NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

Edition 7

The University of Sydney has released its Final Change Plan for the Sydney College of the Arts.  Thedocument confirms that SCA will move from its current location to the University’s Camperdown/Darlington Campus on what the university confirms is a ‘reduced footprint’.  The final re-design of the facility is still uncertain

Melbourne artist and VCA lecturer Jon Campbell has sued retail company Target for ‘ripping off’ one of his works in their ‘Affordable Art’ home wares product line. Work from his ‘YEAH’ series of works has sold for up to $50,000 compared to the Target wall hanging which retails at $14. 

Deadline: 30 June 2017Website: Link Nominations for the annual Australia Prizes awarded by the Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) are now open.  Nominations are invited in four categories: Book: non-fiction – cash prize of $3,500 sponsored by Routledge Distinctive Work: an artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition

Minister Mitch Fifield has announced Russel Howcroft as the new Chair of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School ( AFTRS) Council.  While perhaps more popularly known for his regular appearances on the ABC’s The Gruen Transfer, Mr Howcroft has had an extensive career in the screen industry including with

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is reported to be investigating claims of maladministration by ANU leadership as part of its governance of the School of Music. Accepting a petition from former ANU Music School Head Peter Tregear, ANU’s current and former VCs and other senior managers may be among those whose conduct will

The Innovative Research Universities group which comprises James Cook, Griffith, La Trobe, Flinders, Murdoch and Charles Darwin universities,  has released a report on the outcomes of the demand driven system between 2009 and 2015. According to the report, while creative arts has some work to do on student completions, student

ANU Masters graduate sculptor Anton Poon, whose work is included Drill Hall Gallery collection and featured in the Sculpture in the Paddock awards, has been caught up in the recent changes to the 457 visa categories.  Following the removal of the profession of “sculptor” from key occupations lists,  Mr Poon,

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Professor Patricia Aufderheide from the American University School of Communication in Washington is working with colleagues at QUT to gather information from artists and creators on how creators use copyright material in their work via a national survey to explore what works in copyright exceptions and limitations

Although the federal election is still some way off, a new ‘Labor for the Arts’ group has been formed to shape future Labor arts policy and position the ALP as “the leading party for the arts in Australia”. The group was officially launched by Shadow Arts Minister Tony Burke in Sydney

The Australian Government is inviting public comments for its review of mechanisms currently in place to  support Australian drama, documentary and children’s content, including the Australian  Screen Production Incentive. The review focuses particularly on the following issues: the economic and social value of Australian screen content to the Australian community;