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'Unshakable creativity, resilience, tenacity' – VCA Art 2020 Grad Show catalogue is now live
The VCA Art Graduate Catalogue was launched on Wednesday night at a digital awards event, Finissage. The Catalogue, featuring more than 1,000 artworks by graduating students from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music Visual Art programs, is testament to the creativity and dedication of the Faculty's graduating cohorts in this challenging year.
Words Seemed Unnecessary: the VCA's David Sequeira and Isolation Improvisation Collective make artful music
Patrick Telfer, founder of the Isolation Improvisation Collective, and visual artist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne David Sequeira release a new collaborative work, Words Seemed Unnecessary (In The Space Between Us).
Victorian College of the Arts graduates share in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020
Three Victorian College of the Arts graduates were among the winners at the coveted Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2020 announced yesterday. Lecturer in Visual Art Dr Laura Woodward (BFA Hons. 2005, MFA 2008, PhD 2014) and Isadora Vaughan (BFA Hons. 2013) received the Rural & Regional Development Award 2020, and Professional Development Award 2020 respectively.Beth Arnold, who completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours in 2005 and a Master of Fine Art (Research) in 2011, was one of six finalists, and co-winners, of this year's main prize. In a groundbreaking decision, Arnold and co-winners Mikala Dwyer, Emily Floyd, Nicholas Mangan, Kathy Temin and Field Theory will pool their winnings and make a significant contribution to a First Nations community organisation to acknowledge the absence of First Nations voices and culturally diverse representation in the 2020 Prize.
Meet Caitlin Aloisio Shearer, BFA (Visual Art) student at the University of Melbourne
"A creative career requires tenacity, ingenuity and strength, and the outcomes may not measure up to those that are socially sanctioned." – Caitlin Aloisio Shearer tells Mireille Stahle about wearable art, cottage gardens and opening up to big feelings in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Art.
VCA Graduate Tina Stefanou wins $50,000 Schenberg Arts Fellowship
"I feel like I've woken up in another universe" – The Schenberg Art Fellowship 2020, a cash prize of $50,000, has been awarded to Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Tina Stefanou, for her works Horse Power (2019) and Antiphonea (2019).
Meet Ravi Avasti, Master of Contemporary Art graduate, University of Melbourne
Kyneton based Ravi Avasti completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2018. He was awarded the Fiona Myer White Story Residency for his work in the Masters exhibition and held a solo exhibition Little Fleas at Grau Projekt, Melbourne, in 2019. Avasti shares how his art practice was influenced by the VCA art community.
Vale Kate Daw, a shining light for all who knew her
Dr Kate Daw, Head of VCA Art and much-loved friend, colleague and artist, passed away in the early hours of Monday morning. Here, Jon Cattapan remembers her life and incredible contribution to art and artists everywhere.
Event Horizon: an Art + Australia symposium and special issue
Australia’s seminal art journal, Art + Australia, will explore the conjunction of art and science in its next issue, titled Event Horizon, which will be released this month to coincide with a three-day symposium.
Meet John Meade, Head of the Graduate Certificate of Visual Art at the University of Melbourne
"We teach students how to think, how to look at art, and how to make art." Artist and Lecturer in Painting Dr John Meade has been described as having "an omnivorous eye". He uses his extensive creative practice and expertise to steer the Graduate Certificate in Visual Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, as course coordinator.
Meet Mikaylah, BFA (Visual Art) student at the University of Melbourne
Mikaylah Lepua is studying photography as part of the Bachelor Fine Arts (Visual Art) and is exploring her culture through her own unique lens. She describes herself as loud, fun and artistic, and if she could have dinner with anyone it would be Destiny Deacon, “an incredible Aboriginal artist”.
Noel Hutchison, sculptor and art writer, remembered
Acclaimed sculptor and art writer Noel Hutchison established the first Honours Degree at the VCA and was its first coordinator. His friend and colleague Aleks Danko, Honorary Senior Fellow at the VCA, remembers his life and contribution.
Visual Artist Scotty So opens up about drag, authenticity, and getting mistaken for Carrie Lam on the internet
In 2019, Scotty So began exploring notions of reality and authenticity – but how did this lead to his alter-ego being accidentally picked up by international news media?
Art Schools for Fire Relief raises more than $100,000 for recovery charities
More than $100,000 has been raised for Wildlife Victoria and the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund in an art exhibition hosted by the Victorian College of the Arts at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery.
VCA ART GRAD.SHOW.2019 – it's time to get excited
Every year's VCA Art Grad Show is an event to remember, but this year it's bigger and better than ever.
Meet Priya Namana, Master of Contemporary Art student at the University of Melbourne
After moving to Melbourne to pursue design, Priya Namana found herself increasingly frustrated at the socio-political climate around her. She talks about how she found a constructive space for expression in a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Meet Omar Hassan, Photography student at the University of Melbourne
Omar Hassan enrolled in the VCA Art (Photography) degree straight out of high school and is determined to take each day as it comes.
An artist bears witness to those detained on Manus Island
Manus Island refugee processing may be coming to an end, but new portraits shine a light on the lives left in limbo.
Meet Nathan Santamaria, Design and Production student at the University of Melbourne
Nathan Santamaria is a sound designer, engineer and composer studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design and Production), he talks about travelling to Prague this year to attend an industry event and why it is important to love what you do.
Meet Liz Smith, Graduate Certificate in Visual Art student
After a 40-year career in psychology and education, Liz Smith is on her way to becoming an artist full-time via the Graduate Certificate in Visual Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.
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.