Conference and Symposia

The Arts: Engaging with Disability

June 8 & 9, 2017

The Arts: Engaging with Disability is designed as gathering of people who are involved or have interest in the arts and disability. It’s aimed at connecting people with disability, mental health issues, and their carers, with Arts-based organisations and activities. It focusses on how the Arts can best support, assist and improve well-being, health and social participation for those within the disability and mental health sectors. The conference we hope will provide individuals and/or their respective organisations, with opportunities to showcase arts/health initiatives.


June 10 at 1.00PM


The University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

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Model and Metaphor Symposium

We would challenge the general paradigm that Art and Science are the antithesis of each other and that you are either "an Artist" or "a Scientist". As such, it will be fruitful to explore how Art and Science were linked in the past, how they interact at present and what might be the future. The aim is not only to explore how science/technology could be integrated into an artwork but how art methodology can generate new scientific insights and technologies. We see this as a relationship with many possible variations.

We would like to focus primarily on the artist researcher and the science laboratory, specifically in terms of the ways in which artists have, do and could contribute to scientific research. Embedding arts practice within a scientific environment can lead to the development of new scientific outcomes that would not have occurred in the absence of the interaction.

Research Team

This project was funded with a Strategic Networks and Capacity Building Scheme Grant from the Faculty of Ed and Arts and The Faculty of Science  in the University of Newcastle in 2013.

The research team include Dr Angela Philp, Dr Miranda Lawry, Dr Nola Farman and Professor Paul Dastoor.

The goal of this research grant is to strength the developing arts/science network that has recently been established at the University of Newcastle; develop international partnerships and collaborations and imbed art methodology within a science research environment to produce new science and technology, new art and new knowledge.

Public "Disruptive" Lecture

Monday 9th December 2013 5.30pm for 6pm

Dr Jill Scott  - Re-composing Art & Science

Institute of Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design, Academy of Art and Design Zurich, Switzerland

Margaret Wertheim – Concepts of Space: How artists paved the way for physicists at the dawn of the scientific revolution.

Science writer and author of books on the cultural history of physics, cofounder of The Institute for Figuring based in Los Angeles


Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Newcastle


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Model and Metaphor Symposium

Tuesday 10th December  9am to 5pm


Prof Richard Vella –Professor and Chair of the School of Creative Arts, The University of Newcastle

Prof Douglas Kahn – Professor of Media and Innovation, National Institute For Experimental Art  UNSW

Natalie O'Connor Education and Training Manager, Winsor and Newton Australia

Dr Renée Beale-Community Awareness Programme Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology, University of Melbourne

Mr Oron Catts – Director of SymbioticA, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, University of Western Australia

Stelarc Performance Artist , Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Design & Art, Curtin University Perth, Chair In Performance Art, School of Arts, Brunel University London UK


University House, cnr King and Auckland Streets Newcastle NSW 2300


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