MR Robert Walton

MR Robert Walton

Positions

  • Creativity and Emerging Media (Performance, Art, Installation, Smartphones, Mobile Screens, Transmedia, Tablets, Immersion)
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (Contemporary Practices, Actor Training, Performance Making)
  • Live Art (Contemporary Practices, immersive performance, intimate performance, site specific performance, physical theatre, performance art, body art)

Overview

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  • Robert Walton is “an original and talented thinker and theatre maker” (The Times, UK), who has created, directed and devised over 30 shows. His work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. A creative trailblazer, Robert has been credited with creating “the world’s first piece of iPad theatre” (The Independent, UK) and has toured his work in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

    Since relocating to Australia in 2011, he has continued to push creative boundaries and develop new and innovative collaborations and partnerships. Robert co-curated the season of Australian dance and performance works for Culture 2014, The XXth Commonwealth Games Glasgow to wide critical acclaim. In association with Arts House, Robert initiated In Your Hands, a three-year project with four teams of artists and app developers creating new hybrid art works exploring the potential of theatre on mobile devices in public space. With funding from the Australia Council for the Arts Robert co-created Vanitas, an artwork app for smartphones and cemeteries, which forms part of his ongoing research into ‘ubiquitous theatres’ at The University of Melbourne.

    Robert trained as a theatre maker at Dartington College of Arts (England) and as a technologist in The University of Glasgow’s Master of Science in Information Technology (Software and Systems) programme. From 2004-2011 Robert was the Lead Programmer for New Work Network (UK), creating the world’s first social networking site for artists.

    Robert co-founded and was the co-artistic director of two theatre companies in Glasgow, Reader Performance Group and Fish & Game. In Higher Education he has held the leadership roles of Associate Head of Performance and Programme Leader BA Contemporary Performance Practice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Head of Theatre and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

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Affiliation

Member of

  • Higher Education Academy. Fellow 2011 -
  • Culture 2014 for The XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow. Curator, Hot: New Dance and Performance from Australia 2011 - 2014
  • Next Wave Curatorial Committee. Selection committee for Kickstart Programme and Next Wave Festival representing theatre and performance 2011 - 2014
  • St Martin's Youth Art Centre, Melbourne. Artisitic Council Member 2013
  • Fish & Game. Co-Founder and Artistic Director 2005 - 2013
  • Reader Performance Group. Co-Founder and Artistic Director 2001 - 2005

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Investigator on

  • Contract

    • Child of Now  awarded by Victorian Arts Centre Trust 2018 - 2019
    • Vanitas  awarded by SUNSHINE COAST COUNCIL 2018
    • Vanitas  awarded by MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL 2018

Awards

Education and training

  • PGCERT, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2011
  • MSC, The University of Glasgow 2004
  • BA (Hons), Dartington College of Arts 2001

Awards and honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2018 - Victorian College of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, 2018
  • Feasibility Study Funding - Child of Now - Arts Centre Melbourne, City of Melbourne, 2018
  • PVI Collective and Blast Theory International Residency, Australia Council For The Arts, 2018
  • The Webby Award - Nomination - Art & Experimental Mobile Sites & Apps, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, 2018
  • Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk), Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts, 2015
  • Positive Champion Award - Received on behalf of The Victorian College of the Arts, Living Positive Victoria, 2015
  • Dean's Discretionary Fund - Delegation of students & staff to attend UNESCO International Theatre Institute Asia-Pacific Bureau of Drama Schools, University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk and Benalla), Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts, 2014
  • Special Project Funding - ENUF is Enough project in collaboration with Living Positive Victoria, VCA Foundation Board, 2014
  • Digital Theatre Fund with Arts House Melbourne, Australia Council For The Arts, 2014
  • Regional Training and Engagement Fund - ‘Three Performances of Community’ project in partnership with Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts, 2013
  • Conference and Creative Research Activity Fund, University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), 2011
  • Made in Scotland - Curated Edinburgh Festivals Showcase Fund, Creative Scotland, 2011
  • National Touring Fund, Scottish Arts Council, 2008
  • Seed Funding, Scottish Arts Council, 2006
  • SURGE! Commission, Tramway, Glasgow, 2006
  • Creative Lab Residency 2005 (year long), Centre for Contemporary Art, 2005
  • Creative Lab Residency 2004 (year long), Centre for Contemporary Art, 2004
  • Dark Lights Commission, Tramway, Glasgow, 2003

Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Robert welcomes research proposals from students who are interested in creative, practice-led projects particularly in the fields of live art, contemporary theatre, experimental performance, multimedia and transmedia performance, performance art, intimate and immersive performance, body art, and actor and performer training.