for Dance
  • Liz Jones AO - Australia Council Award for Theatre
  • Pat Brassington - Australia Council Award for Visual Arts
  • Bruce Pascoe - Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

Source: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/news/events/australia-council-awards/

2018 Prime Minister's Literary Awards now open

Invitations for entries for the Prime Minister’s Literary awards are now open. The awards are made in six categories: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history (formats include journals, magazines, film, radio and online content), young adult and children’s literature. This year the children’s literature award has been extended to reflect the contribution of illustrators. Details on how to enter are available at: https://www.arts.gov.au/pm-literary-awards and the deadline for submission is 9 May 2018.

Jenny Watson awarded American Academy in Rome Fellowship

Victorian College of the Arts graduate and Adjunct Professor at Queensland College of Art Jenny Watson has been awarded the Mordant Family/Australia Council Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The Fellowship provides a two-month residency in Rome which will allow Jenny, one of Australia’s leading artists, the opportunity to explore the world of Italian textile archives and fabric shops and create a new body of work influenced by her time in Rome.

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Australia Council calls for nominations for 2018 Awards

The nomination process for Australia Council Awards and National Indigenous Arts Awards is now open. The Australia Council Awards recognise artists across a range of practice areas, including music, literature, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, dance, and community arts and cultural development.

The National Indigenous Arts Awards, including the lifetime achievement ‘Red Ochre’ award and the Dreaming Award for young emerging artists,  recognise excellence in both established and emerging First Nations artists. Nominations for both awards close on 3 October 2017.  Details can be found at: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/news/events/australia-council-awards/ and http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-arts/national-indigenous-arts-awards

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