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  1. A maverick on fabric: the strange, unconventional art of Jenny Watson

    Detail from Jenny Watson’s The Pretty Face of Domesticity, 2014, oil and synthetic polymer paint on velvet striped shantung.

    By Sasha Grishin, Adjunct Professor of Art History, Australian National University Is Jenny Watson Australia’s equivalent to Tracey Emin? Watson is about a decade older; she is …


  2. VCA student reaches the Archibald Prize finals

    Julius Killerby is one of the youngest Archibald Prize finalists in recent years. If he wins, he’ll be the youngest ever artist to take the prize. By Sarah Hall …


  3. Some artists, some philosophers, a room

    Some Artists & Philosophers Walked into a Room is a one-day symposium featuring an impressive line-up of speakers and thinkers, chaired by the Victorian College of the …


  4. Going nuts for music – from the 18th century to now

    NOTE: This event has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date to be announced. Next week, the Melbourne Conservatorium’s Dr Erin Helyard will …


  5. Redefining the rock god: the new breed of electric guitar heroes

    The electric guitar symbolises rebellion, freedom, excess and youth, and we need those qualities now as much as ever.  By Dr Ken Murray, Senior Lecturer in Guitar, Melbourne …


  6. Hear Richard J Frankland and The Letter String Quartet on RN

    On July 6, 2017, Richard Frankland, Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne, will be performing at …


  7. Three wins the MRC’s Contemporary Masters Award

    Three: Don Immel, Joel Brennan and Ken Murray

    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music staff members Joel Brennan, Don Immel and Ken Murray, who perform as the ensemble Three, were this week presented with the 2017 Melbourne Recital Centre’s Contemporary …


  8. Performing, acting, teaching – the pros and cons of an interdisciplinary career

    What does it take to concentrate several seemingly-competing careers into one? Best ask concert pianist, theatre-maker and VCA Senior Lecturer Dr Zachary Dunbar. On 8 May 2017, as …


  9. The guitar changed the world … but how did the world change the guitar?

    Such is the ubiquity of the guitar that its popularity can be taken for granted, its history overlooked. The period between the 1890s and 1940s was crucial …


  10. 9 X 5 NOW: radio interview with Elizabeth Gower and Tai Snaith

    On 15 June 2017, on the eve of the opening of the Victorian College of the Arts’ landmark 9 X 5 NOW exhibition, Curator Dr Elizabeth …


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