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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.
Professor Barry Conyngham – reflections of the outgoing Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
When Barry Conyngham finishes up as Dean at the end of 2020, he will leave behind a faculty transformed in everything from its name to its trajectory. Here, in an edited interview with Paul Dalgarno, he discusses what was, what is, and what will be at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
'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.
Andrew Upton at the VCA: 'The blank page is humiliating, shaming, disgraceful, terrifying'
Last week, VCA Master of Theatre (Writing) Coordinator Raimondo Cortese spoke with Australian playwright, screenwriter and director Andrew Upton about his career, training, personal perspectives and insights into the arts industry, followed by a Q&A session. Upton was the Co-Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company from 2008 to 2012 and Artistic Director from 2013 to 2015. Watch the interview, or read an edited excerpt on Upton's preferred five act structure below.
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.
Frisson, a new short film from Alex Wu, will give you goosebumps
Does listening to your favourite song give you goosebumps? Musical chills, or "frisson", are explored by VCA Film and Television alum Alex Wu in a new film entitled Frisson. Commissioned for the Multivocal exhibition at Old Quad, University of Melbourne (co-presented by Old Quad and Grainger Museum) this 3-channel video piece will open alongside almost 100 significant objects and artworks from the history of music on campus. Multivocal will open in 2021 at Old Quad (Parkville Campus). Hear from Alex on the process of creating this film in the below interview.
Meet Raimondo Cortese, course coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Writing) at the University of Melbourne
Writer and playwright Raimondo Cortese has written more than 30 plays which have been performed in more than a dozen countries, including Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales, The Wall, Holiday, Intimacy and The Silence. Raimondo has also written for film (The Boy Castaways, Musquito), television and radio, as well as fiction (The Indestructible Corpse) and visual and experimental texts. In this interview, Raimondo talks about what makes a writer from his perspective as course coordinator of the Master of Theatre (Writing) at the Victorian College of the Arts.
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).
New Dean appointed at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
The University of Melbourne has appointed Professor Marie Sierra as the new Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, commencing in January 2021.
Meet Alyson Campbell, Associate Professor in Theatre at the University of Melbourne
Associate Professor in Theatre Alyson Campbell is a freelance director and dramaturg with an astounding 30-year career, and teaching credits that feature the School of Creative Arts, the University of Melbourne, Queen's University Belfast and Brunel University, London. She's also a self-confessed "hack nutritionist" and proponent of saying "I don't know". We talk to Alyson about what makes a dramaturg.
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.
Meet Jane Schon, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) student at the University of Melbourne
"Risk-takers are so much more interesting to watch," says Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre) student Jane Schon. With journalism and marketing skills, Jane is looking to create a sustainable career as a performing artist with multiple income streams. Read more about Jane's experience and her plans for a creative career.
Future Forward: watch the best of the 2020 symposium for graduates entering the creative industries
Future Forward is a week-long online symposium, designed to support graduating students with the skills they need to transition into creative industries, with a COVID-19 focus. The program features workshops, discussions, and tutorials designed to inspire, motivate and inform the next steps of our graduates' career journeys. We are delighted to share some of our favourite panel discussions from Future Forward 2020 below, which took place from 27–31 July.
Meet Richard Roberts, Head of Design at the Victorian College of the Arts
Richard Roberts is an Australian freelance theatre designer and design teacher, based in Melbourne. His design experience includes designs for drama, dance, film, television and opera. Since his first professional engagement in 1977 as a resident designer at the State Theatre Company of South Australia, he has worked for all the major performing arts companies in Australia as well as working extensively internationally. He is now the Head of Design and Associate Professor at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, he tells us what is currently exciting him in his field.
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.