NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

Edition 8

By Jenny Wilson — The first edition of NiTRO went live on 30 June 2016 with a focus on the future for creative arts amidst the flurry of government research and higher education reports.
By Professor Oron Catts — The life sciences are rapidly shifting into an engineering pursuit. This means that a new, problematic, challenging and performative palette of artistic possibilities opens up.

DDCA President Professor Su Baker has been announced as the University of Melbourne’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement). Su will step down from her current role as Director of the Victorian College of The Arts at the end of August. She has played a leading role in VCA’s development during both its pre and

By Oliver Smith — Art and technology. Creativity and invention. Curiosity and innovation. The artist can confidently claim a preeminent position as a generator of new knowledge. Within the Academy the artist can play an important role in unlocking unforeseen research potential by imaginatively engaging with burgeoning technology.

Writers Victoria has launched a new travel fund to support writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other literary professionals. The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will provide grants of between $2,000-$10,000  to support travel that will contribute to personal career development or the broader Australian literary sector. The inaugural

By Dr Svenja J. Kratz and Anita Gowers — Since the establishment of UWA’s dedicated art and science lab SymbioticA in 2000, there has been a growing interest in fostering connections across art and science. An increasing number of academic staff and HDR students are working across the nexus of

The UK Teaching Excellence Framework has made its gold, silver and bronze announcements on teaching quality in English tertiary institutions (and those in Wales and Scotland who opted in to the system). The exercise has received a substantial amount of criticism in the UK, and while the last thing the

By Dr Jessica Seymour — Being a writer was always a romantic idea for me. I was a terribly antisocial child, and I liked the idea of hiding away in my bedroom for days – even months – on end and bashing away at a keyboard until a masterpiece came

In addition to the majority of universities, over 1600 cultural organisations are endorsed as Deductable Gift Recipients (DGR) on the Register of Cultural Organisations managed by the Department of Communications and the Arts. This DGR status allows donors who support their activities to claim a tax deduction for their donations.

By Professor Kim VIncs — As I write, I’m in London, having spent the last day as a member of the User Board for EU Horizon 2020 project, WhoLoDance[i]. WhoLoDance is developing a motion capture data library of dance movement across the genres of ballet, contemporary dance, flamenco and Greek