From Sydney to Mildura

La Trobe University Mildura has secured multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator Dr. Kylie Banyard to take on the role as Visual Arts Lecturer. Kylie has seven years undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in Australia’s leading Art and Design Colleges, including teaching an extensive range of courses in painting, drawing, photo-media, interdisciplinary and experimental studies.

Kylie’s has staged significant solo exhibitions and participated in major curated group exhibitions in Australia’s leading contemporary art galleries and is a recent finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. Her artistic practice is grounded in painting and her working methodology intersects with photography, video, sculpture and immersive architectural spaces.

Kylie’s arrival in Mildura comes at an important time as La Trobe’s recently refreshed Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) at the Mildura Campus is inspiring a renewed commitment to excellence in the arts.

Kylie states, the new Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts major) has been designed to place students at the centre of the creative process. “At La Trobe, students explore contemporary visual art through a studio-based curriculum, allowing them to work across disciplines and mediums to develop their own artistic practices,” she said. “Students are supported by the strong academic and professional mentorship of staff, who are all professional artists. They learn the practical and conceptual skills to produce works that respond to the world around them,” Kylie said.

La Trobe University’s impact on this community is inspiring Kylie stated. “Offering people access and participation in higher education in this region is one of the things that attracted me to work for La Trobe, and prompted my move from Sydney to Mildura. I hope to make a meaningful cultural and educational contribution to this community and continue La Trobe’s proud tradition of social mobility and inclusion,” Kylie said.

Dr Deb Neal, Head of Campus Mildura said how exciting it is to have someone of this calibre teaching at the Mildura Campus. “In the short time Kylie has been here her passion has been so evident in the work she is doing and the relationships and opportunities she is driving for the University and for the Creative Arts students, both current and future,” Dr Neal said.

“It is an exciting time if you are considering studying an Arts program at La Trobe, with many unique opportunities being developed with local industry, the La Trobe Art Institute and of course Kylie’s expertise enriching the students learning experience,” she said.

Dr Neal said “Kylie’s teaching experience combined with her Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Arts) and artistic portfolio is sure to bring La Trobe’s Visual Arts Degree to life and you can come and chat with her in the studio at our Open Day on Wednesday 16th August”.

More information on La Trobe’s Creative Arts program and the upcoming Open Day can be found at

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