Barry Conyngham at 75

Event date: 27 August 2019
Event location: Ian Potter Southbank Centre, 43 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne

A concert of works for chamber orchestra composed by the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Professor Barry Conyngham AM, conducted by Richard Davis, and highlighting the performance staff of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Australian Academy of Humanities Symposium: Workforce Futures - Humanising our Digital Transformation

Event date: 18 September 2019
Event location: State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

The Workforce Futures - Humanising our Digital Transformation event brings together a panel of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss the Humanities in our digital future focusing on the unique perspectives and workforce-relevant skills and knowledge offered by humanities research and education.

Blak Mama: Five plays in a day

Event date: 8 September 2019
Event location: Grant St Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank

A free event presented by Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival in partnership with La Mama, and the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne.

Five First Nations playwrights. Five full length play readings. All in one day.

  • Coconut Woman by Maryanne Sam

  • Flashblaks by Jacob Boehme

  • Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor

  • MiWi 3027 by Glenn Shea

  • Swim by Ellen van Neerven

Screen workshops: Advances Screenwriting and Creating TV or Web series

Event dates: 5-6 October 2019
Event location: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

Two workshops being held in association with Queensland Writers Festival:

Advanced Screenwriting: Emerging and practising screenwriters who want to advance their skills in plotting and scene writing, look no further. This workshop uses paradigms of character and theme to explore authentic, skilful plotting, so that you can translate this into scenes that ‘work hard’ both visually, subtextually, and on a dialogue level. Participants will work on their own projects and workshop-generated content, leaving with an enhanced screenwriters' skillset and understanding.

Creative a TV or Web Series: This workshop will explore two of the fundamental aspects of creating a TV or web series - world and character. Aimed at emerging and practising screenwriters who want to advance their skills in developing concepts and deepening their understanding of script development, it will delve into the relationship between world and character, and how this informs themes and storylines. In teams, participants will develop and pitch a series idea, and have strong ideas about how they would then go on to storyline and write the series.

ACUADS award nominations open

Nomination deadline: 6 September 2019

The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools is now inviting nominations from Heads of School in the Australian art and design sector for the following awards:

  • Innovative Teaching Award

  • Innovative Research Award

  • Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Distinguished Research Award

  • Lifelong Fellowship Award

Recipients will be announced at the ACUADS 2019 conference in November.

The Freedman Foundation travelling scholarship exhibition

Dates: 9 August-7 September 2019
Location: UNSW Galleries, Courtyard Gallery, Cnr. Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington, Sydney

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists celebrates the work of early career Australian artists. Each year, Scholarships are awarded to assist with the cost of overseas travel to conduct research and study.

The exhibition showcases eight emerging Australian artists who are the 2017 and 2019 recipients of the Scholarship and features new works by Spence Messih, Sara Retallick, Roberta Joy Rich, and Alexandra Spence alongside new iterations of works by Tiyan Baker, Kieran Bryant, Callum McGrath, and Laetitia Olivier-Gargano. Guest curator of the exhibition is the Freedman Foundation Curatorial Scholar Isabella Cornell, who is completing her Honours in Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design.

International Conducting Studies Conference 2019

Dates: 2-4 August 2019
Location: Recital Hall West and Atrium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney

Presented by The University of Sydney and the Oxford Conducting Institute, key note speakers include:

  • David Robertson, Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

  • Neal Peres da Costa, Head of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

  • Karen Grylls, Head of Conducting at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

7th biennial conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies – call for panel, round table and individual proposals

Call for proposals deadlines:

  • roundtables: 1 Jan 2020

  • panels: 1 Feb 2020

  • individual proposals: 1 Feb 2020

Conference dates: 17-19 Sept 2020
Location: University of Leuven, Belgium

The 7th biennial conference of the EAM intends to tackle the ways in which the avant-garde and modernism in Europe relate to crisis/es. Although we welcome panel, roundtable and paper proposals on any aspect of this relationship, we are particularly interested in new research on three topics:

  1. theoretical complexity of the notion of crisis

  2. crises-laden historical trajectory of the avant-gardes and modernism.

  3. practical side of things, across all areas of avant-garde and modernist activity: art, literature, music, architecture, film, artistic and social movements, lifestyle, television, fashion, drama, performance, activism, curatorial practice, design and technology.

The Arts Activated 2019 Conference

Dates: 22-23 August 2019
Location: Waterview at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Arts Activated is one of Australia’s leading forums for making arts and culture in Australia more accessible for artists and audiences with disability or who are Deaf. The biennial event attracts up to 250 artists, arts workers, disability advocates and researchers as well as relevant decision makers across the government, cultural and events sectors. The program includes over 20 sessions and events and will feature several high profile Australian and international guests. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Making It Happen Today’ and so the focus is on fast tracking improvements to accessibility across the arts, cultural and event sectors.

Conference: Imperfection As An Aesthetic Idea In Music – call for papers


  • Conference: 6-7 May 2020

  • Call for papers deadline: 15 October 2019

Location: University for Music and the Performing Arts, Graz, Austria

Coming from the dual perspectives of artistic research and musicology, this conference aims to broaden our perspectives on how imperfection can inform our aesthetic understanding of music, historically and in current practice. We are especially interested in the aesthetic implications of musical imperfection from two contrasting points of view:

  • imperfection as a manifest goal of music and musical practice

  • imperfection that occurs primarily by accident, but nevertheless has aesthetic significance.