Professor Cat Hope announced as Vice President of the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts

Today, the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) welcomes Professor Cat Hope as its newest Vice President.

The DDCA was formed in 2013 to advance the culture of scholarship in the creative arts higher education sector, offer strong leadership and advocacy for strategic development, and advocate more broadly for the role of the creative arts in society. The DDCA currently includes the majority of tertiary creative arts schools and faculties in Australia.

As the current head of Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Professor Hope brings a renewed focus on music to the Council. Both a prolific academic and an active musician and composer, Professor Hope’s career spans artistic collaborations with Australian visual artists including Tracey Moffat and Erin Coates, and time spent as the inaugural Associate Dean Research at WAAPA, Edith Cowen University.

“This is an important time for art in the tertiary sector,” Professor Hope states. “It is a time to highlight our contributions to both the broader university and arts communities outside of them.”

As Vice President, Professor Hope will work to advance DDCA’s goals, continue her support of its online publication, NiTRO, and champion the arts at a national level.

“Artistic research and the pedagogies of art and performance need a prominent and united voice to reinforce their value in what I see as challenging times for tertiary education and culture in Australia,” she states.

Monash Arts congratulates Professor Hope on her appointment.