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21 Aug 2019

VCA Digital Archive: dance on film

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection. Enjoy!

20 Aug 2019

Willow Sizer on cowboys, taxes … and fighting the status quo

Willow Sizer, who graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre), is one of 30 student and alumni artists from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music to take part in First Commissions, for which artists were commissioned to create new works inspired by historically significant artworks, with no knowledge of the source material. Here, she discusses her artistic response.

13 Aug 2019

Why the Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie Scholarship is music to the ears of Music Theatre students

Andrew McAliece and Richard Simmie’s decision to support performing arts students, through their lifetime giving and a gift in their Wills, has opened up a whole new world – one they enjoy exploring.

09 Aug 2019

New Music Director for Melbourne Conservatorium

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne welcomes a new Director to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Dr Richard Kurth.

30 Jul 2019

Yamandu Costa, virtuoso guitarist: ‘I believe in the beauty of people’

Ahead of Yamandu Costa’s performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium in early August, guitarist and Faculty of Fine Arts and Music alumna Rose de La Montaña speaks to the Brazilian superstar.By Rose de La Montaña

25 Jul 2019

Meet Ng Sze Min, Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition) graduate from the Melbourne Conservatorium

After completing a three-year diploma in music composition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Ng Sze Min moved to Melbourne to study Interactive Composition. She discusses daily life at the Conservatorium, personal highlights from her studies, and her hopes for the future.

25 Jul 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Word Art

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection. Enjoy!By Alice O’Rourke

24 Jul 2019

Sally Smart: “First Commissions takes our artists to the world”

Ahead of the First Commissions exhibition in Melbourne on 27 and 28 July, multidisciplinary artist – and Vice-Chancellors Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne – Sally Smart tells Mireille Stahle about the “commission” that launched her career, and how Australian artists are turning their gaze to the rest of the world.

18 Jul 2019

VCA Digital Archive: The City

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection. Enjoy!By Yvette Putra

16 Jul 2019

VCA Digital Archive: an interview with filmmaker Qiu Yang

He recently won the Leitz Cine Discovery Prize during Critic’s Week at Cannes. Meet the Changzhou-based filmmaker and VCA Master of Film and Television graduate Qiu Yang.By Duncan Caillard

16 Jul 2019

Elijah Wald: how the guitar shaped – and didn’t shape – the world

Elijah Wald is a musician, writer and historian who has been playing guitar for more than 50 years. Ahead of his keynote address at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s academic conferenceThe Guitar Century (c. 1880-1980): Global Trends and Local Contexts – part of the Guitar Perspectives Winter Celebration (2–4 August 2019) – he talks to Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray.By Dr Ken Murray

16 Jul 2019

Southbank Campus to open for Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne visitors can be among the first to see the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music’s new world-class spaces at Southbank on 27 and 28 July, as part of a broader Open House Melbourne program at the University of Melbourne.

16 Jul 2019

The origins of musical expertise: beyond born versus made

The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of his keynote address at this year’s symposium in Melbourne, Michigan State University Professor Zach Hambrick argues for a move beyond “born or made” in musical ability. By Zach Hambrick

10 Jul 2019

Bill Henson: ‘There is no formula for how creativity unfolds’

Bill Henson is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers – but it was not always thus. As the First Commissions art project launches ahead of an exhibition in Melbourne on 27 and 28 July, he tells Mireille Stahle about his early years as an artist.

10 Jul 2019

Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa in six videos

His talents and virtuosity are recognised and celebrated worldwide. Ahead of Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa’s performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium next month, Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Costa’s work.By Dr Ken Murray

04 Jul 2019

First Commissions art project launches in Florence

A major Australian arts project presented by the University of Melbourne has been launched at the feet of Michelangelo’s David, the world’s most famous statement on physical perfection, ahead of exhibitions in Florence and Melbourne this month.

01 Jul 2019

The International Symposium on Performance Science, Melbourne – what you need to know

The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of this year’s symposium – convened by Melbourne Conservatorium Director Professor Gary McPherson, the Conservatorium’s Dr Solange Glasser and the Royal College of London’s Professor Aaron Williamon – we talk to Professor McPherson about what we can expect.

27 Jun 2019

VCA Digital Archive: why so queer?

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Xu Xiong

20 Jun 2019

VCA Digital Archive: menstruation as inspiration

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By India Murphy

19 Jun 2019

Jesus Christ! Meet VCA Superstar Robert Tripolino

Robert Tripolino graduated in 2011 with the first ever cohort of Music Theatre students at the Victorian College of the Arts. Now Robert has landed the title role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, at the Barbican, on the West End in London. Here he discusses his serendipitous rise to fame.By Mireille Stahle

13 Jun 2019

VCA Digital Archive: #Metoo and the myth of male genius

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Ivana Brehas

07 Jun 2019

Deborah Cheetham AO wins the Sir Bernard Heinze Award

Acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, has been awarded the 2019 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.

06 Jun 2019

VCA Digital Archive: top ten horror films

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Felix Brown

04 Jun 2019

Photo gallery: Ian Potter Southbank Centre launch

More than 250 student and staff musicians helped bring The Ian Potter Southbank Centre to life for the official launch on 1 June 2019, with a program featuring orchestral works, world-premieres and specially-commissioned pieces.

03 Jun 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra partners with University of Melbourne

Students and staff at the University of Melbourne will have unparalleled access to education and research opportunities with a $1 million partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO).

31 May 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Justin Kurzel, Adam Elliot, Ariel Kleiman

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Duncan Caillard

28 May 2019

Meet Bethany Fellows, Master of Design for Performance student, University of Melbourne

Although Bethany Fellows knew she wanted to study at the Victorian College of the Arts, she never knew she’d end up studying stage design in the Master of Design for Performance – but from making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to making tiny furniture, stage design was definitely the right choice.By Kelly Southworth

28 May 2019

Alumni stories: Eugene Ughetti

The percussionist, composer, conductor and artistic director of Speak Percussion is known for tackling complex and ambitious art music projects. Here, he discusses his time at the Victorian College of the Arts.By Stephanie Juleff

24 May 2019

VCA Digital Archive: animation and diversity

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Jean Tong

01 May 2019

Meet Kliment Poposki, Master of Dramaturgy, University of Melbourne

It was a long journey for Kliment Poposki from science to Dramaturgy, but now he can’t imagine doing anything else.

24 Apr 2019

Adam Elliot, filmmaker – Alumni Stories at the VCA, University of Melbourne

Adam Elliot completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Animation at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996. He went on to win the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, for the claymation film Harvie Krumpet. By Stephanie Juleff

18 Apr 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Chinese families through children’s eyes

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Jing Yi

18 Apr 2019

Capital D Disability in Theatre with Julie McNamara at the University of Melbourne

Julie ‘Mack’ McNamara, an Honorary Fellow at VCA Theatre and the Artistic Director of Vital Xposure, one of UK’s leading disability led touring theatre companies. As a Visiting Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Miegunyah Foundation, she talks to Mireille Stahle about making theatre that puts disability first.By Mireille Stahle

15 Apr 2019

Herbie Hancock comes to the University of Melbourne for International Jazz Day

UNESCO’s 2019 International Jazz Day will be presented this month in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Head of Jazz and Improvisation Associate Professor Rob Vincs explains more.

11 Apr 2019

VCA Digital Archive: short documentaries

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. EnjoyBy Betty Milonas

09 Apr 2019

Lin Onus: eternal landscape of the artist’s mind

A new exhibition at the University of Melbourne celebrates the work and ongoing influence of the late Yorta Yorta artist Lin Onus. By Dr David Sequeira, Director Margaret Lawrence Gallery

08 Apr 2019

Five questions for Dr Anthony Lyons, Interactive Composition lecturer, University of Melbourne

Composer, performer and academic Dr Anthony Lyons has created an incredibly diverse range of music in his career, from orchestral works to EDM to multimedia installations. But how does this all tie together?As told to Kelly Southworth.

05 Apr 2019

VCA Digital Archive: film festivals, and what they’re looking for

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Braiden Asciak

01 Apr 2019

Vale Jonathan Taylor: remembering a giant of VCA Dance

Choreographer and educator Jonathan Taylor was appointed Dean of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1988, and worked at the College until 1997. VCA Dance lecturer Helen Herbertson remembers the former Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, who died last week, aged 77.By Helen Herbertson

29 Mar 2019

Five questions for Dr Annabelle Murphy, Senior Lecturer (Film and Television), University of Melbourne

As part of our ongoing Staff Stories, Dr Annabelle Murphy discusses her filmmaking and academic career, which began with a classic red typewriter and a big imagination.As told to Kelly Southworth.

28 Mar 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Melbourne, you’re a star!

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Victoria Perin

27 Mar 2019

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre opens for Melbourne Conservatorium students and staff

More than 1,000 students and staff have moved into the new state-of-the-art Ian Potter Southbank Centre, home to the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

27 Mar 2019

I Wayan Dibia: bringing Balinese traditions into performance study at the VCA

Professor I Wayan Dibia is a Senior Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and a master teacher from Bali. Each Summer, via the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Global Atelier Program, students in the BFA (Acting) spend a week in Bali with Dibia, Senior Lecturer in Acting Budi Miller and local colleagues working on their craft, while learning about Balinese performance techniques. Dibia then comes to VCA and works with students from across the BFA (Acting) and BFA (Theatre) degrees, teaching the Balinese Hindu dance and music drama technique, Kecak. This innovative addition to the undergraduate program has a lasting impact on the students throughout their studies. By Stephanie Juleff

21 Mar 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Towering storeys

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Yvette Grant

20 Mar 2019

Chiptunes and coffee spoons: meet Kenny McAlpine, lecturer in Interactive Composition

Professor Kenny McAlpine is the New Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in Interactive Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He talks to us about the creativity born of constraint, and what attracted him to working at the University of Melbourne.By Stephanie Juleff

15 Mar 2019

Meet Hannes Lackmann, Master of Music (Performance Teaching) graduate, University of Melbourne

Percussionist Hannes Lackmann was performing regularly on the Melbourne music scene after graduating – so what inspired this Jazz & Improvisation graduate to pursue teaching?By Kelly Southworth

14 Mar 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Ding! Ding! Melbourne trams

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Cassandra Gorton

07 Mar 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Gay experience

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Aaron Hughes

28 Feb 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Girl at the Window, inspired by a Gerald Murnane documentary

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Monica Raszewski

25 Feb 2019

Meet Giulia Giannini McGauran, VCA Art graduate and photographer

VCA alumna Giulia McGauran wanted to be a nurse, studied drawing, and works now as a photographer. Here she tells us about her artistic inspirations, favourite shoots from the past year, and what she’d do with a million dollars.By Susanna Ling

21 Feb 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Life after death

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Angus Attwood

20 Feb 2019

Meet Rachael Alford, Master of Screenwriting graduate, University of Melbourne

An actor and writer, Rachael Alford recently graduated from the Master of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, she talks about her approach to work, her passion for the creative arts, and what it’s like to delve into fictional worlds of her own creation.

14 Feb 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Love and joy

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films that date back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Isabelle Rudolph

12 Feb 2019

Carol Brown announced as the new Head of VCA Dance

Carol Brown has been announced as the new Head of VCA Dance at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. The internationally-established creative research scholar, academic and professional choreographer will take up the new position of Professor in Dance in mid-2019.

07 Feb 2019

VCA Digital Archive: Representations of mental health in film

The VCA Digital Archive is a living audiovisual record of student films dating back to 1966. The articles in this series respond thematically to the depth and breadth of the collection, which will be available for research from mid-2019. Enjoy!By Thomas Gregory

14 Jan 2019

What is Interactive Composition at the University of Melbourne?

It defies easy definition, but those who have had anything to do with Interactive Composition at The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music know its value. It’s a course for innovators, creators, collaborators and ground-breakers. When Interactive Composition graduates leave the University, they go into the world and make their mark.By Jacqui Picone

11 Jan 2019

Winging It – a web series produced by the University of Melbourne

“Heaven has been corporatised, and no-one hates his job more than Michael …” Winging It is a seven-part web series developed as part of a Faculty of Fine Arts and Music interdisciplinary collaboration. Meet two of its writers, and watch the first episode, below. By Thuy On

27 Dec 2018

Let’s get digital: an archive of work by VCA film graduates, coming soon

2019 will see the much-anticipated launch of a Digital Archive featuring work by VCA Film and Television graduating filmmakers across the decades.By Donna Lyon-Hensler

14 Dec 2018

Meet Tyran Parke, the new Head of Music Theatre at the University of Melbourne

Award-winning singer, actor, director and recording artist Tyran Parke will be stepping into the role of Head of VCA Music Theatre in January 2019. He talks to Thuy On about his plans … and why he hates the word ‘vision’.By Thuy On

13 Dec 2018

Curating A Life: Professor Natalie King

This year, curator and writer Professor Natalie King was recognised by the Australian Financial Review as part of their 100 Women of Influence awards for her contribution to arts, culture and sport. In this interview, first published on Pursuit, she explains more.As told to Louise Bennet

03 Dec 2018

Tiriki Onus: five questions for the Acting Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, percentage-wise, has the highest number of Indigenous students of any faculty at any university in Victoria, and now there are plans to rename campus paths and walkways with local Indigenous place names. Acting Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, Tiriki Onus, tells us more. By Thuy On

28 Nov 2018

Natalie Williams wins the 2018 Albert H Maggs Composition Award

Composer Natalie Williams has been awarded the 2018 Albert H Maggs Composition Award for her string octet Saudade.

27 Nov 2018

Five questions for Dr Erin Helyard, Senior Lecturer (Historical Performance and Musicology), University of Melbourne

As part of our ongoing Staff Stories, Dr Erin Helyard discusses conducting, his favourite writers and the trait he most deplores in others.As told to Kelly Southworth.

27 Nov 2018

Flamingos, giants, and School of Rock: backstage with VCA Production students

Without sound designers, stage managers, and set and costume designers, many stage, screen and music performances would never get off the ground. We spoke to three graduating Production students about their profession, philosophies, favourite projects, and what’s on the horizon for next year.By Susanna Ling

27 Nov 2018

Artist Moorina Bonini on the reclamation of cultural identity

Graduating VCA Visual Art Honours student Moorina Bonini discusses her work The Other Reclaims, exhibited in The Stables as part of the 2018 VCA Art Graduate Exhibition.By Moorina Bonini

26 Nov 2018

VCA 2018 Graduate Film Series: Moonshine

The annual Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television Graduate Screenings showcase the talent of our Film & Television students. We caught up with filmmaker Jake Neville to talk about his film Moonshine, screening at ACMI on Sunday 9 and Saturday 15 December.By Susanna Ling

23 Nov 2018

Indigenous artist Yhonnie Scarce wins prestigious RAKA Award

Victorian College of the Arts Lecturer Yhonnie Scarce has been named the 2018 Kate Challis RAKA Award recipient for her contribution to the visual arts using blown glass.

23 Nov 2018

VCA 2018 Graduate Film Series: Love is a Lunatic City

The annual Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television Graduate Screenings showcase the talent of our Film and Television students. We caught up with director Hannah Moore and producer Lauren Beck to talk about their film Love is a Lunatic City, screening at ACMI on Friday 7 and Saturday 15 December.By Susanna Ling

23 Nov 2018

VCA 2018 Graduate Film Series: Among Men

The annual Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television Graduate Screenings showcase the talent of our Film & Television students. We caught up with director Ande Cunningham and producer Melanie Scammell to talk about their film Among Men, screening at ACMI on Saturday 8 and Sunday 16 December.By Susanna Ling

20 Nov 2018

Explainer: what is artistic research?

The role of artistic researchers is not to describe their work – it’s something else entirely.By Professor Barb Bolt, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

19 Nov 2018

Meet Chloe Uhrmacher, Diploma in Music student, University of Melbourne

French horn player Chloe Uhrmacher is in the final year of a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne with a concurrent Diploma in Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. So, how can she combine those twin passions?As told to Kelly Southworth.

07 Nov 2018

Meet Tom Richards, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) graduate, University of Melbourne

Tom Richards auditioned three times before getting into the VCA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) – so has it been worth it?As told to Kelly Southworth.

07 Nov 2018

Five questions for Dr Kate Just, Graduate Coursework Coordinator (Visual Art), University of Melbourne

Dr Kate Just is an award-winning contemporary artist and academic who has worked extensively with representations of the body, feminism, and queer arts theory and practice. As part of our ongoing Staff Stories, she tells us about what’s important to her and what she loves about her work.As told to Kelly Southworth.

18 Oct 2018

Meet Sarah Vickery, Master of Directing for Performance student, University of Melbourne

Directing plays for Mardi Gras, tackling the challenge of academic study, and developing work that tackles provocative social issues – for Victorian College of the Arts student Sarah Vickery, theatre directing is much more than a job.

15 Oct 2018

Sneak preview of the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre in the Melbourne Arts Precinct

Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley was welcomed to The Ian Potter Southbank Centre today, with a performance by Conservatorium brass students Hannah Rundell, Natalia Edwards and Kiran Samuel.

12 Oct 2018

101 Sensations: on tour with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Asia

Between 23 September and 29 September 2018, the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performed in Singapore and Shanghai, the first time it had ever travelled overseas. This is the story of that tour.By Paul Dalgarno.

12 Oct 2018

Jon Cattapan becomes the first artist to test a new edition-making initiative at the VCA

A new edition-making initiative will see visiting artists creating work at the recently refurbished Victorian College of the Arts Print Workshop.By Susanna Ling

05 Oct 2018

Arts explainer: what is social practice?

We hear a lot about social practice in the arts, but what actually is it? We asked course coordinator of the University of Melbourne’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Social Practice and Community Engagement Dr Danny Butt.By Dr Danny Butt

25 Sep 2018

Podcast: Professor Sally Smart, “The power of artists is extraordinary”

The Expert Hack Podcast sat down with Victorian College of the Arts alumna artist Professor Sally Smart to discuss how artists are influencing politics and social change.

21 Sep 2018

A tour of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct and the people who make it

The reimagining of Melbourne’s Southbank is a source of disruption, possibility and hope for the people and organisations of the Arts Precinct. By Susanna Ling

21 Sep 2018

Margot Fenley to step down as Head of VCA Music Theatre

Head of VCA Music Theatre Margot Fenley has announced she will step down at the end of 2018 to take on a new teaching position within the discipline.

19 Sep 2018

Tillman Jex: life as an Interactive Composition grad in Berlin

Berlin was always part of the plan for Tillman Jex – and he knows how to make it work for him.By Paul Dalgarno

17 Sep 2018

VCA Dance – on board with the Travelling Dance Studio in Berlin

Some 22 VCA Dance students recently took part in the annual Travelling Dance Studio program in France and Germany, honing their knowledge and skills in ways that will benefit them in Australia. By Paul Dalgarno

14 Sep 2018

Alice Humphries: turning the Tide with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

More than 100 young musicians will embark on their first international tour when the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra travels to Singapore and Shanghai later this month. Among the works being performed is the world-premiere of Tide by composer and arranger Alice Humphries … although she won’t be there to see it.As told to Paul Dalgarno.

07 Sep 2018

Jonathan Mills: How the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus benefits the city’s Arts Precinct

Sir Jonathan Mills AO is a prominent Australian-born composer and festival director, and joint Enterprise Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Here, he discusses how the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music fit into the city’s vision for a revitalised Arts Precinct in Southbank. By Sophie Duran

03 Sep 2018

Judy Bailey OAM honoured with the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

Prominent jazz pianist and teacher Judy Bailey has been awarded the 2018 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.by Susanna Ling

29 Aug 2018

Music Therapy: from Melbourne to Würzburg

The University of Melbourne’s Music Therapy team has a strong connection with the German city of Würzburg  – and it’s only going to get stronger.By Paul Dalgarno

27 Aug 2018

An interview with Yandell Walton, resident artist in the VCA’s PHASMID Studio, Berlin

Melbourne artist Yandell Walton’s work interacts with its environment in complex ways. So what effect will being in Berlin have on her practice?By Paul Dalgarno

23 Aug 2018

A new era for VCA Dance

Head of VCA Dance Jenny Kinder has announced she will step down from her role at the end of 2018.

20 Aug 2018

Meet the family: Ron and Margaret Dobell on why they love VCA Music Theatre

Their support of VCA Music Theatre has transformed the lives and careers of emerging artists, but the Dobells’ influence goes way beyond the financial.By Paul Dalgarno

16 Aug 2018

Meet Anneliese Gill, PhD candidate in Music Psychology and Performance Science

Third-year PhD candidate at the Melbourne Conservatorium Annaliese Gill would like to create a resource to help music students and their teachers develop complementary psychological performance skills.– As told to Mireille Stahle

15 Aug 2018

Acting it Out: a new VCA Theatre initiative to increase diversity

The Victorian College of the Arts’ new outreach program aims to support students from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. By Susanna Ling

13 Aug 2018

Watch VCA Greats: Patricia Piccinini

In 2015, Patricia Piccinini’s ComCiência in Rio De Janeiro was the most visited contemporary art exhibition in the world. Patricia Piccinini is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts where she is now Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Visual Art.By Susanna Ling

10 Aug 2018

Hollywood actor Jane BadlerHains: from V to the VCA

Earlier this week, actor, singer, producer, and philanthropist Jane BadlerHains visited the Victorian College of the Arts to share the story of her decades-long performing career with our Acting students – and to announce a new relationship with the Faculty.

06 Aug 2018

Martyn Myer: ‘A world-class cultural capital needs a world-class arts training faculty’

Philanthropists come in all shapes and sizes, but for Martyn Myer there’s only one approach: roll up your sleeves and don’t take no for an answer. By Paul Dalgarno

31 Jul 2018

Hell’s Canyon playwright Emily Sheehan and actor Conor Leach in conversation

Hell’s Canyon, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights’ Award-winning play by Victorian College of the Arts graduate playwright Emily Sheehan, will show at the Old 505 Theatre in Sydney and La Mama in Melbourne in August and September. Ahead of their 1 August opening night, writer Sheehan and VCA Theatre graduate and Hell’s Canyon actor Conor Leach talk about their teenage selves, writing push and pull, and moments of magic realism.

30 Jul 2018

‘Space of Friendship’: Melbourne Art Fair joins forces with the University of Melbourne

This year’s Melbourne Art Fair is being held at the University of Melbourne Southbank campus, home of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and Melbourne’s growing Arts Precinct.

27 Jul 2018

Mimir Chamber Music Festival returns – with world-class mentoring

The 2018 Mimir Chamber Music Festival will be held at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in August and September. Founded by the Conservatorium’s Dr Curt Thompson, the Festival brings outstanding international chamber musicians to Australian audiences, and world-class mentoring to students across Victoria.By Kelly Southworth

26 Jul 2018

Letter: Yours Internally

Director of the Margaret Lawrence Gallery Dr David Sequeira shares his thoughts about Yours Internally, an exhibition of work by Kiron Robinson and Grant Stevens showing from 27 July–25 August … and possibly gives the Backstreet Boys more poetic and artistic credit than they have enjoyed to date.By Dr David Sequeira

20 Jul 2018

Listen: How to turn musical “failure” into a rewarding career

Susan de Weger is not your typical classical musician. The self-confessed “failed musician” now helps young musicians connect with modern audiences and compete with digital disruption.

19 Jul 2018

Two-minute interview: Stephen Goss, composer and guitarist

Ahead of his visit to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music next week, world-renowned and acclaimed composer Stephen Goss speaks to Ken Murray about his compositional process, his influences, and what it’s like to hear your music performed by an orchestra.

18 Jul 2018

Meet Andrew Bucknall, Master of Music Therapy student

After working in hospitality, retail, and as an electrician, Andrew Bucknall finally heeded his calling to help others through music. Now a second-year Master of Music Therapy student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, he gives some insight into the course and into the growing world of music therapy.

18 Jul 2018

Meet Andrew Bucknall, Master of Music Therapy student

After working in hospitality, retail, and as an electrician, Andrew Bucknall finally heeded his calling to help others through music. Now a second-year Master of Music Therapy student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, he gives some insight into the course and into the growing world of music therapy.As told to Susanna Ling

16 Jul 2018

Storm in a Petri dish: mixing art and science

Storm is an interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition, co-hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the Faculty of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. We spoke to some of the contributors about their work and the meaningful collaborations art and science can inspire.By Sarah Hall

13 Jul 2018

Staging change: supporting diversity in Australian theatre

The Victorian College of the Arts is offering a Diversity in Theatre program from August to September to support authentic representation of people of colour on stage. Cessalee Smith-Stovall, Book of Mormon performer and Diversity in Theatre project coordinator, tells us more.– As told to Susanna Ling

13 Jul 2018

VCA x MIFF: five films at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival

Five films by Victorian of the Arts students and alumni are screening at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Here’s the roundup. By Susanna Ling

13 Jul 2018

The theatre of fake news: Polygraph speaks truth to a post-truth era

In a time characterised by fake news and political dishonesty, how are we to understand truth? Such is the subject of enquiry in Polygraph, part murder mystery, part love story and full boundary-pushing physical theatre that speaks truth to a “post-truth” era.By Sarah Hall

12 Jul 2018

William Tell-all: behind the scenes of the epic Victorian Opera production

Victorian Opera’s latest production is set to be bigger than Ben Hur. Ahead of opening night on 14 July, we caught up with former Melbourne Conservatorium of Music student and William Tell cast member Jeremy Kleeman to find out more.As told to Susanna Ling

05 Jul 2018

Meet Casey Jenkins, Master of Contemporary Art student

First year Master of Contemporary Art student Casey Jenkins is settling back into university study after spending a lot of time in small but active community art groups. Encouraged and inspired by other students and staff, Casey talks to us about collaborating and creating networks at the Victorian College of the Arts.As told to Kelly Southworh

04 Jul 2018

Five questions for Chris Kohn, Coordinator of the Master of Directing for Performance

Victorian College of the Arts tutor and PhD candidate Chris Kohn is currently researching the connections between collaborative theatre creation, ethics and intellectual disability. He told us about how his interest in these areas shaped his career as an award-winning stage director and dramaturg.As told to Kelly Southworth

02 Jul 2018

Two-minute interview: Dr John Carpente, music therapist for children on the autism spectrum

Dr John Carpente is a world expert in music therapy for children on the autism spectrum. In advance of his 9 July seminar on Musical Play to Support Children on the Autism Spectrum to Express their Identity, he answers a few questions about his work.By Susanna Ling

25 Jun 2018

Meet the Animation alumna shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Film Awards, Anastasia Dyakova

Victorian College of the Arts graduate Anastasia Dyakova’s film Ready for a Baby has been shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Film Awards. She tells us about being shortlisted, and what’s next up in her animation career.By Kelly Southworth

22 Jun 2018

Explainer: what are Lieder?

World-renowned Lieder accompanist Dr Graham Johnson OBE explains the origins and delves into the poetic beauty of this enduring musical form.By Graham Johnson OBELieder accompanist and visiting artist at the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS)

21 Jun 2018

VCA alumni on the big screen at Palm Springs International ShortFest

Of more than 4,200 short film submissions from more than 100 countries, works by eight Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television alumni have been selected. By Susanna Ling

21 Jun 2018

Southbank’s redesigned Print Workshop – a guided tour at the Victorian College of the Arts

Printmaker Adrian Kellett has been at the Victorian College of the Arts’ Print Workshop for 19 years – first as a Fine Arts student, and now as Print Workshop Coordinator. He takes Susanna Ling on a walk-through of the newly-refurbished Print Workshops, designed by Hatz Architects.

18 Jun 2018

Five questions for Andrea Keller, Lecturer in Music (Jazz and Improvisation – Piano)

She’s won multiple ARIA and Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards, written and recorded dozens of albums, and is a strong voice for women in jazz – so what would pianist and composer Andrea Keller have done if she hadn’t studied music?As told to Susanna Ling

18 Jun 2018

Meet Kim Ho, Master of Writing for Performance student

Having majored in English and Theatre studies and having already written two full-length plays, Kim Ho decided to apply for the Master of Writing for Performance to gain more control over his writing craft – and found himself in the surprising company of acrobats, musicians, and mining company employees.By Susanna Ling

15 Jun 2018

Does the radio keep you company? The Melbourne Conservatorium needs you

Dr Amanda Krause is a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Here, she explains her new research into radio listening habits of older listeners, and how you can get involved.By Paul Dalgarno

13 Jun 2018

Kate Daw, Head of VCA Art, on her vision for artists in Southbank

She’s an internationally-recognised visual artist whose work has featured in group and solo shows since 1992. The former Head of Painting, and recently-announced Head of VCA Art, outlines her vision for teaching, learning and promoting art at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus.By Dr Kate Daw, Head of VCA Art

13 Jun 2018

How to prepare for peak performance, for musicians and non-musicians alike

For the latest in our How To video series at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Margaret Osborne, Lecturer in Music (Performance Science) and Psychology, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, gives practical tips for overcoming nerves and performing at your very best. Know someone who would benefit from this? Pass it on!

08 Jun 2018

Five Deadly Questions for Richard Frankland

Associate Professor Richard Frankland is Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne. He’s also a key figure in ongoing talks with the Victorian Government to establish a treaty or treaties to acknowledge the unique position of Aboriginal Australians, and a participant in the Victorian Government’s recently-launched Deadly Questions initiative.  By Paul Dalgarno

06 Jun 2018

Meet Georgie North, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) Honours student

Painter Georgie North values strong relationships with her peers and enjoys working in collaborative and public art projects. She speaks with Kelly Southworth about empathy, inspiration, and learning from others.

05 Jun 2018

Carol Johnson, online music expert: “I saw people’s lives change because they had the opportunity to learn music”

Having moved from the northern hemisphere to join the Melbourne Conservatorium as Senior Lecturer in Music (Online Learning and Educational Technologies), and having just published a book on online music pedagogy, Dr Carol Johnson is making sure the way we teach music keeps up with the ever-multiplying possibilities of modern technology.As told to Sophie Duran

04 Jun 2018

Four decades of VCA Dance artists and where they are now

As the VCA Dance 40th Anniversary Celebration (10 June) approaches, we ask some former students about their memories of the Victorian College of the Arts, and what they’ve been doing since. By Susanna Ling

29 May 2018

Patrick White Playwrights’ Award recipient Kim Ho: putting cross-cultural stories centre stage

Kim Ho is a Melbourne-based playwright, actor, and the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for his play Mirror’s Edge, which explores the interplay of Anglo-European, Chinese, and Indigenous cultures in Australia across three centuries. Here, he talks about the catalyst for writing the play, and his commitment to addressing cross-cultural issues – even if they’re uncomfortable.As told to Susanna Ling.

25 May 2018

The Crucible: outworn or reborn?

It’s the 17th-century witch-hunt story everybody knows, but what relevance does Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible have today? Acclaimed theatre director Adena Jacobs explains how she’s given the story a new setting in an upcoming production by the Victorian College of the Arts’ Production and Acting Company 2018.by Susanna Ling

18 May 2018

Two-minute interview: Alex Pertout, percussionist

He’s a multi-award-winning artist whose playing has graced iconic Australian number-one hits by Daniel Braithwaite and Powderfinger, and a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra. He’s also a Senior Lecturer in Jazz & Improvisation at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.As told to Sophie Duran.

18 May 2018

Glenn Branca: four guitar works by the late composer

His music has influenced musicians and divided critics the world over – but his impact on our understanding of what guitars can do can’t be denied. By Dr Ken Murray, Head of Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium

18 May 2018

Elliott Gyger at 50: the composer takes us through seven of his works

The Melbourne Conservatorium is about to present seven works by the award-winning composer Associate Professor Elliott Gyger, who will also conduct the performance. Here, he explains his choices. By Elliott Gyger

18 May 2018

Meet Lauren Gorman, Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) student

It was only after spending time studying in Europe that Melbourne flautist Lauren Gorman realised everything she wanted was available back home.By Susanna Ling

16 May 2018

Meet the staff: Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Dinosaur spirit animals, lurking rulers and miniature chairs – yes, we’re an eclectic bunch … By Kate Mulqueen

14 May 2018

Ronald Farren-Price AM receives the prestigious Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Honorary Principal Fellow Ronald Farren-Price AM has been awarded the 2017 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.

11 May 2018

Handing over the reins at The Stables – a new home for the arts in Melbourne’s Southbank

The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music today celebrated the completion of The Stables – a world-class visual arts and performance space in the heart of the city’s Arts Precinct.

11 May 2018

VCA alumna Yvette Coppersmith wins the Archibald Prize 2018

Visual Art alumna Yvette Coppersmith has been awarded Australia’s most distinguished portraiture prize for her self-portrait.By Scott McLachlan

10 May 2018

Event: Catch the Synthi 100 streaming live

It’s iconic, and so are the people playing it. Don’t miss your chance to see and hear the Synthi 100 in action.By Alex Parade

08 May 2018

Monochromes are so much more than a grey area in visual art

Artists who engage in contemporary monochrome art practices see themselves as part of a growing lineage – as a new exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery amply demonstrates. By Dr David Sequeira, curator

07 May 2018

Two-minute interview: Jonathan Paget, classical guitarist

Jonathan Paget is passionate about performing 19th-century guitar music on period instruments. We caught up with him before his 11 May Guitaromanie! performance to find out why.As told to Ken Murray.

07 May 2018

Cannes vs Netflix offers a screen battle of blockbuster proportions

The Secret River and Crackerjack producer Stephen Luby weighs in on the cinematic debate, as the curtain opens on 2018’s Festival de Cannes.By Stephen Luby, Lecturer in Creative Producing, Victorian College of the Arts

02 May 2018

Myuran Sukumaran’s final 72 hours – what GUILTY tells us about the death penalty, and life

Paper Planes and Van Diemen’s Land producer Maggie Miles talks about co-writing and producing a film about the Bali Nine convicted criminal’s last days.By Maggie Miles

30 Apr 2018

Nina Buxton, filmmaker: “Being cat-called at night is an incredibly common scenario.”

Recent Film and Television graduate Nina Buxton felt compelled to make her short film, Mwah, after experiencing sexual harassment while riding alone one night. In the lead up to the film’s screening at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, she tells us more. By Nina Buxton

30 Apr 2018

Two-minute interview: Maude Davey, director of Mongrel

Actor, writer, director, and Victorian College of the Arts alumna Maude Davey tells us more about the VCA’s new music theatre variety show, Mongrel. By Susanna Ling

27 Apr 2018

Gloria and Beatus vir – meet the cast and crew

An all-sensory experience in the historic St Paul’s cathedral blending early music, modern visual spectacle, and the timeless genius of Vivaldi? Uh, yes please!  By Susanna Ling

27 Apr 2018

Two-minute interview: David Batchelor, artist and writer

David Batchelor is one of more than 30 artists whose work will feature in Monochrome: Empty & Full at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery in Melbourne in May. By Sophie Duran

27 Apr 2018

Gideon Obarzanek, choreographer: my life

We caught up with the award-winning choreographer and founder of Chunky Move Dance Company, who will present a new work at the VCA from 2–5 May.As told to Susanna Ling

24 Apr 2018

Art of war: where conflict meets creativity

The relationship between Australia’s military efforts and sanctioned artists dates back to 1918 but, as the nation’s 63rd official war artist explains, there are as many ways to cover combat as there are artistic sensibilities.By Professor Jon Cattapan, VCA Director

17 Apr 2018

Felicity Baker on Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression

Professor Felicity Baker is Head of Music Therapy at the Melbourne Conservatorium. She talks here about her upcoming symposium, Music Interventions for Dementia & Depression in Elderly Care.

16 Apr 2018

Meet Willem Kingma, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) student

Second year Animation student Willem Kingma already features at animation festivals around the world. He talks with Susanna Ling about being a storyteller, his artistic inspirations, and waking up with The Beatles.As told to Susanna Ling

12 Apr 2018

How I launched a web series concept then lost control

Masterminding a cross-disciplinary project for 126 students was hard – but not a patch on those feelings of professional redundancy.  By Andrew O’Keefe, Lecturer in Film and Television

12 Apr 2018

Honouring Ron and Margaret Dobell, valued friends of Music Theatre at the VCA

Their philanthropic contributions to cabaret in Melbourne were rightfully celebrated at the Green Room Awards this week – but that’s just one of many reasons to celebrate their impact on the performing arts. By Margot Fenley, Head of Music Theatre

11 Apr 2018

Ade Vincent, composer: from The Tiger & Me to Melbourne Symphony

Ade Vincent, a Phd candidate at the Melbourne Conservatorium, is the inaugural Cybec Young Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. His work Hood Yourself in Stars will premiere as part of the MSO’s Metropolis New Music Festival on 19 April.By Susanna Ling

09 Apr 2018

Vanitas has been nominated for a Webby – vote now

An immersive art app developed by Victorian College of the Arts lecturer Robert Walton is in the running for the Oscars of the internet. By Robert Walton, Lecturer in Theatre (Dramaturgy and Directing) at the Victorian College of the Arts

09 Apr 2018

VCA Dance is 40 – Happy Birthday!

As VCA Dance turns 40 it’s time to celebrate the achievements of VCA Dance students, teaching staff and alumni over the past four decades.By Associate Professor Jenny Kinder, Head of VCA Dance

28 Mar 2018

Sue Healey, choreographer and filmmaker: ‘There’s incredible magic in what we shoot’

The award-winning choreographer, educator, filmmaker and installation artist talks to Susanna Ling about her upcoming exhibition at the Victorian College of the Arts.By Susanna Ling

26 Mar 2018

Comedian Louisa Wall: ‘You don’t need people to want you’

Billed as a perennial millennial who does cabaret like you’ve never seen it before, Louisa Wall’s DIY approach to theatre and comedy is paying off, with a second solo show at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.By Susanna Ling

19 Mar 2018

Meet Alexandra Czarnecki-Roper, Bachelor of Music (Jazz & Improvisation) graduate at the Melbourne Conservatorium

Recent percussion graduate Alexandra Czarnecki-Roper discusses what it was like to study at the Conservatorium.

16 Mar 2018

Curator Natalie King on her new role as Enterprise Professor at the VCA

Natalie King curates Australian and international programs that include exhibition making, publications, lectures, workshops and cultural partnerships across contemporary art and Indigenous culture. She discusses her new role as Enterprise Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts.By Paul Dalgarno

14 Mar 2018

Podcast: Jane Davidson, Marshall McGuire and The Voices Of Women

Professor Jane Davidson, of the Melbourne Conservatorium and Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne, talks to Marshall McGuire (Ludovico’s Band) about baroque female composers, historical music performances and emotions.

13 Mar 2018

Proof of the Conservatorium’s reach is in the Magic Pudding

Victorian Opera’s latest opera season celebrates Norman Lindsay’s enduring Australian classic children’s book, The Magic Pudding, which turns 100 this year. In the lead-up to the opening night of Calvin Bowman’s musical reinterpretation, we caught up with 2013 Melbourne Conservatorium graduate and acclaimed tenor Brenton Spiteri to find out more about The Magic Pudding – The Opera.By Susanna Ling

12 Mar 2018

Meet Chiara Anderson, Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Melbourne Conservatorium

Chiara Anderson recently started her second year in the Bachelor of Music (Performance) program. Here, she reflects on why she decided to study at the Conservatorium and what her first year was like.

11 Mar 2018

Welcome to The Stables – a new, world-class arts facility in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct

The former Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables have been transformed by Kerstin Thompson Architects into world-class teaching and learning facilities for students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Here, lead architect Kerstin Thompson gives us a guided tour.

08 Mar 2018

Let it go: remembering Dr Ben Leske

A colleague and friend pays tribute to one of Melbourne Conservatorium’s brightest and most-loved researchers, who died this week aged 37.  By Dr Katrina Skewes McFerran

06 Mar 2018

Meet Amy You, Bachelor of Music (Music Performance) at the Melbourne Conservatorium

Having now completed her first year at the Melbourne Conservatorium, violinist Amy You gives us a glimpse into her daily life and musicianship.

06 Mar 2018

Frances and the Inclusion Rider? We need equitable access to arts training

The concept of the Inclusion Rider has suddenly hit the mainstream following its use by Frances McDormand in her Oscar acceptance speech yesterday. What might this mean for actor-training institutions such as the Victorian College of the Arts?By Matt Delbridge

27 Feb 2018

Robert Ambrose Cole, Rosslynd Piggott, Angelina Pwerle, Lindy Lee and David Rosetzky in a new exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery

In this catalogue essay, Margaret Lawrence Gallery Director Dr David Sequeira sets up the gallery’s latest exhibition, In Between: Notions of transition and the intermediate.By Dr David Sequeira, Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery

26 Feb 2018

Peek into Buxton Contemporary with new director Ryan Johnston

Walk and talk with the inaugural director of Buxton Contemporary, on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus, before the gallery opens on 9 March. By Susanna Ling

26 Feb 2018

Tropfest 2018 winners Greta Nash and Gillian Crosby in interview

Nash’s film Two Piece took the top prize at Tropfest 2018 this month. She and the film’s producer – fellow VCA alumna Gillian Crosby – discuss their win. By Scott McLachlan

21 Feb 2018

Black Panther: How global civil rights found a home in a superhero movie

The latest Marvel movie adaption, Black Panther, arrives in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement with its own take on global Civil Rights – with a pan-African twist.By Dr Joshua McNamara, University of Melbourne

19 Feb 2018

Watch: Tropfest 2018 winner, Two Piece, by VCA alumna Greta Nash

Alumna Greta Nash’s film Two Piece took top honours at Tropfest 2018, and you can watch it here.By Sophie Duran

19 Feb 2018

Callout: ACMI X Residency Program 2019 open for applications

Staff, graduate students and alumni of The University of Melbourne are eligible to apply for the ACMI X Residency program, which provides co-working opportunities for creative practitioners and researchers in moving image and digital arts technologies.

14 Feb 2018

Doing Feminism: an interview with Professor Anne Marsh

With feminism and what it means so firmly back on the public agenda, there’s never been a better time to get to grips with its role in art and culture.By Susanna Ling

14 Feb 2018

Listen: For the love of the stage, featuring Rinske Ginsberg

From an improvisational trapeze performer and fire eater in the 80s to a celebrated Melbourne Fringe ‘living legend’, movement lecturer Rinske Ginsberg reflects on a life on stage.

13 Feb 2018

Singing to remember: music therapy and dementia study to launch at the Conservatorium

Music Therapy researcher Dr Jeanette Tamplin’s latest study will examine how singing can improve the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers.

12 Feb 2018

Introducing Ryan Johnston, the inaugural Director of Buxton Contemporary

Ryan Johnston will be the inaugural Director of Buxton Contemporary, the new purpose-built home for the Michael Buxton Collection embedded at the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts.

06 Feb 2018

An interview with Tom Crago, the artist behind Materials at the NGV Triennial

He’s the CEO of Australian video game developer Tantalus Media, a restaurant owner, a former triple-jump champion, a PhD candidate … oh, and an artist at the blockbuster NGV Triennial exhibition.   By Paul Dalgarno

05 Feb 2018

Discover hidden art and artefacts at the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is home to 32 cultural collections including libraries, prints, rare books and music archives, you just need to know how to find them – now there’s help.By Fiona Gruber, University of Melbourne

01 Feb 2018

Vale Alun Leach-Jones, distinguished painter and VCA alumnus

VCA Director Professor Jon Cattapan remembers one of Australia’s great abstract artists.By Professor Jon Cattapan, Director, Victorian College of the Arts

29 Jan 2018

Video: Polly Staniford, co-founder of Aquarius Films

From the VCA to the Oscars: meet film and television alumna Polly Staniford.By Kate Mulqueen

23 Jan 2018

Put the Melbourne in Melbourne Conservatorium

How to situate the Melbourne Conservatorium in the city it belongs to? That was the question with which we approached our latest photoshoot, starring our current students. By Kate Mulqueen, Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

17 Jan 2018

AntigoneX: Greek tragedy, with beach balls

Victorian College of the Arts Senior Lecturer in Theatre Dr Zachary Dunbar is the writer, director and producer of a riotously reimagined version of Sophocles’ Antigone, AntigoneX. He discusses his inspiration here.By Susanna Ling