News | New Buxton Contemporary Director and Inaugural Exhibition Announced

The new Buxton Contemporary at the University of Melbourne’s College of the Arts will open on the 9th March, with the opening celebrations designed to coincide with the beginning of the 2018 university academic year. The inaugural exhibition, The Shape of Things to Come has been curated by Melissa Keys. It will feature works by more than 20 artists from the Buxton collection, and explores the various roles and agencies of the artist through culture, society and politics—as visionaries, storytellers, dissenters and alchemists. Included will be major works by Ricky Swallow, Emily Floyd, Hany Armanious and Mikala Dwyer among many others. Future programming will use the Michael Buxton Collection as a springboard to captivate and educate audiences on trends in contemporary art and connect current Australian contemporary practice to international developments. The University of Melbourne has announced that Ryan Johnston…

Artbank Open Day | 24th March 2018

Artbank will launch its new Collingwood premises by opening its doors to all on Saturday 24 March, offering the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and view one of the largest collections of contemporary Australian art in the world. Eventbrite invite here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/artbank-open-house-tickets-42660945035 The Artbank Open House is designed to promote the accessibility of the Artbank collection and to provide the opportunity to see some great examples of contemporary Australian art. Part of a renewed presence in Melbourne, the Open House is one of a number of new initiatives which include: A new non-residential Studio Program, which offers creatives practicing in the visual arts (including artists, curators, writers, designers and academics) the opportunity to realize projects and progress their work in an architecturally purpose-designed space with its own laneway access, all within the increasingly unaffordable city fringe.  Residents will be selected via…

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Architectural History at University of Queensland

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Work type:Full Time – Fixed Term Location:  University of Queensland,St Lucia School of Architecture As a national leader in architectural education and research we are always seeking an engaged and innovative person to join our team. As a progressive school of architecture we aim to prepare graduates for a dynamic professional environment where continual learning and innovative practice is essential. The School actively engages with a cross-section of industry partners, diverse communities and a range of professions so that our teaching and research is rich with impact beyond the University. We work to enrich the local architecture profession and advance the discipline of architecture internationally. With strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, the school is focused on ensuring our students and researchers have the skills to confront the urgent intellectual and practical questions…

Exhibition | Framing Nature | McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery

Until 18 March Featuring works by Fred Williams, John Constable, Janet Laurence, Hanna Tai, Dorothy Napangardi, Siri Hayes, Gabriella Hirst, Brodie Ellis, Danie Mellor, James Geurts. Framing Nature The exhibition Framing Nature presents selected works from McClelland’s historical collection augmented by key loaned works, to explore diverse visual and conceptual approaches to nature. Landscape has often been defined by notions of the picturesque and the sublime, while more recent representations are informed by science, politics and spirituality. In surveying varied conceptions of nature, this exhibition attempts to more fully describe our complex and increasingly precarious relationship to the environment. Framing Nature features works by Fred Williams, John Constable, Janet Laurence, Dorothy Napangardi, Siri Hayes, Gabriella Hirst, Brodie Ellis, Danie Mellor and others. Until 18 March. Address: McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery , 390 McClelland Drive Langwarrin. Tuesday to Sunday : 10am –…

Job | Lecturer Art History and Curatorship | Australian National University

Classification: Academic Level B Salary package: $96,087 to $109,181 plus 17% Superannuation Terms: Full time, Continuing Position overview The position will contribute to the research activity of the School of Art & Design in art and/or design history and provide high quality and innovative teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level. The Centre fosters interdisciplinary, cross cultural and object-based research and works closely with cultural institutions. Its programs incorporate art history, design history, art theory and curatorship courses which are delivered to a diverse student body including visual arts, design, art and design history, curatorship and flexible double degree students. The successful candidate will have a PhD in art or design history, a research specialisation evidenced through publications, teaching and supervisory experience at a tertiary level, and a demonstrable involvement in the art gallery and art museum sector. The School of…

State Library Victoria Annual Fellowships Program

Applications are now open for State Library Victoria’s prestigious annual fellowships program, with a new specialist fellowship for Victorian Aboriginal researchers offered from 2018. The Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowship supports Aboriginal researchers to explore the Library’s collections and engage with archival records to produce research material that can be used by the community. Fellows receive a grant of $15,000 for three months’ research, a shared office space, and special access to collections and library experts. This year’s fellowship program delivers a total of 15 fellowships, collectively worth up to $215,000, offering research opportunities across diverse areas including children’s literature, social history, visual arts, theatre, Ukrainian studies and Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Culture. A Digital Fellowship introduced last year to encourage innovative uses of the Library’s digitised collections and data will be on offer again this year. State Library Victoria…

Exhibition | The Drawing Room | Deakin University Art Gallery

The Drawing Room, with Anastasia Klose, Euan Heng, Kenny Pittock and Zilverster artists Sharon Goodwin and Irena Hanenbergh. The first major exhibition at the Deakin University Art Gallery for 2018 takes inspiration from the English tradition of a withdrawing chamber – a dedicated space in the house designed for entertainment of distinguished guests and visitors. Curated by James Lynch, The Drawing Room exhibition aims to create an environment of drawing in dialogue with the past and present. “The exhibition takes inspiration from the drawing rooms of the past that became a space away from the more formal and public areas of the house to encourage social interaction, play, comedy, story-telling and drama,” Mr Lynch said. The exhibition is in the form of a series of short residencies by an intergenerational group of Australian artists, Anastasia Klose, Euan Heng, Kenny Pittock,…

Updated – Symposium – ‘Collecting the Now’ | NGV International | 7-8 March 2018

‘Collecting the Now’ Symposium 7th – 8th March, 2018 NGV-I Clemenger Auditorium The art and design of the twenty-first century is characterised by complexity and change. Contemporary artists and designers experiment with new materials, emerging technologies and fluid conceptual frameworks that challenge normative approaches to the collection, preservation and presentation of art within collecting institutions. ‘Collecting the Now’ means collecting works that defy easy categorisation by media type or size and may invite an active and iterative engagement with the visitor that contradict traditional preservation conventions. The program for this two-day symposium will bring together an inter-disciplinary mix of conservators, installers, registrars, contract specialists, curators and artists to explore the challenges presented by the acquisition and display of contemporary art and design. It will be an opportunity to share the innovative methods, practices and materials being used to address their…

Conference and Public Lecture | A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia | University of Melbourne

A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia: The cultural patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812-1886). This international symposium (15 to 16 February 2018, with keynote opening evening on 14 February) examines the patronage of Melbourne’s first Catholic Bishop, James Goold and his contribution to the cultural life of colonial Melbourne, especially through his art collection, library and patronage of architecture. The conference will be opened with a keynote public lecture  Image and Imagination, The Pictorial Presence of Heavenly Grace in Baroque Painting by Professor Dr Klaus Krüger, Professor of Art History, Freie Universität Berlin Keynote Lecture: 14th February 5:30-7:30pm at the University of Melbourne, Elisabeth Murdoc Theatre. Registrations here Symposium 15-16th February, 9am onwards at The Cardinal Knox Centre, St Patricks Cathedral; & Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Registrations here Download the Symposium Program here. About the Symposium…

Call for papers: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Issue 2, 2018

Due to high demand, we’re pleased to announce that we will be publishing a second open issue of the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art in 2018. Issue 2 for 2018 will be edited by Associate Professor Ann Elias, History and Theory of Contemporary Global Art, and Dr Stephen H. Whiteman, Senior Lecturer in Asian Art, both of the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney. The editors seek research papers that engage with critical debates and scholarly frameworks across art-historical and theoretical enquiry within local and global contexts, plus review essays evaluating publications and exhibitions. Articles must be between 5,000 and 7,000 words (including endnotes) and should be suitable for a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. See the ANZJA submission guidelines here for further details. Submissions not conforming to the guidelines will not be considered. Papers, biographical information…