NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


by Clive Barstow and Paul Uhlmann It is with great sadness that our lifelong colleague and mentor in the arts, Professor Ted Snell passed away on the 26th of September 2023 at the young age of 74. Ted was highly regarded both nationally and internationally for advancing the status of

“James Cook University (JCU) is proposing to close the BA creative arts major in North Queensland by the end of 2023. If these proposed changes are implemented, there will be no university qualification in creative arts available in far north Queensland, a devastating loss for Australia’s tropical arts ecology and its creative

Since its first edition in July 2016, 46 editions of NiTRO have been released. With the exception of 2022, NiTRO was released every six weeks during the Academic year. In 2022, seven editions were released. The number of users and page views have grown steadily over this time. In addition to

After vociferous objection by the arts community, Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield announced that the Catalyst funding program, established by former Arts Minister George Brandis, would be abolished and $80.2m returned to the Australia Council over the next four years. The Catalyst program removed almost 15% of the Australia Council’s

Associate Professor Gene Moyle, Head of the new School of Creative Practice at QUT, has been announced as AusDance’s new National President. With a background in professional dance with the Australian Ballet Dancers Company and Queensland Ballet, Gene brings a research background that combines dance, and sport and exercise psychology

The economic and statistical research unit of the Federal Department of Communication has now added arts to its remit to provide ‘research, economic and data analysis…to support fact-based policy development and advice’. Reflecting this in a name change to the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR), it promises to

Three Projects in Field of Research code 19 (Studies in Creative Arts and Writing) have been included in the list of successful ARC Linkage Project grants announced on 6 April 2017. Project: Enhancing impact in regional theatre for young peopleInvestigators: Professor Rachel Fensham; Dr Paul Rae; Dr Jennifer Beckett; Mr

In 2014, the heritage listed Glasgow School of Art, designed by architect Charles Rennie in 1897, was gutted by fire. Four years on, artwork made from the charred remains of the building have been auctioned with proceeds going to a restoration fund for the building. The 25 artists contributing the

The recipients of the Australia Council’s awards for contribution to music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre and dance for 2017 are: UTS Doctorate of Creative Arts graduate Kate Grenville (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature; Lyn Williams OAM

ACUADS has announced details for its 2017 conference and issued a call for abstracts.  The 2017 conference will be held at the ANU School of Art and Design in Canberra on 28-29 September and the deadline for abstracts is 22 May 2017.  The theme for this year’s conference is value: