Call for authors and creators to register for lending rights

The Department of Arts and Communication are calling for authors and creators who have released a book in the last five years to use the online portal to register to receive lending rights. 

The Department’s media release explains: ‘‘The public and educational lending right schemes compensate Australian creators and publishers for lost income through the free use of books in Australian public and educational lending libraries." Claims for payment for need to be lodged by 31 March 2018.

Further details on the program, eligibility and how to lodge claims are available at: 

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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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Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities

Conference Dates: 30 March - 1 April 2018
Event Location: Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art & Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
Website: ACAH 2018

The 2018 conference takes the theme: "Recentering: Asian Spaces, Cultures and Ideas in the 21st Century".  It invites academics, artists, writers and students to explore the challenges of multi-faceted and interdisciplinary rethinkings of the ways we imagine, articulate and work with centres. Call for papers now closed.

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.

SCU alumni to create 10-storey mural for SCU campus

Soon, Southern Cross University will have a very tangible example of alumni engagement. Artist and SCU graduate Guido van Helten has been commissioned to create a photorealist mural on a 43-meter-high building as a centrepiece to the university’s Gold Coast campus.

Acknowledged globally for his giant spray paint murals, Guido will begin work on 6 March with a two week deadline to complete the final masterpiece.

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Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies draft review report released

The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research is inviting feedback on its review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting societies, which is examining the best way to secure transparency, efficiency and confidence in Australia’s copyright management system. Written submissions will be accepted until 14 March.

Copies of the draft report and further information on the review are available at:

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"Through the Looking Glass": 41st Musicological Society of Australia Conference Call for Papers

Conference dates: 6-9 December 2018
Call for papers deadline: 19 April 2018
Event Location: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth. Western Australia
Website: MSA website

The function of art has been considered a kind of mirroring, wherein art reflects the world (imitation for Aristotle; and a mirror revealing the world's virtues and flaws for Donatus, Cicero, and Hamlet). But like the various types of glass, music (or musicology) can reflect, colour, or distort meaning in a variety of ways. As suggested by the author of Corinthians, our perception can be clouded, such that we see as through a glass darkly. And sometimes, like Alice's fantastical wonderland, music not only holds up a mirror to society, but reveals something magical.

In what ways can music embed a deeper meaning hidden below the mirrored surface? To what extent do musicological paradigms reveal or distort our perceptions of music and its significations? Topics related to this theme might include:

  • Music reflecting lived experience
  • Music reflecting and/or subverting contemporaneous culture/s or politics
  • Explorations of subjectivities and potential distortions inherent within musicological or analytical paradigms
  • Investigations of the conjectural nature of musicological knowledge (from HIP studies, to artistic research in music, or other specialised areas)
  • Post-modern deconstructions or 'readings' of musical works
  • Considerations of the mysterious nature of music's power or its social functions, including ethnomusicological studies
  • The darkness of colonial histories
  • Eco-musicology, music mirroring nature (or vice versa).

Looking backwards, moving forwards : Global directions in tertiary creative arts

As we settle into the 2018 academic year in Australia, surrounded by the confused faces of new students (and staff) and enmeshed in ERA statements, research impact and engagement justifications and the uncertainty of government plans for teaching and learning funding, we can forget that our world of creative arts education is bigger than the institutionally created boxes that immediately surround us.

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From the President: Welcome to 2018

Here in Australian higher arts education, we are presiding over some ‘interesting’ times ourselves. With a divided polity, seemingly, but not only, separated along education and value and belief system lines, we are finding an astonishing and baffling suspicion of ‘expertise’ and what has been called ‘wilful ignorance’ or the US legal term ‘wilful blindness’.

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Conference: So What? Jazz and Improvised Music Research and its Impact on Artists, Scenes and Society - call for abstracts/proposals

Call for abstracts: 9 March 2018
Conference dates: 1-3 June 2018
Event Location: Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Victoria
Website: So What

The Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) is pleased to announce a call for papers/presentations for a 3-day research conference on jazz and improvised music presented by The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – Monash University in association with the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF).

So What? is a timely invitation to explore the impact of jazz and improvisation research on artists and communities of practice and the way we put jazz and improvisation knowledge to work in a variety of different fields and settings. Those interested in preparing proposals may consider the following questions:


  • What are the implications of jazz and improvisation research for other artistic and research communities?
  • How are audience attitudes shaped by institutional agendas?
  • How does research undertaken in the academy feed back into communities of practice and how might this best be measured?
  • What can we do to enhance our impact within our own research and creative communities?

Please note that this list is by no means either exhaustive or exclusive and that we welcome proposals for presentations that include live performances. The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 9 March 2018.