ACUADS Newsletter (May–Jun 2004)

Posted on 30 Jun 2004

The ACUADS Newsletter is an ad hoc publication from the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools. It aims to communicate information about activities of the Council Executive, research interests and events and activities related to the visual art and design sector.


  1. ACUADS Executive Meeting
  2. ACUADS 2004 Annual Conference
  3. ACUADS Awards & Staff Mobility Program
  4. The Australian Higher Education Supplement
  5. CHASS Update
  6. What’s On? – ACUADS 2004 Seminar Program | Interact: Contemporary Craft in a Digital Future – Craft Australia | Asian Traffic Conference – CoFA | NAVA Online Forum: Who will speak Truth to Power? | States of Mind 04: Design Evolution | Journeys: Migrating Australian Art Education
  7. News and Information – Position Vacancies – Monash University | ACUADS Web Site

1. ACUADS Executive Meeting

The ACUADS Executive Meeting was held at Monash University on 14 May 2004 and considered the following agenda items:

  • ACUADS 2004 Conference, AGM and Call for Papers – see below
  • CHASS (Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) – ACUADS to join as a Foundation member
  • Australian Newspaper Supplement – July 2004
  • Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards

The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for 6 August 2004 at the VCA.

2. ACUADS 2004 Annual Conference

Theme: Art and Design Update: New policies – New opportunities Dates: 22-24 September 2004 Where: ANU, Canberra

Pre-conference Seminar Day

Wed 22 September 2004 Round table – information sharing – issues related to:

Foundation Studies Convenor Kay Lawrence ( Honours Studies Convenor Craig Bremner ( Graduate Studies Convenors Nigel Lendon ( and John Barbour ( Computer-based Studies Convenor Gilbert Riedelbauch ( Anyone interested to contribute to these seminars with short presentations (5-10 minutes) is invited to contact the convenor direct, copy to


Second Call for Papers (Non-refereed) The Conference Committee has received 24 proposals, which are now moving into the refereeing process. All members who have submitted abstracts have been contacted with Guidelines for submission of papers.

This second call for papers invites contribution on the following themes:

successful research initiatives – including practice-based projects Institutional or interdisciplinary collaborations internationalisation teaching and assessment in the context of quality assurance Please send a 200-word abstract of your proposed paper clearly stating how it addresses the Conference theme, and a five-line biographical note to by Monday 30 June.

For further information: contact Professor David Williams ANU School of Art or e-mail

Note the dates into your diaries NOW!

DRAFT PROGRAM – ACUADS 2004 Annual Conference

DAY ONE Pre-conference Seminar Day Wed 22/9

AM (ANU School of Art) Prof. David Williams, Chair ACUADS, ANU School of Art Welcome and program outline

Parallel sessions Round table – information exchange Seminar 1 (ANU): Computer Based Studies – Convenor: Gilbert Riedelbauch Seminar 2 (ANU): Graduate Studies – Convenors: Nigel Lendon & John Barbour

PM Travel to University of Canberra Lunch and welcome

Parallel sessions Round table – information exchange Seminar 3 (School of Design, University of Canberra): Honours Studies – Convenor: Prof. Craig Bremner Seminar 4 (University of Canberra): Foundation Studies – Convenor: Prof. Kay Lawrence

Exhibition (University of Canberra): “Contemporary Architecture, University of Switzerland”

Evening Return to ANU

Exhibition and Reception (ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery) Ranamok Glass Exhibition (ANU School of Art )

Heads of Schools Dinner Teatro Vivaldi (ANU Arts Centre)

DAY TWO ACUADS Conference Thu 23/9

AM (ANU School of Art) Welcome Professor David Williams, Chair ACUADS

Official Opening Professor Ian Chubb – Vice Chancellor ANU (tbc)

Keynote Address Professor Tony Jones, President and CEO of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago – (Lecture Theatre, ANU School of Art)


PM (Chats Café ANU School of Art) Lunch and book launch

Parallel sessions Conference Papers Session One (ANU School of Art) – Successful research initiatives – Internationalisation

Evening Travel to NGA

Performance “Ballet Mechanique” (National Gallery of Australia) Drumatix percussion (ANU School of Music) NGA Exhibitions Montien Boonma, Sean Scully & David Malangi

Pre-dinner drinks NGA

Conference dinner NGA restaurant Presentation of Awards Guest speaker: CHASS Chair (tbc)

DAY THREE ACUADS Conference Fri 24/9

AM ACUADS AGM (delegates) ANU School of Art Reports Lecture Theatre & Election of Office bearers

Parallel sessions

Conference Papers Session Two Teaching and assessment (ANU School of Art)

PM Travel to Canberra Institute of Technology Lunch (Canberra Institute of Technology Reid) Hospitality and Catering School Short guided tour of CIT facilities

Parallel sessions

Conference Papers Session Three (CIT Reid) Institutional and international collaboration

Concluding session with Senator Kate Lundy, Shadow Minister (tbc) Dr Peter Venker, CEO, CIT

Exhibition (tbc) and Reception CIT Reid

DAY FOUR Own Arrangements Sat 25 Sept 2004

Informal visits and exhibitions at:

National Museum National Library National Portrait Gallery Canberra Museum and gallery Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Floriade

3. ACUADS Awards & Staff Mobility Program

ACUADS Distinguished Teaching Awards for 2004

This award was introduced in 2003 and will be continued in the Annual program of activities for ACUADS. It recognises outstanding teaching careers in art and design education. The presentation of this annual national award signals the strength and professionalism of the art and design discipline to members of the wider community. Publicity and promotion of the award in The Australian newspaper has added to the profile of the art and design sector.

Heads of Schools are now invited to submit nominations for the 2004 Awards. Closing date July 31st 2004. Refer to the criteria and send to

The Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference dinner on Thursday 23 September 2004.

ACUADS Distinguished Research Awards

In recognition of the high quality research which is taking place at Art and Design Schools, the Executive Committee decided to create a new category of award. Its purpose is to identify and acknowledge significant research achievements in the visual arts and design education sector. As well as maintaining a distinguished personal research record, criteria also includes the co-ordination, supervision, mentoring and/or examination of higher degree art and design research students.

Heads of Schools are invited to submit nominations for consideration by the Executive Committee. Closing date: 31st July 2004. Refer to the criteria and send to

The Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference dinner on Thursday 23 September 2004.

ACUADS Staff Mobility Program

The Executive Committee recently endorsed a proposal to encourage a Teaching Mobility program between Australian University Art and Design Schools. The program aims to contribute to the professional development and experience of teachers in art and design. The ACUADS Policy paper has been sent to all Heads of Schools for information and dissemination.

4. The Australian Newspaper Higher Education Supplement

The Executive Committee has agreed that ACUADS should again participate in a lift-out feature in the 11 August 2004 issue of The Australian’s Higher Education section. The feature allows ACUADS to continue the development of a high public profile for university sector visual arts and design, as well as allowing the opportunity to increase public awareness of key activities within the sector.

Heads of Schools are being encouraged to place advertisements in order that the feature can go ahead. It offers an excellent opportunity to promote art and design courses and activities to the wider public. Submission of short articles accompanied by images is invited – however, inclusion in the supplement is at the discretion of The Australian’s editorial staff.

5. CHASS – ‘Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences on the Hill’

The Executive Committee agreed that ACUADS join as a Foundation member of The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS). This entitles ACUADS to voting rights at the AGM.

It was also agreed that participation of ACUADS at the event ‘HASS on the Hill’ (15-16 June 2004) would provide an opportunity for a range of representations to be made directly to Federal Parliamentarians.

For more information about CHASS please see the CHASS web site


At the meeting held at the National Press Club on 15 June 2004, the CHASS was officially inaugurated, a constitution adopted and the full Board elected:

  • Professor Malcolm Gillies, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at the ANU (President)
  • Mr John Byron, Executive Director of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Mr Stuart Hamilton, Chief Executive of Open Learning Australia
  • Professor Andrea Hull, CEO of the Victorian College of the Arts
  • Ms Elizabeth Raupach, Executive Director of the Helpmann Academy, Adelaide
  • Ms Linda Roseman, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and Professor of Social Policy at the University of Queensland
  • Professor Sue Rowley, PVC at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Professor Tom Stannage, Executive Dean for the Division of Humanities at Curtin University
  • Dr Julie Wells, Principal Policy Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor at RMIT
  • Ms Julie Dyson from Ausdance.

6. What’s On?

ACUADS Seminar Program for 2004

ACUADS-assisted seminars – for your diary:

Painting [Diversity & Difference – 10 Viewpoints]

9-10 July 2004 Monash University

Painting remains central to the education and practice of the contemporary artist. This conference will provide a forum for an in-depth exchange of ideas between artists, writers and curators on the significance of painting in both its material and philosophical dimensions within current art practice in the 21st century.

For further information – contact or call 03 9903 2706.

University of South Australia – Blind Spot – rescheduled to 16 October 2004

The South Australian School of Art, UniSA Blind Spot symposium will now be held at Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre in Adelaide on Saturday 16 October 2004.

The Blind Spot symposium represents the latest partnership between South Australian School of Art and Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre and will explore current issues of cultural diversity in art education. A range of speakers(educators, artists, contemporary theorists, students and others) will address aspects of tertiary as well as secondary visual art teaching. As an opportunity for benchmarking best practice in this area, this symposium is conceived as a first stage towards opportunities for further research in contemporary Australian art education, as that relates to cultural diversity, multiculturalism and internationalisation. Blind Spot will provide various perspectives, vital information and vigorous debate.

Further information contact or

Interact: Contemporary Craft in a Digital Future– Craft Australia

See web site

From June 10 until 20 August Crafts people, academics, students, curators, writers and contemporary craft audiences will be able to read a series of articles posted on the Interact site and respond with your own ideas and opinions in a stimulating on-line discussion about the hot issues in contemporary craft.

This is an opportunity to discuss new directions, debate future possibilities and talk about the practicalities that affect you now. Through this online conversation you can engage with peers, industry professionals and audiences both in Australia and overseas. Craft Australia have commissioned writers and makers in each state and territory to consider:

What’s in a name? – the role of language in shaping craft practice A match made in heaven – contemporary craft and digital technologies, how long will it last? Use it or lose it. Is craft training at tertiary institutions in danger? Contemporary craft practitioners and academics working in the tertiary sector – get online and tell us your opinions on the hot issues for craft education.

Students and academics – what are your experiences of tertiary education for contemporary craft practitioners?

To complement the Online Forum, Craft organisations in each state and territory will be hosting launches to discuss the themes of the Forum. Dates and times will be posted on the web site

Asian Traffic Conference – CoFA

25-26 June 2004

The Asian Traffic conference brings together artists, art historians, curators, cultural theorists and critics from Asia, Europe, North America and Australia – to explore the movement of Asian art and artists throughout the world.

Its principal aim is to advance critical analysis of the effects of ‘Asian diaspora’, and of the phenomenon of ‘global itinerancy’ in relation to art production and exhibition practice. The conference will include panel discussion and papers by prominent academics, artists and curators who have an interest in the unique problems associated with the construction or presentation of cultural identities ‘at a distance’.

Further information at

NAVA Online Forum: Who will speak Truth to Power?

From 23 August to 10 September 2004, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) will be holding an online forum. Twelve high profile people have been commissioned from within and outside the arts to write papers on current issues of identity, place and politics and the artists’ role in contemporary Australia.

For further details contact Felicity Barker at NAVA –

States of Mind 04: Design Evolution

The Student Biennial Architecture and Design Conference, States of Mind 04: Design Evolution is scheduled to take place in Tasmania on 5-9 July 2004.

For further information see

Journeys: Migrating Australian Art Education

The National Conference of the Australian Institute of Art Educators in affiliation with the Queensland Art Teachers’ Association will be held at Griffith University on 25-28 September 2004. Papers with a general theme of ‘research’ are now being called for – closing date 30 June 2004.

Contributors are asked to explore the following themes:

Beyond multicultural art education, Validation of the art form, and Teaching the culture; teaching the art. For further details please contact

7. News and Information

Position Vacancies – Monash University

THEORY OF DESIGN – Lecturer / Senior Lecturer This is an important new full-time position at Level B or C. The successful applicant will be required to develop design theory and history within the Faculty’s courses and to raise its design research profile. Applicants must have a demonstrably excellent record of teaching in design theory and/or history, be active researchers with a PhD in a relevant field, and have successful research-degree supervision experience.

THEORY & HISTORY OF NEW MEDIA, DESIGN & COMMUNICATION – Lecturer A full-time lecturer (Level B) is required to develop teaching and research in the theory and history of new media. The position also involves the supervision of both studio and thesis based postgraduate research students and the development of the Faculty’s research and engagement profile in new media theory/history. Applicants must have an excellent record in teaching, a higher degree by research, organisational and strategic capabilities, and a good record of ongoing research and publications.

The positions will be advertised in:

‘The Age’ on 26 and 30 June; ‘The Australian – Higher Education supplement’ on 30 June; and ‘The Guardian (UK) – Higher Education supplement’ on 6 July.

After publication of the advertisements, full details about both positions will be available from

Information about the Faculty of Art & Design is available from


For more information about ACUADS please refer to our web site at

Thanks to Andrew Speirs at the SCA University of Sydney.

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