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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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VCA students bring Frisk festival back to Natimuk

30 Oct 2015

Following the success of last year’s regional tour, the VCA Frisk festival will return to Natimuk in November after its premier at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe. The festival will showcase graduating theatre and production students from the Victorian College of the Arts. Read the full media release.

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Dementia research fellowship awarded to Jeanette Tamplin

27 Oct 2015

Music therapist Dr Jeanette Tamplin has received a major NHMRC ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship for her project: “Choir participation to improve wellbeing and relationship quality for community-dwelling people with dementia and their primary care-givers.” Dr Tamplin is one of 76 researchers who will share in $43 million to support research to tackle the impacts of dementia and find ways of preventing and curing the disease. 


Elizabeth Debicki
Elizabeth Debicki recognised as Breakthrough Talent of 2015

26 Oct 2015

On Sunday 25 October, Victorian College of the Arts theatre graduate Elizabeth Debicki (BDramArt, 2010) was honoured with a Breakthrough Award at the Australians in Film (AiF) annual awards gala in Los Angeles.  

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Interactive Composition student Jade Alice wins Melbourne Music Bank

26 Oct 2015

Congratulations to first year Interactive Composition student Jade Alice who was crowned the 2015 winner of the Melbourne Music Bank with her pop song Kick Drum. Find out more.


Harry Aletras.
Graduate wins AWG award for unproduced screenplay

16 Oct 2015

Melbourne-based screenwriter, video artist and filmmaker Harry Aletras, who graduated from the VCA this year with his Master of Screenwriting, has won the Australian Writers’ Guild and Adelaide Film Festival INSITE Award for unproduced screenplays.

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