School of the Arts, English and Media

School of the Arts, English and Media

In the School of the Arts, English and Media (TAEM) we create graduates who hit the ground running. Our students learn by doing.  Our teachers are specialists in their fields passing on important knowhow in order to thrive within the Creative Industries.

Wrong Skin wins Australian Podcast of the YearWrong Skin podcast

Associate Professor in Journalism, Siobhan McHugh was a consulting producer on 'Wrong Skin' - a podcast by The Age, which has just won the Best Investigative Podcast and Australian Podcast of the Year at the Australian Podcast Awards.

It also won a Quill for Broadcasting from the Melbourne Press Club. With the Judge describing 'Wrong Skin' as 'the best example of what podcasting can be for journalism,' this podcast about Aboriginal lovers who disappeared in the Kimberley region in 1994 is one for us all to hear.  

Dr Mark Rodgers wins Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwrights AwardMark Rogers - Sydney Theatre Company Award

Congratulations to Dr Mark Rodgers who has received the Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwrights Award for his work Superheroes.

111 scripts were submitted anonymously for the 2018 Patrick White Playwrights Award for an original, unproduced play. It was Mark Rogers’ play, Superheroes, which most impressed the judges.

Told through interspersed monologues that come together in a simple and beautiful collision, this play tells the stories of two women on opposite sides of the world, connected by questions of responsibility that they must grapple with. Superheroes received a rehearsed reading directed by STC Richard Wherrett Fellow Shari Sebbens, and performed by Aleks Mikic, Teresa Moore and Adele Perovic.

Mark Rogers is a playwright and theatre-maker living in the Illawarra. He holds a PhD from the University of Wollongong, where he lectures in theatre and performance. His previous work as a playwright includes: The Pecking Order (Shopfront Arts Co-Op, Commission) Tom William Mitchell (Merrigong-X), Plastic (Old 505 Theatre), We’ll Become Good People, You’ll See (Crack Theatre Festival), Target Audience (Novelty UK), The Buck (Rock Surfers, Bondi Feast), Soothsayers (Brisbane Festival: Under The Radar), Blood Pressure (Rock Surfers, Old Fitzroy Theatre) and Gobbledygook (PACT, AC Arts Adelaide).

One More Hour

LHA - One more hour - performance poster

One More Hour is a student production performed by 3rd year Bachelor of Performance and a creative team from Creative Arts (Theatre).

Director: Catherine McKinnon
Assistant Director: Lily Hayman (BCA Honours Candidate)

Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 May 2019
Performance Space 25.168
Tickets: $23, $16 concession, $12 TAEM students



the doorway to all your hopes and dreams LHA - the doorway to all your hopes and dreams

the doorway to all your hopes and dreams features third year Bachelor of Performance students.

Writer: Lachlan Philpott
Director: Linda Luke

Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th May 2019, 8pm
Performance Space, Room 25.168, Building 25



A Message From Professor Theo Farrell FAcSS, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Global Climate Change

Global climate change week (GCCWeek) is an international initiative that originated at UOW in 2015. It aims to encourage university communities – including academics, students, and professional staff – across all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, local stakeholders, and policy makers on climate change.

I’d like to encourage LHA staff and students to get involved in GCCWeek this year (14-20 October). This is an opportunity to get involved in what is arguably the most pressing challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century.


For those interested in participating in GCCWeek or in finding out more, please contact Keith Horton


TAEM's Tom Williams wins The NSW Arts Minister Award for Visual Storytelling

Tom Williams - Mikayla, Nathan and daughter Nevaeh (self-portrait by Mikayla)

Congratulations to Photography technician & academic Tom Williams, who is the inaugural recipient of The NSW Arts Minister Award for Visual Storytelling.

Tom’s work is on display as part of the State Library NSW Head On Photo Festival. View online or in the State Library from 4 May.

Image: Mikayla, Nathan and daughter Nevaeh (self-portrait by Mikayla)

Student Initiated Projects (SIP) CALLOUT - Exhibition

Current second and third year students in the BCA Visual Arts, Visual Arts & Design and/or Media Arts - it's time to get your proposal in to undertake a group exhibition.

Proposals due: Friday 31 May 2019

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San DiegoJackyRedgateMirrors

TAEM's Dr Jacky Redgate has been selected as a featured photographer in the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) exhibition, Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia.

Nominated by five Australian senior curators of photography & selected as a finalist by the MOPA Executive Director and Chief Curator, this is a fantastic achievement by Jacky. 

On view at MOPA, San Diego until 22 September 2019.
Fully illustrated catalog available for purchase from MOPA’s website.

Image: Jacky Redgate, Light Throw (Mirrors) #4, 2010-2011
©Courtesy the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne


Sue Turnbull's work goes global (or globale as the Italians would say)SueTurnbullBooktranslation

As if it wasn't enough for TAEM's Senior Professor Sue Turnbull to receive stellar reviews for her book 'The TV Crime Drama,' she has also now had it translated for distribution in Italy. This kind of international reach is something to be celebrated and a massive achievement for any academic. Congratulations Sue! 

Original Publication details: The TV Crime Drama, Edinburgh University Press, June 2014.
Translation: CRIME Storia, miti e personaggi delle serie TV più popolari


Teo Treloar’s work on display in prestigious exhibition, The National

Teo Treloar Artist MainUOW Visual Arts lecturer Teo Treloar explored his own experiences with depression in his latest body of work The Black Captain. 

The National 2019: New Australian Art exhibition opens on 29 March 2019 at AGNSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Image: Paul Jones

Dr Joshua Lobb publishes new novel

Dr Joshua Lobb

Congratulations to Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Dr Joshua Lobb, who has published a new novel with Sydney University Press.

The Flight of Birds is a novel in twelve stories, each of them compelled by an encounter between the human and animal worlds. The birds in these stories inhabit the same space as humans, but they are also apart, gliding above us. The Flight of Birds explores what happens when the two worlds meet.

Dr Lobb will launch his new book at Collins Booksellers in Thirroul on 29 March.

Picture: Adam McLean via Illawarra Mercury  

South Western Sydney Mural Project

For Adi Holmes, studying International Studies and Laws at UOW's South Western Sydney campus is supporting her determination to become a human right lawyer and advocate for the Free West Papua movements.

Her story of strength is being illustrated by artist and UOW Creative Arts alumna, Claire Foxton, via a giant vibrant mural in the heart of Liverpool.

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