Symposium is a very special and unusual yearly happening. A festival, showcase and celebration of what our community has to offer. It is a sharing of thought, research, art, performance and practice by students, staff and invited guests.


To break out of the confines of individual curriculums, learning outcomes and typical year plans in order to collaborate across all borders. With a program that includes performances, installations, exhibitions, forums, talks and more; Symposium is an opportunity for our community to see itself in a fresh and unifying light.


To do what we do best: create, collaborate, innovate and connect”

– Raymi Ortuste Quiroga, Creative Director

This year’s event ran from 11-14 April and saw a huge variety of incredible activities, where students, staff and industry came together to celebrate.

Here is a flavour of just some of the work that was delivered:

  • outdoor production Run to the Nuns, a brand new piece of feminist gig-theatre in the Dome
  • busking stage (open mic)
  • 2 original shows in our Rose Theatre
  • Aphrodite the 1st ‘Wonderful Forgotten Woman’ – Drag Artist Aphrodite the First presented a collection of femme-fatals
  • Semi-Detached – with the biggest cast in Symposium history

Vice principal Mary Oliver said, “It was an absolute delight to be on campus during this event. From the scenic design to immersive and playful events, busking, cabaret, interviews, performances, installations and workshops, panels and artist in residence that our students both led and created.  It was a magical event which showed us at our best.”

Full Symposium website

Images by Lilli Fisher and Mandy Kayling