IN what is being described as a coup for La Trobe University Mildura, multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator, Dr Kylie Banyard, PICTURED, will join the local team as a Visual Arts lecturer.

Kylie boast seven years undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in Australia’s leading art and design colleges, including teaching an extensive range of courses in painting, drawing, photo-media, interdisciplinary and experimental studies.

She has also staged significant solo exhibitions while participating in major curated group exhibitions in Australia’s leading contemporary art galleries, while being named a recent finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.

Kylie’s arrival in Mildura comes at an important time, as La Trobe recently launched its refreshed Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) degree at the Mildura Campus.

The revamped degree has been designed to place students at the centre of the creative process. according to Kylie.

“At La Trobe, students explore contemporary visual art through a studio-based curriculum, allowing them to work across disciplines and mediums to develop their own artistic practices,” she said.

“Students are supported by the strong academic and professional mentorship of staff, who are all professional artists.

“They learn the practical and conceptual skills to produce works that respond to the world around them.”

Kylie said La Trobe’s impact on the community was also inspiring.

“Offering people access and participation in higher education in this region is one of the things that attracted me to work for La Trobe, and prompted my move from Sydney to Mildura,” she said.

“I hope to make a meaningful cultural and educational contribution to this community and continue La Trobe’s proud tradition of social mobility and inclusion.”

Head of La Trobe’s Mildura campus, Dr Deb Neal, said it was exciting to have someone of Kylie’s calibre teaching in Mildura.

“In the short time Kylie has been here her passion has been so evident in the work she is doing and the relationships and opportunities she is driving for the university, and for the Creative Arts students, both current and future,” she said.

“It is an exciting time if you are considering studying an arts program at La Trobe, with many unique opportunities being developed with local industry, the La Trobe Art Institute and of course Kylie’s expertise enriching the students learning experience.”

Dr Neal said Kylie’s teaching experience, combined with her Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Arts) and artistic portfolio, was sure to bring La Trobe’s Visual Arts Degree to life.

“Kylie will be chatting with potential students as part of La Trobe’s upcoming Open Day on Wednesday, August 16, and I encourage those interested to come and have a chat,” she said.

More information on La Trobe’s Creative Arts program, and the upcoming Open Day, is available online at www.latrobe.edu.au.