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The Birds' Conference: Mystical journey of self-discovery in ancient Persian tale

04 Sep 2015

As part of Elnaz Sheshgelani's doctoral candidature, she is presenting The Birds' Conference at La Mama until 13 September. Read Cameron Woodhead's review for The Age.


Masters student wins Allison/Henderson Scholarship

03 Sep 2015

Congratulations to masters student David Soo who has won the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Scholarship - Australia’s most valuable annual piano competition, worth $12,500. Over 40 pianists from around the country entered, and David performed Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat major, Opus 110 at last Friday’s final at the Sydney Conservatorium. Read more.


VCA alumna wins CinéfestOZ film prize with Putuparri and the Rainmakers

03 Sep 2015

Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund-supported Putuparri and the Rainmakers, directed and produced by VCA alumna Nicole Ma (GDipFT,1996), and produced by John Moore, has been named the winner of the 2015 CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize. Read more.


Majlis Travelling Scholarship provides inspiration for young artist

26 Aug 2015

A $10,000 travelling scholarship provided by the Majlis Pty Ltd will allow 2015 winner Angela Powell, a third year VCA student, the opportunity to travel overseas at the conclusion of her undergraduate studies. Angela, whose art practice has a strong focus on metals and malleable materials, is planning to use the funds to visit cities such as New York, Berlin and London to explore different contemporary galleries, artist studios and metal work companies. 

The exhibition of shortlisted works continues at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery until Saturday 27 August.


$45,000 arts residency launched for Indigenous artists

24 Aug 2015

Indigenous arts practitioners from Victoria are invited to apply for 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. Read more.


CelloXtravaganza: ‘Orchestra of 100 Cellos’ to perform in Melbourne

24 Aug 2015

Cellists of all ages are invited to register for the world premier ‘Orchestra of 100 Cellos’ as part of the inaugural Melbourne Cello Festival at the University of Melbourne. Hosted by the MCM in Melba Hall, cellists from around the world will come together in September for three days of public performances and masterclasses. Read more.


VCA & MCM August e-newsletter

20 Aug 2015

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


Teaching Workshop breaks new ground in design technology

19 Aug 2015

In a short six months, the Victorian College of the Arts’ Teaching Workshop has transcended from an industrial blue-collar workshop to become a cutting edge research facility where manufacturing outcomes are unlimited. Around 700 students from visual art, production, and film and television will now come together over the course of a year to share ideas and build in specific process spaces, including a central construction area, a welding and foundry room, a wet mould room, a wood machining shop including a special sanding room. Read the full story >>


The heritage-listed Old Police Hospital is born again

18 Aug 2015

The former Victoria Police Hospital, opened in 1914 on the corner of St Kilda Road and Southbank Boulevard, was officially re-opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis last Monday tonight after a year-long refurbishment of the heritage-listed building. The “Old Police Hospital”, as it is now called, provides accommodation for the Dean’s office and administrative units who are lucky to have it as a Faculty Hub. Read the full story >>


The inaugural Rosemary and John Hopkins Award

18 Aug 2015

Conductor and educator John Hopkins AM OBE (19 July 1927 – 30 September 2013), an iconic figure in Australian music, was the first Dean of Music at the VCA, the director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and later returned to lead the conducting program at the Melbourne Conservatorium. The Rosemary and John Hopkins Award, worth $2,500, has been set up for a conductor of any age, to assist with a youth or community music project. Apply now >>


Nora Niasari announced as TV director’s attachment on Matchbox Pictures production Secret City

14 Aug 2015

The Australian Directors Guild (ADG), Matchbox Pictures and Screen Australia today announced VCA alumna director Nora Niasari (MFTV 2014) as the attachment to ellow alumna Emma Freeman (BFTV 2000) on the Matchbox TV series Secret City for Foxtel. The industry incentive program is funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG for emerging directors to develop their craft. Read more.


Tayla Johnston
The Ron and Margaret Dobell Award funds music theatre career aspirations

12 Aug 2015

After a lengthy audition process, The Ron and Margaret Dobell Award worth $25,000 was presented to music theatre student Tayla Johnston, at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) last Thursday.

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