NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

Edition 42

A recent article in The Guardian by Vicki Kyriakakis outlined the crisis in creative arts and disruptions to the sustainability of Australia’s artist community wrought by art school cuts. The article noted a couple of recent reports which are worth a re-read: The Campaign to destroy the Arts by Alison Croggon Creativity

MP Tony Burke has been appointed Minister for the Arts in the new Albanese Government. So what should we expect? His active support for students at the SCA closure campaign promises an understanding of tertiary arts and indicates that his interest in Arts is more than just an “add on” ministry

With the election of the Albanese Labor government, there promises to be greater support for universities and TAFE, but as yet we have no indication of how this might reflect creative arts programs, and indeed arts more generally. Former DDCA President Professor Clive Barstow provides some immediate reflections in the

Event date: 12–1.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Friday 22 July 2022Website: A national seminar focussed on the ‘wicked problem’ of doing/evaluating/managing/herding creative practice research in the university sector, co-presented by the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Researchers & Centres (ACHRC) and the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA). Speakers:

Deadline: 29 July 2022Website: Prize is awarded to a PhD student whose PhD topic focuses primarily on art history, curatorship or practice-based research in the visual arts and who has been awarded their PhD between July 2020–July 2022 by an Australian or New Zealand based institution.

Deadline for entries: 1 July 2022Website: Awarded to recognize the outstanding work of staff in Australasian humanities, arts and social sciences fields each year, the categories are: Education and employability, Public Engagement, Indigenous and International.

So, the final whistle has sounded; the REF has blown for full-time, seven years until the next one, and time now to pick over the entrails of another exhausting – and exhaustive – research assessment exercise across the disaggregated countries once described in the Atlas as the “United Kingdom”.

By now you will have heard Australia has a new Government, a new Education Minister, a growing crossbench in the Senate and the potential for real change in the tertiary education system. Arts, social science and humanities disciplines suffered under the previous administration and palpable disregard for the creative

Welcome to the 42nd edition of NiTRO, which examines a broad range of approaches and viewpoints on the Creative Arts PhD, edited by David Cross and Jenny Wilson