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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.
VCA's Kate Just, Prue Lang awarded 2022 Australia Council for the Arts funding
The Australia Council has announced this year’s recipients of its prestigious Fellowships, valued at $80,000 over two years, including celebrated VCA Dance alum Prue Lang, and Senior Lecturer in Visual Art, Kate Just.
'Good art can re-wire our brains': Meet Dr Kat Henry, Theatre lecturer at the University of Melbourne
Photo credit: Southbank NewsDr Kat Henry is a theatre director and the coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Directing) program at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Her teaching credits feature Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art and major universities, her directorial credits span Melbourne Theatre Company and other companies across the country, and her performance art includes spending 10 days in temporal isolation during a residency in Berlin – and all that's before you consider her work directing rock concerts.We talked to Kat about her relationship with theatre, teaching at the VCA and her art.
Ngioka Bunda-Heath awarded the 2021 Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency
Dancer, choreographer and storyteller Ngioka Bunda-Heath has been awarded the Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship and Residency at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Art, identity, and 'in time': Meet Alkisti Pitsaki, Master of Theatre (Directing) graduate
After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts, Greek student Alkistis (Alkisti) Pitsaki wanted to find a graduate course that would help her develop as a director and support her to write her own plays. During a trip to Melbourne, she attended an event at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and found what she was looking for: the Master of Theatre (Directing).Now, having graduated in the era of border closures and event shutdowns, Alkisti talked to us about her time at the VCA, how her identity has shaped her work, and what it means to build a career in the arts.
VCA Art Grad Show 2021 - Audiences Return
The incredible creativity of the graduating cohort of VCA Art students is once again on show.
Dobell Award continues to support Music Theatre students
For almost a decade, the Dobell Award has celebrated emerging musical theatre artists from the Victorian College of the Arts.
Film & Television graduates win big at the Sydney Film Festival
VCA Film and Television graduates, Sophie Somerville and Courtney Bombell have won the prestigious 2021 Dendy Live Action Short Award for their graduation film Peeps (2019) at the Sydney Film Festival.
Researching the arts and wellbeing: Challenges and opportunities
A recent Australia Council for the Arts workshop brought some of the country’s leading arts and mental health researchers together.
Meet Zoyka Francalanci Aguayo, Master of Creative Arts Therapy student at the University of Melbourne
As a practising psychologist with a passion for dance (Flamenco and African Rhythms), Zoyka Aguayo’s decision to study the Master of Creative Arts Therapy specialising in Dance Movement Therapy at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) was something of a no-brainer.
VCA alum Nina Sanadze wins 'the churchie' $15,000 art prize
Graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) Nina Sanadze has been announced 2021 winner of ‘the churchie’ emerging art prize for her work Apotheosis (2021) at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Dance science pioneer Professor Emma Redding appointed VCA Director
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Emma Redding as incoming Director of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Professor Redding joins the VCA from the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the United Kingdom, where she is currently Head of Dance Science.
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.