2017 Conference



ACUADS Conference

Australian National University School of Art & Design

28 & 29 September 2017

Kirrily Humphries, Transparent Glazing Chart (with grisaille), 2016. Oil on oil sketch paper, 36.5 x 76 cm
Kirrily Humphries, Transparent Glazing Chart (with grisaille), 2016. Oil on oil sketch paper, 36.5 x 76 cm

Conference theme: value

Australian university art and design schools are facing increasing economic and political challenges. The visible impact of these pressures on the sector is already evident and has been widely discussed. Inevitably, the careers of younger and emerging academics will unfold in a very different environment to their older and more established colleagues. Against the backdrop of this profound change it is important to establish and declare the continuing value to Australia of art and design, and therefore the continuing value of university education and research in those disciplines. This conference explored ‘value’ in all of its manifold senses.

Keynote Speakers:

Anthea Callen, opening keynote, Thursday 28 September. For more information, please click here.

T’ai Smith, ‘Redressing value: Capital’s (and Art’s) Fashion Cycles’, Thursday evening, National Portrait Gallery. For more information, please click here.

T’ai Smith and Ann Stephen, discussed issues raised by Smith’s book Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (2014), Friday 29 September. For more information click here.

Closing remarks by Scott Brook, Friday 29 September- for more information, please click here.






Prof Denise Ferris

Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe

Ruth Waller

Dr Martyn Jolly

Kit Devine

Alex Burchmore



All the papers published here were subject to a process of double-blind peer review at both abstract (acceptance) and final paper stage (publication). Abstracts were revised and resubmitted following an initial stage of peer review. Final papers were reviewed by their authors subsequent to a further final stage of peer review. The papers were then subject to minor editing to ensure they are as free of errors as possible and that they consistently comply with the conference style guide.


Public Art and Resilience
Cameron Bishop & David Cross (Deakin University)
What is ‘Value’ When Aesthetics Meets Ethics Inside and Outside of The Academy
Barbara Bolt (UoM), Kate MacNeill (UoM), Megan McPherson (UoM), Pia Ednie-Brown (RMIT), Estelle Barrett (Deakin University), Carole Wilson (FUA), Sarah Miller (UoW) and Marie Sierra (UNSW)
Colour. Destroys. Everything.
David Costello (ANU)
Access = Value
Kate Daw and David Sequeira (University of Melbourne)
Curricula of value – in place and in service
Wendy Fountain, Karen Hall, Kit Wise (UTAS) and Kate Tregloan (Monash)
After you have gone: Un-disciplined knowledge and new value/s, one year on
Neil Haddon, Toby Juliff, Wendy Fountain, and Maria Kunda (UTAS)
The Value Chamber: Performance and digital iterations across art, design and education
Lawrence Harvey, Gregory More, David Forrest, Margaret Trail, Louise Godwin, Sam McGilp (RMIT University)
Praxis Now: Frayling’s ‘Research in Art and Design’ 24 years on
Toby Juliff, Megan Keating, Helen Norrie, Zoe Veness, and Svenia J. Kratz (UTAS)
Tangible Thinking: the impact value of oblique co-design & tacit knowledge
Hannah Korsmeyer and Allison Edwards (Monash University)
Transforming Mindsets: Intrapersonal Skills and the Becoming of a Designer
Kate McEntee and Lisa Grocott (Monash University)
Educating the New Wave of Designers
Lisa Scharoun, Stephen Trathen, and Gudur Raghavendra Reddy (Raghu) (UC)