2018 Conference

ACUADS 2018 Conference

The 2018 ACUADS Conference was held in Perth, Western Australia on the 27th and 28th of September 2018. The conference was co-hosted by Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and North Metropolitan TAFE in conjunction with UAMA (University Art Museums Australia).

27-28 September 2018
Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, and North Metropolitan TAFE.

ISBN: 978-0-9758360-4-0

The 2018 ACUADS conference considered Art and Design in Transition.

The Guardian remarked last year, ‘there has been more change in the public sphere in the last 20 years than in the previous two centuries’.[1]Politics now struggles to keep pace with the social media revolution, and the aesthetic realm is now more politically charged than ever.  And these same upheavals in media and communications are overturning the very institution of the university within society.  What is to be the true purpose of the university in this new landscape and how might it best serve the needs of a society that increasingly sees its considered contemplation and expertise as irrelevant, or even an elitist threat? The great experiment of bringing art within the halls of the University has met new challenges as society shifts – as the needs of the wider community undergo seismic change it is no longer possible to rely on traditional approaches to teaching and learning within art and design schools. Against this restless and precarious backdrop, this conference takes pause to consider possible strategies for art and design education to transition meaningfully alongside the emerging needs of society. So, what are the new concerns and questions art and design are asked to address?  In what ways might art and design form new and unexpected partnerships with other disciplines? Or should art and design instead consolidate their disciplinary uniqueness?  In a world where artificial intelligence and robotics are expected to overthrow long-held beliefs about employment, skills and human agency, what role might empathy and emotion in art and design bring to our immanent future?

We invited papers from academics, art teachers and postgraduate students on topics relating to Transition and its need and use within contemporary Art and Design practice and pedagogy. Papers and roundtable proposals sought to address topics including, but not limited to:

  • Transition in studio practice – strategies for creative practice
  • Transition through collaboration – collaboration within the academy and/or with industry
  • Transition in learning and teaching – work integrated learning, online delivery and quality
  • Transition and the funding imperative – efficiencies and opportunities
  • Transition and the gallery – curation and collecting – museums and galleries
  • Transition within Art and Design – the nexus of Art and Design
  • Transition in the public sphere – Art and Design in the public sphere, Design in public and public Art



Dr Bruce Slatter (Co-Convenor)

Dr Paul Uhlmann (Co-Convenor)

Dr Andrea Wood, Edith Cowan University

For submission enquiries: acuads2018@ecu.edu.au 

[1]Viner, K. In this turbulent era of political and social shocks, the media must define its values and principalsGuardian Weekly, 22/12/17


All the papers published here were subject to a process of double-blind peer review at both abstract (acceptance) and final paper stage (publication). Abstracts were revised and resubmitted following an initial stage of peer review. Final papers were reviewed by their authors subsequent to a further final stage of peer review. The papers were then subject to minor editing to ensure they are as free of errors as possible and that they consistently comply with the conference style guide.


On the Numerical Education of Art and Aesthetics
A/Prof Brogan Bunt (University of Wollongong)
Keeping it real: Student collaboration with industry
Dr Jo Jung (Edith Cowan University), Dr Hanadi Haddad (Edith Cowan University)
Alternatives to work placements: Real live projects for social impact
Dr Mieke Leppens (Torrens University), Nina Starkey (Torrens University)
Landscape Art and Attention Restoration Theory
Bridgette Minuzzo (University of South Australia)
Creating New Pathways to Equity in Higher Degree Research
Dr Katherine Moline (University of New South Wales)
Digital Sabbath and the Digital Distraction
Dr Julia Morris (Edith Cowan University), Dr Lisa Paris (Curtin University), Dr Annette Nykiel (Edith Cowan University)
Artist as Bricoleuse
Dr Annette Nykiel (Edith Cowan University)