Learn from industry leaders
Staff in the School of Creative Arts have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists, researchers and/or performers - and sometimes a combination of the three.
To see the achievements of our staff, please click on their name below.
Head of school
Richard Vella (guitar, piano; composition)
Vella's diverse output includes works for orchestra, large ensemble, choir, film, chamber music, cabaret, music theatre, and popular music genres... read more.
Creative and performing arts
Gillian Arrighi (Australian performing arts)
Arrighi specialises in Australian Performing Arts and was invited to join the prestigious Emerging Research Leaders Programme at the University of Newcastle... read more.
Sean Lowry (visual art and new media)
Specialising in visual art and new media, Lowry is a Sydney-based artist, musician and writer, and is Convenor of Honours in Creative and Performing Arts... read more.
Brett Alexander (fibres and textiles)
Alexander is our region's artist with the highest international profile. This year alone, his work has been shown to critical acclaim in Slovakia, Geneva and London... read more.
Miranda Lawry (arts/health)
Lawry held an executive position in the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) - the arts sectors peak body... read more.
Christian Messham-Muir (art history)
Messham-Muir's research examines the ways in which interpretive practices in galleries and museums impact on visitors' experiences... read more.
Pam Sinnott (ceramics)
Sinnott has exhibited in national and international curated exhibitions. She has had ten publications in the three leading Australian journals for Ceramics... read more.
Kris Smith (photomedia)
Smith is an accomplished photomedia artist (having exhibited since 1982). He is acknowledged for his expertise in digital media and multi-media practice.... read more.
Christopher Allan (voice; Baroque and classical)
Allan specialises in Baroque and Classical period performance and has been involved in many performances using period instruments... read more.
Jim Chapman (guitar; jazz, world and popular music)
Chapman's latest album, Afro No-Clash, contains eleven compositions performed by a variety of groups including Kabombo Kombo... read more.
Ian Cook (clarinet; conducting; chamber music)
Cook's research expertise includes conducting opera that has been researched at high levels pertaining to historically informed performance practice... read more.
Helen English (piano; Baroque and Australian music)
English's creative work has been shown in Hobart, Leeds and New York... read more.
Rosalind Halton (harpsicord; Baroque and classical music)
Halton has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and New Zealand... read more.
John Kellaway (brass; jazz)
Kellaway is head of Brass studies, a lecturer in trumpet, and a lecturer in conducting to final year BMus undergraduate students at the Newcastle Conservatorium... read more.
Philip Matthias (organ; composition)
Nathan Scott (music technology)
Scott has experience in recording live classical performances, including working with the ABC on live national broadcasts... read more.
Colin Spiers (piano; composition)
Spiers' research involves the creation of original works and the performance and recording of contemporary musical repertoire... read more.