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VCA graduate showcase streamed free for the first time on MIFF play
Short film lovers will be treated to more than 40 films by the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television graduating class of 2020 in a special free-to-view online presentation from September 27 on MIFF Play, the digital streaming platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
Kummarge provides pathways for emerging First Nations dance artists at the VCA
Kummarge, a new program directed by dance artist and visionary leader, Wiradjuri man Daniel Riley, is about ensuring that First Nations students and aspiring dance artists don’t leave their cultural identity at the door when they study Dance at the VCA.
Meet Chris Mead, Head of Theatre at the University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Chris Mead joins the Victorian College of the Arts as Head of Theatre following roles at the Melbourne Theatre Company, PlayWriting Australia and Sydney Theatre Company. Here, he discusses his new role, what makes a great actor and his guiding philosophy.
Meet Cara Hagan and Brenton Surgenor, new faces of VCA Dance
Leading specialist in somatic education, choreography and dance science Aotearoa-born Brenton Surgenor has lived and worked in the US, the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. His career has spanned choreography, TV, arts administration and higher education. Internationally established artist and scholar Cara Hagan is a dancer from New York, where she has had a rich career including as director and curator of an international screen dance festival, and as facilitator of a grassroots community dance group Small and Mighty Acts. Here we talk to Cara and Brenton about a life in dance and the new Master of Dance at the VCA, University of Melbourne.
The power of mentoring: an interview with curator Professor Natalie King OAM
Professor Natalie King has been recognised for her 20-plus years spent mentoring other women, colleagues and First Nations peers working in the arts.
Ablaze: Tiriki Onus resurfaces vital Indigenous history through a film about his grandfather
Academic, advocate, singer and now filmmaker, Tiriki Onus discusses the film made by his grandfather William "Bill" Onus and the new documentary it inspired.
Master of Dance will launch at the University of Melbourne in 2022
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, is pleased to launch a new Master of Dance for 2022. The first program in Australia dedicated to dance as an interdisciplinary practice, the Master of Dance incorporates local and global crosscurrents of movement, dance health, education and choreography, and has assembled a new international team of expert practitioners.
VCA Film and TV to host the Impact Australia 2 screenwriter accelerator program
Impact Australia 2, the follow-up to the highly coveted screenwriter accelerator program, will be held in-person this year on the Victorian College of the Arts’ (VCA) Southbank campus, with the University of Melbourne as Learning Partner.
MIFFPlay and the VCA partner to showcase short films
More than 40 graduating shorts films by Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film and Television students will be showcased on MIFFPlay, the digital platform of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), in an extension of the ongoing partnership deal between MIFF and University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Four 2021 VCA Australians in Film mentees announced
Four Victorian College of the Arts alumni will participate in an accelerator program as part of the University of Melbourne's partnership with Australians In Film (AiF).
Meet the new faces of VCA Animation: Rosalie Osman and Christie Widiarto
Rosalie Osman is a 2D animator with an impressive portfolio of web, film and television works, specialising in character animation. She creates short films based on early childhood memories of fairy tales and everyday observations, including her feature film, Bibliomania.Christie Widiarto focuses on storytelling that explores the themes of cultural identity, family and nature. She specialises in combining traditional artistic techniques with digital technology to create multimodal collaborations, including working with the Footscray Community Arts Centre to create a series of animated wall murals for her "ECL" project. Here, we talk to Rosalie and Christie about what makes an animator.
Meet visual artist Moonis Ahmad Shah, PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne
Moonis Ahmad Shah tells Sharon Grace Flynn about using interdisciplinary methodologies to create "counter archives", completing his PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts and being named in Forbes India’s 30 Under 30.
Disclosure: an Australian indie film and the team who made it
Michael Bentham’s debut feature film Disclosure premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival and Berlinale in early 2020. The film is screening at Cinema Nova in Melbourne this week. Sharon Grace Flynn speaks to writer/ director Michael Bentham and producer Donna Lyon about their insights into independent filmmaking in Australia.
Art Forum at the VCA: 'We’ve realised our community extends far beyond the borders of Southbank'
The forthcoming Art Forum series at the VCA features artists such as Grace Lillian Lee, Glenda Nicholls and Brenda L Croft – and the success of last year's online events means you can watch and learn from anywhere.
Feral queerness – an interview with Associate Professor Alyson Campbell
Running interference? Going feral? Alyson Campbell discusses her research projects and strategies relating to her own queerness and the queerness of others.
Dr Sarah Woodland: 'Social justice is a connective tissue in my applied theatre work'
In her role as Dean's Research Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Sarah Woodland leads a portfolio of research entitled 'Performing Justice: Arts-Led Approaches to Cultural Rights and Wellbeing in Prison.' Here, she discusses her work in applied theatre and participatory art, including a new project with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.
Binga – a buoyant symbol of hope on the University of Melbourne's Southbank campus
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music recently welcomed a new face on campus for Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail.
Re-membrance, Re-volt, Re-emergence: a Social Practice lecture series at the VCA
Re-membrance, Re-volt, Re-emergence is a global lecture series convened by Tania Cañas for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Social Practice and Community Engagement program in 2020. The inaugural event saw international, interdisciplinary artists and thinkers share creative, community and pedagogical practices as new propositions for collective political memory. In this article we look back at the artistic minds behind the four keynote presentations; Tundé Adefioye, Regina José Galindo, Kayhan Irani and Dr Joachim Ben Yakoub.
Meet Tania Cañas, course coordinator of the Honours program in Social Practice and Community Engagement at the VCA
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in Social Practice and Community Engagement is a new one-year course for artists of all disciplines exploring community dynamics and techniques of understanding and engaging the public. Course coordinator Tania Cañas is an artist, researcher, writer and also works as coordinator at cohealth Arts Generator. Here she talks with Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Practice Danny Butt.
Portland House Foundation Harry Hains Memorial Scholarship provides new opportunities in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts
Determined to support equal access opportunities in the arts, The Portland House Foundation has awarded the inaugural Harry Hains Memorial Scholarship in Film & Television, adding to their already significant philanthropic contribution to diversity at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Mireille Stahle speaks to Jane Badler-Hains, and scholarship recipient Ada Tzinis about the importance of financial support in the creative arts.