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Sally Smart: “First Commissions takes our artists to the world”
Ahead of the First Commissions exhibition in Melbourne on 27 and 28 July, multidisciplinary artist – and Vice-Chancellors Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne – Sally Smart tells Mireille Stahle about the “commission” that launched her career, and how Australian artists are turning their gaze to the rest of the world.
Southbank Campus to open for Open House Melbourne
Open House Melbourne visitors can be among the first to see the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music’s new world-class spaces at Southbank on 27 and 28 July, as part of a broader Open House Melbourne program at the University of Melbourne.
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
Lin Onus: eternal landscape of the artist’s mind
A new exhibition at the University of Melbourne celebrates the work and ongoing influence of the late Yorta Yorta artist Lin Onus. By Dr David Sequeira, Director Margaret Lawrence Gallery
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
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
Indigenous artist Yhonnie Scarce wins prestigious RAKA Award
Victorian College of the Arts Lecturer Yhonnie Scarce has been named the 2018 Kate Challis RAKA Award recipient for her contribution to the visual arts using blown glass.
Five questions for Dr Kate Just, Graduate Coursework Coordinator (Visual Art), University of Melbourne
Dr Kate Just is an award-winning contemporary artist and academic who has worked extensively with representations of the body, feminism, and queer arts theory and practice. As part of our ongoing Staff Stories, she tells us about what’s important to her and what she loves about her work.As told to Kelly Southworth.
Jon Cattapan becomes the first artist to test a new edition-making initiative at the VCA
A new edition-making initiative will see visiting artists creating work at the recently refurbished Victorian College of the Arts Print Workshop.By Susanna Ling
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.
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
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
‘Space of Friendship’: Melbourne Art Fair joins forces with the University of Melbourne
This year’s Melbourne Art Fair is being held at the University of Melbourne Southbank campus, home of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and Melbourne’s growing Arts Precinct.
Storm in a Petri dish: mixing art and science
Storm is an interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition, co-hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the Faculty of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. We spoke to some of the contributors about their work and the meaningful collaborations art and science can inspire.By Sarah Hall
Meet Casey Jenkins, Master of Contemporary Art student
First year Master of Contemporary Art student Casey Jenkins is settling back into university study after spending a lot of time in small but active community art groups. Encouraged and inspired by other students and staff, Casey talks to us about collaborating and creating networks at the Victorian College of the Arts.As told to Kelly Southworh
Southbank’s redesigned Print Workshop – a guided tour at the Victorian College of the Arts
Printmaker Adrian Kellett has been at the Victorian College of the Arts’ Print Workshop for 19 years – first as a Fine Arts student, and now as Print Workshop Coordinator. He takes Susanna Ling on a walk-through of the newly-refurbished Print Workshops, designed by Hatz Architects.
Kate Daw, Head of VCA Art, on her vision for artists in Southbank
She’s an internationally-recognised visual artist whose work has featured in group and solo shows since 1992. The former Head of Painting, and recently-announced Head of VCA Art, outlines her vision for teaching, learning and promoting art at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus.By Dr Kate Daw, Head of VCA Art
Meet Georgie North, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) Honours student
Painter Georgie North values strong relationships with her peers and enjoys working in collaborative and public art projects. She speaks with Kelly Southworth about empathy, inspiration, and learning from others.
VCA alumna Yvette Coppersmith wins the Archibald Prize 2018
Visual Art alumna Yvette Coppersmith has been awarded Australia’s most distinguished portraiture prize for her self-portrait.By Scott McLachlan