STARS (Student transition achievement retention and success) Conference 2016

Guest speaker Brydie Leigh Bartleet, Director of the QLD Conservatorium (and 2014 Australian University Teacher of the Year)

Brydie’s keynote focused on the capacity of the Arts to engage and build community. In particular, Brydie highlighted the outcomes of her OLT grant-funded project ‘Working and learning with first peoples’. This project was a collaboration with a Tennent Creek community who initiated community-led events: music performance, music infrastructure, recordings. A key outcome was intercultural reciprocity. Brydie also showcased the work of artists in community-based projects such as the Rocket Artists Project out of the University of Brighton in the UK whose students from Fine Arts create and maintain painting and drawing classes/studio space for people with disabilities to have access to making and exhibiting art. Some of the artwork is co-created between university students and the class.

There is a project involving Uni of QLD Arts students visiting Stradbroke Island with Science students where their purpose is to respond artistically to what they learn from the science students. See FLOAT production.

Another project: QLD Music and Architecture students come together to explore the sound properties of design called ‘Out of the Ordinary’

Visual Arts, Humanities and Medicine can come together to explore the intersection of Arts and Medicine, e.g. UniMelb’s Science Gallery. VU has an Arts space in Footscray for the community.

Aspire Program (Uni of WA) is a large scale capture of students who wouldn’t have considered university.

Barkley Regional art – a community based initiative focused on partnerships.

Brydie’s question: how do we measure success of engagement initiatives? Evidence gets confused with advocacy. The challenge is to learn more about the processes of engagement.

Julia Savage


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