NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

Edition 32

After requests from its membership, The Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) is opening up NiTRO to guest editing by its member organisations. This gives DDCA members the opportunity to identify a focus or issue of importance for an edition and to bring new voices (as well

Normally in the final edition of NiTRO for the year, we look back and take stock of what we achieved, a celebration of our unity and our togetherness and usually from a national perspective. 2020 was different, a year to forget in many ways but also a year from

NiTRO contributor Ben A Shneiderman has made contact to alert NiTRO readers to the Human-Computer Interaction OZCHI conference taking place in December. Those of us who particularly enjoyed reading Ben’s article on creativity and collaboration in NiTRO in April will be interested to know that he will also be delivering

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has appointed Professor Lesley Head as its new president. She is the Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Head of the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on relationships between society and nature, and particularly on the cultural dimensions of environmental

DDCA Board member Professor Craig Batty will move from the University of Technology, Sydney, to the University of South Australia at the end of the year to take up the role of Dean of Research in the university’s Creative Unit. Professor Batty, who is considered one of Australia’s leading screenwriting researchers,

Queensland Conservatorium researchers are embarking on an ARC funded project that focuses on Mapping how First Nations’ music mitigates negative health determinants like racism, social exclusion and poor mental health. Research leader Associate Professor Naomi Sunderland explained that the project is one of the first projects to systematically examine music

RMIT design students have picked up five of this year’s Graduate of the Year awards made by the Design Institute of Australia. Nicole Gemlitski received both the Madeline Lester Award and Industrial/Product Design Graduate of the Year; Louis McGowan was awarded Furniture Design Graduate of the Year; Melissa Donnan Interior Decoration

Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) students have take out both gold and silver in the Student Cinematography category of the NSW Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards. Gold was awarded David Luff for Memoir, and Silver to Tom Pennel for The Child. Both are current Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production

Sydney’s newest museum, The Chau Chak Wing Museum, opened on 18 November bringing together the University of Sydney’s collections of antiquities, natural history, historic photographs, cultural artefacts and art. These include the Nicholson collection, the largest collection of antiquities in the southern hemisphere, and the University Art Collection with more than

Event dates: 7-10 December 2020Event location: OnlineWebsite: A free series of online talks, panels and workshops, featuring leading Australian and international creatives. Music Theatre Futures is a new, free event for leaders in Australian music theatre (such as producers, directors, designers, music directors, writers, educators, agents, casting directors and