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Researchers

We explore the pathways connecting regional environments, histories and perspectives to produce a new, interdisciplinary understanding of the importance of place and its influence on our lives.

Our research group, Artful Engagements with Place activates social, political, environmental and historical themes to interrogate the forces that shape our past, define our present and influence our shared future.Artistic traditions, perspectives, techniques and innovations combine to influence the way we perceive, express and communicate place and the lived experience of place.

Dr Carole Wilson

Senior Lecturer,
Honours and Research Degrees Coordinator
Creative arts
Location: Camp Street Campus
Email: c.wilson@federation.edu.au

Research areas

Practice-led research in the visual arts, particularly printmaking, painting, works on paper, textiles.

Carole is a member of Artful Engagements with Place. She has served on the Faculty Research Committee and is a member of the University Research and Higher Degrees Committee.


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Dr Angela Campbell

Senior Lecturer
Program leader - Bachelor of Applied Creative Arts
Location: Camp Street Campus
Email: a.campbell@federation.edu.au

Research areas

Angela's research and published work in theatre and performance is both practical and theoretical. She is currently investigating the intersections between performing heritage and history, ecology and sustainability in theatre and performance. Her research interests have developed from 15 years’ experience as a freelance actor and theatre creator in a range of industry environments from mainstream to independent production, film and TV.


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Assoc Prof Kim Durban

Senior Lecturer
Program leader - Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen
Location: Camp Street Campus
Email: k.durban@federation.edu.au

Research areas

Kim’s areas of research include Caroline playwright Richard Brome; Women Directors, including investigation into the career and legacy of Australian director Ewa Czajor; Shakespeare and Renaissance playwrights and actor training. She undertook research at the Royal Shakespeare Company archives held at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford upon Avon, and the archives of Shakespeare's Globe, London. Her original work Alice Arden radically reinterpreted female representation in Arden of Faversham. She is a peer assessor for Creative Victoria and a founding member of the Australian Women Directors Alliance.


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Dr Jill Orr

Lecturer
Bachelor of Visual Arts
Location: Camp Street Campus
Email: j.orr@federation.edu.au

Research areas

Space, Place and Recurring history are categories through which practice-led research enables, articulates and deepends relations to place which have been impacted through cultural, social, historical and environmental forces.

Performance, photography and video are the artistic methods through which this practice is realised


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Peter Pilven

Lecturer
Program leader - Visual arts and communication design
Location: Camp Street Campus
Email: p.pilven@federation.edu.au

Research areas

Peter Pilven's research interests focus on the pre and post gold mining era of Ballarat and district. The degradation and transformative effect that the mining industry has had on the topographical and geological landscape provide ongoing stimulus for the creative output Peter continues through his art practice.


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Dr Rick Chew

Senior Lecturer
Acting program leader - Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre)
Location: Camp Street Campus
Email: r.chew@federation.edu.au

Research areas

Rick's research interests focus on music theatre composition and performance.

In addition to his ongoing work as a professional composer, Rick has published articles on contemporary classical composers for the Rough Guide to Classical Music (Penguin) and his music for Rufus Norris’s Young Vic production of Sleeping Beauty is published by Nick Hearn Books. Recent works include The Last of England, a CD of solo piano music and preparations for a major performance of his composition Stari Most at St Martin’s in the Fields, London, sponsored by George Clooney and activist John Prendergast.


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Jimmy Pasakos

Lecturer, Visual arts
Coordinator, Drawing and digital
Location: Camp Street Campus
Email: j.pasakos@federation.edu.au

Research areas

Jimmy Pasakos spent much of his childhood exploring the industrial docklands of Melbourne, whose polluted artificial landscape highly influenced his earlier artwork.


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