School of Creative Arts
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.
Tying together elements of time, space, bodies and audiences, Dr Jocelyn McKinnon's imaginative art pieces are serving as critical reflections of society's manifold ills, influences and idiosyncrasies.
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.
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.
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.
As Professor of Music in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Newcastle, Professor Richard Vella, is investigating the economic and cultural value of Australian music exports.
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.
For the Torres Strait Islander (TSI) community, music helps to articulate the concepts and embodied experiences of their lives. Despite its significance to the culture, there is a fragmented and under-developed approach to the documentation and cultivation of music.
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.