Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | November 27th 2015

Jobs Grimwade Collection Curator, The Ian Potter Museum of Art – deadline 13th December 2015 Curator, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum – deadline 4th December 2015 International Associate Lecturer Illustration and Animation, Ruskin University – deadline 29th November Postdoctoral Fellowships at Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), Nanyang Technological University – deadline 15th January 2015 Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Associate Director for Collections, Research & Education – deadline 17th February 2016 Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellowship, Bard Graduate Center – deadline 15th December 2015 Postdoctoral fellowships, Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin (October 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017) – deadline 15th January 2016 Funding and Prizes Curatorial Fellowship at the Kunsthalle (18 months) – deadline 21st December…

Open Studios in the West 


  Open Studios in the West, presented by Maribyrnong City Council, as part of the Big West Festival 2015. The Open Studios weekend is in its eight year. This weekend a number of artists will open their studios to the public. The studios range from a back shed to a lounge room, gallery studios and warehouses. Watch a demonstration, listen to a spot talk, purchase a work directly from the artist or attend a free workshop. Explore the diverse artist studios located in and around Footscray with a self-guided tou. Date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November, 10am-4pm See more at

News | MUMA appoints two new roles: Senior Curator and Research Curator


   Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) welcomes two new curators to our team: Hannah Mathews as Senior Curator and Helen Hughes as Research Curator. MUMA’s Director, Charlotte Day says ‘We are thrilled with these new appointments, which fill important curatorial positions within our team and we are really looking forward to working with Hannah and Helen in the new year’. Hannah Mathews is an experienced curator who has worked with contemporary art organisations such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Sydney Biennale, as well as working prolifically as an independent project initiator and director. She has an impressive track record of ambitious projects including Framed Movements, ACCA (2014),…

Panel Discussion | Australian Surrealism | NGV International

Max Dupain
Australia 1911–92
Surrealist study 1938 
gelatin silver photograph 
45.9 x 35.5 cm (image)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (NGA 2007.949)
Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM, 2007

Surrealism had a profound impact on Australian art and creative life. The movement encouraged young artists such as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and James Gleeson to challenge conventions, forever changing the Australian art world. Discover the rich legacy of Surrealism on Australian art, past and present, in a conversation between an artist, curators and an academic. Speakers Tim Schultz, Artist Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV Date: 2pm Saturday 28th August 2015 Venue:  NGV Australia Booking required: $16 M / $20 A / $18 C Book online.

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | November 20th 2015

Jobs Associate Lecturer in Byzantine Studies, Macquarie University – deadline 13th December 2015 Curator of Australian Art, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory – deadline 30th November 2015   Assistant Director, Corporate Services, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory – deadline 30th November 2015 Assistant Director, Content and Innovation, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory – deadline 30th November 2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term), Pacific Presences: Oceanic Art and European Museums, University of Cambridge – deadline 11th December 2015 Fellowship, Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Berlin – deadline January 15, 2016 Funding Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Fellowships, State Library Queensland – deadline 24th November 2015 Bodleian Visiting Fellowships 2016-17 – deadline 14th December…

Petition | Save Ashgate Publishing


Earlier this year Ashgate Publishing was bought by Informa, owners of the academic publishing group Taylor & Francis. At the time Informa said that Ashgate’s ‘experienced team and strong brands will be highly complementary to our other major HSS [humanities and social sciences] brand, Routledge, the world’s largest English language publisher of academic content in HSS disciplines.’ But, now there is news that Ashgate’s US offices are to close on the 25th November, and it seems the a proposal to close the UK offices is ‘in discussion.’ This is seriously bad news for humanities scholars, including those working in art history. Ashgate has been a supportive publisher of humanities research, including new and emerging areas of scholarship, and of early…

Open Studios | Gertrude Contemporary Art

Gertrude Contemporary

Saturday 21st November 12-4:30pm | 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy Facebook event page:   Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Artists will open their studios to the public for the afternoon of Saturday the 21st of November 2015, from 12 noon until 4:30pm. The annual Open Studios day is an exclusive opportunity to visit the sixteen studios upstairs, view works in progress, and meet with the artists. It complements the annual Gertrude Studios exhibition, which is currently on display. Gertrude’s current Studio Artists are: Brooke Babington, Ross Coulter, Sarah crowEST, Eric Demetriou, Fayen d’Evie, Søren Dahlgaard, Debris Facility, Hamishi Farah, Helen Grogan, Minna Gilligan, Ry Haskings, Claire Lambe, Adelle Mills, Tully Moore, Sean Peoples, and Danae Valenza. In Studio 18, a project entitled…

Survey | Wellcome Trust survey on Third Party Image Permissions for Electronic Publications

A survey by the Wellcome Trust aims to gather information about the challenges faced by researchers who want to publish images in ebooks and online. We are trying to learn about the challenges researchers face when wanting to use images from third parties in electronic publications such as e-books and online articles. “Third party” includes image providers like the Tate, V&A, Wellcome Images, Getty Images, etc. We want your feedback to help us find out how best we can alleviate some of these problems. You can take the survey here:

News | Rose Hiscock to leave MAAS in Sydney for new Science Gallery at Melbourne University


Rose Hiscock will leave her role as Director at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney to take up the inaugural directorship of the new Science Gallery in Melbourne. The Science Gallery Melbourne is the latest museum from the SCience Gallery Network. The first one opened in DUblin in 2008 and it describes itself as The network apparently has plans to establish Science Galleries in eight cities around the world by 2020, with the first new gallery opening in London in 2017. For more information visit: From the University of Melbourne (press release here): Professor Karen Day, Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne underlined the benefits that a Science Gallery Melbourne could bring both to…

News | NGV announces ‘Degas’ as the 2016 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition

Edgar Degas
Family portrait also called The Bellelli family 1858–69
oil on canvas
201 x 249.5 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Lemoisne 79 (RF 2210)
© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

The NGV today announced that next year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition would be Degas: A New Vision. The major retrospective is being developed by both the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, it will open in June 2016 in Melbourne and then travel to Houston in October 2016. After two winter exhibitions based around collections (the Prado in 2014 and the Hermitage in 2015) the NGV is returning to an exhibition based around a single artist. The last such exhibition was Monet in 2013, though single artist exhibitions have been few and far between in the NGV’s winter programming. At the same time they are returning to familiar (and typically popular) territory with nineteenth-century French…

Acquisitions | NGV acquires double-sided German Expressionist ‘degenerate’ painting


News from the NGV that they have acquired a German Expressionist painting by Erich Heckel, co-founder of the German Expressionist group Die Brücke (The Bridge) which was founded in Dresden in 1905. The canvas is painted on both sides with the joyous Great dancing pair, 1923, and Landscape by the fjord, 1939, on its reverse. Erich Heckel’s Great dancing pair, 1923, will be on display at NGV International in the Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery, from Saturday 7 November. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Free entry. From the NGV While the NGV Collection includes prints by German Expressionist artists including Heckel, this is the very first painting by a member of the important movement to enter…

Conference | Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Art Conservation Research Network (APTCCARN) in Taiwan


Staff and recent graduates of the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (GCCMC), University of Melbourne are taking part in the 4th Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Art Conservation Research Network (APTCCARN) conference. From November 25-27 APTCCARN will hold their 4th meeting at the Conservation Centre, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan. With a focus on Asia Pacific’s diverse climate and history, the meeting aims to embrace cultural materials conservation in the region, lessons learnt and ways forward. Issues such as developing a regional practice of conservation within the needs, resources, communtities and geographic place will be addressed for locally informed decision making. This is in light of recent extreme weather events, the current reality of the environment and sustainable practices. It is…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | November 13th 2015

Jobs Senior Curator – Art, Australian War Memorial – deadline 1st December 2015 Senior Curator / Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart – deadline 27th November 2015 Senior Curator/Manager, Gold Museum – deadline 2nd December 2015 Education and Public Programs Officer, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery; Gallery Services, Townsville City Council – deadline 23rd November 2015 Funding and Prizes Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize – deadline 29th February 2016 Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2016–18, The Frick Collection – deadline 18th January 2016 Awards from the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich – deadline 5th March 2016 Fellowships in History and Theory of Architecture, Institute gta, Zurich (2 postdocs, 1 senior fellowship) – deadline 15th February 2016 The…

News | Richard Beresford stepping down from Art Gallery of New South Wales

Richard Beresford is stepping down from his role as senior curator of International art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A scholar of international standing, and the author of a number of books and catalogues, including the remarkable A Dance to the Music of Time, London: Wallace Collection, 1995, Richard brought a standard of research excellence to all of his undertakings, seen most recently in the brilliant hang of the exhibition The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. He has worked tirelessly to communicate and connect with the public on all aspects of the collection and in this role has also worked closely with the members of the society of the Art Gallery of New South…