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Friday, March 27th, 2015

FROZEN creator to visit the University of Newcastle

Chris Buck, the Academy Award winning animator, screenwriter and director of Frozen will make an exclusive appearance at the University of Newcastle at the end of April to share the secrets of innovative creativity.

UON Director of Creative Innovation, Jeff Julian says that Buck’s visit is another major step in restructuring the entire creative industry locally. Newcastle is redefining itself: moving from a coal and industrial city to a university and cultural hub.

About Chris Buck

Watching Disney’s Pinocchio as a child, Buck was inspired to explore animation. In 1978, Buck joined Disney as a character animator. Working on classics such as Tarzan and Pocahontas, Buck’s work stretched from animator, to screenwriter to director.

In 2008 Buck returned to Disney after a stint at Sony, and as part of his pitch, Buck suggested an animated musical feature based on “The Snow Queen”—and thus Frozen was born.

Chris Buck will be speaking at an innovative session at University of Newcastle in late April, inspiring our students, staff and the community. As this event is exclusive to university’s Newcastle campus, they will be live-streaming the event to ensure the broadest possible audience for the talk.

With the news that Frozen 2 is set for release in 2018, Buck’s Newcastle talk will be hotly anticipated.

The Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle is newly constituted in 2002 and brings together a broad range of academic expertise, comprising Aboriginal studies, music and drama, education, fine art, humanities, language and media, liberal arts and social sciences.

University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts

The University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts has earned a reputation for delivering quality programs in the creative and performing arts, music and fine art. The School has more than 1300 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses in creative and performing arts.

Staff in the school have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists, researchers and/or performers—and sometimes a combination of the three.

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Would you like more information about studying arts degrees at the University of Newcastle? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

University of Newcastle student art gallery celebrates 25th anniversary

The University of Newcastle Students Art Gallery, Watt Space, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in September, making it the longest-running student art gallery in Australia.

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To mark this event, Watt Space is hosting “25 Watt: Exhibition and Catalogue,” curated and edited by Penny Finnigan. 25 Watt will showcase a curated exhibit of works from former students who now have a national and international reputation.

Artists on exhibition include Lucas Grogan, Alexia Sinclair, Chris Langlois, Peter Speight, Jennifer and Catherine Strutt, Ahn Wells and Dr Ashley Whamond.

Also featured in 25 Watt will be profiles of art administrators and essays by directors and ex-committee members.

Over the past 25 years, Watt Space has hosted close to 30,000 student artists, who have taken advantage of the professional experience that exhibiting in such a space that Watt Space provides.

In the lead up to the exhibition, Watt Space is hosting a residency for New York based artist Ian Burns. Burns is an installation artist who is constructing his work for 25 Watt in the gallery.

Originally studying his undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle, Burns travelled to New York on exchange, while in the third year of his degree.

Burns completed a Master of Fine Art at Hunter College of CUNY, in New York, and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.

Watt Space was originally established in 1989 after political activism from students and has survived when many other galleries have closed after the abolition of compulsory student union fees.

Over its 25-year history, Watt Space continues to provide opportunities for professional experiences for students of the University of Newcastle.

University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts

The School of Creative Arts has earned a reputation for delivering quality programs in the creative and performing arts, music and fine art. The school has more than 1,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses in creative and performing arts.

Staff in the School of Creative Arts have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists, researchers and/or performers—and sometimes a combination of the three.

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Find out more about studying arts degrees at the University of Newcastle! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Bollywood film festival and conference at the University of Newcastle

A century of Bollywood will be celebrated and explored at a University of Newcastle film festival and conference from February 20 and 21.

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Featuring prominent industry experts including Sea Change and Rabbit-Proof Fence producer John Winter, the event will enhance understanding of the Bollywood genre and encourage professional collaborations.

“Bollywood has successfully transcended the confines of India, urging scholars to discuss its global histories,” said filmmaker and conference convener Dr. Vikrant Kishore.

The Bollywood 101 Film Festival, to be held at Tower Cinema, will include presentations from film producers and screenings of Dancing to the Bollywood Tunes, a documentary featuring interviews with leading Bollywood directors, actors and dancers; I Am Megha, a story of friends separated by conflict; and Raajneeti, a political thriller about a student who becomes embroiled in politics and murder.

The “Bollywood And Its Others Conference,” to be held at the University of Newcastle Callaghan campus, will explore issues relating to Bollywood including its representation of ethnic minorities, women in Bollywood, dance and music, and the industry’s genre and arthouse films.

“Through this conference, the University of Newcastle can play an important role in understanding Australian-Indian film connections,” said conference co-convener Dr. Susan Kerrigan, University of Newcastle School of Design, Communication and IT.

Other expert speakers include the Consul General of India in Sydney, Arun Kumar Goel, 2014 Australia Day Ambassador Kumud Merani, filmmaker Anupam Sharma and photographer and film producer, Raj Suri.

Arts at the University of Newcastle

The Faculty of Education and Arts also offers a number of postgraduate programs by research. Research areas include Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Chinese Literature, Classics, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English Literature, Film and Television Studies, French Literature and Language, Fine Art, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Philosophy and Film, Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology.

Are you interested in arts degrees at the University of Newcastle? Contact OzTREKK’s Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).