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Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


Award winning theatre director Sam Strong has been appointed as Executive Director – Creative Industries for Creative Victoria. He has previously played a leadership role in a range of Victorian and Queensland Theatre companies and national Festivals. His responsibilities at Creative Victoria includes strategic development research and international engagement.

By Paul Dalgarno — Artists and art lovers flocked to the Art Schools for Fire Relief opening night at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery on 30 January, 2019. More than $100,000 has been raised for Wildlife Victoria and the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund in an art exhibition hosted by the Victorian

The Victorian Government has announced a new action plan to support First Peoples’ culture, cultural expression and creative practice. The First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018-2020, developed in consultation with Victoria’s first peoples, includes 21 actions to improve equity and cultural recognition. It forms part of the government’s Creative State strategy

The changes brought by Minister John Dawkins refashioned Australian higher education and its institutions. Over the course of a few years, the government ended free education and introduced HECS, turned an elite education system into mass education, made vice-chancellors into CEOs, and turned higher education teachers into both

The Victorian Government has announced a new ‘Creators Fund’ specifically focused on the R & D stage of practice and which will provide between $20 – 50k to support Victorian creators to find time for the early intensive stages of their work.  The call for Expressions of Interest is expected

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

The Arts Centre Melbourne, in partnership with Entertainment Assist has launched a pilot initiative for performing arts workers to support mental health and wellbeing.  Including workshops, training and a dedicated web site, the service offers a range of tools developed by psychologists to promote mental wellbeing and resilience for the