"Art should make life more interesting than art": An exhibition of work by Debra Porch

UNSW galleries pay tribute to the late, and much missed, academic and artist Debra Porch in an exhibition of her work, drawing upon Debra’s projects from 1979 to 2017 and including many first time exhibits.

Curator Jose Da Silva said: “UNSW Galleries is excited to be staging the first institutional survey of Porch’s incisive work, which for 30 years has explored the potency of memory and its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary”.

The exhibition in the Nick Waterlow Gallery will run from 21 June to 7 September 2019.

UNSW showcase at Vivid 2019

UNSW students in Engineering, Built Environment and Art & Design will showcase the only student created installation to be included in Vivid 2019 I Sydney. Suspended in the overseas passenger terminal, the 8-metre  x 8-metre “Celestial Pancake” uses LED lights and music to generate changing patterns to represent the night sky in an immersive audio-visual experience. Vivid Sydney runs from 24 May-15 June 2019.

National Art School seeks Head of Advancement

The National Art School is advertising for a new Head of Advancement to work as part of NAS leadership team to develop key initiatives for strong and resilient growth through increased sustainable income sources, philanthropic relationships and increased community engagement. Find further information on this position here.

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.

Monash seeks new Design Head and additional academic appointments in design

Monash University is advertising for a new Head of Department in Design. The position, which closes on 9 June, will be based at the Caulfield campus and is one of a number of positions being advertised in Design. Details for applications for the Head of Design position can be found here. You can find further information on other academic positions, and further information at Design at Monash.

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.

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.”

Sarah Brooke Miller - Member of the Order of Australia

Professor Sarah Brooke Miller has received an AM for significant service to the performing arts through research, education and advisory roles.

Sarah is Professor of Performance at the University of Wollongong, where she was the inaugural Head of the School of the Arts, English and Media (2013-2018), Associate Dean Research and Contemporary Practice (2011-2013) and Head of the School of Music and Drama (2008-2011).

She has extensive governance experience in both the university and not for profit arts sector, and her background as both Artistic and Executive Director of two of Australia’s leading contemporary arts organisations: the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (1994-2006) and Performance Space, Sydney (1989-1993), has seen her  providing expert advice to a range of government and statutory bodies including the Australian Research Council, the Office of Learning and Teaching, and the Australia Council for the Arts: the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, as well as state funding agencies in NSW and Western Australia.

For the Australia Council, she was a Ministerial appointee to the Theatre Board (2005-2008), a member of the Drama Committee (1991-1993), a founding member of the Hybrid Arts Committee (1994), an external peer for the New Media Arts Board (1996) and for Theatre (November 2017).

From 1994-2004, she was the state-based editor (WA) for RealTime Arts. She was awarded the prestigious 2003 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Facilitator’s Award.

Obituary: Dr John Storey (1950-2019)

John Storey was a self-taught photographer who ran his own commercial photography business from 1979 until his move into academia in 1985. As a free-lance photographer, he documented the Gay Liberation Movement in Sydney as well as contributing photography to several publications including Peter Spearitt’s Sydney since the Twenties (1978); Waterfront Sydney 1860-1920, (1984, 1991) co-authored with Graeme Applin; and Anne Richter’s 1994 publication, Arts and Crafts of Indonesia, (1994). Photographs by John Storey are also included in Peter Spearitt’s history: The Sydney Harbour Bridge: a life (2007, 2011).

John took-up a part-time lecturer’s position in Photography at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga in 1985 where he also established a film society and camera club. In 1986 he accepted a position as Lecturer in Photography at RMIT, where he worked until 2004, by which time he was Associate Professor and Post Graduate Coordinator in the School of Creative Arts. John’s commitment to practice based PhDs and the intersection between the creative and the scholarly was critical to the establishment of that programme. His Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in 2992 entitled Journals of a Stranger: documents of a life, brings together image and text in a discontinuous narrative using photography, creative and exegetical writing.

As an artist, John’s work was exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he curated a number of exhibitions that reflected his interests in social justice, urban landscape, gender and intimacy for hospitals and old people’s homes. He was a member of the Stills Art Co-operative Melbourne and sat on the Board of Directors at Melbourne’s Centre of Contemporary Photography.

Dogged by ill health for many years, Dr John Storey is remembered as a committed, tenacious and caring teacher, artist and researcher. Charming, witty and a rigorous and progressive thinker, he is greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.