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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.
Meet Charby Ibrahim, Master of Film and Television (Documentary) graduate
From teacher to filmmaker, Master of Film and Television (Documentary) graduate Charby Ibrahim is passionate about social justice. He talks about how he’s trying to push creative boundaries of traditional documentary film making, while agitating for social change.
Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie: supporting performing arts students, through their lifetime giving and a gift in their Wills
Andrew McAliece and Richard Simmie’s decision to support performing arts students, through their lifetime giving and a gift in their Wills, has opened up a whole new world – one they enjoy exploring.
Bill Henson: ‘There is no formula for how creativity unfolds’
Bill Henson is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers – but it was not always thus. As the First Commissions art project launches ahead of an exhibition in Melbourne on 27 and 28 July, he tells Mireille Stahle about his early years as an artist.
First Commissions art project launches in Florence
A major Australian arts project presented by the University of Melbourne has been launched at the feet of Michelangelo’s David, the world’s most famous statement on physical perfection, ahead of exhibitions in Florence and Melbourne this month.
Jesus Christ! Meet VCA Superstar Robert Tripolino
Robert Tripolino graduated in 2011 with the first ever cohort of Music Theatre students at the Victorian College of the Arts. Now Robert has landed the title role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, at the Barbican, on the West End in London. Here he discusses his serendipitous rise to fame.By Mireille Stahle
Alumni stories: Eugene Ughetti
The percussionist, composer, conductor and artistic director of Speak Percussion is known for tackling complex and ambitious art music projects. Here, he discusses his time at the Victorian College of the Arts.By Stephanie Juleff
VCA alumni stories: Janno McLaughlin, artist
After many years living between New York and Argentina, artist Janno McLaughlin completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the VCA in 2018. She paints and writes stories about hope, optimism, resilience and loss, and uses her art practice to highlight the plight of the most fragile in our community.By Stephanie Juleff
Meet Kliment Poposki, Master of Dramaturgy, University of Melbourne
It was a long journey for Kliment Poposki from science to Dramaturgy, but now he can’t imagine doing anything else.
Adam Elliot, filmmaker – Alumni Stories at the VCA, University of Melbourne
Adam Elliot completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Animation at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996. He went on to win the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, for the claymation film Harvie Krumpet. By Stephanie Juleff
Meet Hannes Lackmann, Master of Music (Performance Teaching) graduate, University of Melbourne
Percussionist Hannes Lackmann was performing regularly on the Melbourne music scene after graduating – so what inspired this Jazz & Improvisation graduate to pursue teaching?By Kelly Southworth
Meet Giulia Giannini McGauran, VCA Art graduate and photographer
VCA alumna Giulia McGauran wanted to be a nurse, studied drawing, and works now as a photographer. Here she tells us about her artistic inspirations, favourite shoots from the past year, and what she’d do with a million dollars.By Susanna Ling
Meet Rachael Alford, Master of Screenwriting graduate, University of Melbourne
An actor and writer, Rachael Alford recently graduated from the Master of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Here, she talks about her approach to work, her passion for the creative arts, and what it’s like to delve into fictional worlds of her own creation.
Artist Moorina Bonini on the reclamation of cultural identity
Graduating VCA Visual Art Honours student Moorina Bonini discusses her work The Other Reclaims, exhibited in The Stables as part of the 2018 VCA Art Graduate Exhibition.By Moorina Bonini
Podcast: Professor Sally Smart, “The power of artists is extraordinary”
The Expert Hack Podcast sat down with Victorian College of the Arts alumna artist Professor Sally Smart to discuss how artists are influencing politics and social change.
Tillman Jex: life as an Interactive Composition grad in Berlin
Berlin was always part of the plan for Tillman Jex – and he knows how to make it work for him.By Paul Dalgarno
Alice Humphries: turning the Tide with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
More than 100 young musicians will embark on their first international tour when the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra travels to Singapore and Shanghai later this month. Among the works being performed is the world-premiere of Tide by composer and arranger Alice Humphries … although she won’t be there to see it.As told to Paul Dalgarno.
An interview with Yandell Walton, resident artist in the VCA’s PHASMID Studio, Berlin
Melbourne artist Yandell Walton’s work interacts with its environment in complex ways. So what effect will being in Berlin have on her practice?By Paul Dalgarno
Acting it Out: a new VCA Theatre initiative to increase diversity
The Victorian College of the Arts’ new outreach program aims to support students from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. By Susanna Ling
Watch VCA Greats: Patricia Piccinini
In 2015, Patricia Piccinini’s ComCiência in Rio De Janeiro was the most visited contemporary art exhibition in the world. Patricia Piccinini is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts where she is now Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Visual Art.By Susanna Ling