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The purple reign is over: long live Prince’s legacy

22 Apr 2016

Prince was an icon of R&B, funk and jazz who went against tide as we know it, creating a new context for pop music. Associate Professor Mark Pollard pays his respects via Pursuit.

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We are the Australians, we have the power

17 Apr 2016

Aboriginal writer Bruce Pascoe makes the case for the real and present value of Indigenous culture to the country at large. Read more via Pursuit.

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Wilin and able with Indigenous art and culture

01 Apr 2016

The Wilin Centre's John Wayne Parsons knows a thing or two about the challenges facing Indigenous artists – and also the opportunities. Read more via Pursuit.

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VCA & MCM alumni big winners in 33rd Green Room Awards

22 Mar 2016

Alumni of the Faculty of VCA & MCM were among the big winners in the 33rd annual Green Room Awards on Monday night, which recognised outstanding work in Melbourne’s performing arts.

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Saving the endangered sounds of West Africa

10 Feb 2016

Thanks to the tenacity of ethnomusicologist Dr Graeme Counsel, over 9,000 songs from the West African nation of Guinea are now publically available for anyone to listen to worldwide. Read the full article on Pursuit.

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Two $15,000 Indigenous Scholarships on offer at MTC

08 Feb 2016

Melbourne Theatre Company, in partnership with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, is offering two $15,000 scholarships to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Victoria.

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An emotional journey through pasticcio opera

04 Feb 2016

Voyage to the Moon, a collaboration between Victorian OperaMusica Viva Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is a modern-day pasticcio opera that draws upon the epic 16th-century poem Orlando Furioso and will help give researchers insight into the development of emotions. Read the full story of Pursuit.

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Mixing sculpture and performance in Dough Portraits

22 Jan 2016

Artist and PhD candidate Søren Dahlgaard has taken more than 2,000 “dough portraits” over seven years, turning familiar objects into something strange. Ludicrous? Yes, but closely connected to the long history of grand and serious portraiture. Read full story on Pursuit.

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Music hits a high note among school leavers

18 Jan 2016

Forget law, medicine or arts … The Age has reported on the rise in popularity of our Bachelor of Music course - there has been an 80% increase of students who put it down as first preference, making it the 23rd most popular course in Victoria. 

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Gallery: Artists bring cross-cultural exchange to Jakarta

12 Jan 2016

Australian artist and VCA Senior Research Fellow Sally Smart features in a two person exhibition, Conversation: Endless Acts in Human History, alongside Indonesian artist Entang Wiharso at the Galeri Nasional Indonesia in Jakarta. See image gallery on Pursuit.

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Emily Sheehan wins 2015 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award

06 Jan 2016

Alumna actor and playwright Emily Sheehan, has taken out the 2015 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award for her play Hell’s Canyon.  Emily, who completed her Master of Writing for Performance at the VCA in 2015, won the $20,000 award beating 70 submissions from across Australia. Read more on AussieTheatre.com.

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Video: Artists explore animism through robotics

05 Jan 2016

Filmmaker Jack Dyball captures the ‘animism’ art of Cake Industries, artists Jesse Stevens and Dean Petersen. Watch on Pursuit.

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