NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


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.
By Lee Hornsby — Creative UK champions, connects, supports, and invests in creative people and businesses. We’re a group of diverse and inclusive professionals who believe in the power of the creative industries to change lives, placing creativity at the heart of the UK’s culture, economy and education system.
By Professor Kit Wise — ACUADS, The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools is the national peak body for the university visual arts, crafts and design disciplines. ACUADS represents over 20 Australian university art and design faculties, schools and departments and other academic units offering university degrees at

The Australian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) has announced a new executive line up. President Cathy Coleborne, an historian from Newcastle University will be joined by international relations scholar Nick Bisley (La Trobe) as secretary, Annamarie Jagose (feminist studies, Uni Sydney) as treasurer and Tony

“Over the ditch” in New Zealand, both of Dunedin’s major tertiary institutions will start the year with new creative leadership. At the University of Otago, Professor Anthony Ritchie takes over as Head of the new Performing Arts school with the task of bringing together the music, theatre and dance programmes

AFTRS has appointed two new heads of department of Animation and Documentary.  Former Learning and Development  Manager at Animal Logic, Krista Jordan will take up the position of Head of Animation. With over twenty years professional industry experience Krista’s credits include: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, Rabbit- Proof Fence, Moulin

Wollongong University’s Professor Sarah Miller has stepped down from her role as Head of the School of the Arts, English and Media, and will take leave for much of 2019. Deputy Dean Brogan Bunt will step into the role as interim Head of School.

ANU Associate Professor Kim Cunio will take up the role of Head of the School of Music after Ken Lampl announced that he was stepping down after less than two years in the job. Kim is an accomplished composer and performer, whose music has been performed around the world.

Leading artist Hany Armanious has been appointed as Head of Sculpture at the National Art School. Armanious, who represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2011, has held positions at Sydney College of the Arts, UNSW, and most recently at the Queensland College of Art where he was responsible for

By Rupert Myer AO — Things I’ve known, wish I’d known, have learned, unlearned or forgotten.