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Dr

Robert Walton

Senior Lecturer In Theatre (Acting)
Victorian College Of The Arts
Contemporary Practices
Immersion
Performance
Actor Training
Art and Science
Art
Installation
Performance Making
Computing and Performance
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Dr

Robert Walton

 
Division
Fine Arts And Music
 
Primary Interest
Theatre and Performance Studies
Robert Walton's Profile Picture
Dr

Robert Walton

 

Robert Walton (Aus/UK) is a conceptual, media and performance artist whose work includes theatre, choreography, installation, writing and interactive art. He trained in theatre 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.

His PhD from the University of Melbourne explored the creative use of mobile computing in performance events.
Before moving to Australia Robert co-founded two experimental art organisations in Scotland: Reader Performance Group and Fish & Game. These companies enabled Robert to create a wide range of experimental theatre, installation, immersive, interactive and site-specific performance works created with long-term collaborator Ivor MacAskill that toured Scotland, UK, Europe and to Australia. ‘Alma Mater’, their final work together, was credited as “the world’s first piece of iPad theatre” (The Independent, UK). Robert moved to Australia in 2011 to join the Theatre Department at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Robert curated the Australian dance and performance works for Culture 2014, The XX Commonwealth Games (Glasgow). He created Vanitas, nominated for best Art and Experimental Mobile App at the 2018 Webby Awards and two 2019 Greenroom Awards. In 2018 Robert was the inaugural Australia Council Artist in Residence at Blast Theory (UK). In 2019 he was commissioned by the City of Chicago to create Exhuming Johnny for the Goat Island Archive and the Year of Chicago Theatre.

In 2020 Robert is Resident Artist at the School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne working on projects that combine performance, computing and data for Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Connect. www.robertwalton.net

Projects

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Scholarly Works

Displaying the 10 most recent scholarly works by Robert Walton.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2019

Green Room Award - Nomination - Innovation in Site Responsive Performance - Vanitas

Green Room Awards Association

2019

Green Room Award - Nomination - Best Production - Vanitas

Green Room Awards Association

2019

Commissioned Artist for The Goat Island Archive and Chicago Year of Theater

City of Chicago

2019

Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist

Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago

2018

The Webby Award - Nomination - Art & Experimental Mobile Sites & Apps - Vanitas

International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

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

Excellence in Teaching Award 2018 - Victorian College of Arts

Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

2015

Positive Champion Award - Received on behalf of The Victorian College of the Arts

Living Positive Victoria

2015

Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk)

Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts

2015

Dean's Discretionary Fund - Delegation of students & staff to attend UNESCO International Theatre Institute Asia-Pacific Bureau of Drama Schools

University of Melbourne

2014

Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk and Benalla)

Creative Victoria and The Victorian College of the Arts

2014

Digital Theatre Fund with Arts House Melbourne

Australia Council For The Arts

2014

Special Project Funding - ENUF is Enough project in collaboration with Living Positive Victoria

VCA Foundation Board

2013

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

2012

Conference and Creative Research Activity Fund

University of Melbourne

2011

Made in Scotland - Curated Edinburgh Festivals Showcase Fund

Creative Scotland

2008

National Touring Fund

Scottish Arts Council

2006

Seed Funding

Scottish Arts Council

2006

SURGE! Commission

Tramway, Glasgow

2005

Creative Lab Residency 2005 (year long)

Centre for Contemporary Art

2004

Creative Lab Residency 2004 (year long)

Centre for Contemporary Art

2003

Dark Lights Commission

Tramway, Glasgow

2011

FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)


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Awards

Credentials

Positions

Positions


Senior Lecturer In Theatre (Acting)

Victorian College Of The Arts

Curator, Hot: New Dance And Performance From Australia

Culture 2014 for The XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Fellow

Higher Education Academy

Co-Founder And Artistic Director

Fish & Game

Co-Founder And Artistic Director

Reader Performance Group

Education

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Teaching and Learning in Higher Arts Education

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Master of Science Information Technology

The University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Theatre

Dartington College of Arts

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