VCA Lecturer in Theatre (Voice and Movement) Rinske Ginsberg. By Giulia McGauran.

Meet the staff: Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Dinosaur spirit animals, lurking rulers and miniature chairs – yes, we’re an eclectic bunch … 

By Kate Mulqueen

Working in marketing and recruitment for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, so much of the positive feedback I hear from current and former students about their experience at the Faculty is about our academic staff who – for the most part – have their own ongoing art practice in addition to their teaching work.

VCA Lecturer in Film and Television (Producing), Donna Hensler. By Giulia McGauran.
VCA Lecturer in Film and Television (Producing), Donna Hensler. By Giulia McGauran.

Following on from last year’s gorgeous Meet VCA Art shoot for the Art150 anniversary, we wanted to showcase our staff more broadly across the Faculty, and again enlisted top photographer Giulia McGauran (VCA Art alumna, 2013) to lead the project.

Professor Katrina McFerran, Music Therapy. By Giulia McGauran.
Professor Katrina McFerran, Music Therapy. By Giulia McGauran.

The brief was fairly simple. We asked Faculty staff to wear a strong colour, and to bring a prop: something that meant something to them, in their careers, in their disciplines, their lives. Something that, for them, told a story.

As you can see from the selected shots featured here, this was interpreted very differently by each staff member. Many Film and Television and Production staff asked if black counted as a strong colour. Others, such as VCA Art Graduate Coursework Coordinator Dr Kate Just, didn’t even ask.

VCA Art Graduate Coursework Coordinator, Dr Kate Just. By Giulia McGauran.
VCA Art Graduate Coursework Coordinator, Dr Kate Just. By Giulia McGauran.

Our Theatre staff – appropriately enough – provided drama and comedy in spades. My favourite from the entire shoot is a portrait of Movement Lecturer – and Melbourne Fringe Living Legend – Rinske Ginsberg. See the banner image!

Rinske told us firmly she only had 30 minutes to spare, before getting right into the shoot. She went off to gather all her foam rollers and, um, spiky balls to create a set for a blue futuristic wonderland in which she is the giant, lurking ruler, waiting to pounce on any acting student who dares not to wear all black to her classes.

Head of Orchestral Studies, Associate Professor Richard Davis. By Giulia McGauran.
Head of Orchestral Studies, Associate Professor Richard Davis. By Giulia McGauran.

As for props, Anna Cordingley, Lecturer in Production and award-winning set, costume and exhibition designer, brought in a beautiful miniature wooden chair that was left to the VCA Production team by the late Trina Parker, Anna’s mentor and former teacher at the VCA.

VCA Lecturer in Production, Anna Cordingley. By Giulia McGauran.
VCA Lecturer in Production, Anna Cordingley. By Giulia McGauran.

Associate Professor Matt Delbridge, Head of VCA Theatre, told me that he’d brought in the toy Triceratops “because it’s my spirit animal”.

VCA Head of Theatre, Associate Professor Matt Delbridge. By Giulia McGauran.
VCA Head of Theatre, Associate Professor Matt Delbridge. By Giulia McGauran.

Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing and promoting more of these staff profile photos, so you can get to know a bit more about the talented (and often hilarious) teaching staff we have here at the Faculty.

Associate Professor Mark Pollard, Head of Interactive Composition.
Associate Professor Mark Pollard, Head of Interactive Composition.

We hope you enjoy the series!

Banner image: VCA Lecturer in Theatre (Voice and Movement) Rinske Ginsberg. By Giulia McGauran.

 


2 Responses to “Meet the staff: Faculty of Fine Arts and Music”

  1. Noel J Denton says:

    After contacting the Dean in writing, I understood from him that he would ensure that I again became involved in functions at the VCA. Apart from an invitation to one performance that I attended at the Melba Hall last year and the recent opening of the Buxton Gallery, I have been ignored despite my considerable involvement in establishing the VCA from 1970 onwards. I am disappointed that my work has now been overlooked and that I have been dropped from your list of invited guests to your various functions.
    Noel J Denton

    1. mclachlan says:

      Hi Noel, thank you for your message. I’ve asked our communications team to take a look at your record; it seems you receive our monthly enews, but I’ve asked that you’re also added to our event invite lists as well. If you’d like to change what you receive from us down the track, just look out for the next email/invite we send you, and click the “Preferences” link in the footer of the email to update your preferences. Apologies for the mix-up, and if you have any issues please feel free to contact us at fineartsmusic-er@unimelb.edu.au.