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Merge Termination: What next for Sydney College Arts?

Written by Editor’s Picks, News

Last Thursday, the University of Sydney’s (USYD) vice-chancellor, Michael Spence has announced the termination of the merge between Sydney College of Arts (SCA) and the University of NSW.


The merge was proposed less than a month ago and secretly signed between USYD and UNSW in June without the consultation of students. However, the students recently received an email from Spence. He stated that the two institutions ultimately had different definitions of what a “centre of excellence in visual arts” meant. Apparently, the original intention had “always been…not to proceed…unless we were clear that the vision…would benefit both the University and visual arts teaching and research.”

According to Fairfax Media, the agreement only allowed students to continue studies at UNSW Art and Design as well as the transition of some staff to UNSW. But one industry source questioned the move, saying “If [UNSW’s contemporary fine arts curriculum] was inadequate from Sydney’s point of view, why did it not include these issues in the Heads of Agreement?”


Several influential people have also expressed their discontent. Greens MP Jamie Parker had no faith in the merge from the outset: “If the University [of Sydney] had properly consulted staff and students, they would have discovered the incompatibility of the art practices at the two schools.” Neither did he believe that UNSW had adjusted their syllabus to align with SCA’s studio-based learning or had sufficient space for the new students.

Sally Breen, a well-known art collector and sponsor, told Fairfax Media that she would be “far more swayed into putting money into art schools”. When SCA was threatened, she no longer pledged money to the Art Gallery of NSW’s (AGNSW) Sydney Modern building project. To protest the planned closure, students alumni and supporters had also gathered on the steps of AGNSW. The rally coincided with the award of the Archibald Prize to highlight the social importance of art.


Although the merge has been terminated at present, Spence still states that talks of a merge with UNSW’s Art and Design may continue. Additionally, the future remains uncertain due to the planned movement of SCA students to the main Camperdown campus from the beginning of 2017. SCA’s original Rozelle campus at Callan Park will also be part of USYD’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Spence believes that this will “avoid unnecessary costs of remaining at Rozelle for more than a transition period.”1003188_659422267402083_130609927_n

Furthermore, Spence states that 2017 applicants will not be accepted for the Bachelor of Visual Arts “to create a re-imagined Bachelor of Visual Arts for commencement in 2018.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald 

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Unity in the community: My experience in Art Week at The University of Notre Dame

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

Mental health is a growing issue in today’s society. One in four of the population suffers from mental health related issues. With all the taboos surrounding it, it has become a challenge to discuss mental health openly and well-being. However, it is an ongoing battle and between students of all ages and backgrounds, spiritual healing is an important aspect of de-stressing and mental peace. To shed light on mental wellness week, Art week was held the University of Notre Dame Australia, on the Broadway campus. It was a week long event dedicated to focusing on the mental well-being of students. My experience in the event was enlightening and opened my eyes to the possibility of art as a coping mechanism for the mind.


Art Week was organised by Students Association of the University of Notre Dame Australia (SAUNDA). In previous years, it used to be a global themed event, in which they had performances such as singing, dancing, etc. However, this year, they turned it up a notch, organising a week-long event, where students displayed their artistic talents while others took part in the interactive art lessons set up my members of SAUNA. It was a set theme, which was art. The goal was to heal mental spirituality through a medium which isn’t commonly used. “It was a collective idea within the team,” said Rian Galliot, the education director of SAUNDA. “The reason we used art was that Notre Dame was full of artistic students who needed an outlet to express their talents.”


Suds and soaps made by Jenny Chen

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They glow when you put them through the sunlight!

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Art displays made by students across the green wall looked like a unified masterpiece

“The initial start was hard.” said Christian Santos, president of SAUNDA. “but when it gets going, when people join in, its great. People love being involved in it.”

The student body perhaps wished for something different, and the event delivered successfully. In my opinion, using art as a theme was perfect as it was vague in itself. “Art” was a way of expressing emotions in different ways. Through music, through voices, through drawing/paintings and knitting. There were many amazing singing performances which created a calm, blissful and beautiful environment with musical instruments backing their raw vocals. Other students performed magic and illusion tricks, walking around the courtyard and interacting with students and blowing their minds away (mine included). As for the art displays, many statements were made through the artworks and the viewers related to them. It made me realise that us students go through similar instances and art we find such similarities, connect to each other and be more unified. This was an ice breaker to get more acquainted with students, creating a stronger community. While being in the event, I felt the community spirit, and many participants agreed with me.

“This event is different, unique and brings the community together.” said Christelle Santos, the club director of SAUNDA. 


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Additionally, to promote students to get immersed in art, there were art tables set up, where everyone could paint, draw or knit. I was fortunate enough to witness a masterpiece come to life.

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On Thursday of the week, there was a petting zoo in the courtyard. SAUNDA collaborated with The Law Society of Notre Dame to bring us beautiful animals! Everyone present loved it. Staff members and students alike dropped by for some precious moments with the beloved little creatures today.
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baby bunny

And of course, a great event is never complete without great food. Sausage sizzle and crispy Nutella toasties were served for a dollar each.

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And since this is an art event, there were some amazing artists who I was fortunate enough to meet. Talking to them and discussing the statements, styles and subjects of their works was insightful and inspiring. To look at their works, follow them on social media:

Jenny Chen

Instagram: One_Eye_Deer

Facebook: Suds ‘N’ Sparrow

“I get to focus on nothing but the brush strokes, its like art therapy.”


Julie Tabouli

Instagram: Jodie tabouli

“When exams pile up, I procrastinate, and art is the result.”


Marie Carydis

Instagram: aquarellaart

Facebook: AquarellaArt

“I am an Australian artist residing in Sydney. I predominantly draw and paint fantasy or nature-based art using watercolour.


Rian Galliot

Deviant art:

“Art is meant to be an expression of beauty, and I like to express what that means. For me, as a Catholic, the topic of God is the source of beauty.”


I would like to thank everyone who came to the event, participated in it, enjoyed it and mostly, the Student Association and everyone else who was involved in organising it. The event was very well planned and executed. Many students and I included would love to see this event happen again. I encourage everyone to join in on the fun next time, submit their art, perform and get involved! It’s all worth it, I promise you. 🙂

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6 Best Spots in Sydney to explore

Written by Student Life

Need a new place for your next profile pic or running out of photo ideas? Here are five Sydney spots to satisfy your artistic side.

Spice Alley

Recently, this is one of the most popular check-in places and photos of young people living or visiting Sydney!


Spice Alley is a new downtown of a new lifestyle and dining culture on Kensington Street. It is locate in the heart of Sydney CBD, designed by Greencliff. It is filled with delicious and beautiful dishes as well as artistic internal designs. Comprised of interlacing streets inhabited by local modernisers, Chippendale is home to creative businesses, cafes, bars, restaurants and galleries, such as Spice Alley and the Kopi-Tiam, Mekong, KYO-TO, Bar Chinois, Glider KS, KOI Bar Dessert, aMBUSH Gallery, Kensington Contemporary, Spot 81, Galerie pompom, MOP Projects and White Rabbit Gallery. This is a great place welcoming curious visitors, rendezvous with old friends, meeting up with new ones or artists looking for inspiration.

Ash Street

Ash Street Laneway and see a Europe in Sydney. It is one of the most enlighted side streets in Sydney, the little strip of 19th-century buildings is riddled with bars and restaurants. Traveling to Paris and slowly tasting a drink at Ash Street Cellar

Ash St. Cellar (Cre: Merivale)

…or enjoy a classy lunch at Felix Bistro. A casual stroll down this alley will easily turn into a longer stay.

Felix Bistro (Cre: Merivale)

Angel Place

Right around the corner of Ash Street is the attractive Angel Place laneway – an exit from city life and an entrance to Romanesque architecture. The path is a cozy vintage walk with a slice of postmodern street art; all you have to do is look up to see 120 birdcages hanging from the sky, and capture some photos with whatever you have on hand.

Forgetten Songs (Cre: Ted Szukalski Digital Photo Gallery)

Those birdcages are the work of artist Michael Thomas Hill, which used to be an homage to the many species of birds living in the area before urbanization. You can also hear some birdsongs played on nearby speakers and enjoy thoughtful works of art appropriately named “Forgotten Songs.”

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Photographers who are looking for one of the best spots for a million likes with hashtag #sydney or #travel  need to put this place on their checklist now! Rob Potter generously scored this spot 10/10 as an ideal location for landscape and portrait photography with a “unique and very Australian backdrop”.

Cre: Rob Potter

How to get there? Enjoy a walk from the Sydney Opera House, through Botanic Gardens or by public transport from Circular Quay Station. If you are traveling by personal vehicles, there is meter parking on Mrs. Macquarie’s Road.

Best time for a shot? Rob Potter suggested the best photos taken from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair is sunset when the sun is going down behind the Sydney Opera House. However due to the iconic view of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge being so close to each other, this photography location will offer you great photo opportunities all day long.

 The Rocks

The Rocks is an authentic visit place in Sydney. It is one of the premium photography locations for photographers to explore and capture amazing photos of this city.

There are a lot of little cobblestone streets and alleyways in The Rocks. The largest and most frequented is Playfair Street, where The Rocks Markets are held every weekend. However, another one worth visiting is Nurse’s Walk, which is a pathway through Harrington Street and George Street.

Cre: Rob Potter

You can take stunning photos at Dawes Point Park at any time but according to many experienced photographers, the best time to photograph this place is predawn or just after sunset.

Cre: Rob Potter

As you can see from these photos, Dawes Point Park allows you to get up close and personal with the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one side, while another walk away path allows you to photograph across the water and capture the Sydney Opera House.

Farm Cove

This is a beautiful small bay right in the middle of the Botanical Garden. Come over in the early morning and just after sunrise you will have the sun shining straight on the Sydney CBD. Use the walking path as lead-in lines to your main subject, the city.


From Farm Cove, you can take unique photos with the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge right behind.

Besides, Vivid Sydney is happening and those places may be lighted up at night. Are you excited enough? Set up your cameras and phones, be ready to capture Sydney!

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Notre Dame gets creative for Art Week

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

Having low moments and experiencing negative feelings is not uncommon. But it’s the expression of those thoughts that will always help. This is what the University of Notre Dame aims to do this week.


From Monday (2/5/16) to Friday (6/5/16), the university is holding Art Week to raise awareness of student mental well-being through creativity. Notre Dame students will showcase their talents in acts that they have worked to bring to you. They range from performance arts to stand-up comedy. During this colourful week you will also get a chance to:

  • Chat to counselors to learn more about mental health and other issues
  • Eat at the BBQ which will be running every day (all proceeds go to charities who are also involved in promoting mental health)
  • Watch student-produced films at Notre Dame’s cinema screening
  • Wander Artist’s Alley and examine student artworks, talk to the artists themselves and create your own masterpiece
  • Participate in short workshops that will introduce you to the basic concepts of art and other fields of creativity
  • Get up close and personal with Notre Dame’s animal farm on Thursday (5/5/16)
  • See what more the university has to offer by saying hello to other clubs and societies at various tents

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Each day will begin at 11:30 am and end at 2:00 pm (daily Mass will occur from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm). This is a great event if you are interested in different forms of creativity, want to perform and support others performing or just want to have an enjoyable time (or everything above!)

Every year most universities dedicate a week to bring together their students. What unites us is our passion, inspirations and hard work. So come down if you’re free and join the University of Notre Dame students in raising awareness of mental health concerns. See you there and have a great week!


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