Two senior figures of the Australian gallery world receive top honours

Judith Ryan with Warna Jukurrpa (snake dreaming) by PeterJapanangka Blacksmith. Photo via theage.com.au

Two senior figures of the Australian gallery world received top honours in the recent 2017 Queen’s Birthday announcements. Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the visual arts, particularly to the museums and galleries sector, as a curator of Indigenous exhibitions, and as an author. Dr Anna Gray, former head of Australian art at the National Gallery of Australia was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to the visual arts, as a curator, scholar and historian, to Australian artists and to the promotion of cultural heritage.

Symposium program now available | Academia and Bohemia: new perspectives on the National Gallery School

The full program for the free one-day symposium Academia and Bohemia: new perspectives on the National Gallery School, including abstracts and biographies, is now available via the VCA events website. Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017. Venue: Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Grant Street, Southbank.

Conference | Women in the Creative Arts | Australian National University

Research Conference 10-12 August 2017 School of Music, The Australian National University, Canberra Supported by Gender Institute, The Australian National University; College of Arts & Social Sciences, The Australian National University; Australia Council for the Arts The School of Music at The Australian National University is delighted to host this innovative research conference on the creative work of women. This event provides an opportunity for research professionals to gather, present their methodologies, discuss the unique issues surrounding the creative arena, and propose strategies to enhance and enrich their working lives as strong members of an international cultural and artistic voice. The gathering will feature a rich exchange of research ideas, including round-table discussions and panels that develop and enhance practices for women in the creative fields. This event is supported by the College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the…

Symposium | Academia and Bohemia: New Perspectives on the National Gallery School | Victorian College of the Arts

Image: Samuel Calvert, "Sketches at the School of Design [at the National Gallery School]", 30 April 1887, wood engraving, Illustrated Australian News; Source: State Library of Victoria

A free one-day symposium, which presents new perspectives on the National Gallery of Victoria’s Art School, is organised by the Australian Institute of Art History (AIAH) in the Faculty of Arts, in collaboration with the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), as part of the celebrations in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Victorian College of the Arts. Founded in 1867, the National Gallery Art School has remained the leading continuous centre of academic art training in Australia, becoming the first school of the Victorian College of the Arts in 1973, and later affiliating with the University of Melbourne in 1991. You are invited to hear a group of experts, including Michael Varcoe-Cocks (National Gallery of Victoria), Professor Catherine Speck (University of Adelaide), Dr Stephen Mead (independent scholar), Dr Bronwyn Hughes (independent scholar), Ms Alexandra Ellem (University of Melbourne),…

Symposium | The Art of Attribution: The Catalogue Raisonne in the 21st Century | National Gallery of Australia

The NGA and the Australian Institute of Art History at the University of Melbourne are co-hosting a one-day symposium on the significance and challenges of compiling a catalogue raisonné. Saturday, 15th July 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra FREE but registration essential https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-art-of-attribution-the-catalogue-raisonne-in-the-21st-century-tickets-34786859433 The catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive listing of the known works by an artist or group, and may be limited in its scope to a particular medium or date range. In Australia, a number of key catalogues raisonnés have been published on artists such as Tom Roberts, George Lambert, Margaret Preston, Bea Maddock, John Brack, and most recently Rupert Bunny. Dialogue around such projects, and their role in the 21st century, provides a meeting point for academia, the museum sector and the wider art world. As the first forum solely focused on the catalogue raisonné…

News | Mardi Nowak New Director of NETS Victoria

NETS Victoria has announced the appointment of Mardi Nowak as Director. From NETS Ms Nowak who trained as an artist has worked as a curator and gallery manager for more than 16 years in the public gallery and local government sector most recently at the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn. Over the past decade she has developed over 100 exhibitions and programs, working closely with gallery staff, artists and organisations on collection building, artist-in-residence programs and overseeing public art commissions. Sarah Bond, Chair of NETS Victoria: “The Board was won over by Mardi’s significant professional achievement, commitment to the sector and vision. She brings a wealth of management and curatorial experience to the role. We’re looking forward to working with Mardi to deliver our current slate of ambitious and stimulating exhibitions and shape the program going forward.” Mardi Nowak: “I’m really…

2017 Banyule Award for Works on Paper

Calling all Artists – ENTRIES NOW OPEN.   TOTAL PRIZE POOL: $12,000 The Banyule Award for Works on Paper is awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper.  It is an acquisitive prize, with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection. The Banyule Art Collection is a contemporary collection of art works by leading and emerging Australian artists, including the likes of John Wolseley, Pat Brassington, Brook Andrew, Daniel Moynihan, John Nixon, and Peter Booth, just to name a few. While it includes a range of media it is distinguished by its collection of works on paper. The Banyule Award for Works on Paper capitalises upon this strength by developing this aspect of the collection further. In 2017, the curatorial theme for Banyule Council’s Arts & Culture Program is ‘water’. Water has helped shape and define Banyule, with the Yarra…

Digital Art History Summer School (Málaga, 4-13 Sep 17)

Málaga (Spain), September 4 – 13, 2017 Deadline: Jun 30, 2017 Following the success of the first edition last year, the International Summer School on Digital Art History (DAHSS), a joint initiative of the University of Málaga and the University of Berkeley, will celebrate the second edition from September 4 to 13 (2017), in Málaga (Spain). Under the title of Data-Driven Analysis and Digital Narratives, DAHSS pursues two objectives: a) to configure an interdisciplinary framework to expand the IT skills of students, scholars and professionals dealing with the production, representation and communication of knowledge in the fields of Art History, Visual Culture and Cultural Heritage; b) to build a environment where creative, innovative and collaborative research practices are encouraged and promoted. The course has a theoretical-practical orientation: theoretical exchange and critical discussions will be combined with practical sessions (lab-based sessions), through which…

Humanities Research Centre Visiting Fellowships 2018 | Australian National University

2018 Theme | Imagining Science and Technology 200 Years after Frankenstein  In 2018, the Humanities Research Centre will be looking at the humanities’ engagement (and failure to engage) with the accelerating fields of science and technology. The questions we will ask concern our understanding and imagining of the implications of our own rapid scientific and technological development. Do we understand the motivation for a billion-dollar medical science industry, for example, one that promises more and more radical forms of genetic engineering? How have artificial intelligence and robotics redefined what it means to be, and to act, human? To what extent is the development of science and technology culturally and ideologically inflected? Does science and technology––should science and technology––contribute to social equity and justice? Where are we in the debate about the mutually abrasive existence of ‘two cultures’? What control do we…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 9th June 2017

Jobs Australia General Manager, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy – deadline 14th July 2017 Deputy Director, Buxton Contemporary, University of Melbourne – deadline 4th July 2017 Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Business Manager – deadline 13th June 2017 Director, Exhibitions and Collections, Australian Centre for the Moving Image – deadline 26th June 2017 Exhibitions Coordinator, The National Gallery of Australia – deadline 16th June 2017 International Lecturer in History and Archival Practice, University of Plymouth, Department of History and Art History – deadline 20th June 2017 Teaching Fellow in History and Theory of Art, University College London – Slade School of Fine Art – deadline 15th June 2017 Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication, Leeds College of Art – deadline 22nd June 2017 Funding/Fellowships TRANScuratorial Academy Mumbai – an initiative of KfW Stiftung in collaboration with Goethe-Institut (September 2017) – deadline 14th June 2017 Architecture & … –…