Russell Milledge has a research background in creative arts which is expressed through the presentation of exhibitions and events annually. As a multidisciplinary artist, he has worked in the performance, dance and visual arts fields. He is represented in the collections of the QAGOMA and Cairns Art Gallery amongst others. He has contributed to the establishment of many of far north Queensland’s significant contemporary arts enterprises and spaces including as a founder of KickArts Contemporary Arts Ltd (now NorthSite), Bonemap and the New Move Network.

Russell attended the National Art School in Sydney, completed a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the Queensland University of Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy at James Cook University. Inspired by the unique social and educational value of the arts, he has contributed to many partnerships within the sector including Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns Festival, Indigenous Art Centre Alliance, Realtime Magazine, Ausdance, Queensland Artworkers Alliance, Queensland Regional Galleries Association, Eyeline Art Magazine amongst others. Current JCU internal engagement includes TEDxJCUCairns Technical Director, Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute, Tropical Urban Design Lab and Lecturer in Creative Arts specialising in media art.

Current research includes Co-chief Investigator on the innovative State of the Arts Report, a partnership with Cairns Regional Council to undertake a longitudinal evaluation of the social impact of arts and culture in the Cairns region 2018 - 2022.

Russell is also the curator of an important retrospective of artwork made by the Torres Strait Islander artist the late Billy Missi for NorthSite Contemporary Arts and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2020.

  • NM1014: Design Foundation (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • NM2003: Digital Imaging (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • NM2103: Information Design (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Creative Arts, Media Arts, Contemporary Performance, Art in Society
  • 2018 to present - Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2014 to present - TEDxJCUCairns Technical Director, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2008 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2013 - Digital Associate, Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2020 - Tropical Urban Design Lab, James Cook University

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Book Chapters
  • Milledge R (2008) Shared embrace. In: Blak Roots. KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, QLD, Australia, pp. 6-10
  • Milledge R (2008) Danalgaw Gidhal (stories about life). In: Billy Missi: Urapun Kai Buai: Contemporary lino prints from the Torres Strait. KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, QLD, Australia, pp. 8-10
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by Dr Russell Milledge from 2008 onwards.

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Cairns Regional Council - Contract Research

State of the Arts in Cairns

Indicative Funding
$110,000 over 6 years
Cairns Regional Council has aspirations to become the Arts and Culture Capital of Northern Australia and has embedded this in their Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022. This research works alongside the Strategy to: * Develop indicators that can measure the extent and change in the arts and creative industries over time (using Census data, Council/Stakeholder data) * Identify opportunities for growth in the creative sector (using the Culture Map, interviews with arts/culture industries). * To produce a State of the Arts in Cairns Report summarising the data and analysis (which can inform appropriate, place-based development of creative industries policies).
Lisa Law and Russell Milledge in collaboration with Bruce Prideaux (College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, Society & Education and Central Queensland University)
Cairns; Arts; cultural mapping; Culture; creative city; culture industries

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Visual World-Building: Developing a Conceptual Framework for Concept Design in Fantasy Role Playing Games (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Making of a Sustainable Arts and Cultural Precinct: Cairns Gallery Precinct (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Lines Drawn in the Sand: Re-establishing identity within isolated Northern Queensland and Tasmanian shorelines through wayfaring and contemporary jewellery praxis. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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