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Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


By Linda Hassall — We are living in a world where eco-anxiety is on the rise, yet Australians largely remain confused about scientific and political reactions to climate change and its effects on Australian ecologies (Clayton 2020, Hogg & Stanley et al 2021, Kelly, 2017, Mackey 2013, Wang et al

The veil is a material device that articulates, enhances, and controls space, and an epistemological metaphor for expressing both the revelation of knowledge and the suppression of infection. The veil functions to both reveal and conceal. Given recent upheavals in studio education, it is important that teachers provide students

A metaphor is what motivated me to undertake my PhD … I was a full-time high school teacher, teaching English and music, with a background and training in jazz music performance … To me, jazz and teaching were similar. Jazz was a metaphor for teaching.

By Professor Vanessa Tomlinson — The Creative Arts Research Institute began at Griffith University in July of 2021, in the middle of a pandemic which has caused profound disruptions to all our research; both in the tertiary sector and the arts sector.

The lockdown that occurred as a result of COVID-19 from March 20, 2020 saw higher music education institutions grappling with how to adapt to teaching in an online context. From the perspective of a performance-based music institution, one year on, this article re-evaluates the challenges relating to embodied peer

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

Congratulations to Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet from the Queensland Conservatorium who has been awarded Future Fellow funding in the most recent ARC announcement. Professor Bartleet’s project will focus on the role of community music in addressing social inequalities in Australia. The research expects to map and analyse a range of social outcomes

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on how music is taught and practised, not least because the reliance of so many musical activities on physical proximity has been turned on its head. With virtual lessons and ensembles becoming the norm, the move to online has challenged music educators to

We are training artists-in-the-making, and unforeseen challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic might give birth to some wonderful opportunities, despite the pressure and the rush into semi-lockdown from the top. If we were going to make this work for us, it was up to us to come up with new

Professor Elizabeth Findlay has been appointed as Director of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Professor Findlay was previously Director, International at Griffith’s Arts, Education and Law group. She is QCA’s first female director since the college was established in 1881.