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Dr Suzanne Fraser: coordinating the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) – a ‘big, beautiful creature’ at the University of Melbourne
Dr Suzanne Fraser is Centre Coordinator at the University of Melbourne's Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) and was previously a lecturer in Art History at the University. As well as lecturing, she is an arts writer and researcher. Here, she talks about CoVA's remit, aspirations and research profile.
Robert Walton on Child of Now and bringing your heart to work
A creative trailblazer, Victorian College of the Arts Theatre lecturer Robert Walton has been credited with creating the world’s first piece of iPad theatre and has toured his work in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. So where does "radical empathy" fit in to his work as an artist and creator?
Corrie Chen, filmmaker: some advice for film and television graduates at the University of Melbourne
Award-winning filmmaker and television director Corrie Chen graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor Film and Television (Hons) in 2008, and a Master in Film and Television (Narrative) in 2011. Taiwanese by birth, her work spans comedy, drama and documentary, and often explores issues of identity and belonging. The following is an edited extract of her speech in December 2019 to graduating Film and Television students from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Kim Dunphy, Dance Movement Therapist: ‘It’s our moral obligation to make a contribution’
Digital archives of sung poems might seem a long way away from dance movement therapy, but for Dunphy it’s all part of a broader engagement with art, culture and community-building.
Chris Kohn, VCA lecturer: putting diversity centre stage
Since 2016, Chris Kohn has been working on a PhD looking at theatre made by people with intellectual disabilities and those identifying as neurodiverse. Right now, though, he's excited about a completely different kind of diversity project.
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.
Conversations on Country: experiencing Indigenous cultural and creative practices with the Wilin Centre
Each year, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development takes University of Melbourne students out on Country. Mireille Stahle joined the team in Yorta Yorta Country for a deep dive into Indigenous cultures and artistic practices.
VCA Film & Television Graduate Screenings 2019 – what to expect
The Victorian College of the Arts film screening season takes place between Friday 6 and Sunday 15 December 2019 at The Capitol, Melbourne.
Luke Devenish: how screenwriting pulses through The Heart of the Ritz
Luke Devenish is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and lecturer who currently teaches Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts. So how do all of those skills combine in his new novel, The Heart of the Ritz?
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.
The need for truthing in language rematriation
In this edited extract of her recent 2019 Lin Onus Oration at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Lou Bennet makes a compelling case for the importance of Indigenous research methods and practice-led research to the task of “rematriating” Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
And action! The VCA Digital Archive opens to the public
Every VCA graduation film since 1966 is now stored in digital form. A new exhibition at the University of Melbourne showcases this treasure trove for the first time.
Richard Frankland says 2002 play about deaths in custody is sadly still relevant
Richard Frankland is not surprised his 2002 play about deaths in custody, Conversations with the Dead, is being restaged or that the story is still topical.
Five Questions for Lauren Gould, Master of Production Design for Screen student
Master of Production Design for Screen student Lauren Gould discusses her career-defining internships in film and television.
Five Questions for Caitlin Overton, Master of Theatre (Directing) student
Having grown up in rural NSW, VCA Theatre student Caitlin Overton is looking for ways to bridge the gap between rural and metropolitan creatives.
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.
Bouyancy director Rodd Rathjen: interview
Buoyancy is Australia's submission for Best International Feature at the 2020 Oscars. We talk to the director of this brutal and beautiful film.
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 Athina Wilson, Film and Television student at the University of Melbourne
BFA (Narrative) student Athina Wilson talks about empathy, team-building and women in cinema.
Meet Claire Bird, Theatre student at the University of Melbourne
Claire Bird is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre). She talks about the moments of discovery while studying and the importance of failing gloriously.