VCA & MCM December e-newsletter

02 Dec 2015

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Josh Muir with artwork 'We Will Survive', digital print on aluminium, 2015. Photo by Sav Schulman.
Street artist wins $45,000 Indigenous arts residency

01 Dec 2015

Contemporary artist Josh Muir, whose work draws on hip-hop and street art culture, has won a year-long residency at the University of Melbourne, including a cash grant of $40,000 and up to $5,000 for materials as part of the Hutchinson Indigenous Residency.

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David Irving elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

30 Nov 2015

Dr David Irving (Senior Lecturer at the MCM) is one of 23 scholars elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour available for achievement in the humanities in Australia. A leading musicologist, cultural historian and baroque violinist, Dr Irving has pioneered studies on colonial-period music in the Philippines and other areas of Southeast Asia. His work examines the interaction of music with European, Philippine, Malay, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian culture with remarkable depth, and he is renowned as a leader in his field and a vital figure in Australian musicology. 

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Andrew Frampton awarded 2016 John Monash Scholarship

25 Nov 2015

Andrew Frampton, current MMus (Musicology) student, concert pianist, and MCM musicology research assistant, has been selected as a 2016 John Monash Scholar. The John Monash Scholarships, valued at $180,000 each, are awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to undertake postgraduate studies overseas and are among the most important – and most competitive - postgraduate scholarships available in Australia. 

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VCA awarded Positive Champion Award

24 Nov 2015

On behalf of students and staff, Robert Walton (Honours Coordinator in Theatre) received the 2015 Positive Champion Award last night from Living Positive Victoria for VCA's 2014 theatre project ENUF is Enough, where students devised two new theatre works based on the stories of Victorians living with HIV/AIDS.

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Richard Frankland inducted to Victorian Aboriginal Honours Roll

21 Nov 2015

Richard Frankland, Head of Curriculum and Programs at the Wilin Centre, has been inducted to the Victorian Aboriginal Honours Roll – you can read his story here where he’s described as “a man of many talents who provides inspiration to all”.

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Adam Simmons
Playing for good: Melbourne musicians building community through collaboration

13 Nov 2015

The Melbourne Music Map is a collaboration between Associate Professor John Fitzgerald, alumnus Adam Simmons and 100 local musicians that documents the social networks that exist between musicians in the Melbourne arts scene.  Stemming from Professor Fitzgerald’s background in social policy development and criminology, the Melbourne Music Map will be developed during November, when multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons performs 25 concerts of four duets with 100 different Melbourne musicians covering all genres of music. As each concert is performed, the four new musicians will be added to the network map. Read the media release >>

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Unique justice theatre production features former prison inmates

05 Nov 2015

After graduating from the VCA, acting alumnus James Brennan (BDA, 2000) spent time as a New South Wales parole officer and is now challenging notions around criminal identity with a new theatre work. Brennan has created The Chat with David Woods of the UK's Ridiculusmus, a unique justice theatre work involving former prison inmates, currently playing at La Boite in Brisbane. The ABC’s Cathy Van Extel dropped into rehearsal ahead of opening night. Listen now.

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VCA & MCM November e-newsletter

05 Nov 2015

Read the November edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.

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Shauntai Batzke
Indigenous songstress on the international stage

04 Nov 2015

Shauntai Batzke, gospel and opera singer and songwriter, is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in Sydney. In August, the MCM alumna travelled to New York City to attend summer school at the Belle Arti Center for the Arts as part of the Canto de las Americas – a workshop for aspiring artists in their vocal arts program. Watch the video via Pursuit.

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ARC Discovery Project Grant awarded to Anne Marsh

03 Nov 2015

Professor Anne Marsh has been successful in her recent application for a 2016 ARC Discovery Project Grant, providing three years of project funding of almost $200,000 for her project “Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970”.  The aim of Anne’s project is to investigate the impact of feminism on contemporary Australian art and to critically interpret the history of feminism and its influence on the ways Australian society views representations of women across different cultures. Hundreds of women will have the opportunity to contribute to the project, revealing the roles and interactions between gender, race, class and ethnicity. 

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Elizabeth Lewis wins Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship

02 Nov 2015

Master of Music (Opera Performance) student Elizabeth Lewis has won the prestigious Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship. She beat five other finalists on Sunday at a public recital at the Sydney Conservatorium to claim the $43,000 prize that will fund a study trip to New York for vocal, language and movement coaching. Read The Age story.

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