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21 March 2017
Olive Pink inspires Anne Boyd’s new orchestral work

The University’s first female Professor of Music, Anne Boyd AM, premieres her new orchestral work inspired by Australia’s first desert botanic garden, founded by anthropologist, artist, Aboriginal-rights activist and alumna Olive Muriel Pink (1884-1975).

01 February 2017
Liza Lim joins the University to nurture women composers

Highly-acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim, a leading figure of her generation internationally, joins the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to mentor and grow the reputation of women composers.

27 January 2017
Eye-popping art comes to Laneway Sydney

For the third year running, Sydney College of the Arts students and graduates will participate in a contemporary art exhibition for the Sydney leg of the 2017 St Jerome Laneway Festival on Saturday 4 February.

03 January 2017
For the love of science and music

The first entry in a series where we ask our students to tell us about their passions and pursuits outside of the sciences.

15 December 2016
Composer strikes a chord with people living with dementia

A University of Sydney student and composer, Cyrus Meurant, has collaborated with an Australian aged-care facility on a unique recording project that will be music to the ears of dementia sufferers.

28 November 2016
Charles Perkins Centre seeks its next Writer in Residence

Stella Prize-winning author Charlotte Wood is calling for Australia's most talented writers to seize unexpected creative opportunities by applying for the 2017 Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship.

22 November 2016
Macleay Museum closes its doors to make way for new museum

The Macleay Collection (along with the University’s Nicholson Museum and art collections) will be incorporated into the University’s new Chau Chak Wing Museum.

17 November 2016
Keeping creativity in the classrooms

If politicians and industry want creativity and collaboration, why are we taking all the fun out of learning, ask Professor Robyn Ewing and John Saunders.

16 November 2016
$5 million and a new location for the Chau Chak Wing Museum

The University of Sydney today announced a further donation of $5 million to help build its new Chau Chak Wing Museum, from The Ian Potter Foundation. 

09 November 2016
University authors win PM’s Literary Awards

Three University of Sydney authors have been awarded Prime Minister’s Literary Awards across a number of categories for 2016.

26 October 2016
A good dose of music promotes good health

Researchers from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music explain how music promotes good health within different Australian communities at the University’s Charles Perkins Centre on Friday, 28 October.

21 October 2016
Con tour brings centuries of music to regional NSW

Up to 30 tertiary musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will head west on a three-day road tour of the Blue Mountains, Bathurst and Orange to bring the music of Handel, Vivaldi and Bach and other classical music greats to regional New South Wales next week.

14 September 2016
Ten things you might not know about China

What happens in China today – from economic changes and political events, to cultural and social movements – has a huge impact on the rest of the world. As its global influence increases, what does the future hold?

13 September 2016
Margaret Harris to be Acting Dean of SCA

Professor Margaret Harris, the former Acting Dean of the Sydney College of Arts, will resume the role, taking over from Professor Colin Rhodes who has decided to move to a new role after 10 years.

06 September 2016
Conserving a concrete masterpiece

Sydney Opera House, as part of the Getty Foundation’s international Keeping It Modern grant program, collaborated with University of Sydney and Arup to explore ways to improve the consistency and range of data collected in the tap tests of the sails.

05 September 2016
Students tune into the blazing history of the Garden Palace

A group of young composers from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are collaborating with Kaldor Public Art Projects and Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones on a vast sculpture and sound installation barrangal dyara (skin and bones) that recalls Sydney’s Garden Palace for the 200th birthday celebrations of the Royal Botanic Garden.

30 August 2016
The Con receives major gift to grow regional buddy program

The University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music has received a $500,000 gift from the family of Sydney violinist and pianist Richard Pulley (1969-2014). The endowed gift will help expand the Con’s successful ‘buddy program’, which was set up three years ago to bridge the gap between city and regional music conservatoriums.

23 August 2016
10 ways an arts degree can change the world

Passion, new perspectives, and an understanding of the past and the future are some of the best ways to make a difference to our world, writes Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison.  

10 August 2016
Draft plan to bring SCA onto main campus

The University has released a draft change proposal that aims to fulfill a vision to bring SCA into the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) to Camperdown/Darlington campus.

04 August 2016
In praise of the Sirius building, a ruined remnant of idealistic times

With a ministerial refusal to act on the NSW Heritage Council’s findings, Sydney’s Sirius building has lost its heritage appeal. Demolition is now imminent and the building has been, philosophically at least, abandoned.