ARC Linkage Grants announced

The Australian Research Council has announced seven new Linkage Projects grants in the field of Creative arts and writing. Our congratulations go to the successful recipients.

Chief Investigators Administering university Project title
Prof Dennis Del Favero; Prof Claude Sammut; Dr Fabri Blacklock; Dr Carol Oliver; Dr Susanne Thurow; Mr Matthew Connell; Mr Arul Baskaran UNSW Redefining museum experience as an immersive networked narrative.
Prof Roger Dean; A/ Prof Tara Hamilton; Dr Christian Walder; Mr John Davis; Dr Ajay Heble Western Sydney University Music can speak for you: making music with a deep net partner.
A/Prof Sandra Gattenhof; Dr Donna Hancox; Prof Helen Klaebe QUT The Role of the Creative Arts in Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model.
A/Prof Melanie Swalwell; Dr Denise de Vries; Dr Helen Stuckey; Mr Nick Richardson; Ms Carolyn Murphy; Mr Andrew Piper; Ms Angela Goddard; Mr Jonathan Parsons Flinders Archiving Australian Media Arts: Towards a method and national collection.
Dr Oliver Bown; Dr Samuel Ferguson; Dr Alexander Davies; Dr Linda Candy; Mr Anthony Rowe; Mr Bruce Tulloch; Mr Craig Donarski UNSW Artistically rethinking creative coding for digital media.
Prof Dennis Del Favero; Prof Michael Thielscher; Dr Baden Pailthorpe; Mr Brian Dawson; Prof Craig Stockings; Dr Rhys Crawley; Ms Robyn Van Dyk UNSW memorySCAPE: the commemoration of war using a database narrative framework
A/Prof Melanie Swalwell; Dr Helen Stuckey; Dr Denise de Vries; Prof Angela Ndalianis; Mr Sebastian Chan Flinders Play it again: preserving Australian videogame history.

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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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.

NSW arts fund changes could disadvantage artists

The New South Wales Government has recently announced changes to its Arts and Cultural Funding Program including the creation of specific art form boards to conduct assessment of applications. Writing in The Guardian, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Executive Director Esther Anatolitis has expressed concern about the impact of these changes, saying, “When a minister chooses 10 ‘art form’ boards, selects the chair of each one and works with that chair to appoint members, it’s difficult for taxpayers to have confidence in the integrity of their decisions. Especially with arts projects and capital infrastructure requests now explicitly in the one funding pool, so there’s no longer any need for the minister to hide non-artistic grants.”

Further details on the new program are available at:, while Esther’s analysis can be read in The Guardian at

Australia Council releases Born Global: Australian Music Export report

The Australia Council for the Arts has released a new report on the cultural and economic value of Australian Music. Described as the “first methodological study of how Australian artists are developed internationally through government and industry programs”, the report is the outcome of a three-year ARC Linkage project by Newcastle and Monash Universities in partnership with APRA AMCOS and the Australia Council. The report assesses the effects of globalisation and digitisation on Australian music exports and suggests strategies to improve market growth and exposure. The full report is available at:

Interdisciplinarity in practice: Casual academics, regional universities and doctoral supervision

At one stage in my academic career, I spent time teaching into a broad postgraduate degree in which my teaching team and I coordinated cohorts of students in study areas. Mostly, these were what we might consider to be traditional discipline areas, such as creative writing or interactive design. I, on the other hand, was the coordinator of the cohort of “Interdisciplinary” students.

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ELIA releases post-Brexit report

ELIA, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, has published a report from its December 2018 regional seminar on “Internationalisation in a post-Brexit Europe”.

The symposium was designed to share knowledge on Brexit negotiations, student mobility and fees and the future of higher arts education institution collaboration in Europe. The report summarises key symposium discussions including the current political fragmentation in Europe.

The report is available at:

From the President | Interdisciplinarity: opportunities across the divide

Interdisciplinarity and collaboration have always been an important aspect of knowledge creation, whether this be generated through a singular field of traditional research or by creative collaborative practices where new knowledge and insights are determined almost serendipitously through the open ended process of co-invention itself.

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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.