Research within the School of Creative Arts explores relationships between the creative process and its various outcomes, performance and community.

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Highlighted Creative Arts researchers

Dr Kit Messham-Muir

Art history and theory

Dr Kit Messham-Muir is an art theorist and museologist in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle whose current research focus is the psychological and emotional dimensions of visualising war.

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Professor Frank Millward

Creative Arts, Media And Communication

Professor Frank Millward explores the intersection between fine art, music and theatre making, and how technology is turning the arts into a fertile ground for innovative research.

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Dr Gillian Arrighi

Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies

Dr Gillian Arrighi is interested in the circus, the role of children in the entertainment industry, and the arts/health nexus, particularly the impact creative engagement has on everyday life.  Her research investigates the social significance of the growth of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s. 

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Dr Catherine Grant

Endangered Music

Music endangerment is not just a research field for Dr Catherine Grant; she is an activist and interventionist for communities that are suffering the cultural loss of their music traditions.

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Professor Richard Vella

Music Composition

Professor Richard Vella is the Director of Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR), a newly launched research group within the Faculty of Education and Arts at The University of Newcastle.

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Dr Philip Matthias

Music Composition

As an organist, composer and choral director, Dr Philip Matthias led the University of Newcastle’s Chamber Choir to a win in the Battle of the Choirs national television series in 2008.  He is now developing a repertoire of liturgical music that is uniquely Australian, including Indigenous music. 

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Associate Professor Rosalind Halton

Music Performance

Associate Professor Rosalind Halton is an accomplished harpsichord player and foundation member of the baroque ensemble Chacona.  She specialises in bringing to performance little-known and often previously unheard works from the vast catalogue of cantatas and serenatas by Italian Baroque composer Alessandro Scarlatti.

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Brett Alexander

Visual Arts And Crafts

The idea of making a material transform into something else holds an ongoing fascination for internationally recognised textile artist Brett Alexander.

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