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.

Female artists feature heavily in Australia Council grants awarded

Congratualtions to Monash Professor Cat Hope who was one of the 63% of female artists who received a grant from the Australia Council in its recently announced awards. The latest round of over 200 grants awarded includes a significant number of awards made to female artists, particularly within the music category where 73% of all grants announced were made to female applicants. The funding results follow on from last year’s report Making Art Work which revealed a substantial pay gap for women in the arts. The report is available at:

Consultation into Arts and Disability announced

The Australian Government is inviting input into its new Arts and Disability Strategy. The consultation period is open until 3 December 2018. The discussion paper and details on how to contribute to the new strategy is available at:

ARTSHUM 2018: School of Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition, Edith Cowan University

Event date: Opens 29 November 6-9pm. Exhibition runs from Friday, 30 November-Thursday, 6 December.
Event location: Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley Campus, Perth, Western Australia.
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The School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University at Mt Lawley campus in Perth will transform studios to exhibit installations and works from graduating students from Visual Arts, Fashion, Graphic Design, Film and Video, Animation, Photomedia, Environmental and Spatial Design, Games and Interactivity, Broadcasting, Journalism, the WA Screen Academy, Advertising, and Writing.

Griggs to take over as CEO of Adelaide Central School of Art

Penny Griggs has been announced as the new CEO of Adelaide Central School of Art, Australia’s only private, not-for-profit independent art school. Griggs, formerly CEO at SALA (South Australia Living Artists) Festival, will take over from outgoing CEO Ingrid Kellenbach in November.

Baykitch appointed as new Ausdance Exec Director

Ausdance National welcomes Kathy Baykitch as their new Executive Director. Ms Baykitch, a recent board member of Ausdance, has previously held positions at Shaun Parker & Company, the Royal Academy of Dance, Australia, and was founding Director of FORM Dance Projects, formerly Western Sydney Dance Action. She will commence on 8 October 2018.

Gerard Willems AM Retirement Concert

Event date: 31 October 2018
Event location: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney
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After 37 years as one of the Conservatorium’s leading piano scholars, teachers and performers, Associate Professor Gerard Willems AM will be retiring from full-time teaching at the end of this year. Please join us for a joyous concert to farewell Gerard, featuring music by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Piazolla.

International Conference: Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity

Event date: 17-21 December 2018
Event location: Retzhof Castle - Styria, Austria
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The conference meeting is highly recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international network opportunities and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers of various genres and techniques, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage designers costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theatre critics and arts journalists. Website indicates that papers and presentation proposals are still being accepted.

Creative Victoria releases First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries

The Victorian Government has announced a new action plan to support First Peoples’ culture, cultural expression and creative practice. The First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018-2020, developed in consultation with Victoria’s first peoples, includes 21 actions to improve equity and cultural recognition. It forms part of the government’s Creative State strategy which commits to strengthening and growing Victoria’s creative industries. Further details on the action plan are available at:

ANU School of Art & Design Graduating Exhibition 2018

Event dates: Saturday 24 November-Sunday 2 December, 10.30 am-5.00 pm. Reception: 6-8pm, Friday 23 November.
Event location: ANU School of Art & Design, College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Building 105, Childers St, Acton ACT
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The Graduating Exhibition showcases the work of graduating students from undergraduate, and postgraduate coursework degrees within the ANU School of Art & Design (SOA&D). Highlighting the breadth of SOA&D’s internationally recognised studio-based teaching, the Graduating Exhibition includes work from across the disciplines of Ceramics, Design, Furniture, Glass, Gold and Silversmithing, Painting, Photography and Media Arts, Printmedia and Drawing, Sculpture and Textiles.