The Faculty of Arts and Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences support a range of cultural initiatives through partnerships with key creative industry organisations.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia's most visited public art gallery and is situated over two magnificent buildings - NGV International and NGV Australia. The NGV hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, program and events, from contemporary art to major international histroic exhibitions, fashio and design, architecture, sound and dance.
Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significatn collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles.
Our graduate sutudents have a unique opportunity to build on and further develop the rich and multifaceted relationship that the University of Melbourne enjoys with the National Gallery of Victoria.
Melbourne Writers Festival
Melbourne Writers Festival is Melbourne's annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. The Festival embraces the widest possible range of writing, from Nobel Prize winners to mega-star bloggers.
A number of Faculty of Arts alumni, including popular and prize-winning authors such as Helen Garner, Raimond Gaita, Alex Miller, Alice Pung and Tony Birch, regularly present at the festival.
The Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongisde industry and celebratory events. MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospecitves, tributes, discussion programs and Australia' largest showcase of new Australian cinema.
As a result of an ongoing cultural partnership with MIFF, our graduate students have the chance to participate in this key cultural event, in addition to associated professional development and networking opportunities.
The Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. Through an exclusive arrangement with the Australia Council for the Arts, the Graduate School of HUmanities and Social Sciences sends interns to the Venice Biennale. It is the world's oldest and most prestigious biennale of international contemporary art and is an important forum for couuntries to affirm their nation's artistic and cultural identity.
Channels Festival is an Australia biennial celebration of video art and culture. Showcasing contemporary video practice from around the world through an open callf or submissions. Channels present a ten-day festival in Melbourne and online. An independent, artist-led festival - the first of its kind in Australia since the 1990s - Channels Festival includes a series of exhibitions, screenings, talks, performances and workshops tahat push boundaries, provoke debate and help us to understand video culture's rise and relevance in contemporary culture.
The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation
The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation is the only centre of its kind in Australia, combining both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation. The Centre has developed and receives support from various national and international partners.
At a national level Grimwade Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian War Memorial, Heritage Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria and State Library of Victoria, together with various Indigenous-based partnerships including Mulka Centre, Warmun Community, Murrup Barak, Secretariat for Culture Timor-Leste, Koorie Heritage Trust, Bunjilaka at Melbourne Museum, and Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA).
The Grimwade Centre is committed to strong international engagement and particularly values the work it undertakes with close regional partners in the Asia-Pacific and China. Projects include:
- The Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN)
- Australia and China: Cultural Materials Conservation Cooperative Research Network, supported by a 2014 University of Melbourne International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) grant
For more information please see the Grimwade Centre Partners web page.