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With the support of our partners, we create real opportunities for our students to connect with their future.

City of Ballarat

Collaboration with the City of Ballarat is multifaceted, and actively intersects our curricula, research and professional engagement, while strengthening creative strategy and arts practice for the region.

The partnership provides emerging artists with the opportunity to participate in innovative programs that enliven our city and the broader community. Amongst these is the award-winning trans-disciplinary project, Heritage Weekend@The Arts Academy, which enables students from first year to honours to contribute across diverse creative practices to Heritage Weekend, an annual festival that attracts 16,000 visitors to Ballarat. Read more about Heritage Weekend@The Arts Academy. Together we seek to reframe and reactivate Ballarat’s rich storybook through discussion, performance and creative visioning.

Being located at the heart of Ballarat’s arts precinct affords the Arts Academy a strong relationship with other significant historic arts institutions, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Her Majesty’s Theatre. Read more about our long association with the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Mutual programming of arts events and activities are just some of the benefits of our partnership with the City of Ballarat. With Camp Street Campus neighbouring Alfred Deakin Place in central Ballarat, our communities intersect.

The Faculty of Education and Arts gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the City of Ballarat.

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill is Victoria's prize-winning tourism site, and an icon in Ballarat’s cultural landscape.

Our partnership with Sovereign Hill enables valuable industry experience for our students at a critical point in their professional development. The innovative applied theatre project is led by Barry Kay from Sovereign Hill and our own Associate Professor Kim Durban.

The unique project partners students with professional applied theatre artists. Read more about the Sovereign Hill Project.

Ballarat Arts Foundation

We are proud of our connection with the Ballarat Arts Foundation (BAF). Like us, BAF is committed to fostering creative leadership in our region.

BAF was established in 2000. Its mission is to encourage and develop, through strong community engagement, the aspirations and talents of emerging artists from all disciplines who have lived, worked or studied in Ballarat.

So inspiring is their mission that our people often contribute skills and expertise to their volunteer Board of Management. Arts Academy Ballarat staff who have contributed skills and expertise to BAF include Claire Blake and Bronwyn Blaiklock, who is currently on the Board of Management.

Each year BAF offers grants to emerging artists of all genres through a suite of awards. The grants support artists of any genre who have lived, studied or worked in Ballarat to undertake a project as their next step towards a career in the arts.

The Federation University Award is one of the many named awards that BAF offers for emerging artists dedicated to creating positive change in the cultural life of Ballarat. Artists submit just one application form to be considered for all relevant awards.

The biennial acquisitive award, the Eureka Art Award, is a unique opportunity for BAF Alumni to exhibit their work in our Post Office Gallery, Camp Street. Arts Academy visual arts graduates are among the growing numbers of artists who have received BAF grants to further their careers. In 2018, the winner was Ash Coates for his work, Mycolinguistics: Rubico-Sterolosis or Oneness, 2017 (detail below).

Image: Ash Coates, Mycolinguistics: Rubico-Sterolosis or Oneness, 2017. HD video animation, looped with sound. Duration 8min. 12sec.  Winner: Ballarat Arts Foundation Eureka Art Award 2018

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