NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

Edition 31

Event Dates: Tuesday 10–Friday 13 November 2020Website: Location: Online Delivered virtually over four afternoons and two evenings, the Know My Name Conference celebrates all women as artists, activists, researchers, intellectuals and mentors now and into the future. Foregrounding First Nations perspectives and diverse voices, the event will bring together

Welcome to the 31st edition of NiTRO in which we reflect on a momentous year that no one could have predicted or wished for. In some ways everything happened: catastrophic bushfires, a global pandemic, airlines grounded, the loss of entire cohorts of international and domestic students, the closure of

Edith Cowan University has won the bid to build a major creative campus in the heart of the city, linking the business area of Perth to the cultural district of Northbridge. The new $695m building will be built in Yagan Square as part of the city link project and is

Professor Marie Sierra has been announced as the new Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Professor Sierra, who is a DDCA Board member, has a long career in the arts having held senior positions at the University of Tasmania and most recently as Deputy

The Australia Council is inviting international publishers to apply for support from its Translation Fund for Literature towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction and narrative non-fiction. Australian publishers may also apply to support Australian translators producing foreign language works for local publication. Applications close

The Biennial Footscray Art Prize has opened and invites entries from artists across Australia. It has an expanded prize list for 2021 to include two new sub-categories: $10,000 acquisition prize for local artists that will see the winning work added to Maribyrnong City Council’s Art and Heritage Collection Residency at

Four of the recently announced successful grants for the ARC’s Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture are in the creative arts field of research (FOR19). Our congratulations to: Dr Brian Martin for project entitled ‘More than a guulany (tree): Aboriginal knowledge systems’ Associate Professor Robert Burke; Professor

The Australian Government is inviting those involved with the Indigenous visual arts sector to contribute to the development of an Indigenous Arts Action Plan. The Consultation Paper and information on how to make a submission is available at:

Does Australia need a Chief Artist as well as a Chief Scientist? This is one of the questions discussed in a new edition of Policy Forum Pod. Professors Kim Cunio (ANU), Denise Ferris (ANU), and DDCA President Clive Barstow (ECU) discuss the value of Australia’s arts sector and what policymakers

Congratulations to DDCA Vice President Cat Hope who has been appointed to the advisory board of the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment (AAWE). Program Manager Bianca Crosling explained a little more about AAWE and Professor Hope’s role: “The Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment is an advisory group which