Plans to lead in regional creative arts

La Trobe University has reaffirmed its commitment to the creative arts with the launch of a new strategy today.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the release of the La Trobe Art Strategy signals La Trobe’s intent to strengthen its arts and cultural industry partnerships to lead the sector in developing a vibrant and innovative creative industries network.

“We have a clear and simple vision - to be national leaders in regional creative arts and the Australian University of choice for local, regional, national and international arts and cultural industry partnerships. These proposed changes are designed to do exactly that,” Professor Dewar said.

“La Trobe University will build upon its strengths – curating, collecting and exhibiting; teaching and research; engagement and innovation – to make a significant difference to the cultural and economic life of the University and the communities we serve.

“The strategy builds on the creation in 2013 of the La Trobe Arts Institute (LAI) and the appointment earlier this year of Karen Quinlan as LAI Director and University Professor of Practice.

“As a first step, we will focus on improving the management of our nationally significant art collection, first established in 1966, with a major touring exhibition to be launched at the Bendigo Art Gallery in mid-2017 as a key event to celebrate La Trobe’s fiftieth anniversary next year.”

Professor Dewar said the art strategy and associated change proposal for the Visual Arts Centre (VAC) and Phyllis Palmer Gallery in Bendigo, and the La Trobe University Museum of Art (LUMA) at the Bundoora campus, will sit alongside the University’s renewed commitment to offering revised Visual Arts and Design programs as part of the Bachelor of Creative Arts in Bendigo, Mildura and other regional locations.

“Proposed changes to both the LAI and the Visual Arts and Design programs are currently with relevant La Trobe staff in the University for feedback and consultation. We welcome contributions or suggestions to assist La Trobe to deliver on our ambition to elevate the role of creative arts as a significant contributor to the social, cultural and economic welfare of the vibrant, connected and creative communities we serve."

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Image: detail from Murri Totems by Reko Rennie, La Trobe University Melbourne Campus.