A Message from the Dean of Arts

Welcome to the third edition of Articulation for 2016.

This year has marked one of the biggest developments in humanities and social sciences education at the University in many years, with the completion and opening of Arts West at the start of Semester Two. A milestone in the history of the Faculty, Arts West provides a strong foundation for teaching innovation and adaptability to current and future pedagogies in the Bachelor of Arts. The new spaces in Arts West provide superb resources for teaching and learning and provide our undergraduate students with a distinctive new home in the historical heart of the Parkville campus, adjacent to the iconic Old Arts building.

Students have been enthusiastically photographing the building and new facilities, their level of excitement evident in the images and comments shared on social media. I encourage you to return to campus and explore Arts West including the many exhibitions on display throughout the building.  You can also take the opportunity to visit the ‘After Shakespeare’ exhibition, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, in the Baillieu Library next door.

We have just concluded another popular four-part series of Melbourne Masterclasses delivered in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria with this year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Degas: A New Vision. Alumni and friends were given exclusive access to the exhibition and were taken on a rich journey of discovery on the life and art of Edgar Degas, the celebrated Realist painter associated with the Paris Impressionists. To learn more about the Faculty’s community education programs, visit our website.

Exciting partnership activations continue next month with the Eureka Challenge presented by the Faculty of Arts in partnership with the Hellenic Museum. Participants in the challenge will receive a series of clues unlocking Greek design influences on some of Melbourne’s most monumental landmarks touring the city through a Greek lens. Members of the Challenge have an opportunity to win a return trip to Greece, coinciding with Open House Athens 2017 and cultural tours of the city in partnership with the Benaki Museum.  Closer to home, in August the Faculty partnered with scholars in the School of Design at a symposium to mark the fiftieth anniversary of China’s Cultural Revolution, engaging with Chinese Australians who shared their recollections of that period of history.

It is always inspiring to learn about the achievements of our alumni.  Arts Alumna Mary Hanna recently made history becoming the eldest ever Australian Olympian at 61 years and 253 days, competing in Rio in her fifth Olympic Games.

On a final note, I was delighted to read the story about Jenny Taing’s success. Jenny received our 2014 Rising Star Award for Young Alumni and has used her good fortune to give back to the Faculty by becoming a 110 Scholarship Donor. These scholarships are critical, enabling students from less advantaged backgrounds to reach their full potential. If you are in a position to consider becoming a donor yourself, please visit this page of our website.

Professor Mark Considine 

Dean of Arts