News | Kirsty Grant to leave Heide MOMA at the end of 2016

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News that after only two years, Kirsty Grant is to step down as director and CEO of Heide. Press release After two years in the role of Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Kirsty Grant will step down from the position in December 2016 in order to focus on freelance art and curatorial projects. At Heide, Kirsty has overseen a series of acclaimed exhibitions including Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper, Aleks Danko: My Fellow Aus-tra-aliens and the forthcoming O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. Prior to joining Heide, Kirsty held curatorial positions at the National…

Forum | Beyond Rhetoric | Gertrude Contemporary

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This forum will explore the role of the contemporary curator in light of the findings of the CoUNTess Report on gender issues in the arts. The panel will question and discuss if a gendering of opportunities occurs, contemporary curatorial approaches within the broader arts infrastructure, and what meaningful action looks like beyond rhetoric. Speakers Virginia Fraser – artist, writer, editor and curator Camila Marambio – curator and PhD candidate, Monash Art Design & Architecture, MADA Hannah Mathews – curator, Monash University Museum of Art, MUMA Elvis Richardson – CoUNTess Patrice Sharkey – Director of West Space Chaired by Dr Rebecca…

Lecture | Unbeautiful Bodies in Ancient South Italy’ Ted Robinson | NGV International

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In the art of the Greek cities of South Italy, beautiful bodies are everywhere. The norms were subverted, though, when it came to representing the comic theatre, where the players are all shown as physically grotesque. There were many more vase-paintings which depicted comedy made in South Italy than in any other part of the Greek world, and several outstanding examples are in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will seek to explain their conventions, and understand why depictions of unbeautiful bodies were so common in South Italy, even on vases that were used as grave-offerings.…

Forum | Australian Printmaking Past and Present | NGV Australia

anet DAWSON Montant 1960 colour lithograph 80.2 x 45.8 cm irreg. (image) 90.6 x 63.4 cm (sheet) ed. 10/40 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by the artist under the terms of the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship, 1961 810-5 © Janet Dawson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Saturday 8th October 2pm-4:30pm On the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia, celebrate printmaking by looking at its history and contemporary practice. Revisit the history of the Council, founded in 1966, and hear practitioners and printers discuss contemporary trends. Speakers will include Elizabeth Cross, independent art historian, curator and writer; Michael Kempson, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Printmaking Studies, University of New South Wales and Director, Cicada Press; Trent Walter, Director, Negative Press; John Nixon, artist; Raymond Arnold, printmaker; Sean Smith and Kylie Blackley, The Ownership Project; and, eX de Medici and Ros Atkins, print collaborators. Cost $16…

LECTURE POSTPONED | Writing and Concepts #20 | Lou Hubbard | RMIT Design Hub

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UPDATE – This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a date after 6 October – exact details to be advised. Apologies for inconvenience caused.   Lou Hubbard …speculates on the role that writing plays in the development of the concepts in her work. RMIT Design Hub, L3 Lecture Theatre 5:00pm Thursday 22 September Link to Facebook event LOU HUBBARD makes assemblage sculptures, videos, and room-scape installations – sometimes photos and collages. The horse is a motif that has recurred often in her work that focuses on the dynamics of training, submission and the aesthetics of sentimentality. Objects…

Art and Music Lecture Series | University of Tasmania | Professor Antonio Baldassarre

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UPDATE from the Uniersity of Tasmania “We wish to advise that due to circumstances beyond our control, Prof. Antonio Baldassarre is unable to join us to present his scheduled public lectures at the University of Tasmania. We are currently in negotiations with Prof. Baldassarre for the public lectures to be presented at a later date. We will advise details once known.” The University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, in association with the Tasmanian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, presents a series of free lectures by visiting scholar Professor Antonio Baldassarre exploring the interconnections between art and music from…

Exhibition | Life Inside an Image | Monash University Museum of Art

Gerard Byrne, Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli (Film inside an image) 2015-16 (still) Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London

Exhibition dates 1 October – 10 December 2016 Opening function Saturday 8 October 2016 3-5pm Artists | Matthew Buckingham (USA), Gerard Byrne (IRL), Melvin Moti (NDL), Fiona Pardington (NZ), Elizabeth Price (UK), Amie Siegel (USA), Judy Watson (AUS) MUMA’s upcoming exhibition Life inside an Image, presented in association with Melbourne Festival, will bring together seven contemporary artists from six different countries whose work engages with significant cultural collections including the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersberg, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the British Museum in London. The exhibition explores the function of the museum in relation to the camera. Museums,…

Lecture | Gareth Sansom and the Great Outdoors

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Gareth Sansom and the Great Outdoors A lecture by Rex Butler STATION 9 Ellis Street, South Yarra Saturday 17th September, 2:00pm “Most critics who write on the work of Gareth Sansom (and even Sansom himself) speak about the final aesthetic unification of the various images and styles he scatters around his canvases. It would be as though he takes his works out to the furthest edge of stylelessness and disaggregation before in the end pulling them back in. But what if this wasn’t the way Sansom operated at all? What if, on the contrary, his project involved the difficult (almost…

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture | Art and Detection: Investigating Louis Duffy, a Forgotten British Painter of the Second World War – Ted Gott | University of Melbourne

Louis Duffy (1908-98), Christ driving out the money changers, c. 1940. Oil on canvas, 122.4 × 152.9 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Purchased with the assistance of Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, 2006)

In September 2006 the National Gallery of Victoria acquired at auction a remarkable painting by a virtually unknown artist: Christ Turning Out the Money Lenders, a work attributed by the auction house to a ‘Louis Duffy, 20th century’. This impressively large painting shows sixteen men dressed in c. 1940 business suits, gathered in tense confrontation in a modern-day retelling of the New Testament account of Christ expelling the money changers from the Temple. In Duffy’s composition, the Temple setting has been transmuted into a modern graveyard, and the money changers have morphed into mid-20th-century arms dealers trading munitions on the…

Call for Community Participation | Women’s Mural Documentation Project

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The Women’s Mural Documentation Project will document the lifespan and significance of The Women’s Mural: From Bomboniere to Barbed Wire, located in Smith Street, Fitzroy. Created in 1986 by artists, Megan Evans and Eve Glenn, the mammoth 50 by 12 metre mural, a striking example of Melbourne’s world famous street art, was once again the source of much controversy in February 2016 when almost two-thirds of its area was defaced. The obliteration of many of the women from inner northern Melbourne depicted in the mural, provoked community outcry and reminded us of the importance of this women’s space.The City of…