Dr Michael Shirrefs (PhD Hist.)

 


 

Professional

 

2021-present

Adjunct Research Fellow—Department of Archaeology & History—La Trobe University, Melbourne

 

2021-present

Composer and Sound Designer—Independent theatre and dance productions

 

2017

Guest Lecturer—Media & Communications faculty at the Hochschule Ansbach in Bavaria, Germany

 

2015-present

Producer—Squawk Studios

 

1993-2015ABC Radio National

 

2013-2015

Features ProducerInto The Music360 Documentaries & Hindsight

 

2012

Presenter & Series ProducerCreative Instinct

 

2009-2011

Features ProducerArtworks

 

2008-2009

Features ProducerHindsight

 

2005-2008

Executive Producer/CreatorThe Book Show

 

2004-2005

A/Executive Producer—ABC RN’s Arts Talk Unit

 

1993-2005

Producing Radio National programs: The Europeans, Sightings, Sports Factor, Media Report, Law Report, Arts National, Arts Talk, Sunday Morning Arts, Arts Today, Deep End, Books & Writing

 

1990-1993—Based in London

 

Kensington Palace State Apartments and Court Dress Collection

Building digital catalogue for museum’s collection

 

Editor of an 11 volume set of books—The History of Kensington Palace & Gardens

 

Technical support in the installation of exhibitions

 

VideoVox—audio & video production company

Audio production of talking books & language tapes for companies like Usborne Publishing

 

Sound production for location audio & video productions

 

1984-1990—Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 

Radio Operations—3LO, Classic FM, Radio National, Radio Australia

Audio engineering and sound design for music, drama & voice productions

 

Technical production for live broadcasts

 

Transmission supervision for all networks

 

1979-1984—The Age newspaper—John Fairfax & Sons

Admin and clerical

 


 

Education

 

2016-2021

PhD (History)—La Trobe University, Melbourne

 

2019-present

Training for BPL—Balloon Pilot Licence

 

2017-present

Training for PPL—Fixed-Wing Pilot’s Licence—Lilydale Flying School

 

2016-2017

Gained Recreational Pilot’s Licence (RPL)

 

2013-2015

Studying German language at the Goethe-Institut

 

1995-1998

BA Fine Art (Printmaking)—RMIT University—Melbourne

 

1990-1993

Fine Art / Printmaking—Morley College—London

 

1984-1986

Radio Operations Training—Australian Broadcasting Corporation—Melbourne

 


 

Selected Radio Features

 

2019

Walter Benjamin: Multimedia prototype?— radio feature, The Philosopher’s Zone
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

2018

The fate of the Common Good—radio feature, The Philosopher’s Zone
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

2016

Crisis & Creativity—4-part radio feature, Earshot
produced by Michael Shirrefs & Lyn Gallacher

 

2015

Requiems for the 21st Century—radio feature, Earshot
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

2014

Monolingual in a Multilingual World—radio feature, 360documentariesABC RN
,
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

Hungary: Democracy Distorted—radio feature, The Law ReportABC RN
,
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

A Place Called Morley—radio feature, Into The MusicABC RN
,
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

2013

Remotely Connected—radio feature, 360documentariesABC RN
,
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

Acoustic Architecture—radio feature, Into The MusicABC RN
,
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

Green Tights and Camomile Tea—radio feature, 360documentariesABC RN
,
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

Gaspard de la Nuit—radio feature, Into The MusicABC RN
,
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

2012

Who Is Germany?—3 part radio feature, Creative Instinct, ABC RN
produced & presented by Michael Shirrefs

 

Potters Re-Caste—radio feature, Creative InstinctABC RN
produced & presented by Michael Shirrefs

 

Antoni Tàpiesradio feature, Creative InstinctABC RN
produced & presented by Michael Shirrefs

 

2011

The Art of Being Europe—inaugural RMIT EU Centre annual lecture
presented by Dr Lyn Gallacher & Michael Shirrefs

 

The Worlds of Tove Jansson—radio feature, Artworks, ABC RN
produced & presented by Michael Shirrefs

 

Brussels & the Art of the Graphic Novel—radio feature, Artworks, ABC RN
produced & presented by Michael Shirrefs

 

2009

Joy, terror and the calling the unknown—radio feature, The Night Air, ABC RN
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 

Truganini : Bushranger—radio feature, HindsightABC RN
produced by Michael Shirrefs

 


 

Writing & Talks

 

2021

History in the making: How long-form journalism frames contemporary histories, building mosaics out of ruins, fragments and ephemera—PhD Thesis, La Trobe University, 2021

 

2018

Germany: Globally-minded from birth? The pianoforte example—chapter for edited book German-Australian Encounters and Cultural Transfers: Global Dynamics in Transnational Lands, Publ. Springer, 2018

 

Memory of a Basque Future—article for The Identity Papers website

 

The Random Power of Fear—article for The Identity Papers website

 

Don’t Call Europe Tribal!—article for The Identity Papers website

 

2016

The Reckoning: Truth & Illusion with Borders—article for The Identity Papers website

 

2015

The Low Moral High-Ground— article for The Identity Papers website

 

2014

Collected Works: Inside Museums & Libraries—panelist for Melbourne Writers’ Festival event

 

The Lost Cities of Paris and Melbourne—panelist for State Library of Victoria event,
as part of their Victor Hugo Les Miserables: from Page to Stage exhibition

 

2013

Crucial Europe: European-Australian Relations Today—talk delivered to the Europe in the 21st century: Power, leadership & crisis Summer school for secondary school teachers—a collaboration of the Monash European and EU Centre, the ANU Centre for European Studies, the European Union Centre at RMIT and the National Centre for Research on Europe in New Zealand, with support of the European Commission and the Delegation of the EU to Australia.

 

2012

Asia+Europe=Australia—public forum at North Melbourne Art House—also broadcast on Big IdeasABC RN
H.E. David Daly (EU Ambassador to Australia), H.E. Patrick Renault (Belgian Ambassador to Australia), Lesley Alway (Director, Asialink Arts Program), David Pledger (Artistic Director of Not Yet It’s Difficult),
chaired by Michael Shirrefs

 

Art and Culture in France and AustraliaMelbourne Salon at Alliance Française
David Pledger (Artistic Director of Not Yet It’s Difficult) in conversation with Michael Shirrefs

 

2010

Adventures with an Atlas—article in Explorations No 48, June 2010—the journal of ISFAR
written by Michael Shirrefs

 

2000

Revisualising von Guerard’s Tower Hillpaper to Visualization Committee of the International Cartographic Association,
presented by Michael Shirrefs

 


 

Arts Output

 

2023

Wild Woods, (it’s no) drama theatre production, Lyric Theatre, Leongatha
Composer & Sound Designer

 

Front Foot|Back Beat, community dance theatre production, Fish Creek Hall
Composer & Musician

 

2022

Solastalgia & Tomorrow, group exhibition, Climarte Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne
sound design collaboration with Bridget Nicholson

 

Action Station, community dance theatre production, Fish Creek Hall
Composer & Musician

 

2021

Fill The Void, community dance theatre production, Meeniyan Hall
Composer & Musician

 

2013

Radio Yak Yak, sound installation, part of Yak Yak,International group show at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, highlighting the rise of transnational rural arts networks
Artist

 

2010

Paris to Melbourne with an Atlas, celebrating 120 years of Alliance Française de Melbourne
Artist & Curator

 

2006-present

Music and sound design for radio documentaries
Composer & Musician

 

2000

Unravelling Morandi, artist book (edition of 4), purchased by Banyule Art Collection, Geelong Art Gallery & two private collections
Artist

 

Korean/Australian Cultural Exchange Print Exhibition, Melbourne
Artist

 

1999

Geelong Art Prize Exhibition, Geelong
Artist

 

1998

Formally Known As Prints, Gallery 101, Melbourne
Artist

 

Shell Fremantle Print Award Exhibition, Fremantle
Artist

1994

Swan Street Spectacle, Dimmeys Department Store, Melbourne
Artist

 

1984-1989

Five Lose Timmy, Melbourne-based indie band
Musician & Composer

 


 

Awards

 

2016-2020

Australian Postgraduate Award

 

2012

German Grant for Journalism 2012

 

2009-2010

Creative Fellowship, State Library of Victoria

 

2009

First Prize (Plain Sponge), Foster & District Agricultural Show

 

1998

Highly Commended, Shell Fremantle Print Award

 


 

Travel

 

2018

USA—San Francisco and Berkeley—travelling and recording interviews for a radio program The Fate of the Common Good

 

2017

Europe—UK & Germany—travelling in the UK, recording interviews in Scotland & guest lecturing at Hochschule Ansbach in Bavaria

 

Europe—Germany, Austria, Estonia, Spain & France—researching for PhD on Europe and recording material for a 4 part radio series, supported by La Trobe University

 

2016

Europe—Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy & UK—collecting material for the radio series Crisis & Creativity, supported by the RMIT EU Centre

 

2015

Europe—Ireland, Switzerland & Germany—travelling and collecting material for a series on borders and refugees

 

2014-2015

USA—New York and Pennsylvania—travelling and recording interviews for a radio program on the Moravian Brethren, and a program on the fate of the common good

 

2013-2014

Europe—Belgium, Germany & Czech Republic—recording interviews for a radio feature Hungary: Democracy distorted?, undertaking a German language intensive at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin and travelling

 

2012

Europe—Germany & Belgium—collecting material for the radio series Who is Germany?
sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, the German Government & the European Union

 

India—collecting material for the a series of features on Creative Instinct on ABC RN,
sponsored by the Australia-India Council to celebrate the AIC’s 20th anniversary

 

2010-2011

Europe—Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Estonia, France & the UK—working on a radio series The Art of Being Europe, plus researching French archives for State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship project

 

2009-2010

France & Armenia—researching French archives for State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship project, plus researching radio project in Armenia

 

1999-2000

Europe—UK, France and Spain—travelling

 

1990-1993

Europe—Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, UK & Egypt—living in London, working and travelling

 

1981

United Kingdom—travelling

 


 

Other

 

2022-present

Executive Secretary—Manna Gum Community House—Foster, Victoria

 

2021-present

Committee Member—Manna Gum Community House—Foster, Victoria

 

2020-2022

Committee Member—Balloon Association of Victoria Executive

 

2013-2019

Member of the State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowships Judging Committee

 

2011-2017

Member of ISFAR—Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations

 

2006-present

Writer Full Member of APRA—Australian Performing Right Association