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

Posted by savevca1 on May 11th, 2011

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 Victorian Coalition Government’s $6 million a year election commitment to secure the VCA as a premier arts training institution.  Mr Baillieu said yesterday “This funding will realise the VCA’s potential as a centre of excellence and attract the best and brightest talents to Victoria.  Many Victorians had expressed strong support for the VCA last year as part of the Save the VCA campaign, with the community recognising its importance as a centre of excellence and a foundation stone for our vibrant arts and cultural sector.”

This is a wonderful outcome for the staff, students and the people of Victoria and Australia.  With this confident outlook, we now dedicate ourselves to building a bright 21st Century future for the VCA.

In the spirit of paying tribute to the distinguished history of the VCA, in association with the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne, we will be holding a symposium on Friday May 20 at the Clemenger Lecture Theatre at the NGV.  This investigates the history of the National Gallery School and its subsequent transformation into the VCA in 1972 by the then Head of the Gallery School, Lenton Parr.  This event will include many leading figures in the field and coincides with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery of Victoria.

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

Friday 20 May 2011, 9:00am to 5:30pm

This day of talks will investigate the history of the great art school, and will include stories and debates about the many leading and significant figures in a distinguished history.

Venue: Clemenger Theatre
NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Southbank
Admission: Free, bookings are essential.

If you would like to join us as our special guest we have seats reserved for you.  Please RSVP to my new assistant Leah Weimann by email or call on 03 9685 9363 before May 19 so we can assure you a seat.


  • 9.15 AM         Official Welcome and overview of the symposium by Professor Su Baker, Director, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of the VCA and Music
  • 9.30 AM        Official Welcome to the NGV by Frances Lindsay, Deputy Director, National Gallery of Victoria, welcomes attendees to the NGV and introduces hon. Heidi Victoria, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Assisting the Premier with the Arts

Professor Su Baker
Director, VCA
Faculty of the VCA and Music
University of Melbourne
234 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004
Tel (03) 9685 9464
Fax (03) 9685 9459

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One Response to “INVITE – Symposium: History of the Gallery School and the Birth of the VCA”

  1. VCA violin alumni Kat

    Hooooooorayyyyyyyyy! Well done to all involved in the Save VCA campaign, the long and difficult fight was worth it!

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