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Industry calls for VCA Puppetry return / VCA Music Theatre winning!

“The VCA supplied eight graduates for King Kong’s all-Australian cast, the most of any tertiary institute.” (The Age) Interesting piece in today’s The Age where King Kong Creature Designer Sonny Tilders talks about the important of education for artists. Read it here. You may remember Sonny spoke out when VCA Puppetry was cut back in 2009. [...]

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Kong-Sized VCA Cast – The Road To Recovery

In 2009 Uni Melb abruptly cancelled VCA Music Theatre and Puppetry. Today, VCA Acting, Music Theatre and Opera grads have dominated the KING KONG full cast announcement (read it on Aussie Theatre here). Furthermore, the former head of VCA Puppetry Peter Wilson is now the Puppetry Director on King Kong. You may remember the Producer [...]

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VCA’s 40th Anniversary Street Party

For 40 years VCA has been educating Australia’s elite arts professionals. More recently, and against the odds, VCA survived the University of Melbourne sledgehammer and things are looking up for St Kilda Rd. So it’s time to celebrate and look forward to the next 40 years of specialist, studio-based training. Click here for your invite [...]

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Arts Hub: Su Baker talks 40 Years of VCA

Director of the Victorian College of the Arts, Professor Su Baker, gives an update on the Faculty as it heads into its 40th year. Click here to read the article.

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THE AUSTRALIAN: Campaign succeeds, but messy fight leaves fallout

Finally an update on the Uni Melb admin and rental charges! Well…sort of.

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Uni Melb Spends Big On VCA Advertising – Do You Buy It?

Yesterday the lavish University of Melbourne advertorial lift-out in The Age featured VCA as its lead story. Not surprisingly, there was no mention of the SAVE VCA campaign, and there seems to be an unusually heavy focus on justifiying the new Dean (Barry Conyngham) is right for the job, but of note: The long-held suspicion [...]

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THE AGE: $24M Lifeline, but will it be safe?

The Age has today reported where the $6m p/a in Victorian Government funding for VCA will go (click here to read the story). It seems Premier & Arts Minister Ted Baillieu is mindful these funds need to be protected from the University of Melbourne, so he’s drawing up a “memorandum of understanding” – but will [...]

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INVITE – Symposium: History of the Gallery School and the Birth of the VCA

The below message is from Director of VCA, Su Baker: Dear SaveVCA, You have! THANK YOU! It is my great pleasure to share our excitement with you the good news we have received from the Baillieu Government in the recent State Budget announcement.  Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu, has delivered on the [...]

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VCA’s $6m Confirmed in Budget

VCA was a welcome addition to today’s Victorian State budget. Click for the official release (html or PDF). So the State Government has well and truly delivered on its funding promise for VCA – but when will the University of Melbourne get real on VCA rental and admin fees (see our last post for more [...]

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Talking Tough – Baillieu no Uni Melb Push Over

In welcome news, VCA’s $6m in recurring annual funding from the Victorian State Government has been confirmed by Premier and Arts Minister Ted Baillieu but he won’t be handing over the cash to Uni Melb lightly. THE AGE: Baillieu confirms his election promise of $6 million a year to the Victorian College of the Arts, although [...]

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