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VCA alum team up for Netflix teen hit series 'Surviving Summer'
Directed by VCA alum Ben Chessell, Sian Davies and Charlotte George, with cinematography by alum Katie Milwright, Surviving Summer has already been a Netflix hit since it was released on June 3. We spoke to Producer Joanna Werner, Set-up Director Ben Chessell, and Director of Photography (DoP) Katie Milwright about the series ahead of its premiere.
Flipping the script at the Venice Biennale
Recently returned from launching her second Venice Biennale exhibition, for Sāmoan-based artist Yuki Kihara who is representing Aotearoa New Zealand, curator Professor Natalie King OAM reflects on being part of the most diverse Biennale yet.
From the VCA to RISING: The many guises of Scotty So
VCA graduate Scotty So is performing and exhibiting in this year’s RISING festival. Just don’t ask him to stick to one medium.
Theatrum Botanicum: the choreography of ecology
by Sarah HallGregory Lorenzutti has united his life’s passions for dance and ecology in Theatrum Botanicum, which opens this week at the Victorian College of the Arts, with Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance and Production students. A Brazilian-born dancer, choreographer, photographer and urban farmer, Lorenzutti comes from a farming and conservation lineage. His father and grandfather were taxidermists of Brazilian fauna.
The edges of sculpture: artist Nabilah Nordin on what drives her playful practice
“I’m inspired by the impossible and always looking for what sculpture can be, and what it can do,” says Melbourne based artist, and graduate of the VCA, Nabilah Nordin, as she prepares for her latest show, Parade for the Moon at this month’s RISING festival.
Vale Bernhard Sachs, a mentor who lived his belief in art and artists
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music was incredibly saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dr Bernhard Sachs, Lecturer in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, former Director of the VCA, Professor Su Baker, remembers him as an artist, mentor, and remarkable scholar whose legacy continues in the lives and art of many.
“I'm here, I'm proud and I know what I'm doing”: Third-year student and Mununjali man Nicholas Currie on his journey into painting, and his relationship with the Wilin Centre
“There's a different feeling when Aboriginal people teach Aboriginal people and uphold Indigenous people, and make you feel safe, and listen to your fears.”So says Nicholas Currie, a descendant of the Mununjali clan of Yugambeh people of Brisbane, Beaudesert and Logan River, currently in his third year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Palawa and Wiradjuri theatremaker Nicola Ingram on why she makes theatre
Nicola Ingram is a proud Palawa and Wiradjuri woman from nipaluna, lutruwita (Hobart, Tasmania) and a 2021 graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting). Though now a passionate theatremaker, actor and writer, growing up Nicola had imagined she would work in politics. As a teenager, she did work experience with a couple of politicians in lutruwita.
Meet Ngioka Bunda-Heath: 2022 Hutchinson Fellow
Ngioka Bunda-Heath is a Wakka Wakka, Ngugi and Birrpai dancer and storyteller whose choreographic works are a deep excavation of her cultural and ancestral histories. She is also a woman of many firsts: the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from the dance program at the VCA, and now, the first choreographer and dancer to receive the prestigious Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency at the University of Melbourne.As the 2022 Hutchinson Fellow, Ngioka will undertake a one-year residency at VCA Dance. We spoke with her about her choreographic practice and plans for the year ahead.
‘Practically perfect’: Music Theatre alum Stefanie Jones lands major role as Mary Poppins
Music Theatre alum Stefanie Jones has been selected to play the role of Mary Poppins in Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s critically acclaimed stage production, which will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre next month.
Steven Rhall wins 'The Paul Selzer Exhibition' $25,000 art prize
Taungurung artist, Steven Rhall has been announced the prize winner of The Paul Selzer Exhibition for his work Recycled or Reclaimed (2022) at Domain House Gallery in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Victorian College of the Arts welcomes new Director
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne is delighted to announce the arrival of Professor Emma Redding as Director of the Victorian College of the Arts.
Backstage at Chunky Move's Yung Lung
While 2020-21 posed huge challenges to many graduating students, two Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) graduates landed a surprising opportunity with CHUNKY MOVE via an online internship. We caught up with Summer Penney and Madeline Bowman about their professional debut in CHUNKY MOVE's daring new show - Yung Lung. Described as a performance for the end of days and a rave on Mount Olympus, Yung Lung is the company’s first major production to show to live audiences since the start of the pandemic.This is what Summer and Madeline had to say:
The Paul Selzer Exhibition: Supporting graduates of the VCA
As Melbourne's arts and cultural sector remerges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, four of the VCA's finest graduates are displaying newly commissioned works as part of the Paul Selzer Exhibition.
Meet James Howard, Jaadwa Musician and PhD Candidate
Dr Danny Butt, Associate Director (Research) VCA and Creative Producer Claire Bredenoord raise the profile of graduate researchers at the Victorian College of the Arts through beautiful interviews and documentation of their creative and scholarly works. In this interview with Jaadwa composer and current PhD Candidate James Howard, Danny and Claire give James the opportunity to reflect on the themes of his research in music and soundscape.
The Time It Takes: giving voice to those who stutter
VCA filmmaker Sarah Marcuson is about to see her documentary, The Time It Takes, featured on the Melbourne International Film Festival's digital platform MIFF Play. The documentary follows a group of young Australians who stutter as they take part in a 10-week performing arts program to create a unique theatre piece which they’ll perform for family and friends.
VCA graduates’ short films stream free on MIFF Play
Almost 30 short films by some of Australia’s most exciting emerging filmmakers – the 2021 graduating class of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television – will be available for free on MIFF Play, the digital streaming platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival, from February 21 – March 6.
VCA alum, Ari Wegner makes Oscars history with her nomination for Best Cinematography
VCA graduate, Ari Wegner (Bachelor of Film & TV 2004), made history as the second woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars.
Expressing trauma through creative arts - and boxing
Dr Donna Lyon is a film producer and senior lecturer in producing at VCA Film and Television. She talks about how research, University partnerships and the Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM) program have aided her project, LEFT / WRITE // HOOK, which uses boxing and writing to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
A new exhibition reimagines death and body disposal practices for the 21st century
We are currently experiencing a mass death event as a result of the COVID pandemic, with many friends and families mourning the end of life of their loved ones, and organising funerals, burials and cremations. It is within this climate that the DeathTech Research Team at the University of Melbourne, and a group of seven eminent Australian artists are staging Art, Death and Disposal, an exhibition to reimagine death and disposal practices.