Let’s hear it for double time? "theoriea cum praxis" Keeping the act of creation alive

Now most art & design programmes have been usurped into a graduate model there is impetus for academic institutions to quantify and rank creative enquiry through endorsing practice based research outputs. In many cases, universities that champion the modality of valuing of the practice based method do so as something innovative and pioneering … adopting this approach as novel is to ignore a millennia of practices and investigations that adopt a practice based research methodology and as such devalue the approach by presenting it as up-to-the-minute rather than a valid and time honoured technique.

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A Brave New World for Art

Our planet and world is at a tipping point due to global heating, the emergence of extreme right-wing and populist leaders and the continuing dominance of colonising and austerity politics … Artists cannot afford to merely represent Rome burn or the polar bear as the ice melts; it is important that we are also engaged and collaborating with researchers from other disciplinary fields.

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Catalysing Entanglements - Toward a specialised creative practice

I am fascinated by research that brings together the arts, design, science and technology having worked collaboratively across these domains for most of my academic career. My own interdisciplinary journey began with two research projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Australia Council for the Arts through their Synapse initiative.

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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.”

Wise Moves

In July 2018, DDCA Board Member Professor Kit Wise moved from Head of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Tasmania to take up the role of Professor of Art and Associate Dean of Art at RMIT. NiTRO Editor Jenny Wilson spoke to Kit about his move to Australia in 2002, his time at the Tasmanian College of the Arts and on the changes he has observed in Australian tertiary arts education.

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RMIT student wins Footscray tertiary prize

RMIT PhD student Mohsen Meysami has won the tertiary Footscray Art Prize for his work 'Their Pain, Our Gain' an embroidered work informed by traditional Persian art and the current Middle East conflict. The Footscray Art Prize is a collaboration between Victoria University, Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Rotary Club of Footscray and was featured in a previous edition of NiTRO.

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What does the ideal expert leader in learning and teaching for the Creative Arts look like?

Working in the area of learning and teaching in Higher Education for a combined total of 35 years we have consistently questioned ourselves, while at the same time being questioned, about what the expert leader in learning and teaching for the Creative Arts looks like.

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