Calling DDCA’s Tertiary Arts leaders: 2019 DDCA Leadership Forum and Roundtable

The Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) is holding a leadership forum and round table in October for its members. Heads of School, Deans, Directors of creative arts schools, or their nominees, are invited to join colleagues in round table discussion on two of the key issues facing tertiary arts:

  • Teaching and its relationship to the changing face of employment and employability of our future graduates

  • Research measurement and assessment, particularly in relation to the ERA and ARC funding. 

Discussions will include presentations by Professor Ross Woodrow (Griffith) Professor Dawn Bennett (Curtin) and Professor Russell Tytler (Deakin) and Professor Paul Gough (RMIT).  Other speakers will be announced in coming weeks.

The event is sponsored by UniSuper.

Further details on the event and registration advice is available at:

SCU appoints 2019 Miles Franklin winner as inaugural creative fellow

Southern Cross University has announced 2019 Miles Franklin Award winner Melissa Lucashenko as the recipient of its inaugural Barry Conyngham Creative Arts Fellowship.

Ms Lucashenko received the 2019 Miles Franklin Award, for her latest novel Too Much Lip published by University of Queensland Press. This award comes on top of a number of other accolades she has received including: the Queensland Deloitte Literary Prize, the Nita B. Kibble Award, The Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. She is also a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and a founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside.

Congratulations to Design Institute of Australia’s new Graduates of the Year

The Design Institute of Australia has announced its 2019 Graduate of the Year Award recipients:

  • Jordan Domjahn (QUT) - Madeline Lester Award

  • Eitan Broude (Curtin) - Australian Fashion Design

  • Jordan Domjahn (QUT) - Australian Industrial / Product Design

  • Oscar Giraldo  (Torrens University, Billy Blue College of Design) - Australian Interior Decoration

  • Zarah Baitz (UNSW) - Australian Interior Design

  • Lauren Stringini (RMIT) - Australian Textile Design

  • Emily Renner (UniSA) - Australian Visual Communication Design

The winners were selected from over 200 nominations submitted by 24 tertiary institutions across Australia. 

Richard Kurth joins Melbourne as new Conservatorium Director

Dr Richard Kurth, former Director of the University of British Columbia Music School, has been appointed as Director of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Dr Kurth, who has also worked at McGill University and the University of Western Ontario, acknowledged the contribution of his predecessor, Professor Gary McPherson who has held the position of Director since 2009: “We owe him enormous gratitude, and I personally look forward to working with Gary in the years ahead. He is an exceptional scholar, a generous colleague, and a truly inspiring role model.”

Deborah Cheetham awarded Sir Bernard Heinz award

The University of Melbourne soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham has been awarded the Sir Bernard Heinz Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian music.

Ms Cheetham is particularly acclaimed for her works Baptist Abba Fan and Pecan Summer, Australia’s first Indigenous opera. She is Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Company, a national not-for-profit arts company devoted to the discovery and development of Indigenous musicians. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014.

UNSW student takes up Juilliard research fellowship

UNSW PhD Candidate Marco Susino will take up a research fellowship as a visiting scholar to New York’s renowned Juilliard School after receiving an Endeavour Research Award. His move will contribute to his doctoral project The Music that Moves Us through the co-creation of six bodies of work with Juilliard composers and choreographers to explore how emotion in music is embodied in dance.

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.

Emerging artists reinterpret iconic artistic commissions

The University of Melbourne’s First Commissions project invited emerging artists to respond to the commission briefs that resulted in some of the world’s most iconic artistic works.

Without knowing the famous artistic works that originally resulted, 30 emerging artists were invited to respond to the commission briefs that inspired: Michelangelo’s David; Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkeys; Bob Dylan’s Hurricane; Camille Claudel’s The Age of Maturity; Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee’s The Great Petition; Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and the White Star Line commission for the RMS Titanic.

The resulting reimagined responses were featured in an exhibition which was launched at the Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Firenze on 4 July and which can be seen at the University of Melbourne’s new Southbank campus on 27 and 28 July.

Further information about the First Commissions project is available at:

"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.